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Snow Leopard Expedition Ladakh

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Snow leopards have long, thick fur, and their base color varies from smoky gray to yellowish tan, with whitish underparts. They have dark grey to black open rosettes on their bodies, with small spots of the same color on their heads and larger spots on their legs and tails. Unusually among cats, their eyes are pale green or grey in color.




Day 1 : Arrive in Leh (Rest)

Take the early morning flight to Leh from New Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel located near Leh market. Complete rest for the day is highly recommended as it eases the process of acclimatisation. Also sipping hot tea while stretching your legs in the lap of Himalayas is definitely not a bad way to start you trip, alternatively you can also choose to visit the local market in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay in Leh.


Day 2 : Drive to Ule, walk on the frozen Zanskar

Early morning we depart for Ule and stop at confluence to experience the walk on the frozen Zanskar river. Reach Ule by lunch time.Dinner and overnight stay in Ule Homestay.


Day 3 : Explore Ule

Today, we will be exploring the Ule landscape, which is known for its Leopard sightings as well. Apart from that keep a look out for Urial, Agrali and Tibetian Antelope here.


Day 4 : Half day at Ule. Late evening back to Leh

We shall explore more of Ule and late afternoon we head back to Leh.
A bonfire to keep you warm and dinner afterwards. Overnight at Leh.


Day 5 : Leh to Zinchen. Trek to Rumba

This is the part that we have been building up to. Post breakfast we head to the Hemis National Park. From Phey Bridge onwards we start hiking along side Indus towards the Zingchen Gorge. We continue up the gorge and soon enough lay our eyes on the high altitude Hemis national park, the home of the Snow Leopard. Keep your senses sharp and look out amidst the cliffs and at the base of rocks where they mark their turf.


We spend the night in Rumbak Homestays and it is our first night in the stunning Hemis wilderness. Trekking time: 5-6 hrs. Elevation: 12,400 ft


Day 6 : Explore Rumbak

Over the next 3 days we trek around Hemis National Park tracking the Snow Leopard and its wildlife prey. Hemis National Park is home to blue sheep, argali (a large horned sheep), numerous mountain and migratory birds, as well as an occasional Tibetan wolf, one of the most prolific hunters of the region. You are likely to see signs of Snow Leopard, as winter is the time when they descend to lower elevations. If lucky, you’ll actually see one perched high in the rocks or balanced on a near vertical ridge. Return to camp for some hot servings and warming tea and share tales of the day.


**Snow Leopards naturally predate on wild bharal (blue sheep) or ibex (mountain goat) however they have been known to kill domestic animals such as local farmers’ goat and sheep. They are able to kill and carry up to 3 times their body weight and are generally opportunist hunters. Overnight in camp/home stay.


Day 7 : Turhan Valley

Today, we trek to the Turhan valley another great place to spot the elusive cat. Overnight in camp/home stay.


Day 8 : Rumbak – Urutse.(13,500 ft) – Rumbak

Today, we will explore Yurutse (13,500 ft) and Gandala Pass base which is known for its Ibex sightings. Overnight in home stay at Rumbak.


Day 9 : Rumbak to Zinchen. Back to Leh

Trek down-valley past familiar Snow Leopard haunts and piles of carved Tibetan prayer stones to Zingchen; about 5 hrs. We take it slow exploring the familiar haunts of the Leopards with packed Lunch so that we make it to Zingchen by late afternoon.


Post our arrival in Zingchen, we head back to civilisation – Leh. After a much needed and deserved shower it is time to relax, grab a drink and enjoy the last of the gorgeous and peaceful Himalayan scenery. Farewell dinner and overnight in Leh.


Day 10 : Depart for Delhi/Mumbai

Early morning depart back home with memories for a lifetime.

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Duration 10 Days / 9 Nights
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