On this ten-day trip travel through the high mountain regions of Ladakh’s Hemis National Park in search of the endangered Snow Leopard. This journey is designed specifically for those who wish to see this beautiful cat that makes its home above an altitude of 3000m to 4500m. With only about 200 to 600 of these ‘grey ghosts’ left in the Indian territory stretching from Ladakh to the soaring ranges of Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, searching for these elusive and well-camouflaged animals in such spectacular countryside will be the experience of a lifetime. During this extraordinary and challenging adventure, we trek around the Rumbak and Husing areas of Hemis Park, spending our star-filled nights in tents. And, while deep in the magnificence of the mighty Himalayas, imagine that ‘Eureka’ moment when you spot what is truly considered one of the most amazing cats in the world!
Early this morning we transfer to the airport for one of the most spectacular flights to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. On arrival in this beautiful town, north of Indus River at an altitude of 3000 m, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The evening is at leisure allowing you to acclimatize to the altitude.
Accommodation: At your selected hotel – 2 nights
This morning we set off for this incredible adventurous trek to Husing. We first drive from Leh to Zingchen by jeep (25 km/1½ hrs) and then start our trek to our base camp site at Husing (2-3 hrs) and the Hemis National Park. This park and the surrounding areas of Ladakh is one of the last remaining safe habitats of the elusive Snow Leopard. Unlike other cats found in the wild, spotting this cleverly camouflaged leopard is a challenging but rewarding adventure despite the rugged terrain which is its natural habitat. Though sightings are not common, the area has other wonderful wild animals and birds as well as breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks and dramatic deserts.
Accommodation – Camping – 3 nights
Over the next two days we trek in and around our camping site in search of Snow Leopards with the help of local trackers. Husing, which is at the conjunction of three valleys, is an ideal location, because the leopards move down into these lower-altitude valleys following their prey, especially the Himalayan Blue Sheep (Bharal). Even our expert cooks who prepare delicious meals for you, keep a close eye out for the slightest movement that could indicate the presence of a Snow Leopard. This area is also inhabited with a good population of Yak, Ibex, Tibetan Wolf, Bharal, Ladakhi Urial (Shapo), Tibetan Argali (Nyan) and many beautiful birds.
Early this morning check out the hotel prior to being transferred to the airport for flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi, you will have option to remain in transit for your flight back home or, you may extend your stay, visiting more of India.
NOTE: Before opting for this challenging trip, you must ensure a strong level of fitness and endurance as well as being comfortable at high altitudes under extremely cold climatic conditions (0 to -25℃ in the night at camp site).
The best time to visit the area for Snow Leopard is considered to be between November and mid March.
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