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          SNOW LEOPARD TREK IN LADAKH HIMALAYAS - INDIA

snow leopard trek in zanskar,ladakh india

Ladakh is the magnificent Snow Leopard is the most enigmatic and elusive of all the world's large cats. A denizen of high mountain ranges, its presence is more often revealed by footprints in the snow but, as previous Nature trek groups can verify, with planning and luck it is possible to see this mythical mammal. With the aid of local trackers and guides this adventurous expedition goes in search of Snow Leopards amid the mountains of Hemis National Park in Ladakh. Since snow leopards are generally found at elevations between 10,000 and 15,000 feet, the trek takes you through stunning Himalayan alpine and sub-alpine zones where vegetation is sparse and temperatures are extreme. Snow Leopards are most active at dawn and dusk and show a strong preference for cliffy habitat with moderately to very broken terrain, rocky outcrops and ravines.  The snow leopard found singly, inhabiting the most inaccessible terrain of rugged mountains, preferably steep terrain broken by cliffs midges and gullies. In the winter their main attraction is the livestock nearby villages, because of high mountains covered by snow most of the wild life descent to search of grassing and water.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Fly Delhi to Leh (Arrival in Leh) (3500mt.)

Day 2: Leh (Acclimatization day)

Day 3: Trek from Leh to Zingchen trek to Huseng camp.

Day 4 -7: Snow Leopard and Wildlife and its wildlife prey, Hemis National Park.

Day 8: Trek to Zingchen, and Return to Leh.

Day 9: Fly from Leh to Delhi.

 

Itinerary

 

SNOW LEOPARD TREK IN ZANSKAR,INDIA

 

DAY 01 : DELHI – LEH (Flight).

After an early breakfast you are transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Ladakh. This must be one of the most sensational flights in the world. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif. Upon arrival you will be received and transferred to your Hotel.. After lunch, join our local crew and the Snow Leopard Conservancy staff for a briefing, then free time to explore Leh on your own. It is important to rest on these first few days at high altitude. Overnight in hotel & dinner.

DAY 02 : LEH (ACCLIMATIZATION DAY)

After breakfast drive and visit shey castle, the first King of ladakh Lachen Polygon funded in 11th century, after some time inside of the monastery built three store copper gilt Statue of lord Buddha, like this type of Buddha statue only in shey even not in Tibet, it is made by King Daldan Namgyal as a funerary memorial to his father king Singgey Namgyal in 1633 AD.

After visit Thiksey monastery there are many shines to see manly three story Future Buddha and white Tara Room . After drive to Hemis, Himes monastery is the largest monastery in ladakh belong to Red sect order, four chambers to be visit,  Buddha made by silver and gold, there is also Museum executed very old Thanks Status during the gander art, the monastery is funded in 1650 AD more than 100monk are residence  here. Overnight in hotel & dinner.

DAY 03: LEH – ZINGHCHEN – HUSENG CAMP (3600mt./Drive / Trek / 5 hrs.)

After breakfast, drive to Zingchen, and start walking along the Rumbak River, Zingchen Gorge. Continue up the gorge, a dramatic entry to the snow leopard’s high altitude home in Hemis National Park. Enrooted, watch amidst the cliffs and at the base of rocks where they mark their turf for sign of snow leopard, and other wildlife. At wildlife study Husing camp. Overnight in camp & dinner.

DAY 04: SNOW LEOPARD AND WILDLIFE SIGHTING (3600mt.)

Proceed for full day of tracking 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. You are likely to see sign of snow leopard as winter is the time that they descend to lower elevations. If lucky, you’ll actually see one perched high in the rocks or balanced on a near vertical ridge. Overnight in camp & dinner.

DAY 05: SNOW LEOPARD AND WILDLIFE SIGHTING (3600mt.)

Spend another day in the (Huseng valley,) for watching snow leopard and its prey. Morning after breakfast trek 3,4 hrs into the hosing valley narrow gorged some steep rocky mountains wallow trees bushes in the valley wonder full sport for searching snow leopard the views of this stark landscape, the sky pierced by upward tilted strata and  on snow-free days  the ground adorned with hardy alpine plants, provides constant fascination Camp  evening back to camp. Overnight in camp & dinner.

DAY 06: SNOW LEOPARD AND WILDLIFE SIGHTING (3600mt.)

Spend another day in the (Huseng valley,) for watching snow leopard and its prey. Morning after breakfast trek 3,4 hrs into the huseng valley narrow gorged some steep rocky mountains wallow trees bushes in the valley wonder full sport for searching snow leopard the views of this stark landscape, the sky pierced by upward tilted strata and  on snow-free days  the ground adorned with hardy alpine plants, provides constant fascination Camp  evening back to camp. Overnight in camp & dinner.

DAY 07 :SNOW LEOPARD AND WILDLIFE SIGHTING (3600mt.)

The day ( Tarbong valley) Tarbong valley is small valley 2 hrs trek from the camp into the narrow gorge, many bushes rocky mountains, see the Golden Eagle nest, back for lunch at Camp after lunch visit again in the valley stay until drake evening after back to Camp. Overnight in camp & dinner.

DAY 08: ZINGHCHEN – LEH.

Say goodbye to your hosts and hike down-valley past familiar snow leopard haunts and piles of carved Tibetan prayer stones to the road head at Zingchen; Drive 1hrs to Leh, and check into a hotel. Overnight in hotel & dinner.

DAY 09 :FLY FROM LEH TO DELHI.

After breakfast, in the early morning we will assist you to Leh airport to board the flight back to New Delhi. After your arrival at New Delhi airport you will be met & assisted and  accompany you to your hotel. later on you may wish to go for a sightseeing tour of Delhi to view some of the famous sights of the town with a guide. We will take a walking tour of the Old Delhi covering the Chandani Chowk, historic Red Fort, and the busy market.  Return back to your hotel in the evening. Overnight stay and dinner in the hotel in Delhi. 

 


Trip Cost

              WINTER SNOW LEOPARD TREK

     

Required Persons

02 – 04

04 – 06

06- 10

Trip cost

 

 

 

 

 Cost includes:

    • All Local sightseen in Leh & Transfer on arrival /departure to Leh Airport.

    • Accommodation will be provided throughout the trip as mentioned in the itinerary on twin sharing basis.

    • Accommodation in tents with foam sleeping pads & sleeping bags for entire trek.

    • Meals: As per itinerary, Tea /coffee, snacks & drinking boiled water during the trek. All meals would be vegetarian,the food would be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Local.   

    • Professionally trained mountain guide with English speaking, camp staff, cook etc.

    • Mules/Porters: For carrying rations, trekking equipments, personal gear of the clients (one bag not weighing more than 10 kgs).

    • All trekking permits and park entrance fees & Camping charges entire the trek.

    • Camping equipment: 3/4 season tents, sleeping bags, ground mattress, mess tent & camping tables & stools etc.

    • Medical Kit

    • Includes 4.5% Service tax

 

 

Cost excludes:

    • Any stay and meals in Delhi

    • Air Fares, Visas, Insurance, Airport taxes, laundry, phone calls, beverages and bottled water, souvenirs and other expenses of a personal nature

    • Tips for guides, cooks & porters.

    •  Entrance to sights and monuments not stated in the itinerary
    • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather..

 

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