SNOW LEOPARD QUEST
In Ladakh India, February and early March are the snow leopard's prime mating season and they are more active then than at other times of year. They also come down to lower elevation (11,500 to 13,000 ft) in pursuit of their prey such as blue sheep which also descend during the winter in search of food. Thus winter season in Ladakh offers the best chances of seeing snow leopards, but of course, there is never a guarantee of a sighting. Snow leopards are the most elusive animal in the Himalayas.
Beyond Adventure Travels has organized this private trip with an established company in India who has a 100 percent success rate at seeing at least one snow leopard on their winter trips.
This trip is truly a Beyond Adventure experience. The trip will be an exciting journey into the Himalayas where we hike the stunning landscape. Our guides will share their culture of northern India, where you will meet locals and enjoy their hospitality.
The guides work hard to set up camp in a location where we have the best chances to see these animals on day hikes. One trip last year saw 6 snow leopards.
Check out the Itinerary below and book your amazing Beyond Adventure Photography Safari today.
Jan 30th-February 15
Day 1 Arrive in Delhi: Transfer to the hotel. Rest, or explore your own.
Day 2 Fly to Leh (11,500 ft), Rest in the morning. Afternoon explore Leh and acclimatize. A trip briefing and meet with field crew. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 3 Leh: A guided walking tour of Leh Palace, Victory Peak and the old town.Prepare for the camping. Overnight in the Hotel
Day 4 Drive Leh to Zingchen, Trek to Camp: Hike a little more than an hour along the Zingchen gorge, a dramatic entry to Hemis National Park. Camp at wildlife study base camp, 12,300’.
Day 5 Wildlife Viewing: A 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 when they descend to lower elevations. Camp.
Day 6 Wildlife Viewing: Spend another day with the SLC-IT staff and local naturalists on the look-out for snow leopard and its prey. 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.
Days 7 to 13: Wildlife Viewing, Visit Village and Overnight at a Himalayan Homestay: Trek to nearby sites where snow leopard have been sighted recently. Spend one afternoon or evening in a neighboring village and overnight in a family home-stay. Homestay hosts have been trained in hospitality; they are members of a community conservation group seeking to conserve the endangered snow leopard. Spend other nights at camp. Village elevation: 13,500’
Day 14: Trek to Zingchen, and Return to Leh: After a short trek to the trailhead, drive to Leh and enjoy free time. Hotel accommodations.
Day 15: Leh: Attend Dosmoche Festival at Likir Monastery: Today you'll attend an all-day Buddhist dance ritual performed by masked and silk robed monks. Time permitting, explore Leh Market on your own and prepare for the field trip. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 16: Leh to Delhi: Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi, transfer and overnight at a hotel. Rest or explore Delhi on your own.
Day 17: Depart Delhi: Note: Due to uncertain mountain weather conditions, flights to and from Leh are occasionally cancelled. For this reason, we suggest that you book your homeward bound international flight out of Delhi no earlier than the late afternoon or evening of Day 16.
TESTIMONIALS & REVIEWS
“The sighting of a snow leopard... was a huge success and an experience that none of us will ever forget .”
Thomas Bauer, Travel Journalist, Germany
“The Winter Snow Leopard Trip was beyond anything I could have imagined… We left our breakfast and ran as fast as we could to the next camp. There they were a mother and two cubs approximately a year and a half old sitting on the rocks at the top of the mountain. I saw one of the cubs gracefully jumping and winding itself though the rocky terrain with not one paw out of place. It was just magical. I could not believe our luck!