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Track The Elusive Snow Leopard

This extroverted journey takes you along an extraordinary route, full of lore and splendor, punctuated by photographic attractions, and features diversity. You visi Hemis National Park situated in Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir, famous for the elusive SnowLeopard.

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Accommodation Details

Includes:

  • Accommodation on double / twin sharing basis at hotels mentioned above or in similar category.
  • Your accommodation in Delhi is inclusive of Breakfast only where as your program from arrival in Leh till your departure from Leh is inclusive of all meals.
  • Airport transfers, Sightseeing tour in Delhi by AC Toyoa Innova / AC Tempo Traveler & transfers & drives in Leh by Non AC Vehicles.
  • Meeting / assistance on arrival/departure at both airports & hotels.
  • National parks entry fee, activities and all trekking excursions with your expert naturalist guides and wildlife experts, English speaking tour leaders, local guides, porters.
  • Govt. Service Tax @ 3.09% on total bill.

Does not include:

  • Any Airfare, any insurance fee
  • Any meal other than  what  is  specified  above  or  anything  not mentioned  in inclusion above.
  • Any expenditure of personal nature like tabled drinks, camera fee, laundry, telephone calls, soft/ hard drinks, Tips.
  • Any sudden increase in price due to steep hike in park Entry Fee, steep hike in fuel cost, change in government tax policy or for any reason beyond our control like acts of god, natural calamity, law and order situation, riots etc and any forced change in itinerary for any unforeseen situation or reason beyond our control.

Please bear this mind that due to the nature of this tour and the area visited, there might be possibility for schedule / itinerary changes.

itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVE DELHI

Arrive Delhi the capital of India. Our tour representative will welcome you at the airport arrival lounge with Mantis Extreme signboard. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: DELHI-LEH

Early morning transfer from hotel to airport to board flight to Leh.
Flight departs at 0630Hrs and arrives Leh at 0750hrs
Meeting assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Rest of the day is at leisure for acclimatization to the high altitude.
Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas is one of the best areas to see the elusive snow leopard and this is where we run our snow leopard safaris. It is not only about the snow leopards as there are a host of other animals and birds to see, apart from the scenery and getting to know more about the people that live here.
Leh is situated in a very scenic part of India as it is bounded by 2 of the world’s biggest mountain ranges which are home to numerous monasteries. We will visit a few palaces and monasteries that will also be helpful for the visitors to get acclimatized with high altitude gradually before we start our snow leopard safari that involves a good amount of strenuous trekking in Husing valley in search of Snow Leopard.
Overnight at hotel

Day 3: LEH

In general half day of acclimatization would have been enough but considering that the group is arriving by flight on the previous day and then they need to go for trekking on the following days in search of elusive snow leopard, ideally we will again have the relaxed day with few visits.
After leisurely breakfast we drive just over half an hour to Thiksay monastery, set on a hill it is one of the most impressive Gompas in Ladakh, It has several temples, one of which contains a superb statue of the Future Buddha. After visiting Thiksay we return to Leh for lunch.
Late afternoon we will drive to visit Shanti Stupa followed by visit to The Namgyal Tsemo Gompa of Ladakh which was founded by King Tashi Namgyal in the early 15th century, around the year 1430. This fort was once the royal residence of the Namgyal dynasty and is flanked by some temples built in veneration of the guardian deities, these temples are still standing today, unlike the fort which is almost in ruins, temples are visited everyday by a monk who opens the doors to light the butter-filled lamps every morning and evening in adoration of the deities.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: LEH-HUSING

After breakfast drive from Leh to Zingchen (2 hrs drive) and from there trek starts to Husing (2 hrs trek).
Husing is one of the better areas for the snow leopard. There are 3 valleys that meet here and these are all used by the snow leopard as they move to lower altitudes following their prey species.
Snow Leopards – are some of the most elusive big cats remaining in the world because they live in such remote areas of Central Asia. There are thought to be between 3,500 and 7000 snow leopards left in the wild.
Overnight camping.

Day 5 to Day 9: HUSING

Due to the rugged terrain of the Himalayas most of the herbivores are related to the agile footed sheep and goats. They can move easily through the mountainous regions of the Himalayas from one pasture to the next. During the winter months the Bharal or Blue Sheep move down to lower altitudes where there is food and they are followed by the snow leopards and other predators like the Tibetan Wolf. These ungulates form the primary snow leopards diet and it is through the movements of these ungulates and trails left by snow leopard moving across habitats that one can improve the chances of seeing the snow leopard in its natural environment.
Walk around Husing / Rumbak or Trabung in search of Snow Leopard.
Overnight camping.

Day 10: HUSING-HOMESTAY (RUMBAK)

Morning we trek towards Rumbak Valley. Afternoon explore the Rumbak village and the surroundings looking for the mammals of the region. Overnight we will stay in Rumbak village in home stay.
Overnight at homestay in Rumabak.

Day 11: RUMBAK (HOMESTAY)-LEH

Morning possibility of wildlife viewing in Rumabk followed by trek to Zingchen to drive back to Leh.
Upon arrival in Leh, check into your hotel.
Rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 12: LEH-DELHI

After early breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Delhi.
Flight departs at 1115hrs and arrives Delhi at 1235hrs
Meeting assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel
Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: DELHI-ONWARDS

On time transfer to the airport to board flight for onward journey.

Location

Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas is one of the best areas to see the elusive snow leopard and this is where we run our snow leopard safaris. It is not only about the snow leopards as there are a host of other animals and birds to see, apart from the scenery and getting to know more about the people that live here.

Leh is situated in a very scenic part of India as it is bounded by 2 of the world’s biggest mountai n ranges which are home to numerous monasteries. We will visit a few palaces and monasteries that will also be helpful for the visitors to get acclimatized with high altitude gradually before we start our snow leopard safari that involves a good amount of strenuous trekking in Husing valley in search of Snow Leopard.

Wildlife

Wildlife viewing:

Please note that seeing a snow leopard is not in anyway guaranteed. In fact it must be regarded as a great privilege to even catch a glimpse of one, such is the elusiveness of these creatures. They are wild and by necessity elusive creatures with no fixed routine and finding them requires not only the skill and patience of the trackers/guides but also considerable luck!

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