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. This is a physically demanding holiday utilizing basic local homstay and camping but the rewards will be the truly spectacular mountain scenery of the ancient kingdom of Ladakh and a real chance of finding this high altitude predator as it follows the resident Bharal, or Blue Sheep, to more accessible lower elevations for the winter months.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.
|3||Maximum Elevation achieved & where||3900 M / Rumbak|
|4||Best Season||Best sighting are usually in winter Nov – March|
|5||Trek Starting Point||Phey|
|6||Getting to/ From trek starting point||Flight from Delhi to Leh. From Leh, a taxi can take you to Phey|
|7||Permits if any||Hemis National Park - Entry Fees|
|8||Rail Head||No Railways nearby|
|10||Guides & Porters||Can be hired from Leh|
Arrive at the Leh Airport and you will be picked by our representative who will transfer you to the hotel. After checking in hotel, our professional guide will brief you about the complete trip and acclimatization. Take rest for the whole day in order to get accustomed to the climate. At night, enjoy the delicious dinner and have the overnight stay at the hotel.
After enjoying the breakfast, take the tour to the local market in Leh. There are many unique elements enshrouded in the small lanes of this market. It is an astounding experience for the travellers to unfurl this market. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Enjoy the breakfast and then drive to Phey. Start trekking from Phey along the spectacular gorges of Indus River. On this trek, you will come across the fascinating Hemis National Park. After reaching this park, we will set our tents for overnight stay. Enjoy the dinner and night stay in the tent in the midst of park's opulence.
On this day, enjoy the wildlife watching in Hemis National Park. Trek in the Hemis after having the breakfast. This national park is a preferred haven to furious yet magnificent snow leopards. Snow leopards are the wild predators of cold deserts that love to live in isolation. This is the reason that they relish living on unapproachable heights. November to March is the duration when there is a heavy snowfall and these wild creatures come down to lower regions. This is the best duration to witness these splendid and treacherous creatures. Other than the snow leopards, Hemis is also a home to many other exotic fauna species like blue sheep, large horned sheep, Tibetan wolf, wild ass, etc.
We will try to spot the Snow Leopard . This could take a while before this elusive animal shows itself. With the help of our expert guide we will look for the signs & try to spot it. Meanwhile enjoy the home-stay in the villages nearby. These rural areas are famous worldwide for their warm hospitality. The local beer is a beverage that you are definitely going to relish, as this beer is one such unmatched drink that tastes heavenly good. You can also join the local dance to drench yourself in the real hues of local culture.
At the crack of dawn, trek down to Zingchen. From Zingchen, drive to Leh and later check in the hotel. Enjoy the scrumptious dinner and the overnight stay at the hotel.
You will dropped at the Leh Airport. From here you can catch your flight to Delhi.