Day 1 – Arrive at Leh (3,500M)
Leh serves as the main base for the trek and is home to some of the most known and unknown high-altitude peaks towering at 6,000M and 7,000M such as Stok Kangri, Kang Yatse I and II, Dzo Jongo, Mt. Nun, etc. Also, its magnificent terrain has some beautiful trekking trails like Markha Valley, Chadar Trek, etc. To add to this, it has all the conveniences of a city with plenty options to just kick back and relax.
After landing at Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh, you can directly reach our assigned hotel or if you choose our transport, we will pick you up and drop you at the designated hotel. After reaching the hotel, the first day is solely reserved for rest.
Day 2 – Acclimatization at Leh (3,500M)
The high altitude and low oxygen level might give you a headache and make you feel tired. The best remedy for acclimatization is to drink a lot of water and travel to the local market. A walk in the lanes of Leh will introduce you to the magic word Juley (Hello).
For sightseeing, you can visit the famous Leh palace and other monasteries nearby. The local market of Leh has some novel cafes and authentic flea markets as well. If you are looking to buy some souvenirs and trekking gear, that's the right spot for you.
Day 3 – Leh (3,500M) to Rumbak Valley base camp (3,600M)
On this day, we start from our hotel around 10 AM and drive to Rumbak Valley. The drive of close to 20 kms should take us around 45 minutes to cover. When you come out of Leh and go through the highway, you can see the marvelous Stok Range on the left and rugged military camps on the right. This continues for the next 10kms until you enter a vast metal bridge where you can spot the ancient Spituk monastery and the olive green Indus River. The road continues towards the picturesque Phey village from here and then ends at the Hemis National Park. Vehicles are not allowed inside the park. So we walk for the remaining 2 kilometers till we reach our campsite.
Day 4 – Tracking and spotting at Tarbung Valley (around 3,800M)
Our expert spotter will have an early scouting session and take us to the first viewing point. Tarbung valley is around 1 km from our campsite and it's the first point where we will wait for the entire day. In case of fresh marks, we will ascend towards the viewpoint (50-degree slope) and set up a spot for viewing. If there are no fresh tracks, we will wait at a flat section beneath the viewpoint and keep an eye on the ridges to look for signs of movement. Our team will communicate via walkie-talkies to keep each other updated. Lunch and refreshments for the day will reach us on our location directly.
Day 5 – Tracking and spotting at Husing Point (around 3,800M)
On this day, we will focus on the second point of the trek. Husing point is around 500 meters away and, with a 60-degree gradient, has one of the steepest ascents on the trail. It is not a hard climb, especially under the local guide’s guidance. So, there is nothing to worry about. Once on top, we will witness a stunning array of snow-capped mountains standing tall. After scouting the region for signs and movement of the gray ghost, we head back to our campsite by early evening.
Day 6 - Tracking and spotting at Rumbak (around 4,100M)
The distance from our campsite to Rumbak viewpoint is around 3 km and it takes around 2 hours to reach. On the way, watch out for some beautiful Himalayan birds like the golden eagle and Eurasian magpie which are fairly common in the region. From this viewpoint, we take a small detour inside the Rumbak village. Notice the vibrant colors and the life of the humble villagers who live here. The Rumbak viewpoint gives a 360-degree view of the Stok range, and the many conjunction points of the many high mountains in Ladakh. This spot is also famous for blue sheep. If we are lucky, it will present us with herds of these spry mountain sheep sprinting effortlessly around these high-gradient slopes. After spending the entire day here, we return to our campsite by early evening.
Day 7, 8 & 9 - Tracking and spotting
The itinerary might alter according to weather conditions and track marks. The next course of action will be planned according to our guide after thoroughly calculating the scenarios. He will go for an early tracking and scouting session and update us regarding the plan. Depending upon the tracks or marks, we will switch between valleys or even stay at a single viewpoint for a long time. On Day 9, we will wait for viewing till evening and drive back to our hotel in Leh.
Day 10 – Depart from Leh (3,500M)
You can check out of the hotel at 10 AM and start your return journey. If you are planning to stay for a few more days and explore the wonders of Ladakh, then check this article – Places that you must visit in Leh Ladakh.
Note – This itinerary is structured according to recent information from our experts. The day wise plan might change according to the activity of the animals and weather conditions in the area.
The Ladakh Snow Leopard trek is meant for anyone who is a photographer, an animal enthusiast, a nature lover or simply anyone who admires the cold in the cold regions of the Himalayas in their peak winter season. Taking you to an altitude of 4,400M, the subzero temperatures make it a moderate level adventure.
Snow Leopard Trek - Ladakh is a level 4 adventure on the Bikat Rating Scale.
This makes it mandatory for you to have high-altitude experience of preferably multiple treks marked at level 3 on the BRS. The extreme weather conditions and the altitude the trail takes you to, demand a certain level of endurance and a need for you to be aware of how your body reacts to the various features of the high-altitude environment.
we will send you a progression chart to help you comfortably get out of your comfort zone in order to level up and ultimately reach your highest potential in the big, bad world of outdoor adventure.
This is a list of essential items for individuals doing the trek with Bikat Adventures. This list contains only those items which the participants are required to bring with them. The list excludes those items which are provided by Bikat Adventures on the trek. All the items in the list are essential except for those marked as optional.
Our batch sizes are capped at 15 for smaller treks with the trek leader and trekker ratio of 1:8. This ratio, in our years of experience, has proven to deliver the best trekking experience for individuals as well as groups. Capping the size of the group ensures individual attention to each trekker so that no signs of distress or need during the trek go unnoticed. It also helps to form a more cohesive cohort with better group energy which helps define the rhythm and pace of days on the trek. As you go higher up on the BRS scale, since the stakes are higher, expeditions have an even smaller group size with the ratio of expedition leader to climber set at 1:2.
We follow a rigorous regime of hiring and training our experts in the field. Each trek leader is a certified mountaineer with years of experience in the field. In addition to their qualification, they also go through practical and situational training to tackle any and all kinds of sudden conditions that may present themselves on the ground. Being unpredictable is the core nature of the mountains but being ready for any circumstance as best as possible is a controllable asset that we try to nurture. Our field experts are also trained in basic medicine and first-aid response. Watch: Forerunners - The Making of A Trek Leader At Bikat Adventures
Since Bikat Adventures is a learning-based organization, we help you climb up the ladder of difficulty within the sphere of outdoor adventure systematically. Our on-ground training modules are designed to handhold you through the upskilling process so that you are ready to take on bigger challenges.
All the gear used on our treks and expeditions is tried and tested, maintained for good quality, and is overall top-notch in quality and condition. We are continually looking to obtain the best of everything there is in the market so as to ensure optimum safety.
Along with the staff you see on-ground, we have a team of superheroes working in the background to give you the best experience possible. Our background team also comprises local staff from each area who know the region best. Having local support helps with studying the area, pre-planning, execution, and in receiving timely support in case of emergencies in these remote locations.
Our on-field staff is in constant contact with our teams based in primary locations so as to eliminate any avoidable delay in reaching additional help and support when required. We try to use the best tools for communication available, including satellite phones, in regions where they are not restricted.
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