Snow Leopard Trek - Ladakh

Snow Leopard Trek - Ladakh

Ladakh 10 Days

Moderate

40 KM

MAX 15

MAX ALTITUDE

4400 mts.


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Brief Description

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 wildlife descent to search of grassing and water. The Snow Leopard Trek in Ladakh is best-done between the months of December to March. Stay on this page for more information on the Ladakh Snow Leopard Trek.



Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrival in 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.


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Day 2

Acclimatisation in Leh (3500 m)

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.


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Day 3

Leh – Phey – Hemis National Park (12400 ft)

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.


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Day 4

Hemis National Park (Wildlife Viewing)

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.


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Day 5

Wildlife Viewing

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.


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Day 6

Wildlife Viewing

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.


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Day 7

Wildlife Viewing

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.


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Day 8

Wildlife Viewing

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.


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Day 9

Trek Zingchen – Leh

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.


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Day 10

Departure from Leh



Frequently Asked Questions

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Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

The Ladakh Snow Leopard trek is meant for those who wish to explore the wild side of Ladakh winters in search of the elusive cat making it a once in a lifetime opportunity for both trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers. This involves quite a bit of trekking as we move from one area to the other in search of the snow leopard and that combined with the fact that the entire landscape will be covered in snow with temperatures plummeting to as low as -30 degree celsius demands good physical fitness and mental endurance. So it is recommended to come well prepared and regular exercises is advisable. This is a moderate level trek and can be done by both novice and experienced trekkers.

Eligibility: Experience required

This trek can be done by both beginners and experienced trekkers. For beginners, it is recommended to have good physical fitness and learn about campsite basics, ascending and descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 30-35 seconds

If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tent, toilet tent.
  • Ascending & descending technique for mountain trails
  • Basic mountain mannerisms
  • Ascending & descending on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small water streams

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Snow Leopard Trek - Ladakh

The Ladakh Snow Leopard Trek is a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the elusive big cat which calls the high mountains of Ladakh its home and this is best done in the winter months when the valley is covered in snow. It is a wildlife enthusiast and a nature lovers paradise. You will be accompanied by local guides and experienced trackers who will take you through the snow-clad mountains of Hemis National Park in search of the snow leopard and other exotic animals indigenous to this region.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

December to March are the best months for the Ladakh Snow Leopard Trek.

Packing List: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The base of the Snow Leopard Trek in Ladakh in Leh which in winters is accessible only by air. Leh has flight connections from Delhi, Chandigarh and other major cities.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

No cellular network beyond Leh.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

You will be accommodated in a mix of hotel/guesthouses/homestays. On the days we go in search of the snow leopard, we will be staying in homestays and tents.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward, provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

Winters in Ladakh are very harsh and extremely cold. With heavy snowfall and temperatures plummeting to -20 to -30 degrees.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

Yes, there will be snow on the trek.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

It is recommended to come prepared with all the necessities and buy the same beforehand.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

We will pick you up from your hotel in Leh and drop you off at the same location.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach Leh by late afternoon.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for this trek.


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • Camping/Homestay during the trek
  • Trek Meals (Starting Lunch on Day 3 till Breakfast on Day 9)
  • Gaiter, Micro-spikes, and Helmet as required
  • First aid medical kit including oxygen cylinder
  • Experienced Guide and Support staff
  • Transport from Leh to Road head and return
  • Hotel/Guest House Stays in Leh (Day 1,2 & 9)
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification
  • Experienced on-site scanners.

Whats Not Included?

  • National Park and Wildlife Department Permit Fees (approximately INR 1500/day)
  • Meals in Leh
  • Meals during road Journeys
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

Please note
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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