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Snow Leopard Trek - Ladakh

Trekked by Many, Discovered by a Handful


Snow Leopard Trek - Ladakh

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10 Days
40 Km
Max 15
45000 + 5% GST
Leh to Leh

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Brief Description

Location: Ladakh
Altitude:4400 m
Duration:10 Days

Several kinds of experts, animal enthusiasts, and nature lovers from across the globe come to Rumbak Valley, Ladakh, to spot the mystical cat of the Himalayas, the snow leopard. Of the 5 famous regions in India to house this beautiful high-mountain cat (J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh), Rumbak, Ladakh is prominently known as the snow leopard capital of the world. It holds an unimaginable ecology of rare animals. Some of the prominent ones are pica, blue sheep, Tibetan wolf, golden eagle, brown fox, and of course, the snow leopard.

The landscape of Rumbak valley is balanced with ice-covered streams of the Indus River streaming between huge peaks and a rocky terrain. The 3 famous spots of this trek are Tarbung valley, Hussing point, and Rumbak village. These three locations hold several pathways where snow leopards cross territories and settle down for mating and hunting. Every spot also holds a unique viewing point that allows trekkers and others to rest and soak in the magical view for hours. This spectacle can be witnessed only during the peak winters of Ladakh, from December end to March. Here the temperatures go below subzero and remain unpredictable with a sudden onset of snowfall and heavy winds.

This fierce cat is known to be extremely elusive and tough to spot. Luck, patience, and a sharp eye play a huge part in this trek. To say that spotting the grey ghost of the Himalayas is a wild experience would be an understatement.

Nestled in the heart of the Hemis National Park, the valleys of Rumbak have an extensive network of ridges that serve as a highway for the grey ghosts to move in search of food. Unlike other species of the cat family, Leopards don't have a den or cave. They are constantly on the go and make only temporary halts near fresh food sources. This makes spotting the elusive ghost a rare opportunity.

The Snow Leopard trek is a one of a kind trek in our portfolio. Though it requires a basic amount of trekking, it has a completely different structure with a much stronger resemblance to wildlife excursions than hardcore treks. Instead of a trek guide, there will be an expert in tracking and spotting to lead us through this expedition. Instead of walking long distances, we will be required to stay in a single place in wait for the elusive cat. Instead of trekking equipment, our gears for the trip will be telescopes and binoculars. Instead of learning to ascend and descend on trails, we will be learning how to study animal behavior by analyzing pug marks and other signs for movements. There are no fixed timings and set patterns or destinations to cover. To know more about the attractions, stories, and facts of this trek, check - All you need to know about the Snow leopard Expedition. 

The slopes of the Rumbak region are considerably short and steep. It takes proper skill, a certain level of fitness, basic equipment, and experience to climb them. The Snow Leopard expedition is a level 4 on the Bikat Rating Scale, making it a moderate level trek. The main challenges here are the subzero temperatures and slippery scree sections. The frigid region calls for extensive layering and the nature of the terrain demands a fair bit of knowledge about techniques employed in walking on such slopes. To learn more about the challenges and trials of the trek, check - Who is this trek meant for.

So, get ready to track, trek and spot the grey ghost of the Himalayas. Stay on this page for more information.

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Brief Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive at Leh (3,500M)
Day 2 – Acclimatization at Leh (3,500M)
Day 3 – Leh (3,500M) to Rumbak Valley base camp (3,600M)
Day 4 – Tracking and spotting at Tarbung Valley (around 3,800M)
Day 5 – Tracking and spotting at Husing Point (around 3,800M)
Day 6 - Tracking and spotting at Rumbak (around 4,100M)
Day 7, 8 & 9 - Tracking and spotting
Day 10 – Depart from Leh (3,500M)

Detailed Itinerary

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.  

What's 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.

What's 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

Are you Eligible for this Adventure?

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.

4400 m
40 km

BRS Level Required


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.

If you do not know what level of BRS trek would suit you best, worry not! Fill out this Form:

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.

Packing List

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.

Clothing & trek equipment

  • Synthetic Trek pants - 2
  • Windcheater - 1
  • Body Thermals (upper & lower) - 2 pair
  • Warm pants- 2
  • Full sleeves collar T-shirts - 3
  • Down jacket - 1
  • Fleece jacket- 1
  • Merino Trekking Socks - 2-3 pairs
  • Undergarments - 4 pairs
  • Rain coat or poncho
  • Hat with neck cover
  • Woolen Gloves + dual layer Synthetic Waterproof gloves (Both are necessary)
  • Woolen Cap that covers the ears
  • Woolen Socks for sleeping in the night
  • Woolen stole or balaclava to wrap around the neck
  • UV Protection Sunglasses to protect you from snow blindness
  • Rucksack (50-60 L) ( no trolley bag)
  • High ankle trekking shoes
  • Insulated water bottle or thermos flask


  • Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, Bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, etc.)
  • Sun screen lotion small pack. Qty -1 Here is your Sun Protection 101 to stay safe in the bright sunny outdoors.
  • Lip Balm small pack. Qty-1


  • Camera (Optional)
  • Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment. Consult your doctor before joining the trek.
  • Dry fruits, Nuts, Chocolate bars (Optional)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Bikat?

Small Group Size

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.

Qualified Trek Leaders

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

Guided Progression

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.

Equipment Quality and Check

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.

Support Systems

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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Cancellation Policy

Cash refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date

5% deduction

Cancellations between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure date

50% deduction

Cancellations within 15 days prior to departure date

No Refund

Voucher refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date

No Deduction

Cancellations within 5 days prior to departure date

No Refund

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

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