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Snow Leopard Tour in Ladakh, India - 14 Days

Snow Leopard Tour in Ladakh, India

Exclusive Snow Leopard Tour

In your quest for the 14-days snow leopard tour, one of the most elusive of the great cats of the world, you will embark on a journey that will take you to the stunning heights of a high-altitude desert cradled between the Karakoram and the Great Himalayan ranges.

Ladakh from afar is a barren lifeless landscape that on closer inspection offers a glimpse into the Himalayan landscape, fauna and the unique culture of the land. This ancient Himalayan kingdom is situated at an altitude of 3500 m where the temperatures are frigid and the vegetation sparse.

Beyond the reach of the monsoon. Ladakh receives very little snow especially in the valleys and even less rain. The sandy soils are frozen solid for eight months in a year and scorched for the remaining four. It is this barren landscape that is home to the Snow leopards that are generally found at elevations between 3350-6500m, this adventure will take you through stunning Himalayan alpine and sub-alpine zones where temperatures are extreme. Accompanying you will be expert local guides whose expertise in this harsh terrain is unmatched and we use their intrinsic training to look for the minutest evidence like pugmarks, scrapes and scats to track this elusive cat.

This is also a great opportunity to observe and photograph the other unique mammals found in these mountains. The Bharal or Blue Sheep is the most common ungulate here and constitutes the main prey base of the Snow Leopard. The Tibetan Argali, the largest sheep in the world is found near Gandala Pass in this region and strangely unlike other ungulates, it climbs higher up during the winter months. The Tibetan Wolf, red fox, mountain weasel, pika and woolly hare are also found here.

In an effort to support snow leopard conservation through the involvement of the community, we work with local guides from the villages who have unmatched knowledge of the snow leopard and the terrain. This brings first-hand local knowledge of the movement of the cats and allows direct benefits to local communities from tourism.

By including homestays as a part of the trip, it ensures that stakeholders at every level are benefitted from your visit. Researchers confirm that direct economic benefit from snow leopard related tourism helps villagers tolerate the loss of sheep to snow leopard and reduces snow leopard-human conflict and cat mortality rates have dropped considerably over the years.

Snow Leopard Tour highlights include:

  • Snow Leopard
  • The beautiful landscape of the cold desert
  • Spend glorious nights in your tent under the most amazing night sky
  • Monastery visits
  • The most amazing flight over the Himalayas while coming to Leh
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Alternative Tour Name: The Quest For Snow Leopard
Day 1
Day 1 - Fly Delhi to Leh

Transfer to the domestic airport to board the flight for Leh. Arrive at Leh and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure or free to acclimatize to the high altitude. We have the option to walk to the Leh market and have limited options to bird around town.

Day 2
Day 2 - Leh Introductory Tour

Morning attend prayers at Thiksey monastery and later bird in the nearby Shey marshes and Sindhughat. ( Ibisbill and Solitary Snipe are possibilities). Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3
Day 3 - Leh – Zingchen – Hemis

Morning drive to Zingchen and trek to our tented camp at Husing Nallah. Afternoon scan the slopes near the camp to look for signs of the elusive Snow Leopard. Overnight in tents.

Day 4
Days 4 to 11 - Valleys of Housing

The next eight days would be spent in the valleys of Husing, Tarbung and the Rumbak area; which offer us the best chance of sighting this elusive cat. During these days we will not follow a fixed itinerary and follow a plan based on the inputs of our accompanying guides to maximize our chances of sighting Snow Leopards.

Day 12
Day 12 - Hemis to Ulley

On the morning of the 12th day, we continue on our return trek to Zingchen and drive to Ulley. Mammals we can expect to see here are the Ladakh Urial, Asiatic Ibex and the Tibetan Wolf. Overnight at a Homestay.

Day 13
Day 13 - Ulley – Leh – Delhi

Make our way back to the airport to board the flight for Delhi. Arrive at Delhi and transfer to the hotel close to the international airport. Rest of the day at leisure or free for optional activities. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14
Day 14 - Delhi

Early morning transfer for a flight back home.

Wildlife species expected to visit:

Snow Leopards, Ladakh Urial, Asiatic Ibex, Tibetan Wolf,

What is included?

  • Reception at the airport on arrival and send off
  • Accommodation on twin share with meals
  • Exclusive transport for all transfers and birding trips
  • Park Entry fees
  • Birding guide
  • Restricted Area Permit
  • Camping equipment and team.

What is not included?

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses, beverages, liquor, laundry, telephone
  • Bottled water
  • Medical expenses & Insurance,
  • Camera fees at National Parks – where applicable
  • Single room supplement if required
  • Travel insurance of any sort
  • Anything that is not included in “What is included”.

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How does the payment process work?

A 25% deposit will secure your bookings of the tour, with full payment due 8 weeks before the tour starts.

Can we cater for special dietary requirements?

Yes, all the lodges we use will serve vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. They would be happy to incorporate any special needs you may have. Please let them know well in advance as the supplies need to be pre-arranged

Is the tour suitable for children?

In general, our tours are kid-friendly

Does the tour have a guide?

Yes, the tour has a special wildlife guide. You will also have an escort for the entire trip

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14 Days

Price & Availability

USD1,950 / per person
Single Suppliment USD 225
Group Discount Available
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This tour is operated by: Enchanted India

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Tour Facts

  • Ladakh, India
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Wildlife
  • 2 to 8 pax
  • 14 Days
  • January to March
  • +5 years
  • Leisurely
  • Yes
  • English
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport (Dehli)
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport (Dehli)