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.
Alternative Tour Name: The Quest For Snow Leopard