Snow Leopard Trip 2017-18/19/

Trip Duration: 12 Nights - 13 Days
Best Time: October to February
Altitude: 4000m to 4500mtr
Highlights: Wildlife, Snow Leopard, Palla's Cat, Lyxn
Villages: Hemis National Park (HNP), Ulley, Himya, Liktse, Tarchit
Grade: Moderate - Strenuous
Price From: 2800 Euro PP

The Snow Leopard Trip  in Ladakh is highly focused on the kingdom of the Leopard family ; which is main in Hemis National park. This park (HNP)  is in the eastern region of Leh.  It is the largest national park of India. In this trip, you will have the right expertise, the best guide who is always on the look out of the tracks of snow leopard during dawn and dusk when they are active the most, and with some luck on your side, you have the best probability of spotting this majestic mammal. Snow Leopard can spotted in the Husing Valley, Tarbung Valley and near by Tsarbung Valley, Kharlung Valley, Urutse, Rumbak camp area, Stokla and Gandhala area.

Snow Leopard can also be spotted in the Rong Valley; Liktse, Tharchik and Himya villages and also at Ulley village. The  chances are more for sighting as there are  option of communication reliable and wide area of this Valley. Roads are also accesible and accomodation is less problem in this above villages.

We do not keep limited area in HNP but keep the option open to all this area; whereever our informer give us call of spotting this wild-cats;  we remain ready to drive to that area for spotting/sighting and make sure our  guests see  and capture Snow Leopard's amazing picture for everyone.

 


 

 

Itinerary

      Snow Leopard Quest Ladakh Itinerary 2017-18/19   COST USD.2800 PER PERSON & MAXIMUM 5 PEOPLE AND ABOVE.

Day 01 : Reception at KBR Airport,Leh, and  welcome in traditional Ladakh style by extending white scarf to each and every guests, transfer to Hotel, Leh. Complete day rest for acclimatization (it is very important for those coming from lower altitude) to Leh’s high altitude of 3450 mtr. Hot lunch at the Hotel. Evening easy walk/stroll in the Leh Market for orientation with English speaking Guide.    Overnight hotel at Leh.

Day 02:  After breakfast local sightseeing of monasteries around Leh – Shey, Thiksay and birding around Indus belt. Indus belt is popular for some of the winter endemic birds of Ladakh including Ibisbill. Hotel, Leh.

Day 03: After b/f drive to Ulley Village up in the mountains for spotting snow leopard. Ulley is a hamlet consisting of about 5 families, mostly scattered in upland valley, one of the popular destinations for spotting Snow Leopards, Ibex, Blue Sheep, Wolf, Lammergeier, Golden Eagle, etc. Yaks are reared by the villagers and which are also hunted by the Snow Leopard. Overnight at homestays at Ulley.

Day 04: Whole Day Sighting Snow Leopard in Ulley.  Overnight at Homestay, Ulley

Day 05: After a morning of spotting trials, drive to  Hemis High Altitude National Park (HNP) ,  to Jingchen and trek to Husing Valley (3550 mtrs), where camp for the rest of the days at already set-up camping place by our staff.  The trek from Jingchen till Camp is about 01 hour with stops for spotting in the by-passing Tarbung Rigdges and valley. Evening at leisure at Camp Husing. Hot Lunch at the camp. Overnight Camping at Husing

Day 06 : Full Day snow leopard spotting walks/treks into different valleys with inputs and guidance from Spotter(s) who scan the whole valley from morning till evening with breaks for morning tea/breakfast/lunch and evening tea. On spotting snow leopard, the spotters convey the message to guests with the help of walky talky and also by getting message personally by spotters who come to help guests getting their heavy camera gears to the spotting point normally a mount, ridge about 100-250 meter above the camp depending on the sighting spot. Overnight at Camp at Husing Valley.

Day 07: Full Day Snow Leopard spotting walks/treks (similar to previous day), The camp is surrounded by few valleys popular for spotting Snow Leopards, like Husing Valley, Tsarbung Valley, Kharlung Valley, Tarbung Valley and Rumbak Valley. Spotter(s) will scan the Valleys on tip-offs and on their own experiences and convey messages to the camp and location of the guests. Overnight at  Camp, Husing

Day 08:  Full Day Snow Leopard spotting walks/treks (similar to previous day) Overnight at  Husing Camp.

Day  09 :  Full Day Snow Leopard spotting walks/treks (similar to previous day) Overnight  Camp, Husing

Day 10 : After an early b/f, today start trek to Rumbak / Urutsey Valleys (4250 Mtr).  The trek is uphill through the Rumbak stream, zig-zaging, on the iced stream few times, to reach to open Valley of Rumbak and Yurutsey junction.  Homestays in these villages are popular in the summer and many trekkers also enjoy experiencing Homestay in the winter.  Check in to Homestay and hot Lunch on arrival. Whole of the evening to enjoy valleys for great scenes of Stok Kangri range, passes as high as 5000 mtrs and also to look for Snow Leopard.  Whole of the Valley is also popular for spotting other wild animals and birds like, Lynx, Ibex, Ladakh Urial, Nyan, Blue Sheep, Wolf, Picas, Red Fox, Golden Eagle, Lammergeier. Overnight Homestay, Rumbak.

Day 11 : After breakfast trek down to Husing Valley, scanning Rumbak, Yurutse, Tsarbung, Kharlung Valley before reaching the Camp. Hot Lunch at the Camp. Whole of the afternoon at Husing. Evening at the camp and last Dinner Farewell Party with the local staff. Overnight Camp, Husing

Day 12 :  After b/f one last time scan the slopes surrounding the camp and trek down to Jingchen. Pickup by car(s) to Hotel in Leh.  Hot lunch at Hotel, Leh and whole of the evening for checking photos, connecting with the families back home by phone/email and shopping for souvenirs’ from Ladakh. Overnight Hotel, Leh

Day 13:  Transfer to KBR Airport Leh for further travel home with great memories of Ladakh and good photos of Snow Leopards and other winter wild animals of Ladakh.

 

 

Inclusion

Important Notes:

Homestays: Homestays are simple Ladakhi Home with basic facilities of hygienic room, heater with meals, but without attached bath (running water bath and toilets).

Porter:  Porters assigned for carrying tripods, scopes, camera and lenses (all personal) are not responsible for if due to falls or slips or small accidents, damaged. As such clients are requested to either get their expensive cameras, lenses and tripods, etc.  Insured or carry them on their own.

Water: Drinking water at the camp is collected from the icy stream water just below / adjacent to camp, and provided boiled. If clients cannot take such water, we advised them to ask us to buy bottled water from Leh and be brought to camp, well in advance.

Spotting:  No one can guarantee spotting this elusive Snow Leopard at a site and at a particular time. Our company does everything to ensure that the clients somehow spot Snow Leopard for which they have come all the way from other parts of the world and spend huge amount of money for such trip. In circumstances, when our local networks/experts on Snow Leopard inform us about possibility of spotting the leopard in other valleys/regions, we  promptly inform our clients, but the decision taken and extra expenses (if any) are wholly and solely of the clients and not ours. In such case our company will take written note from the clients for change of programme which the clients have to sign and agree. Other valleys, villages and regions that are popular for such spotting  are Ulley, Saspotsey, Hemis Shukpachan, Tingmosgang and Tia, Tar, Skindiang, Tarchit, Ligtse, Kyungyam, Hemya, etc .and some of these villages  need Special Permit (Protected Area Permit) from the administration for foreigners. Our company, will process the permit on arrival and keep them ready.

Language guide: German/French or any other languages other than English speaking guides are not in plenty in Ladakh. We will need ample time to book such language guide. We shall, however arrange such guide for special groups, but extra fees for such services shall be additional and not inclusive in the package rate.

Spotting Scope/ Binocular: We provide one spotting scope and one binocular which will be used by our Snow Leopard Guide and will be shared for viewing snow leopard with the clients. If the clients have their personal scope and binocular, they can enjoy viewing the leopard in much ease. Hence we recommend all our clients to bring their own binoculars and if possible spotting scopes for better experience of spotting snow leopard in the wild.

Sleeping Bag: We provide extra sleeping bag to clients for -15-20*. We strongly recommend, that each client brings their own good sleeping bag for -20* temperature. Temperature abruptly changes/ falls here in Ladakh in the winter.

Water Bottle: Personal water bottle, if possible 2 litr + is must by the guest on the trip.

Torch / Head Torch: Torch must and if possible one that can be tied on the head for free movements of arms/hands. Powerful multi-battery Torch can also help spot snow leopard in the night.

PRICES INCLUDES

- Accommodation on Twin Sharing basis with all meals in A Class  Hotel
- All meals at Camp /  in home-stays 
- All transportation (by Jeep) in Ladakh 
- Guide/ Spotter services throughout the tour in Ladakh 
- National Park entrance fees  
- Ponies for luggage 
- Home stay charges / Camping fees

- All Camping Gears

- Cook, helper, assistants (for groups)

- Sleeping Tent

- Sporting Scope and walkie talkie during the trek. 

Exclusion

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

- Flight tickets from Delhi-Leh-Delhi
- Sleeping Bags, trekking shoes and clothing.
- Any Kind of Personal Expenses, Personal binocular or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices Included”. 
- Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls. Internet facilities
- Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control

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