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Snow Leopard Expedition

Most exciting travel opportunities of a lifetime featuring the Ghost of the Himalayas, the elusive Snow Leopard. During the winters when the peaks are covered with snow, the ghost descends to lower and more approachable altitudes in and around the Hemis National Park. Though this trip is not just about the Snow Leopard but we will also be indulging in some culture and adventure as well.

These rare, beautiful leopards inhabit the mountains of Hemis National Park. They are insulated by thick hair, and their wide, fur-covered feet act as natural snowshoes. Snow leopards have powerful legs and are tremendous leapers, able to jump as far as 50 feet (15 meters). They use their long tails (some times 80% of their body length) for balance and as blankets to insulate sensitive body parts against the severe mountain chilly weather.

Price: Rs 48,000
Customise Travel on any date between Dec to Feb
Fixed Departure Dates: 27 Feb & 3 March

 

Cost Includes:
1) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Evening Tea Coffee 
2) Trek & Wildlife Trek as per itenary 
3) Stay on triple/double sharing as per package 
4) Transportation as per Itenary
5) Sight seeing & Permit Fees as per itenary
6) Permit fee & Taxes for Safari, Guide
Cost Does Not Include:
1) Air ticket, Train ticket, etc
2) Water, Liquor, soft drinks, beverages, etc. 
3) Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, etc. 
4) Any services/meals not mentioned
5) Any Other expense due to any other reasons
6) Camera Fees

Itenary ex Leh, India

Day 1: Take the early morning flight to Leh from New Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to the Hotel. Complete rest for the day is highly recommended as it eases the process of acclimatization. Also sipping hot Tea while stretching your legs in the lap of Himalayas is definitely not a bad way to start you trip, alternatively you can also choose to visit the local market in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay in Leh.

DAY 2: STOK MONASTERY FESTIVAL, Its time for some culture today, as we head out to the Stok monastery to attend the famed annual Stok Gruru Tsechu (Full Day). During these two days of festival mask dances are performed by monks of the monastery wearing colorful silk brocaded robes and mask in different forms of God and Goddesses. Like the Matho Narang, you have oracles appearing during the festival, though they are not enlightened priests but laymen from the villages prepared by the monks to receive spirits of the deities. Dinner and overnight stay at Leh.

DAY 3: LEH LOCAL SIGHTSEEING.Today will be spent in exploring the local sights of Leh, visiting the monasteries likeShey Palace, a onetime residence of the royal family with a famous high gilded statue of Buddha inside.Thiksey monastery, which is home to an impressive 44ft Buddha statue.Hemis monastery, which is to one of the wealthiest and most impressive gompas in the area.Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa, The most iconic sight in the town in the imposing 16th century Leh Palace which dominates the skyline and nearby Shanti Stupa hosts a beautiful sunset.During this time of the year, the whole Ladakhi landscape takes a very different form. Ample time will be provided to let you explore the rejuvenated Ladakh at your own pace.Dinner and Overnight stay in Leh.

DAY 4: CHADAR - THE FROZEN RIVER TREK.This is one of the exhilarating unique moments that you would ever come across in your lifetime. Large sections of the river Zanskar, which is one of the mightiest rivers in Ladakh, freeze over in the dead of winter and are covered by a thick blanket of ice.  The word Chadar means blanket and is used to refer to the trek along the frozen Zanskar River.We’ll do small part of the legendary route, where our trek starts from Chilling and will lead into the intimidating Zanskar gorge where magnificent views of Ice peaks, shiny icy walking trails and unexpected hanging icicles would have you enthralled. Trekking time 2-3 hrs .Evening back to the hotel, a bonfire to keep you warm and dinner afterwards Overnight at Leh.

DAY 5: LEH TO ZINGCHEN - TREK TO RUMBAK .This is the part that we have been building up to.Post breakfast we head to the Hemis National Park. From Phey Bridge onwards we start hiking along side Indus towards the Zingchen Gorge. We continue up the gorge and soon enough lay our eyes on the high altitude Hemis national park, the home of the Snow leopard. Keep your senses sharp and a look out amidst the cliffs and at the base of rocks where they mark their turf, snow leopard trail and other wildlife.We spend the night in Rumbak Homestays and it is our first night in the stunning Hemis wilderness. Trekking time: 5-6 hrs. Elevation: 12,400 ft

DAY 6 to 8: WILDLIFE VIEWING AND TRACKING THE SNOW LEOPARD Over the next 3 days we trek around Hemis National Park tracking the Snow Leopard and its wildlife prey. Hemis National Park is home to blue sheep, argali (a large horned sheep), numerous mountain and migratory birds, as well as an occasional Tibetan wolf, one of the most prolific hunters of the region. You are likely to see signs of Snow Leopard, as winter is the time when they descend to lower elevations. If lucky, you’ll actually see one perched high in the rocks or balanced on a near vertical ridge. Return to camp for some hot servings and warming tea and share tales of the day. Snow Leopards naturally predate on wild bharal (blue sheep) or ibex (mountain goat) however they have been known to kill domestic animals such as local farmers’ goat and sheep. They are able to kill and carry up to 3 times their body weight and are generally opportunist hunters.

On Day 8: We head to Rumbak Village and scope the areas around for Wildlife and the familiar Himalayan Ghost – the Snow Leopard. Overnight in Camp/Home stay.

DAY 9: RUMBAK TO ZINGCHEN AND BACK TO LEH Trek down-valley past familiar Snow Leopard haunts and piles of carved Tibetan prayer stones to Zingchen; about 5 hrs. Post our arrival in Zingchen, we head back to civilization – Leh. After a much needed and deserved shower it is time to relax, grab a drink and enjoy the last of the gorgeous and peaceful Himalayan scenery.Farewell Dinner and Overnight in Leh.

DAY 10: DEPARTURE FROM LEH. Early morning depart back home with unforgettable memories for a lifetime.

SPECIAL NOTES: 
1) We can also customize a similar trip to suit your requirements on any date of your choice & your choice of stay 
2) Delays are expected on account of weather conditions & various other reasons. In such situations we may have to compromise to these situations then & there. 
We may have to make some spot changes due to various reasons. 
3) All Payments are non-refundable. No Refunds for confirmed booking. No refund for no show. 
4) Our effort is to give a clear idea about various aspects of the trip to avoid any misunderstanding during the tour. 
We request you to please read all the information given herewith carefully.