10 Days Ladakh Snow Leopard Sighting Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladakh Snow Leopard Sighting Tour

Region India Ladakh
Days 10
Max Alitude 4000m
Grade Easy

Date: 10-19 Feb 2017

Snow Leopards are some of the most difficult animals to spot in the wild. They usually live at altitudes over 15,000-16,000ft in summers and prey mostly on Bharals or Mountain goats, Ibex, Himalayan Thar and Markhors. During the winters, all their prey come down in search of grass and with them the snow leopards too start coming to lower altitudes and that is the best chance for wildlife enthusiasts to sight them. India has approximately 500-600 snow leopards and Ladakh alone is expected to have 200 snow leopards. Along with the sighting trip you also get to witness the winters of Ladakh when barren landscapes turn to beautiful white scenery along with getting a firsthand experience of life of the locals in harsh winters.

During the trip, you will be accompanied by an experienced guide who is well versed in setting up sighting equipment and with in-depth knowledge about the snow leopard and other wildlife.

 

 

Day 01: Fly to Leh. Rest and acclimatization. Town Walk in the evening.

Day 02: Drive to Thiksey for morning prayer ceremony. Cover Shey Palace and Hemis Monastery

Day 03: Drive to Ulley Village in Sham Valley with sightseeing stopovers

Day 04: Snow leopard sighting day in Ulley

Day 05: Snow leopard sighting day in Ulley

Day 06: Snow leopard sighting day in Ulley

Day 07: Snow leopard sighting day in Ulley

Day 08: Snow leopard sighting day in Ulley

Day 09: Drive back to Leh. Leisure day

Day 10: Fly out

 

Day 01: Fly to Leh. Rest and acclimatize. Leh Town Walk in the evening (3500m)

Take the most picturesque flight in the Himalaya over snowy mountains to arrive in Leh. Transfer to Hotel and rest for the day. You can walk down or take a stroll around the Leh market in the evening.
Overnight Hotel.

 

Day 02: Drive to Thiksey for morning prayer ceremony. Cover Shey Palace and Hemis Monastery
Drive by the Indus to Thiksey monastery, the largest monastery in central Ladakh for morning prayer.
Enjoy the beautiful view of the Stok range covered in snow from Shey Palace and return to leh after a vist to Hemis Monastery.

Overnight Hotel.

 

Day 03: Drive to Ulley Village in Sham Valley
We drive on the Kargil road towards Ulley Village. We stop by some of the major attractions on this route like the famous Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Magnetic Hill, Confluence of Zanskar & Indus and Basgo Fort. We also visit the Alchi Monastery where you can see 1000 year old miniature paints which are considered the best Buddhist paintings in the Himalayan region.

Overnight Homestay.

 

Day 04 – Day 08 (5 days): Snow leopard sighting days in Ulley.

On a typical sighting day, we hike up to a designated point to set up the sophisticated sighting equipment which will be carried by our guide. He then keeps his ears tuned for calls by the sheep/goats which are the first to sense the presence of the snow leopard. He will then scan the areas through special binoculars for probable presence of the wild cat. You require a lot of patience to spot a snow leopard as it takes a lot of waiting to sight one. Most of these activities will happen during the first half of the day and lunch will be served on the field or back at the homestay if the guide suggests so. Post lunch time is usually spent in short walks or hikes around the area and knowing about the local culture and tradition.

Overnight Homestay.

 

Day 09: Drive back to Leh. Leisure day
We have a leisurely day in Leh to spend it as we want. You can walk around Leh town, do some winter shopping, or drive to Khardungla and back.

Overnight hotel in Leh.

 

Day 10: Fly out
Early morning transfer to Leh airport and fly out to Delhi.

 

LAND Price per person in SGD:   $1488

Tour Code: IND-LSLT-10

Date: 10-19 Feb 2017

Price is subjected to changes without prior notice
Airfare: SIN-Delhi-Leh-Delhi-SIN: From S$ 750 including taxes

A deposit of S$ 500 per person is required upon confirmation and the balance must be paid in full 30 days prior to the departure date. Non-payment by required date may result in the cancellation of your booking and subjected to cancellation charges.

LAND Price includes

  • Twin share accommodation for 3 nights at a ‘A’ category hotel on full board in Leh.
  • Twin share accommodation for 6 nights at Ulley on full board
  • All transport as per the itinerary
  • Guided sightseeing of monasteries for half day at Leh.
  • Permits, Snowleapard specialist with local trip leader
  • All Govt taxes
  • Briefing prior departure
  • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • Personal gears such as sleeping bag
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, camera fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Tips
  • Visa and Visa application fees