SNOW LEOPARD TREK

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leopard_1Ideal period for spotting snow Leopard is from October to March, that’s from end of Autumn to Beginning of Spring. These elusive cats are spotted throughout the Hemis National Park, and in Sham area west of Leh the famous spots are Ney Phu, Ule Phu, and hills of Skindyang village. Beside Snow Leopard there is always a good chance of spotting many other famous and rare animals like “Nyan” or “Tinetan Argali”,(Ovis ammon); Himalayan blue sheep, called “Bharal” or “Napo”, (Pseudois nayaur); Uriel, locally called “Shapo” (Ovis orientalis), Asiatic ibex Skin(Capra sibirica), and among the predators are Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf, Lynx, Pallas Cat, and many others.

Snow leopards prey upon the blue sheep (bharal) of Tibet and the Himalaya, as well as the mountain ibex found over most of the rest of their range. Though these powerful predators can kill animals three times their weight, they also eat smaller fare, such as marmots, hares, and game birds.

 

Snow Leopard Trails 11 days trek

Hemis National Park is one of the best places to spot snow leapord in Ladakh. National Geographic made many award winning documentary in this Sanctuary on Snow Leopards. Other than snow Leopards we can spot the Ibex (Asiatic Ibex), Blue Sheep (Napo), Shapo (Ladakhi Urial), Tibetan Argali, Red fox, Marmot, etc. Among the birds you can spot in this area are Golden Eagle, Lammergeier vulture and the Himalayan Griffon vulture, the park is home to Brown Accentor, Robin Accentor, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Streaked Rosefinch, Tibetan Snowfinch, Chukar, Fork-tailed Swift, Red-billed Chough, Himalayan Snowcock.

Shan- UlleyDuration: 11DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

Day 01 – Delhi – Leh – Arrival in Leh. Rest and Night stay at Hotel.
Day 02 – Early morning bird watching around Indus river and visit Thiksay monastery. Overnight in hotel.
Day 03 – 45 min drive to Zingchen. This is entry point to Rumbak (Hemis national Park) , 2hrs walk to camp site. Overnight in camp.
Day 04 – Trek to Snow Leopard valley Husing or Tarbong Valley. Overnight in Camp.
Day 05 – Trek to Snow Leopard valley Husing or Tarbong Valley. Overnight in Camp.
Day 06 – Trek to Snow Leopard valley Husing or Tarbong Valley. Overnight in Camp.
Day 07 – Trek to Snow Leopard valley Husing or Tarbong Valley. Overnight in Camp.
Day 08 – Trek to Snow Leopard valley Husing or Tarbong Valley. Overnight in Camp.
Day 09 – Trek to Snow Leopard valley Husing or Tarbong Valley. Overnight in Camp.
Day 10 – Trek to Snow Leopard valley Husing or Tarbong Valley. Overnight in Camp.
Day 11 – Trek back to Zingchen and drive back to Leh. Overnight in Hotel.
Day12 – Leh – Delhi  – Transfer to Leh airport.

Grade: Medium

Best time : January to March

 

 

 

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