Ladakh Snow Leopard Trail

Trip Details

  • Trip Type: Wildlife

  • Region: Ladakh

  • Grade: Moderately Challenging

  • Duration: 10 days

  • Max Altitude: 4000m

  • Batch Dates: Custom Trips Only

Ladakh Snow Leopard Trail

One of the hardest animals to spot on the planet - the snow leopard is as elusive as it gets. Winter in the high Himalayas forces the cat to lower altitudes and easier terrain.

 

Ladakh and especially Ulley provide one of the most accessible way to view the Snow Leopard in the wild. They rule the cliffs of Trans-Himalayan landscape in Spiti and Ladakh, in India and are highly revered by the locals.

 

Winters in Ladakh are also a great time to spot a variety of other rare Himalayan wildlife like the Siberian Ibex, Blue Sheep, Tibetan Wolf, Red fox, Lammergeier, Golden Eagle, Tibetan Snowcock, etc.

 

Using local home stays, wildlife spotters and guides, the tour gives you a unique opportunity to view rare wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and unparalleled insight into the communities that choose to live in these harsh mountains.

Trip Cost

This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek. 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Leh
Duration: 5 hours

Arrive in Leh today and spend the day getting acclimatised. Rest along with a short walk in the evening.

 

Day 2: Leh
Duration: 8 hours

Spend the day in and around Leh. Optional market and monastery visits.

 

Day 03: Leh – Spituk – Likhir - Ulley (4000m)
Duration: 5 hours
We drive from Leh to Ulley. Ulley will be our base for the next 5 days. Here we will look for the Snow leopard, Ibexes, Shankoos and Blue Sheep. 

 

Day 04 – 08: In and around Ulley
Explore Ulley and the surrounding valleys for the next 5 days in search of the Snow Leopard on foot with your guide. In the process there will also be plenty of opportunity for you to get enthralling insights into local folklore, spot a variety of angulates or maybe even the Tibetan wolf as well as learn about Ladakhi customs and traditions.

 

Day  09: Ulley - Leh

Drive back to Leh. 

 

Day 10: Leh

Early morning drop to the airport. Trip Ends!

Cost Includes

  1. All transport as detailed in the itinerary
  2. All accommodation during the trip on twin occupancy  in homestays as detailed in the itinerary
  3. All meals as detailed in the itinerary
  4. The food served every day will be a mixed cuisine and will be both Veg and Non-veg. (Indian, Italian, Chinese, Tibetan and Continental food)
  5. High-grade English speaking climbing and wildlife team 
  6. Staff Insurance 

Cost Excludes

  1. Hotels in Leh and Ulley
  2. Any flights 
  3. Any expenses of a personal nature.
  4. Any guest Insurance.
  5. Personal clothing and equipment
  6. Any other expenses not mentioned above.  
  7. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.  
  8. Tips and Gratuities

Things you need to get

Clothing:

- Good quality waterproof jacket

- Waterproof trousers

- Balaclava (thick fleece)

- Sun hat

- Cycle mitts

- Warm gloves - mountaineering gloves (waterproof outer, fleece inner) are good.

- Mid-weight fleece top

- Cycling tights (looser, "trackster" fit rather skin-tight lycra),

- Shorts

- Long sleeved shirt

- Travel trousers

- 2 wicking tee-shirts (synthetic or merino wool)

- Cotton tee-shirt for around town

- Long sleeved thermal top

- Thermal long johns

- 2-3 pairs underwear

- 2-3 pairs of standard socks

- 1 pair warm sock

Footwear:

- Cycling shoes, e.g. SPD's, if applicable (bring spare cleats)

- Trekking shoes and climbing shoes

- Flip-flops, Crocs or Sandals to wear around camp.

Pack:

- Main bag - soft shell duffle bag to be kept in the logistics vehicle. 
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lts - You will use this to carry your camera, water bottle, Trail layers, trail food etc.

Accessories:

- A bike helmet

- Dark glasses (the sun is very strong),

- Camera

- A couple of spare passport photos photocopies of key documents. e.g., passport (data and visa pages),

- travel insurance policy

- Toiletries - Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper

- Repair Kit (needle and thread).

- Headlamp/ Torch.

- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 litre each.

- Plastic Packing covers.