Snow Leopard Trek in Ladakh

11 Days Trip
Destination Covered :

Leh - Hemis National Park - Rumbak - Zingchen - Leh


Overview

Note: This tour is only operational from January till March.

If you are a wildlife enthusiast, the snow leopard trek in Ladakh is an excellent opportunity to witness exotic animals and bird species. Our Snow Leopard Trek in Ladakh tour is an 11-day adventure focused on wildlife spotting, particularly the elusive snow leopard, in Hemis National Park. The Hemis National Park Snow Leopard Trek tour includes sightseeing in Leh, a guided trek through the park, and visits to local villages. The park was created in 1981 to protect the unique flora and fauna of the region. The national park is home to several rare and endangered animal species. Participants will stay in camps and interact with locals, learning about their traditional practices.

When planning your Snow Leopard trekking tour, rest assured that all your travel planning is in expert hands. Our skilled team at Leh Ladakh India will meticulously curate the best-customized itinerary and travel options for your Ladakh tour, ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable experience. You can focus solely on enjoying the wildlife of Ladakh, knowing that every detail has been taken care of.

Trip Highlights

  • Highlight Tick Sightseeing in Leh
  • Highlight Tick Walk to the Leh Palace, Victory Peak, and Old Quarter
  • Highlight Tick Hemis National Park-Snow Leopard’s den
  • Highlight Tick Trek to the enchanting Zingchen
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Itinerary Detail

Day 1 Leh

On arrival at the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, you’ll meet our tour representative and get an assisted transfer to the hotel. Upon reaching the hotel, complete the check-in formalities and unwind. Later, after lunch, you will be briefed by the Snow Leopard Conservancy staff. Afterward, you can explore Leh and get accustomed to the high altitudes. Further, have dinner with the Conservancy staff and an overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 Full day at your leisure to explore Leh Market

Day 2 of the Snow Leopard trekking in Ladakh is designed for your relaxation and acclimatization. After a hearty breakfast, the day is yours to spend as you please. You can leisurely explore the adjacent markets, shop for souvenirs, or simply relax in your room, getting accustomed to the region's high altitudes to avoid acute mountain sickness (AMS). The evening concludes with a delicious dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3 Walking Tour of Leh

Today, have your morning meal, and then your day is scheduled for a walking tour of Leh. The guided walking tour of Leh takes you across the Leh Palace, the Victory Peak, and the Old Quarter. After exploring these sites, you can further visit the gift shop of LEDeG, a conservation organization working to preserve the environment and Ladakh’s traditional life. Here, you can shop for items reflecting the culture and traditions of Ladakh. Then, return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4 Leh - Phey (12.8 km/ 20 minutes)

Kickstart your day with breakfast, then complete the check-out formalities and get an assistant drive towards Phey Bridge. Upon reaching the bridge, walk along the Indus River towards Zingchen Gorge. On an upward route, you will reach the entry to Hemis National Park. Along the way, you can enjoy the beautiful view and look for signs of wildlife. Once you reach the Wildlife Study Camp, you will check in at the pre-decided camp and unwind. Later, have dinner and an overnight stay at the camp.

Day 5 Spotting Wildlife

Begin day 6 of the Ladakh Trip Itinerary with breakfast at the wildlife camp. Then, your day is fixed to enjoy a full day of tracking wildlife in the Hemis National Park. Here, you can view the snow leopard, blue sheep, argali, Tibetan wolf, and various migratory birds. If lucky, you will be able to spot the snow leopard or look for their foot marks. In the evening, return to the camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6 Spotting Wildlife

Have breakfast at the camp and spend another day in the national park with a trained naturalist. Enjoy the landscape views, the open-blue sky, alpine plants, and much more. Then, go on a wildlife trekking tour with the naturalist and get deeper insights into the flora and fauna in Hemis National Park. Then, return to the camp for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 7 - 9 Spotting Wildlife - Visit to The Villages

Days 7, 8, and 9 are planned to spot wildlife and visit nearby villages. You will walk towards the nearby sites where snow leopard sightings have happened recently to increase your chance of spotting a snow leopard. Then, visit and stay in the neighboring village, Rumbak (13,500 ft). Enjoy conversation with the locals and gather information about their livestock herding and other practices such as spinning and weaving. Spend your days tracking snow leopards and other wildlife species.

Day 10 Trek to Zingchen - Leh

On day 10 of your Snow Leopard trekking tour in Ladakh, have your morning meal, commence your trek down to the valley, and head towards Zingchen. The trek will take approximately 5 hours. When you reach Zingchen, you’ll get an assistant transfer to Leh in a private vehicle. On reaching Leh, complete the check-in formalities and relax. Late in the evening, have dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11 Leh (Departure)

Your Snow Leopard trekking tour in Ladakh concludes today. Wake up, have breakfast, pack your belongings, and complete the check-out formalities from the hotel. Our representative will escort you to the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport. Upon arriving at the airport, board your flight for your onward journey with lasting memories of your Ladakh holiday.

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