Per person

2725 USD

all inclusive on double occupancy

Snow Leopard Expedition 2022

13 days/

12 nights

Delhi- Leh- Uleh-

Leh- Delhi

Fixed Departure:
Feb 18th – March 2nd, 2022

Truly once-in-a-lifetime wildlife and photographic experience, our Snow Leopard tour offers an excellent opportunity to see and photograph this near-mythical creature in the majestic mountains of Himalayas. Snow Leopard often referred to as the “Grey Ghost of mountains“, Snow leopard habitat is the Trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh, which has been hailed as one of the last frontiers for wildlife tourism. This incredible 13-day Snow Leopard expedition in India is a quest to search this enigmatic snow leopard and other rare Himalayan wildlife. The isolated Himalayan Buddhist monasteries and local Ladakhi community’s culture and hospitality only add to this quest’s allure.

With the help of our very knowledgeable Ladakhi local Guide and his expert tracking team, we will explore some secluded valleys of Hemis National Park, where healthy populations of this alluring Snow Leopard survive. Our tour is the Snow Leopard-centred wildlife photography tour. Still, it’s a great opportunity to photograph some rare species of birds at Hemis and Indus river valley.

Itinerary at a glance:

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi, India

Day 2: Fly to Leh | Spectacular Ladakh

Day 3:  Leh | Acclimatize and Monasteries

Day 4: Hemis National Park | Drive Into the Wild

Day 5- 10: Hemis National Park | Search of Snow Leopard

Day 11: Leh | Back to civilization 

Day 12: Fly back to Delhi | Departure


Dates: Feb 18th- March 2nd 2022

Private Tour/ Customized
Group Size: 04-06 Guests Max
Cost: 2725 USD
Single Supplement: 550 USD

Other Useful Information

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Who can join?

  • This Snow Leopard tour is primarily designed for wildlife enthusiasts to sight the most elusive Snow Leopard and other rare Himalayan Wildlife
  • Explore the great photo opportunities of this Snow Leopard tour using your DSLR, mirrorless, point and shoot compact cameras or iPhone.
  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers that want to explore their photography skills. Our photography tour leader Harsh is eager to share his ideas and creativity as well as the knowledge of the technical aspects of your camera settings.

Weather: February – Temp- High 26-30°F (-3 to -1°C) to low about 4-7°F (-12 to -15°C). It gets really cold in the early morning and late evening, so extra layers are advisable. Generally dry and sunny weather (sunshine is the norm here in Ladakh) with some light snow.

Starts/Ends: Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, India

It takes 5-10 minutes depending on our traffic to reach our accommodation near Airport. Our tour starts at 18th February at 18.30 pm. Your flight must land at airport at/before 4 pm on 19th February. The tour ends on 2nd March at 17.00 hrs at Airport. You can take onwards flight at/ after 21.00 hrs.

Register: To register, $ 500 will hold your space. Final payment will be due before 60 days of starting the tour. Please contact us for further details.

Highlights Of Your Journey
  • Focussed Wildlife adventure- Search for one of the world's rarest and most elusive cats, the Snow Leopard
  • Perfect for first-timers and enthusiastic photographers of any skill level.
  • Enjoy the beautiful views of the Himalayas.
  • Explore the ancient and architecturally rich Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh.
  • Witness the lovely blend of unique flora and fauna or the Trans-Himalayan region
  • Spot the rare exotic species of Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Ibex, Yak, and birds.
  • Learn about the efforts made by the local authorities, and community, to conserve this endangered species of Snow Leopard.Learn about the efforts made by the local authorities, and community, to conserve this endangered species of Snow Leopard.
  • Relish the traditional Ladakhi culture and hospitality
  • Spacious, Air-conditioned, Innova SUV for transfers and sightseeing, so there is ample space for camera bags & luggage.
  • N 95 masks, hand sanitisers and social distancing and other protective measures will be taken to fight Covid -19

DAY 01

Arrival in Delhi
  • The enthralling snow leopard tour begins with your arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.
  • Upon reaching, receive warm greetings from our representative and get assisted to the coach.
  • You will be comfortably transferred to your hotel. Complete the check-in formalities.
  • Enjoy an overnight stay in Delhi.
Hotel Pride Plaza Aerocity (Deluxe 5*) Dinner

DAY 02

Delhi- Leh
  • Early morning transfers to airport to board flight for Leh. Usually, we have a very early start today for the flight to Leh.
  • Keep your cameras ready because the view from the flight will be highly spectacular. You will get a chance to have a bird-eye view of Himalayas. Incredibly beautiful in winter, we fly over the vast expanse of snow-capped peaks.
  • Landing in Leh, the temperature will drop dramatically, and we will need our down jackets at the airport. On your arrival at Leh airport, transfer to Hotel in Leh City. Enjoy a hot cup of Tea/ Coffee while you are transferred to your rooms.
  • Day at leisure, to acclimatize yourself to the altitude (3,500m). Take Rest and catch up on some sleep.
  • In the evening, a gentle stroll along the main bazaar, observing the varied crowd, is an entrancing experience.
  • Welcome dinner in the evening.
  • Note: Make sure you drink plenty of water, green tea, etc. to keep yourself hydrated
Hotel Singge Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 03

Discover Leh with Camera
  • The day will be easy to acclimatize yourself before starting the main part of the snow leopard tour.
  • Today, we will visit some of the monasteries which are nearby. After a leisurely morning, we will visit the Hemis monastery – Thiksey monastery – Shanti Stupa.
  • Ladakh is one of the few remaining abodes of Tibetan Buddhism, and the Leh area is home to some impressive monasteries. These show unique prayer wheels, chortens (stupas), statues of Buddha, thangkas (Tibetan silk paintings), and prayer flags. Thiksey monastery is a wonderful place for photography.
  • We will also photograph at some vantage points
Hotel Singge Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 04

Leh- Hemis Shukpachan (Uley) (3 hrs drive)
  • Today, after breakfast, you will be joined by your Snow leopard expert tracker.
  • While driving north of Ladakh, landscapes are amazing. A photo stops at the confluence of Zanskar and Indus River.
  • If time permits, visit Likir monastery.
  • From now onwards, you will be driving in the snow leopards' country. It is in the center of three interlocking valleys that house approximately 15 snow leopards, according to the last census.
  • Upon arrival, check-in and settle in your homestay. This will be your hideout for the next seven days. From here, only your trekking team will coordinate with locals for snow leopard movement and other local habitats like Ibexes, wolves, and Himalayan foxes.
Homestay Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 05-10

Search of Snow Leopard
  • For the next six days, you will be exploring this area on foot or vehicles with your expert tracking team. All these valleys are connected by road
  • During these days we will not follow a fixed itinerary and follow a plan based on the inputs of our tracking team to maximize our chances of sighting Snow Leopards
  • In the process, we will also interact closely with the local people and use their network of local intelligence to narrow down the likely sites.
Homestay Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11

Uley- Leh via Alchi
  • This morning after satisfactory shoots of elusive Snow leopards, we will drive back to Leh.
  • If time permits, visit the Alchi monastery.
  • Evening at leisure. If time permits, a walk in the Leh city and an opportunity for last-minute shopping for keepsakes.
    • Hotel Singge Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12

Fly to Delhi
  • Early morning transfer to Leh airport. Fly back to Delhi.
  • On arrival, transfer to Hotel in Delhi for scrumptious breakfast.
  • Day at leisure.
    • Pride Plaza Aerocity Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13

Departure
  • O-time, you will be transferred to International Airport to connect flight for onward journey
    • N/A Breakfast
PRICE DETAILS
  • All-Inclusive 2725 USD
  • Single supplement -550 USD
Hotels
City Hotel
Delhi Pride Plaza Aerocity
Leh Hotel Singge Palace
Uley Home stay
PACKAGE INCLUSIONS
  • Accommodation with breakfast and dinner on twin sharing basis in Hotel in Delhi
  • Assistance on arrival and departure.
  • Internal flights as mentioned- Delhi-Leh-Delhi
  • Accommodation as per program with heating in the field in Ladakh.
  • All meals as per program on the trek. (Hot meals plus tea/coffee)
  • •Private air-conditioned vehicle in Delhi for arrivals and departures.
  • Private non-air-conditioned vehicle during the tour in Ladakh
  • All entrance fees and permits included.
  • Sleeping bags (-29C)
  • Special Guide for sightseeing with high range telescope.
  • Cook plus helper
  • Oxygen bottles.
  • Unlimited bottles of mineral water.
  • Camera fees and video fees, wherever applicable.
  • Tips & gratuities to porters, drivers, and Guide
  • Government service tax (GST) included.
PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS
  • Any airport taxes, visa fees, and travel insurance.
  • Medical or evacuation expenses in any emergency.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like natural calamities, roadblocks, political disturbances, etc
  • Clothing of personal nature like trek shoes, kit bags, day packs, sleeping bags, down jackets and other specialized clothing, etc.
  • Optional excursions and anything not mentioned in the ‘Inclusions’ section.
  • Tips for tour directors.
  • Any expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, telephone charges, laundry etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned.
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