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Snow Leopard Trek (Shan) is one of the popular winter treks in the Ladakh region because not only does it give you plenty of adventure, but also lets you admire its fascinating wildlife. The Snow Leopard is the most elusive among all the large wild cats that exist. Snow leopard Trek covers the Hemis National Park, which stretches to almost 600 sq km in the valley of Markha and Rumbak. While the other treks show you the natural beauty of Ladakh, this trek gives you the chances of spotting rare and endangered species that live exclusively in the cold desert. Other than Snow Leopard there is always a good chance of spotting many other famous animals like NYAN or TIBETAN ARGALI, LADAKHI URIAL, MARMOT, TIBETAN ANTELOPE, LYNX, PALLAS CAT, TIBETAN WOLF, RED FOX, IBEX, BLUE SHEEP, and many others.
The ideal time for Snow Leopard observation is during the period of November (that is the end of autumn) to March (early spring). Mating season is during February/March.
Altitude: 3000m 9,842 ft.
Best Season: January –February.
Difficulty Level: Moderate.
Day1 Delhi to Leh
Arrival in Leh, transfer to hotel and full day rest for acclimatizing with the high altitude. Overnight in hotel at Leh.
Day2 Birding around Leh
All day around Leh for birding near Indus River especially for Ibis bill and solitary snipe.
Day3 Leh – Spituk – Zingchen (3900m)
After breakfast we will drive to Zingchen, all our bags will be transfer to be carried by packed on animals like horse and donkey. Except for anything, we wish to carry ourselves like day bag pack. After a couple of miles, we have to walk towards Rumbak sum do, after arriving at the camp you have a lunch there and around 4’oclock we are going to the scanning point for spotting the snow leopard. In the evening return to the camp for dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Day4 In Rumbak valley
Early morning you have a morning tea in the dining tent after that we have to move towards scanning point. After 11/2 hrs we will come back to camp for breakfast. If we feel a better chance to the sighting of snow leopard in the morning then our staff will bring breakfast at the scanning point. Overnight stay at camp.
Day5 Snow leopard and wildlife watching
Spend another day in Rumbak valley for watching snow leopard and its prey.
***The above routine is the same till Day12th of trekking…………
Day13 Trek back to Zingchen and return to Leh
Say goodbye to the beautiful valley and trek back to Zingchen and drive back to Leh. Overnight hotel in Leh.
Day14 Leh to Delhi
Flight back to Delhi from Leh airport with sweet memories from Ladakh.