Day 01: Delhi – Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatization)
In the morning, fly from Delhi to Leh. On arrival at Ladakh, meet our representative. Check-in to the pre-booked hotel. Take rest and be acclimatized. Visit the local market of Leh in the evening. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 02: Leh (this day is free to visit the local market)
Post breakfast, we will take a tour of the local market in Leh. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 03: Leh Local sightseeing
Today, we shall visit the local attractions of the area. The guide will accompany you in the visit. Some of these attractions are Leh Palace, Victory Peak, old quarter and offices of a local conservative organization. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04: Leh – Phey – Hemis National Park (12400 ft)
Post breakfast, we shall drive to Phey. We will begin our trekking today and shall walk from Phey along the spectacular gorges of Indus River to reach Hemis National Park. After reaching the park, we will set our tents for overnight stay.
Day 05: Hemis National Park (Wildlife Viewing)
Today, we will enjoy the wildlife watching in Hemis National Park, which is a home to many other exotic fauna species like blue sheep, large horned sheep, Tibetan wolf, wild ass, etc.
Day 06-Day 11: Visiting the nearby villages and enjoying a home-stay
During these days, we shall be exploring the beautiful culture and traditions of Ladakh. We will enjoy home-stay in the villages nearby and try their local food and beer. One can also join the local dance to soak in to the real hues of local culture.
Day 12: Trek to Zingchen – Leh
Early in the morning today, we will trek down to Zingchen. From Zingchen, drive to Leh and later check-in to the hotel. Enjoy the dinner and the overnight stay at the hotel.1
Day 13: Leh – Delhi
Reach the airport early in the morning to boards flight for onwards journey.
Trip Ends With Sweet Memories !!!
Area : Ladakh Himalaya
Duration : 13 Days (4 days travel/9 days trekking)
Best Season : Mid November - Mid March
Altitude : 3800 Mtrs
Total Trekking : 80 K.M
About Snow Leopard Trek
Hemis National Park is one of the major attractions in Ladakh that pulls a number of adventurists and animal lovers from all over the world. It stretches at an elevation of 4100 meters and covers up the entire Rumbak Valley. The national park is the home to varied species of animals including Snow Leopards and Himalayan birds. The Snow Leopard Trek, which is one of the popular winter treks in the Ladakh region, lies into a territory where human hospitality evanesces and brings forth a wild stretch of rugged mountains dotted with animals like snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, blue sheep, horned sheep and Eurasian Brown Bear and more. It is also an abode to several species of birds like the Golden Eagle, different species of vultures and migratory birds.
Being on the move on the Snow Leopard Trek in Ladakh, one encounters surprises at each turn. The trek allows one to get acquainted with the folklore of Rumbak Valley. It thus brings one to an indigenous territory astir over the savage breath in the midst of the cold desert and gust of freezing wind.
Snow Leopard Trekking Tour Highlights
- Enjoy the beautiful views of the Himalaya
- Explore the ancient kingdoms of Ladakh, architecturally rich Buddhist monasteries and mud palaces
- Witness the lovely blend of unique flora and fauna or the Trans-Himalayan region
- Relish the traditional Ladakhi culture and hospitality
- Spot the rare exotic species of Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Wild Horse, Yak and birds
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Snow Leopard Trek is between November and March
The winter in Ladakh is frigid in nature. From January to March the days are likely to be sunny but there will be chill in the air. January is the coldest month in Ladakh. By March the days start to get warmer and the average temperature remains at 7°C. Early mornings, evenings and nighttimes stay extremely cold. Daytime temperatures in Leh, and on trek, will be between –25°C to +6°C. Night-time temperature can drop to -10°C to - 25°C. There is usually snow around in January to March. Please read the equipment section thoroughly. The January trips will be colder than the March trips.
Where is the Snow Leopard Trek
Snow Leopard Trek (Hemis National Park) is situated in the eastern part of Ladakh with an average elevation of 3000 meters. It covers an area of 600sq.kms in the valleys of Markha and Rumbak. It is a high altitude protected area, which was created in 1981 for the conservation and protection of its unique flora and fauna. There are many rare and endangered animal species found in this cold desert, amongst these are the elusive Snow Leopard, Ibex, Tibetan Antelope, Blue Sheep, Shapo, Marmot, Tibetan Hare etc. Among the avi fauna population found are the Snow Patridge, Golden Oriole, Snow Cock, Golden Eagle, Horned Lark, Red Billed Chuff etc.
How to Reach?
Flying is the only option to reach Ladakh between the months of November and March. Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the main airport in Leh City. It has a number of flights that connect Leh with Delhi as well as with few major cities of India.