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8 DAYS SNOW LEOPARD EXPEDITION

Trip Facts

Prices from: INR. 130,000 + 5% GST per person
Accommodation: Comfortable Hotels & Homestays
Max. Participants: No limit
Min. Participants: 4
No. Of crew: 1(+ local guides)
Vehicle type: SUV or Mini van
Duration: Nights 7, Days 8
Meals: Breakfast X 7, Lunch X 7, Dinner X 7
Departure: Leh
End: Leh

Departure date: 6th March, 2018 


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Overland Expeditions India brings to you, one of its most exciting wildlife travel opportunities featuring the Ghost of the Himalayas, the elusive Snow Leopard. During the winters when the peaks are covered with snow, the ghost descends to lower and more approachable altitudes in and around the Hemis National Park. Though a Snow Leopard sighting will be the highlight of the trip, Hemis hosts a lot more in terms of wildlife diversity. Ranging from Himalayan Blue Sheep, Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf and an exquisite variety of bird life.

1. Leh

2. Ule

3. Rumbak (Hemis National Park)

4. Leh

 

Day 1: Arrive in Leh (Rest)

Take the early morning flight to Leh from New Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel located near Leh market.

Complete rest for the day is highly recommended as it eases the process of acclimatisation. Also sipping hot tea while stretching your legs in the lap of Himalayas is definitely not a bad way to start you trip, alternatively you can also choose to visit the local market or Leh Palace in the evening.

Meals: lunch & dinner

 

Day 2 - 3 : Ule

Early morning we depart for Ule and reach by lunch time.

In the next 2 days we will be exploring the Ule landscape, which is known for its Snow  Leopard sightings. Apart from that keep a look out for Urial, Argali and Tibetian Antelope here.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Day 4 - 6: Rumbak

Post breakfast in Ule we head to the Hemis National Park. We drive along the Indus gorge and soon enough lay our eyes on the high altitude Hemis national park, the home of the Snow Leopard. Keep your senses sharp and look out amidst the cliffs and at the base of rocks where they mark their turf.

Trekking time: 5-6 hrs. Elevation: 12,400 ft

Over the next 3 days we trek around Hemis National Park tracking the Snow Leopard and its wildlife prey. Hemis National Park is home to blue sheep, argali (a large horned sheep), numerous mountain and migratory birds, as well as an occasional Tibetan wolf, one of the most prolific hunters of the region. You are likely to see signs of Snow Leopard, as winter is the time when they descend to lower elevations. If lucky, you’ll actually see one perched high in the rocks or balanced on a near vertical ridge. Return to camp for some hot servings and warming tea and share tales of the day.

**Snow Leopards naturally predate on wild bharal (blue sheep) or ibex (mountain goat) however they have been known to kill domestic animals such as local farmers’ goat and sheep. They are able to kill and carry up to 3 times their body weight and are generally opportunist hunters.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Day 7: Rumbak - Leh

Today's morning we will explore Rumbak for one last time for the elusive wildlife there. After Lunch we will drive back to Leh. Accommodation will be in a comfortable hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Day 8: Leh

Early morning after a sumptuous breakfast we will drive to the Leh airport for our flight back to Delhi.

Meals: Breakfast

Meals
  1. 3 Meals a day – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
  1. Single sharing dome tents for camping
  2. Twin sharing for hotels, hostels and homestays
  3. Single sharing for hotels, hostels and homestays (only if extra single supplement charge paid)
Includes
  1. Fully equipped safari vehicle
  2. Camping and cooking equipment
  3. National park entries, forts/monuments/heritage building entries, city tours, adventure activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  4. All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  5. All ground transportation
  6. Meals as indicated
  7. Services of two crew + 1 local guide (if applicable)
Excludes
  1. Visas
  2. Flights
  3. Travel insurance
  4. Airport transfers
  5. Sleeping bag
  6. Sleeping mats
  7. Optional activities
  8. Drinks, tips
  9. Items of a personal nature


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