Rs. 1,25,300/- per person

 

We fly from Delhi to Leh - the ancient capital of the Ladakhi Kingdom, situated at a height of 3500m with a stunning 16th century palace in the background. The drastic altitudinal gain from Delhi requires complete acclimatization to be able to adapt to the new height. After acclimatizing at Leh for two nights, we drive to Hemis National Park in our quest for the Snow Leopard. Given the recent spate of sightings in the past few years, the area around the Rumbak catchment has proved itself as undoubtedly the best place in the world to try to sight this near mythical creature.

Since Snow Leopards are generally found at elevations between 3350-6500m, this epic adventure takes us through stunning Himalayan alpine and sub-alpine zones where vegetation is sparse and temperatures are extreme. Accompanying us are expert local guides whose expertise in this harsh terrain and their intrinsic training to look for the minutest evidences like pugmarks, scrapes and scats to
track this elusive cat, is unmatched.


While we are in the lookout for the cat, we will have opportunities to observe and photograph the other unique mammals found in these mountains. The Bharal or Blue Sheep is the most common ungulate here and constitutes the main prey base of the Snow Leopard. The Tibetan Argali, the largest sheep in the world is found near Gandala Pass in this region and strangely unlike other ungulates it climbs higher up during the winter months. The Tibetan Wolf is also a possibility here and lesser mammals include the Red Fox, Royle’s Pika, Mountain Weasel, Stoliczka’s Mountain Vole and the Wolly Hare. The birdlife is scarce in this harsh environment. Golden Eagle, Lammergeier and Himalayan Vulture are the common raptors along with Northern Goshwak, Upland & Himalayan Buzzard, Eurasian Sparrohawk & Saker Falcon. The vocal Red and Yellow billed Choughs can seen foraging on the slopes. White winged Redstarts and Chukars are abundant all along the Indus valley, Hill Pigeons are commonly seen and smaller numbers of Snow Pigeons could be observed usually near the Rumbak village. The scrubs hold good numbers of Robin Accentors along with White browed Tit Warbler, occasional Brown Accentors & the Eurasian Wren. The huge Himalayan Snowcock can be seen in the meadows, sometimes in groups of 12-15 birds. Other species include the Brown and White throated Dipper, Blue Rock Thrush, Tibetan Snow Finch, Horned Lark, Fire fronted Serin, Streaked Rosefinch, Plain mountain Finch and the enigmatic Wallcreeper.

 

Day 1: 19/2/17:
Delhi-Leh:


In time transfer to the airport to board the flight for Leh. Fly Delhi to Leh by Go Air flight (G8 193) at 0840/0955 hrs
Arrive Leh and transfer to hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure or free to acclimatize to the high altitude. We have the option to walk to the Leh market and have limited options to bird around town.
Overnight at Mahey Retreat.
L, D.

 

Day 2: 20/2/17:
Leh:

Morning attends prayer at Thiksey monastery and later bird in the nearby Shey marshes and Sindhughat, the Ibisbill and Solitary Snipe are possibilities.
Overnight at Mahey Retreat.
B, L, D.

 

Day 3: 21/2/17:
Leh-Zingchen-Hemis:

Morning drive to Zingchen and trek to our tented camp at Husing Nallah. Afternoon scan the slopes near the camp to look for signs of the elusive Snow Leopard.
Overnight in tents.
B, L, D.

 

Day 4 to Day 11: 22/2/17 to 1/3/17:
Hemis National Park:

The next eight days would be spent in the valleys of Husing, Tarbung and the Rumbak area which
offer us the best chance of sighting this elusive cat. During these days we will not follow a fixed
itinerary and follow a plan based on the inputs of our accompanying team to maximize our chances
of sighting Snow Leopards.
Overnight in tents.
B, L, D.

 

Day 12: 2/3/17:
Hemis-Leh:

Morning continue return trek to Zingchen and drive to Leh.
Overnight at Mahey Rereat.
B, L, D.

 

Day 13: 3/3/17:
Leh-Delhi:


In time transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi.
Fly Leh to Delhi by Go Air flight (G8 194) at 1020/1140 hrs.
B.

 

Notes:
- Please note that we will make every effort to adhere to this itinerary but dates, times, activities and park rules are subject to change   depending on scheduling & availability.
- In case of any revision in the park entry fee between now and the date of travel, the same would be Applicable.
- Driving time mentioned above are indicative.
- Due to weather conditions the flights from Leh to Delhi are often cancelled, hence it is advisable to keep an extra day at Leh or Delhi   before your International Flight, cost for this would have to be borne by the client directly.
- While this is the suggested itinerary, we reserve the right to make changes to maximize your chances of wildlife sightings.
- Flight indicated in the itinerary are as per the current schedule and are subject to change. In case there is any change in flight or         train schedule between now and date of travel and calls for revising the itinerary we reserve the right to do so.
- In case of any revision in government tax structure or fuel price between now and time of travel the same will be debited to you.       However, we will absorb the difference up to 3%.
- In case of any revision in airfare and hotel rates between now and time of travel the same will be revised.

Includes

  • Accommodation for 12 nights on twin share room/tent basis: inclusive of all applicable taxes at the time of quoting.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary as B, L, D (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). 
  • All transfers, drives, excursions and sightseeing by Non AC MUV at Leh.
  • Service of Kitchen staffs, camp attendants, porter/ ponies etc. Service of an English speaking local guides/ naturalist & trackers: inclusive of guiding fees, monument and park entry fees payable. 
  • All necessary permits and permissions. 
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at each destination.

Excludes

  • Airfare to Delhi/Leh/Delhi.
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, aerated drinks etc. 
  • Personal clothing during the trek, sleeping bags, emergency evacuation and medical Insurance.
  • Meals are not included in the cost unless specified in the inclusions.
  • Camera fees to be paid extra directly in monuments/ park if applicable.
  • Tips/ gratuities paid to naturalists, drivers, bellboys, waiters and staff members accompanying you on the trek. 
  • Cost incurred in obtaining visa, insurance etc.
  • Cost incurred incase of hospitalization, evacuation etc.
  • International departure tax.
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