“WINTER JOURNEY TO INDIA'S BUDDHIST STRONGHOLD”
▪ In search of the elusive Snow Leopard
▪ Hiking in the Hemis National Park
▪ Buddhist Monasteries of the Leh Valley
▪ Pristine and tranquil Ladakhi winter
Ladakh truly is a land like no other bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. Ladakh's remoteness and awesome high-altitude landscape are just a couple of the many attractions for adventure travelers, as Ladakh's Tibetan-style traditions and culture remain firmly entrenched in day to day life and largely untouched by the western world. Ladakh was a vital link in the ancient Central Asian trade route network. For close to 900 years, Ladakh was an independent kingdom, its dynasties descendent from the king of old Tibet. Its political fortunes ebbed and flowed over the centuries, and the kingdom was at its greatest in the early 17th century under the famous king Sengge Namgyal, whose rule extended across Spiti and western Tibet up to the Mayumla and beyond to the sacred sites of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Ladakh is a high-altitude desert, sheltered from the rain-bearing clouds of the Indian monsoon by the barrier of the Great Himalaya. It lies at altitudes ranging from about 9,000 feet (2750m) at Kargil to 25,170 feet (7,672m) at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram. Winter trekking in Ladakh is a rewarding experience and made tough mostly due to the cold temperatures and high average altitude.
The Snow Leopard Trek is an epic adventure taking place in one of the most beautiful regions in Ladakh - the Hemis National Park. Hemis is one of India's most protected national parks and offers excellent habitat and topography for the snow leopard. Being whitish-grey in color (tinged with yellow) and patterned with dark grey rosettes and spots, the snow leopard exhibits superb camouflage for its mountain environment of bare rocks and snow. It is on account of its reclusive nature that it is often referred to as the Grey Ghost of the Himalayas.
Since snow leopards are generally found at elevations between 10,000 and 15,000 feet, the trek takes you through stunning Himalayan alpine and sub-alpine zones where vegetation is sparse and temperatures are extreme. Snow Leopards are most active at dawn and dusk and show a strong preference for cliffy habitat with moderately to very broken terrain, rocky outcrops and ravines. They are opportunistic predators and are known to take prey up to three times their own weight, though a large part of their diet comprises of small prey like marmots, pika, hare, birds and domestic livestock.
The best times to spot a snow leopard in the wild is in the Ladakhi winters. Our Snow Leopard Trek offers you the chance to spot these ‘ghosts of the mountains’ in their natural and pristine Himalayan setting.
2017 GROUP TRIP DEPARTURE DATE:
February 17 to March 4, 2017
We are also able to arrange this trek beginning on any date during the months of January through mid-March for a group of 2 to 10 people.
2017 LAND ONLY PER PERSON TRIP PRICE:
2 People: $4575.00
3 People: $4255.00
4 to 6 People: $3785.00
7 to 10 People: $3565.00
Single hotel room and tent supplement: $725.00 per person
16 days, 7 nights hotels, 8 nights of fully supported tented camping and rustic local homestay accommodation.
All three main meals in Leh and on trek are included.
Trek Grade: 9 days of Moderate trekking.
Max. altitude: Approx. 12,400 feet in areas around our Rumbak base camp.
Day 1. Welcome to India! Arrive in Delhi and transfer to our group hotel.
Day 2. Sightseeing tour of Delhi. Hotel.
Day 3. Fly from Delhi to Leh, Ladakh. Hotel.
Days 4 & 5. Sightseeing in and around Leh and the Indus Valley.
Day 6. First day’s trek to Rumbak.
Days 7 to 13. Exploring Hemis National Park and looking for snow leopards. Camping.
Day 14. Trek to Zinchen and return to Leh. Hotel.
Day 15. Fly to Delhi. Hotel.
Day 16. International Departure.