The snow leopard or ounce (Panthera uncia) is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. It is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species because the global population is estimated to number less than 10,000 mature individuals and decline about 10% in the next 23 years.
Ladakh is the place where a fair number of this endangered species have been spotted every year in the winter months. The tour starts from the month of December in extremely chilling weather, the temperature remains less than zero (-10 to – 30-degree centigrade) and carried out till March
Head into the remote and stunning mountain wilderness of Ladakh in winter to search for endangered snow leopards is an exceptional expedition ever. This trip offers an excellent chance of spotting Snow Leopards in their natural habitat and the opportunity to capture it in your camera under the guidance of efficient and experienced local guides, naturalists and spotters.
Although everyone knows about this extraordinary mammal, very few people have ever laid eyes upon a Snow Leopard, but in the remote valleys of the Hemis National Park and Ulley in Ladakh in the western Himalayas we stand an extremely high chance of encountering ‘the grey ghost of the mountains’. We will have to spend plenty of time on scanning for wildlife (not just Snow Leopards but the prey animals they are attracted to) on the wild and barren mountain slopes, but with plenty of time in the field we should be able to get decent views, and if we are reasonably fortunate good views, of this most alluring of cats. The chances are close to 100%!
February/March is the mating season for the Snow Leopard, so is a popular time for visiting wildlife photographers, and we actually have a very good chance of multiple sightings during our visit. We will also be doing our level best to get some reasonable images of Snow Leopard during our visit, and sometimes there is the chance for photography of these beautiful cats at closer range, especially when they are at a kill, mating or pursuing the local wildlife.
The optional Tibetan Plateau extension offers the opportunity to see and photograph a number of bird and mammal species either absent from the main itinerary, like Ibex, Tibetan Gazzle, Himalayan Brown Bear, Tibetan Snowcock, Tibetan Sandgrouse, Groundpecker (or Ground Tit) and Blanford’s (or Plain-backed) Snowfinch, or more easily seen here, such as Tibetan Partridge, Upland Buzzard and Black-winged (or Tibetan) Snowfinch. It also includes additional mammals such as the feisty Kiang (or Tibetan Wild Ass) and the impressive Argali (or Nyan), the world’s largest wild sheep.
Ladakhi traditional homestay and hospitality will overwhelm you. 12 to 14 days Snow Leopard tour starts from Leh. After acclimatization, you will be shifted to the HNP or Ulley where homestay with food for whole day and accommodation, both will be provided. Your trek will start in the morning after breakfast in the snow-filled remote hilly areas and will continue till sunset. Guide and spotter will accompany you to facilitate your search for snow leopard and other animals. Food will be served on the site. Returning back to homestay you can enjoy the group chat with members of other groups from the different county and have scope to exchange your views and enrich your knowledge.
Dear Forester, will provide you with a safe, comfortable and pocket-friendly tour plan.
Overall this snow leopard expedition will allow you to relish the wildlife photography at its best.
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|DURATION||11 Nights & 12 Days|
|PICK UP||Kushok Bakula Airport, Leh|
|DROP||Kushok Bakula Airport, Leh|