Ladakh is one of the prime regions where one can sight the rare Snow Leopard in winters when it comes down to valleys & near villages. A tour can be organized in Ladakh in winter months to chance upon sight of the magnificent Snow Leopard.\\\'\''
Day 01: Delhi/ Leh (by flight)
Arrive Leh (11500 ft) ex Dellhi by a spectacular flight over the Himalayas. The dramatic views of this high altitude desert are punctuated by sharp snowy peaks. Transfer to your hotel where you’ll receive welcome tea. Rest till noon. After lunch, join our local crew and the Snow Leopard Conservancy staff for a briefing. Then free time to explore Leh on your own. It is important to rest on these first few days at high altitude. Welcome dinner with the Conservancy. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: In Leh
Full day at your leisure to explore Leh Market: Leh is full of small lanes with hidden treasures – take the time to explore, or rest up as you are still acclimatizing to the elevation. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Walking Tour of Leh
Take a guided walking tour of Leh town, including a visit to Leh Palace, Victory Peak, and the old quarter. Visit the gift shop and headquarters of LEDeG, a conservation organization working to preserve the environment and Ladakhi traditional ways of life. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Leh to Phey, Trek to Camp
After a hearty pre-trek breakfast, drive to Phey bridge, and start walking along the Indus River towards Zingchen Gorge. Continue up the gorge, a dramatic entry to the snow leopard’s high altitude home in Hemis National Park. Enroute, watch amidst the cliffs and at the base of rocks where they mark their turf for sign of snow leopard, and other wildlife. Camp at wildlife study camp. Trekking time: approx 5-6 hrs. Elevation: 12,400’
Day 05: Wildlife Viewing
Proceed for full day of tracking 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. You are likely to see sign of snow leopard as winter is the time that they descend to lower elevations. If lucky, you’ll actually see one perched high in the rocks or balanced on a nearvertical ridge. Return to camp for some warming tea and share tales of the day. Camp.
Day 06: Wildlife Viewing
Spend another day on the look-out for snow leopard and its prey. The views of this stark landscape, the sky pierced by upward tilted strata and – on snow-free days -- the ground adorned with hardy alpine plants, provides constant fascination. Camp.
Day 07: Wildlife Viewing, Visit Villages and Homestays
Trek to nearby sites where snow leopard may have been sighted recently. Visit and overnight in a neighboring village, Rumbak, and experience a homestay. Homestay hosts have been trained in hospitality and are members of a community conservation effort to conserve the endangered snow leopard. Learn about their livestock herding practices and try your hand at winter pastimes (spinning, weaving, and turning a tale). Spend the days tracking snow leopard and wildlife, and overnight in a homestay or camp. Elevation 13,500’
Day 08: Trek to Zingchen, and Return to Leh
Say goodbye to your hosts and hike down-valley past familiar snow leopard haunts and piles of carved Tibetan prayer stones to the road head at Zingchen; 5 hrs. Drive to Leh, and check into a hotel for your first real bed in a week! Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Leh to Delhi
Early morning transfer to Leh airport and fly to Delhi