snow leopard expedition

Details Of Package


: Usually sunny days but with dry chilly winds, the temperature can drop to minus

Centigrade at nights but will warm up as the sun comes out during the day. December maximum temperature averages 7°C which can fall to -

15°C. and Feb – March goes to 5°C and fall to -20°C

EQUIPMENT (to be brought by the individual): High quality trekking gear is difficult, if not impossible; to buy in India, so check the equipment

list before leaving home. Please sort out and divide your trekking equipment into three categories:

1. To wear on the trail 2. To carry in the day pack 3. To pack in the duffel bag

You will not have access to your duffel bag once you leave camp in the morning, as it will be carried by pack ponies or porters. Therefore, you

must anticipate all your daytime needs and carry these items in your day pack. Your day pack should be large enough to accommodate your

water bottle. Personal first aid kit, sun cream, sweater or down jacket and lunch box

Clothing and equipment: A list of suggested clothing and equipment for the snow leopard trek has been mentioned below. This is a

comprehensive list and experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past- it is worth

pointing out that you will need a 4 season sleeping bag for this trip. Trekkers should bring all their gear in one large duffel bag and a small

backpack (30 to 50 litres). Each day you will carry the small pack containing items that you might need while trekking such as warm clothes,

jacket, camera, water bottle and some snacks. The rest of your personal equipment, contained in your duffel bag, will be carried by ponies.


Warm boots with preferably Vibram soles for that extra grip

Running shoes or sandals. To be used in camp in the evenings or for lighter walking days

Gaiters. A pair used to keep boots dry if walking through deep snow or on wet ground

Heavyweight wool socks.


Goretex shell pants and jacket with hood. Heavy weight down jacket with hood. Light trekking trousers for warmer days. Mid to heavyweight

fleece jacket. Light to mid weight fleece pants. Fleece gloves. Warm wool or fleecy hat. Sun hat. Light weight climbers’ headlamp for use at

night around the camp. Bring extra batteries. High quality sunglasses with 100% UV protection. High quality Binoculars / Telescope. However

we will provide 01 spotting telescope for the trip

Personal Equipment

A 4 season sleeping bag with hood to withstand Negative 30 Degrees. 30 to 50 litre backpack large enough to carry water bottles, camera,

lunch and extra clothing. 1 litre water bottles with a wide mouth. Sunscreen and lipsalve with an SPF 30 or better. Pocket knife swiss army

style (optional)


1 large duffle bag for transporting your personal gear on the trek and during flights. Bring small combination padlocks. large plastic bin

bags/drybags for keeping gear dry in the duffel and backpack.

Travel clothes. You will need street/casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Delhi and Leh.

Personal First Aid Kits- Any personal medications. Antibiotics for gastrointestinal problems- eg. CiproflaxinBlister treatment

Notes: In case of medical emergencies or high altitude sickness both Zingchen and Saspoche are within a day’s reach to the government

hospitals. Zingchen to Leh is 1hrs drive. First 2 days is recommended for complete rest and acclimatization to ensure rest of the trip carries off

smoothly. The homestays are basic & simple rooms with dry compost toilets and do not have shower

Facilities- Hot water will be provided in buckets if needed. Medical/ safety Information: We carry and provide a small Medical Box with basic

first aid

Camp Type / Movement:

We will provide 02 men DOM or Alpine tents during the trek, Daily we trek about minimum 2-3hrs and on an average 4-5hrs.

Typical Day:

Scan the ridge lines from Camp till about 7.30 am- Breakfast around 7.30 am- Around 8 am- Head out into either Tarbung, Husing Nala, or

Rumbak Doh depending upon the movement of the cat and scouting information.

Around 12.30 pm – Packed lunch will be bought to wherever we are scanning with Hot Soup, Lunch & Black Tea with Dessert. Post lunch we still

carry on scanning and scoping with little movement depending on the cats information. Around 5pm – we start to head back to camp and have

a hot cup of tea/coffee. Continue Scanning till it gets dark as there is a good chance the cat may finally move from a day’s rest on some

vantage point on the ridge line. Around 6.30 pm – Soup will be served followed by dinner and desserts.

At Dinner time I will go through the days events, photography and anything else with the group and discuss the next day’s plan of action along

with clarifying any doubts or problems from clients. It will be an amazing trip and one you will never forget.

Recommended Photography Equipment

You will need to provide your own photographic equipment; lenses ranging from a wide-angle right up to a 500mm will be perfect, ideally with

two camera bodies, however, this is not essential. The landscapes here will be truly amazing so please bring a wide angle lens to capture its

beauty. A tripod/Monopod and a beanbag are a must. Also protection for your camera equipment from the weather is very important.



Tour Information

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    Meeting assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel

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    Morning departure transfer to airport to board the flight for Leh. Assistance on arrival at Leh and transfer to hotel
    Leh is situated at an altitude of 3500 mts and is the capital of the once ancient Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh. Upon arrival at the hotel – a
    warm cup of tea will be served and you will be briefed about the trek. Spend the day acclimatizing in the Hotel as your body needs to adjust to
    the low oxygen levels.
    Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

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    After breakfast, guided tour to Thiksey monasteries to give you an experience of Tibetan Buddhism which has been prevalent since centuries.
    Post the monastery visit – drive along the indus river to look for the Ibisbill or the Solitary Snipe. You may find a Harrier and also a few species
    of ducks.
    Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

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    Drive one hour into the Hemis High National Park. On reaching Zinchen village we commence trek further into the gorge towards the Rumbak
    Village. This will take about 04 – 05 Hours. Overnight at Tented Camp
    Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

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    (From this day onwards the itinerary depends on the movement of the Snow Leopard and thus the itinerary has to be very
    flexible as we trek and camp depending on the movement of the cat)
    Early morning scouting for snow leopard signs and possible sightings at the junction of Husing Nala and Tarbung nala including the high ridge
    lines. After breakfast hike up the main Lato Nala till the vantage point at Rumbak Sumdo. Spend the day scanning the Kharlung and adjoining
    areas. Overnight in camps.
    Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    (The Mountains around Rumbak provide a unique bio diversity as you find four different species of wild sheep and goats namely – Ibex, Blue
    Sheep, Ladakh Urial and the Tibetan Argali. However it is predominantly the Blue sheep that accounts for the major prey base for the Snow
    Leopard population in the area.)
    After breakfast, hike 2 to 3 hours to Rumbak village (known as the Snow Leopard capital of the world) Rumbak lies at 4050 mts and we have
    the choice of staying at homestays for the night. Spend the day exploring the Rumbak Mountains for Snow Leopards and other wild life. During
    the scouting trips we will be climbing up to 4600mts and we will also a trek up towards Yurutse pasture looking for the Tibetan Argali (Great
    Tibetan Sheep). Overnight in camps.
    Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

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    After breakfast hike up to Husing pass (4450mts) and spend the day at the vantage point on the pass scanning surrounding area for wildlife like
    theTibetan Argali, the Eurasian Lynx and theTibetan Wolf
    Overnight in camps
    Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

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    The pattern of events for the following days are very much the same as we search for the Snow Leopard and where our guide and trackers
    come into their own.
    Meal PlanEach day – Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

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    The pattern of events for the following days are very much the same as we search for the Snow Leopard and where our guide and trackers
    come into their own.
    Meal PlanEach day – Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

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    The pattern of events for the following days are very much the same as we search for the Snow Leopard and where our guide and trackers
    come into their own.
    Meal PlanEach day – Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

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    The pattern of events for the following days are very much the same as we search for the Snow Leopard and where our guide and trackers
    come into their own.
    Meal PlanEach day – Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

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    After breakfast trek down to Zinchen. On arrival drive to Leh. Overnight in hotel
    Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

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    Early morning transfer to airport for your flight to Delhi. On arrival Delhi transfer to hotel for day use purpose.
    Meal Plan – Breakfast

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    In time departure transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey

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    Tented camps in Ladakh consist of a row of “two persons” crawl - in - tents with comfortable mattresses and hot water bottles. The camp has a
    basic toilet tent as well as a dining tent (with table and chairs). All meals are cooked fresh in the kitchen tent and cuisine varies from basic
    Chinese, Ladakhi and Continental. The camp is manned by an experienced cook and support staff

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    In time departure transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey

 Cost Includes
  • Delhi room on a sharing basis with breakfast basis. Total 3 Nights Hotel in Leh on full board and twin sharing basis. Home stays at Rumbak on

    full board on twin sharing basis. Transportation as per the itinerary for sightseeing, drop at & pickup from trek point by non Non AC Innova

    vehicles whereas in Delhi – AC Transport will be provided

    Two English speaking accompanying guide throughout the trek. Trek on full board with all arrangements like a guide, a cook, helpers/ scouts.

    Sleeping tents with mattresses, kitchen tent, folding chairs, ponies with a pony man etc. Heating system for evening in Mess tent

    Wildlife entry fee in Hemis National Park. 01 Spotting Scope. Monastery entrance fee. Airport transfers with assistance. All applicable taxes

 Cost Excludes
  • International airfares to and from Leh which will be around USD 260. Visa Fees, Airport Tax or travel insurance. Flights to and from Delhi.

    Sleeping bags.

    Any type of personal expenses like personal medicines, tips and portage at airports, restaurants, hotels, drivers, guides, naturalists, escort etc.

    Any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary. Any type of drinks like mineral water alcoholic beverages & cold drinks during

    sightseeing or during trekking.

    Additional cost resulting from delays due to landslides, sickness, flight cancellation etc. Cost of evacuation by any means. Additional hotel costs

    if clients wish to come back to hotel early from the camp. Extra Taxi costs if Clients wish to take alternate additional trips from the group