Snow Leopard Trek
Ladakh | 12D/11N | 16,164 Ft.
January to February
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Small Group
The Snow Leopard trek coils through the heart of Hemis National Park lapped in the verdant laps of Markha and Rumbak Valleys. Spanning roughly 600 sq.km., Hemis National Park is a wildlife reserve and grants you several opportunities to spot various floral, avian and wildlife species that it harbors. As the name suggests, the trek leads you through trails and places where Snow Leopards are easy to spot. Besides Snow Leopards, species like Ibex, Marmot, Tibetan Hare, Horned Lark, Antelope, Snow Cock and Shapo may also give you a rare glimpse. Needless to say, the Snow Leopard trek is one the most sought after treks by wildlife enthusiasts from around the globe! The trek carries a panoramic canvas of the Himalayan neighbors, along with beautiful expanses of greenery, making the trek a dreamy experience. Besides wildlife, you’re also treated to countless fascinating stories surrounding Rumbak valley! It is also one of the only winter treks in Ladakh!
Max. Altitude – 3,800 meters
Duration – 12 days
Level – Moderate
1. The Snow Leopard trail is a paradise for wildlife lovers, as frequent sightings of Snow leopards, along with species like Tibetan Hare, Marmot, Ibex and Antelope are enjoyed.
2. It is one of the few winter treks in Ladakh.
3. There are tons of interesting stories surrounding Rumbak valley, which the locals are more than willing to share with you.
4. Along with the natural beauty of Ladakh, you get to experience the beautifully preserved, exotic culture of Ladakhi villages.
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents/homestays
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges (For Indians Only)
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Food in Leh
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping charges for Foreigner’s (If extra compared for Indian Citizens)
- Backpack Offloading Charges (Portage of Personal Bags)
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Travel Expenses to and fro Leh from home city
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
Day 1 Arrival at Leh
Reach Leh, and check into the hotel. Spend the day exploring the famous attractions of Leh, and retire for the night.
Day 2 Explore and rest in Leh
Besides exploration, this day serves the purpose of proper acclimatization for the trek, considering the high altitude of Ladakh. You spend the day visiting some of the many famous monasteries of Leh – Ladakh, like the Spituk Gompa, Magnetic Hill. You also visit the Zanskar river, and the confluence point of the rivers Indus and Zanskar. Feel free to explore as much you want. Retire to your rooms, and rest well before we begin the trek the next day.
Day 3 Drive to Zingchen; Trek to Rumbak valley
Day one of the Snow Leopard Trek. We drive to Zingchen after an early breakfast at Leh. The trek begins from Zingchen, and we head towards Rumbak valley, over a mild, gradual trail that climbs uphill. Maintain a steady pace today, as the trail is mostly ascending. Stay observant, for your first sighting of the Snow Leopard will most likely be here, in Rumbak valley. Overnight stay in camps.
Day 4 Trek from Rumbak Valley to Stok La and back
We begin trekking towards Stok La after a sumptuous breakfast at the campsite. Today’s trail will bring us maximum sightings of the Snow Leopards as we climb up to the Stok La Pass, which is a perfect vantage point to the stunning beauty of Rumbak unfolding right below. We stay here for a while and then head back to the campsite at Rumbak valley.
Day 5 to Day 10 Explore Rumbak Valley
We spend the day thoroughly exploring in and around Rumbak valley. Neighbouring valleys like Husing Valley, Tsarbung, Tarbung, and Kharlung Valley also await exploration. These valleys are relatively less traversed, and perfect for our excursions. They also promise high chances of leopard sightings. We will then follow their footprint trails, which is a fascinating experience. Overnight stay in camps.
Day 11 Return to Zingchen; Drive to Leh
Day 12 Depart from Leh
The level of this trek leans more towards a moderate level of difficulty, which naturally demands exceptional physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. It is strongly advisable to have prior trekking experience of scaling at least 3,500 meters before you approach this trek, which means beginners should stay away. Also, proper acclimatization is key for successful completion of the trek.
The trek a during the winters, January and February are peak winter months, with extremely cold climate, but the trek can be done then too, as the altitude is not too high.
The temperatures fall somewhere between -5 to 5 degrees celsius during the daytime, and plummet to -10 to -25 degrees in the night! Considering the high altitude of Ladakh, the weather conditions are harsh and cold, so it is wise to carry a minimum of 5 warm layers.
You can take a direct flight to Leh from Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar. Take a cab to the base camp from Leh Airport.
You can reach Leh by road either from Srinagar or from Manali, although the Srinagar route is widely preferred over the Manali route.
Jammu Tawi is the nearest railways station to Leh and is well connected to most major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a day pack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.