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Snow Leopard Trek

Snow Leopard trek is a paradise on earth. This trip provides you with complete assurance to enhance your relationship with nature and wildlife. It's high time to unleash the wanderlust that's hidden inside you.
  • Ladakh
  • 12 Days
  • 80 KM
  • 16,164 FT
  • Moderate to Difficult
  • ₹ 95000
    $ 1350*
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    The price is for a group of 10 people. The charges will be different for a tailormade private trek. The charges in dollars are more as the permit fees are different for non-Indians.

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  • Event Type

    Trekking

  • Best Time

    Jan-Feb

  • Base Camp

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    Leh, India

  • Pickup Point

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    Leh Airport, India

  • Minimum Age

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    For this adventure, we only allow people above this age to ensure the safety of everyone joining this adventure.

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Highlights

  • The Snow Leopard trek serves as a heaven for animal cravers and lovers. There is a wide range of animals visible on this trek.

  • It is one of the few winter treks in Ladakh which takes you to a whole another level of magnificence.

  • Along with the natural beauty of Ladakh, you get to revel in the fantastically preserved, unusual way of life of Ladakhi villages.


Overview

No doubt Ladakh is known as heaven on earth, therefore, it is one of the most sought tourist places in India. With Snow Leopard trek, one gets to redeem the astounding region of northern Himalayas. The mysterious ride of 12 days, exhibiting lush green to yellow barren landscapes and snow-covered trail, passing alongside Indus river, will stay in minds for your lifetime.

This trek is around the Hemis National Park 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 of 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.


The Snow Leopard trek ranges from moderate to difficult. The days involving actual spotting of snow leopards push you to quite a high elevation, which means the oxygen level in the air starts decreasing significantly. The weather is cold but pleasant during the daytime, ranging from -5 to 5 degrees, while during the night, the temperature drops down to somewhere between -10 to -25 degrees. Since Ladakh is essentially a cold desert perched at a very high altitude, the winters tend to get extremely harsh. Weather conditions above 12,500 ft. varies frequently during winters.


Best Time to Visit

The trek is best visited 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! In these months, when the climate is extreme, the Snow Leopard and other animals are forced to come down from the high elevations where they usually stay. You will have high chances to spot them.


Snow Leopard trek is a paradise on earth. This trip provides you with complete assurance to enhance your relationship with nature and wildlife. It's high time to unleash the wanderlust that's hidden inside you. Pack your bags and get along on this wonderful journey of heaven that is Snow Leopard trek 2021 with Trekmunk.

Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

To reach the base camp of the trek, first, you have to arrive at Leh. Leh has good connectivity via road and air but it is not connected by rail. You are certain to get regular buses and flights from major cities of India. The Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh is the highest airport in India. Once you reach Leh, you need to get rid of all the fatigue. After reaching Leh, take an ample amount of rest to be fresh for the rest of the journey.

Meals : Not Included
Accommodation : Hotel
Altitude : 11,150 ft.

Considering the high altitudes of Ladakh, as soon as you reach here, you are already prone when it comes to altitude sickness. The elevation of Ladakh from the mean sea level is around 11,500 feet. So, generally at a height of above 8,000 feet, you are prone to altitude sickness. So we would suggest you spend the rest of the day resting and getting better acclimatized to the high altitude of Leh. You can use this day to move in and around Leh. Alongside exploration, this day will also serve as a day for getting properly acclimatized to resist the difficulties at the high altitudes of Ladakh.

You can 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.

Later in the evening, after unearthing the local culture and tasting the delicacies of local cuisine, we will retire for a sound sleep. The next day will mark the beginning of the voyage to explore one of the longest treks in the Himalaya region.

Meals : Not Included
Accommodation : Hotel
Altitude : 11,150 ft.

This day marks the commencement of the Snow Leopard Trek. Today, we have to make our way to Zingchen after having an early breakfast. You are advised to carry extra water as it may take many hours to find a source of drinking water during the complete day’s trail. Amidst the drive to Zingchen, you will come across the guards of Hemis National Park.

The trek on foot will begin from Zingchen, and we will head towards Rumbak valley, over a mild, gradual trail that climbs uphill. We will maintain a steady pace today, as the trail is mostly ascending. It's important to observe meticulously, for your first sighting of the Snow Leopard will most likely be here in Rumbak valley.

Overnight stay will be arranged in camps. After having some fun sessions and gulping the delicious dinner, we will retire to the tents for a good sleep.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Homestay/ Tents
Time Taken : 3 hours trek
Altitude : 13,000 ft.
Distance : 6 km trek

On this day, we emanated our way to Stok La after having our breakfast at the campsite. We begin trekking towards Stok La after a sumptuous breakfast at the campsite. The exotic landscapes covered with snow-covered trees promise to give you a blissful experience of life at such high altitudes. If it is your first time trekking in the Himalaya, the landscape will come as a pleasant surprise. Lined with verdant snow-clad trees and lofty peaks, you will surely find a trace of heaven here.

We will stay here for a while and then head back to the campsite at Rumbak valley. You can opt for an acclimatization walk in the evening. After the walk, we will return to the campsite and have our dinner. The inception of a tight sleep in order to have a fresh start on the next day will mark the end of day 4 on this trek.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Homestay/ Tents
Time Taken : 8 hours
Altitude : 16,000 ft at pass
Distance : 15 km

We will spend the next 6 days thoroughly exploring in and around Rumbak valley. They promise high chances of leopard sightings. We will next emulate the footprint trails, which will make this even more exciting.

We will Camp overnight at Rumbak valley, right in the laps of the mountains of Ladakh. This is one of the best campsites of the entire Himalaya region. The serenity of this place will certainly make you wonder about the beauty that nature offers to mankind. The gushing of the serene river water will provide a musical taste to your heart. Words fall short to describe the exquisite landscapes and scenery of this place. The night view is stellar and millions of stars can be witnessed over the campsite which certainly makes it a magical stay.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Homestay/ Tents

We will emulate the same path that we took while onboarding the trek. The beauty of snow-clad mountain ranges hangs in the skyline as you make way for Zingchen. Take a short halt here if you wish, and then board your vehicles for the drive back to Leh. The elation of victory accompanies you throughout. Ideally, you should reach Leh by the evening, when you check in to your accommodation again.

Snow Leopard trek will provide an impeccable charm and charismatic ambiance that will never fail to amaze the nomads with its alluring beauty. This trek will ensure you a sharp contrast to your habits and culture. One can easily connect to himself and come back rejuvenated. You end up discovering your inner self that was long lost in the chaos of the lives in cities. The flashbacks of the trek will act as a hangover for a few days.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation : Hotel
Altitude : 11,150 ft.

Returning back to Leh will mark the end of your journey along with us. This day will have a fresh start. Plan your onward journey from here.

Meals : Not Included
Accommodation : Not Included

How To Reach

We will arrange a cab for you from the pickup point in Leh which will be the Airport, the charges for the same are included in the package. For communications purposes, we will create a Whatsapp Group before the departure date of the trek and will share the details regarding the transportation. The drop at Leh Airport after the trek will be arranged in a similar way.


How to reach Snow Leopard Trek Base Camp ( Leh ) :

By Air

The Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh is the highest airport in India. You can get daily flights to Leh from most of the cities in India. Frequent flights ply from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, and Kolkata. Standing at an elevation of 11,150 feet, Leh is one of the highest cities in India.


By Rail

The nearest major railway station is the Jammu Tawi railway station which directly connects major cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and many more. It is the most convenient stop, from where frequent buses and cabs are available.


By Road

You can use either the Manali-Leh highway or Srinagar-Leh highway if you wish to travel by road. The Srinagar-Leh highway is more preferable than the Manali-Leh highway.

Why Trek With Us ?

Twin Sharing Tents
Eco Friendly & Paperless
Finest Guides
Just Right Group Sizes
Commitment to Safety

Inclusions

  • Accommodations at Trek: All accommodations on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel will be in a budget hotel.
  • Trek Leader and Guides: An experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek. The team will have years of experience and well equipped for any emergency situation.
  • Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
  • Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five-course meal plan.
  • Camping and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
  • Trek Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee, etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
  • A Life-Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life-changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one. 


Note: Prior to booking any adventure with Trekmunk, it will be mandatory to sign the waiver form and get a medical certificate from a doctor in due time, without these, you will not be allowed to start the trek. All this will be done online without using any paper.

Exclusions

  • GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They are subjected to change according to the government rules of India.
  • Food in Leh: Food in Leh is not included in the package. You can dine anywhere in Leh city,  we can recommend a few good options.
  • Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport are not included in the package. Transportation from Home city to Leh and Leh to Home city is not included in the package. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
  • Personal Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to the weather and difficulty of the trek.
  • Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason, if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures. You can buy insurance from us while booking the trek, it is optional.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (Laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, Snacks, Orders at tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides, Camera fees, etc) are not included in the package.
  • Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.

Cancellation Policy And More Information

Booking Terms:


1. Confirmation Policy:

Upon Booking, An invoice will be sent to your mail & within 12 to 24 hours the booking confirmation with additional details will be sent to your mail.


2. Cancellation Policy:

(a) 10 percent of the prices of our trips/treks/tours or product or service is your deposit and is not refundable, in any case.

(b) Cancellation received 45 days or more: 90% refund

(c) Cancellation received 30 - 44 days: 60% refund

(d) Cancellation received 30 - 15 days: 30% refund

(e) Cancellation less than 15 days: No refund

For more details, go to https://www.trekmunk.com/cancellation-policy


3. Refund Policy:

Any refund applicable will be processed within 10 to 15 business days as per the company policy.


4. Postpone/Transfer of a booked trek:

1. You can postpone your booked trek for a period of two months (61 days) but we will charge a 20% processing fee. The last date for the postponement will be 15 days before the start of the trek. Failing to book the slot in 2 months (61 days) time, would be considered a cancellation with no refund of any kind. Postpone of a booked trek can only be done once. 

2. You can transfer your booked slot for the trek to any fit person till 15 days before the trek. You just have to mail us the request and rest we will handle. The new person has to get all the mandatory documents duly signed for the trek.


More Information: 

1. We Trek for a Cause: For overall development of the areas we run our operations in, we donate Rs 100/- per booking from our profits which are used for the upliftment of the local people and conserving nature. We have named this initiative as - Trek for a Cause. For more details, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/trek-for-a-cause


2. We are paperless: We are focusing on Sustainable Tourism and to do that we are trying all measures to convert our trek operations to be Eco-Friendly. Going Paperless is one step closer to our aim. 


3. Single-Use Plastic: Trekmunk does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We are ensuring that our team is working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We will send you instructions on how to go plastic-free on your adventures.


4. Preparing for your Holiday: Getting some additional exercise makes a lot of sense to spend time before coming on a trekking adventure. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Hiking in the hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardiovascular fitness and stamina. To read more on how to get fit, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/get-fit-for-trek 


5. Electricity Supply & Plug: You will get electricity supply till the starting point of the trek. If not Indian, We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at: http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/


6. Currency: The unit of currency in India is the Indian Rupees.


7. Health & Vaccinations: 

Severe Allergies: If you have a severe allergy please inform the Trekmunk office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment on trekmunk trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by our leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on the arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations: You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however, if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. 


8. Passport & Visas/Identity Proofs: If foreigner, Validity for 6 months, should have blank pages, and should be kept with yourself all the time.


9. Water: If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled or filtered. Additionally, you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a LifeStraw, Sawyer Filter) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.


10. Altitude: This adventure involves going to a very high altitude. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. We will send you the information in your mailbox about Acute Mountain Sickness and trekking in high altitudes. On this trip, we carry bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.


11. Guidance on Tipping: Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the guide and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. The main guide will make sure that the tip is appropriately distributed among all the staff members on the trek.


12. Spending/Emergency Money: Approximately Rs. 8000-10000/- (in Indian Currency)should be carried for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks, soft drinks, etc. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash as the availability of ATM is less in these remote areas. This can also serve as your emergency spending money.


13. Travel Insurance: It is recommended to have travel insurance for these kinds of adventures. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary. We will ask for the Travel Insurance Details over a mail. Indians can buy insurance from us while booking the trek.

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