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
All about the Snow Leopard Trek.
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.
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
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- 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 meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking 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.
- 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.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Food in Leh: Food in Leh is not included in the package. We can recommend a few good options.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from home to Leh and vice versa is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking 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 that 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.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides 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.
Whom is the trek for?
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.
Which is the best season for this 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.
What are the weather conditions during the trek?
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.
How to reach Leh?
By Air You can take a direct flight to Leh from Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar. Take a cab to the base camp from Leh Airport. By Road You can reach Leh by road either from Srinagar or from Manali, although the Srinagar route is widely preferred over the Manali route. By Rail Jammu Tawi is the nearest railways station to Leh and is well connected to most major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
What things are needed to be carried?
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. For a complete checklist, download the checklist from the footer.