Snow Leopard Trek 8 Nights 9 Days

Snow Leopard Trek 8 Nights 9 Days

Overview

Region: Himalayan Ranges in India (Jammu and Kashmir).
Trek Type: Group Adventure.
Trek Begins and Ends at: Leh / Leh.
Trekking Duration and Distance: 8 nights / 9 days. 90KMs
Difficulty level of the Trek: Difficult.
Maximum Altitude Gain: 3, 800 meters / 12, 467 feet.
Type of Accommodation: Guest House/Homestay/Tent.

A paradise in itself, Ladakh is one of the most desired trekking regions in the country. Ladakh is hugely popular in the whole world owing to the highest motorable road it has complemented with breathtaking views of the surroundings. A lot of enthusiastic travelers choose Ladakh over any other location time and time again.

If you have the hunger for adventure and fancy a delightful experience to witness incredible animals, the Hemis National Park has to be your top choice. Stretching over an elevation of 4100 m, and covering the entire Rumbak Valley, the Hemis National Park is a hugely popular region to trek in Ladakh.

The Snow Leopard Trek lies in the Hemis National Park and presents you with an outstanding opportunity to bask in the astounding beauty of nature and also a chance to witness some of the most amazing animals like Snow Leopard. Among the other animals, the likes of Tibetan Wolves, Horned Sheep, Blue Sheep, and Eurasian Brown Bear can also be seen. The winters of the Ladakh gives you a bone-chilling experience and also a number of exotic bird species can be seen like different migratory birds and Golden Eagles.

The 9 days itinerary runs through some of the most amazing spots in Ladakh and offering you a new surprise at each and every turn. You get a chance to indulge in the culture and oral history of the Rumbak Valley and also experience the cold desert of Ladakh complimented with strong winds.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Leh

The beautiful trek lies in the most thrilling region of the country, Leh. Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the very first destination in the journey. We have well-connected flights from Delhi makes the journey to Leh a fairly easy and enjoyable one. You will reach your hotel by afternoon and you can have lunch and rest in the afternoon.
The evening in Leh offers a sumptuous experience. You can spend the time in the evening exploring the region and the local hot spots. The visit to the Shanti Stupa is a fascinating experience. Nestling on top of a hill, the Shanti Stupa offers beguiling views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. You can also visit the Leh Marketplace, the Hall of Fame, and the Leh Palace. First night stay in Leh.

Day 2: Exploring the monasteries

An enjoyable drive of 104 km today takes you to some of the most enchanting monasteries located in the close vicinity of Leh. The journey traverses through the vivid landscape of the amazing Leh and takes you to the first stop at Shey Palace. Indulge in the rich history of Leh in Shey palace before starting on for the next destination, Hemis Monastery.

After enjoying the Hemis Monastery the further drive leads you to a couple of more remarkable places called the Stok Palace Museum and Thiksey. These monasteries and palaces give you a deeper delve into the culture and traditions of the Leh Region. Return back to Leh for the night.

Day 3: Leh to Rumbak via Zingchen

A new destination on the list today is the astonishing Rumbak Valley. The day starts early after breakfast on a drive to the beautiful Zingchen. The total time of travel today will be of not more than 5 hours but will deliver you an outstanding travel experience. As you reach Zingchen the forward trekking journey takes you to the Rumbak Valley.

Start trekking on the daunting trail that leads to Rumbak with vivid landscapes of the surrounding walking with you. The snow leopard signs on the bottom of the valley excite you for the thrilling journey you are about to experience in the following days. As you reach Rumbak by evening, enjoy the rich flora and fauna of the region and spend the night in the local home stay in Rumbak Valley.

Day 4 to Day 7: Exploring Hemis National Park

Since this highly enticing and enthralling trek journey is named as the Snow Leopard Trek, the 4th to the 7th day of this remarkable journey will be spent in exploring the home of the Snow Leopard, Hemis National Park. The 4th day in the journey takes you inside the Hemis National Park and the days further from here will be spent in the exploration of this amazing park and the nights will be spent in the local homestay inside the park.

Apart from the supremely beautiful Snow Leopard, the Hemis National park is also the dwell of few other fascinating animals. The Blue Sheep and Argali can be witnessed exclusively in this region and they look pretty amazing too. While each day the crave to witness a snow leopard rises, in the way you might even encounter a Tibetan Wolf.

The cold temperatures and the extreme nature-friendly ambiance of the Hemis National Park attracts a wide variety of different mountain birds. A vast number of different species of migratory birds can also be witnessed from the park.

The Snow Leopard is an appealing animal and they just happen to wonder about all the places. As the winters are really cold here, the Snow Leopards often descend down to the lower elevations in the park to drink water. This is the ideal time to catch a glimpse of this incredible predator.

The characteristic behavior of the Snow Leopards forces them to enjoy the winters sleeping and resting on the high rocks. A lucky soul can get the glimpse of a Snow Leopard perched on a high rock or can even witness one balancing on a vertical ridge.

Each and every day of this 3 days journey will be spent on a hunt to catch a sight of the Snow Leopard, thus making each day filled with loads of adventure and thrill. While you spend most of the time craving for a glimpse of this cute animal, you will be able to enjoy the serene and calm ambiance combined with the raw magnificence of nature. The nights will be spent in the local homestay sharing the intriguing stories of the whole adventure filled day.

Day 8: Back to Leh via Stok

You are very near towards the completion of this interesting trek. Though the final journey back to Leh will break your heart as you will have to bid farewell to this incredible region, the intermediate stop at the Stok La Pass at 4,900 meters fills up your heart with great joy. The journey from Hemis National Park to Stok La Pass takes about 3 hours to reach.

The journey runs along the extreme left of the hillside. The final part of the walk up to the pass is on an easy trail and not very tiresome, and as you reach the top of the pass, the highly admirable views will not fail to surprise you with bewildering views of the Indus Valley.

After basking in the brilliance of the Indus Valley start your final bit of the walking journey towards the Stok Village. While you are in Stok Village you can pay a visit to the Stok Palace Museum. Enjoy the visit to the museum before resuming on the final drive back to Leh. Reach Leh by evening and spend the night here.

Day 9: Back to Delhi

The very final day of the journey leads you back to your hometown via Delhi. The morning in Leh will be filled with the intriguing raw beauty of nature and as the day proceeds, you will have to travel back to the Leh Airport. The flight from Leh takes you directly back to Delhi. Cherish the sweet memories of the impeccable Leh and waste no time in planning the next adventurous trip in this striking beauty of nature.

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Inclusions

8 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing during the trek in Guest House, Homestays and Tents.
All Meals during the trek (Vegetarian).
Pick up and Drop off from/to Leh Airport.
All required permits for the trek.
Trek Equipment.
All Services of trekking guide, porters, helpers, and cook.
Basic First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder is inclusive.

Exclusions

Travel expenses to reach and return from Leh.
All meals in Leh for the first 2 days and the last day of the trek is not included.
No Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates, Personal expenses and tips Etc.
Health Insurance, Personal Insurance, and other travel insurance.
No Porter’s service to carry your personal luggage*.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem is not inclusive
* If you need service of a porter then you have to pay Rs.650/- per day provided you book the same with us 15 days before the date of commencement and maximum luggage limit is 10 KGs.

Items to Bring with you

Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy straps and the supporting frame.
Daypack (20 Ltr) is required only if you wish to offload your backpack to our support team.
Trekking shoes (Sports shoes are not allowed.)
Gumboot (must be required).
If you are not bringing Gumboot from your city then it is available in Leh hardware shops and can be
purchased here itself. If your shoe size is 10+, getting a pair might be tough. So start searching as soon
as you land in Leh.
Carry 2 pair of synthetic track pants. Track pants are light and when things get cold you can wear one
over the other.
Carry 2 Full sleeve tees with collar.
Fleece jacket – sweaters are highly discouraged.
A full sleeve thick jacket (down jacket is preferable).
Carry 4 pairs of undergarments.
Get 2 pairs of thermal inners.
Carry 2 pairs of sports socks. 2 pairs of woolen socks.
Woolen monkey cap/balaclava that cover the ear.
Woolen hand gloves + synthetic glove (waterproof). If you don’t have synthetic gloves, get two pairs
of woolen gloves and a surgical glove.
Hot water bottle/Bag – available at any medical store.
Fleece Inner layer.
Sunglasses, with 100% UV protection. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek.
A woolen head-scarf or muffler.
A trekking pole is mandatory.
Lightweight towel (should be thin, quick drying kind).
Lip balm.
Trekking Crampons.
Cold cream and sunscreen lotion (SPF 40+).
2 Water bottles (1 Liters each). The insulated water bottles are good but even normal water bottles will suffice.
Personal medicine kit (Crocin , Avomine, Avil 25mg, Combiflam, Disprin, Norflox, Crepe bandage, Band-aid, Digene , Gauze cloth, Leukoplast , Cotton, ORS, Betadine or any antiseptic cream, Volini or any other pain relief spray, Diamox (to be taken only if required and but not as preventive medicine)).
Personal toilet kit (minimal) and toilet paper.
LED Torch with an extra set of cells (headlamps are much more preferable).
Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string (mandatory).
Camera, memory cards, batteries etc (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available throughout trek).
While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

For price or customizing the trek write us at trip@weramblers.com or register with us below.

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