Snow Leopard Trek
Ladakh is the magnificent Snow Leopard is the most enigmatic and elusive of all the world’s large cats. A denizen of high mountain ranges, its presence is more often revealed by footprints.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Large Group
Snow Leopard trek
Ladakh, a mecca for adventurists, is located at the 3,000 meters above the sea level and Hemis National park at which this one must reach is at an elevated height of 3800m. The name of this trek snow leopard trek has been coined due to the presence of snow leopards in Hemis national park. You need to spend 4-5 days at Hemis National park situated at Rumbak township of Ladakh, to spot this fierce-eyed creature. This National Park Is very rich in flora and fauna possessing different varieties. The snow leopard trek only takes place during the winter season of the year. When such creature moves out of their comfy zones to catch their prey, that is when it gets spotted by the trekkers.
Grade – Moderate
Duration – 12 days
Max. Altitude – 15950ft
Total trekking – 70 kms approx.
Region – Hemis National Park, Ladakh
- Accommodation during trek on triple/quad (Homestay/Camping)
- All veg meals while on trek
- Transport from Leh to base village and return
- All necessary permits and entry fees
- First aid medical kit
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff
- All taxes
- Any meals during transit
- Personal expenses
- Travelling insurance
- Cost Escalation due to unforeseen reason
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
Arrival at Leh
This wonderous trip starts with your arrival in the capital city of Ladakh. As the trek takes place only during the winter months of the year hence the only medium available to reach Leh is Airlines. One must disembark the plane Leh Airport and head towards the allocated hotel. Take rest in your respective rooms as the weather outside would be chilly and cold. Overnight stay in hotel.
Acclimation day at Leh
Today is reserved for you to get acclimatized into the cold weather of Leh. You need to get well- acquainted with the climatic conditions of Leh as in the coming days you must face most chilled weather of Ladakh. Get some sightseeing today and enjoy the local cuisine within the markets of Leh. Take a glance at the art and craft of the town market and purchase if you wish to remember this trip for your life and lock it up in your priceless possessions. Overnight stay in hotel.
Leh- Zingchen. Trek to Rumbak valley
Post your breakfast, kickstart this wonder trip by taking the trail that leads to Zingchen formerly and later to the valley of Rumbak. The trek for today gets concluded within 6 hours, thus reaching at an altimeter of 12, 000 ft approx. This valley has so much to offer to you, as this is the landscape where Hemis National Park is situated. We need to first drive to Phey. After reaching Phey descend into the gorge of Zingchen, moving past the Indus river and some rocky cliffs along the trail. On the last leg of the day, trek towards Rumbak Valley. Overnight stay takes place in the tents at the campsite.
Rumbak Valley - Yurutse via Stok La
After we are done with the appetizing breakfast for the day, move out of the tent site and trek towards Yurutse. Once you get along the trail, you must first reach to Stok La and further to Yurutse, the campsite for the night. Rumbak valley is a great landscape that offers rich flora and fauna. Flora consists of distinguished flowers like juniper, populus – Salix forests, fir, Anemone, Gentiana, Thalictrum, Lloydia, Veronica, Delphinium and many other. The fauna includes most importantly snow leopard, Argali, Bharal, Shapu, Ibex and many more. Some of these wildlife species are extinct or endangered in most of the other parts of the country. Campsite for the night will be within this vicinity.
Snow leopard exploring at Hemis National Park
On all these 5 days you need to spot a snow leopard within the surroundings of Hemis National park. You need to move around the whole vicinity to see the signs of snow leopard. The winter time is the only period in which such wildlife creatures move to the lower ends of the terrains. After days of trying you are surely going to witness the beautiful yet fierce-eyed creature within the environment of the park. Come back to your respective campsite and get some hot servings within your tents. Stay overnight at the camping site
Trek to Zingchen. Drive to Leh
After spotting a snow leopard and other wild creatures at Hemis National park, now its time to move back to the first leg of the trip, Leh. At first, we will return to Zingchen through Rumbak village thus reaching Phey. Cross the bridge at phey and have a comfortable drive to the capital city, Leh. Check into the hotel and stay there overnight.
Departure from Leh
Today we will depart from Ladakh. Once your flight takes off, you will be able to view the breathtakingly beautiful glaciers through the windows. Bid adieu to Ladakh and its mesmerizing beauty.
- Backpack with rain cover(40-60lts)
- Daypack/Knapsack – Optional
- Floaters or Sandals
- Trekking Shoes – Medium or High ankle length(Get a pair and “break-in” well in advance that you don’t face any sores/blisters once you are on mountains)
- 2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
- 3 Pair of sports Socks and 1 pair of woolen
- Woolen Gloves
- Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- Windproof Jacket
- Sun Cap
- One Scarf/Balclava
- Quick dry towel/Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt – good quality plastic bottle
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit –
- General medicines comprising of headache, fever, vomiting, stomach upset and pain killer
-Anti-inflammatory -Nurofen or diclofenac sodium
- Dark Sunglasses
- Trekking Pole
- CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries.
- Extra Polythene bags.
- Dry fruits/Energy bars
P.S You may use and share common kit for toiletries and medicines if travelling in a group