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Arunachal Pradesh & Assam
Joergen Bech & Jette Lyager, Denmark | Feb-March 2008

Primary Himalayan forests unlimited! From foothill to 3200 meter. Combine it with the inner valleys and a snow-covered pass at 4200 meter and the low terai where the highlands meet the plains. Best birding road of the world?
As professional photographers our needs are many and specific, but your office staff, guides and drivers worked in concert to meet our constant demands.We appreciate your expertise and friendly customer service for making our trips to India so successful.
Jami Tarris & Theo Allofs, Canada - 2007

 Snow Leopard Trek

Duration: 15 Nights/15 Days
Route: Delhi - Leh - Hemis National Park - Leh - Delhi

Highlights:

This epic adventure takes you to Hemis National Park in Ladakh, India's best-protected area for Snow Leopards and a good place to sight this magnificent cat. Being whitish-grey in color (tinged with yellow) and patterned with dark grey rosettes and spots, the Snow Leopard exhibits superb camouflage for its mountain environment of bare rocks and snow. It is on account of its reclusive nature that it is often referred to as the Grey Ghost of the Himalayas.

Since Snow Leopards are generally found at elevations between 3000-4500m, the trek takes you through stunning Himalayan alpine and sub-alpine zones where vegetation is sparse and temperatures are extreme. Snow Leopards are most active at dawn and dusk and show a strong preference for cliffy habitat with moderately to very broken terrain, rocky outcrops and ravines. They are opportunistic predators and are known to take prey up to three times their own weight, though a large part of their diet comprises of small prey like marmots, pika, hare, birds and domestic livestock.

Accompanying us are expert naturalists and local trackers whose local expertise in this harsh terrain and their intrinsic training to look for the minutest evidences like pugmarks, scrapes and scats to track this elusive cat, is unmatched. While the sighting of this mysterious cat can in no way be guaranteed, the Snow Leopard Trek offers a unique opportunity to understand this amazing specimen and its habitat while trekking through some spectacular scenery.

The present global distribution of Snow Leopards is in the high mountain ranges of Central Asia scattered over 12 countries in fragmented habitats. Highly endangered throughout its range in Asia, the loss of habitat and prey, poaching and retaliation killings blamed for livestock losses have reduced its numbers to dangerously low levels. Wild World India promotes community-driven home-stays in the region supported by the Snow Leopard Conservancy program.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi airport and transfer to hotel, followed by tour briefing and orientation in the morning. Afternoon visit some important sites of Old and New Delhi. Overnight at hotel

Day 2 : Delhi - Leh
In time transfer to airport to board the flight for Leh. Arrive Leh and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure or free for optional activities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 : Leh
Day at leisure for acclimatization. Overnight at hotel

Day 4 : Leh
Full day visit Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries around Leh. Overnight at hotel

Day 5 : Leh
Morning walk around Leh Palace. Afternoon at leisure to make last minute arrangements for the trek. Evening interactive audio/ visual on wildlife and conservation efforts made in the region. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 : Leh - Hemis National Park
Morning drive to Zingchen and trek to Husing Nallah. Evening walk around to trace the signs of the Snow Leopard. Overnight in tent.

Day 7 : Hemis National Park
Full day explore Husing Valley. Overnight in tent.

Day 8 : Hemis National Park
Morning continue trek towards Rumbak Valley. Afternoon explore the Rumbak village and the surroundings looking for the mammals of the region. Overnight in tent.

Day 9 : Hemis National Park
Morning explore the valley and later in the afternoon hike around Kharlung. Overnight in tent.

Day 10 : Hemis National Park
Morning depart on a day return trek to Ganda La to look for highly endangered Tibetan Argali. Overnight in tent.

Day 11 : Hemis National Park
Morning explore the surrounding area. Later continue return trek to Rumbak valley. Overnight in tents.

Day 12 : Hemis National Park - Leh
Morning continue return trek to Zingchen and drive back to Leh. Arrive Leh and check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 : Leh
Full day at leisure or free for optional activities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 : Leh - Delhi
In time transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel with rest of the day at leisure or free for optional activities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15 : Depart Delhi
Day at leisure or free for optional activities or visit Taj Mahal at Agra. In time transfer to Delhi airport to board the flight for onward destination.

Trekking Tours in India:
Trekking in Binsar, Maneater of Mohan Trail,
Corbett to Nainital TrekNanda Devi Trek,
Roopkund Kuari Pass Trek, Sandakphu and Goechala Trek,
Snow Leopard Trek India, Tawang Trek Arunachal,
Valley of Flowers Trek