Snow Leopard Tracking Tour

Snow Leopard Tracking Tour

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$7566

Snow Leopard Tracking Tour

8 Days Starting in Leh and ending in Leh

Visiting: Leh, Uley

Tour operator:

Crooked Compass

Tour code:

884

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 12

Physical rating:

High

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active, Small Group

Interests:

History, Wildlife Tours

Activities:

Trekking, Walking

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$7923
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Tour Overview

Engage with the Snow Leopard Conservancy Fund to learn about conservation activitiesExplore the palaces and temples of LehTrek through the Ulley Valley in search of elusive snow leopard with expert trackersThis epic adventure takes you to the Ulley Valley, Ladakh – one of India's most protected Snow Leopard areas with expert trackers on hand to trace the cats’ scents, trails and markings, this journey will keep the pulse racing as you follow every sign of their movements whilst exploring some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.

This snow leopard trek offers you the chance to track these ‘ghosts of the mountains’ and their prey through the snow, with the ability to witness these sadly diminishing but stunning creatures in their natural environment.

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. Enjoy exploring winter wildlife, birdlife and being further educated on all things conservation and the natural world by your expert guides.

Highlights

  • Engage with the Snow Leopard Conservancy Fund to learn about conservation activities

  • Explore the palaces and temples of Leh

  • Trek through the Ulley Valley in search of elusive snow leopard with expert trackers

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Leh

Location: Leh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Grand Dragon or similar

Meals Included: Dinner

Namaste! Welcome to the fascinating country that is India! You will be met upon arrival at Leh’s Airport and transferred to your hotel for check in where the remainder of the day is yours at leisure to acclimatise.



Framed by the jagged snow-capped Himalayas, the city itself sits on the historic Silk Road. Dotted with humbling monasteries, stupas and crumbling mud houses, this enchanting city is very easy to fall in love with.



Leh is located at just over 3500m, and it is not uncommon to suffer from a little altitude sickness, whether it be a headache, breathlessness or dizziness. Be sure to drink lots of ginger tea, remain well hydrated and remember, no strenuous exercise while acclimatising.

Day 2 : Leh

Location: Leh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Grand Dragon or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We have allowed two more days in Leh to acclimatise before starting your trek.



If you are feeling up to it, over these two days, you will also be able to visit Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace as well as some of the local monasteries. Shanti Stupa is 5km from town and overlooks Leh city, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. The location of Shanti Stupa is visible from all over Leh city.



Leh Palace, though in a dilapidated condition, is full of old worldly charm, and the adventurous journey one has to undertake to reach the palace makes it even more special. Built in the 17th century by King Singe Namgyal as the royal residence, it was deserted in the mid-19th century after the family shifted to Stok. A visit here for many people feels like a glimpse into the window of Tibet.



In the evening, we have planned an interaction at the hotel with the Snow Leopard Conservancy, where you will be able to learn about the big cats and other wildlife of the region, the landscape, people that inhabit the landscape and the various challenges faced by wildlife in the region along with the conservation work that is taking place in the region to protect the wildlife and educate locals on the longevity of conservation.

Day 3 : Leh To Ulley Valley

Location: Leh, Uley

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: Snow Leopard Lodge or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Awake feeling acclimatized and refreshed as you make your way to Ulley Valley to commence your search for the elusive snow leopard. Ulley is actually not even a village, it is a cluster of 5-7 families that live amongst Himalayan wilderness. A few years ago, one of the families realized the importance of the wildlife that was all around them and started promoting wildlife travel to the region to showcase the elusive grey ghost to raise awareness around conservation and the need to educate people around the importance of protecting the snow leopard. The drive to Ulley is about 2.5hrs, however quite scenic. Arriving around noon, enjoy lunch on arrival before setting off to explore the surrounding area in search of the snow leopard. The region is also home to Wolf, Himalayan Fox, Ibex, Ladakh Uriel, Golden Eagle and Lammergeiers.

Day 4 : Ulley

Location: Uley

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: Snow Leopard Lodge or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue exploring the valleys and mountains around Ulley in search of wildlife. Please note this is not hard core trekking – this is all about searching for wildlife and will take place a comfortable pace for the group accompanied with expert trackers and naturalists.



Distances covered and the level of activity will depend on wildlife sightings and how strenuous you wish to make the journey. You are likely to see signs of the snow leopard, as winter is the time that they descend to lower elevations. If you are lucky, you may see one perched high on the rocks or balanced effortlessly on a sheer vertical ridge.



Snow leopard sightings are a game of patience. Your schedule on these days is subject to previous sightings of the snow leopards, and your guide will collect information from locals and other guides on a daily basis to determine the movement of your day. You will either follow on from the previous day’s route, or trek and explore nearby areas, waiting and watching for the gracious Snow Leopards using a scope.



The moment you witness these beautiful and elegant cats, your breath will be taken away. Everything will seem silent as you watch, captivated by their beauty. Soft padding paws, brush like powerful tails. Every move planned and executed with precision. This will truly be one of the most awe inspiring moments of your journey.



Watch as they scavenge and search for prey. Camouflaged so perfectly into the snow covered rocky terrain. The only sounds to be heard are your gasps of amazement and the click of camera shutters. You will never forget this moment.



All meals will be at the lodge unless you decide to trek the whole day – in which case a packed meal can be carried with the team.

Day 5 & 6 - Ulley

Location: Uley

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: Snow Leopard Lodge or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our explorations continue for three more days. In the evenings, enjoy interactions with the naturalists and trackers or enjoy a wildlife documentary on the wildlife diversity of the Indian Subcontinent.

Day 9- Ulley To Leh

After spending the morning searching for the snow leopard, enjoy a restful lunch before you return to Leh. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure. (B,L,D)


Overnight at The Grand Dragon or similar


Day 7 : Ulley To Leh

Location: Uley, Leh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Grand Dragon or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After spending the morning searching for the snow leopard, enjoy a restful lunch before you return to Leh. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure.

Day 8 : Departure

Location: Leh

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

What's Included

  • Return airport transfers

  • 7 nights accommodation

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days except arrival and departure days

  • English speaking local guides

  • Naturalists and trackers whilst in the National Park

  • Entrance fees, park fees and trekking permits as per itinerary

  • Transportation in an air conditioned vehicle

What's Not Included

  • International and domestic flights

  • Visas

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • All services, meals other than those indicated above

  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.

  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

  • Personal trekking equipment and other special clothing items

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, The local guides on the tour is English speaking

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    This category of tour often involves extreme trekking, cycling or other extreme adventure activities. It is important to expect remote and poorly defined tracks and to be prepared for variable weather conditions for 10 to 12 hours per day (may sometimes be more depending on weather and altitude). These adventures are suitable for travellers who have prior experience in strenuous travel and activities, are extremely fit and have excellent health. It is also important to note that some of the terrain on these adventures will involve trekking in snow, at high attitude levels and may require technical equipment.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, Single Supplement will be chargeable at AUD$ 3,133.00

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Entrance fees, park fees and trekking permits as per itinerary are included.

  • What is the minimum group size?

    The min group size is 2 people.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, Arrival and return airport transfers are included.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International and domestic flights are not included.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes. Focusing on providing authentic experiences where ever you are in the world, Crooked Compass has access to a vast array of accommodation styles. From boutique properties in larger cities to local guest houses and home stays within small villages. Crooked Compass ensures that local authenticity flows through your accommodation throughout your tour without compromising standard.

  • What sort of transportation is used for your tours?

    Transportation utilised on a Crooked Compass escorted small group tour is a combination of a private air conditioned vehicle and local transport where appropriate. This may include a local bus ride, use of the cities metro system, a domestic flight to another city or overnight train ride.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Crooked Compass strives to be a leader in sustainable tourism. Crooked Compass is firmly committed to the principles of ethical travel. Our comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Practices policy summarises our commitments and actions. Although the very basis of our ground operations lends itself to the ethos of sustainable tourism, this policy re-iterates our commitment to: Use locally owned hotels Use locally owned ground agents Use local guides and drivers Promote community tourism projects from homestays to craft shops Support charities that work within the destinations that we travel to Carbon offset our travels

  • Who runs your tours and are they experts in their fields?

    Crooked Compass works with the worlds best operators who are specialists in their country, region and cities providing you with in depth local knowledge. We use local guides who live and breathe the areas they work in, making sure you experience their region, their way. We believe it is far better to have a local guide who knows a lot about a little than a text book trained Western tour guide who knows a little about a lot. Using local guides also ensures that money stays within local communities and supports the regions we visit.

  • What can I expect from a Crooked Compass tour that I wouldn't get from travelling with an alternative company?

    Crooked Compass provides a sensory way to understand the world – we help you live like a local, eat like a local, do what the locals do and seek the faces behind the places whilst discovering untouched lands and natural beauty. Crooked Compass tours delve deep into the heart and soul of a destination ensuring you get out of your journey all you intended and much, much more. Our intriguing itineraries have been created by travellers for travellers. Steering travellers to follow a different path, Crooked Compass’ itineraries allow you to experience the world’s most fascinating destinations in ways you never dreamed possible. It brings to life those ‘bucket list’ experiences you have yearned to do and separates the travellers from the tourists. Crooked Compass tours are culturally rich, reward travellers with unexpected encounters and uncommon rendezvous, creating truly unique, authentic travel experiences.

  • Who do your tours cater for?

    Crooked Compass escorted small group tours cater for those who are well travelled seeking the what’s next and what’s new. Our travellers are curious minded soft adventurers who want to uncover something more than the mainstream tourist trail. Crooked Compass tours draw travellers with an interest in sustainable tourism and conservation for the areas they visit. A Crooked Compass traveller is someone who is seeking something fresh and unique, who has a yearning for authenticity and discovery, with an appreciation for cultures, tradition and the natural world. We call them Cultural Purists.

  • I am concerned about my impact on travelling through untouched regions. Can I offset?

    Yes. All travellers on Crooked Compass tours have the option to offset their part of their tour’s carbon footprint by donating $4AUD (tax-deductible) at time of booking. 100% of these funds are donated to Greenfleet, an environmental non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting our climate by restoring our forests. By partnering with Greenfleet, we are confident that our carbon offset program provides genuine and lasting environmental benefits. Your offset donation funds plant trees and restore permanent native forests in Australia and New Zealand. As they grow, these forests provide many community and environmental benefits by absorbing carbon emissions, protecting our unique biodiversity, restoring habitat for native wildlife, preventing soil salinity and erosion, improving water quality and much more. If you’d like to find out more and offset the rest of your carbon emissions, visit www.greenfleet.org.au

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