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In Search of The Himalayan Ghost - Snow Leopard

Adventure expedition among the Himalayan peaks of Ladakh

8 days / 7 nights

No of seats in each group is limited

Trekking in national park

Euphoric Trail’s takes you to a thrilling journey to the Rumbak Valley in Hemis National Park , the best place on earth to spot a Snow Leopard in the wild . Our team of experienced Wildlife Guides , Snow Leopard tracker and Conservationists have made this perfect itinerary to maximize the chance of spotting the Ghost of Himalaya . This  expedition is meant for the  toughest should , who loves to get challenged . As trekking in -20 in above 4000 m of altitude under heavy snow fall , with low level of oxygen takes more than just sheer courage . Snow Leopard Trek perhaps the most ultimate adventure in the planet what anyone can dream of. Many travel & tour organization organizes this trek even without proper knowledge about the area or the mighty creature . As most of trek are organised in summer for tourists , but in the summer all high altitude animals migrate to much higher areas above 4000-4500m . It is only in the winter they come lower elevation and brings us opportunity to sight them . Yes it is tough for us too , as we try our best to keep our tourist warm even in most chilly nights with proper measures , gears and equipments .

Leh

Capital of Ladakh

December – February

The best season

-20°С – -5°С

Temperature

Maximum height

3800-4000 metres

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival in Ladakh , Transfer to Hotel & Acclimatize

Take an early mornig flight to Ladakh. This must be one of the most sensational flights in the world. On a clear day from the left of the aircraft one can see in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.  From the other side of the aircraft you can see the high altitude lakes of Tso Moriri and Tso Kar.

Upon arrival you will be met by our representative & transferred to the hotel. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet!

Overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 2: IN LEH - Acclimatization & Local Sightseeing

The morning is at leisure to acclimatize to the rarefied air.  You may choose to stroll along the main bazaar — observing the varied crowds. Looking into curio shops is an engaging experience. A particularly attractive sight is the line of women from nearby villages sitting along the edge of the footpath with baskets of fresh vegetables brought for sale. Behind the main bazaar, Chang Gali is less bustling but has interesting little shops selling curios and jewellery. Further on are the labyrinthine alleyways and piled-up houses of the old town, clustering around the foot of the Palace Hill. In the other direction, down the bazaar, are the Tibetan markets where one can bargain for pearls, turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli and many other kinds of semi-precious stones and jewelry, as well as carved yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls, or any of a whole array of curios.

Also walk to the Leh Palace and Sankar Gompa, which belongs to Gelukspa school of Tibetan Buddhism.  This small Gompa is a branch of Spituk Gompa, founded by the first incarnation of Skyabje Bakula (head monk of Spituk monastery).

Return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

DAY 3: LEH - ZINGCHAN – ( BY SURFACE APPROX 1 HRS) - RUMBAK (12,540 FT) – TREK / APPROX 5 HRS

Today after the breakfast  you are transferred to Zingchan by road and  trek into the interiors of Snow Leopard country to Rumbak in eager anticipation of the days to come and thoughts on the success in the purpose of your visit – your quest to spot the Snow Leopard.

Overnight stay in a tented camp.

DAYS 4-7: IN RUMBAK VALLEY - explore the area with expert team for the Snow Leopard.

You spend the next 4 days in exploring the area on foot with your guide to try and spot the Snow Leopard. In the process there will also be plenty of opportunity for you to get enthralling insights into local folklore, as well as learn about their customs and traditions.

The very name evokes all that is most wild, mysterious and elusive in nature — for this is an animal that comes cloaked not just in the subtle beauty of its own coat but also in all the high drama of the harsh and magnificent environment that it dominates.

The diverse and rare assemblage of fauna includes the blue sheep or bharal, the staple of snow leopard diet, ibex, kiang or wild ass, long-tailed and Himalayan marmots, Tibetan hare, the pika or mouse hare, wolf, wild dog and fox. The skies are patrolled by golden eagle, bearded vultures, hobbys and kestrels while on sunny hill-slopes plump Tibetan and Himalayan snow cocks and chukor partridge feed warily.

Overnight stay in tented camp.

DAY 8: RUMBAK - ZINGCHAN - TREK / 3 ½ HRS - LEH – BY SURFACE / APPROX 1 H

Today you trek back to Zingchan and drive onward to Leh for an overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 9: DEPART LEH - BY FLIGHT

Your will be transferred in time to the airport for your flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight stay at your hotel.

The cost of the tour

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in all the hotels as per the list on Dbl/twin sharing basis
  • Bed tea, breakfast & dinner
  • All hotel transfers, city tours (as per plan), excursions by Innova/xylo. Six and above by suing Tempo traveller
  • Interstate road tax, toll tax, fuel, driver’s allowance, parking etc.
  • Assistance on arrival / departure
  • Local Snow Leopard tracker
  • High Altitude Wildlife Expert
  • Porters , Trekking Crew and Cook
  • Trekking & wildlife fee
  • Good quality high altitude tents, -20sleeping bags, mattress, Kitchen gears
  • Horse/mule to carry luggage on the first and last day

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare and airport tax
  • Mineral water Soft drinks and any alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, laundry, telephone calls, portage, tips and any personal expenses
  • Any item not specified under cost includes

Price

Premium

₨40000
35000 per person
  • 3 Nights in LEH
  • Mahey retreat/similar
  • 5 Nights TREK & CAMPING
  • In camping
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Fixed departure:

  • 5 december – 13 december 2019
  • 10 january – 18 january 2020
  • 10 february – 18 february 2020

Backpack checklist:

  • ski gear(we recommend to bring your own)
  • warm clothes & sun glass
  • Camera

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No of seats in each group is limited