Step out of your comfort zone and go on an epic adventure with Crooked Compass, to get you up close with real snow leopards in India. You will travel to Hemis National Park - one of the most protected snow leopard areas in the world. Here, you'll hike and camp while tracking these stunning big cats.
This epic adventure takes you to Hemis National Park, Ladakh - India's most protected Snow Leopard area 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 - and to capture all this through your camera lens.
Since Snow Leopards are generally found at elevations between 3000-4500m, this 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.
This package includes a mix of accommodation that of course, includes camping but also hotel stays. Every meal is prepared for you, except on your first and last days and your guides all speak English; meaning this package makes it simple and easy for you to take that leap and choose to go on this spectacular adventure.
Please note, flights are not included in this package.
This tour runs for 16 days/15 nights. It is available on these dates:
YOUR FLIGHT TO INDIA IS NOT INCLUDED. YOU MUST PURCHASE YOUR OWN FLIGHTS.
Please advise of any dietary or medical requirements. A moderate level of fitness is required to participate in this tour. Please note you will be trekking in snow and at altitude.
All cancellations must be received in writing and will be subject to the following cancellation charges from the date the written cancellation is received:
Tour runs with minimum 2 and maximum 14 participants.
As this involves multi days of travelling in various regions of India in winter, the itinerary may be modified to accommodate adverse weather conditions. Should this occur, this will be discussed with your guide in India.
You will need the following (most of this the tour provider can rent to you in Leh): sleeping bag to sustain minus 20-30 degrees, waterproof hiking boots, one pair of heavy gloves that are water resistant, socks for hiking, heavy waterproof/windproof jacket, trek or hiking pants or zip off combo - must be quick dry, NO COTTON, sufficient woollen layers including 2 pairs of heavy thermals (top and bottoms), two caps for warmth (monkey cap and ear band), sunscreen with a min of 30 SPF, UV protected sunglasses, camera and lots of spare batteries as there are no provisions for charging while you are hiking, medications if you require them and torch/head gear.
NO FLIGHT INCLUDED. YOU MUST BOOK YOUR OWN FLIGHT TO DELHI. YOU WILL BE HIKING IN WINTER. TEMPS CAN GET TO MINUS 30 DEGREES AT NIGHT.
This experience starts in the city of New Delhi, India.