• Snow leopard hunting
  • Hemis gompa in Ladakh
  • Wild sheep in Ladakh meadow
  • Snow leopard among the rocks
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In search of Snow Leopards

14 days from £4850pp plus international flights.

Visit the remote region of Ladakh north of the Himalayas as you trek in the mountains in search of the rare and beautiful snow leopard.

    • Trek in the mountains in search of snow leopards
    • Guide and spotter to optimise sightings
    • Homestays in remote villages
    • Visit Hemis Gompa
    • Walk on a frozen river

 

A rare opportunity to search for the beautiful and endangered snow leopard. These elusive creatures are perfectly adapted to life in the mountains of Central Asia, and on this holiday you spend time trekking through this terrain with a specialist guide and spotter, to give you the best chances of memorable wildlife sightings.

The holiday begins in Delhi, though you soon leave the hustle and bustle behind you as you fly up to the remote region of Ladakh, looking down at snowy Himalayan peaks before landing in Leh. It's a dramatic setting bounded by mountains, and sets the scene for your wildlife adventure. Having acclimatised you set off for Hemis National Park. The park is best known for its population of snow leopards and is the main focus of your holiday. Over the course of several days you get to know this rugged terrain well and, aided by the naturalist guide, you learn to recognise the signs of leopard activity, and with luck you'll be rewarded by the sight of this stunning cat.

This holiday takes you to a remote part of the world, where you feel far removed from the trappings of everyday 21st century life, and where you can instead concentrate on observing the world around you. It's an increasingly rare experience in this digital age, and one to treasure.

Review of 2018 Snow Leopard Expedition - by Michael & Joy Walter

"Every aspect of this trip was brilliant. Seeing snow leopards in the wild has been a long-held ambition of my wife and me and this trip delivered big time, with no less than four separate sightings. Expectations were low given the difficulties involved and the rarity of the animal but they were well exceeded."

Special Memories
"Everything was awesome but if we had to single anything out it would be our home-stay in Rumbak - a delightful family in a great community and with accommodation that was a privilege to be able to share with them. We heard that the Indian govt is considering a ban on continued residence in the National Park and we think that would be a real shame, and counter-productive from a conservancy point of view."

Guiding
"The team of expert naturalist guides, drivers, pony support and hawk-eyed local animal spotters was awesome and really made the trip for us. We felt at all times safe (despite some very difficult access roads and a few hair-raising journeys) and well looked after."

Social / Environment
"Ladakh and the Indian central govt have been very supportive of snow leopard conservancy but without income from tourism would not be able to devote enough resources to it. I suspect that without trips like this, sensitively organised, we would not be looking at a great future for the wildlife of the region. Or indeed the local communities who have no other sources of income."

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Client Rating for India 5/5 from 130 reviews

Experiences you could have on this amazing trip

As well as meeting great people and seeing fabulous landscapes, you will get an insight into India's wildlife.

The Tribes Foundation

Simply by booking with Tribes, you are making a difference. Every booking helps with The Tribes Foundation, the charity we back with admin and funds. Most clients give additional donations which we always put to very good use with one of the wildlife, environmental or social projects we support.

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