Area : Ladakh Himalaya
Duration : 13 Days (4 days travel/9 days trekking)
Best Season : Mid November - Mid March
Altitude : 3800 Mtrs
Total Trekking : 80 K.M
Hemis National Park is one of the major attractions in Ladakh that pulls a number of adventurists and animal lovers from all over the world. It stretches at an elevation of 4100 meters and covers up the entire Rumbak Valley. The national park is the home to varied species of animals including Snow Leopards and Himalayan birds. The Snow Leopard Trek, which is one of the popular winter treks in the Ladakh region, lies into a territory where human hospitality evanesces and brings forth a wild stretch of rugged mountains dotted with animals like snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, blue sheep, horned sheep and Eurasian Brown Bear and more. It is also an abode to several species of birds like the Golden Eagle, different species of vultures and migratory birds.
Being on the move on the Snow Leopard Trek in Ladakh, one encounters surprises at each turn. The trek allows one to get acquainted with the folklore of Rumbak Valley. It thus brings one to an indigenous territory astir over the savage breath in the midst of the cold desert and gust of freezing wind.
The best time to visit Snow Leopard Trek is between November and March
The winter in Ladakh is frigid in nature. From January to March the days are likely to be sunny but there will be chill in the air. January is the coldest month in Ladakh. By March the days start to get warmer and the average temperature remains at 7°C. Early mornings, evenings and nighttimes stay extremely cold. Daytime temperatures in Leh, and on trek, will be between –25°C to +6°C. Night-time temperature can drop to -10°C to - 25°C. There is usually snow around in January to March. Please read the equipment section thoroughly. The January trips will be colder than the March trips.
Snow Leopard Trek (Hemis National Park) is situated in the eastern part of Ladakh with an average elevation of 3000 meters. It covers an area of 600sq.kms in the valleys of Markha and Rumbak. It is a high altitude protected area, which was created in 1981 for the conservation and protection of its unique flora and fauna. There are many rare and endangered animal species found in this cold desert, amongst these are the elusive Snow Leopard, Ibex, Tibetan Antelope, Blue Sheep, Shapo, Marmot, Tibetan Hare etc. Among the avi fauna population found are the Snow Patridge, Golden Oriole, Snow Cock, Golden Eagle, Horned Lark, Red Billed Chuff etc.
Flying is the only option to reach Ladakh between the months of November and March. Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the main airport in Leh City. It has a number of flights that connect Leh with Delhi as well as with few major cities of India.
In the morning, fly from Delhi to Leh. On arrival at Ladakh, meet our representative. Check-in to the pre-booked hotel. Take rest and be acclimatized. Visit the local market of Leh in the evening. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Post breakfast, we will take a tour of the local market in Leh. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Today, we shall visit the local attractions of the area. The guide will accompany you in the visit. Some of these attractions are Leh Palace, Victory Peak, old quarter and offices of a local conservative organization. Overnight stay at hotel.
Post breakfast, we shall drive to Phey. We will begin our trekking today and shall walk from Phey along the spectacular gorges of Indus River to reach Hemis National Park. After reaching the park, we will set our tents for overnight stay.
Today, we will enjoy the wildlife watching in Hemis National Park, which is a home to many other exotic fauna species like blue sheep, large horned sheep, Tibetan wolf, wild ass, etc.
During these days, we shall be exploring the beautiful culture and traditions of Ladakh. We will enjoy home-stay in the villages nearby and try their local food and beer. One can also join the local dance to soak in to the real hues of local culture.
Early in the morning today, we will trek down to Zingchen. From Zingchen, drive to Leh and later check-in to the hotel. Enjoy the dinner and the overnight stay at the hotel.
Reach the airport early in the morning to boards flight for onwards journey.
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You should book Snow Leopard trek four months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.
There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.
Once you book your trek with us we will provide you a list of things to carry, which should not weigh more than 12 Kgs.
Our pick up and drop point for Snow Leopard Trek is at Leh airport. From airport, our guide will pick you and then assist you through the expedition.
We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.
Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 8 people with mix of men and women.
Snow Leopard trek is tough trek with a maximum altitude of 12500ft (3800m), so the minimum age required is 15 years.
Between the months of November and March, the temperature during the trek can go as low as -25 Degree Celsius during the night and it can get windy, which will further decrease the temperature.
We plan our treks in a way that after 6 – 7 hours of trekking we can reach next camp around the lunch time. Normally, 10-15kms per day of trekking is required.
If we have to extend the trek due to the reasons which are beyond our control then additional charge may apply for hotel stay and food.
Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.
Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.
Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500, Hi-Tec Colman and Salomon are good shoes with value for money.
We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Thukpa, local dishes etc.
Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.
Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.
We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.
Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.
Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.
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