Snow Leopard Trek

Trek LocationArea: Ladakh Himalaya

Trek DurationDuration: 13 Days (4 days travel/9 days trekking)

Trek SeasonBest Season: Mid November - Mid March

Trek GradeGrade:

On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

AltitudeAltitude: 3800 Mtrs

Trekking DistanceTotal Trekking: 80 K.M

About Snow Leopard Trek

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.

Snow Leopard Trek Ladakh

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.

Snow Leopard Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the beautiful views of the Himalaya
  • Explore the ancient kingdoms of Ladakh, architecturally rich Buddhist monasteries and mud palaces
  • Witness the lovely blend of unique flora and fauna or the Trans-Himalayan region
  • Relish the traditional Ladakhi culture and hospitality
  • Spot the rare exotic species of Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Wild Horse, Yak and birds

Best Time to Visit

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.

Where is the Snow Leopard Trek

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.

How to Reach?

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.

Snow Leopard Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi – Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatization)

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.

Day 02: Leh (this day is free to visit the local market)

Post breakfast, we will take a tour of the local market in Leh. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 03: Leh Local sightseeing

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.

Day 04: Leh – Phey – Hemis National Park (12400 ft)

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.

Day 05: Hemis National Park (Wildlife Viewing)

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.

Day 06-Day 11: Visiting the nearby villages and enjoying a home-stay

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.

Day 12: Trek to Zingchen – Leh

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.

Day 13: Leh – Delhi

Reach the airport early in the morning to boards flight for onwards journey.

Tour & Services End.

Things to Carry for Snow Leopard Trek

Things to Carry while Trekking
  • Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
  • Sunglasses, Light gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  •  Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Daypack
  • One liter water bottles wide mouthed
  • Trekking Boots
  • Water purification/filter
  • Camp shoes/sneakers
  • Walking stick/Trekking pole
  • Cotton socks
  • Note book with pens and pencils
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Lip balm
  • Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
  • Down jacket/vest
  • Camp towel/towel/sarong
  • Fleece jacket/vest
  • Personal toiletries
  • T-shirts
  • Personal medicines
  • Underwear
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Trekking pants
  • Energy bars
  • Thermal tops
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Thermal bottom
  • Extra passport photos
  • Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Wind- and rain-gear with hood
  • Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
  • One pair cotton trousers or shorts
  • Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Snow Leopard Trek?

You should book Snow Leopard trek four months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

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.

Where to meet us?

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.

How we run the trek?

We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 8 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Snow Leopard Trek ?

Snow Leopard trek is tough trek with a maximum altitude of 12500ft (3800m), so the minimum age required is 15 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Snow Leopard Trek?

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.

How long we trek during Snow Leopard Trek?

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.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

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.

Can I take Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

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.

What kind of shoes will be required?

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.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

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.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

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.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

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.

Are your fixed departures dates are definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

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.

How to book the trek?

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure 2019

29 Nov 2019 20 Dec 2019 18 Jan 2020
03 Feb 2020 12 Feb 2020 23 Feb 2020

Updated Soon

Updated Soon