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Trip Starting From: Leh
Trip Location: Ladakh
About the Destination:
Snow Leopard Trek is one of the most sought after treks in Ladakh. It is situated in the eastern part of Ladakh, at an altitude of 3000 meters. Being a dominant part of the famous Hemis National Park, it spreads an area of 600 sq.kilometers in the valleys of Markha and Rumbak. Since it is a protected area, the trek to spot the rare animals here would be a thrilling experience. Not just about animals, birds and other species of insects will make the bio diversity an attractive one here.
On this trek, you may get chances to spot the rare and endangered species live only in the cold desert among which the snow leopard, Ibex, Shapo, Marmot, Tibetan Hare, Antelope etc are the very unique ones to have a look. Birds like Snow Patridge, Snow Cock, Horned Lark, Red Billed Chuff etc. And these animals are one of the major attractions in Ladakh and it is a favourite spot for many adventure lovers as well as animal lovers.
Snow Leopard Trek is a popular winter trek which let each of the trekkers would come to see the end of human interference and just the world of wild. The rugged mountains, the wild stretches of greenery and the points where those rare species of animals and birds can be spotted make this trek amusing. At each turn of the trail, you may get surprises that can be cherished a lifetime. It enables you to know the stories behind Rumbak Valley too.
About the Trek:
You are invited to take part in a Snow Leopard Trekking package that offers eight days of complete adventure and excitement. It starts once you arrive the wonderland of Leh. Begin the expedition with an exploration of the glistening town when the Himalayas are forming the best background every time. Zingchen is the gateway to the entrance of the most awaited Rumbak Gorge. You will be climbing up to an impressive altitude of 3050 meters and come at the narrow gorge.
Then you are invited to unfold the wild paths of mystical land of Husing by understanding the mountainous slopes. In extreme winter, the Snow Leopard and other animals are forced to come down from the high altitudes they live usually and that is why Hemis National Park is a perfect winter trek. You will have chances widened to spot them easily. Explore Husing and walk around the Rumbak Valley and watch the Argali Sheep roaming around. Come back to Leh after capturing the manipulative sights of Husing and wind up your Snow Leopard trek.
This offers you the exotic sights of snow-clad Himalayas from everywhere and never miss the chance to negotiate with the frozen pathways in your expedition to spot the rare Snow Leopards.
Enjoy walking around the beautiful kingdom of Ladakh where you can find architecture and nature are blended in a perfect proportion.
Revel in the soothing ambience created by the unique flora and fauna of the cold deserted land.
Marvel at the particular Buddhist culture and preserved traditions of the town.
Get excited to click pictures of the very rare Snow Leopards, blue sheep, yaks and unique birds.
Duration: 8 days
Best season: mid-November to mid-March
Max. Altitude: 3800 meters
Trekking distance: 80 kilometers
Arrive in Leh in the morning and give time to get yourself acclimatized to the climate and high altitudes.
Cover up and explore the magic land that glitters in the light of Himalayas.
Enjoy the spell binding mornings in Leh.
A consequence of ecstatic wand waving, Leh Palace will make for a great venture.
Race up to the top for a panoramic view of the beatific mountains.
Another vantage point and a symbol of world peace, the Shanti Stupa is just a 15 minute climb away.
Getting to the top will leave you breathless in all sense of the term.
The guided tour will also take you to the fluttering prayer flags at Shankar Gompa.
Exuding another-world calm, by mid day you might leave with a new perspective.
The next half of the day could be spent sipping on the promised hot cocoa at a book café or shopping for Tibetan antiques in the main market.
Meeting locals is the most enticing way to join in the enchantments.
Wake up to a heavenly morning.
Leave Leh and get a drive across the mighty Indus towards Zingchen.
Follow the trail from Phe to the entrance of the stunning Rumbak Gorge.
At an impressive altitude of 3050 mts the trail will take you into the narrow gorge.
Some lucky charms might set your course towards the Snow Leopard and the rare Blue Sheep.
Camp the night at base camp at Husing and just keep believing.
Today is the real trekking is going to happen.
While you may not know the lay of the land as well as the snow leopard, the expert wildlife guides sure do.
In and around Husing, Tarbuns and Rumbak Valleys in Hemis National Park, they will maximize your chances of catching a glimpse of the Snow leopard as well as various other mammals and birds like the Tibetan Ibex, Bharal (Blue Sheep), Wolf, Red Fox, Ladakhi Urial and the Lynx.
Make the most of the ice age and all its fascinating creatures during the day and camp the night in the hope of spotting the most elusive one.
Combine the sheer power of belief with clever investigative strategies to unfold a wild brand of mystical understanding of the mountainous slopes.
Some clues which might help: The extreme winter forces the Snow Leopard and other animals down from the high altitudes they normally inhabit, which is why the Hemis National Park is your best bet. While instincts yield great results normally, it’s best to remember the location you’re at before heading awry.
Your base camp is on a major Snow Leopard corridor so don’t let the night fool your perception of reality into dreams.
Strap on your fancy binoculars and head out for a day walk around the Rumbak Valley.
Explore the area around Rumbak Sumdo and Yurutse (4,400m), well known for its sightings of Argali Sheep.
Get into the mind of the predator. It’s a double hunt on the slopes today. Take a tip or two from those adept at survival techniques. Patient diligence is a great chance. Look for a sign, Sid the sloth might help.
Trek back to Zingchen in a flurry of nature’s spells. Every magic has its secret. You just got very close to yours.
Drive back to your hotel in Leh, this spell will last way beyond midnight.
Bid adieu to Leh with your own epic tale. You now know the bewitching stuff of legends.
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