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Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • Day walks
Accommodation
  • 6 nights hotel
  • 3 nights lodge
  • 5 nights camping
Meals
  • 13 Dinners
  • 13 Lunches
  • 14 Breakfasts

15 Days$4290USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: SLT

Trip highlights


  • Carefully researched itinerary to include exploration in Rumbak and the remote Hemis Shukpachan valley
  • Small group limited to seven guests, ideal for wildlife viewing
  • Immerse yourself in dramatic landscapes of Ladakh and its ancient monasteries and forts
  • High quality gear including tents - with heated mess tent - along with sleeping bags, inner bags & down jackets

Accompanied by our expert local Ladakh World Expedition guide along with wildlife guides from the Snow Leopard Conservancy (Ladakh) and a dedicated crew this trip affords an unrivalled opportunity to hike in search of the elusive snow leopard. It also offers a rare glimpse into Ladakh’s rich cultural history while experiencing the raw, winter landscape of Ladakh. This carefully devised itinerary includes five days exploring the ridges and valleys above the Rumbak Valley as well as three days exploration of the remote Hemis Shukpachan Valley – both recognised for optimum snow leopard sightings


On arrival in Delhi you will be met by a World Expeditions representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore the sights and sounds of the fascinating city. Due to the differing times of arrival of group members and the early morning departure to Leh the following morning the initial briefing will be on ‘a need to know basis’ such as what to pack, ordering a packed breakfast, what time for departure from the hotel, arrangements for leaving gear in Delhi etc. Your World Expeditions kit bag will also be distributed after the briefing. Note: the main briefing will be on arrival in Leh and distributions of sleeping bags, liners, insulated mattress and down jackets will be made. Note: If you are arriving in Delhi on a late night flight, you may like to arrive the day before the trip commences. Please talk to your World Expeditions reservations consultant or travel agent for pretour accommodation options.

Meals:  Nil

We board the early flight from Delhi to Leh in the Indus Valley. If the conditions are clear you will be rewarded with grand views across the Great Himalaya and Zanskar ranges before landing at the capital of Ladakh. On our first day in Ladakh we spend time wandering the bazaar and imposing Leh Palace. After transferring to your hotel (with heated bedrooms and dining hall) we have the opportunity to wander down to the main market and explore the labyrinth of alleyways that comprise the old town of Leh. Note that Leh is situated at an altitude of 3500 metres it is imperative to rest and drink plenty of water in order to help acclimatisation.

Meals:  B,L,D

We include a visit to Shey Palace, before visiting Tikse monastery. Shey Palace originally housed the Ladakh royal family before they transferred to Leh in the 17th century. A few km up the Indus valley is the spectacular setting of Tikse monastery perched on the summit of a sugarloaf mountain. After that we head south across the Indus Valley to the less frequented Mathu monastery where we gain grand views across the Indus Valley.

Meals:  B,L,D

In Leh, in the morning we visit the Snow Leopard Conservancy where we meet our guides and are briefed on the days ahead. We then head to the market and ascend to the Kings Palace that has been extensively renovated since the turn of the century to something of its former glory. Later in the day we may also ascend to the Shanti Peace Stupa for a birds eye view of the city of Leh.

Meals:  B,L,D

From Leh we drive approx one hour to Zinchen (3380m), a small settlement to the south of the Indus Valley. After our mules are loaded we head up a spectacular gorge for three hours to our base camp just below Rumbak village. .

Meals:  B,L,D

From our base camp at approx 3850m we undertake forays exploring adjacent gorges and ascending the nearby ridges in search of the elusive snow leopard. Days will be flexible depending on the weather, potential vantage points and advice from the local guides. The expertise of our wildlife guides along with the dedication of our local World Expedition guide and their intimate knowledge of the ridges and hidden valleys are crucial to optimising the chances of sighting the snow leopard and other rare wildlife in the region. This may extend to undertaking recce’s well beyond the established vantage points to identity recent tracks and other indicators as to the location of the snow leopard. Opportunities will also be afforded to appreciate the work of the local SLC and their endeavors to create livelihood possibilities for the villagers who in the past have suffered devastating losses to their flocks when attacked by the snow leopard. To enrich our experiences are the opportunities for the snow leopard guides to relate their anecdotes and life time experiences in Ladakh. For instance, the SLC Ladakh guides were recently contracted to work on Planet Earth 2, a series that included a program dedicated to the worlds mountains that included incredible footage of snow leopards a short distance from Rumbak (we can take you to the spot!). Our World Expeditions guide will also relate recent work with a National Geographic crew in search of a snow leopard (yes they were successful).

Meals:  B,L,D

On the final day in the mountains we spend the morning in Rumbak before we trek back down the gorge to Zinchen where our vehicles will be ready to complete the short drive back to Leh. Rest of the day free

Meals:  B,L,D

From Leh we drive approx three hours to Hemis Shukpachan (3400m), a small settlement to the north of the Indus Valley. On route we have the opportunity to appreciate the sheer remoteness of some of the tiny settlements and high passes that afford fine views of the awesome landscape locked between the jagged high peaks south of the Indus valley and the snowy ridges of the Ladakh Range. On arrival the crew will brief you on the days ahead (including review of any recent sightings) before we head off to the vantage points to appreciate the mountain landscape – the gorges and ridges that may harbour the elusive snow leopard At Hemis Shukpachan we meet Dorje and his family who run one of the most hospitable lodges in Ladakh. Rooms are comfortably appointed some with private facilities – note that there is no running water – with buckets of hot and cold water brought to your room each morning. Meals are cooked in the main living room, typically Ladakhi style that will appeal to the huge appetites that build up during the day.

Meals:  B,L,D

The daily routine will be similar to Rumbak – we head down to the living room for early morning tea before ascending to one of the respective vantage points. After a couple of hours we return to the lodge for brunch and a rest before a hot lunch and time to head back out to explore the ridges and side gorges for potential wild life sightings. Apart from our expert wildlife guides, or local World Expedition guide, Garry assures us that we will again have the support of the entire village who will relate any recent sightings and other possible vantage points. After dinner we review the day and consider our plan of action for the next day.

Meals:  B,L,D

After climbing to the vantage points on the last morning we head back to Leh, stopping en route to visit the imposing monastery at Likir, one of the oldest monasteries in the lower Indus Valley.

Meals:  B,L,D

We transfer to the airport for our mid morning departure to Delhi. On arrival trip concludes.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners
  • Good quality hotel accommodation in Delhi and Leh
  • Accommodation on a twin share basis camping and lodge
  • Expert wildlife guides from the Snow Leopard Conservancy (Ladakh) – the best in the business
  • Local sightseeing in Ladakh
  • Monastery fees
  • Flights Delhi/Leh/Delhi allocated AUD$250 per person - if airfare is higher clients will need to pay the difference
  • Private transportation
  • All group airport transfers
  • Expert bilingual local group leader
  • The use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes good quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
  • 3 hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks while camping and staying in lodge
  • Sirdar, guides and kitchen staff
  • All group camping gear - including generator and heating equipment
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Mules to carry all personal and group equipment
  • Emergency medical kit
  • Pre-departure Information Guide, with all you need to know for your trek
  • Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag

  • International flights
  • A donation to support the Snow Leopard Conservancy in Ladakh is required (non-specified amount)
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Lunch & dinner in Delhi
  • Sightseeing in Delhi
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, postage, laundry, etc
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)

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Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Snow Leopard Exploratory trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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