Snow Leopard Safari

This is a unique tour that gives you a chance to experience Snow Leopards in the Wild.

Snow Leopards are some of the most difficult animals to spot in the wild. They usually live at altitudes over 15,000-16,000ft in summers and prey mostly on Bharals or Mountain goats, Ibex, Himalayan Thar and Markhors. During the winters, all their prey come down to lower altitudes in search of grass and with them the Snow Leopards too start coming down. That is the best chance for us to sight them. India has approximately 500 – 600 Snow Leopards. Along with the Snow Leopards you also get to witness the Buddhist civilizations of Key Monastery and the winters of Spiti Valley.

 In recent times, Kibber Wildlife sanctuary has been a great spot to find Snow Leopards, the Himalayan Red Fox, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Ibex and other mammals. It is also an abode to several species of birds like the Golden Eagle, different species of vultures and many 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.

 

Itinerary

 

New Delhi Upon arrival in New Delhi you will be transferred to Hotel Lemon Tree. Overnight at hotel.
New Delhi – Rampur Early morning 1 hour flight to Chandigarh. Upon arrival at Chandigarh we will travel towards Rampur. Breakfast and lunch on the way. Reach Rampur Hotel Nav Nabh Heritage by 4 pm. Rest and relax your evening at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Rampur – Tabo Today we will leave for Tabo after breakfast. We will halt at Rekong Peo for the inner line permits since Spiti Valley is a restricted area. The journey is a bit long and adventurous. We will take regular stops to avoid making the journey hectic. Reach Tabo Home Stay by 6 pm. Dinner and overnight at Home Stay in Tabo.
Tabo – Kibber Proceed towards Kibber after breakfast. Reach Norling Home Stay Kibber for lunch. Rest and relax your day in Kibber to get acclimatized to the height.
From 7 to 12 March: At Kibber, we will meet for breakfast at 8am each day. Our scanners will be on the lookout for the Snow Leopards from early morning. As we get any news we will proceed towards the location to see the Mountain Ghosts. We would travel in a vehicle as close to the location as possible and then walk / hike to get the best view. We will be assisted by guides and porters who will carry all camera equipment.

Sometimes you may have to walk just over 10 minutes or other times you may have to walk 3 hours to reach the destination. It really depends on where the cats are spotted. On days when the Snow Leopards are not seen, we will concentrate on other animals and birds like the Red Fox, Himalayan Ibex, Blue Sheep, Bearded Vulture, Golden Eagle etc. We will also visit the Key Monastery and do a village walk on one of the days.

Kibber – Rampur Today we will leave for Rampur at 5 am. This will be the longest journey of our tour (12 hours). Reach Rampur Hotel Nav Nabh Heritage by 5 pm. Rest, Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Rampur – New Delhi We will proceed towards Chandigarh after breakfast. Lunch on the way. Reach Chandigarh airport late afternoon from where you will take a flight to New Delhi. Reach New Delhi by 7pm. Check into Hotel Lemon Tree Premier.
On 15 March we fly Out You will be transferred to the Airport according to your International Flight timing.
 

Dates & Rates:

 

Dates:
03 – 15 March 2021

Rates:
$5400 per person sharing

 

More Information
  • Maximum 3 guests
  • 30% deposit secures your spot

The average day temperature on the Snow Leopard expedition will be -5 degree C and it can drop down to -20 degrees C in the night. The rooms of the home stay in Kibber are wood heated making it warm and comfortable.

All guests must take out comprehensive travel insurance covering them for personal effects, personal accident, medical and emergency travel expenses.

Guests with medical history of breathing or Heart related diseases are advised to consult their doctor and will need to present a Doctor’s certificate.

The itinerary of the Snow Leopard expedition will be flexible and might change due to heavy snowfall or unavoidable circumstances.

The Home Stay in Tabo and Kibber are basic but comfortable and hygienic. They are one of the best available options in both destinations considering the remoteness of the area. We will provide maximum possible luxury and comfort on the Snow Leopard expedition.

For Photographers, a minimum of 600 mm lens is recommended for the Snow Leopard Expedition.

Accommodation :

  • New Delhi: Hotel Lemon Tree Premier
  • Rampur: Hotel Nav Nabh Heritage
  • Tabo: Home Stay
  • Kibber: Norling Home Stay

Included:

  • Legend Safaris Photographic guide
  • Photographic tutoring
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast in New Delhi
  • All meals at all other destinations
  • All airport transfers, internal transfers
  • Premium Economy class airfare from New Delhi to Chandigarh and back. Excess luggage (Total weight 25kg check in + 7kg cabin luggage per person)
  • Bottle Drinking water during Transfers and Safari
  • All Applicable taxes
  • All gypsy charges, Entry charges, Guide fees for Safaris. Village fees, Inner line permits, Wildlife fees and camera charges for Snow leopard expedition
  • 1 porter per person on the Snow Leopard expedition at Kibber to carry luggage
  • Hiking Sticks and Gaiters for Snow Leopard expedition
  • Portable Oxygen cylinder and basic first aid kit in Kibber

Excluded:

  • Any personal expenses, extra meals, beverages, alcohol
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Travel Insurance, International Airfare and Visa charges
  • Anything not mentioned in “Inclusions”
  • Any extra charges due to cancellations, Heavy Snow Fall/ roadblocks or unavoidable circumstances

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