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Snow Leopard Expedition (Ladakh)

The “grey ghost” of the Himalayas! It is the most mythical and wonderful of all the animals that roam the mighty high-altitude ranges. Widely considered to be one of the most beautiful of cats, it is known as “Shan” in Ladakhi, “Irbis” in Mongolian, “Tai-Lung” in Kung Fu Panda, or “Unica Unica” by scientists. The Snow Leopard is regarded by many as the most enigmatic of the big cat family. With a habitat range limited to some of the most hostile environments in the world, little is known about this remarkable animal, making the prospect of spotting one a memory few others can compare to.

The Snow Leopard is the ultimate predator in habitats where stone and rubble are the only elements for camouflage, and scree and suspended cliffs are the hunting grounds. Paws specially adapted to bursts of speed and stealth that border on the surreal have earned it the sobriquet of “The Phantom Stalker.”

The terrain surrounding Ulley is generally rocky with thin soil cover, supporting poor vegetation growth. Streams and rivers have deposited a thick layer of sand along their banks. The climate of the area is subarctic to arctic, with less rainfall during summers and heavy snowfall during winters, and temperatures dropping much below freezing point. In this cold desert, many rare and endangered animal species are found, including the elusive Snow Leopard, Ibex, Shapo (Ladakh Urial), Tibetan Hare, Himalayan Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf, etc. The variety of fauna found includes Partridges, Golden Eagles, Himalayan Snow Cocks, Bearded Vultures, Horned Larks, Red Billed Chuffs, etc.

Trip Highlights:

  • Exclusive sightings of the Snow Leopard in its natural habitat
  • Close encounters with Ibex, Blue Sheep, Ladakh Urial, and Golden Eagles
  • Accommodation in local Ladakhi homestays
  • Visits to monasteries, interactions with monks, and experiencing beautiful monastic festivals
  • Enjoying delicious authentic local cuisine
  • Immersing in stunning landscapes of the region
Dates & Rates


17 – 27 February 2025


US$ 4700 pps or US$ 5400 single in a homestay
US$ 5500 pps or US$ 6200 single in a lodge

A portion of the proceeds from each spot sold go toward supporting conservation and the locals from the areas visited.


  • Maximum 8 guests
  • Legend Safaris photographic guide
  • Photographic tutoring
  • Accommodation in Leh, hotel on MAP plan
  • Accommodation in Ulley, local homestay or lodge with heating arrangements, all meals included, and shared western toilet facilities
  • All transportation by Innova
  • Local naturalist in Ulley
  • Spotters and spotting scopes
  • Wildlife protection fee
  • Village community fee
  • First aid box


  • International flights
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours
  • Alcohol
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the heading “Services Included”
  • Tips, insurance, laundry

The Weather

Leh will experience pleasant, warmer temperatures with good sunshine. Temperatures typically range from -20°C to +15°C. Days will be warm, but evenings can get bitterly cold. It’s essential to stay well-hydrated at all times. Please only drink bottled mineral water, ensuring the seal is intact. A cool box stocked with mineral water bottles will be provided in your vehicle for the day.

What to Wear

Prepare for cold climates by bringing thick jackets and trekking boots.

Comfort & Eating Out

Consider requesting less spicy food if needed. If you have food allergies, please inform us in advance so we can advise on suitable options. Consume food in small quantities, always freshly cooked and served hot, as your stomach may not be accustomed to the spices and oil used in preparation. When ordering cold drinks, request no ice in the glass. Bottled water and drinks must have unbroken seals when purchased. We recommend labeling your bottles.


Cell phone connectivity may be inconsistent while on the road between destinations and varies among operators. Prepaid mobile numbers do not work in the UT of Ladakh.

The Fine Print

While the itinerary is the part to dream, over here are the Terms and Conditions to ensure our trip runs smoothly. Please read carefully. Disclaimers: We cannot accept responsibility for flight delays or lost luggage; once air tickets are booked, the airline’s conditions apply. Please be patient during airport formalities. Our team assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property or baggage, injury, illness, death, or any damages or claims arising directly or indirectly from accidents, delays, transport failures, strikes, wars, terrorism, uprisings, or acts of God over which we have no control.

The tour starts upon your arrival in Leh. Our aim is to provide a hands-on experience of local life and culture rather than a tourist coach bubble situation. There’s a clear timetable for each day but flexibility to explore options at each location. If you see something you like and time allows, we can stop and check it out. We ensure you have a memorable experience with us.

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