Visiting : Delhi – LEH – ZINGCHEN – RUMBAK VALLEY ( LADAKH )
Duration : 08 Nights/ 09 Days
India is famous as home to 3 big cats: lion, tiger and leopard. Only the true and enthusiastic wildlife lovers know that
the snowy mountains in the region of Ladakh, in northern India, are also the home of snow leopards. These beautiful big cats are native to the Himalaya mountains at an altitude between 3000-4000 meters. Rumak valley in Hemis National Park in Ladakh, India, is home to around 200 shy snow leopards. During the winter months of February and March, when the temperature in Rumbak valley ranges from -30 to -40 degrees Celsius, mountain sheep and goats like Bharal, Ibex and Ladakhi Urial come down to the valley for food, and invite snow leopards to come down from high snow peaks to the lower altitude of valley.
This trip focuses on the search for most elusive and least seen Snow Leopards, also some times known as the Ghost of Himalayas. This beautiful big cat lives mainly in the region of Hemis National Park in Ladakh. The Hemis National Park is the part of India’s largest conservation park with over 1,700 square miles of territory. The area is located in the eastern part of Ladakh with an altitude between 3000 to 5000 meters above the sea level. More recent reports indicate that the park houses a large breeding population of snow leopards, mainly in the region of Rumbak valley.
Staying in tents specially designed in the middle of the snow valley and wait patiently a glimpse of this beautiful but rare animal is definitely an experience unforgettable.
09 Nights 10 Days
Arrive at Delhi International Airport
Arrive Delhi International airport. Our representative shall meet you upon arrival for further transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
Delhi - Leh
After breakfast in the hotel, Transfer to Delhi airport for flight to Leh ( 3500 meters ). Arrive Leh and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free to acclimatize. Overnight at your hotel
Drive from Leh to Zingchen and Trek to Rumbak Valley
After breakfast at your hotel, Drive for about an hour to Zingchen , the Gateway to Rumbak Valley ( 3960 meters ). Once arrive at Zingchen , meet with your porter along with mule ( horse ) and trek to Rumbak Valley situated in famous Hemis National Park. Your camp shall be ready here which is an “A ” shape tent so that in case of snow fall , snow does not stay on the walls of the tent. Your private chef will prepare delicious meals for you. Electricity shall be provided through Solar panels and shall be available to you only between 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM to charge your phones and camera batteries etc. There shall be a separate tent for your wild-life guide and spotter. Off-course, there will also be a private tent for toilet. Overnight at Camp.
Usually , the camp shall be around 500 meters from Rumbak Village , but most probably at Sumdo ( the junction of 3 different treks for Snow Leopard sighting in Hemis National Park ).
Walk around the beautiful hills amidst the serene beauty of Rumbak valley looking for beautiful snow leopards and other mountain wild-life.
All meals and accommodation in tents.
Rumbak Valley - Zingchen - Leh
After a leisurely breakfast , trek back to Zingchen with your guide and porters where your vehicle shall be waiting for you to drive back to Leh. Check-in at your hotel and after a relaxed hot water shower, visit Hemis monastery and Leh Palace. Walk around the Leh market to shop Tibetan artifacts.Overnight at hotel.
Flight from Leh to Delhi - Home
After breakfast, transfer to airport to connect flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhiairport and enjoy our hospitality at VIP lounge where you can take shower, food and beverages before a long flight to home.
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