Snow Leopard Lodge

Uley, Himalaya, India

At a Glance

  • Most comfortable option for viewing Snow Leopards in the Ulley Valley

  • Chance to live intimately in a Ladakhi homestay providing an insight into local life and culture

  • Incredible and remote location with spectacular wildlife on your doorstep

  • Warm hospitality

  • Chance for a real adventure, getting off the beaten track only afforded to a few

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Ladakh is normally only open for tourists only during the summer months of May to September as it is the only season when the passes open. However for special experiences and expeditions it is posisble to access during other months.

The weather of Ladakh remains cold and chilly for most part of the year. Winter usually lasts from October to May and its usually very cold. During these months the whole area is covered with snow. Monsoon season experiences rainfall but due to the land slides, the area is closed. The temperature is cool and can go up to 33°C.

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Description

Snow Leopard Lodge is located at just under 4,000 metres above sea level in the remote Ulley Valley and is the only dedicated wildlife lodge in the area of Ladakh. The lodge is simple but provides everything you need to explore this spectacular area.

Nestled into the landscape at the heart of Ulley Village, Snow Leopard Lodge offers homestay style accommodation with just 6 bedrooms. Here you really have the chance for a special and  immersive experience as you will be living with a Ladakhi family giving an intimate insight into their lifestyle in this harsh and extreme landscape. The area surrounding the Snow Leopard Lodge has only recently been developed and explored for snow leopard watching and has the benefit of being at the centre of three valleys, under the radar for mass tourism, and known for supporting several snow leopards.

Alongside the bedrooms, the guests all share the large, warm kitchen in the heart of the Ladakhi home. Bathrooms are shared and hot water is provided in morning and evening for bathing. The lodge can not be classed as luxurious but provides a clean and comfortable stay full of character and warmth from your hosts. What does make this adventure luxury is the chance to experience this incredible landscape and view these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

Both local and international cuisine is served at the lodge but due to the remoteness of the area mobile phones and internet do not work. Electricity at times can be erratic but all rooms do have gas heaters.

We think that Snow Leopard Lodge is a brilliant option for an intrepid traveler who is looking for that once in a lifetime experience and for who getting off the beaten track is what life is all about.

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Accommodation

There are six rooms available at the lodge. All rooms offer twin accommodation except for one single room which comes equipped with an ensuite bathroom. The remaining five rooms are not ensuite but instead have the use of three shared bathrooms.  

Childcare

Snow Leopard Lodge can accommodate children however due to the altitude it not recommend for children under the age of 12.

Facilities

The Snow Leopard Lodge provides clean and comfortable accommodation with beautiful and warm hospitality. All meals, with the possibility of Ladakhi, Indian and Continental cuisine, are served in the main dining room which is accented by local brass, silver and copper ornaments. As you are staying in a family home, if you are so inclined, you will have the chance to help with the cooking providing a fantastic opportunity to get even more immersed in the local culture and life. Alongside this there is a beautiful communal space to unwind resplendent with beautiful and vibrant rugs and seating areas in which to relax after exhilarating days exploring the surrounding landscapes.   

Activities

The wild and remote location of Snow Leopard Lodge means that you are surrounded by wildlife which are constantly viewable from the house itself. On your doorstep you are treated to sightings of Ibex, Himalayan fox, Himalayan Griffon, golden eagles and even wolves.

From your base at the lodge you will have the chance to explore the three valleys around on foot and by car with your expert guide. Not only is the wildlife here spectacular but as you are venturing into a virtually untouched region the natural landscapes that you are greeted with are mesmerising.

Experiences

  • Snow Leopard Spotting

    During your seven nights at Snow Leopard Lodge, each day you will have the chance to venture out into the wilderness with your experienced guide in the hope of spotting these magnificent creatures while also being treated to a whole host of wildlife.

Holiday Ideas

  • Epic India: Spotting Snow Leopards

    Delhi, Leh, Ulley Valley & Delhi

    from £6600 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • Dates for the expeditions are 26 November - 10 December 2019 / 5-16 January 2020 /  2 -13 February 2020 / 16 February - 27 February 2020 /22 March - 2 April 2020 
    • The snow leopard itinerary in Ladakh is based on set departure dates and is a small, group tour. As these departure dates are on a join-in basis you will be joined by additional participants other than Scott Dunn guests on the expedition.  
    • The majority of time in Ladakh is spent at elevations of 11,800 feet or higher, with the highest sleeping altitude at 13,000. Anyone with a history of medical. problems, particularly cardiac or respiratory, should consult a doctor before considering this trip.

Location & directions

Uley, Himalaya, India

The Snow Leopard Lodge is located in Ulley Village, Ladakh on India's Himalayan border with China.

 

How to get there

International flight to Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Leh Airport. From here you will take a beautiful and scenic drive up into the Ulley Valley.

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