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per person based on two people sharing. The join-in Snow Leopard Expedition is on a full board basis including all activities and tours. For those wishing a single room, there will be a supplement cost.
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.
The itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and the experience of the expert guides as to what will work best for each individual departure.
On this itinerary you will travel to the Ulley Valley to see snow leopards which will give you a much more exclusive experience as most Snow Leopard trips are offered in the Rumbak Valley which has now become overcrowded.
An incredible chance to see snow leopard in their natural habitat whilst journeying through a region in India that still very much feels undiscovered
Due to temperatures and precipitation, Delhi and much of northern India can be an extreme place to visit during certain months of the year. The hottest months of the year are May and June, during which time temperatures can get up to 40°C. The coldest months are from December until February whilst the monsoon season is from the end of May through to August. During this time although the temperature cools, the humidity is very high, and rainstorms are frequent. It is not advised to visit during these months.
Ladakh is normally only open for tourists only during the summer months of May to September. However for special experiences and expeditions it is possible to access the region during other harsher 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.
This epic itinerary is a fabulously unique, perfect for someone that likes to get off the beaten track in search of adventure and for whom luxury is found in the experience. Take the chance to view the magnificent Snow Leopards in their natural habitat with some of the best guides in the Trans-Himalayan Region on a join-in expedition.
You will start the journey with two nights in Delhi where you can take a full day to enjoy the city, with something new and exciting around each corner. Explore the contrasts between the Old and New town, from Chandni Chowk and the Jama Masjid Mosque to Rajpath and Humayun's Tomb. If you are adventurous you might want to include a street food tour straight away, taking you through all the sights, sounds and tastes of this vibrant metropolis.
From Delhi you will take the short flight to Leh, your gateway to Ladakh and the start of your snow leopard experience. Here you will spend three nights and while you adjust to the increased altitude you will have the chance to both explore the ancient city and take part in an introduction to the Snow Leopard Conservancy which is key in grass-roots interventions in the protection of these amazing animals. Leh itself is a fascinating city full of winding side streets showcasing its heritage as a Central Asia trading town. With its unique Tibetan character seen and felt throughout the old town, Leh is a fantastic base to find your feet and start your adventure. During your three nights here, you will also be able to explore the surrounding area visiting Taglang La and the villages of Gya, Lhato and Meru. If you are lucky enough there is even the chance that you will start your sightings early with Blue Sheep, Golden Eagles and Bearded Vultures known to inhabit the area.
Once you have acclimatised you will begin your journey by car to Ulley Village where you will be spending the next seven nights. The journey will take approximately two hours by car and along the way as you venture west you’ll pass through the small town of Nimmu and towards Likir, one of the region's famous Buddhist monasteries. The dramatic open landscapes narrow into smaller valleys as you continue on into snow leopard country until you reach Ulley Village. Snow Leopard Lodge is the only non-tented accommodation in the area and provides clean, comfortable and warm base from which to explore this incredible area.
The Trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh is known for its raw and dramatic landscapes, in this high altitude cold desert, which makes for all the more of a rewarding experience. As the environment is bleak and cold, the people of this region are warm and welcoming and alongside the wildlife you will have a chance to enjoy a true cultural immersion.
During your seven nights here you’ll explore the three surrounding valleys which are not only home to snow leopards but a whole host of interesting wildlife including urial, Ibex, wolf and Himalayan fox. Using a mix of on foot transport and SUVs your guide will expertly lead you through the landscapes calling on his impeccable knowledge and connections with local people to pinpoint where the snow leopards might be found.
On departure from Ulley Valley you will drive back to Leh and on the way have the chance to visit Alchi monastery, one of the earliest monasteries built in Ladakh. In Leh you will have one night in order to connect to your onward flight to Delhi.
For the final stop in India, you will take a short flight from Leh to Delhi where you will have one final night to relax and unwind before either taking your international flight home or to continue with any onward trips.
As the region of Ladakh is difficult to access during winter months, the itinerary is on set departure dates and can accommodate up to 8 guests per trip. In order to have the best chance to spot to snow leopards this itinerary does involve trekking at a moderate to strenuous grade and you will need a good level of fitness to be able to take part. The itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and the experience of the expert guides as to what will work best for each individual departure. As the portion of the itinerary in Ladakh is set, we cannot tailor this but we can of course tailor your trip before and after the expedition depending on interests. Before you head into the mountains as a suggestion you could add in some additional time into exploring the jewels of Rajasthan and then to end the adventure tack on some downtime under the swaying palm trees in Kerala.
Head to Old Delhi's most famous market, Chawri Bazaar, and discover the incredible sights and smells. Your foodie tour will take you around the narrow streets, where your guide will talk you through the variety of delicacies on offer.
Spend the day exploring the spectacular landscapes to the east of Leh, where even for Ladakhi's standards the landscapes are extraordinary.
Spend the day exploring the fascinating labyrinth of Leh, with its unique character as a Central Asian trading town.
Take a full day exploring both Old and New Delhi taking a Rickshaw through Chandni Chowk and visiting the Jama Masjid Mosque, Rajpath & Humayun's Tomb.
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.
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