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Birding in Ladakh Wildlife Tours

Destinations:
Leh; Indus Belt; Marshes; Nubra Valley; Pangong; Chushul; Loma Bed; Nyoma; Hanle; Rongo; Tsomoriri; Puga Sumdo; Puga Valley; Tsokar Lake Basin; Taklang La Pass; Rumtsey; Shey; Thiksay; Spituk
Trip Duration:
13 Nights - 14 Days
Best Time:
May- June and Oct
Altitude:
5006 m
Highlights:
Wild animals of Ladakh, Birds of Ladakh
Villages:
Leh, Indus Belt, Shey, Thiksay, Rumtsey, Thukjay, Puga, Tsomoriri, Chumathang
Grade:
Medium
Passes:
Khardong La Pass, Wari La Pass, Tsaga La Pass, Changla Pass, Polokongka La Pass, Taklang La Pass,
Price Available on Request
13N/14N

Ladakh is one of the areas in India where some of the rare high altitude birds and wildlife/ mammals and butterflies can be spotted. Hundreds of serious birders and wildlife enthusiasts visit  Ladakh in the summer for birding. Birding Hotspots in Ladakh like Indus belt – Spituk, Choglamsar, Shey, Thiksay and Chushot around Leh city and Tsokar Lake, Puga Valley, Tsomoriri, Hanle, Anley, Chushul, Nyoma, Lomabend, Panamik and  Hundar are a must visit for bird and wildlife lovers. Following Itinerary is specially customized for wildlife lovers and birders to spot maximum number of birds and wildlife during the trip.


 

Itinerary

Day 01: Delhi to Leh

Arrive at Leh Airport and Trasfer to Hotel. Full day are rest for acclimatization to high altitude.

Leh is situated at 3500 m above sea level. Guests are suggested to take complete day rest/ leisure for acclimatization to the high altitude. Meeting with Birding Tour Guide/Escort at Hotel and detail explanation of the Itinerary for the following days.

Day 02: Birding Around Indus Belt.

Full Day Birding Around Leh – Indus River Belt from Thiksay till Phey. Highlight – Look for Ibisbill, Solitary Snipe, Eurasian Hobby, etc.  After a Cup of Tea or Coffee, drive along the Indus River for Birding. Packed Breakfast during the morning birding session somewhere along the Indus River. Return for Lunch at Hotel / Leh.  After Lunch again drive along the Indus River for Birding. Tea/Coffee and snacks during the Birding.  Return to Hotel for Dinner.

Ibisbill - one of the rare and endemic birds of Ladakh

Day 03: Birding Around Indus Belt similar to Day2 of Birding.

The route of Birding Tour along the Indus will change as per birding guide’s suggestion.

Day04:Nubra valley across Khardong la Pass

Drive  (145 km) to Nubra Valley across Khardong La Pass (5600 m) – Himalayan Snowcock, Yellow Billed Chough, Little Owl, After an early breakfast Drive to Nubra Valley. Unlike other cultural trips, there will be many stops for Birding along the road crossing the highest motorable road in the world. Pack Lunch on the way for convenience of prolonging the drive on spotting interesting species of Birds.  Reach Hotel for Dinner and o/n stay.

Himalayan Snowcock, on the way to Khardongla pass, Ladakh.

Day 05:Birding in Nubra Valley

Full Day Birding in Nubra Valley  (2950 m)- Panamik, Sumoor, Deskit and Hundar. Highlight – White-browed Tit Wabler, Scalleybelly woodpecker, etc. After a Cup of Tea or Coffee, Drive (120 km to and fro) to Panamik, Sumoor and Deskit for Birding. Packed Breakfast during the morning birding session somewhere on the way and Packed Lunch. Return to Hotel for Dinner.

Day 06 Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake (4360 m)

Drive (147 km) to Pangong Lake(4380 m)  via Wari La Pass  (5370 m)  or  Shayok (3800m). Highlight Himalayan Wolf, Blue-Sheep, Ladakh Urial, Finches and Larks.After an early breakfast drive along the Shayok River to the North-East to Pangong Lake. Packed Lunch on the way for convenience.  Reach Pangong Lake for Dinner and o/n stay.

Oriental Sky Lark, Ladakh

Day 07 Pangong Lake to Hanle via Chushul, Tsaga La.

Drive (180 km) to Hanle* / Anley (4500 m) via Chushul and Tsagala Pass. Highlight Black-necked Crane, Golden Eagle, Bar-headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, White-capped Redstart, etc.

After an early breakfast drive to Hanle/Anley via Tsaga la pass, Loma Bend, Rongo and Lal Pahari. Packed Lunch on the way for convenience if interesting species spotted and journey delayed.  Reach Pangong Lake for Dinner and o/n stay.

Hanle Marshes, host to many rare birds and mammals of Ladakh.

 

Day 08 Birding Around Hanle / Anley – Kalak Tar Tar

Full Day Birding and Wildlife Tour, including Kalak Tar Tar plateau (4800 m).  Highlight – Tibetan Gazelle, Pala’s Cat and Eurasian Owl, Redfox, Golden Eagle, Upland Buzzard, etc. Kalak Tar Tar is the only Habitat for Tibetan Gazelles in India and there are estimated only 55-75 Tibetan Gazelles in India.. It is about 35km from the Homestay at Anley.  Anley is situated at 4350 m and Kalak Ter Ter is at 4800 m. After Tea or Coffee, Drive to Kalak Ter Ter platue at around 5:00 a.m. Packed Breakfast on the way.  Return to Homestay for Lunch and Evening around the Astrophysics Hill for spotting Golden Eagle, Eurasian Owl and if Lucky the most elusive Palla’s Cat. Return to Homestay for Dinner.

Palla's Cat is one of the rare Mammals of Ladakh

Day 09 Hanle (3500 m) to Korzok (4600 m)

Drive (180 km) to Tsomoriri Lake /Korzok Village (4600 m). Highlights – Woolly Hare, Raven, Wolf, Redfox. After an early breakfast drive along the Tsomoriri Lake via Nyoma and Mahe Bridge. Packed Lunch on the way for convenience if interesting species spotted and journey delayed.  Reach Korzok / Tsomoriri Lake for Dinner and o/n stay.

Day 11: Tsomoriri to Tsokar Lake via Puga La

Drive to Tsokar (4600 m) via Puga Valley and Polo kongka La (4950 m). Highlight – Tibetan Snowcock, Tibetan Partridge, Himalayan Wolf, Black-necked Crane, Finches, etc.

After an early breakfast drive along the Tsokar Lake via Puga Hotspring Valley. Packed Lunch on the way for convenience if interesting species spotted and journey delayed.  Reach Thukjay/ Hotel for Dinner and o/n stay.

Humme's Ground Pecker, Tsokar Lake, Ladakh

Day 12 Birding Around Tsokar Basin.

Full Day Birding and Wildlife Tour Around (35 km) Tsokar Lake Basin. Highlights – Tibetan Argali, Black-necked Crane, Humme’s Ground Pecker, Tibetan Sandgrouse, Kiang, Little Owl, Great Rosefinch, etc.After an early morning Tea/ Coffee start a round trip of the Tsokar Lake Basin with Packed Breakfast and Packed Lunch. Breakfast and Lunch at convenient place while birding along the the bank of the Lake Basin. Reach Hotel for  dinner  o/n.

Tibetan Lark, Tsokar Lake Basin, Ladakh

Day 13: Tsokar to Leh via Taklang La Pass (5330 m)

Drive to Leh (3500 m) via Taklang La (5330 m), Rumtsey Valley. Highlights – Himalayan Griffon, Saker Falcon, Lammergeier, Golden Eagle, Tibetan Snowcock and White-capped Redstart, Tibetan Wolf, Blue-sheep, etc. After an early breakfast drive via Taklang La pass, Rumstsey Valley to Leh via Upshi. Packed Lunch on the way for convenience if interesting species spotted and journey delayed.  Reach Leh for Dinner and o/n stay.

Birding in Ladakh with Ancient Tracks, Leh Ladakh

Day14: Leh to Delhi

After an early breakfast drive to transfer to Leh Kushok Bakula Rinpochey Airport for further journey home with memorable experience of Birding and Wildlife Tour in Ladakh.

 

Important Points:

The Guest should be well aware of the fact that no granted sightings of rare species of birds and mammals can be promised. They should be well aware that for record sightings, they need to have good zoom lenses and cameras and also should have their own binox and if possible spotting scope.

They should also be aware that spotting birds and wildlife in Trans Himalayas meant negotiating high altitude, windy and cold locations and hence should be fully equipped with good clothing for the region like good jackets, hand gloves, etc.

*Anley or Hanle region via  Chushul, Tsagala, Rongo and Lal Pahadi need special permission for domestic tourists.

Foreigners cannot visit the above specified destination even with a permit and need prior permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), New Delhi.  Ancient Tracks cannot procure this special permit for foreigners and the guest themselves have to apply and get it. They can skip Chushul, Tsaga La and Hanle and can do the rest of the days with PAP permit from Leh.

Inclusion

All transfers and travel by Mahidra Xylo Car (maximum 5 person in a car),

Hotel / Homestay Accommodation with 3 Meals (Lunch mostly packed) on twin sharing basis, 

1 Spotting Scope for the group and 1 Binocular for the group,

Assistance of Birding Guide all along the Tour.

Protected Area Permit (PAP) to Nubra, Pangong, Tsomoriri, Hanle, Chushul

Price Per Person for Minimum of 4 pax on a Tour.

 

Exclusion

Air ticket till Leh and back from Leh airport, Individual Scopes and Binox, Cameras and battery backups, helper to carry camera, etc , personal drinks, etc.

 

What to bring:

Warm Clothing for mornings and evenings at high altitude places

Individual Binoculars and Spotting Scopes (not compulsory if you don’t own one), Good Zoom, Cameras, Birds of Indian Subcontinent Book,

 

Booking Confirmation:

Booking of such Birding Tours are considered as confirmed on Receipt of 100% of the Total Tour Cost

 

Cancellation Policy

  • 100% cancellation applies, once booking is confirmed. Please Note above Rates once booked are completely Non-refundable, Non- Transferable and Non-Changeable.
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Rates are subject to change.
  • Passport should be valid for at-least 6 months from the date of travel
  • No bookings are confirmed without advance payment

It is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey the confirmations to you on receipt of your acceptance.

However in the event of any of the above mentioned hotels not becoming available at the time of initiating the reservations, we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you.