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Snow Leopard Tour to Ladakh with Matho Festival

Destinations:
Leh; Stok Festival; Spituk, Indus Belt; Husing; Hemis National Park; Rumbak Valley; Husing; Ulley; Yangthang; Hemis Shukpachan
Trip Duration:
10 Nights - 11 Days
Best Time:
18th Feb to 28th Feb 2019
Altitude:
4000 m
Highlights:
Matho Festival, Snow Leopard, Hemis National Park, Wildife and Birding
Villages:
Leh; Matho, Rumbak, Likir, Ulley, Hemis Shukpachan
Grade:
Medium
Passes:
Chagatse La, Tsermangchan La, Rumbak Sumdo
Price Available on Request
10N/11N


 

Itinerary

Day 01 Delhi (270 m) to Leh (3500 m)

Reception at Kushok Bakula Rinpochey Airport,Leh, and  welcome in traditional Ladakh style by extending white scarf to each and every guests, transfer to Hotel, Leh. Complete day rest for acclimatization (it is very important for those coming from lower altitude) to Leh’s high altitude of 3450 mtr. Hot lunch at the Hotel. Evening easy walk/stroll in the Leh Market for orientation with English speaking Guide.  Today is also Dosmochey Festival of Leh and hence a short visit to the Avaokiteshvara Temple/Chamba Temple bellow the Leh Palace for Mask Dances performance that would be the beginning of understanding culture and religious practice of Ladakh.

Lobzang Visuddha prop. Ancient Tracks with Sir George Scheller in Leh Ladakh.

Day 02 Leh to Matho and back to Leh

After breakfast (b/f) drive to Matho Gonpa/Monastery, about 40 Km from Leh. Matho Nagrang is one of the popular monastic festivals in Ladakh in the winter where in the Oracles of Matho perform prophesy for the future year. Unlike other monasteries, this monastery is the only monastery in Ladakh belonging to the Sakya Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. H.E. Sakya Kongma is the head of the sect, though he does not reside in Ladakh.After the Festival, drive back to Leh.

Matho / Mangto Monastery - the only Sakya Monatery in Ladakh by the bank of Indus River.

Day 03 Leh to Husing / Rumbak Sumdo (Hemis National Park)

After b/f drive (1 hr) to Zingchen in the Hemis National Park and trek for about 1 hr to reach the Husing Camping (3650 m). Camp at Husing for the coming number of days for spotting snow leopard and other wild animals including Blue Sheep, Pica, Wolf, Redfox, Wooly Hare, Eurasian Lynx, Tibetan Argali, Asiatic Ibex, etc.

Lucky guests are welcomed by the sight of snow leopard on the fist day of the expedition.

Day 04 Snow Leopard Spotting at Husing /Rumbak Sumdo (Hemis National Park)

Full Day snow leopard spotting walks/treks into different valleys with inputs and guidance from Spotter(s) who scan the whole valley from morning till evening with breaks for morning tea/breakfast/lunch and evening tea. On spotting snow leopard, the spotters convey the message to our guests with the help of walky talky and also by getting message personally by spotters who come to help guests  in getting their heavy camera gears to the spotting point  -  normally a mount, ridge about 100-250 meter above the camp depending on the sighting spot.

Hemis National Park in Ladakh, India is often called the Snow Leopard Capital of Ladakh.

Day 05 Snow Leopard spotting at Husing / Rumbak Sumdo (Hemis National Park)

Full Day snow leopard spotting walks/treks into different valleys with inputs and guidance from Spotter(s) who scan the whole valley from morning till evening with breaks for morning tea/breakfast/lunch and evening tea. On spotting snow leopard, the spotters convey the message to our guests with the help of walky talky and also by getting message personally by spotters who come to help guests  in getting their heavy camera gears to the spotting point  -  normally a mount, ridge about 100-250 meter above the camp depending on the sighting spot.

A close-up photo of the elusive Snow Leopard - Grey Ghost of the Mountains is, indeed, a rare phenomenon

Day 06 snow Leopard Scouting at Husing / Rumbak Sumdo (Hemis National Park)

Full Day Snow Leopard spotting walks/treks (similar to previous day), The camp is surrounded by few valleys popular for spotting Snow Leopards, like Husing Valley, Tsarbung Valley,Kharlung Valley, Tarbung Valley and Rumbak Valley . Spotter(s) will scan the Valleys on tip-offs and on their own experiences and convey messages to the camp and location of the guests.

Camping in Husing in Hemis National Park in Rumbak Valley for snow leopard and wildlife treks and tours in Ladakh.

Day 07 Snow Leopard Search at Husing / Rumbak Sumdo (Hemis National Park)

Full Day Snow Leopard spotting walks/treks (similar to previous days).

Besides mammals the Rumbak Valley in Hemis National Park is also home to many species of birds like Golden Eagle, Lemmergeier/ Bearded Vulture, Himalayan Griffon, White-winged Redstart, Fire-fronted Serene,  Himalayan Snowcock, Chukar, Redbilled Chough, Yellow Billed Chough, Wall Creeper, White-browed Tit Warbler, Great Rosefinch, Mapie, Great Tit, etc.

Tibetan Partridge can be spotted in the upper ridges of the Rumbak Valley, near Yurutsey Homestay.

Day 08 Snow Leopard Quest around Husing / Rumbak Sumo (Hemis National Park)

After great spotting of snow leopard - in the evening at the camp and last Dinner Farewell Party with the local staff.

This young male snow leopard was sighted by Lobzang Visuddha on the eve of New Year 2018 at Husing in HNP

Day 09 Husing to Ulley / Saspotsey / Hemis Shukpachan / Thang or Rong Valley

After an early b/f, while the staff packs the camp, guests can have some time for scanning the mountain slopes for last spotting of the leopard. Trek down to Zingchen and drive to Ulley / Rong Valley. Ulley / Rong Valley is another snow leopard destination hamlet in sham region of ladakh. It is about 70 km from the Zingchen and the drive is about 3 hrs.  Homestay at Ulley / Rong Valley

Homestays are great places for exchange of cultural experiences, beside sighting and hearing ancient stories about snow leopards.

Day 10 At Ulley / Rong Valley

Whole Day at Ulley for spotting snow leopard and other wild animals like Asiatic Ibex, Wolf, Ladakh Urial,  Redfox, etc.

Rong Valley or Sham Region of Ladakh besides the Hemis National Park in Ladakh are popular for sighting snow leopard

Day 10 Ulley / Rong Valley  to Leh

After b/f one last time scan the slopes surrounding the village, drive to Hotel in Leh.  Hot lunch at Hotel, Leh and whole of the evening for checking photos, connecting with the families back home by phone/email and shopping for souvenirs from  Leh Market.

Ibisbill can also be spotted along the Indus Belt in Ladakh.

Day11 Leh to Delhi

Transfer to BKR Airport Leh for further travel home with great memories of Ladakh and good photos of Snow Leopards and other winter wild animals of Ladakh

Inclusion

All transport from Leh Airport to Leh Airport,

3 Nights Hotel at Leh with Breakfast and Dinner.

Hemis National Park Wildlife Fees

Camping - Camping fees at Husing, tents, meals, guide/spotter, cook, helper,

Homestay at Ulley with all meals

Participation in Likir Monastery Annual Mask Dance Festival.

Spotting Gears - Binocular and Spotting Scope

Exclusion

Airfare any

Tips

Insurances of any sort

Personal gears / clothes / medicines / eateries and drinks like alcohol, etc