Birds of Ladakh, Birding Tours in Ladakh, Birding in Ladakh

Birding in Ladakh

Ladakh, located on the border between the Pale-arctic and the Indo-Malayan zoogeographic regions and it hosts typical bird species from either side. In addition, characteristic Tibetan birds extend their home ranges well into eastern Ladakh. The dry summer months, again, attract a multitude of breeders and being the last of first accessible place during the spring and autumn migration, it is an important stage for aggregations of birds while crossing the lofty Himalayan range. These diverse ornithological influences make Ladakh a real melting pot of bird movement.
Ladakh is still not known as a popular birding paradise.  Its vastness, remoteness, and limited accessibility, harsh geographic conditions encouraged few researchers, birders to spend sufficient time on bird studies in its hostile valleys, hills and plains. 
As per reports from experts there are about 310 different bird species in Ladakh. These birds can be divided in to 4 major groups depending on their respective time of travel, stay, breed and migration:
Resident Birds
Summer Birds
Wintering Birds is the smallest group.
Migrant Birds the largest group
As it is rightly stated by Mr. Otto Pfister, the only ornothologist having authority on Birds of Ladakh, “Ladakh, like any high altitude desert in the world, has a fragile ecosystem that can be easily spoiled by unimaginative planning and uncontrolled tourism”. Hence precautions while promoting birding and wildlife tours are being taken care of by Ancient Tracks, so that the gist of the tour still remains - promotion and conservation of Wildlife while Birding in Ladakh.
National Parks, Sanctuaries and Conservation Reserves in Ladakh:
  • Hemis National Park / Hemis High Altitude National Park (12 50 sq. km)
  • Changthang Cold Desert Sanctuary (4000 sq. km)
  • Kangji Wildlife Sanctuary (250 sq. km)
  • Karakoram Sanctuary (4000 sq. km)
  • Tongri Sanctuary Zangskar (20 sq. Km)
  • Saboo Chukar Reserve (70 sq. km)
  • Hanle Plains / Marshes Wetland Conservation Reserve
Wildife and Birding Hotspots in Ladakh:
  • Hemis National Park / Rumbak Valley
  • Surru Valley in Kargil District
  • Rangdum  Marshes in Zangskar
  • Ulley Village and Ridzong Monastery
  • Phey – Spituk Marshes
  • Shey-Thiksay Marshes
  • Nubra Valley – Deskit, Hundar and Panamik
  • Tsokar Lake Basin
  • Tsomoriri  Lake
  • Puga-Sumdo Valley
  • Yaya Tso/ Lake
  • Nyom- Loma Bend Marshes
  • Hanle Basin
  • Kalak Tar Tar Plateau
Following Itineraries are customized and tailored made to cover Important Birding Areas (IBA) and maximize the chances of spotting more number rare and specific to the region on these Birding Tours to Ladakh.

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Birding in Ladakh Wildlife Tours

Trip Duration:
14 Nights - 15 Days
Best Time:
May- June and Sept - Oct
Price Available on Request
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Birding in Ladakh Wildlife Tours

Trip Duration:
13 Nights - 14 Days
Best Time:
May- June and Oct
Price Available on Request
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Birding and Wildlife Tour to Tsokar Lake

Trip Duration:
6 Nights - 7 Days
Best Time:
15th April to 15th June
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