Conflicts between Snow Leopard and Man have reduced the number of Snow Leopards in world today to minimum numbers, now it is estimated by experts to be between 4080 and 6590 worldwide. In mean days when the Snow Leopards find no natural preys, they come down to villages and prey on livestock /cattle and this is supposedly justified conflict that leads to killing of the Snow Leopards.
Snow Leopard Tours to Ladakh, Snow Leopard Expeditons to Ladakh, Snow Leopard Watching Tours to Ladakh, Snow Leopard Spotting in Ladakh in the wild are some of the most sought after endeavours of Wildlife and Snow Leopard Photographers all over the World. Among the Big Cats, spotting the elusive snow leopard, also known by the “Grey Ghost of the Mountains”, is the most difficult one. As the following statement states it cleary:-
“More people have been to the space than have seen a snow leopard in the wild”
Ladakh region of Indian Western Himalayas, according to snow leopard experts, host between 300-400 snow leopard in the wild, and is one of the best destinations in the world for spotting snow leopard in their natural habitat - high altitude mountains of the great Himalaya. Best time to spot snow leopard in the wild in Ladakh is during the winter months - from November till March when the weather gets cold and the snowline falls down - reaching to lower valleys and villages where photographers can camp and fulfil their dreams of photographing the snow leopard.
In our decade of experience in hosting wildlife photographers to Ladakh, the company have been organizing snow leopard tours to Ladakh and snow leopard treks with 100% success. Lead by Mr. Lobzang Visuddha who is himself a keen wildlife photographer, the team is experienced in organizing snow leopard quests to different regions of Ladakh Himalaya. Team consists of snow leopard experts, snow leopard guides, snow leopard spotters and snow leopard support-team members who are into snow leopard spotting in Ladakh since decades. Many of the team members were part of snow leopard filming in Ladakh crews from different Wildlife TV Channels around the world and have been part of support team for wildlife photographers and experts for many years.
Snow Leopard hot-spots in Ladakh are Hemis National Park (HNP) – Rumbak Valley, Rumbak Sumdo, Stok la, Husing Valley, Husing Camp, Jingchen, Tarbung Valley, Yurutsey, Stok La, Stok, Kaya, Skyu, Markha, Thachungtse, Nimaling, Matho, Shang Sumdo, Yurutsey, Gandala base, Chogdo, Nang, Stakmo, Phyang and other villages in Indus Valley - Hemya, Khatpu, Ligtse, Tarchit, Ulley, Likir, Yangthang, Saspotsey, Hemis Shukpachan, Tingmosgang, Ang, Tia, Skindiang, Tar, Mangyu, Ney and other hamlets. Snow Leopards can also be spotted in villages like Khardong, Tangyar, Diggar and Rongjuk in Nubra Valley, Changthang region, Sham Region and Zangskar region of Ladakh.
Following Snow Leopard Scouting Itineraries are specially customized to co-incide with Ladakh’s Special Winter Monastic Mask Dance Festivals so that the guest can also enjoy a glimpse of Ladakh’s spiritual and Cultural heritage besides spotting rare wild animals of Ladakh.
Following Photos are taken by Lobzang Visuddha, Prop. Ancient Tracks.