Quest for the Snow Leopard
Inhabiting among the most remote regions on Earth, the Snow Leopard is a fitting symbol of wilderness. Among seemingly inhospitable rocky hills, these most secretive of big cats eke out an existence worthy of admiration, and they are most attractive and sure-footed creatures as well. On this special expedition created especially for wildlife and wilderness lovers, we visit the trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh in northern India where we’ll have an opportunity to track this elusive creature. After meeting in Delhi, we travel to the gateway city of Leh, capital of the erstwhile Buddhist Kingdom of Ladakh, which has a decidedly Tibetan feel. Here, as we acclimate to the mountain air, we’ll have a chance to absorb the eclectic cultural mélange and get our first taste of the dramatic landscapes and its habitats. We’ll then move north to Hemis National Park, India’s only park north of the Himalayas and known for its Snow Leopards. Spending several nights at a single, comfortable lodge here, we’ll make daily sorties into the surrounding hills and watch for the cats, along with other mammals and a myriad of mountain birds particular to this region. Our patience and persistence may be rewarded not only in sightings of Snow Leopards but also in the wonderful sense of serenity that these silent mountain habitats provide. I invite those who love wilderness and adventure and are seeking to ‘unplug’ to join me on this grand adventure!
India | 11 days
8 - 10 participants
Accommodation in double occupancy, in hotels listed or similar, two internal flights as detailed in the itinerary, ground transportation, park entrance fees, airport transfers, if travelling as per the group flight itinerary, meals as described in the itinerary, services of Quest Leader Justin Peter and a local expert naturalist. Taxes and gratuities of US$325 are included.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
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Day 2: Fly to Leh, the capital of the Ladakh region
Days 3 - 4: Nature and culture in these higher elevations
Day 5: Drive to our lodge in the village of Ulley
Days 6 - 9: Tracking Snow Leopards in Ulley
Day 10: Return to Leh, with interesting stops along the way
Day 11: Fly back to Delhi, homeward bound flights
Your Tour Leader
Justin Peter is Quest Nature Tours' Director of Programs and senior naturalist. Justin was most recently the senior naturalist at Ontario’s world-renowned Algonquin Park, where he coordinated the park’s interpretive program and acted as lead howler for the celebrated Public Wolf Howl events.