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11 Days Snow Leopard Photographic Trip


This itinerary is specially designed for wild life enthusiasts who would like to go over the edge to view the magnificent beauty of a Snow Leopard. Listed as Endangered on the ICUN Red List of Threatened Species is native to the Central and Southern Mountain Ranges in Asia.An active hunter, an opportunistic feeder can prey 4 times of own weight

 

 

Place to visit: Delhi – Leh –Delhi Fly Back

Important Notes:

Information about guide / naturalist.

Guide/Naturalist will be local from Ladakh and will have experience about Snow Leopard Trails. Guided by a team of local naturalists who will also show you the different species of wild mountain goats and other preys that make up for the Leopard's food. These Naturalist have good knowledge about wild life of Leh, they are experts in handling snow leopard treks in Leh.

General rules and regulations.

Do’s and don’ts

A strict NO to your Denims – they are not suitable for treks, beside it adds weight.

NO to Snacks, Colas, Alcohol and Personal Food – Don’t overweight yourself with them.

NO to any Disposable Plastic Bottles, plastic wrapped/packaged items & Non Bio Degradable material.
 

We carry High Altitude Sleeping Bags with us hence please do not carry yours. We would also be carrying Alpine tents, ice-axes, and other equipment required for such treks.

Do weigh your Gears post packing. It should not exceed the range of 8-9 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you need to repeat and remove what is not essential. Travel light and carry what is essential. For example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 10 days).The list given here are exactly what you need and nothing more. Some Common advice about Clothing…

To protect you from cold, dressing in layers is the ‘Catch’. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a suggestion. If you are prone to cold carry an extra sweater.
 

Please ensure to carry the following documents:

An identification card (like Passport, Driving License, Voters ID card etc), along with a photocopy.

Passport Size Photos.

A Medical Certificate for fitness.

All mentioned DOCUMENTS are MANDATORY, without which you won’t be allowed to trek.

Things to Get

Backpack (55 - 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Quechua Forclaz 60 is a good choice.
Daypack (20-25 L) –optional. Useful for summit/pass day, handy if you want to offload your backpack on the trek.
Trekking shoes – Sports shoes are an absolute NO in trekking. You need Traction on Snow and Sport Shoes with PVC soles hardly justifies the choice. Ensure the shoes are well used before the trek. Forclaz 500 and Woodland are good choices.
2 pair of track pants (at least one should be synthetic quick-dry kind). Or 3 pair of cotton pants with lots of pockets. Track pants are light and we highly recommend them. Plus when things get really cold then layers of clothes matter.
2 cotton t-shirt with collar. Avoid bright colours like red and fluorescents. Stick to lighter tones. There are plenty of Birds and Animals one would come across while trekking and you won’t want them to get scared with your dressing sense.
One full Sleeve Sweater. A fleece jacket would be an alternative.
A full sleeve thick Jacket.
2 pairs of Undergarments.
1 pair of Thermal Inners.
2 pair of Sports Socks.
Woolen Monkey cap/Balaclava that cover the ear.
Light weight Rain Coat/Poncho (to escape a quick burst of rain).
Hand Gloves (water proof).
Sun glasses – Buy the one which will cover your eyes well. Choose from Black, Green, Brown and Blue coloured Sunglass — they cannot block UV rays. Avoid multi toned ones too. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness, and are mandatory for treks.
Sun Cap and/or Head-Scarf.
Trekking Pole is mandatory.
Light towel (a quick drying kind).
Chap stick or Lip Balm.
Cold Cream and Sun Screen Lotion (SPF 40+).
LED Torch with extra set of cells/ Head Lamps (preferred).
Small Repair Kit consisting of Safety Pins, Needle, Thread and String (mandatory).
Camera, Memory-Cards, Batteries etc (Batteries carry enough spares. You won’t get Electricity on slopes)
Slippers/Sandals (for walking around campsite).
While packing, use bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
People who wear spectacles should have any one of these:
Contact Lens.
Photo chromatic Glass.
If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.


Personal Medicine kit containing:

Crocin 650 - 5 tablets
Avomine - 4 tablets
Avil 25mg - 4 tablets
Diamox - 20 tablets
Combiflam - 5 tablets
Disprin - 10 tablets
Norflox TZ- 10 tablets
Spasmoproxyvon - 6 tablets
Crepe Bandage - 3 to 5 meters
Band Aid - 10 strips
Digene - 10 tablets
Gauze cloth - 1 small role
Leukoplast - 1 small roll
Cotton - 1 small roll
ORS - 5 packets
Betadine cream
Aqua pure Tablets – 1 bottle
Moov spray

Fitness Required

For a High altitude Himalayan Trek.

Minimum Age: 18 years

Past experience in trekking: Useful but not essential.

You need to be in good physical condition before the start of the trek. You should be able to jog 4.5 kms in 30 minutes before commencement of the trekking expedition. Any high altitude in Himalayas above 15650 feet, higher than most European summits, here the air is thin and the surrounding becomes difficult. You need to carry a backpack that weighs 7-8 kgs. Your physical fitness is very important for the successful completion of trek. Prepare yourself to get to a jogging distance of 4.5 km under 30 minutes; this would make your lungs strong enough to trek in such conditions. Simultaneously also tone up with some active stomach exercise like leg rise and sit ups minimum 3 sets with push ups strengthening your shoulder, pelvic and chest.

Flexibility Exercises

Flexibility is the ability of muscles and tendons to relax and stretch easily.  It determines the amount of movement your bones can make in any direction around joints such as shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.  Stretching improves your posture and helps to prevent low back pain.  Stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and low back muscles regularly, promotes relaxation in the tissues reducing the strain on your back.  On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

On arrival at the New Delhi airport at 0125 hrs, you will be met by our representative who will explain and handover all the travel related documents, and further assist you to board a Flight to Leh at 0555 hrs. Leh, the capital of Ladakh at 11,500 ft. The dramatic views of this high altitude desert are punctuated by sharp snowy peaks. Reach Leh at 0715 hrs & transfer to your hotel where you’ll receive welcome tea. Rest till noon. After lunch, join our local crew and the Snow Leopard Conservancy staff for a briefing, then free time to explore Leh on your own. It is important to rest on first couple of days at high altitude. Welcome dinner with the Conservancy staff. Overnight in the hotel. 

Take a guided walking tour of Leh town, including a visit to Leh Palace, Victory Peak, and the old quarter. Visit the gift shop and headquarters of LEDEG, a conservation organization working to preserve the environment and Ladakhi traditional ways of life. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

After a hearty pre-trek breakfast, drive to Phey bridge and start walking along the Indus River towards Zingchen Gorge. Continue up the gorge, a dramatic entry to the Snow Leopard’s high altitude home in Hemis National Park. Enroute watch amidst the cliffs and at the base of rocks where they mark their turf for sign of snow leopard, and other wildlife. Camp at wildlife study camp. Trekking time: approx 5-6 hrs. Elevation: 12,400’

 

Stay at the base camp and go trekking and looking for the snow leopard. We will leave early morning post breakfast and start walking towards vantage points in different directions from the camps. The guides there will be on the lookout for the big cat, and if any movement or sighting happens, they will inform all of us who are in close proximity and point out the snow leopard’s whereabouts. In case we end up spending a lot of time in a particular region during the day, our cooks and porters will get us our breakfast/lunch and tea to the vantage point that we are at. During these treks, you will come across the other fauna of the region: blue sheep, chukar, red fox, great tit, magpie, robin accentor and golden eagle to name a few

Stay at the base camp and go trekking and looking for the snow leopard. We will leave early morning post breakfast and start walking towards vantage points in different directions from the camps. The guides there will be on the lookout for the big cat, and if any movement or sighting happens, they will inform all of us who are in close proximity and point out the snow leopard’s whereabouts. In case we end up spending a lot of time in a particular region during the day, our cooks and porters will get us our breakfast/lunch and tea to the vantage point that we are at. During these treks, you will come across the other fauna of the region: blue sheep, chukar, red fox, great tit, magpie, robin accentor and golden eagle to name a few

Stay at the base camp and go trekking and looking for the snow leopard. We will leave early morning post breakfast and start walking towards vantage points in different directions from the camps. The guides there will be on the lookout for the big cat, and if any movement or sighting happens, they will inform all of us who are in close proximity and point out the snow leopard’s whereabouts. In case we end up spending a lot of time in a particular region during the day, our cooks and porters will get us our breakfast/lunch and tea to the vantage point that we are at. During these treks, you will come across the other fauna of the region: blue sheep, chukar, red fox, great tit, magpie, robin accentor and golden eagle to name a few

Stay at the base camp and go trekking and looking for the snow leopard. We will leave early morning post breakfast and start walking towards vantage points in different directions from the camps. The guides there will be on the lookout for the big cat, and if any movement or sighting happens, they will inform all of us who are in close proximity and point out the snow leopard’s whereabouts. In case we end up spending a lot of time in a particular region during the day, our cooks and porters will get us our breakfast/lunch and tea to the vantage point that we are at. During these treks, you will come across the other fauna of the region: blue sheep, chukar, red fox, great tit, magpie, robin accentor and golden eagle to name a few

Stay at the base camp and go trekking and looking for the snow leopard. We will leave early morning post breakfast and start walking towards vantage points in different directions from the camps. The guides there will be on the lookout for the big cat, and if any movement or sighting happens, they will inform all of us who are in close proximity and point out the snow leopard’s whereabouts. In case we end up spending a lot of time in a particular region during the day, our cooks and porters will get us our breakfast/lunch and tea to the vantage point that we are at. During these treks, you will come across the other fauna of the region: blue sheep, chukar, red fox, great tit, magpie, robin accentor and golden eagle to name a few

Trek to nearby sites where Snow Leopard may have been sighted recently. Visit and stay overnight in a neighboring village, Rumbak and experience a home stay. Home stay hosts have been trained in hospitality and are members of a community conservation effort to conserve the endangered Snow Leopard. Learn about their livestock herding practices and try your hand at their winter pastimes (spinning, weaving and turning a tale). Spend the days tracking snow Leopard and other wildlife. Overnight in  a camp. Elevation 13,500’

Say goodbye to your hosts and hike down-valley past familiar Snow Leopard haunts and piles of carved Tibetan prayer stones to the road head at Zingchen; 5 hrs. Drive to Leh, and check into a hotel for your first real bed in a week! Overnight in a hotel 

Morning transfer to Leh airport to board a Flight to New Delhi at 1100 hrs to arrive Delhi at 1235 hrs. On arrival check into hotel. Later city tour of New Delhi including India Gate, the Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb and the outside of Rashtrapati Bhavan.  Mid night transfer to International airport to board a flight  back home at 0230 hrs on 04th March. 



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