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Hemis National Park

Jammu and Kashmir

Hemis’s High Altitude is India’s largest National Park, spread over 4400 sq km. The mighty River Indus flows along the northern boundary of the park. U-shaped Valleys provide astounding views of the most magnificent part of the Natural Ecosystem. Alpine Forests and Meadows, Cold Desert, and Montane Forest characterize this area.

Hemis National Park has been an area of great promise for the protection of the Snow Leopards, and the Park was thus sanctioned in 1981. Protection has ensured that there are almost 200 Snow Leopards in the landscape. Biodiversity is tremendous, and several interesting mammals and birds can be seen here.

Best Time to Go

May – September


Leh (IXL)

Avg. Climate

-30°C to -15°C

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About Hemis national Park

The landscape here comprises 3 main different habitats:

– Mountainous region, which experiences heavy snowfall. Tall peaks surround the National Park extending from 5000m – 6000m above sea level. Wildlife and vegetation are sparse in this area.

– Rain-shadow region, which is comprised of rocky, rugged terrain. Rainfall is also scarce here, though small shrubs and trees survive here.

– The areas along the Streams are rich in vegetation, and numerous birds can be seen here.

Geographical Details

Altitude: 3000m – 6000m above mean sea level

Vegetation: pine forests, alpine shrub lands and meadows, and alpine tundra vegetation.

Water Resources: Indus River

Core Area: 1250 sq. km

Buffer Area: 2850 sq. km.

Coordinates: 33.7187° N to 77.3882° E

Rainfall: 160.5mm

Temperature: -30 Degree Celsius – 15 Degree Celsius

Hemis National Park Safari Tours

Special Interest Tours

11 Nights/12 Days

Special Interest Tours

23 Nights/24 Days

Birding Tours

10 Nights/11 Days

Popular Fauna at Hemis National Park

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Snow Leopard

It is native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. It’s fur is whitish to grey with black spots on head and neck, with larger rosettes on the back, flanks and bushy tail. The belly is whitish. Its eyes are pale green or grey in color.

Brown Bear -Hemis Species
Brown Bear

They can stand on two legs, walk on the soles of their feet, pick things up with their “fingers,” and often eat what we eat. With their ability to communicate with one another through scratch marks left on trees, smells and sounds.

IBEX - Hemis Species

Ibex are wild goats that live in the mountainous regions of Europe, north central Asia and northern Africa. Males have long beards. Ibex are related to antelopes, buffalo, bison, cattle, goats and sheep.

Safaris at Hemis National Park


The Landscape is rugged and mountainous, walking is the way to get around Hemis National Park. Camping is permitted inside the National Park.

Accommodations at Hemis National Park

Snow Leopard Lodge

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