NB: THIS IS A DEMANDING SAFARI THAT REQUIRES AN APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF FITNESS AND STAMINA
Arrive Delhi - overnight at Hotel
Transfer to airport for flight to Leh
Sightseeing around Leh while acclimatising to the 3524 meter altitude
Drive from Leh to Zingchen, then trek to Base Camp in Hemis National Park.
Explore the various valleys and mountains in search of Snow Leopard and other wildlife.
Trek to Zingchen for your drive back to Leh
Flight to Delhi to explore the city before your Farewell Dinner
After breakfast your incredible adventure ends as you travel to the airport for your flight home.
The magnificent Himalayan range offers challenges to many intrepid adventurers. For the wildlife photographer the upper reaches of the mountain range offer a home to the Snow Leopard – rarely seen and infrequently photographed.
During the winter months the Snow Leopards follow the Blue Sheep away from the highest peaks to areas which are relatively warmer and where food sources are not covered by thick snow. As they descend to these areas accessibility for the intrepid photographer is made possible.
DAY 1: Arrive Delhi (Meals Aloft)
Your journey starts when you gather with your fellow explorers in Delhi, India, where you will be met at the airport by our tour representative.
DAYS 2 – 3: Delhi to Leh (B,L,D)
After breakfast in the hotel where you have enjoyed the night in this vibrant, noisy city, you will be transferred to the airport for a truly exhilarating flight to Leh, nestled in a valley overlooked by mountains all around.
A sojourn of two days and two nights in Leh at 3524 meters is essential to allow you to acclimatise to the altitude. The magnificent topography will keep your cameras busy as will our visits to some of the monasteries in the area.
This stop in Leh is essential to allow your body to acclimatise – our ‘Snow Leopard Safari’ involves strenuous trekking and climbing as you traverse the areas in search of the ‘Grey Host’. (Sshhhh….It is customary not to say the name until you have seen one)
DAY 4: Leh to Hemis National Park (B,L,D)
On the fourth day of our safari we journey to Zingchen, from where we travel on foot for 2 to 3 hours along a meandering pathway that follows a frozen river to Husing in the Hemis National Park. ODP will provide pack donkeys to transport your luggage, but you are responsible for your camera bag. You will need this on route to photograph the amazing scenery.
At Base Camp our accommodation is in small two-man tents, while our meals are served in the large Mess Tent.
DAYS 5 to 10: Husing or Rumbak (B,L,D)
The following six days are spent exploring further and further, higher into the mountains, where we have the flexibility to choose either the Husing Valley or Rumbak, depending on sightings and where we have the greater chance of encountering a Snow Leopard.
DAY 11: Hemis National Park to Leh (B,L,D)
On the 11th day of our safari we hike to Zingchen from where we drive to Leh where we spend our final night in this breathtaking scenery.
DAY 12: Leh to Delhi (B,L,D)
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our picturesque flight back to Delhi. After a day exploring the sights of this vibrant city we gather for a farewell dinner, giving us an opportunity to reminisce, gather our thoughts and share a images with each other.
DAY 13: Delhi to Airport for Departure
We board our flight for home after an early transfer to the airport, memory cards and our own memories filled to capacity …
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