Hemis National Park is one of the real attractions in Ladakh during the winters for animal spotting adventurists to encounter the rare and endangered Snow Leopard and flock the area from different parts of the world. It extends at a rise of 4100 meters and conceals the whole Rumbak Valley. It is also the home to Himalayan winged animals. The Snow Leopard Trek, which is one of the famous winter treks in the Ladakh locale, lies into a domain where human cordiality evaporates and delivers a wild extent of tough mountains spotted with creatures like snow panthers, Tibetan wolves, blue sheep, horned sheep and Eurasian Brown Bear and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. It is additionally a dwelling place a few types of winged animals like the Golden Eagle, distinctive types of vultures and transient fowls. Being progressing on the Snow Leopard Trek in Ladakh, one experiences shocks at each turn. The trek enables one to get to know the fables of Rumbak Valley. It in this manner conveys one to an indigenous region astir over the savage breath amidst the chilly betray and whirlwind wind.
Tour Months – December to March.
Day 1 – Assemble at Leh.
Arrive in Leh. Leh is situated at a whopping 3524m, has decreased oxygen levels and is a high starting point for a trek. Given that most of you will be flying into Leh, Western Mountains strongly recommends a rest day at Leh for altitude acclimatization. It is our strong recommendation that you did not head out to do any sightseeing on the day that you land in Leh.
Altitude acclimatization is the body’s way of adjusting to the decreased oxygen levels at the higher elevation and preventing acute mountain sickness. Overnight stay in hotel/homestay.
Day 2 | – Leh Tour
Post breakfast you would visit the monasteries around Leh in your private cab. Leh is a large town in the Ladakh region on the banks of the mighty Indus River. We would drive down to Hemis monastery built during the 16th century by Senge Nampar Gyalva. The village of Hemis is close to the Hemis National Park that is home to the endangered snow leopard.
On the way back we would cover Thiksey Monastery which is noted for its resemblance of Potala Palace in Lhasa, Shey Palace built by Deldan Namgyal which was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh, Stok Palace the summer home to Ladakhi royalty Namgyal dynasty and Shanti Stupa on the hilltop of Changspa. You get some time off in the evening for shopping at the local Leh market. Return to hotel/guest house/homestay for the night.
Day 3 – Drive from Leh to Zingchen. Trek from Zingchen to Husing
Post breakfast, you will be driven to the green campsite of Zingchen. From the village, we start trekking to husing. As you enter the Hemis National Park en route Yurutse village, you may be fortunate to encounter the blue sheep-Bharal, the red fox, Ladakhi sheep etc. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4, 5, & 6 – Trek around for Snow Leopard Spotting
We begin our trek around the valley. While you may not be familiar with the region and in addition the snow leopard. Around Husing, Tarbuns and Rumbak Valleys in Hemis National Park, they will amplify your odds of getting a look at the Snow Leopard and in addition different creatures and feathered creatures like the Tibetan Ibex, Bharal (Blue Sheep), Wolf, Red Fox, Ladakhi Urial and the Lynx. Benefit as much as possible.
The energy of conviction with sharp investigative techniques to unfurl a wild brand of otherworldly comprehension of the rugged inclines. A few hints which may help: The outrageous winter powers the Snow Leopard and different creatures down from the high elevations they typically occupy, which is the reason the Hemis National Park is your most logical option. While impulses yield awesome outcomes typically, it’s best to recall the area you’re at before heading astray. take off for a day stroll around the Rumbak Valley. Investigate the region around Rumbak Sumdo and Yurutse, surely understood for its sightings of Argali Sheep. Get into the psyche of the predator. It’s a twofold chase on the inclines today. Take a tip or two of those capable of survival strategies. A tolerant determination is an extraordinary shot.
Day 7 – Trek back to Zingchen and drive back to Leh.
Trek back to Zingchen. Each enchantment has its mystery. Drive back to your lodging in Leh.
Day 8 – Departure from Leh
It is time to bid adieu to Leh and head to the airport to your flight back home with an enriched experience and memories of a lifetime.
Grade: Moderate Trek, Difficult Conditions.
Temperature: -5 to -25 degrees
Trek Duration: 8 days.
Trek Season: December to March.
Starting Base Camp: Leh
How to reach Basecamp:
By Air: This is the only option route to Leh during winters – take a flight to Leh from Delhi or Srinagar.
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- Accommodation in dome tents (2/3 per tent).
- Accommodation in Leh on Day 1 and Day 7.
- Meals mentioned in the itinerary on a fixed menu/ buffet basis.
- Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary.
- Camping Equipment: Tents, Sleeping bags, mats, gaiters.
- All charges for guides and permits.
- Travel to and fro Leh.
- Backpack offloading: Trekkers are expected to carry their own backpacks. If the trekker cannot carry his/her backpack due to physical inability and chooses to offload on mules/ porters, this will be on additional cost.
- Airfares, airport taxes and anything not mentioned in the inclusions and itinerary.
- Meals, tea, coffee, mineral water, tips, transfers not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Doctor, telephone, laundry and other personal expenses.
- Cost of personal emergency exit or expenses due to external factors such as climatic conditions.
Health & Fitness Requirements:
This trek does require you to have previous trekking or mountaineering experience. We do also highly recommend having an adventurous spirit and willingness to undergo the joys & hardships of outdoor camping, in addition to good physical and mental fitness, to completely enjoy the trek. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart or bronchial ailments, we advise you against participating since most treks happen in remote areas with limited access to medical services & hospital facilities.
Our Trek Leaders are experienced mountaineers and we trust their judgments. If during the trek, the Trek Leader advises you against continuing on the trek, we request you to respect his/her judgment and follow his/her instructions.