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Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive delhi

Arrive at Delhi International Airport, where your guide will meet you. Transfer to hotel.

 

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
The Colonel's Retreat (or similar)

Day 2: leh

Ladakh Urial MaleLadakh Urial Male

Your guide will transfer you to the airport early in the morning for your flight to Leh. On arrival, meet your crew and drive to the your lodge. The rest of the day is free in order to acclimatize. Drink plenty of liquids and get some sleep. Share a meal with your guide in the evening.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
The Grand Dragon (or similar)

Day 3: leh

The morning is free for rest and acclimatisation. After lunch a trip to Stakmo Village looking for mammals like Red fox, Woolly hare and some birds like Alpine Choughs, Lammergeier and Himalayan vulture is a possibility. Some light walking as you adjust.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
The Grand Dragon (or similar)

Day 4: leh

This will be the last day for acclimatization. Short birding trips to the Spituk, Sakti or Shey are will be organized. If you wish to explore the near and surrounds yourself or see a monastery, this can also be organized.  

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
The Grand Dragon (or similar)

Day 5: leh to hemis national park

Lammergeier hovering overheardLammergeier hovering overheard

After a scrumptious breakfast, you will be driven from Leh to the entrance of Hemis National Park, about 1-2 hours drive. Here you will leave the car and meet your local tracker and then start the trek to the base camp looking for snow leopards and other mammals along the way. On reaching camp, you will relax for a while, settle in with a hot drink and possibly have lunch. 

In the afternoon, your expert guide will take you down the trails frequented by the elusive snow leopard, and will teach you the art of tracking these big cats. You may be lucky and see one on your first day! The excursion will last 3-4 hours.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Tented Camp

Days 6-10: hemis national park and ulley village

Golden EagleGolden Eagle

The next 5 days will be spent searching for snow leopards, your guides will decide on a day to day basis where the best places to go will be and also if they stay in Hemis or try Ulley Valley, which might mean packing camp up and leaving the area and driving to Ulley which is three hours or more from the entrance to the park. The main priority of the tour is the Snow Leopard and the tour leaders will decide if and when it makes sense to try for Himalayan Ibex or another mammal.  

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Tented Camp

Day 11: hemis to leh

After breakfast you will head out to the neary fields looking for the Tibetan Partridge and also the Himalayan Snowcock. Early morning there is Blue sheep and sometimes there is Tibetan Argali that comes into the village. After the morning here you will be walking back to Zingshan. Return to Leh and this afternoon head to the Indus river for additional bird watching. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
The Grand Dragon (or similar)

Day 12: leh to hemissukpachan

Snow leopardsSnow leopards

After breakfast you will be driven to Hemissukpachan at a gentle pace stopping, scanning and driving. On arrival you will be walking in the area looking for the Ladakh Urial, Tibetan Wolf, Red Fox and the Snow Leopards. There will be common birds like the Black-billed Magpie, Chukars, soaring Golden Eagles, White-winged or Guldenstadt’s Redstart and some other species. There are Woolly Hares that you may see today. 

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Homestay at Hemissukpachan

Day 13: hemissukpachan or wuleh

A variety of winter birds can be found in the areaA variety of winter birds can be found in the area

After breakfast you will be driven up to Wuleh where you will look for the Himalayan Ibex a no of good birds, and Tibetan Wolf, Red Fox etc. You will spend the day here and then be driven around to other areas looking for the birds. If there are Snow Leopards that have been sighted and you cannot find them today, you may overnight here. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Homestay at Hemissukpachan or Wuleh

Day 14: leh

After breakfast you will be driven to the nearby areas looking for one of the rarer mammal – Tibetan Wild Dog – if you have sighted Snow Leopards already then you will look for this almost all of the day today – of course you will find other mammals and birds – the Tibetan Wild Dog has not been sighted for a long time and a sighting and an image will be a prize catch for anyone. The area that you may explore today is Likir and its surroundings where there had been reports of sightings many years back.
Later you will be driven to Leh.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
The Grand Dragon (or similar)

Day 15: delhi

Depart in a private vehicle to the airport, where you will catch your plane to Delhi. The flight offers spectacular views of the second highest peak on earth, K2. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Colonel's Retreat (or similar)

Day 16: depart delhi

Drive to the airport and catch your flight home.

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,750
group size 4-5 add $300
Single Supplement:
$425
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Jan 25-Feb 9, 2018

Need to Know

Duration:
16 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●●●●●
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
6-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Spot the elusive snow leopard
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Watch the soaring Golden Eagle
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The variety of birds will leave you impressed
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A variety of wildlife awaits your arrivel

In Search of the Snow Leopard

Tracking and photographing high-altitude mammals and their predators

overview

Snow Leopards are rare throughout their range in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau.  Hunting sparse game over large territories of very rugged terrain, it is difficult to predict or plan to see a Snow Leopard in the wild and there are never guarantees. However, naturalist-guides have been monitoring a particular Snow Leopard population in Ladakh which they have been able to relocate on frequent occasions. Observing and photographing these Snow Leopards of Ladakh will be the main goal of this trip.  Certainly you will also see other mammals and birds, as well; and each evening you'll enjoy the traditional Ladakhi hospitality for which this Buddhist area of the Himalayas is noted.  Several nights will be spent in tents, and temperatures may go down to 5 degrees fahrenheit. You may hike higher than 13,000’ after acclimatizing in the Indus and Zanskar Valleys at 11,000’.  In the past, the Snow Leopards have been observed both close to the villages where you will stay and in more remote areas accessed by full days of vigorous hiking, sometimes through snow.

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overview

Snow Leopards are rare throughout their range in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau.  Hunting sparse game over large territories of very rugged terrain, it is difficult to predict or plan to see a Snow Leopard in the wild and there are never guarantees. However, naturalist-guides have been monitoring a particular Snow Leopard population in Ladakh which they have been able to relocate on frequent occasions. Observing and photographing these Snow Leopards of Ladakh will be the main goal of this trip.  Certainly you will also see other mammals and birds, as well; and each evening you'll enjoy the traditional Ladakhi hospitality for which this Buddhist area of the Himalayas is noted.  Several nights will be spent in tents, and temperatures may go down to 5 degrees fahrenheit. You may hike higher than 13,000’ after acclimatizing in the Indus and Zanskar Valleys at 11,000’.  In the past, the Snow Leopards have been observed both close to the villages where you will stay and in more remote areas accessed by full days of vigorous hiking, sometimes through snow.

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive delhi

    Arrive at Delhi International Airport, where your guide will meet you. Transfer to hotel.

     

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    The Colonel's Retreat (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: leh
    Ladakh Urial MaleLadakh Urial Male

    Your guide will transfer you to the airport early in the morning for your flight to Leh. On arrival, meet your crew and drive to the your lodge. The rest of the day is free in order to acclimatize. Drink plenty of liquids and get some sleep. Share a meal with your guide in the evening.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    The Grand Dragon (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: leh

    The morning is free for rest and acclimatisation. After lunch a trip to Stakmo Village looking for mammals like Red fox, Woolly hare and some birds like Alpine Choughs, Lammergeier and Himalayan vulture is a possibility. Some light walking as you adjust.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    The Grand Dragon (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: leh

    This will be the last day for acclimatization. Short birding trips to the Spituk, Sakti or Shey are will be organized. If you wish to explore the near and surrounds yourself or see a monastery, this can also be organized.  

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    The Grand Dragon (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: leh to hemis national park
    Lammergeier hovering overheardLammergeier hovering overheard

    After a scrumptious breakfast, you will be driven from Leh to the entrance of Hemis National Park, about 1-2 hours drive. Here you will leave the car and meet your local tracker and then start the trek to the base camp looking for snow leopards and other mammals along the way. On reaching camp, you will relax for a while, settle in with a hot drink and possibly have lunch. 

    In the afternoon, your expert guide will take you down the trails frequented by the elusive snow leopard, and will teach you the art of tracking these big cats. You may be lucky and see one on your first day! The excursion will last 3-4 hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Tented Camp
    Show on a map
  • Days 6-10: hemis national park and ulley village
    Golden EagleGolden Eagle

    The next 5 days will be spent searching for snow leopards, your guides will decide on a day to day basis where the best places to go will be and also if they stay in Hemis or try Ulley Valley, which might mean packing camp up and leaving the area and driving to Ulley which is three hours or more from the entrance to the park. The main priority of the tour is the Snow Leopard and the tour leaders will decide if and when it makes sense to try for Himalayan Ibex or another mammal.  

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Tented Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: hemis to leh

    After breakfast you will head out to the neary fields looking for the Tibetan Partridge and also the Himalayan Snowcock. Early morning there is Blue sheep and sometimes there is Tibetan Argali that comes into the village. After the morning here you will be walking back to Zingshan. Return to Leh and this afternoon head to the Indus river for additional bird watching. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    The Grand Dragon (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 12: leh to hemissukpachan
    Snow leopardsSnow leopards

    After breakfast you will be driven to Hemissukpachan at a gentle pace stopping, scanning and driving. On arrival you will be walking in the area looking for the Ladakh Urial, Tibetan Wolf, Red Fox and the Snow Leopards. There will be common birds like the Black-billed Magpie, Chukars, soaring Golden Eagles, White-winged or Guldenstadt’s Redstart and some other species. There are Woolly Hares that you may see today. 

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Homestay at Hemissukpachan
    Show on a map
  • Day 13: hemissukpachan or wuleh
    A variety of winter birds can be found in the areaA variety of winter birds can be found in the area (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)

    After breakfast you will be driven up to Wuleh where you will look for the Himalayan Ibex a no of good birds, and Tibetan Wolf, Red Fox etc. You will spend the day here and then be driven around to other areas looking for the birds. If there are Snow Leopards that have been sighted and you cannot find them today, you may overnight here. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Homestay at Hemissukpachan or Wuleh
    Show on a map
  • Day 14: leh

    After breakfast you will be driven to the nearby areas looking for one of the rarer mammal – Tibetan Wild Dog – if you have sighted Snow Leopards already then you will look for this almost all of the day today – of course you will find other mammals and birds – the Tibetan Wild Dog has not been sighted for a long time and a sighting and an image will be a prize catch for anyone. The area that you may explore today is Likir and its surroundings where there had been reports of sightings many years back.
    Later you will be driven to Leh.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    The Grand Dragon (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 15: delhi

    Depart in a private vehicle to the airport, where you will catch your plane to Delhi. The flight offers spectacular views of the second highest peak on earth, K2. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Colonel's Retreat (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 16: depart delhi

    Drive to the airport and catch your flight home.

    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,750
group size 4-5 add $300
Single Supplement:
$425
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Jan 25-Feb 9, 2018

Need to Know

Duration:
16 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●●●●●
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
6-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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