Our Maiden Voyage for the Elusive Snow Leopard
February 17-29 2024
Day 1 Feb 17th
Depart for Overnight flight
Arrive Delhi – Flight details to be advised. Feb 18th
After clearing customs and immigration, a representative will meet you at the visitors lounge with an ‘Idube Photo Safari’representative who will escort you to your hotel JW Marriot Aerocity.
Delhi – Leh Feb 19th
AM: Transfer to Domestic airport in time to connect schedule flight to Leh.
Dotted with stupas and whitewashed houses, the Old Town is dominated by a dagger of steep rocky ridge topped by an imposing Tibetan-style palace and fort. Beneath, the bustling bazaar are souvenir shops and restaurant, but a web of lanes quickly fans out into a green suburban patchwork of irrigated fields. Here, gushing streams and narrow footpaths link traditionally styled charming Ladakhi garden homes.
On arrival a representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel The Grand Dragon.
The day is at leisure to relax and undergo minimal exertion to enable them to get acclimatized to rarefied oxygen level in this high-altitude region ensconced in the high Himalayan plateau.
Leh Feb 20th
AM: Post breakfast drive to Hemis Monastery. Hemis is the
largest and the wealthiest monastery in Ladakh.
PM: From Hemis we drive to Thiksey Monastery. This beautiful monastery houses a two storey statue of the Maitreya Buddha seated on a lotus and boasts of a spectacular view of the Leh valley. Continue on a guided tour of the monastery, visiting the beautiful prayer room which has many handwritten and painted books as well as the temple dedicated to goddess Tara with her 21 images placed in glass-covered wooden shelves. You will also see small shrines devoted to the guardian divinities including Cham-Sing, the protector deity of Thiksey.
Leh to Rumbak Feb 21st
AM: This morning drive to Rumbak Village(approx. 3960m) – approx. 2hr. We continue our drive passing through Zingchan Village, which has only two to three houses, we further continue off the road along the path and the stream crossing the Wild life department office till we reach our base camp just below the Rumbak Village.
Check-in at our camp, which as a 360 degree view of the snow capped glacier mountain. Camp would be heated.
PM: We ascent up to the spotting ground where we get a 360 view of the surrounding mountain trying to spot through our spotting scope and spotters.
Please note, there are NO fixed itineraries, for Snow Leopard sighting. Every day will be a New beginning. With the help of our local guides getting information of Snow Leopard movement we will decide our movement every day and will be briefed by your Naturalist.
Day 5 to 10 Feb 22-27
AM & PM: Game Viewing to spot Snow Leopard and othe wild life animals.
All meals at the camp.
Rumbak to Leh Feb 28
AM: Drive to Leh. Check-in at your hotel Grand Dragon. All meals at the hotel.
Leh to Delhi Feb 29
AM: Transfer to airport in time to connect schedule flight to Delhi. On arrival a representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel where rooms are booked until International departure flight.
JW Marriot Aerocity B Deluxe Room
Climate: Ladakh is at an altitude of 3,000 metres above sea-level. High degree of radiation due to the rarefied air makes for generally low temperatures even at these sub-tropical latitudes. On the other hand, the thinness of the atmosphere makes the heat of the sun actually greater than on the Indian plains.
The altitude range causes wide variations in climate even within Ladakh, but in general summer is short and mild and winter long and bitter. The cold weather begins in September/October and lasts till May. The hottest and the coldest months are July and January respectively.
There is little precipitation, which gives Ladakh its characteristically barren landscape. Summer rainfall is irregular and depends on occasional incursions of the Indian monsoon over the Himalayas. Of recent years there seems to have been much more rain than usual in the summers. Most of the precipitation (about two thirds) is in the form of winter snow.
Himalaya, receives heavy snowfall and is said to be the second coldest inhabited area in Asia. The daily minimum average -22 Degree Celsius in January and February and the lowest recorded value being -45 Celsius in 1904.
This is a trip that does require good physical condition and it is highly recommended to speak with your Doctor and begin an exercise program.
This is a small camp
If you would like us to try and match you with a roommate Please advise
You will be charged for the plan after the admin approves your vendor account
Domestic Flights $325.00
Domestic Flights $325.00