In Search of the Snow Leopard

13 nights from £2999

13 nights

In Search of the Snow Leopard

A rare chance to see the elusive Snow Leopard and attend a monastic festival

£2999 pp excluding flights £231 per night
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Snow leopards are one of the world's most elusive mammals but in winter they descend from the high Himalaya in search of food. Inhabiting some of the most remote and mountainous regions of Central Asia, the mission to see this enigmatic cat is really more of a pilgrimage. Other rare high altitude wildlife and isolated Himalayan Buddhist communities only add to this quest's allure. The itinerary varies slightly by departure date to fit in the different festivals.



18 February & 6 March 2022 departures (Flight inclusive) led by Valerie Parkinson





  • Visit ancient monasteries and attend a colourful monastic festival with masked dancers
  • Wonderful winter walking in mountainous Ladakh - when it is cut off from the rest of the world
  • Chance to see the rare and elusive Snow leopard
  • Enjoy a homestay night and traditional meal with a friendly Ladakhi family
  • Look out for Blue sheep, wolves, lammergeyers, Red fox, Himalayan Griffin Vultures and Golden Eagles

In Delhi, we use a good standard hotel, which has air-conditioned rooms. In Leh, we stay in a comfortable hotel, close to the local market and town centre. There is wifi in Leh; however, there is no mobile coverage for international phones in Ladakh.



The trek itself is on a full-service camping basis, meaning our camp staff put up and dismantle the tents, cook, and do all the camp chores. You need only carry your backpack for the day. We use two-person tents, which have enough room inside for your kitbags and include mattress, sheet, pillow, two blankets, and a hot water bottle at night. We also have a dining tent with table, folding chairs and a heater, and at least one toilet tent (usually two) for use during the evenings. No running water is available while camping. The camp staff collect stream water or melt snow to provide bowls of warm water (to wash with).



We spend one night in a traditional Ladakhi house. The homestay is basic and you may be sleeping in a sleeping bag on a mattress on the floor. There is a basic local long-drop toilet and dining room.



If you require a single room in Delhi and Leh and a single tent while camping there is a single supplement. Please note, single rooms are not available in the homestay.

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