Snow Leopard Trek is a proper winter trek in Ladakh. This trek is one of the most popular treks in the Ladakh that stretches from an elevation of about 3,500 meters to 6,000 meters. The journey continues through the Hemis National Park, which is one of the national parks in the Indian Himalayan belt and largest national parks in India with an area of 3,350 meters, is the abode of many different species of wildlife. Snow Leopards are the major attractions in the valley and can be generally found at an altitude between 3,000 meters to 4,500 meters.
Detailed Day Wise Itinerary
DELHI – LEH (3,500 M / 11,550 FT) - BY FLIGHT
Djule Adventure representative will welcome you at Leh airport and transfer to hotel. Evening rest for acclimatization. Overnight at the hotel.
LEH - HEMIS - BY SURFACE / 48 KM / APPROX 1 ½ HRS – THIKSEY – BY SURFACE / 29 KM / APPROX 45 MINS - SHEY – BY SURFACE / 3 KM / APPROX 10 MINS – LEH – BY SURFACE / 16 KM / APPROX 30 MINS
After breakfast you drive on a well mettled broad road traveling upstream along the Indus River to Hemis Gompa, crossing over the Indus at the village of Karu. The most famous of Ladakh's monasteries, Hemis or Changchub Samstanling (The love palace of the compassionate person), dates back to the 17th century and was built over a period of 40 years (1602 – 1642 A.D.). Today Hemis is well known for its festival or Hemis Tsechu commemorating the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava. In the year of the Monkey (every 12 years) a giant thangka depicting Guru Padmasambhava is unfurled from the terrace draping the five-storey facade. Delicately wrought in pearls and appliqué, it is one of the most famous art treasures of Ladakh. The central courtyard forms the focus for the masked dances held every year in summer. In the dukhang, remnants of the original 17th-century murals can be seen. The Gompa boasts of an excellent library, well preserved frescoes and murals, silver gilt chortens and a Kashmiri lacquered wooden throne.
On the road back to Leh you stop to visit Thikse Monastery, which is one of the most vibrant and active monasteries in the region. It dates back to the 16th century and is part of the Gelug-pa Sect. It is headed by successive reincarnations of the Khanpo Rimpoche. The monastery is 12 storied and painted in deep shades of red, ochre and white. It has evolved around a central courtyard with buildings surrounding it from three sides. At one extreme lies the main dukhang, which houses numerous racks containing religious texts. Behind the main alter lies a small chamber that contains images of revered deities.
Then three km ahead you will visit Shey. Overlooking a small lake, the palace and fortification of Shey was the site of one of the former capitals of Ladakh. In the 10th century the first ruler of Western Tibet, Nyima-Gon, laid the foundations of the first dynasty of Ladakh. On a large rock below the palace is an engraving in shallow relief of the Five Dhyai Buddhas, credited to him. His son constructed the small place and made it the first capital of Ladakh. During subsequent reigns, the palace was expanded and the present structure dates back to the time of Deldan Namgyal who lived here for the better part of his reign. The significance of the sight is apparent from the large number of chorten that dot the entire landscape around Shey. After the visit, you return to Leh.
LEH - SPITOK (DRIVE) - TREK TO ZINCHEN (3200 Mtrs): 5 Hrs
Leave Leh early morning by Jeeps and reach Spituk (1 hr). Visit the Spituk Gompa, built about 500 years ago. Start the trek from here by crossing a bridge and walking south-west of the river Indus. The gorge section leads to the confluence of Indus and Zinchen. Camp near the village of Zinchen. Overnight in Tents.
ZINCHEN - RUMBAK: 3 Hrs
It's a gradual climb from Zinchen to Rumbak. From here one gets fabulous views of the snow-capped Stok Mountains. Overnight in Tents.
Day 5 to Day 9
WATCH/SEARCH SNOW LEOPARD
You will have 5 days to visit and see Leopard. Our guide will take you the sport were you can found and see the Leopard. You can also see different types of wild animals and birds. Overnight camp.
RUMBAK TO ZINCHEN TO LEH: 6 Hrs
After breakfast, starts trekking to reach Zingchen. After Zingchen you will drive to Leh. Overnight in the hotel.
NOTE: Cost depends on the number of people in the group.
1. Taxi Airport pickup, Shey, Thiksey Hemis, Spituk drop, Zingchen pickup, Airport Drop
2. 1 English speaking guide for whole the tour and trek
3. Hotel in Leh on Bed and breakfast basis
4. During the trek (Spituk-Rumbak-Zingchen ): a professional cook, helpers, horses, all the food, dome tent for sleeping with mattress, dining tent with chairs and table, kitchen tent with all kitchen equipments, toilet tent, oxygen cylinder, a safety kit bag for your luggage, monastery fee, camping fee, wildlife fee, inner line permits etc.
1. International & Domestic flight tickets
2. Extra drinks like coca, beer
3. Shopping and phone bill