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Snow Leopards in the Mighty Himalayas

13 NIGHTS FROM £10,900 per person

Walled in by the magnificent mountains of the mighty Himalayas, the Indian region of Ladakh is known as ‘Little Tibet’, home to Buddhist monasteries perched on rocky outcrops and the self-sufficient Ladakhi people in their traditional mud-brick homesteads. Face the elements in the heart of winter, heading into this high-altitude cold desert with an expert tracker in search of the elusive snow leopard, aptly known as Asia’s 'mountain ghost'.

2020 Dates: 5-16 Jan | 2-13 Feb | 16-27 Feb | 22 Mar-2 Apr

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An expert snow leopard guide will lead you across three enchanting Himalayan valleys in search of the elusive animals

Gain a greater understanding of the unique Ladakhi lifestyle as you stay with a local family for seven nights

Visit the hillside Thiksey monastery, enjoying sensational views over the Indus River

The price includes a USD200 donation per person to the wonderful Snow Leopard Conservancy in Leh

Your Expert Guide

Throughout this tour, an expert snow leopard guide will offer insight on the region’s cultural heritage, while giving you the best chance possible to spot the elusive cats.

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TOUR DETAILS

    DAY DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    TRANSFERS

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    DAY 2-3 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Spend a night in Dehli en route to Ladakh. If time permits, why not explore some of the sights? Historic attractions – such as the UNESCO-listed Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb – stand alongside tall skyscrapers, diplomatic enclaves, shopping centres, tree-lined avenues.

    TRANSFERS

    Fly to Leh and meet your Expedition Leader for your transfer to The Grand Dragon.

    Trident Hotel Gurgaon
    • Summary: A hotel spread over seven acres of gardens, courtyards and reflection pools
    • Feature: Ideally located for the delights of Delhi, as well as the airport
    • Rooms: 136 rooms and suites
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast

    DAY 3-5 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Sitting at 11,400 feet above sea level, a couple of days in Leh are required for you to acclimatise gently for your onward ascent. While here, meet with the staff at the glorious Snow Leopard Conservancy, learning more about the threats that these amazing animals face, and the strategies in place to protect them. Explore the labyrinthine streets and bazaars of Leh, as well as the Royal Palace and impressive Thiskey monastery perched on a hillside. A classically Tibetan city, pass-by locals adorned in national dress, as well as a range of impressive birdlife.

    TRANSFERS

    Transfer to the Snow Leopard Lodge, Ulley. On the way, marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery and visit one of Ladakh’s Buddhist monasteries.

    The Grand Dragon Ladakh
    • Summary: A family-run retreat located amid the Himalayas
    • Feature: Handmade paintings adorn the walls, while state-of-the-art amenities ensure your ultimate comfort
    • Rooms: 48 rooms
    MEAL BASIS

    Full board

    DAY 5-12 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    While in Ulley, almost 4,000 metres above sea level, you’ll stay at the Snow Leopard Lodge with a Ladakhi family, sharing the large kitchens that are the heart of their homes and learning more about their self-sufficient way of life. Your expert snow leopard guide will use a network of local intelligence to track down the cats, leading you across three scenic valleys both on foot and by 4WD. Other wonderful wildlife species you may spot include wolf, Himalayan fox and many predatory birds. While in the mountains, you can also learn about local folklore and traditions, promising an eye-opening Himalayan expedition.

    TRANSFERS

    Transfer to The Grand Dragon, Leh. On the way, explore the ancient Tibetan monastery of Alchi, one of the earliest built in the entire Ladakh region back in the 11th century.

    Snow Leopard Lodge
    • Summary: A basic yet cosy lodge that invites you to live alongside a Ladakhi family
    • Feature: Enjoy superb views across the Ulley Chhu Valley
    • Rooms: 5 bedrooms
    MEAL BASIS

    Full board

    DAY 12-13 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Back in Leh, spend your final night in India at The Grand Dragon Hotel, located in the heart of the ancient city and adorned with paintings by internationally acclaimed landscape artist, Gulam Mustafa.

    TRANSFERS

    Fly to Delhi and transfer to the JW Marriott Hotel, Delhi to freshen up before your flight. Then, transfer to Delhi International Airport your flight to the UK.

    The Grand Dragon Ladakh
    • Summary: A family-run retreat located amid the Himalayas
    • Feature: Handmade paintings adorn the walls, while state-of-the-art amenities ensure your ultimate comfort
    • Rooms: 48 rooms
    MEAL BASIS

    Full board

    DAY DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    TRANSFERS

    • Type:
    • Summary:
    • Feature:
    • Rooms:
    • Location:
    • Star rating:
    MEAL BASIS

DAY ACCOMMODATION

TRANSFERS

  • Type:
  • Summary:
  • Feature:
  • Rooms:
  • Location:
  • Star rating:
MEAL BASIS

DAY 2-3ACCOMMODATION
Delhi, India

Spend a night in Dehli en route to Ladakh. If time permits, why not explore some of the sights? Historic attractions – such as the UNESCO-listed Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb – stand alongside tall skyscrapers, diplomatic enclaves, shopping centres, tree-lined avenues.

TRANSFERS

Fly to Leh and meet your Expedition Leader for your transfer to The Grand Dragon.

Trident Hotel Gurgaon
  • Summary: A hotel spread over seven acres of gardens, courtyards and reflection pools
  • Feature: Ideally located for the delights of Delhi, as well as the airport
  • Rooms: 136 rooms and suites
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast

DAY 3-5ACCOMMODATION
Leh, India

Sitting at 11,400 feet above sea level, a couple of days in Leh are required for you to acclimatise gently for your onward ascent. While here, meet with the staff at the glorious Snow Leopard Conservancy, learning more about the threats that these amazing animals face, and the strategies in place to protect them. Explore the labyrinthine streets and bazaars of Leh, as well as the Royal Palace and impressive Thiskey monastery perched on a hillside. A classically Tibetan city, pass-by locals adorned in national dress, as well as a range of impressive birdlife.

TRANSFERS

Transfer to the Snow Leopard Lodge, Ulley. On the way, marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery and visit one of Ladakh’s Buddhist monasteries.

The Grand Dragon Ladakh
  • Summary: A family-run retreat located amid the Himalayas
  • Feature: Handmade paintings adorn the walls, while state-of-the-art amenities ensure your ultimate comfort
  • Rooms: 48 rooms
MEAL BASIS

Full board

DAY 5-12ACCOMMODATION
Ulley, India

While in Ulley, almost 4,000 metres above sea level, you’ll stay at the Snow Leopard Lodge with a Ladakhi family, sharing the large kitchens that are the heart of their homes and learning more about their self-sufficient way of life. Your expert snow leopard guide will use a network of local intelligence to track down the cats, leading you across three scenic valleys both on foot and by 4WD. Other wonderful wildlife species you may spot include wolf, Himalayan fox and many predatory birds. While in the mountains, you can also learn about local folklore and traditions, promising an eye-opening Himalayan expedition.

TRANSFERS

Transfer to The Grand Dragon, Leh. On the way, explore the ancient Tibetan monastery of Alchi, one of the earliest built in the entire Ladakh region back in the 11th century.

Snow Leopard Lodge
  • Summary: A basic yet cosy lodge that invites you to live alongside a Ladakhi family
  • Feature: Enjoy superb views across the Ulley Chhu Valley
  • Rooms: 5 bedrooms
MEAL BASIS

Full board

DAY 12-13ACCOMMODATION
Leh, India

Back in Leh, spend your final night in India at The Grand Dragon Hotel, located in the heart of the ancient city and adorned with paintings by internationally acclaimed landscape artist, Gulam Mustafa.

TRANSFERS

Fly to Delhi and transfer to the JW Marriott Hotel, Delhi to freshen up before your flight. Then, transfer to Delhi International Airport your flight to the UK.

The Grand Dragon Ladakh
  • Summary: A family-run retreat located amid the Himalayas
  • Feature: Handmade paintings adorn the walls, while state-of-the-art amenities ensure your ultimate comfort
  • Rooms: 48 rooms
MEAL BASIS

Full board

DAY ACCOMMODATION

TRANSFERS

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  • Summary:
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  • Rooms:
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BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Offering the greatest chance to spot snow leopards and a true Himalayan experience, this tour takes place during the winter months of January to April.

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13 NIGHTS FROM £10,900 per person

Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.

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