Northern India and Snow Leopard Expedition

Main destination India 13 Days Tour

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Northern India and Snow Leopard Expedition
Welcome to North India, home of the endangered Snow Leopard. This program will allow you to explore Dehli and the Northern region of India, although it is only offered in the winter time when the cat comes down for water and prey. Throughout our trek in the Northern India region, we will be accompanied by the locals from Rumbak. The journey will provide you with a balance of nature, history, and culture. Become one with the Northern Indian mountain people, who are gentle and cheerful through the Buddhism they practice. In addition to the trek, you will have time to visit some of their great monasteries and picturesque villages.

Included:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the itinerary for 12 nights
  • Daily breakfast at hotels
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner while in Leh and during trek
  • Exclusive Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
  • Transportation
  • English speaking, knowledgeable wildlife guide during trekking and a cultural guide will be used for sightseeing in Leh and Delhi
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All Trekking arrangement
  • All equipment of community-use nature and nature friendly including high altitude two-person client tents
  • Dining tents with folding chairs
  • Toilet tents
  • Camp furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Camping charges
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Trek support team including cooks, helpers, pony owners with enough ponies to carry the provisions and client luggage during trekking.
  • Separate vehicle to carry the trekking equipment and support team to/from trek starting/ending point
  • All monastery entrance fees
  • Inner-line permits
  • All applicable luxury/ road taxes
  • Current government hotel, road, toll and interstate taxes

Not Included:

  • International airfares
  • Domestic airfare
  • Surcharge payable in case alternate hotels, or a higher category of rooms are confirmed
  • Porterage at airports and hotels
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, insurance, camera fees, excess baggage, emergency/medical costs
  • Any increase in costs beyond our control such as fuel and airfare increases, additional government levies and taxes, etc
  • Camping/trekking equipment of personal nature such as clothing trek shoes, kit bags, day packs, sleeping bags, down jackets and other special clothing etc.
  • Medical expenses (apart from first aid) and insurance of any kind
  • Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges and items of personal nature.
  • All the arrangements for trekking as pre-planned and prepaid. In case of not completion of the trek due to any reason whatsoever, there will not be any refund for any unuseservices. Any extra expense due to the same has to be paid extra
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Any other items not mentioned in the cost include section
  • Tips to drivers and hotel staff
  • Insurance

Hotels:

  • Delhi: The Leela Palace
  • Leh: Grand Dragon
  • Hozing Valley: Trekking Tents
  • Leh: Grand Dragon
  • Delhi: Radisson Blu

Notes:

Important Information
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Duration of Trek: 6 days
  • Highest pass: No passes involved/except while tracking, in Hozing & Rumbak you may have to climb uphill, depending on the movement.
  • Grade: Moderate/strenuous (may have to climb a ridge)
  • Best period: End of November – December and Starting of February – Mid April
Guidelines to remember:
  • Warm and weatherproof clothing.
  • Camping, equipment and clothing not to be bright color.
  • Perfumes, deodorants, aftershave lotions etc should be avoided.
  • Carry good spotting scopes and binoculars and some reading material.
  • Follow the instructions of the guide and experts to maximize spotting percentage.


Day 1

Arrive Delhi

After you have cleared immigration and customs formalities, you are met outside the arrival hall by our representative, who will escort you to your vehicle and assist with transfer and check-in at your hotel.  
Accommodation: The Leela Palace- Delhi

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Day 2

Delhi

Enjoy breakfast and leisure time at the hotel where you have the morning to relax. 
After lunch, proceed for sightseeing of the New Delhi which begins with a drive past India Gate, built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. The tour will continue to Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy and today is known for being the official residence of the President of India. Tour tour will also visit Humayun's Tomb, the first Mughal garden tomb, with four grand gateways, an octagonal base-plan, soaring niche-shaped arches, lofty double domes and the symmetrical garden with a central canal. 
The sightseeing tour of New Delhi comes to an end with the visit of 70-meter high Qutub Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi. 
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Leela Palace- Delhi

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Day 3

Delhi – Leh

Early morning, you will be transferred to airport to connect your flight to Leh.
Upon arrival in Leh, you will be transfered to the hotel for check in and leisure time at the hotel. There will be no activity on your first day of arrival to enable each guest to get acclimatized to the lower oxygen level in this high-altitude region ensconced in the high Himalayan plateau. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Grand Dragon- Leh
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Day 4

Explore Leh – A Tour of Thiksey, Hemis & Shey Monastery

Today after early tea/coffee, we will be driven to Thiksey monastery situated towards the East of Leh picturesquely on a hill-lock, which also houses a two story stucco statue of Maitreya Buddha seated on a lotus. Upon arrival, we witness the monks gathered in the assembly hall for the Morning for a Prayer ceremony, which begins before sunrise at 6 AM. You will be amazed by the monk chants and beats as they share their rituals.
We continue our day with a guided visit to the other parts of the monastery before having breakfast at the Thiksey monastery. After breakfast, you will drive to visit Hemis monastery, known for being the largest and the wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. 
The last stop of our day will conclude with a tour and visit of the Shey Monastery, rest of the day at leisure or an optional walk towards the surrounding or the market area. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Grand Dragon- Leh
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Day 5

Leh - Hozing Valley

Today after breakfast drive 2 hours from Leh to Zingchenand then trek 2 ½ hours to Hozing. Hozing is the epicenter of three prominent valleys well known for sighting of Snow Leopard also known globally as “the world capital of Snow Leopard.” We'll make Hozing campsite as our base camp as we venture out for the next 5 days towards the many bye-valleys that vein out of the Hozing pastureland.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trekking Tents- Hozing Valley
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Day 6

Hozing Valley

Today the local expert will take you on an early morning excursion to the trails frequented by the ever elusive Snow leopard. Before the excursion starts, you will be taught how to track the shy cat through local art and techniques of smelling rock sand, reading of pug marks, digging, stool and rock-face rubbing. The expert will also share local traditional knowledge on how to identify the hunt patterns and kill spots of the snow leopard.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trekking Tents- Hozing Valley
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Day 7

Hozing Valley

Today again we will spend the entire day in and around Rumbak valley with hopes of possible sightings of the snow leopard or of any other wild animal. Our guide will help to Identify “hot spots” (machans) vantage points through mapping and tracking while offering techniques in gaining confidence of the villagers so that they can alert and relay instant information of any signs and actual sightings of the snow leopard. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trekking Tents- Hozing Valley
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Day 8

Hozing Valley

Today we will explore along the snow leopard mapping grid while keeping our ears and eyes open. Our hiking take place within the nearby valleys Ranjon behind Hozing and Rumbak. Throughout the trek, we will also visit the two other prominent valleys of Tarbung and Kharlung where snow leopard sightings are frequent.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trekking Tents- Hozing Valley
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Day 9

Rumbak Valley

We break camp and shift towards the upper Rumbak Valley towards a campsite locally known as “Rumbak Doh.” Rumbak Doh offers excellent vistas into the higher ridges where the snow leopards hunt so we can avail of a better sighting percentage. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trekking Tents- Rumbak Valley
Snow Leopard
Day 10

Rumbak Valley

Today again we will spend the entire day in and around Rumbak valley trying to see any possible sightings of the snow leopard or of any other wild animal.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trekking Tents- Rumbak Valley
NOTE:  Although we have mentioned our base at Hozing, we are likely to change, keeping in view of the movement we can select a separate base. Please bear in mind that this is a tentative itinerary, as activity will change as per the findings and daily information updates of the movement of the snow leopard in the local area.
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Day 11

Rumbak – Zingchan - Leh

Today after an early breakfast we depart the camp and walk 2 ½ hours to Zingchan Village. Before our departure, you are given an optional visit in search of the elusive cat before arrival to the village. Our camp staff will begin with the packing and then walk towards Zingchan village, where we will have our vehicles waiting to pick us up and then we return to Leh.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Grand Dragon- Leh
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Day 12

Leh- Delhi

This morning, you will be transferred to the airport to connect flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to the hotel for check in and be given time to freshen up.
After lunch, we will depart for a tour of India’s capital. Visit some of the most iconic areas of the city, such as Old Delhi and drive past the Red Fort, built in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone. After the tour, you will be given time to wander down Silver Street which is always bustling with shops, stalls and silversmiths' ateliers.  
In the evening you will be transferred to the airport and leave with memories that will be with you for a lifetime. 
Meals: Breakfast
END OF OUR SERVICES

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Day 13

Departure

Depart for the airport and leave with memories that will be with you for a lifetime. 

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Delhi

After you have cleared immigration and customs formalities, you are met outside the arrival hall by our representative, who will escort you to your vehicle and assist with transfer and check-in at your hotel.  
Accommodation: The Leela Palace- Delhi

GettyImages-992280502.jpg
Day 2

Delhi

Enjoy breakfast and leisure time at the hotel where you have the morning to relax. 
After lunch, proceed for sightseeing of the New Delhi which begins with a drive past India Gate, built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. The tour will continue to Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy and today is known for being the official residence of the President of India. Tour tour will also visit Humayun's Tomb, the first Mughal garden tomb, with four grand gateways, an octagonal base-plan, soaring niche-shaped arches, lofty double domes and the symmetrical garden with a central canal. 
The sightseeing tour of New Delhi comes to an end with the visit of 70-meter high Qutub Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi. 
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Leela Palace- Delhi

GettyImages-505239248.jpg
Day 3

Delhi – Leh

Early morning, you will be transferred to airport to connect your flight to Leh.
Upon arrival in Leh, you will be transfered to the hotel for check in and leisure time at the hotel. There will be no activity on your first day of arrival to enable each guest to get acclimatized to the lower oxygen level in this high-altitude region ensconced in the high Himalayan plateau. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Grand Dragon- Leh
GettyImages-628951744.jpg
Day 4

Explore Leh – A Tour of Thiksey, Hemis & Shey Monastery

Today after early tea/coffee, we will be driven to Thiksey monastery situated towards the East of Leh picturesquely on a hill-lock, which also houses a two story stucco statue of Maitreya Buddha seated on a lotus. Upon arrival, we witness the monks gathered in the assembly hall for the Morning for a Prayer ceremony, which begins before sunrise at 6 AM. You will be amazed by the monk chants and beats as they share their rituals.
We continue our day with a guided visit to the other parts of the monastery before having breakfast at the Thiksey monastery. After breakfast, you will drive to visit Hemis monastery, known for being the largest and the wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. 
The last stop of our day will conclude with a tour and visit of the Shey Monastery, rest of the day at leisure or an optional walk towards the surrounding or the market area. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Grand Dragon- Leh
GettyImages-470539818.jpg
Day 5

Leh - Hozing Valley

Today after breakfast drive 2 hours from Leh to Zingchenand then trek 2 ½ hours to Hozing. Hozing is the epicenter of three prominent valleys well known for sighting of Snow Leopard also known globally as “the world capital of Snow Leopard.” We'll make Hozing campsite as our base camp as we venture out for the next 5 days towards the many bye-valleys that vein out of the Hozing pastureland.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trekking Tents- Hozing Valley
GettyImages-186723471.jpg
Day 6

Hozing Valley

Today the local expert will take you on an early morning excursion to the trails frequented by the ever elusive Snow leopard. Before the excursion starts, you will be taught how to track the shy cat through local art and techniques of smelling rock sand, reading of pug marks, digging, stool and rock-face rubbing. The expert will also share local traditional knowledge on how to identify the hunt patterns and kill spots of the snow leopard.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trekking Tents- Hozing Valley
GettyImages-503781936.jpg
Day 7

Hozing Valley

Today again we will spend the entire day in and around Rumbak valley with hopes of possible sightings of the snow leopard or of any other wild animal. Our guide will help to Identify “hot spots” (machans) vantage points through mapping and tracking while offering techniques in gaining confidence of the villagers so that they can alert and relay instant information of any signs and actual sightings of the snow leopard. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trekking Tents- Hozing Valley
GettyImages-642314642.jpg
Day 8

Hozing Valley

Today we will explore along the snow leopard mapping grid while keeping our ears and eyes open. Our hiking take place within the nearby valleys Ranjon behind Hozing and Rumbak. Throughout the trek, we will also visit the two other prominent valleys of Tarbung and Kharlung where snow leopard sightings are frequent.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trekking Tents- Hozing Valley
GettyImages-1167627366.jpg
Day 9

Rumbak Valley

We break camp and shift towards the upper Rumbak Valley towards a campsite locally known as “Rumbak Doh.” Rumbak Doh offers excellent vistas into the higher ridges where the snow leopards hunt so we can avail of a better sighting percentage. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trekking Tents- Rumbak Valley
Snow Leopard
Day 10

Rumbak Valley

Today again we will spend the entire day in and around Rumbak valley trying to see any possible sightings of the snow leopard or of any other wild animal.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trekking Tents- Rumbak Valley
NOTE:  Although we have mentioned our base at Hozing, we are likely to change, keeping in view of the movement we can select a separate base. Please bear in mind that this is a tentative itinerary, as activity will change as per the findings and daily information updates of the movement of the snow leopard in the local area.
GettyImages-642311546.jpg
Day 11

Rumbak – Zingchan - Leh

Today after an early breakfast we depart the camp and walk 2 ½ hours to Zingchan Village. Before our departure, you are given an optional visit in search of the elusive cat before arrival to the village. Our camp staff will begin with the packing and then walk towards Zingchan village, where we will have our vehicles waiting to pick us up and then we return to Leh.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Grand Dragon- Leh
GettyImages-1203030556.jpg
Day 12

Leh- Delhi

This morning, you will be transferred to the airport to connect flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to the hotel for check in and be given time to freshen up.
After lunch, we will depart for a tour of India’s capital. Visit some of the most iconic areas of the city, such as Old Delhi and drive past the Red Fort, built in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone. After the tour, you will be given time to wander down Silver Street which is always bustling with shops, stalls and silversmiths' ateliers.  
In the evening you will be transferred to the airport and leave with memories that will be with you for a lifetime. 
Meals: Breakfast
END OF OUR SERVICES

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Day 13

Departure

Depart for the airport and leave with memories that will be with you for a lifetime. 
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