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  • Excellent service. Excellent People - Ann Sharkey, UK
  • Very well organized trip. Our driver Ashok was excellent. - Laura Berick, US
  • Thank you for looking after us so well. All guides and representatives were outstanding - John Basil Petrof, Canada
  • Shall recommend your services to all my friends. All the best - John Cody, Australia
  • Very professional people. All guides and reps were good. No force shopping which I liked the most - S. Holland, Canada
  • Thank you for taking good care. All my group members were happy and pleased with your services.- Julien Brian, Australia

Snow Leopard Trek Tour (12Nights/13Days)

Places covered: Delhi - Leh - Hemis National Park - Leh - Delhi

Day 01 Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi. On arrival, you will be greeted and assisted by our representative and transferred to the hotel.

DELHI: one of India's fastest growing cities has spread far beyond the "seven cities" created between the 13th and the 17th centuries. It has sprawled over the west bank of the Yamuna and now straddles the river. Remnants of the past survive cheek -by-jowl with skyscrapers, residential colonies and bustling commercial complexes. Delhi has some of the finest museums in the country. Its boutiques and shopping arcades offer access to a wealth of traditional and contemporary crafts from all over the country. It has specialty restaurants to please the gourmet, open parks and gardens ablaze with flowers, and in the winter months particularly, a variety of cultural events. Its many-layered existence is tantalizing and can entice the curious traveler into a fascinating journey of discovery.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 Delhi - Leh (By Flight)

Early morning we transfer to the airport to connect flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh,

LEH: The Leh city is covered by ancient Buddhist monuments, Mosques dating back to 16th and 17th centuries and a nine storied palace Sengge Namgyal constructed in Tibetan architectural style.

Leh is the land of Lamas, the Buddhist Monks and is mainly populated by Buddhists and Hindus. Leh houses numerous Buddhist monuments, monasteries and study centers, Shanti stupa and Shankar Gompa are some of them. Leh is also famous as “Small Tibet”, lying at an altitude of 3500m in a fertile valley of the Indus river.

First half free for acclimatization.

After lunch drive to visit Shankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa. Shankar Gompa is little up in the valley, 3 Kms from Leh Town, which is open to visitors in the morning and evening only. The Gompa belongs to Yellow Sect & was founded in 18th Century. The Gompa is the seat of the Head Lama of Ladakh & founder of yellow sect, Tson-Kha-Pa. The temple walls have recent painted of figures including Sakyamuni, Avalokiteshwara, Padmasambhava, Tson-Ka-pa and green Tara. After Shankar, visit Leh Temple & Walk back to Leh Bazaar through the famous Leh Polo Ground.

Overnight in the hotel.

Day 03 Leh

Today go for Alchi excursion en-route visit Likir & Basgo

Alchi Gompa dates back to the year 1000 AD and was built by the Translator, Rinchen Zangpo. He even made a reference about the monastery in his biographies. It is written that he brought thirty-two sculptors and wood carvers from Kashmir, for the construction of the Alchi Monastery of Leh Ladakh. The monastery is sited at a distance of approximately 67 km to the west of Leh. One can easily see an Indian touch in this monastery, especially in the way its paintings have been made.
Likir Gompa The name Likir means "The Naga - Encircled". The reason behind this naming of Likir Gompa of Ladakh is that it stands surrounded by the bodies of the two great serpent spirits, the Naga-rajas, Nanda and Taksako. The monastery is situated at a distance of approximately 62 km to the west of Leh town. Lhachen Gyalpo, the fifth king of Ladakh, offered the site where the monastery now stands, to Lama Duwang Chosje. The Lama, a great champion of meditation, blessed the site offered to him, after which the construction on the monastery was undertaken.
Basgo the seat of power of a branch of the Namgyal family. It is here in 1680 A.D. that invading Mongol and Tibetan armies were held in check over a three year long seige. Original 16th century murals and other arts of Basgo are well worth a visit. Later return back to Leh.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 Leh

After breakfast, drive out for an excursion trip to Thakthok, Chemday & Stakna monastery.

Thakthok Monastery is situated in the village of Sakti. Before the monastery was founded there was a meditation cave of a Mahaadiddha called Kunga Phuntsog. After him, during the lifetime of the Dharmaraja Teswang Namgial, 31st, in the line of the royal dynasty. Chemday Monastery is situated 40 Kms east of Leh. The monastery is situated there on the mountain side and was founded 365 years ago by Lama Tagsang Raschen with the Dharmaraja Singey Namgial acting as patron. There is a sacred image of Padmasambhava to be seen there, one storey in height. There are, furthermore, many shrines. A custom exists whereby every year on the 28th & 29th days of the 9th Tibetan month sacred dances are performed in association with the festival of an initiatory ritual. The successive reincarnations of Lama Tagsang Raschen act as the incumbents. Stakna Gompa, which is famous for its numerous statues and paintings.

Overnight at the hotel (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 05 Leh / Phey (Drive: Approx. 12 kms / 30 minutes) / Hemis National Park (Trek to Camp 5-6 hrs. Elevation: 12,400’)

After breakfast, drive to Phey Bridge, and start walking along the Indus River towards Zingchen Gorge. Continue up the gorge, a dramatic entry to the snow leopard’s high altitude home in Hemis National Park. Hemis National Park is situated in the eastern part of Ladakh with a general elevation over 3000 meters. It covers an area of 600 sq.kms in the valleys of Markha and Rumbak. This high altitude protected area was created in 1981 for the conservation and protection of it’s unique flora and fauna. The terrain surrounding the Park is generally rocky with thin soil cover supporting a poor vegetation growth. Streams and Rivers have laid a thick deposit of sand along their banks. The climate of the area is sub-arctic to arctic with less rainfall during summers and heavy snowfall during winters and temperature dropping to much below freezing point. Summers are short and mild. There are many rare and endangered animal species found in this cold desert, amongst these are the elusive Snow Leopard, Ibex, Tibetan Antelope, Blue Sheep, Shapo, Marmot, Tibetan Hare etc. Among the avi fauna population found are the Snow Patridge, Golden Oriole, Snow Cock, Golden Eagle, Horned Lark, Red Billed Chuff etc.

Overnight at camp.

Day 06 Hemis National Park

Proceed for full day of trekking snow leopard and its wildlife prey. Hemis National Park is home to blue sheep, argali (a large horned sheep), numerous mountain and migratory birds, as well as an occasional Tibetan wolf. You are likely to see sign of snow leopard as winter is the time that they descend to lower elevations. If lucky, you’ll actually see one perched high in the rocks or balanced on a near vertical ridge. Return to camp for some warming tea and share tales of the day.

Overnight at camp.

Day 07 Hemis National Park

Spend another day with trained naturalists on the look-out for snow leopard and its prey. The views of this stark landscape, the sky pierced by upward tilted strata and – on snow-free days the ground adorned with hardy alpine plants, provides constant fascination.

Overnight at camp.

Day 08 Hemis National Park (Elevation 13,500)

Trek to nearby sites where snow leopard may have been sighted recently. Visit and overnight in a neighboring villages, Rumbak, and experience a home stay. Home stay hosts have been trained in hospitality and are members of a community conservation effort to conserve the endangered snow leopard. Learn about their livestock herding practices and try your hand at winter pastimes (spinning, weaving, and turning a tale). Spend the days tracking snow leopard and wildlife.

Overnight in a hotel / camp.

Day 09 Hemis National Park

After breakfast, trek to nearby sites to get a sight of snow leopard.

Overnight in a hotel / camp.

Day 10 Hamis National Park / Zingchen (05 hrs Trek) / Leh

After breakfast, hike down-valley past familiar snow leopard haunts and piles of carved Tibetan prayer stones to the road head at Zingchen. Drive to Leh, on arrival in Leh transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in a hotel.

Day 11 Leh - Delhi

After breakfast, transfer to Leh airport to board the flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi assistance at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 Delhi

Morning sightseeing of Old Delhi takes you to Jama Masjid, - The largest mosque in India. Visit the magnificent Red Fort, - a marvel in red sandstone, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Drive past Chandni Chowk, once an imperial avenue of Mughal Royalty and now its busiest wholesale market.

Afternoon visit New Delhi, the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and not rusted even after 1500 years. Visit the mausoleum of emperor Humayun. Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of laid down by the Indian soldiers), the president's residence - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, parliament House and the Secretariat buildings, - an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 13 Delhi Departure

In time pickup from hotel to transfer to the Airport to connect flight back home.

 


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