9 Days
Min. Groupsize
Tour Type

The  Snow Leopard sighting wildlife trek  is a rare opportunity to spot elusive Snow Leopards in the wild. The majority of this trip is based deep in Hemis National Park in Ladakh, with one of the world’s highest concentration of snow leopards.

This snow leopard sighting wildlife trek offers you the chance to track these ‘ghosts of the mountains’ and their prey through the snow, with the ability to witness these sadly diminishing but stunning creatures in their natural environment – and to capture all this through your camera lens.

Hemis National Park

Hemis National Park is India’s largest conservation area with over 1,700 square miles of territory. The park lies within the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe Eco region, and contains pine forests, alpine scrublands and meadows, and alpine tundra. Most reports indicate that the park is home to a large breeding population of snow leopards mainly in the Rumbak and Matho area.

Along with the Snow Leopard the Park is home to Argali (Great Tibetan Sheep), Bharal (Blue Sheep), Shapu (Ladakhi Urial), and plenty of domesticated yaks. A small population of the Asiatic Ibex is also present in Hemis. Other predators besides the snow leopard include the Tibetan wolf, the Eurasian brown bear (endangered in India), and the red fox. Small mammals include the Himalayan marmot, mountain weasel, and the Himalayan mouse hare.

The park is a good place to study Himalayan and Trans-Himalayan birds of prey including the golden eagle, the lammergeier vulture, and the Himalayan griffon vulture. The Rumbak Valley offers good opportunities for birdwatching, including several Tibetan species not common in other parts of India. Birds present here include brown accentor, robin accentor, Tickell’s leaf warbler, streaked rosefinch, Tibetan snowfinch, chukar, fork-tailed swift, red-billed chough, Himalayan snowcock, and the fire-fronted serin.

16 mammal species and 73 bird species have been recorded in the park so far.

Why Snow Leopard trek with Life Away From Life  ?

The Snow Leopard has always been the subject of the dedicated, intrepid, adventurous and optimistic. However, this is no longer the case. We now offer a tour, which offers a greater than 60% chance of sighting this magnificent big cat. In fact to date, we have maintained a 100% success rate with producing snow leopard sightings for our guests.

There are several reasons why we are the number one choice for our clients:

  • We have been trekking in Ladakh for the last 15 years, we have experienced and trained ground staff to facilitate us during the trek.
  • We employ the best snow leopard guides in Ladakh.
  • Our itinerary gives you 6 days days in Hemis National Park
  • We maintain small group sizes
  • We guarantee to offer the best price available for a comparable itinerary

Day 1- Arrival in Leh

Airport pick up and check in Guest House.

Overnight in Guest house
(Breakfast /Dinner included)


Day 2 -Acclimitising

A walking tour of Leh will allow you to flex your limbs and take in the sights of this wonderful town.

Overnight in Guest House .

(Breakfast/Dinner included)


Day 3 -Hemis National Park transfer

We’ll drive about an hour to where the road ends and walk to the village of Zingchen in Hemis National Park. We’ll establish our first camp.

Overnight in camp.

(Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner included)


Day 4 -Hemis National Park sighting

We will trek to Rhumbak and set up our camp.
Wildlife viewing and tracking. We’ll explore the surrounding areas within Hemis National Park as we track the Snow Leopard, the Tibetan Wolf, the Markhor, Arghali, and Urial through the area.

Overnight in camp.

(Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner included)


Day 5 -Hemis National Park sighting

We’ll stay tuned and follow up on nearby snow leopard sightings.

Overnight in camp.

(Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner included)


Day 6 -Hemis National Park sighting

We’ll stay tuned and follow up on nearby snow leopard sightings.

Overnight in camp.

(Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner included)


Day 7 -Hemis National Park sighting

We’ll stay tuned and follow up on nearby snow leopard sightings.

Overnight in Camp.

(Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner included)


Day 8-Return to Leh

Trek  to Zingchen and drive back to Leh.

(Trek Breakfast/ Trek Lunch/Hotel Dinner included)


Day 9 -Departure

Check out. Airport drop.


Included  ‘A’ category Guest House accommodation  Rooms on twin sharing basis – with Breakfast & Dinner
 All meals during the trek. Twin share accommodation for 5 nights at Hemis National park in tents on full board
 Guide/Coordinator- English speaking  All transport as per the itinerary
 Sightseeing as per itinerary  Guided trekking tour
Porterage  Camping Tents & Mats
All Permits, Wildlife fees  and entrance fees .
 Not Included Airfare to & fro Leh Anything outside the itinerary.
 All alcoholic beverages Insurance of any kind
 All not mentioned in the ‘Included’ section Govt GST 18%
 Sleeping bag  Personal trekking equipment
 Items of personal clothing  Tips
Air fares, visas, insurance, airport taxes, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, drinks, souvenirs and other expenses of a personal nature. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control

Please note that cancellation charges are calculated of the total amount payable and not of advance amount. If 100% of the amount is not paid while registering, the cancellation policy stands void.

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