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If you are a wildlife adventurer looking for the ultimate encounter, you must join Snow Leopard trek when touring Indian Himalayas. This reclusive sub-species of leopard, the most versatile member of the cat family, can be spotted in high Himalayas in Ladakh and Spiti region that is west of the Tibetan Plateau.
To locate a snow leopard in Himalayas has never been an easy task and there are few who can claim of seeing a snow leopard in the wild despite visiting the territory. In the company of our expert naturalist guides, who are well-versed with the snow leopard habitat, you have most chances of coming across this Cat.
While searching for the leopard on the trek also brings forth birds of tremendous variety, which can be exciting for an avian enthusiast. Many species of finches, robins, redstarts and the Hoopoe are common in summer. The Brown-headed Gull is seen in summer on the rivers and on some lakes. Resident water-birds include the Brahminy duck also known as the Ruddy Sheldrake, and the Bar-headed Goose. The Black-necked Crane is a rare species found scattered in the Tibetan plateau. It is also found nesting in summer in parts of Ladakh. Other birds include the Raven, Red-billed Chough, Tibetan Snowcock and Chukar. The Lammergeier and the Golden Eagle are common raptors.
You can also spot other predators such as Tibetan wolf, Tibetan Sand Fox and Himalayan brown bear. They can easily camouflage in the snowy terrain; however, our experts know where to look exactly to find the animal. Other main mammals are the ibex found in high craggy terrain. The Bharal or "blue sheep" is even more common. The Tibetan Urinal sheep is a rare goat found at lower elevations. The Tibetan Argali sheep is a relative of the Marco Polo sheep of the Pamirs.
About 200 plus Snow Leopards are believed to live in region. They are extremely shy and hard to spot. Other cats in Ladakh are even rarer than the snow leopard: the Lynx, numbering only a few individuals, and the Pallas's cat, which looks somewhat like a house cat. Among smaller animals, marmots are common. There are also plenty of hares, and several types of voles and pika.
The snow leopards trek is operated with ground support from the local conservation groups and the native people. This accords benefit sharing, encouraging them to do their bit for conserving the snow leopard. Their support also helps us immensely in tracking the snow leopards. We go through the best suited habitat for finding the animal.
The tour offers adventurous travelers a fascinating insight into the Himalayan region. You experience the warmth and hospitality of the locals who call the place their home.
We have over 10 years of extensive experience of creating snow leopard trek that we use to turn a journey into extraordinary. Talk to one of our wildlife experts now to get more info how we will shape your tour.
Track the mythical Snow Leopard in its stark environs for an unforgettable holiday...
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