Snow Leopard trek

 

 

Duration: 8 days
Difficulty: level 2
Distance: 29 km
Max elevation: 3956m
Elevation gain / loss: +931m / -716m

 

Hemis National Park is a perfect place for animal lovers. The Rumbak valley is situated within the national park at an altitude of 4000m. It is home to a rich diversity of wildlife such as snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, blue sheep, Asiatic ibex, Ladakh urial and more. Several species of birds like golden eagles, vultures and migratory birds can also be seen.

 

Snow leopard trek is one of the few treks in Ladakh which can be done during winter, the best months are February and March. Snow leopards are very elusive felines and there is a higher chance of spotting them during winter when they descend to the valleys in search of food. Hemis National Park is the favourite area for snow leopards due to easy availability of prey.

 

 

 

Snow Leopard trek map

 

 

Snow Leopard trek elevation profile, altitude gain loss

 

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Spituk - Zingchen

 

Time: 5 hrs
Distance: 15.7 km
Elevation gain / loss: +375m / -161m

 

- visit Spituk monastery before embarking on the trek
- follow the south bank of the Indus river until the Zingchen gorge
- possibility to drive from Spituk to Zingchen by Jeep

 

 

Spituk - Zingchen

 

 

Day 2: Zingchen - Rumbak

 

Time: 3-4 hrs
Distance: 6.5 km
Elevation gain / loss: +555m / 0m

 

- enter the Hemis National Park as you walk through a narrow gorge leading to Rumbak village
- homestay possibility in Rumbak

 

 

Zingchen - Rumbak

 

 

Days 3 to 7: Rumbak valley

 

- search for snow leopard as well as various other mammals and birds in the valley
- each day our expert guide will take you to the best places to increase your chances of spotting wildlife

 

 

Day 8: Rumbak - Zingchen - Leh

 

Time: 2-3 hrs
Distance: 6.5 km
Elevation gain / loss: 0m / -555m

 

- walk down to Zingchen and drive to Leh

 

 

Rumbak - Zingchen - Leh

 

 

All the itineraries can be customized to suit your own special interests, preferences and abilities. Please contact us for more information.