When to Visit:
Jun to Oct
Currency:
Indian Rupees
Language:
Hindi, Nepali, Bhutanese
Time Zone:
GMT +5.45

Himalayas - At a Glance

Within the majestic Himalayas, I focus on India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.

In India, Ladakh is our main focus, where you can unlock the philanthropic experience of tracking snow leopards. In addition, there is epic, breathtaking hiking.

In Nepal, don’t let the recent earthquake put you off – Nepal needs you more than ever. There’s an air of mystery to this proud nation, secluded in the Himalayas. The peaks loom majestically over beautiful mountain towns, including the busy streets of Kathmandu, the fascinating capital. Take a scenic flight to see Mt Everest, or even trek to Everest Base Camp. Shorter treks can be had, including the famed Annapurna. And then there’s the wildlife: especially tigers, elephants and rhinos.

Mustang needs special permission to enter, which I can obtain for you – this region is incredible. For many travelers, reaching Nepal’s Mustang region is like arriving at the fabled valley of Shangri-La.
Isolated from the world on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, Mustang has been part of Nepal since the 18th century, but its traditional Tibetan culture has survived thanks to being cut-off.
Mustang is a high altitude desert of rich red and ocher land and deep gorges set against an infinite blue sky. The hiking is superb.

Still mysterious and exotic, exclusive Bhutan is a Himalayan nation with a wealth of culture. It is forward thinking: preserving its mineral resources for future generations, and instead of GDP, Bhutan measures “Gross National Happiness”. It has swathes of scenic countryside, fascinating towns, archery aplenty, fabulous hikes, a colorful history, and incredible hotels. Visit the royal town of Thimpu, the Himalayan city of Paro, temples and hike up to the spectacular Tiger’s Nest monastery.

Philanthropic Experiences

Tracking snow leopards – Himalayas

Tracking snow leopards – Himalayas

Men (and women) wanted for hazardous journey, no wages, bitter cold. Most Snow Leopard expeditions take place in the popular region of the Rumbak Valley of Ladakh but we operate this trip in the less […]

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Sample Itinerary & Pricing

This 13 day trip is priced from $20,000 including a $5,000 donation to Snow Leopard conservation. Flights are not included; I can assist you with this, including private jet charters.

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Tracking snow leopards – Himalayas

Tracking snow leopards – Himalayas

Men (and women) wanted for hazardous journey, no wages, bitter cold. Most Snow Leopard expeditions take place in the popular region of the Rumbak Valley of Ladakh but we operate this trip in the less […]

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 Attend a festival – Bhutan

Attend a festival – Bhutan

The Bhutanese love their festivals, “tsechus” and there are many opportunities to witness these amazing, colorful parties. Tshechus are religious festivals held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country. The exact month […]

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 Spot black neck cranes and hike the Phobjikha Valley – Bhutan

Spot black neck cranes and hike the Phobjikha Valley – Bhutan

Bird lovers will love seeing the rare black-necked cranes which migrate from the high plains of the Tibetan plateau in winter to the milder climate of Phobjikha. The glacial valley of Phobjikha offers gorgeous hikes […]

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 Motorbike or 4WD trip in Mustang – Nepal

Motorbike or 4WD trip in Mustang – Nepal

Mustang formerly the Kingdom of Lo, is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas. The Upper Mustang was a restricted area until 1992 which makes it one of the most preserved regions in […]

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 Everest flight – Nepal

Everest flight – Nepal

You don’t have to put in the training and legwork to see the most famous peak in the world. There are a host of light aircraft flights from Kathmandu and Pokhara that effortlessly take in […]

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Royal Mustang Resort – Nepal

The capital of the remote Mustang region of Nepal is Lo Manthang – a walled city dating from the 14th century, 11,500 ft (3,840 metres) above sea level, which until the dissolution of the monarchy […]

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Pullman Hotel – Delhi Airport

The upscale hotel is located adjacent to both international & domestic airport terminals and is well connected through the Airport Express Line which is just 5 minutes away. This luxury hotel has all the amenities […]

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Grand Dragon – Ladakh

Situated in the ancient city of Leh, it overlooks the famous Cold Desert and the surrounding mountains. Evening bonfires are a wonderful experience. Featuring modern decor, all the air-conditioned guestrooms enjoy views of the mountains. […]

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Snow Leopard Lodge

The five bedroom Snow Leopard Lodge is located in the small hamlet of Ulley, Ladakh, and offers scenic views across the Ulley Valley. This is your base for your transformational encounter tracking Snow Leopards in […]

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Amankora – Bhutan – Himalayas

Amankora is comprised of five luxury Aman lodges that are linked by dramatic nature trails that uncover the diversity and beauty of this hidden kingdom. Special touches include a spa and library, and each room […]

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THE ULTIMATE SNOW LEOPARD ITINERARY - LADAKH, INDIA

Sample Itinerary & Pricing

This 13 day trip is priced from $20,000 including a $5,000 donation to Snow Leopard conservation. Flights are not included; I can assist you with this, including private jet charters.


DAY 1 ARRIVE DELHI

Upon your arrival in bustling Delhi, you will be warmly welcomed by a representative from Impact Destinations who will assist you through the customs / immigration and baggage collection process. Afterwards, you will be chauffeured to your luxury hotel, The Pullman, perfectly situated near the airport.

If you would like to do some sightseeing in Delhi, we will arrange this for you on a tailor-made basis.

Spend the night at the Pullman Hotel, Gurgaon. Accommodation is in a Suite. Your stay is on bed and breakfast basis, plus enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

DAY 2 FLY TO LEH

This morning you will be met and transferred to the Delhi airport for you flight to Leh. Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will be met and transfered to your hotel.

Located in the heart of the ancient city of Leh, The Grand Dragon Ladakh is amongst the first luxury hotels in Ladakh. The hotel is decorated magnificently with handmade paintings by Gulam Mustafa (First modern Artist of Ladakh) around every corner, and fixtures that are reminiscent of royalty.

The hotel is also centrally heated and solar powered, not only ensuring warmth but also ensuring that all the services are eco-friendly.

The rest of the day is at leisure to acclimatize to the high altitude and rarefied air. Leh is at 11400 feet and the flight up from the plains means that you have to acclimatize gently without pushing yourself.

The 2 ½ days scheduled here is the minimum required as you will be going to a higher altitude and will be doing a fair amount of walking. At some point over the next few days in Leh, meet with staff from the Snow Leopard Conservancy for a briefing on the history of snow leopard conservation in Ladakh with insight given into the current threats to snow leopards and the strategy’s adopted to combat these threats.

Spend Three overnights at Grand Dragon. Accommodation is in a Deluxe Room with ensuite facilities. Your stay includes all meals.

DAY 3 ACCLIMATIZING IN LEH

Leh is a fascinating labyrinth of winding streets and quaint bazaars retaining much of its atmosphere of a Central Asian trading town.

The main street is open and airy, with rows of shops on either side. Leh is very Tibetan; the national dress, ‘stove-pipe’ hats and felt boots with turned-up toes are much in evidence.

The Royal Palace, which dominates the town, is very reminiscent of the Potala in Lhasa and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, large chortens, prayer flags and mud brick houses with flat roofs are a dramatic culture change from the hot, teeming frenetic rush of Delhi.

This morning you will visit the Snow Leopard Conservancy; here you will see the efforts made by the authority with the help of the local community to conserve the endanger snow leopard.

In the afternoon, we visit the Thiksey monastery. Thiksey Gompa is the most picturesquely situated monastery in Ladakh, perched high on a hill above the Indus. Its buildings are arranged at various levels, leading up to the private apartments of the incarnate lamas on the summit. From here one commands a magnificent view of the valley. The gompa possesses a rich and beautiful collection of hundreds of hand-written or painted prayer books. A new temple contains a 15-meter tall Buddha statue, constructed in 1970 to commemorate a visit to Thiksey by the Dalai Lama. The statue, made of clay and covered with gold paint, is the largest Buddha figure in Ladakh and took four years to construct. Inside, the statue is filled with the Kandshur and the Tandshur – volumes of Buddhist canonical texts.
The statue was made entirely by local craftsmen and represents Maitreya, (“compassion” in Sanskrit) the Buddha of the Future. The prophecy made of the Future Buddha is that the world will be undergoing such chaos that He will teach compassion to the people.

Overnight Leh.

DAY 4 LEH

Today you set out for an extraordinary drive East heading towards Taglang La and the villages of Gya, Lhato and Meru.

It’s a fantastic drive taking you away from the valley of the Indus up a subsidiary valley to an extraordinary area even by Ladakhi’s standards that marks the line where the Indian mainland collided with and drove under Asian land mass.

There is some dramatic scenery here and you have a chance of sighting wildlife including Blue sheep, Golden eagles and Bearded vultures.

Rafts of Red-billed Choughs perform synchronized aerobatics and in the fallow fields you have the chance of seeing the very beautiful Tibetan Partridge and the more common Chukor partridge.

Overnight in Leh.

DAY 5-11 ULLEY

Drive west today on the road to Kargil and Srinagar, generally following the Indus River. You pass through the small town of Nimmu – one of the most important in Ladakh, where the Zanskar river meets the Indus. After a little over an hour you head north on a road marked to Likir– one of Ladakh’s famous Buddhist monasteries. This is all snow leopard country. The landscape here is even bigger, more expansive and open, until you turn off onto a dirt road, winding up a narrow valley, following a stream called the Ulley Chhu. Smaller valleys intersect and the guides have their heads craned all the time, scanning the hill sides and the skyline for any silhouette. This is excellent Ibex country and there are few more evocative sights than a magnificently horned male Ibex standing vigil on some impossibly narrow outcropping, a few thousand feet over a plunging cliff.

Ulley village, west of Leh is an area that is only recently being developed for Snow Leopard watching.

You will have 07 nights here.

You will be staying at the Snow Leopard Lodge – The home stay consists of 6 bedrooms, built separately from the main house with a dining room and kitchen – all in the same low stone built building. Add to this the interest of living with a Ladakhi family in the depths of winter and understanding their life-style and you have a very special experience in store – especially sharing the large and warm kitchens that are the heart of a Ladkahi home in winter and resplendent with brass, copper and silver ornaments.

Settle in on arrival and acclimatize to the higher altitude of Ulley. You will be based here over 7 nights. You will explore 3 valleys, which, apart from snow leopards, are great for finding urial, Ibex, wolf and Himalayan fox.

Over the next few days you explore the area on foot and SUV’s with your expert guide. You will be amazed at the sheer dedication and commitment he brings to his trade and the effort he makes to ensure that his guests leave happy. Your guide will interact closely with the local people and use the network of local intelligence to narrow down the likely sites. In the process there will also be plenty of opportunity for you to get insights into local folklore, as well as learn about local customs and traditions.

Overnight stay at Snow Leopard lodge.

DAY 12 LEH

This morning, after breakfast, we say our goodbyes to our host and drive back to Leh town. En-route we visit the Alchi monastery. Alchi Gompa is located near the small village of Saspol. It is one of the earliest monasteries built in Ladakh, dating from the 11th century. Because it was built before the invading wars began in the 15th century, Alchi was built on lowlands, rather than on a hilltop as others were, in order to protect them from marauding armies.

After the visit, we carry on our journey to Leh.

Spend one more night at Grand Dragon. Accommodation is in a Deluxe Room with ensuite facilities. Your stay includes all meals.

DAY 13 DELHI

Today connect for your morning flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be driven to the Pullman Hotel (close to the airport), where you can freshen up before your onward flight later this evening.

Naturally if you would like to extend your trip to explore another part of India, or Nepal or Bhutan, I would be delighted to assist you.

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