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The Snow Leopard Expedition
Head in to the breath taking mountain ranges of Northern India in search of the ever elusive but stunningly attractive snow leopard. Spend your days hiking & tracking this amazing creature before returning to Delhi for a few days sightseeing.
Day 1: Delhi
Once you arrive in to Delhi you’ll be met at the airport & transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure so why not head in to Delhi & do some exploring? Overnight – Delhi

Day 2: Fly to Leh, Sanka Gompa & Leh Palace
Sanka Gompa in LehDelhi - Leh. After breakfast they transfer back to the airport for an internal flight to Leh in northern India near the border with Tibet. This quaint small town is a labyrinth of winding streets and chilled bazaars and is great for a spot of retail therapy. The local Ladakhi females dress in traditional apparel and sell vegetables behind immense baskets. The most iconic sight in the town in the imposing 16th century Leh Palace which dominates the skyline. They also make a visit to Sanka Gompa, a Buddhist teaching house, home to a lot of lamas from the yellow-hat sect. Our day here is usually relaxed as they start to acclimatise to our new surroundings and altitude. Overnight – Leh

Day 3: Shey Palace & Thiksey Monastery
Thiksey Monastery in LehToday they head over to Shey Palace, a onetime residence of the royal relatives with a famous high gilded statue of Buddha inside. They will also spend some time bird watching on the Indrus River. Look out for black billed magpie, mountain chiffchaff, great tit & common kestrel to name a few. Later on they visit the Thiksey Monastery, which is home to of the largest & most impressive gompas in the area. Several well appointed temples fill this gompa all adorned with exquisite wall paintings & pics relating to the Buddhist faith. There is as well as a important collection of Tibetan books here & the whole place is very atmospheric & the pleasant chanting & music is amazingly intoxicating. Be positive to try & get to the roof where you will be met by stunning views of the surrounding valley. Overnight - Leh, Hotel Kanglachen or Omasila

Day 4: Hemis High National Park Leh - Hemis High National Park. After breakfast they drive in to Snow Leopard in Hemis National ParkHemis High National Park. They reach the village of Zinchen & start our first trek. Heading through the gorge they aim to arrive at Husing Camp in time for a spot of lunch. They spend the night here & it is our first night of camping in the stunning Hemis wilderness. Overnight - Hemis High National Park, Camping

Days 5 - 12: Snow Leopard Expedition
Snow LeopardOver the next 8 days they trek around Hemis National Park in search of the snow leopard. By day they will explore the park taking in all the breath taking scenery and wildlife. In the evenings they will return to our beds for the night, either camping or in a local traditional home stay.

Snow leopards can weigh up to 120lbs, are up to 5ft in length & can jump up to 50 feet in the air. They naturally predate on wild bharal (blue sheep) or ibex (mountain goat) however they have been known to kill domestic animals such as local farmers goat & sheep. They can kill & carryover up to thrice their body weight & are usually opportunist hunters.

They survive the bitter winters in the Himalayas due to their brilliant thick & warm fur coats. Their feet are also covered in this insulating fur & as a result give them natural snow shoes! like their African cousins, snow leopards are solitary animals. They are only found with others when they are nursing their cubs. A typical litter from a snow leopard is between 2-3 cubs with gestation taking between 90-100 days & young staying with their mothers for about twenty months.

Sadly Snow leopards like most sizable felines are much endangered. Over the years these pretty creatures have been hunted by poachers for their fur and also for their organs. The fur has been used in the fashion industry and their organs sold to the Chinese on the belief that they contain healing powers for their medicine. They have also been killed by local hunters who have completed so as means of defending their cattle. This as well as their habitat and prey declining means that numbers are now estimated to be at around 6000 left in the wild. In India alone there's thought to be around 200-600.

Although it is of coursework these magnificent felines that they are looking for, there is also lots of other fascinating wildlife to be seen. The local mountain goat, known as the ibex is a stunning woolly creature that can weigh up to 200 pounds. Their colour ranges from pale to dark brown & they have a darker dorsal stripe. The ibex has unique horns which curve backwards & are bigger on the males. The Eurasian lynx is a medium size cat that is reddish brown in colour with black spots. They have black tufts on top of their ears & a short bobbed tail. They prey on smaller animals than the leopard like rabbits, hares, foxes & deer. The Tibetan wolf varies in colour depending on the season & the part of their body. The back & tail are usually black & white, the chest, stomach & inside legs are white ears are grey. Its legs are slightly shorter than the European wolf & it is of the region’s most prolific hunters. Overnight - Hemis High National Park, Hotel on day five, days 6 - 12 camping & homestays

Day 13: Leh & Ladakh
Sightseeing tour in LehZingdech - Leh. This morning they drive back to Leh and civilisation! After a much needed and deserved shower it is time to relax, grab a drink and enjoy the last of the stunning and calm Himalayan scenery. Overnight – Leh

Day 14: Delhi City Tour
Akshar Dham Temple in DelhiLeh - Delhi They have an early start this morning for our flight back to Delhi. One time in Delhi they transfer to our hotel before embarking on a half day city tour. You will be taken around this vibrant capital city with its unique personalities. New Delhi will have you visit the imposing 17th century Masjid Mosque and the sprawling Red Fort. Whilst in Elderly Delhi you will visit the chaotic, winding but fascinating back alleys where you will witness noisy street traders and over loaded rickshaws. Overnight – Delhi

Day 15: Delhi City Tour

Today is our last day in Delhi and they start off with another half day city tour - this time taking in a bit more of New Delhi. We’ll head over to the Parliament Builind and the Presidential Palace before visiting India Gate, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. The remainder of the day is free to further explore Delhi, shop for souvenirs or grab a few beers. Overnight – Delhi

Day 16: Delhi After breakfast they are transferred back to the airport for everyon’s onward flights.

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