13 Day 12 Night
Start and end in New Delhi! With the journey tour In Search of the ounce , you’ve got a 14 days tour package taking you thru New Delhi , India and three other destinations in India. In Search of the ounce includes accommodation during a hotel also as an expert guide, meals, transport and more. Snow leopards are one among the world’s most elusive mammals but in winter they descend from the high Himalaya in search of food. Inhabiting a number of the foremost remote and mountainous regions of Central Asia, the mission to ascertain this enigmatic cat is basically more of a pilgrimage. Other rare high altitude wildlife and isolated Himalayan Buddhist communities only increase this quest’s allure.
The group flight will arrive into Delhi within the morning and that we will transfer to our hotel. those that have made their own flight arrangements will join us at the hotel during the day. you're free today to explore Delhi or rest after your flight; rooms might not be available until noon but it's often before this. there's usually a welcome briefing within the hotel lobby tonight .
Fly across Himalayas to Leh (3500m).
In and around LehUsually we've a really early start today for the flight to Leh. We may need to leave the hotel at around 2am and drive to the airport for the very early morning but highly spectacular flight over Himalayas to Leh. Incredibly beautiful in winter we fly over the large expanse of snow-capped peaks. Landing in Leh the temperature will drop dramatically and that we will need our down jackets at the airport. If the weather is sweet and therefore the flight goes on time we should always be in Leh for breakfast. the remainder of the day is liberal to relax and acclimatise to the altitude (3,500m). within the morning we rest and catch abreast of some sleep and within the afternoon there'll be a mild orientation walk of Leh and its bazaars.
Full day at a monastic festival.
Once a year every monastery in Ladakh features a festival where the monks dress in elaborate brocade and silk costumes and re-enact century old stories of the Tibetan Buddhist religion. People come from everywhere Ladakh to the festivals and these are an excellent social also as religious occasion. We are still expecting advice from monasteries on festival dates for 2021 the entire day are going to be spent at the festival and within the evening we return to our hotel in Leh.
Visit Shey, Thikse and Stakna Monasteries.
In and around SheyToday we visit a number of the foremost important monasteries within the Indus Valley. First we drive just over half an hour to Shey, once the residence of the Ladakhi royalty . Below the old palace ruins may be a small temple containing a two-storey gilded statue of Buddha. From Shey we walk across the fields to Tikse, spotting for birds on the way . assail a hill it's one among the foremost impressive gompas in Ladakh, it's several temples, one among which contains an outstanding statue of the longer term Buddha. We then drive on to Stakna, alittle but friendly monastery perched atop an enormous rock. within the late afternoon we return to Leh.
Drive to Jinchen; trek to Rumbak Sumdo (3800m)
Today we leave Leh and that we drive across the Indus towards Jinchen. We follow the road past Phe to the doorway of the impressive Rumbak Gorge. We leave the cars near a bridge and our trail takes us up into the narrow gorge and that we start our look for evidence of ounce and Blue Sheep. We camp tonight at our base camp at Rumbak Sumdo (3,800m)
Five days wildlife spotting in and round the Rumbak, Yurutse, Husing and Tarbuns Valleys within the Hemis park checking out Snow leopards and other mammals and birds.
The next five days will usually be spent in and round the Rumbak, Yurutse, Husing and Tarbuns Valleys within the Hemis park . there'll be no fixed itinerary and our days are going to be selected by our expert wildlife guides - this is often to maximise the probabilities of seeing a ounce . Our days are going to be spent checking out ounce and other animals which inhabit this area. the acute cold of winter forces the ounce and other animals down from the high altitudes they normally inhabit. Ladakh is situated at an altitude range of three ,300m - 6,000m and hosts a fantastic amount of wildlife. it's filled with species including ounce , Tibetan Ibex, Bharal (Blue Sheep), Wolf, Red Fox, Ladakhi Urial and Lynx. We usually spend most of the time at our base camp at Rumbak Sumdo, and day walks will take us into the Rumbak Valley and further towards Yurutse and therefore the Ganda La. we will also explore the Husing and Tarbuns Valleys, all well-known haunts of the ounce . In 2018 the group had five good sightings of Snow leopards during this area and in 2019 the group saw 2 Snow Leopards together from the camp at Rumbak Sumdo. an honest pair of binoculars is suggested to scan the slopes in and around camp. we've experienced wildlife spotters (1 per 5 clients), who will carry spotting scopes, which they're going to found out at camp and on ridges on the day walks. they're going to also leave within the early mornings and late evenings to look for evidence of any animal movement. Overnight we'll use a mix of camping and residential stays. Five nights are going to be spent camping. we'll have a full trekking crew with us including guides, assistant guides, cook, kitchen assistants and porters. At our base camp we've two person tents with foam mattress, dining tent with tables and chairs, solar lights and gas heaters. There are local long drop toilet facilities. in the dark predicament bottles are provided. you only got to carry your daypack whilst out spotting. Lunch and hot drinks are going to be delivered to us by our camp crew. If you've got an important camera bag it's possible to rent a personal porter to hold this for you. One night are going to be spent in Rumbak village, where we'll stay during a Ladakhi home stays. These are basic but comfortable local houses. The bedrooms have thick mattresses and you'll take your bag from the camp. The dining room and bedrooms have small wood burning stoves. the homes have an area long drop toilet. Food at the house stay are going to be traditional local food and you'll get chance to interact with the villagers in their day to day life. Our guides are going to be in-tuned with other guides and if Snow leopards are spotted in other areas of Ladakh we'll got to be flexible and move the camp.
Return to Leh.
Today we trek back to Jinchen, where we'll meet our transport and repel to the relative comforts of our hotel in Leh.
Fly to Delhi.
An early start for the flight back to Delhi. the remainder of the day is free in Delhi for individual shopping or sightseeing.
Free day in Delhi for individual sightseeing.
A free day in Delhi just in case of any delays within the flight from Leh. If we fly to Delhi on schedule then today is free for individual sightseeing. you'll want to go to Delhi with the magnificent Red Fort and Jami Masjid. Humayun's Tomb (a forerunner to the Taj Mahal) is worth a visit. In New Delhi there's India Gate and Parliament House to see; and in fact Delhi features a wealth of interesting shops and markets. An optional excursion to Agra to ascertain the Taj Mahal are often arranged by your leader who will provide details and costs . (not available on Fridays because the Taj Mahal is closed)
Day 14: End Delhi.
The tour ends after breakfast today. Those travelling on the group flights are going to be transferred to the airport for the daytime flight back to London. The group flights depart around lunchtime and can arrive within the UK an equivalent day.