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Snow Leopard Trail

from 95,300.00

Winters in Spiti are the best time to spot rare Himalayan wildlife like – Snow Leopard, Siberian Ibex, Blue Sheep, Tibetan Wolf, Red fox, Lammergeyer, Golden Eagle, Tibetan Snowcock, etc.

Using local home stays, wildlife spotters and guides, the tour gives you an insight into the hard lives of these mountain people along with breathtaking landscapes. Overall this tour will be an experience of a lifetime for those who brave the winter cold and visit Spiti.

 

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  • Activity Level Challenging
  • Group Size Medium Group
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February 10, 2019 - February 23, 2019

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Snow Leopard Trail.

Snow Leopards are one of the rarest species that exist on our planet. They exist only in 12 countries in the world. Such is the majesty of this animal that a very few people have been lucky to see this spotted cat in the wild. They rule the cliffs of Trans-Himalayan landscape in Spiti and Ladakh, in India and are highly revered by the locals. Due to this, snow leopards in these mountains are highly protected from poachers. With a stable population of Snow Leopards, it is also one of the best places to see this rare cat. It is so rare to see a Snow Leopard that people here call it the ‘The Grey Ghost’.

Winters in Spiti are the best time to spot rare Himalayan wildlife like – Snow Leopard, Siberian Ibex, Blue Sheep, Tibetan Wolf, Red fox, Lammergeyer, Golden Eagle, Tibetan Snowcock, etc. As the temperatures plummet these animals descend down from altitude above 5000m to around 4000m in search of food and is the best time to spot them.

Using local home stays, wildlife spotters and guides, the tour also gives you an insight into the hard lives of these mountain people along with breathtaking landscapes. Overall this tour will be an experience of a lifetime for those who brave the winter cold and visit Spiti.

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  1. Day 1 DELHI - SHIMLA - KALPA (2960 M)

    Take the 7:30 am flight to Shimla from New Delhi. Transfer to your boarding vehicles and drive on the Indo Tibet Highway till Powari and climb up the service road to Reckong Peo and Kalpa. Situated opposite to the majestic Kinner Kailash range, the hamlet of Kalpa offers you breathtaking view of these snow-clad mountains. Every year during the month of July and August people from all over India come here to climb up to Kinner Kailash Shivling (5500m).

  2. Day 2 KALPA - MANEY (3600 M)

    We leave from Kalpa in morning and continue upstream of Sutlej river alternating between its left and right bank till Khab where Sutlej enters from Tibet and meets Spiti River. The road climbs up from the river bank to Nako and Mulling Nala. The road descends down to the banks of Spiti river and continues to meander till we reach the village of Maney. It is a great stopover for acclimatisation.

  3. Day 3 MANEY (3600 M)

    This is also a great place for spotting Tibetan Wolves. After breakfast we head out of our Homestay in search of Tibetan wolves. We return back before dusk and rest for the night.

  4. Day 4 MANEY - KIBBER (4400 M)

    We drive to the hotspot of wildlife in Spiti – Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. Our home for the next one week is Kibber. It was once the highest village with a motorable road. For several years people have spotted Snow Leopards up close near the village of Kibber. It is also a hotspot for seeing Blue Sheep and Siberian Ibex.

  5. Day 5-11 KIBBER - KALPA (2960 M)

    After experiencing the life in Spiti in winters for more than a week. We start our journey back towards our cities and towns with great memories and fantastic photographs of rare Himalayan wildlife. Overnight stay at Kalpa. Another opportunity to enjoy the views of the great Kinner Kailash – The winter abode of Lord Shiva.

  6. Day 12 KIBBER - KALPA (2960 M)

    After experiencing the life in Spiti in winters for more than a week. We start our journey back towards our cities and towns with great memories and fantastic photographs of rare Himalayan wildlife. Overnight stay at Kalpa. Another opportunity to enjoy the views of the great Kinner Kailash – The winter abode of Lord Shiva.

  7. Day 13 KALPA - SHIMLA (2100M)

    The journey takes you back to the City of Shimla from where we check into our hotel for the night. Last minute shopping.

  8. Day 14 SHIMLA AIRPORT (2100M)

    Early morning transfer to Airport for Shimla – Delhi flight. Trip Ends!

Responsible Travel

We believe that along with the privilege of adventure in the Himalaya comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. The “Leave No Trace” philosophy is followed to the letter and we work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. We are scrupulous in our camping, cooking and sanitation practices; we limit the number of trekkers we allow to join us on our trips and the number of trips we lead in a given area.

In wilderness, commercial agreements between service provider and client require a depth of understanding that is more than what is routinely attached to similar agreements elsewhere. In the outdoors, we have to balance pursuit of stated objective and risk. We try to overcome risk and deliver the objective promised in the agreement between client and service provider. But that does not mean that we ignore risk altogether to chase an objective. We wish you to be informed on what makes a trip safe for you and everyone else.

Please take a few minutes to read the following:

The nature of wilderness
By definition wilderness implies remoteness. It means that response to any accident or mishap takes time. Timely intervention is a life saver. Working back from this, it becomes imperative that any commercial adventure in wilderness be conservative in terms of the risk it courts. Yet adventure means there will be risk. The way out is to manage the risk involved in such a fashion that a safe experience is provided. There are a few things that the client can do.

Prepare in advance
Commercial expeditions entail strain even if others are carrying your load and doing the team’s work. Prior physical conditioning – particularly of the cardiovascular sort contributing to improved endurance – helps. Please invest time and effort for that before embarking on the trip. It will help you in the field.

Be honest, speak up
We encourage clients to be honest about how they are feeling on expedition days; voice any personal difficulties they may be experiencing. This helps the team make relevant decisions for clients’ well being, something crucial when venturing into altitude. Not all of us are meant for altitude. If your physiology rebels, there is nothing to be ashamed of it. Speak up. Make sure that your disclosures about self are not biased by an objective you are feverishly trying to achieve like getting to the summit of a peak or crossing a high pass at any cost. Don’t let summit fever and similar instances of extreme personal ambition, consume you. It puts you and your support team at risk. Stay with the team’s assessment of risk. Go with the resultant decisions. If you think you have a point to make by all means do so. We will hear you out. But risk assessment and decisions, will be by the team leaders as the onus of a safe expedition primarily rests with them.

Let the leaders work
You may be familiar with rivers, mountains and altitude. We don’t wish to question that. But there are reasons why many of us choose to go as clients. One of them is that our primary vocation is something else, while those working in the mountains as guides have chosen to make that their primary vocation or at the very least, dedicate time to it. More than us, they are in the mountains. They are alive to it. That’s why we entrust our passage to them. So, please let them work free of interference. Please don’t influence their judgement. Your expedition needs their best work and best judgement. In any expedition, leadership style will vary with the risk being tackled in a given situation. There will be times when we can travel easy in a very consultative fashion. There will be times when that is not advisable and a more directive style may be adopted by your guides. Please comply.

Be open to alternatives
We can set up the best safety systems possible, checking and double checking to make sure that nothing is left to chance. But we don’t control or totally overcome variables like weather and terrain / river conditions. They impact expedition’s progress. If team leaders review / alter plan citing concerns on any front, we request that it be respected and not viewed as money’s worth denied even if it dims prospects for achieving an expedition’s original goal. Such challenges are frequent in the outdoors. Seasoned trekkers and climbers, when they realize that a particular objective does not seem achievable on a given trip, learn to be happy with other pursuits to compensate – like staying camped and enjoying the mountain environment or attempting more doable hikes from wherever they are. We request you to stay aware of these possibilities. Be open to them. Decades ago when exploration and first ascents were happening in the Himalaya, the explorers / mountaineers / hikers devoted months to their work. Committed outdoorsmen still do. They wait out unfavourable circumstances by having a lot of time and patience. Time is what the modern world does not have even as the mountains remain the same, posing the same challenges; the same risk, the same unpredictable circumstances. An exceptionally lucky circumstance may deliver success. But luck isn’t commonplace. We should be mentally prepared for the above mentioned alternatives.

Be safe
If you don’t achieve your objective it isn’t the end of the world. Be patient, another chance will emerge. There is a simple reminder, climbers often tell their colleagues leaving for a summit: “ the mountain will always be there; make sure you are there.’’
In other words – be safe.

Activity Level
Our expedition trips are designed for energetic and flexible people who have the spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Previous experience in the outdoors and camping helps, though is not a must. These trips are participatory in nature, and everyone is expected to pitch in, set up and break down their own tent, clean their own dishes. Look up our trip grading before you sign up.

Grading of Trips
We have graded our trips in four different categories and you should choose one that suits you the most. Grading of each trip has been done keeping in mind a lot of factors like the trip duration, the altitude, the terrain, the no. of hours of activity everyday, temperatures and conditions encountered, and the level of fitness needed. Any kind of exercise which gets you fitter before this trip is advisable, as it will enable you to enjoy the region more.

  • Easy : Most of our camp based trips, with easy activities, that are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding whitewater trips with easy support and myriad options.
  • Moderate : Active trips involving hiking over reasonable terrain, within vehicular access, upto elevations less than 4000 meters, or trips with long walking days, multiple rafting days, wilderness camping. Includes more demanding whitewater trips with Class III rapids.
  • Demanding : Hiking and trekking to elevations exceeding 4000-5000 meters, away from vehicular access, over multiple days. Encompasses demanding whitewater with Class IV rapids.
  • Challenging : Our most demanding trips include climbing at high elevations in excess of 5000 meters, in remote and extreme conditions with no access to roads; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips, and demanding whitewater trips with Class IV-V rapids.

The Next Step
Ready to go? Email us at info@aquaterra.in to book your place and we will guide you through the booking process. Please sign and scan/email us your booking form and inform us about the status of your payments at the time of confirming the trip (Booking form and Payment details below).

Why travel with Aquaterra Adventures?
We are a pioneer in active adventure travel, and run the most number of rivers in India, having opened them up over the past several years. We set the standard and have a strong reputation for excellence. We have a lot to live up to and we ensure we provide the safest, quality trips for our guests.

References
Should you wish to contact any of our past guests for a trip reference, write to us.

Services provided
In remote regions, we often use local suppliers who provide services that may include vehicles for transportation, equipment, logistical support, hotels, guest houses etc. We do not own or operate these independent services or suppliers. We work with them as they share our commitment to service and quality.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Inclusions
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals in ladakh
  • All transportation in Ladakh by  Toyota Innovas
  • All sightseeing and activities as per itinerary
  • Services of  expert tracker and spotters at the Lodge
Exclusions & Cancellation

What’s not:

  • Any expenses of a personal nature including alcohol, beverages, laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Any Travel / Medical Insurances
  • Any expenses arising due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control including flight cancellations.
  • Personal Tour Leader for the entire trip.

Tips & Gratuities:
Our recommendation is a minimum 5-10% of your trip cost for tips to be distributed amongst the team that makes your adventure safe and successful. This includes drivers, guides, cook, kitchen team, porters and horsemen. Of course, this remains a personal choice.

Cancellations

If it becomes necessary to cancel your tour, you must notify Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd. immediately in writing. Once we receive your notice, cancellation will take effect. Please note that the following charges will apply on cancellation:

  • if cancellation takes place more than 45 days prior to departure, your full deposit
  • will be returned except a processing charge of Rs. 5000 or US$ 77 ; (60 days for Brahmaputra trip)
  • if cancellation takes place between 45 and 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the
  • tour price will be forfeited (between 60 and 30 days for Brahmaputra trip); and
  • if cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour price will be forfeited.

Some trips attract a minimum processing charge – please check.

The tour price is quoted as a package. No partial refunds or credit will be given for services not used. We recommend that you obtain travel insurance upon booking.