Ultimate Big Cat Safari in India
25 days from £4500*
Accessibility & Fitness
The actual physicality of thw Snow Leopard safari was less than we were expecting - although we are regular walkers in the Lake District fells and French Pyrenees. The most important areas to focus on are acclimatizing and keeping warm. This basically means doing nothing in Leh for 2 full days. On the first day we recommend just staying in your room, with short walks in the garden, and drinking lots of liquids; this allows your body time to adjust. During the second day you can take a short walk into town to see the markets and savour the atmosphere. This leaves a relatively short hike on Day 3 to further acclimatise; although you actually do not camp much higher than Leh. The walking generally is on loose rock and ice, so for some people, walking poles will be helpful. There are also times when a Snow Leopard or other wildlife is sighted that short bursts of energy are needed to climb to a good vantage point; there are always guides to help you climb or help with equipment, but you should be strong enough to carry your own
Since most of the wildlife viewing in India is done by jeep, the actual amount of walking is very small, so the degree of fitness required is fairly low. There are opportunities for short walks within the lodge grounds, or the buffer zones; which can be productive for birds, insects and local flora. Wildlife Trails will always prepare our clients properly with regards to correct clothing and footwear to ensure their safety and comfort at all times. More information is provided prior to the tour in the form of our individual ‘Travellers’ Tips’ for each destination; prepared by our travel consultants who have personally reccied the destination.
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights