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Snow Leopard safari in the Spiti Valley

13 days from £1990*

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Overview

In the last few years, the mountainous Spiti Valley in the state of Himachel Pradesh has become a hotspot for sighting Snow Leopards. Although a winter trip to this valley, presents serious logistical challenges and is not for the faint-hearted; the rewards are considerable - when it comes to photography of this beautiful feline. I have seen many amazing photos of Snow Leopard taken by our Indian guide in Spiti and am very confident that this trip will produce some exceptional sightings. However, it is not uncommon for there to be delays reaching the valley due to weather conditions and road closures due to landslides, so people joining this Snow Leopard safari, need to have a flexible, open mind and a real sense of adventure. Once we reach the valley, we will have a very comfortable, heated local homestay; which we will use as our base to explore the mountains. Expect a lot of long walks and the need for patience, as we try to track down the grey ghost of the mountains.

Itinerary

This is a Small Group Tour

  1. Feb 24

    Arrive at Delhi international airport and connect with a flight to Chandigarh. Overnight in a mid-range hotel.

  2. Feb 25

    Drive from Chandigarh to Rampur. Overnight simply hotel or homestay

  3. Feb 26

    Early start at daylight for the full day drive from Rampur to the Spiti Valley. Overnight at Homestay

  4. Feb 27-Mar 3

    Six full days to explore the mountains around our homestay for the elusive Snow Leopard. We will have our own trackers, guides and porters to help the group, but the ability to walk in the snow at altitude is important. As well as Snow Leopards, we have the chance to see Blue Sheep,

  5. Mar 4

    Drive back to Rampur from the valley and overnight.

  6. Mar 5

    Drive back to Chandigarh and overnight at a simple hotel.

  7. Mar 6

    Morning free for your own activities. Afternoon/early evening flight back to Delhi. Overnight at the Ibis Aerocity

  8. Mar 7

    Transfer to the airport to connect with your onward flight.

Meals

Cost: £1990 per person based on two people sharing and not including international flights.

Single room supplement: £550

Breakfast in Chandigarh and Delhi and all meals included at Rampur and Spiti Valley homestays.

Tour Leader: Allan Blanchard

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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights

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