Excluding international flights
- Genuine chance to see snow leopards in the wild
- Spiti Valley is famous for snow leopards hunting Ibex
- Excellent photography for Himalayan Fox
- Stay in a beautiful traditonal Himalayan village
Snow Leopard Safari in the Spiti Valley
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.
Best time to visit -FEB
Safari Style -Bespoke Wildlife
CONNECT WITH A FLIGHT FROM DELHI TO CHANDIGARH
On arrival at Delhi international airport you will be met and helped with your transfer to the domestic terminal, where you will connect with a flight to the capital of the Punjab and Haryana. On arrival you will be met and transferred to a comfortable mid-range hotel.
Accommodation : TOY Hotel
SPECTACULAR DRIVE FROM CHANDIGARH TO RAMPUR
Early start for a long but beautiful drive from Chandigarh to Rampur town, with the chance to stop off in Shimla if the traffic is not too bad. Basically a climb over a ridge above Shimla and then down to picturesque Rampur with its multi-coloured houses overlooking the Sutluj river. You will overnight at the charming and incredibly unique Hotel Nau Nabh Heritage.
Accommodation : Nau Nabh Heritage
LONG DRIVE FROM RAMPUR TO KIBBER
Another long day in the car along spectacular mountain roads as we climb from 1900M to above 4000m in the direction of the Spiti Valley and our charming homestay accommodation in the village of Kibber. Our driver will be from the area himself and understand both the road conditions and weather in the valley to ensure our clients safety and well being.
Accommodation : Kibber Homestay
SIX FULL DAYS SEARCHING FOR THE GREY GHOST
Accommodation : Kibber Homestay
RETURN DOWNHILL TO RAMPUR
Accommodation : Nau Nabh Heritage
ANOTHER CHANCE TO EXPLORE SHIMLA
Accommodation : Toy Hotel
FLY BACK TO DELHI
Morning free to relax; before connecting with an afternoon flight to Delhi. You will be met and transferred to the ‘Novotel Aerocity, this hotel is very close to the airport, so we have no need to ‘battle’ the traffic in Delhi or get up too early the next day. You will enjoy the change in temperature and warm afternoon sunshine by the pool!
Accommodation : Novotel Aerocity
SADLY THIS IS DEPARTURE DAY
At an appropriate time – at least 3 hours before your international flight departure – you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to check-in at Indira Ghandi international airport.
Pricing Info & Dates
- £100 donation to the Tiger Trails Foundation
- Breakfast at town hotels
- All your meals in Kibber
- All transfers and accommodation as described
- Exclusive services of top naturalist
- Cost of international flights
- Cost of visas to visit India
- Gratuaties for your porters
- Main tip for your naturalist/photography guide
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