Best Chance to Photograph Wild Snow Leopards
A Full Week in the Snow Leopard's Realm
Explore Local Himalayan Culture
The World's Best Opportunity for Snow Leopard Photography
- No Better Place to Seek Snow Leopard Photos
Called the "gray ghost" by locals, a moniker that attests to its elusiveness, the snow leopard is a rare creature that has been virtually "unseeable" to many who go in search of it. But that is changing, as conservation becomes a priority in northern India. As the Snow Leopard Conservancy–India Trust continues to work with local villagers to protect these cats, sightings—and photo opportunities—are up.
- Top Spotters, Trackers and Guides Enhance Your Odds
If you want the best chances to photograph elusive snow leopards and other Himalayan wildlife, you must have access to a superlative local team. Based at our private lodge in snow leopard territory, we spend seven days with the finest trackers and naturalists, including our professional photographer Expedition Leader who coordinates the entire effort. Adept spotters, who are the region's top local trackers, attempt to locate the cats each morning and stay in constant radio contact regarding their movement. We plan our days with utmost flexibility so we can follow the snow leopards' paths accordingly.
- Our Private Expedition Lodge Provides the Optimal Base
Proximity to snow leopards and other Himalayan wildlife is the definitive luxury of this adventure, essential for maximizing photo opportunites. We have exclusive use of an environmentally conscious, family-run ecolodge—a simple, hospitable setting that provides every comfort, including private en suite facilities. Designed in the region's traditional architectural style, the lodge offers the optimum in setting, ambience, food and personal attention while directly benefiting local conservation efforts.
- A Small Group is Essential to Maximize Photography Opportunities
With just eight photographers, our small group has a quiet, non-obtrusive presence, upping our chances of encountering snow leopards and other wildlife.
- Private Vehicles Ensure Maximum Flexibility
We use private vehicles for maximum flexibility, allowing us to seek out snow leopards and other wildlife such as Tibetan wolves, urial, blue sheep, ibex and lammergeyers, wherever they are found.
- Local Porters Help Carry Your Gear
We'll be covering some challenging mountain terrain as we hike in search of snow leopards, and it's easier to walk without being encumbered by heavy, bulky photography equipment. We've hired porters from the community to take the load off, hauling whatever you need them to carry until we are in range for photography.
- Our Presence Directly Helps to Protect Snow Leopards
Snow leopards are a vulnerable species under threat from habitat loss, climate, retaliatory killings, and poaching. Their range continues to decline from human settlement, while a warming climate could diminish up to 30% of their terrain in the Himalayas. Responsible tourism is part of the solution. As conservation travelers, the investment we make to photograph Ladakh's snow leopards benefits local communities. Our being there creates an incentive to protect wild creatures they share the land with. In addition, we will make a donation to the Snow Leopard Conservancy–India Trust for each photographer on this expedition.
- Travel with India’s Finest Wildlife Photography Guides
Our India naturalist Expedition Leaders average more than 15 years' experience—with top-level training including resources from WWF scientists. And of course, your guide is also an accomplished professional photographer adept in capturing coveted images of snow leopards and other Himalayan wildlife—and by your side to share tips. You won’t find more knowledgeable, personable or enthusiastic guides than those who are proud to work for us. Our philosophy is simple: a nature adventure is only as good as the guide who leads it, so we provide the very best! See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- An Immersion in Ladakh's Rich Tibetan Buddhist Culture
While Ladakh is part of India, it stands apart. Ladakh gained status as a separate union territory in 2019, and this Himalayan state is often referred to as "Little Tibet." As ethnic Tibetans whose cultural and spiritual traditions have been left alone to thrive in a remote mountain environment, their long and vibrant Buddhist history continues to influence everything from roadside prayer flag installations to well-maintained ancient monasteries where monks reside and practice. Absorb Ladakh's cultural sites in a quiet, non-touristy way, including our stay among yak-herding locals in the small Himalayan village of Mangyu.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Snow Leopard Photo Expedition
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive quality value guarantee that promises we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is World Wildlife Fund's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat Adventures its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!