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Land of the Snow Leopard

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*Jan 29, Feb 6, Mar 5, Dec 1: These trip dates line up within 1-4 days of our Grand India Wildlife Adventure. Combine them for a comprehensive Indian experience.

**Mar 23, Mar 30, Apr 10, Apr 18: These trip dates line up within 1-4 days of our India Tiger Quest adventure. Combine them for a comprehensive Indian experience.

Custom Departures:
Customized private departures can be arranged for this destination. Please contact an Adventure Specialist at 800-543-8917 for more information.
*Feb 9, Feb 22, Mar 8, Mar 26, Apr 6: These trip dates line up within 1-4 days of our Grand India Wildlife Adventure. Combine them for a comprehensive Indian experience.

**Mar 26, Mar 31, Apr 6, Apr 14: These trip dates line up within 1-4 days of our India Tiger Quest adventure. Combine them for a comprehensive Indian experience.

Custom Departures:
Customized private departures can be arranged for this destination. Please contact an Adventure Specialist at 800-543-8917 for more information.
We're still in the process of confirming 2021 dates, which we plan to announce soon. Contact an Adventure Specialist for more details: 800-543-8917.
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  • Trip Price
    $9595 to $9995 (+internal air)
Internal Air Cost: $345 per person (this will be listed separately on our invoicing)
Single Occupancy:
For a single room add $2795. Click here to learn how you can avoid the single supplement.
Deposit: $500 per person (nonrefundable)

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  • Trip Price
    $9995 (+internal air)
Internal Air Cost: $345 per person (this will be listed separately on our invoicing)
Single Occupancy:
For a single room add $2795. Click here to learn how you can avoid the single supplement.
Deposit: $500 per person (nonrefundable) 

Other Notes: Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. 

Please read our Payment & Refund Policy here.
Group Size
Limited to 9 Travelers
A very important feature of our snow leopard adventure is the small group size—essential for the intimate tracking opportunities at the heart of this singular expedition.  

Our guests have the option to take this trip on a private basis, traveling with just their selected travel companions. Refer to the Trip Pricing section above for details.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Included
  • Trip price includes: Accommodations, services of Nat Hab's professional Expedition Leader(s), local guides, spotters and lodge staff, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through lunch on final day, local wine and beer at dinner while at the Snow Leopard Lodge, most gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, donation fees to the Snow Leopard Conservancy, all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees.
  • Internal air cost includes: All flights within the itinerary (this will be listed separately on our invoicing).
Not Included
Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, alcoholic beverages (other than those listed above), some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline excess baggage fees, required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel protection insurance. 
Physical Requirements
Difficult
This is a remote and rugged nature adventure with wildlife viewing as the primary objective. Good health and general physical fitness and mobility are essential for participation in this trip. Our schedule is flexible to accommodate the movement of snow leopards and other wildlife. Sometimes we may spot wildlife directly on the mountain ridges surrounding our lodge, while other times we may need to drive 30 minutes or more to nearby valleys.

When our trackers spot wildlife, we often need to walk short distances from our lodge or vehicles to get the best views. In cold temperatures and at altitudes of 12,000 to 14,000 feet, hiking can feel strenuous, even though it will not be overly taxing in terms of distance and elevation gain. Although our walks are generally shorter in nature, as a guideline, travelers must be capable of hiking a minimum of 2 miles daily (in total, with stops) at a relaxed pace on narrow, rocky trails that may be covered with snow and ice. We may also walk off-trail at times, which requires extra agility and stability. Our staff is available to assist for safety purposes, but travelers must be able to comfortably negotiate uneven and unstable conditions, at extremely high altitudes, on their own. Longer or more strenuous optional hikes may be offered, too, to access additional areas of exceptional scenic beauty.

Our days start early. On the days we track snow leopards, expect to be outdoors for 2 or more hours at a time in cold winter weather, though wearing proper boots and clothing will ensure your comfort. Weather can be variable, and travelers should be prepared for the possibility of high winds, intense sun and very cold temperatures. Heavy snowfall is not uncommon. Average daytime temperatures in this part of the Himalaya can range from the low teens to 30 F. Evenings and early mornings can be extremely cold, with temperatures dropping below zero and wind chill that may make it feel even colder.

Ladakh is a high-altitude desert. The capital, Leh, sits above 11,000 feet. Our lodge in the Mangyu Valley sits at 12,000 feet and activities take place between 12,000 and 14,000 feet. At these elevations, it is possible that some individuals may experience altitude sickness. We recommend consulting your doctor about bringing altitude-sickness medication with you, since it is impossible to predict who may be affected. Travelers with a history of medical problems—particularly cardiac or respiratory ailments—should consult a doctor before deciding to participate in this expedition.

The drive to our expedition-style lodge takes approximately 2-3 hours from Leh, depending upon local conditions, and involves travel on very narrow, winding mountain roads with steep drop-offs. Although oxygen is provided at the lodge if required, Leh offers the closest comprehensive medical care. Flight transfers require walking with luggage through airports and climbing stairs to board and disembark planes.
Important Information About This Trip
Our snow leopard journey is a conservation-focused wildlife expedition for intrepid travelers with a desire for deeper discovery, and an awareness that staying in proximity to wilderness and wildlife is the ultimate luxury. To search for snow leopards we’ll spend five nights in the best area at the best time of year for potential sightings, but there are no guarantees we will see this elusive animal. Many sightings are in the distance, on mountain ridges and seen through scopes—thrilling nonetheless! This is the Himalayan winter, and weather and high-altitude conditions can sometimes be hostile. Essential requirements for travel in Ladakh include flexibility, a sense of humor, a true spirit of adventure, and an openness to the unexpected.

Accommodations
Accommodations at our Private Snow Leopard Lodge are simple and comfortable, with twin or queen-sized beds and warm bedding, 24-hour electricity, electric and wood-burning stove heat and private en suite Western toilets and sink basins. There is no running water, but hot water is supplied on demand for washing, including bucket-style showers. Because it is a small, Ladakhi-style lodge, you will reside in relatively close quarters with fellow travelers. Thus, a flexible and tolerant attitude toward other participants is paramount for the enjoyment of all.

Safety & Health
Your safety is of paramount importance to us. Toward that end, we provide highly competent guides and local staff with extensive experience in high-altitude terrain. Our Expedition Leaders are thoroughly trained in emergency wilderness first-aid techniques. Ultimately, our guides and local staff make decisions with everyone’s comfort and safety in mind, while trying to maximize the adventure experience for each individual. Listening carefully to your Expedition Leader's instructions and directions is ultimately your responsibility, and your astute attention is always in your best interest and that of the group.

Oxygen is available at all times at our expedition lodge. A small local clinic is located 30 minutes away, and a military hospital is 2-3 hours away in Leh. Anyone who experiences acute mountain sickness will immediately be taken down to a lower altitude for treatment at the hospital in Leh.

Meals
Meals are hearty and delicious, are they are specially planned and prepared for well in advance. Dietary requirements due to serious medical conditions or strict personal restrictions can be met with ample notice, but must be adhered to while on the adventure.

Communication
There is no Wi-Fi or cell reception at our expedition lodge. There are nearby areas where our guides can drive for cell service.
Mandatory Insurance
Since the areas you will travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures, we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of Natural Habitat Adventures' medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.

To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
You should plan to arrive in Delhi by 3 pm on Day 1 in order to participate in an orientation and group welcome dinner beginning at approximately 6:30 pm. You are free to depart Delhi any time after 8 pm on the final day. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.
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