Snow Leopard Expedition, Ladakh, India
Nestled in the Himalayas, the magical region of Ladakh (which means ‘land of high passes’ in the region’s Tibetic dialect) has never failed to entice world travelers. The snow-capped mountains, clear sapphire lakes and ever-changing sand dunes are home to rare and exotic wildlife — the most elusive of which is the snow leopard. Your 13-day expedition begins at Delhi’s stunning Trident Hotel Gurgaon, followed by visits to two Buddhist monasteries before you head out on your mission to spot the magnificent feline with one of the area’s most experienced guides (who is an authority on the big cat as well as the fascinating cultural heritage of the region). You can also expect to encounter the Tibetan antelope, ibex, bharal (blue sheep), shapo, marmot and Tibetan hare. Avid bird-watchers can also look forward to seeing snow partridge, golden oriole, snow cock, golden eagle, horned lark and red-billed chuff. On this intimate tour, which is limited to parties of eight or fewer, you’ll spend seven nights living with a Ladakhi family, offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to understand their unique culture and lifestyle.
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From $6,500 per person for 13 days