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Hemis National Park is situated in the eastern part of Ladakh with a general elevation over 3000 meters. It covers an area of 600 sq.kms in the valleys of Markha and Rumbak. This high altitude protected area was created in 1981 for the conservation and protection of it’s unique flora and fauna. The terrain surrounding the Park is generally rocky with thin soil cover supporting a poor vegetation growth. Streams and Rivers have laid a thick deposit of sand along their banks. The climate of the area is sub-arctic to arctic with less rainfall during summers and heavy snowfall during winters and temperature dropping to much below freezing point. Summers are short and mild. There are many rare and endangered animal species found in this cold desert, amongst these are the elusive Snow Leopard, Ibex, Tibetan Antelope, Blue Sheep, Shapo, Marmot, Tibetan Hare etc. Among the avi fauna population found are the Snow Patridge, Golden Oriole, Snow Cock, Golden Eagle, Horned Lark, Red Billed Chuff etc.

Tour Route : Leh/Hemis National park/ Leh

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 Delhi – Leh Arrival  transfer to Hotel, Full day rest to acclimatize altitude. Overnight Hotel Lotus or Mahe Retreat or similar.

Day 02  All day around Leh. We will have two excursions – involving a little walking. We will visit some marshes along the Indus river valley and a nearby monastery. Day 3 after breakfast we will drive to the trailhead for our camp. All our bags will be transferred to be carried by pack animals, except anything we wish to carry ourselves, and we will walk up valley to our camp which will have been set up in advance and lunch awaits. Although only a couple of miles or so, we will take a leisurely pace and it will take us around 2 hours with stops. We will already be keeping a keen eye out for Snow Leopards. In 2014 we saw a Snow Leopard right above the transfer spot!  The rest of the day will be spent in the vicinity of camp, looking for Snow Leopards, other mammals and birds. We may offer the option to hike a couple more miles in the afternoon, before returning for dinner.

Day 04 Trek to  Snow Leopard valley Husing or in  Tarbong Valley. Overnight Camp.

Day 05 Trek to  Snow Leopard valley Husing or in  Tarbong Valley. Overnight Camp.

Day 06 Trek to  Snow Leopard valley Husing or in  Tarbong Valley. Overnight Camp.

Day 07 Trek to  Snow Leopard valley Husing or in  Tarbong Valley. Overnight Camp.

Day 08 Trek to  Snow Leopard valley Husing or in  Tarbong Valley. Overnight Camp.

Day 09 Trek to  Snow Leopard valley Husing or in  Tarbong Valley. Overnight Camp.

Day 10 Trek to  Snow Leopard valley Husing or in  Tarbong Valley. Overnight Camp.

Day 11 Trek to  Snow Leopard valley Husing or in  Tarbong Valley. Overnight Camp.

Day 12 Back to Zingchen and drive back to Leh,Overnight Hotel Lotus,Mahe Retreat or similar.

Day 13 Leh – Delhi, transfer to Leh airport to catch the flight.

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