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The Snow Leopard Tours in Spiti is an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience that will offer you the opportunity to witness the unique snow leopard in its natural habitat. You will be amazed by this mysterious creature's absolute beauty over a span of 9 exciting days. This expedition brings you right into the heart of the snow leopard’s ethereal landscape, deep within the wonderful high-altitude scenery of Kibber which is often referred to as “the land of snow leopards”. Additionally, the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular destination for incredible snow leopard sightings and snow leopard trekking. So, join us on this enchanting journey as we will take you to explore the magical realm of this majestic animal.
Our snow leopard expedition starts from Delhi, where our representative will drive you to Rampur which will take around 11 hours. During the drive, you can relax and take a rest while enjoying the beautiful views of the Himalayan foothills. By evening, you will reach reach the town of Rampur. We advise you to get a good night’s sleep to shed off the tiredness of the drive.
Rampur to Kaza
Your day 2 will begin with an 8-hour drive to Kaza in the early morning. By evening you will reach Kaza, which is in the famous Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The central location of Kaza makes it an ideal location to operate as a base camp for our excursion to see snow leopards. In case of any emergencies, the town has good options for hotels as well as decent medical facilities that will take care of your comfort and health.
Snow Leopard Tracking
From day 3 onwards, we travel from Kaza to Kibber village in the upper altitudes, for the following few days. The drive from Kaza to Kibber will hardly take around 30 minutes. Kibber is the last village in Spiti and is also famous for the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. The Spiti River also passes through this village.
The main highlight of Kibber is the opportunity to track and witness the snow leopard. We have spotters and experienced guides in Kibber, who will alert us to sightings of snow leopards. Then our representatives will take you to the nearest car stop and from there, you will start your hike to spot the majestic creatures and other wildlife of the region. You can also enjoy the breathtaking Himalayan view.
In addition to the snow leopard, you may also see the Asiatic ibex and Tibetan wolf. There are reports of around 72 bird species here. The list also includes White-Tailed Rubythroat, Brown Accentor, Horn Lark, Alpine Chough, Himalayan Snow Cock, Himalayan Pigeon, Golden Eagle, Tibetan Snow Finches, and Red-Fronted Rose Finches.
Spotting a snow leopard in Kibber is an incredible and exhilarating experience, and encountering one in the wild is a privilege that few people get to experience. Therefore, we will make multiple trips to Kibber during your stay at Kaza and will try our best to make the sighting happen.
Imagine yourself trekking through the snow-capped terrain and your eyes are constantly scanning the landscape, hoping for a miraculous sighting. And then you finally spot the snow leopard from a safe distance, time seems to slow down. Its spotted fur, blending perfectly with the snowy landscape, will surely be a breathtaking sight for your eyes to behold.
Reaching back Rampur
On day 8th, after having a hearty breakfast in Kaza, we will head back to Rampur. By late evening, you will reach Rampur, where you will take the night’s rest.
Traveling back to Delhi
Today marks the last day of your snow leopard expedition trek, as you will be heading back to Delhi.
You will depart with incredible memories of the majestic landscapes, unique wildlife, and scenes of snow leopards crawling in the mountains.
The Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in India's Himachal Pradesh state's Lahaul and Spiti districts, in the Spiti Valley. Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Himalayan mountain ranges and spans an area of roughly 2,220 square kilometres. Its altitude ranges from roughly 3,600 metres to 6,600 metres above sea level.
The sanctuary has a unique ecology that supports a diversity of wildlife species, some of which are rare and endangered, due to its location in high altitudes with hard terrain. Kibber is well-known for being the snow leopard's home because there are prey animals like ibex and blue sheep, as well as snow-capped mountains and rough terrains. The red fox, Tibetan wolf, golden eagle, ibex, blue sheep, and lammergeier (bearded vulture) are among the high-altitude animals that may be found at the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. The snow leopard tour in the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary provides a thrilling journey because of its diverse wildlife and breathtaking scenery.
Spiti Valley’s conservation efforts have helped it become a symbol of hope for the survival of snow leopards. The local community, nonprofit organisations, and government have all collaborated to protect these elusive cats. Efforts like setting up wildlife reserves, developing sustainable tourism practices, and educating the local population about the need for conservation have been made. This valley is an essential part of the overall attempt to maintain these wonderful animals as the conservation efforts not only protect the snow leopard population but also help the entire ecological balance of the area.
The best time for a snow leopard tour in Spiti Valley is in the winter months from December to March, when the valley is painted white with snow-covered landscapes and breathtaking views. They become more active and visible in their natural habitat during this time as it coincides with their mating season. These secretive animals are easy to locate against the stark landscape due to the limited vegetation and snow-covered terrain. Additionally, the excellent visibility offered by the bright winter skies increases the likelihood of a successful encounter with these majestic big cats.
Apart from snow leopards, other wildlife species found in the sanctuary include the Tibetan wolf, Tibetan wild ass, Tibetan argali, ibex, blue sheep (bharal), Himalayan marmots, horned lark and numerous bird species.
The sanctuary serves as an important conservation area, protecting the unique biodiversity of the Himalayan region and contributing to the conservation of rare and endangered species. Efforts are made to promote ecotourism in the region while ensuring the well-being of the wildlife and their natural habitat.
Here is a list for packing when going to a snow leopard tour, that will ensure you are equipped for a comfortable and enriching experience:
The greater altitudes of the Himalayas are where you may typically find the Indian Snow Leopard, one of nature's most fascinating and mysterious creatures. The hardest part is finding them because this shy animal likes to avoid humans. In the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, there have been more Snow Leopard sightings in recent years. The fact that they are now being watched in groups is the most unexpected development. Their amazing skill in this harsh environment is demonstrated by the way they handle the dangerous rocks and frozen plains here in Spiti.