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Tracking “Snow Leopard”

the Snow Leopard of Nepal

Tracking “Snow Leopard”

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Tracking Snow Leopard in the Mountain

Also known as, “Ghost of the Mountain” Snow Leopard Panthera uncia, is listed as a vulnerable cat. In Nepal, they inhabit alpine and subalpine regions of the country with rocky and mountain cliffs.

For this experience, we go to Nar Phu of Manang District, located on the north-east of popular Classic Annapurna trail. This trail is unique and restricted, hence the trail is not very crowded and has the essence of ancient lifestyle and culture. At the same time you will not miss the spectacular mountain views, high pass and beautiful sceneries. This trekking experience with the Snow Leopard tracking, makes it a great journey of lifetime.

 

Why this trek!

It’s not just a normal trek, we are offering with name tag, but truly a trip of lifetime to explore and track this, one of most liked and valued animal of our planet Earth. Among few countries in the world, Nepal is proud to have in our mountains. In Nepal, they are also found in Dolpo, Dolakha and Kanchanjunga area mainly in small numbers.

Snow Leopards area seriously threatened by poaching and their habitat loss. Bringing more people to protect is the aim, we all should do, so that they can live naturally. Tourism, does have some impacts but can also help in awareness and education. Tourism is very important for livelihood of the local community of the area and can contribute in their conservation.  Snow Leopard also, truly deserve to be here along with human! Let’s go admire this beautiful being and spread the word to protect them, not just for present but for future generations to come (human and Snow Leopard).

Tracking Snow Leopard! 

In Nepal, among many locations, the Nar Phu valley in Manang, is the haven for this elusive and charismatic Himalayan cat. The density of Snow Leopard, is 6 individual per 100 square km. The main wild prey, Blue Sheep’s density is 8 individual per square km. So far, this valley is known as, having the highest density of Snow Leopard, in the country and hence the chance of encounter rate is 90%, that no other parts of the country has. (Source- Thapa et al.2012 and Weggi et al. 2012)

Duration

 21 Days, ex-Kathmandu to Kathmandu

Trip grade

Moderate to Strenuous

Mode of trip

Fully equipped (Tented accommodation/lodge on full board)

Trip Leader

Kamal Thapa, Ecologist and PhD Scholar in Snow Leopard

Join Kamal Thapa with little cost during his survey trip in Autumn, winter and Spring. Here’s the date for this special short trip:

  • In 2022: | 30 Mar- 08 April | 02 May – 11 May| 27 Sept- 06 Oct| 02 Oct – 11 Oct | 15 Oct- 24 Oct|
  • In 2023: |12 June- 21 June |25 June-04 July| 17 Sept- 26 Sept| 02 Oct – 11 Oct | 15 Oct- 24 Oct| 27 Sept- 06 Oct| 02 Oct – 11 Oct | 15 Oct- 24 Oct|

Please check us out for the dates. For booking and more information, here’s our contact email as : [email protected] or [email protected]

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Kathmandu
  • Departure Time
    TBA
  • Return Time
    TBA
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and light jacket
1
Arrive Kathmandu
Meet in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival and transfer to your hotel Trip orientation, followed by welcome dinner and overnight hotel
2
Day in Kathmandu
Day in Kathmandu for half day familiarization and heritage sightseeing tour with an expert
3
Travel by jeep
Travel to Koto via Beshi Sahar by private bus and jeep, overnight lodge
4
Trek starts
Trek to Meta Overnight lodge/camping  
5
Trek continues
Trek to Kyang Overnight lodge/ camping
6
Exploration and acclimatization day
Day at Kyang for acclimatization and snow leopard tracking. Overnight lodge/camp
7
Continue Trek
Trek to Phu and overnight lodge/camp
8
Exploration and tracking day
Tracking Snow Leopard in the first half of the day and visit and explore the ancient Monastery Gompa and village Overnight lodge/camp
9
Snow Leopard tracking
Start exploration and tracking Snow Leopard, overnight camping
10
Snow Leopard tracking
Continue exploration and tracking Snow Leopard Overnight lodge/ camping
11
Snow Leopard tracking
Continue exploration and tracking Snow Leopard Overnight lodge/camping
12
Trekking starts again
Trek back to Kyang and continue to Nar Gompa (monastery) Overnight at Monastery lodge/Camp
13
Trek
Trek to Nar Village Overnight lodge/camping
14
Acclimatization and exploration day
Day at Nar to explore and acclimatization before the Kangla pass
15
Kang-la and Ngawal
A big day, another highlight of the trek- Kang La pass (5320m) and down to Ngawal Overnight lodge/camping
16
Trek
Continue short trek  Manang Overnight lodge
17
Exploration day
Day at Manang exploring and tracking the snow leopard Overnight lodge
18
Exploration day
Day at Manang exploring and tracking the snow leopard Overnight lodge
19
To Besi Sahar
Travel by jeep to Besi Sahar
20
Kathmandu
Travel back to Kathmandu
21
Departure
Trip ends and departure to onward destination Please NOTE that the itinerary can be customized according to your time frame. The tour can also continue to the classic Annapurna Circuit trail and to Jomsom. Do ask or let us know!

TOUR LOCATION

Nepal

Departures in 2022 and 2023:
07 Feb - 27 Feb and 17 April - 05 May | 11 Oct- 30 Oct and 07 Nov- 27 Nov
Cost US$5150/person on twin sharing basis
  • Boutique Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Half day's guided heritage sightseeing tour
  • All meals including lunch, dinner, breakfast and cookies with hot drinks (tea/coffee)
  • All camping gears and kitchen utensils
  • Snow Leopard/wildlife expert leader
  • Staffs (Guide and support staffs, local wildlife tracker from the community)
  • Special permits, nature conservation fees and any community entrance fees
  • All private land transportation
  • Staffs insurance coverage
  • Govt tax
Cost Does not include
  • Anything that is not mentioned in included section
Note: For more information and trip booking contact this email or call