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Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Today you will arrive at New Delhi’s International Airport following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you and hand over all the documents and assist you to the hotel for smooth check-in.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Delhi

After breakfast proceed for full day combined city tour of Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi - Leh (flight/ 1.15 hour)

Early morning flight (5:15 am) to Leh

Arrival at Leh airport, transfer to the hotel and Full day at leisure

Leh is on high altitude (3524 metres or 11,562 ft.) and you need to acclimatize before starting your onward journey.

Leh, the capital of Ladakh is situated in a fertile side valley of the Indus River at an altitude of 3524 meters, towards the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Leh is a beautiful destination with so many attractions and is the centre of Tibeto-Buddhist Culture for ages. Its colourful Gompas have attracted the devout Buddhists from all over the globe.

Overnight & all meals in the hotel

Day 4: Leh

Full day at your leisure to explore Leh Market

Leh is full of small lanes with hidden treasures – take time to explore or rest as you are still acclimatizing to the high altitude.

Overnight & meals in the hotel

Day 5: Leh

After breakfast you will be taken for the tour of Leh Town. Visit the former Palace of the King of Ladakh, the most noticeable building in Leh, this palace was built in the 17th century.

Also Visit Shey, Thiksey & Hemis monasteries

Day 6: Leh- Zingchen- Hemis National Park (30 km/ 2 hour)

After breakfast, drive to Zingchen. From here you will be taken to about one hour trek. The trek is not tough and mostly in plain. After one hour trek you will enter in Snow Leopard Territory.

Hemis National Park (NP) is located in the Trans-Himalayan Ladakh district on the south bank of the Indus River. It extends from the southern side of the Indus Valley, southwards across the Zanskar Range as far as the Tsarap Chu and eastwards to the Buddhist monastery Hemis Gompa, after which the Park is named. The Markha and Rumbak Valleys and the Zanshar River are located within the Park. Hemis is wholly mountainous in character. The core area lies in a band of hard limestone and other sediments that have been raised and tilted almost vertically, then deeply incised by a series of gorges. The terrain is rugged to the extreme with a high proportion of cliffs, screes and exposed rocks.

This Protected Area has been selected as one of several Snow Leopard Reserves under a project launched by the Government of India, aimed at conserving this rare species, its prey populations and its fragile mountain habitat.

Day 6 Day 10: Hemis National Park

These five days include exploring the side valleys, trekking almost 4-6 km every day i.e. after breakfast trek for around 2-3 km and then back to camping site for lunch and then after lunch trek up to 2-3 km and come back to the camping site for evening tea and then dinner. This overall five days expedition will be including bird watching, mountain wild ungulates like blue sheep and snow leopard search through setting up spotting scope and binoculars.

Hemis NP is famous for its population of the Snow Leopard which is of relatively high density. Bharal or Blue Sheep is very common in some valleys and its total population is estimated at 2,600-5,000. Urial is restricted to the northern part of the Park. An isolated herd of Tibetan Argali lives in the vicinity of Ganda La, the pass between the Rumbak and Markha valleys. These are descendants of a small group which wandered into the area in the 1980s, the limit of the normal range of this species being in the Taglang-Lan region, some 75 km to the east. Another major predator is the Tibetan Wolf, which is widespread in the alpine and other flat areas. It is also a different race from what we see in the Indian plains. Lynx has been reported but it presumably very rare. Smaller predators are Red Fox, Weasel, Stone or Beech Marten, and Pallas Cat which feed on birds and small mammals such as the large eared Pika, Woolly Hare and Himalayan Marmot. Common Otter has also been reported.

Bird diversity of this park is also great, almost all the high altitude birds of the Western Himalayas are found in the Hemis NP. Till now, 80 species have been recorded, of which about 50 breed in the Park. The Markha and Chang Chu Valleys provide important habitat for large numbers of wintering passerines such as Guldenstadt’s Redstart, Great Rosefinch, Eastern Great Rosefinch, Black-throated Thrush, Stoliczka’s Tit-Warbler, Robin Accentor and Brown Accentor. Unusual passage migrants include first records in Ladakh of Southern Grey Shrike, Spotted Flycatcher and Orange-flanked Bush Robin. There are no extensive wetlands in the Park, but a few species of ducks have been seen on the Zanskar River in spring and migrating teal in the Markha and Chu Valleys. Other interesting species includes, Himalayan Griffon, Himalayan Snowcock, Tibetan Partridge, Brown Headed Gull, Snow Pigeon etc.

Day 11: Hemis National Park- Zingchen- Leh (30 Km/ 2 hour)

After a Morning breakfast continue return trek to Zingchen and drive back to Leh. Arrive Leh and check in at hotel

Lunch and Dinner at Leh

Overnight Stay in the hotel

Day 12: Leh - Delhi

Delhi. Early morning flight to Delhi where our program finishes.

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