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Vancouver, BC | Posted: July 6th, 2018
It’s true that there are few animals more elusive and mysterious than the snow leopard. These secretive cats, known as ‘ghosts of the mountain’ are masters of disguise. Their individual high-altitude habitats cover enormous distances, and the chances of spotting a snow leopard, on your own, come down to just being at the right place at the right time.
Lucky for you, 2 of the top snow leopard tours companies exist to make this quest a little easier. They operate in responsible and sustainable ways, leaving little to no footprint, and putting the health and wellbeing of the animals first and foremost.
While not all snow leopard trek companies operate this way, we’re fortunate to know and work with some organizations that do, and we’re happy to share what makes them the best. Here are our 2 picks for the top snow leopard tours:
In a collaboration with Last Frontiers Trekking, Ltd. and Global Primates Network, Legends of the Wild has put together an incredible trekking experience with two main objectives: to make sure you get to fully experience the conservation efforts in this breathtaking, world-class natural habitat, as well as to provide funding to the ongoing efforts of GPN’s snow leopard protection mission.
Over the course of 10 days, you’ll participate in a 5-day trek with the field biologist. Your trekking itineraries will offer a range of altitudes from 3500-4500 meters. You’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping views, and a wealth of knowledge about the surrounding terrain, goals of this program, and about snow leopards themselves. This is one experience you will not want to miss!
This trip with Mountain Travel Sobek is one of a kind. You’ll be accompanied by a team that has a wealth of experience and has worked on such documentaries as Planet Earth and Human Planet. Alongside these guides, you’ll trek for three days through secluded valleys with the best chance of snow leopard sightings, as well as other native wildlife.
As you cross through the Ulley Valley, you’ll track the snow leopard by way of foot and SUV, stopping for a homestay experience with a Ladakhi family. This is the perfect combination of cultural and nature immersion, offering incredible insight into life in the Himalayas.
You’ll be surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery of your life, have the opportunity to visit ancient monasteries, experience morning chants with the monks, and so much more. With comfortable stays in hotels, a 5-night base camp experience, a couple of nights in the snow leopard lodge, your 14-day adventure is sure to fulfill all of your adventure needs for some time to come!
Whether you are looking for a conservation-based experience in Nepal or an epic culture and nature experience in India, we’ve got you covered! These top snow leopard tours offer the best of experiences regardless of your taste; you simply have to choose your adventure style. Each trip will offer incredible views, a healthy dose of action, and a big-cat experience of a lifetime! Take your pick!