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Snow Leopard Tracking In Nepal

Country

Nepal

Duration

13 Days

Accommodation

Lodge

Best Time

Dec - Feb
altitude

Max. Altitude

4500 M.

Grade

Easy

Group Size

Any Private Group

Transport

Private
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Overview

Fluffy camouflage, long curly tail, scratched wood marks or strong odor of urine specify the presence of Snow Leopard.

 

Come along in this journey that will take you to rugged Himalayan trails which is unspoiled and different from any major tourist destination. This adventure will take you to few high mountain passes and interesting place where you will be experiencing the presence of snow leopard, isolated community and their culture and lifestyle. Snow Leopard also known as apex carnivore living in rugged, broken trails of Himalayas leading to alpine and sub alpine (i.e.3000m-5400m) zones at Himalayas of Nepal.

 

Details for Snow Leopard Trekking

Living in pristine territory such mountain predators are usually found at 2987m- 5282m in Nepal. This cats are mostly difficult to find due to their fluffy camouflage makes it even harder to see them even they are nearby. Nepal is one of the 12 country where these cats reside with an estimated population of 350-500. Although it might be degrading due to unintentional killing of Snow Leopard by the locals with the intention of protecting their cattle. However it is really hard to balance the lively hood of these two mammals for the betterment for society as well as the natural habitat of these cats as well.

 

The high chance of extinction of these beautiful fluffy creature as their natural prey (Himalayan Tahr and Blue Sheep) is also hunted by the people living in the areas as well. However the illegal hunting for illegal trade of teeth, nails and many other valuable body part of Snow Leopard living in pristine Himalayas of Nepal still exist. Due to the habitat lying in alpine and sub alpine zone it is really hard for preservation bodies to track all these activity but infinite effort an optimum use of available resources they are trying to eliminate such activity. The rising temperature in the Himalayas of Nepal is also causing harm to habitat of Snow Leopard as well. The IUCN has classified them as endangered due to habitat loss, global warming, and poaching.

 

At the northern border of Nepal, you may encounter snow leopards in Nepal. The mountain sanctuaries of Nepal, namely Annapurna Sanctuary, Shey Phoksundo National Park, Kanchenjunga Sanctuary, Manacled Sanctuary, Makalu Varun National Park, Sagarmatha National Park, Api Nampa Sanctuary and Langtang National Park, are home to these Himalayan cats in Nepal. It is the ground to be explored if one want to encounter them.

Interesting Facts

  • Snow leopards can't roar. Instead, they chuff, growl, hiss, mew, and wail.
  • They have bright blue eyes
  • Their tails are as long as their body.
  • Snow leopards live in Central Asia
  • They are under threat from human activity
  • They really are long jump champions. Some of them can jump up to 6 times their body size.
  • Their most hunted prey is blue sheep which is not blue.
  • They are vulnerable
  • The rocks and snow provide an excellent background and environment for them to camouflage.
  • They prefer living on ridges, cliffs, and rock outcrops. These locations are convenient because they provide camouflage for stalking and sneaking up on prey.
  • Snow leopards are smaller than other true big cats, weighing only about 27–54 kg.
  • The female is about 30% smaller than the male.
  • They are mostly active during dusk and dawn.
  • They can hunt prey up to three times their body weight.
  • They eat slowly and a kill may last for 2–3 days.
  • After hunting down an animal, some drag their food into snow tunnels for storage and safekeeping.
  • They have 1.13 inches long pointed teeth.

Some experience and strength required for Snow Leopard Tracking.

  • One should be able to hike for 6-7 hours a day.
  • One should be able to carry 8 kg themselves on a backpack for preparation.
  • We suggest you run about 4/5 miles in the home for the preparation with some load on your back for 2 to 3 months to make your climbing much easier. Or use a treadmill for everyday running and walking.
  • If you have an uphill location/mountain then once a week you should go hiking with a loaded bag pack on your back. If you do not have mountains and high hills then use stairs to go up/down than the elevator.
  • Regular swimming, biking, rowing is also a good way to maintain your physical strength.
  • Carrying some personal Knee support during trek will help a lot.

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Itinerary

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Day
1
Arrival in Kathmandu.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

You will be welcomed by our staff holding PLA card with your name on it. You then will be taken to hotel by a private vehicle. There will be small meeting at evening about the trip.

Day
2
Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar – 5 hours drive.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

After breakfast you will be traveling towards Besisahar, the entry point of Annapurna Circuit Trekking. A private vehicle will be waiting for you at the hotel parking. The ride will be exciting and some parts of it are bumpy with lots of twists and turns.

Day
3
Drive from Besi Shahar to Chame – 7 hours drive.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: with breakfast, Lunch and dinner
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

After breakfast we will be moving towards a place Chame. Today you will be having 7-8 hrs. of drive on private vehicle along Marsyangdi River. If the weather favors then you can get your first glance of the mountains from Bhulbhule. You can enjoy the glimpse of many mountains and wonderful waterfalls.

Day
4
Drive from Chame to Manang (3,500 m /Rest day) – 2 hours drive.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

On this day you will be moving towards Manang which will take about 2-3 hours. This is rest day and during evening you will prepare for trek mentally and physically as you are about to start tracking Snow Leopard. While at Manang, you can spend your day exploring the village of Manang and experience their unique culture and lifestyle. You could visit Cultural Museum, Bodzo Gumba, and cafes with better food options and internet.

Day
5
6-10 Trek and track snow leopard to Ice lake trail. (We will track continuous 5 days for snow leopard).
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After Pisang, we have alternate paths north and south of the Marsyangdi River that meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, despite the fact that there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the quaint but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. Walking along the dry valley through upper part of Manang (the unofficial trekking capital of the Annapurna Circuit) we can view the Annapurna range. People of this area herd yaks and raise crops for leaving, besides this during winter they move to other places for trades. Our main tracking trail would be: Ice Lake trail (Acclimatization walk) (5-6 hrs.) Agnu Milapche trail (6-8 hrs.) Gunsang and Pripche trail (overnight in Gunsang) (6-8 hrs.) Khangsar trail (overnight in Gunsang) (6-8 hrs.) Yakharka trail (Overnight at Yakkharka) (6-8 hrs.) The Ledar trail (overnight at Ledar) (6-8 hrs.)

Day
6
Tracking snow leopard to Agnu Milapche trail (6-8 hrs).
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day
7
Tracking Snow Leopard to Gunsang and Pripche trail (overnight in Gunsang) (6-8 hrs.)
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day
8
Tracking snow Leopard to Khangsar trail (overnight in Gunsang) (6-8 hrs.)
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day
9
Tracking snow Leopard to Yakharka trail (Overnight at Yakkharka) (6-8 hrs.)
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day
10
Tracking snow Leopard to The Ledar trail (overnight at Ledar) (6-8 hrs.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day
11
After the completion of our trip of Encountering Snow Leopard, we will return back to Besisahar by private 4WD Jeep.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel.
meals_icon Meals: breakfast and Lunch
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

Day
12
Drive back to Kathmandu. 6 hours.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

After this wonderful trip, you will drive back to Kathmandu from Besisahar. Once you reach Kathmandu you will check-in at a nice hotel around the Thamel area. At the evening you can stroll around for souvenir shopping, drinks, and dinner. Walking around Thamel and nearby areas for shopping and self-exploring the narrow streets of this tourist hub is a good idea to spend your evening in Kathmandu.

Day
13
Final Departure.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

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Inclusions

  • Necessary airport pick up and drop.
  • All Private transportation Kathmandu - Beshishar - Manang - Kathmandu. 
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  • 2-night hotel accommodation in Besisahar with Breakfast. 
  • 1-night lodge accommodation in Chame with full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and DInner)
  • 7 night lodge / tent accommodation in Manage with 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
    All snow leopard tracking activities expenses
  • All program as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff. (Guide and driver)
  • Guide and porter fares and taxes. Government Tax and office service charge.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card.
  • All the necessary permits
  • Guide’s allowance and salary
  • Emergency Medical Kits
  • Welcome or Farewell Cultural Dinner in Kathmandu.
Excludes
  • International airfare and visa fees. 
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, and Besi Shahar. 
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trip.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
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FAQs

Why are snow leopards endangered?
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For decades, snow leopards have been facing a number of threats that have reduced their numbers significantly. Including poaching and retaliation killings, as well as the loss of habitat and prey.

 

How many snow leopards are left in the wild?
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According to the latest estimates, the population of these endangered big cats in the wild is between 3,920 and 6,390.

 

What are the countries where snow leopards live?What are the countries where snow leopards live?
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Snow leopard range extends across 12 countries in Central Asia. They are Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

 

Where can I see a snow leopard in the wild?
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It is very difficult to see a snow leopard in the wild due to their shy and elusive nature and due to the remote and rugged terrain in which they live. Statistically, the best chances of seeing a snow leopard are in areas of Manang during months of February and March.

 

How many years does a snow leopard live?
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Snow leopards in zoos have lived as long as 21 years. In the wild, it is estimated that an average lifespan is 10-12 years.

 

Do snow leopards attack people?
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There is no documented account of a snow leopard attacking a human.

 

What do we do if we cannot see snow leopard in whole day?
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We generally have more than two days just for snow leopard tracking. If we don’t see any leopards in first day then we will move to another leopard area in next day. Similarly our days can be increased this way until we finally see snow leopard.

 

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