This simple yet comfortable lodge is the ideal base from which to enjoy Ladakh's scenery and wildlife, which includes snow leopard, ibex, red fox, bharal and Tibetan partridge.
Snow Leopard Lodge consists of modest bedrooms, a dining room, kitchen and two separate western-style toilets and washrooms, which are heated, and have hot water in the mornings and evenings. It not only provides comfortable accommodation, but also has the benefit of channelling money directly into local hands, strengthening the habitat of the area's snow leopards.
Camp staff and a cook are brought in to cater for groups, and guests can benefit from extra heaters, mattresses, duvets, bed linen, hot water bottles and an assortment of hot drinks and snacks to alleviate the climate and affects of the altitude. This opportunity to live with a Ladakhi family and understand their lifestyle makes for a very special experience.
The guesthouse overlooks terraced fields and provides a superb view across the valley where there is a good chance to see ibex and other wildlife.
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Led by acclaimed wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt, this trip travels to the remote Ulley Valley on a quest for snow leopards. Based in a comfortable guesthouse, you will be accompanied by expert local trackers to maximise your chances of seeing and photographing this enigmatic mammal.
When to go: Feb-Apr
Duration inc. flights: 18 days
Price inc. flights: From £7,395 pp
Trip type: Group tour
This small group tour, accompanied by expert local trackers, spends a week at a remote yet comfortable lodge, and offers the chance to search the Ulley Valley for Himalayan wildlife, with a special focus on one of the world’s most mysterious and beautiful big cats – the snow leopard.
When to go: Mar-Apr
Duration inc. flights: 15 days
Price inc. flights: From £4,795 pp
Trip type: Group tour
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The village of Ulley, which lies at the centre of three interlocking valleys, is surrounded by spectacular mountainous scenery, where you can observe the diverse wildlife of Ladakh. Highlights of the valley include Siberian (Asiatic) ibex, bharal, urial, red fox, wolf and the elusive snow leopard.
Where: Ladakh State
Ideal for viewing: snow leopard, Siberian ibex, bharal, red fox, Tibetan partridge
Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt