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Set amidst spectacular mountain scenery in Ladakh, the town of Leh sits at an altitude of 3,500 metres, It is the ideal place to acclimatise to the higher altitude before venturing into snow leopard territory.

The capital of the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, Leh has a distinctly Tibetan feel. The town has a fascinating labyrinth of winding streets and quaint bazaars, and cultural highlights include the Royal (Leh) Palace and the Shanti Stupa. Himalayan wildlife including bharal, ibex, golden eagle, and urial may be seen on the outskirts of the town.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: bharal, golden eagle, lammergeier, Siberian ibex, urial
  • Where: Ladakh, India

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Searching for Snow Leopards

Led by acclaimed wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt, this trip travels the remote Ulley Valley on a quest for snow leopards. Based in a comfortable homestay 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 £7,145 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour