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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 State, India

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Searching for Snow Leopards

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

Snow Leopards of Ladakh

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