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The spectacular landscape of the Ulley Valley is home to an array of Himalayan wildlife species, including the iconic snow leopard.

Lying north of the Indus River at the head of the Ulley Chhu Valley, the small village of Ulley in West Ladakh stands at almost 4,000 metres above sea level. The village and surrounding Ulley Valley area has only recently been developed for snow leopard tracking but has quickly gained a reputation not just for the night numbers of snow leopards seen.

Other Himalayan wildlife includes Siberian (Asiatic) ibex, urial (native wild sheep with long legs and relatively small horns), Himalayan fox and wolf.  Amongst the bird highlights are chukor and Tibetan partridge, golden eaagle, lammergeier, and red-billed chough, plus bearded and Himalayan griffon vultures.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: snow leopard, Siberian ibex, bharal, red fox, Tibetan partridge
  • 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
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Snow Leopard Lodge

In the heart of Ladakh lies this comfortable lodge, the ideal base for a snow leopard quest. The small guesthouse provides comfort at sub-zero temperatures, with the added experience of living with a Ladakhi family. With superb views across the valley, you may see ibex, bharal or even wolf.