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Snow leopard tracking trek

Tracking Snow Leopard Trek in Annapurna

Difficulty: Moderate
Max Altitude: 4000m
Duration: 15 days
Cost: $7500
Season: Spring/Autumn
Accommodation: Hotel/Camping
  • Overview
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Cost Info

Highlights

  • Ghost of the Mountains
  • Tracking the Nepal Himalayas’ precious animal
  • Beneath the soaring peaks and on the lap of the magnificent Himalayan landscapes
  • Rich cultural and natural aspects mixed
  • Creating awareness to save Snow Leopard in the long run
  • Through the famous Annapurna region trails, including Annapurna circuit trail

“TOGETHER, LETS SAVE THE SNOW LEOPARD BEFORE THEY ARE GONE FOREVER”

Nature Lovers Treks and Tours expresses a massive pleasure in promoting the unique experience and adventure of tracking the beautiful Himalayan creature ‘Snow Leopard’ in and around the Manang valley, including Nar Phu Valley within the Annapurna range. We are collaborating with highly field experts and conservationists who have been working on researching and conserving the habitats of rare and endangered Snow Leopards for decades now. Snow Leopard tracking trip is more than just a regular animal observation. It’s highly about creating awareness among the mass about the existence of this beautiful Himalayan treasure, finding ways to protect their habitat and their number while also benefitting the local economy directly with our journey and contributing to sustainable tourism.

Manang Valley, the crucial part of the Annapurna Circuit trail, is a rich valley if one explores deep inside, not only in terms of natural beauty but also in terms of its rich biodiversity, floras and faunas. Lying in the rain shadow of the Annapurna Himalayan ranges, Manang has an average annual rainfall of only 398 mm. Below 4800 m, there are interspersed shrubs like vegetation, including Juniperus species, Caragana species, Ephedra species, Lonicera species, etc. Above 4800 m, the vegetation becomes scarce and includes Rhododendron species, Saxifraga species, etc. The snow leopard, golden jackal, red fox, wolves, blue sheep, musk deer, pallas’s cat, beech marten, mountain weasel, royle’s pika, large-eared pika, Alticola species, etc., are the animals found in this region. Similarly, the Himalayan vulture, Bearded vulture, Golden eagle, Tibetan snow cock, Himalayan snow cock, Chukar, etc., are the birds found in Manang valley.

Similarly, Nar Phu Valley is also home to abundant floras and faunas. Especially, Nar Phu is the haven for the elusive Snow Leopard. The snow leopard’s density is 6 individuals per 100 square km, and the blue sheep’s density is 8 individuals per square km in the valley, which means the chances of seeing and encountering the snow leopard is 90%, the highest probability in the whole country. The precious Snow Leopard can also be found in other famous or isolated Himalayan lands like Dolpo, Dolakha and Kanchenjunga, but only in small numbers.

Tracking journey of a snow leopard in the Annapurna region is a beautiful heartbeat-stopping trek journey in the Nepal Himalayas which is a rare kind of adventure in itself. Only been introduced for a few years now with the help of conservationists and the nature lovers like ourselves, this Snow Leopard tracking trek leads you to the pristine land of the Snow Leopard and lets you see the excellent habitat, movements, livelihood and beautiful animal itself.

Tracking Snow Leopard Trek in Annapurna outline itinerary

Option 1:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, D, Hotel

Day 2: Final preparation in Kathmandu and cultural Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, B, Hotel

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Koto via Besisahar in a private vehicle, BLD, Camping

Day 4: Trek from Besisahar to Dharmasala, BLD, Camping

Day 5: Trek from Dharmasala to Kyang, BLD, Camping

Day 6: Acclimatization in Kyang and snow leopard tracking, BLD, Camping

Day 7: Trek from Kyang to Phu village, BLD, Camping

Day 8: Rest and exploring day at Phu village, BLD, Camping

Day 9: Snow Leopard tracking officially begins, BLD, Camping

Day 10: Snow Leopard tracking third day, BLD, Camping

Day 11: Snow Leopard tracking fourth day, BLD, Camping

Day 12: Trek from Phu back to Kyang, BLD, Camping

Day 13: Trek from Kyang to Nar Gompa, BLD, Camping

Day 14: Trek from Nar Gompa to Nar village, BLD, Camping

Day 15: Snow Leopard tracking fifth day, BLD, Camping

Day 16: Trek from Nar village to Ngawal via Kang La Pass, BLD, Camping

Day 17: Trek from Ngawal down to Chame, BLD, Camping

Day 18: Trek from Chame down to Jagat or Chyamje, BLD, Camping

Day 19: Drive from Jagat or Chyamje to Kathmandu, BLD, Hotel

Day 20: International departure to sweet home, B, Flight.

Option 2:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, D, Hotel

Day 2: Final preparation in Kathmandu and cultural Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, B, Hotel

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Chame, BLD, Camping

Day 4: Drive from Chame to Manang village, Snow leopard tracking orientation, BLD, Camping

Day 5: Snow leopard trail hunt begins, acclimatization walk and hike to Ice Lake, BLD, Camping

Day 6: Snow leopard tracking second day in Agnu Milapche trail, BLD, Camping

Day 7: Snow leopard tracking second day in Gunsang trail, BLD, Camping

Day 8: Snow leopard tracking third day in Khangsar trail, BLD, Camping

Day 9: Snow leopard tracking fourth day in Yak Kharka trail, BLD, Camping

Day 10: Snow leopard tracking fifth day in Yak Kharka trail, BLD, Camping

Day 11: Snow leopard tracking sixth day in Letdar trail, BLD, Camping

Day 12: Trek from Letdar back to Manang, BLD, Camping

Day 13: Drive from Manang to Tal, BLD, Camping

Day 14: Drive from Tal to Kathmandu, BLD, Hotel

Day 15: International departure to sweet home, B, Flight.

Tracking Snow Leopard Trek in Annapurna detailed itinerary

BLD denotes Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Option 1:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, D, Hotel

Day 2: Final preparation in Kathmandu and cultural Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, B, Hotel

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Koto via Besisahar in a private vehicle, BLD, Camping

Day 4: Trek from Besisahar to Dharmasala, BLD, Camping

Day 5: Trek from Dharmasala to Kyang, BLD, Camping

Day 6: Acclimatization in Kyang and snow leopard tracking, BLD, Camping

Day 7: Trek from Kyang to Phu village, BLD, Camping

Day 8: Rest and exploring day at Phu village, BLD, Camping

Day 9: Snow Leopard tracking officially begins, BLD, Camping

Day 10: Snow Leopard tracking third day, BLD, Camping

Day 11: Snow Leopard tracking fourth day, BLD, Camping

Day 12: Trek from Phu back to Kyang, BLD, Camping

Day 13: Trek from Kyang to Nar Gompa, BLD, Camping

Day 14: Trek from Nar Gompa to Nar village, BLD, Camping

Day 15: Snow Leopard tracking fifth day, BLD, Camping

Day 16: Trek from Nar village to Ngawal via Kang La Pass, BLD, Camping

Day 17: Trek from Ngawal down to Chame, BLD, Camping

Day 18: Trek from Chame down to Jagat or Chyamje, BLD, Camping

Day 19: Drive from Jagat or Chyamje to Kathmandu, BLD, Hotel

Day 20: International departure to sweet home, B, Flight.

Option 2:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, D, Hotel

Day 2: Final preparation in Kathmandu and cultural Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, B, Hotel

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Chame, BLD, Camping

Day 4: Drive from Chame to Manang village, Snow leopard tracking orientation, BLD, Camping

Day 5: Snow leopard trail hunt begins, acclimatization walk and hike to Ice Lake, BLD, Camping

Day 6: Snow leopard tracking second day in Agnu Milapche trail, BLD, Camping

Day 7: Snow leopard tracking second day in Gunsang trail, BLD, Camping

Day 8: Snow leopard tracking third day in Khangsar trail, BLD, Camping

Day 9: Snow leopard tracking fourth day in Yak Kharka trail, BLD, Camping

Day 10: Snow leopard tracking fifth day in Yak Kharka trail, BLD, Camping

Day 11: Snow leopard tracking sixth day in Letdar trail, BLD, Camping

Day 12: Trek from Letdar back to Manang, BLD, Camping

Day 13: Drive from Manang to Tal, BLD, Camping

Day 14: Drive from Tal to Kathmandu, BLD, Hotel

Day 15: International departure to sweet home, B, Flight.

Tracking Snow Leopard Trek in Annapurna Cost Breakdown

Cost Include

  • Trekking permit, snow leopard tracking permit and TIMS card
  • Snow Leopard expert leader and the field assistants
  • All ground pick up, drop and transfers in private vehicle
  • Full meals such as breakfast, lunch and dinner freshly cooked by our staff with tea/coffee plus snacks
  • Clean drinking water daily
  • 3-star or equivalent hotels in Kathmandu on a BB basis
  • Tented camping in the mountain with tents, sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Duffel bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking stick (provided on request, to return later)
  • Cooking and camping staff with their expenses
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing with the vehicle transfers
  • Medical kit bag
  • Complimentary company t-shirt and route map
  • Certificate of appreciation
  • Government taxes and VAT

Cost Exclude

  • Arrival visa and international flight
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses of any kinds
  • Food and accommodations behind schedule
  • Gratuities to the field staff {highly expected}
  • Any other things not included in 'Cost Include'
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