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Snow Leopard Trek

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July 18, 2018

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Snow Leopard Trek is the thrilling wildlife journey across the barren landscape, jagged rock, river gorges, high cliffs and icy winds of Dolpo and Mugu of Western Nepal. Additionally to wildlife journey, this trek also offers plenty of opportunities to insight cultural diversities of Dolpo and Mugu.

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Snow Leopard trek is the thrilling wildlife journey across the barren landscape, jagged rock, river gorges, high cliffs and icy winds of Dolpo and Mugu of Western Nepal. In this trek we follow up the footprints of an elusive Himalayan big cat ‘The Snow Leopard’. Additionally, to wildlife journey, this trek also offers plenty of opportunities to insight cultural diversities of Dolpo and Mugu.

‘Snow Leopard’ is most elusive creature on the planet and living in a most hostile environment on the earth. This most beautiful mammal of Himalaya is in now vulnerable status based on IUCN downlists the conservation status of Snow leopards from Endangered to Vulnerable.’

This carnivorous Himalayan cat ‘Snow Leopard’ survives mostly on weaker animals of Himalayas and its main prey are blue sheep (Pseudois nayaur), Asiatic ibex (Capra ibex sibirica), argali (Ovis ammon) and other wild sheep and goats, marmots (Marmota spp.), pikas (Ochotona spp.), hares (Lepus spp.), and gamebirds (snowcocks, Tetraegallus and chukar partridge, Alectoris chukar) along with domestic stock. The World’s rarest and the most elusive mammal live in the wilderness of Dolpo. In the jagged rock, high cliff, deep canyon gorges and icy winds of Dolpo Snow Leopard ‘Himalayan Queen – Himali Paree’ roar silently. The Snow Leopard Trek is designed in such way that where we tracing/chasing the footprints of this ‘Himalayan Queen – Himali Paree’. Ultimately our goal is to observe ‘Himalayan Queen’, but it is not sure and certain.

 Dolpo and Mugu are known as the prime habitat of Snow Leopard, Shey Gompa, and Crystal Mountain area of Shey Phoksundo National park is the venue to realize you dream’. Ideal period for spotting snow leopard is from October to March, that’s end of autumn to the beginning of spring in Dolpo. The snow leopard is the most elusive animal among the large cats.

Other than Snow Leopard in this trip there is always a good chance of spotting many other famous and rare Himalayan wild animals like “Nyan” or “Tibetan Argali”,(Ovis ammon); Himalayan blue sheep, called “Bharal” or “Napo”, (Pseudois nayaur); Uriel, locally called “Shapo” (Ovis orientalis), Asiatic ibex Skin(Capra sibirica), and among the predators are Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf, Lynx, Pallas Cat, including birds like Himalayan Griffon vulture, the park is home to Brown Accentor, Robin Accentor, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Streaked Rosefinch, Tibetan Snowfinch, Chukar, Fork-tailed Swift, Red-billed Chough, Himalayan Snowcock, and many others.

This Snow Leopard trek begins a safe landing at Juphal airstrip and following the river gorges of Phoksundo Khola to turquoise Lake Phoksundo and beautiful Ringmo Bon village.Beyond the Phoksundo Lake, following balcony track of Phoksundo Lake and Phoksundo Khola we pass through the lap of Kanjiruwa and further south of Phoksundo Lake encountering Kang La pass enter to Upper Dolpo Shey Gompa. Crystal Mountain and Shey Gompa is the major habitat of Snow Leopard. We take 3 days to excursion around Crystal Mountain and Tartang Khola valley, then en route to Bhijer and Phopa village. Beyond the Bhijer and Phopa village, we trek to Namlang Khola and Langu Khola valley(Rodney Jackson Valley) to spotting the Snow Leopard. Passing through beautiful hamlets of Mugu, at the end we visit Rara lake and fly out from Talcha to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Day 3: Nepalgunj to Juphal  35 minutes and 2 hours trek to Kageni 2413m

Day 4: Kageni to Chhepka 2838m 6-7 hours

Day 5: Chepka to Amchi Hospital 2960m 6-7 hours

Day 6: Amchi Hospital to Phoksundo Lake 3641m   3-4 hours

Day 7: Phoksundo Lake Rest day

Day 8: Phoksundo Lake to Sallagari 3630m 5-6 hours

Day 9: Sallagari to Kang La Base camp 4700m 7-8 hours

Day 10: Kang La Base Camp to Shey Gompa 4160m crossing Kang La 5360m 6-7 hours

Day 11: Shey Gompa rest day

Day 12 -15: Excursion around Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain for Snow Leopard

Day 16: Shey Gompa to Tora 3920m 7-8 hours

Day 17: Tora to Bhijer village 3850m 3-4 hours

Day 18: Bhijer to Pho Village 3987m 8-9 hours

Day 19: Pho village to Yak Kkarka 4350m  8-9 hours

Day 20: Jhonpala Pass to Namla Khola 4000m Jhanpa La pass 4835m 6-7 hourd

Day 21 – 25: Excursion around Namla and Langu valley for Snow Leopard

 In 1973-73 world’s prominent Snow Leopard conservationist Rodney Jackson had carried out their snow leopard survey around Langu valley.

Day 26:Namla Khola to Dolphu 6-7 hours

Day 27: Dolphu to Kimri 6-7 hours

Day 28: Kimri to Pulu

Day 29: Pulu to Dungedhara

Day 30: Dhungedhara to Lumsa/Ghat

Day 31: Ghat to Rara Lake

Day 32: Rara lake rest day

Day 33: Rara to Talcha in the afternoon

Day 34: Talcha to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Day 35: Kathmandu free day

Day 36: Fly back to Home

Price Include following services;

+Airport pickup and drop

+3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu

+ One-night hotel accommodation and dinner in Nepalgunj

+ Domestic airfare; Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Dolpo and Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu

+ All the government procedure

+ Trekking permits, National Park fee

+ Experience English speaking guide, Cook, Helpers and Porters/Mules

+ Trekking equipment (Mattresses, Member tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent and toilet tents),

+ Dining Table, Chairs and Kitchen utensils

+ Three-time meals during trek along with Tea/coffee and snacks

+ Staff’s salary, food, insurance and clothing

+ Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Price exclude

-International flights and visa fee
-Personal expenses and meals in Kathmandu
-Travel insurance, Rescue, and evacuation
-Tips and gratitude for staffs
-Donation and local entrance fee

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