Snow leopards are fascinating animals; found at elevations of thousands of feet. Also, these wild cats are only native to the central Asian region, and to see one in its natural habitat, you have to travel to one such location. There are a number of places, where you can spot a snow leopard in the wild; however, no other destination is as good as Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary (established in 1992) in Spiti Valley. With its altitude ranging between 3600 metres to 6700 metres, the 2220-sq km territory is an ideal home for snow leopards. The Snow Leopard Expedition in Spiti Valley is the perfect excursion to spot the wild cat. This 8 day journey gives you ample opportunities to come face to face with the animal and also with the other animal species that thrive in the region; the list also includes numerous reptiles as well as birds. Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary is also a significant reserve for the conservation of Himalayan ibex, Blue Sheep, Redfox etc. While on this adventurous journey, you will get the opportunity to come across all of the endangered animals.
Name of Tour – Spiti valley Snow Leopard Expedition
Duration – 06 nights/07 days
Pick Up and Drop – Shimla
Mode of Transportation – 4*4 Gypsy/Scorpio/safari
Accommodation – Home Stay
Travel style – Adventure/Wildlife/Photography
Day 01: Shimla to Kalpa
The Snow Leopard Trek in Spiti Valley begins with a pickup from Shimla, and takes you to Kalpa, about 245 km away. During the road trip, also enjoy driving along the gushing Sutlej River. Kalpa is a serene town situated at an altitude of 2960 metres above sea level. Commanding magnificent views of Kinner Kailash, the home of Lord Shiva, as per Hindu mythology, it is often referred to as the Land of the Gods. After reaching the town, enjoy a delicious dinner and refreshing sleep at a Homestay.
Day 02: Kalpa to Kibber
Start early in the morning and after freshening up, head to Kibber. At an elevation of more than 4200 metres, Kibber is a small yet charming village. It is surrounded by lush fields, and the houses here are built in the traditional Tibetan style of architecture.
The village lies in Spiti Valley, which is home to snow leopards. Besides these cats, a large number of other mammals and reptiles are also found in Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. On reaching Kibber, transfer to the Homestay and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Day 03: Snow Leopard Sighting Excursion
This is the day when the on-foot adventure of the snow leopard trail in Kibber begins. Freshen up early in the morning, take your packed lunch, and proceed to get a sight of the rare cat. This section will prove why this hike is counted among the most popular hikes in Spiti Valley.
With a population of only a few thousand, the snow leopards are found only in the central Asian region. As you wander in the area, you might spot the wild cat strolling in the park, looking for a hunt. In case you do not, you will have plenty of opportunities in future. Later, return to the Homestay and spend the night.
Day 04: Snow Leopard Sighting Excursion
Again, start early in the morning, take your packed lunches and head out to spot a snow leopard. Walk from hill to hill, looking for paw prints that could hint about the location of a snow leopard.
In case you spot one, do not waste time and immediately click a few pictures. Also, these animals are a little shy and can disappear in the blink of an eye, so it is better to enjoy every second of the sight.
Even if no traces of a snow leopard are found, it is highly probable that you will come face to face with an Asiatic ibex or Tibetan wolf. You might also spot a blue sheep standing on steep slopes. Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to a large number of birds. About 72 species of birds, belonging to 28 families have been recorded here. This list includes White-tailed Ruby throat, Brown Accentor, Horn Lark, Alpine Chough, Himalayan Snow cock, Himalayan Pigeon, Golden Eagle, Tibetan snow finches and red-fronted rose finches etc. After spotting the fascinating wildlife of the park, return to the Homestay.
Day 05: Snow Leopard Sighting Excursion
On this last day of snow leopard adventure, begin before the sun comes out, pick your packed lunch and head out for the wildlife spotting tour. Since they have evolved to easily hide in the mountainous region, it can be hard to spot one. Look carefully, as one might be hiding behind a boulder.
This is your final day in Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary; therefore, you should click as many pictures as possible. After the photo session, retreat to Kibber and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Day 06: Kibber to Kalpa
Freshen up in the morning and drive back to Kalpa. The 228-km journey takes about a full day, and you arrive in the town in the evening. Overnight stay in Kalpa.
Day 07: Kalpa to Shimla
On this final day of the venture, transfer to Shimla, and end this Snow Leopard Trek amidst the mighty peaks of the Himalayas.
Expedition Ends Here
- Pick up from Shimla and drop at Shimla after the expedition.
- Accommodation in Homestay.
- Food all through the Expedition.
- 01 Professional guide well versed with local culture, flora/fauna and environment.
- 02 Scanners.
- 05 to 08 Porters/Support Team.
- Walky Talky (For Officals Only).
- A 4*4 vehicle for Entire Expedition.
- Medical Kit with Oxygen Cylinder.
- 05% GST.
- Personal Expenses.
- Transportation not mentioned under the head inclusions.
- Personal Gear/Specialized clothing for cold weather.
- Medical or any other emergency evacuation costs.
- Cameras/batteries any other props Like Binoculars, Lenses etc.
- Any charges for a manual or helicopter evacuation, hospitalization in case of a medical emergency or the like.
- Sanctuary and Monastery fees.
- Any other natural calamities like Road block, Landslide, Heavy Snowfall.
- Any other services not specified in inclusion.