Wildlife Photography Options in Ladakh during Winters

To capture the harsh winters and wildlife of Ladakh you have to be really patient with love for unspoiled nature as the wildlife is not as fast paced as it is in other national parks of our country.

The White Ghost of the Himalayas, Snow Leopard (shaan in Ladakhi) is what attracts trekkers/photographers during the winters. Though there is a lot more to the slow wildlife of ladakh in store for every patient travel enthusiast.

Among the birds:

1:)Black-billed magpie and great tits (Omnipresent)

2:)Rock and hill pigeons

3:)White winged redstarts

4:)Pallid harrier

5:)Common raven

6:)Red and yellow billed choughs

7:)Rufous-breasted accentor

8:) Snow Partridge (Lerwa Lerwa in Ladakhi)

Among the biggies:

1:)Blue Sheep

2:)Red fox


4:)Kiang (Tibetian Wild Ass)

5:)Ibex (or Skin in Ladakhi)

6:)Tibetan Sand Fox

7:) Tibetan Wolf (or Shangku in Ladakhi)

8:) Marmots (pheya in Ladakhi)

9:) Yak

10:) Tibetan Antelope (tsos in Ladakhi)

Rare Cats which can be hardly seen other than the Snow Leopard Cat are Lynxx and Palla’s Cat.

Above mentioned are those which can be seen with a little effort during the winters though there are ample of other rare species which can be captured if you are ready to spend extra time in Ladakh.

Please feel free to ask questions regarding the Elusive Snow Leopard Trek in ladakh.

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Adventurer & Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

Mobile: +91- 7602865245


Elusive Snow Leopard Trek (Ladakh)

White Ghost of the Himalayas

Epic hunt for Endangered ‘Elusive Snow Leopard’ (also known as the big cats or the white ghost of the Himalayas) in Ladakh. This snow leaopard trail is challenging because of the temperatures that one has to face and proper acclimatization is a must for this trek.

Snow Leopard exhibits superb camouflage, often referred to as the Grey Ghost of the Himalayas, because of its whitish-grey color (tinged with yellow) and with dark grey rosettes and spots.
These big cats are found above 3000m so you can be rest assured that you will go through extreme temperatures with stunning Himalayan alpine & non-alpine zones.

Homestay option for Day5 & Day 06: Homestay hosts have been trained in hospitality and are members of a community conservation effort to conserve the endangered snow leopard. Learn about their livestock herding practices and try your hand at winter pastimes (spinning, weaving, and turning a tale). Spend the days tracking the snow leopard and other wildlife, and overnight in a homestay or camp.

Big Cat INFO: Snow Leopards are most active at dawn and dusk and show a strong preference for cliffy habitat with moderately to very broken terrain, rocky outcrops and ravines. They are opportunistic predators and are known to take prey up to three times their own weight, though a large part of their diet comprises of small prey like marmots, pika, hare, birds and domestic livestock.
Best Time: Nov to March
No.of days required: 8
Max Altitude: 4000-4500m
Rumbak Valley
Trek type: Moderate (tough only because of its temperatures)

Day 01 Fly to Leh (11,500) Transfer to Leh and acclimatize: (Trek Briefing day)
Day 02 Full day to explore Leh Market(good for acclimatization):
Day 03 Leh to Phey, Trek to Camp: Today you enter the Hemis National Park
Trekking time: approx 5-6 hrs. Elevation: 12,400’

Day 04 Wildlife Viewing:
Expect numerous mountain birds , tibetan wolf, blue sheep, argali (a large horned sheep)

Day 05-06 Wildlife Viewing, Visit Villages and Homestays:
Trek to nearby sites where snow leopard may have been sighted recently.
Height: 13,500’

Day 07 Trek to Zingchen, and Return to Leh: Hike down-valley (5 hrs.)
Drive to Leh!
Day 08 Leh to Delhi: Flight

Rohit Khattar
Adventurer at Himalayan Explorers Club

Email id: khattarrohit@yahoo.com