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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 meters to 6700 meters, 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 07 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.
Day 01: Rampur to Kaza
Start early in the morning and after freshening up, head to Kaza. At an elevation of more than 3700 meters, Kaza is a headquarters of the Spiti District. It is surrounded by lush fields, Overnight stay in Kaza.
Day 02: Kaza to Kibber
After breakfast we will be heading towards Kibber, the village lies in a wildlife sanctuary, 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 get your self habitual take an acclimatization walk of the village in the evening and after dinner 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 the 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 Rubythroat, Brown Accentor, Horn Lark, Alpine Chough, Himalayan Snowcock, 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
Repeat day 04 Activity.
Day 06: 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 07: Kibber to Rampur
Freshen up in the morning and drive back to Rampur. The 300-km journey takes about a full day, and you arrive in the town in the evening. Overnight stay in Rampur.
Expedition Ends Her
- Pick up from Rampur and drop at Rampur after the expedition.
- Accommodation in Homestay in Spiti.
- 02 nights at Hotel in Rampur.
- Food all throughout the Expedition.
- 01 Professional Guide well versed with local culture, flora/fauna, and environment.
- 02 Scanners.
- 04 to 08 Porters/Support Team.
- Walky Talky (For Officials Only).
- A 4*4 vehicle for Entire Expedition.
- 05% of the 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 Roadblock, Landslide, Heavy Snowfall.
- Any other services not specified in the inclusion.