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Snow Leopard, Ulley, India

On the Trail of Snow Leopards

Departure dateDuration
Prices Start from
Tour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
03/22/2013 Days $7,614 ex. flightsJennifer Nandi10 AVAILABLE Reserve your place
02/19/2113 Days $7,868 ex. flightsJennifer Nandi8 AVAILABLE Reserve your place
02/14/2213 Days $8,122 ex. flightsJennifer Nandi9 AVAILABLE Reserve your place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Orjan Johansson Image, Collared snow leopard, Altai Mountains, Mongolia 1

Snow Leopards

All of our clients travelling in 2019 had sightings of snow leopard.

Snow Leopard Lodge 2

Specialist trackers

Join Jennifer Nandi and trackers on the hunt for the snow leopard in the Himalayan region of Ladakh.

Two Siberian Ibex on the crest of a hillside in Ikh Nart in Mongolia. 3

Himalayan Wildlife

Track snow leopards, blue sheep, ibex and Ladakhi urial by 2WD and on foot.

Lounge area 4

Ladakhi culture and homestay

Home cooked meals and a comfortable bed in a Ladakhi homestay.

Why we like it

Firstly we have an expert guide, an essential component of a successful snow leopard trip, who has a good relationship with the local community, which is equally important. Local shepherds and farmers will know where snow leopards have been most recently spotted and thus we can take full advantage of hundreds of local pairs of eyes and ears on the ground. Secondly this trip supports conservation in the area, including a burgeoning homestay scheme and livestock-farmer support. We must have got something right as all our clients travelling in 2019 had sightings of snow leopard.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
    Delhi - Leh
  • Days 3 - 4
  • Days 5 - 10
    Ulley Valley
  • Day 11
    Ulley - Leh
  • Day 12
    Leh - Delhi
  • Day 13
Ladakh, India
Ladakh, India

Ulley valley

Ulley village, west of Leh is an area that is only recently being developed for snow leopard watching but is in the centre of three interlocking valleys supporting approximately 12 snow leopards. The big advantage of Ulley is that it is relatively free of tourism and the chaos that has enveloped the first snow leopard destination – Rumbak.

Snow leopard on cliff side, Ladakh, India
Snow leopard, Leh, India

Snow Leopards

To see a snow leopard requires luck but as with any safari, to some extent, luck can be made by patience, planning and professional guiding. It is no coincidence that the best guides are also the luckiest guides and on Jennifer’s most recent safaris, our clients have been rewarded by excellent snow leopard sightings.

From the end of January to March, as the snow on the mountains starts to melt, this drives the snow leopards, and their prey (the blue sheep) to lower almost snow-free elevations. This allows the guides and trackers much better access to look for them and concentrating them in a smaller area.

Orjan Johansson Image, Collared snow leopard, Altai Mountains, Mongolia
The Altai Mountains, Mongolia

Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust

As part of this snow leopard group tour, there will be a US$200 per person donation to the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust (SLC-IT). They are a non-governmental organisation founded in 2003 and based in Leh. They provide wood and wire netting, that has helped many Ladakhi farmers make their corrals and pens leopard-proof. It has also started a compensation scheme and taught villagers how to make toy stuffed animals which are then sold to tourists as profit-making souvenirs.

Snow Leopard Lodge
Twin room, Snow Leopard Lodge
Snow Leopard Lodge
Lounge area

Snow Leopard Annex

The snow leopard lodge and annex is the only dedicated wildlife lodge in Ladakh. It began originally as a homestay owned by one of Ladakh’s top snow leopard trackers – Tchewang Norbu – under the auspices of a program initiated by the Snow Leopard Conservancy designed to use tourism as a conservation tool for the preservation of snow leopards and their ecosystem by putting tourism revenue directly into the local community.

Accommodation is fairly basic but comfortable and warm. Three twin bedrooms are en suite, while a further eight rooms share bathrooms. The lodge provides warm showers and also stores extra gas heaters on site. Hot water bottles are provided at night when the heaters are turned off. An assortment of Ladakhi, Indian and Continental cuisine is served in the communal dining room in the main house.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Two Single supplements available

Due to the remoteness of this tour, the accommodation whilst in Ulley is in a small homestay with only six rooms, therefore, we have to cap our single supplement to a maximum of two places. However, if you are willing to share, we will do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex.

Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • All meals in Leh and Ulley
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Delhi
  • Donation of $200 USD to Snow Leopard Conservancy
  • Gratuities for local guide, driver and porters
  • Internal flights from Delhi to Leh in economy class
  • Local guide and trackers in Leh and Ulley
  • Six nights accommodation at Snow Leopard Lodge
  • Transportation (as indicated)

What is excluded

  • India Visa
  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals in Delhi (excluding breakfast)
  • Travel insurance


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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 1 855 2037885

Departure dateDuration
Prices Start from
Tour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
03/22/2013 Days $7,614 ex. flightsJennifer Nandi10 AVAILABLE Reserve your place
02/19/2113 Days $7,868 ex. flightsJennifer Nandi8 AVAILABLE Reserve your place
02/14/2213 Days $8,122 ex. flightsJennifer Nandi9 AVAILABLE Reserve your place

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Our travel experts have a wealth of first-hand knowledge, so if you have any questions about this expert-led group tour, please get in touch. They would love to help. We hope you can join us on this tour.

01285 601 784

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