Track the ‘Mountain Ghost’
‘Once in a lifetime’ is an overused phrase – but we think this wildlife trip demands it. New for 2019, is an intimate small group winter expedition to Himalayan region of Ladakh in search of the majestic snow leopard.
You’ll be accompanied by one of the region’s most expert snow leopard guides, boosting your chances of seeing the ‘mountain ghost’ as these elusive felines are known. You may also spot – and photograph – other exceptional wildlife such as ibex, Tibetan antelope, blue sheep, shapo, marmot and Tibetan hare.
Not that wildlife is the sole reason to go. Known as ‘Little Tibet’, Ladakh and its awe inspiring scenery feels like some sort of last frontier. The 12 night itinerary will also see you venture out on foot, and by 4×4 vehicle, gaining an insight into the region’s fascinating folklore, customs and traditions. It also includes a week spent living with a Ladakhi family: a privileged opportunity to learn about their culture and lifestyle.
When to go: Between December and April but there are limited departures, so it’s best to speak to the team for latest in availability.