Wild Footprints in Snowy Ladakh

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7 Days
Nubra Valley

Wildlife exploration in Ladakh

Follow the unexplored trails in Nubra Valley to spot Asiatic Ibex, Blue Sheep, & Snow leopard

Why this experience is unique?

  • Unexplored wildlife trails
  • Snowy white winter of Ladakh
  • Wildlife spotting with locals
  • Organic meals & luxury stays
Wildlife of Ladakh

As the mystical mountains of Ladakh are slowly blanketed in thick snow, the wildlife start descending to lower altitudes. Asiatic Ibex, Blue Sheep, & even Snow Leopards inch closer to human settlements. This makes it a perfect time to embark on wildlife trails with the locals to spot these rarest of rare animals. The youth of Aghyam Village, an offbeat village in Nubra Valley are all set to take you on Ladakh’s most unexplored wildlife trail where they grew up spotting the animals. They have observed the behavioral pattern of these rare wildlife species over the years. Makes them a prefect wildlife buddy for you to safely embark upon animal spotting. 

Follow the wild footprints in snowy Ladakh.

Wildlife Exploration in Snowy Ladakh

Trailblazing & Luxury Stay

  • Arrive and acclimatize
  • Explore snowy Leh Town

Day 1Acclimatize in Leh

Arrive in Leh (11,500 ft) and relax in your homestay for a day. You will be resting today and acclimatizing yourself to the High-Altitude environment amidst the picturesque Himalayan landscape.

Day 2Frozen Indus-Zanskar Confluence

After breakfast, head out to experience the winter charm of the Leh town. Visit Shanti Stupa for the magnificent view of snow covered town. Take a short drive on NH1 to see the confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers – in frozen state! Come back to Leh town to spend evening in one of the cozy cafes and for quick run to shops for any last minute purchases.

  • Cross snow laden pass
  • Short hike to acclimatize

Day 3Stay in luxury farmstay

Start from Leh town post breakfast and drive towards Aghyam – a hidden gem of Ladakh. Cross the snow laden mountain pass and reach Aghyam Village. A farmstay with all the modern facilities makes it a perfect base to come to after wildlife exploration. Relax and prepare to go on a short hike the next day.

Day 4Short hike near village

Post breakfast, let the host take you on a short hike that will acclimatize your body to the high altitude and coldness of the terrain. If you are carrying cameras for spotting, you can plot them along the trail. Hike for first half of the day and come back to the farmstay for lunch. Spend rest of the day in relaxing and enjoying the views of snow clad mountains.

Wildlife Spotting with Locals
  • Trekking in Nubra Mountains
  • Explore & spot rare species

Day 5Trekking & spotting

Have early breakfast and set out with all gears and packed lunch to find traces of wildlife. A local trail buddy will take you today on the trails that is a common habitat of rare animal like Snow Leopard. Follow his lead and you might see the pugmarks along the way. These trail buddies use local trick to spot the animal and to find out if they have passed the trail in recent days. Engage and patiently wait to for any rare sighting. Come back to farmstay and conclude the day after exploring the trail and trying your luck to spot Snow Leopard.

Day 6Trek, Chase, Rest - Repeat

Start another day to chase the wildlife footprints on another route with your trail buddy OR you can go on a short hike again to take out the plotted cameras. This day is a buffer day for you to try your luck again with the spotting. There are multiple trails around Aghyam Village that locals can take you to. Stay in farmstay and wait patiently for a perfect sighting of Snow Leopard.

Day 7Back to snowy lanes of Leh

Drive back to Leh town. Enjoy the charm of winters in the main market of Leh. Spend an evening in one of the cozy cafes and conclude the day in the homestay.

What it includes?

– Stay in homestays
– All transportation in the destination location
– Wildlife Trail Buddy
– Breakfast and dinner
– Entrance Fees
– Responsible Traveller’s Kit

What it excludes?

– Air fare
– Travel visa and insurance
– Bottled water
– Room service
– Any private expenses

Is this Experience right for you?

Are you travelling because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living a village life in the mud house in the mountains excite you? Are you ready to truly live the local lifestyle? If your answer is yes, take up this experience that will transport you to a different world. You might not get the internet here but you will also not feel the need for it as you will be busy exploring the unique sites, mountain views, and village life. The luxury here is living at the beautiful mountain destination, getting freshly cooked organic food at every meal, and having happy locals offering their warm hospitality.

Hear from communities

  • Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Sumda Chun
  • I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Photolalok
  • The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the dark skies!

    Tsewang Dorjey
    Astropreneur - Maan
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