Ulley village, west of Leh, is an area that is only recently being developed for snow leopard viewing.
Here, you will be staying at the enchanting Snow Leopard Lodge that consists of four bedrooms, built separately from the main house with a dining room and kitchen. Add to this the interest of living with a Ladakhi family, in the depths of winter, and understanding their lifestyle, and you have a very special experience instore – especially sharing the large, warm kitchens that are the heart of a Ladkahi home – resplendent with brass, copper and silver ornaments.
From the house and its terraced fields, you command a superb view across the valley and are almost certain to see ibex from here. If you are lucky, you will also have the opportunity to view other wildlife such as wolf, Himalayan fox and perhaps even snow leopard.
Settle in on arrival and acclimatize to the higher altitude of Ulley. You will be based here over seven nights and the advantage of Ulley is that it is relatively free of tourism and the chaos that has enveloped the first snow leopard destination of Rumbak. The other advantage is that from here you will explore three valleys, which, apart from snow leopards, are great for finding urial, ibex, wolf and Himalayan fox.
Over the next few days you will have the opportunity to venture into the area on foot and by 4×4 vehicle, with your expert guide. You will be amazed at the sheer dedication and commitment he brings to his trade and the effort he makes to ensure that his guests leave happy. Your guide will interact closely with the local people and usehis network of local intelligence to narrow down the likely sites. In the process, there will also be plenty of opportunity for you to gain insight into the region’s folklore, customs and traditions.
Please note: The trek route is one that is based on the experience of your guides and they have full discretion to change or alter the route accordingly. The weather will also be a crucial factor in deciding which places will eventually be visited and what will be dropped from the program.
Spend seven nights at Snow Leopard Lodge.