Ladakh – Mammal and Bird Tour – April to September
Day 01: Your Ladakh tour starts with arrival at Leh Airport. Our representative will meet you and take you to the Hotel. A full day resting in the hotel to acclimatize to the Leh altitude of 3500m. In the afternoon a short drive to the Indus River to look for Ibisbill. Night at the Hotel.
Day 02: Leh to Shey. Second day visit Shey and Thiksey Marshes for birdwatching. We can look for pikas and Mountain Weasel. Night at the Hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Rumbak Valley drive of 45 minutes and walk of 30 minutes to see Blue Sheep. Drive back to Uley Village 2 hrs. On the way we can see Ladakh Urial, Wallcreeper, Brown Dipper, Afternoon scan for Himalayan Ibex, also possible to see Red Fox and Wolf; if really lucky Snow Leopard as well. Night at Uley in Home Stay.
Day 04, Morning trek again for the Ibex, Wolf, drive back to Leh, on the way possible to see Ladakh Urial. Overnight Hotel in Leh.
Day 05: Leh to Tsokar drive 170 km, 5/6 hrs drive. An evening walk around the lake looking for mammals and birds. Overnight in Deluxe Camp. On the way we can see Tibetan Partridge.
Day 06: We will spend time around the lakes and barren mountains. We will be looking for Tibetan Wild Ass, Tibetan Wolf and Red Fox and there is a fair chance of Argali. Birds include: Upland Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Black-necked Crane, Tibetan Sandgrouse, Bar-headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Gadwall, Common Merganser, Red-crested Pochard, Common Kestrel, Brown-headed Gull, Pied Avocet, Grey Heron, Eurasian Wigeon and Eurasian Curlew. Overnight Camp.
Day 07: Tsokar to Tsomoriri (4520m) about 5hrs. Drive crossing over Polokong ka la (4920m) & Namshang la (4800m). We drive watching along the way, stopping at Puga. We have good chances of Bharal, Himalayan Marmots and Ladakh Urial. Afternoon explore the lake area. Overnight in a fixed tented camp.
Day 08: We explore the region of Tso Moriri. There should be breeding Bar-headed goose and Ruddy Shelduck on the Lake, besides Horned Lark, Tibetan Snowfinch and Chukar.
Day 09: Tsomoriri to Leh via Mahe. Distance of 230 km, 6/7 hours drive. Overnight in Hotel in Leh. Look for Himalayan Marmot, Woolly Hare, pikas, eagles, vultures, and falcons en route.
Day 10: Leh – Pangong Lake. Head towards Pangong Lake (150 km return) in the morning. Spend time at lake where birds like Bar-headed Geese and Ruddy Shelduck are common. Camp at Pangong Deluxe Camp.
Day 11: Pangong Lake - Leh. Late morning, drive back to Leh after taking photos of lakes and birds. En-route visit, Thiksey and Hemis Monasteries. Night at the Hotel.
Day 12: Leh – Delhi, Transfer to Leh Airport by Taxi.
We can be flexible if you have special requests. Please contact us for the cost of our trips.