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THE SNOW LEOPARD TRAIL

from 153,000.00/-*

The Road Less Travelled’s latest initiative - TRAIL OF THE SNOW LEOPARD - will take you to the breathtaking Spiti Valley in search of this feline.

  • Duration 8 Nights & 9 Days
  • Distance Covered around 1200 kms
  • Vacation Style Wildlife Safari
  • Group Size 10 - 12 pax
  • Dates 10th February 2018 to 18th February 2018
  • Drive Route CHANDIGARH - NARKANDA - KALPA - MANE - KIBBER - KALPA - SHIMLA - CHANDIGARH

Highlights of the event :

  • Stay at luxury resorts/ heritage villas & comfortable homestays along the route
  • Team of Chefs to provide 3 course customised hot meals, 4 times a day, through the trip
  • An advance team travelling ahead to welcome you at each location
  • Modified vehicles with heaters to keep u warm through the journey
  • Generators & heaters at each night halt to keep us warm in the Spiti cold
  • Experienced team of guides to take you around each night half in Kinnaur & Spiti
  • Spotters to help us sight the snow leopard at Kibber
  • Helpers to cater to our needs through the trip
All about the 'THE SNOW LEOPARD TRAIL'

Straddling Tibet and India, “Spiti”, which literally means “The Middle Land”, is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayan Mountains, in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh.

One of the main attractions of Spiti is the Snow Leopard – one of nature’s most beautiful animals, but as elusive as the mythical Yeti. Creatures who live high up in the snow line, they come down, across the snow covered terrain to Kibber National Park and Pin Forest reserve in winters.

A breathtaking journey through one of the last outposts of India, unravaged by civilization. Wander along picturesque, yet remote villages, visit monasteries dating back a thousand years, meet amazingly warm and kind people who live in the severest of conditions, and experience an eclectic culture and cuisine.

The trip is scheduled from 11th – 19th February 2017. Stays have been arranged at homestays to give you a peek into the local life. We will be accompanied by our well-equipped team comprising spotters, guides, cooks and helpers carrying essentials and luxuries.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR

  • The Search Begins… in right earnest for one of the most elusive animals of nature – The Snow Leopard. The trail of this endangered species will see us entering its winter abode –The Only place in the World where one need not trek to encounter this majestic creature in its natural habitat.
  • A 8 day journey into one of the most beautiful yet undiscovered locations of the world. – The Spiti Valley.
  • Accompanied by wildlife experts who sensitize us to the ways of Nature & conservation efforts being undertaken to protect it.
  • Braving the harsh winter climate - with night temperatures plummeting to -20 degrees.
  • Stay in charming Tibetan Homestays - rich in the warmth (literally).
  • Accompanied by modern technology & a vast entourage to help make our stay comfortable – Generators, Heaters, cooks & helpers.
  • Visiting natural wonders & manmade architectural marvels  enroute.
The Tour Package inclusions & exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Stay on twin share basis as per the itinerary. (Homestay at Mane
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch
  • An entourage comprising of experienced guides, Chefs
  • Customized meals to suit your tastes
  • Room Heaters/hot water bags, provision of electricity at all stay places.
  • Experiences at each destination as specified in the itinerary.
  • Trained spotters to go ahead
  • Agency representatives accompanying the team always in a lead vehicle.
  • Airport Transfer in Innova.
  • Travel in Gypsies/Taveras (3 guests to a vehicle) all through the route.
  • Provision of enroute refreshments, each day.
Whats not included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Flights into Chandigarh and out of Chandigarh (This can be arranged by us at flight costs prevalent at the time of confirmation).
  • Any Expenses, personal in nature.
  • Shopping expenses, adventure activities, etc if any.
  • Alcoholic Beverages or any related expenses.
  • Personal Accident/ Medical Insurance Cover, as per the individual's requirements.
  • Any extensions in stay, self chosen or due to circumstances beyond our control.
  1. DAY 1 - SATURDAY, 11th FEBRUARY 2017 CHANDIGARH - NARKANDA: 125 kms

    Our TRLT colleagues will welcome you in Chandigarh and immediately whisk you away to the famed Pal Dhaba. Pal Dhaba has been serving up traditional, home cooked Punjabi food since the 1960s and is sure to feed you to your heart’s content.

    Post lunch, we drive to Narkanda in Innovas (3 guests to a vehicle). Narkanda is located 30 kms ahead of Kufri and we check into the valley-facing Kufri Holiday Resort where a warm dinner and room await. Don’t let the excitement and anticipation of things to come rob you of a good night’s sleep.

    Meal: Lunch, High-Tea and Dinner
    Overnight in Kufri Holiday Resort, Himachal Pradesh

  2. DAY 2 - SUNDAY, 12th FEBRUARY 2017 NARKANDA - KALPA: 150 kms

    In the coming week, snow is going to be our constant companion and enthusiasts have the option of taking ski lessons in the morning at the Narkanda Ski Centre. After a late breakfast, we’ll drive to Kalpa in Maruti Gypsies (the only vehicle capable of handling the snow and rough terrain of Spiti Valley).

    Lunch at Rampur will be our introduction to Kinnauri cuisine. Some of the staple dishes here include Thukpa, Momo, Chowmien, Poti Chawal, Meat Chawal and Chicken Chawal. We will also make a few halts for cha (tea). For Cha, a big container full of water is put to boil with wild tea leaves, salt, milk, butter, walnut, almond and spices. This tea, similar to Tibetan buttered salty tea, is supposed to quench thirst and be good for general health. At Kalpa village, we will check into our hotel (this is a basic hotel, but with attached toilets) where our chef will welcome us with piping hot soup. Rooms will be ready and heated.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, High-Tea and Dinner
    Overnight in Kinner Villa, Kalpa Himachal Pradesh

  3. DAY 3 - MONDAY, 13th FEBRUARY 2017 KALPA - MANE VILLAGE: 160 kms

    Today, we leave Kinnaur valley and enter Spiti Valley. Post breakfast, we head for Mane, a long and arduous drive which will test the boundaries of mental and physical endurance. As we drive along, we will marvel at the ferocity of nature as well as be mesmerized with its beauty. Our main halt (apart from halts for tea) will be for lunch at a homestay in Nako Village by the scenic Nako Lake. From here, you will also be able to view the Leo Purgil Peak in the distance, standing magnificent, shrouded in white snow.

    Post lunch, we continue our exploration and just before Mane, visit the 1000-year old Tabo Monastery, said to be one of the oldest monasteries in India. We will seek audience with the head Lama for his blessings to help us sight the Snow Leopard. A few cups of hot butter tea (a staple Tibetan/ Ladakhi tea which contains salted butter to help fortify against the icy cold temperatures) later, we reach the local homestay at Mane. The locals here live at the mercy of Mother Nature, with humility and respect. We will also have the opportunity to see beautiful tapestry work done by local ladies hung on the walls and to use beautifully embroidered quilts.

    Much in contrast to the environment outside, we enter a cozy heated environment (powered by generators that our team has carried along). Hot dinner and we are ready to hit the bed.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, High-Tea and Dinner
    Overnight in Local Home Stay, Mane Himachal Pradesh

  4. DAY 4 - TUESDAY, 14TH FEBRUARY 2017 MANE - KIBBER: 75 kms

    Post breakfast, we leave for Kibber, the main location where we will spend the next 3 days spotting mountain animals and also, hopefully, the snow leopard. En route, be prepared to be bowled over by the vast, barren landscapes, stretching all the way up to the horizon. Stop by the Dhanka Lake and peer into its crystal waters to see a clear refection of the clouds gently flitting by. Allow yourself a moment of introspection, an opportunity to dwell upon your place in this vast universe. Today, we will also be visiting the picturesque Lalung Village.

    Post lunch, we pass Kaza town – the capital of Spiti district. A few shops would be open – including a mini Decathlon - and hence anyone needing to stock up on essentials should pick them up here. From here, Kibber is just an hour away. We reach our homestay early evening and post a rejuvenating hot tea and some momos, can walk around the village and interact with the locals.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, High-Tea and Dinner
    Overnight in Local Home Stay, Kibber Himachal Pradesh

  5. DAY 5 & 6 - WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, 15TH & 16TH FEBRUARY 2017 KIBBER

    We have reached the winter home of the snow leopard. Guided by our spotters, we leave each day post breakfast to sight this magnificent animal. It is commonly said, “Don’t hunt the predator but look for the prey. That’s where the snow leopard lies.” Snow leopards are known to feed on blue sheep, also called Bharal. Keep your eyes peeled for these along with other mountain life like the Ibex, Goral, Mountain Goats and wolves.

    We will spend our evenings in the cosy kitchen where the local cooks will treat us to indigenous specialties while the local story tellers spin yarns about the mountains.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, High-Tea and Dinner
    Overnight in Local Home Stay, Kibber Himachal Pradesh

  6. DAY 7 - FRIDAY, 17TH FEBRUARY 2017 KIBBER - KALPA: 230 kms

    We begin a long journey back that will take us away from ancient civilization to modern civilization. We stop at Mane for lunch and reach Kalpa post sundown. The journey would be both tiring and exhilarating, hence, it would be dinner and lights out.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, High-Tea and Dinner
    Overnight in Kinner Villa, Kalpa Himachal Pradesh

  7. DAY 8 - SATURDAY, 25th FEBRUARY 2017 KALPA - SHIMLA: 240 kms

    We are on the last day of our journey. Post breakfast, we leave the Kinnaur valley and proceed towards Shimla. As we near Shimla, our phones start ringing again, family and colleagues are again in touch. We have left behind one of the most isolated places on earth, but hopefully carry with us the warmth of its people and humility of its being. We end our evening in Shimla with a celebratory dinner and raise a toast to life, nature and its beauty. Dinner will be at the popular Café Shimla Times on Mall Road, courtesy yours truly.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, High-Tea and Dinner
    Overnight in East Bourne Resort, Shimla Himachal Pradesh

  8. DAY 9 - SUNDAY, 26th FEBRUARY 2017 SHIMLA - CHANDIGARH: 100 kms

    Wake up relaxed and lazy with a late breakfast. Proceed to Chandigarh and treat yourself to another one of Chandigarh’s delights at Pashtun restaurant – famous for its North West Frontier cuisine. After lunch, our team will drop you off at Chandigarh International Airport for your flight back. As you soar away into the sky, a look at the earth below will remind you of the heights that you have just scaled.

    Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

  1. Day 1 Kufri Holiday Resort

    Resort offers a Kaleidoscope of some of nature's finest landscapes, providing a bouquet of rare and exotic scenery, tranquillity and serenity in a secluded and very personalized location.

    In total of 37 rooms of different kinds, from cottages to wood logs to standard rooms with an unmatched view from each room.

  2. Day 2 & 7 Kinner Villa, Kalpa Himachal Pradesh

    Scenic beauty, surrounding apple orchards and the enchanting view of the Kinner Kailash are few things this hotel boasts about!!

    The hotel offers a total of 20 rooms with grand views of the snow peaks through the huge glass windows.

  3. Day 3 Home Stay, Mane Village Himachal Pradesh

    The traditional hospitality of the villagers provides the guest with a comfortable home environment including friendly faces, a clean eco dry toilet, a hearty meal and a warm bed to rest in.

    All homestay accommodation to include:

    • Warm Spitian hospitality
    • A clean room with clean bed sheets and pillow covers, warm blankets & quilts
    • Room Heaters, hot water bags & electricity for charging phones, camera batteries etc.

    Hot drinking water in a thermoflask 

  4. Day 4, 5 & 6 Home Stay, Kibber Village Himachal Pradesh

    The traditional hospitality of the villagers provides the guest with a comfortable home environment including friendly faces, a clean eco dry toilet, a hearty meal and a warm bed to rest in.

    All homestay accommodation to include:

    • Warm Spitian hospitality
    • A clean room with clean bed sheets and pillow covers, warm blankets & quilts
    • Room Heaters, hot water bags & electricity for charging phones, camera batteries etc.

    Hot drinking water in a thermoflask 

  5. Day 8 East Bourne Resort, Shimla Himachal Pradesh

    East Bourne Resort is located at an altitude of 1,982 m in the Himalayan Mountains. It features an indoor heated pool and spa. International cuisine is served at the on-site Vertigo restaurant.

    East Bourne Resort is within 3 km from Shimla Town, the main bus stand and Shimla Railway Station. Heated rooms come with wooden flooring. A flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities are provided. Bathroom toiletries and a hairdryer are included.

    The resort also has an all-day dining restaurant featuring a selection of Mediterranean, Thai and local delights. Zanee Bar serves a selection of drinks.

Day 1

Included Skiing at the winter wonderland

Try your hand at skiing at the winter wonderland - Narkanda

Day 2

Included Kinnaur Kailash

Experience the primal energy along with a breathtaking view of the Kinnaur Kailash

Day 3

Included Tabo Monastery

Discover peace at the Tabo Monastery. Feel the Spiti warmth & hospitality at the authentic homestay

Day 4

Included The Kibber village

Explore the hidden treasure that awaits in the Fossil Village of Langza and the folklores and stories of the Kibber village people

Day 5 & 6

Included Follow The Trail

A village walk through Kibber and a natural trail walk give you a ringside view of Spiti’s wildlife and possibly, the Snow Leopard.

Day 7

Included Ancient Key Monastery

Calm your senses with a meditation session amidst the mountains at the ancient key monastery.

Day 8

Included Relax at Cafe Shimla Times

Relax at Cafe Shimla Times as we relive the memories.

Day 9

Included Last meal of the trip at Pashtun

Relish the last meal of the trip at Pashtun, famous for its North West Frontier cuisine.

SKU Product Details Price  
TOTSL-CPH

COST PER HEAD - TWIN SHARING BASIS

153,000.00/-*
* The above costs are exclusive of government mandated taxes.

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