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THE SNOW LEOPARD TRAIL

The Road Less Travelled proudly announces TRAIL OF THE SNOW LEOPARD SEASON 3!!!

Trail 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 & Snow Drive Holiday
  • Group Size 10 - 12 pax
  • Dates Batch 1 - 1st February 2019 to 9th February 2019
  • Dates Batch 2 - 11th February 2019 to 19th February 2019
  • Dates Batch 3 - 21st February 2019 to 1st March 2019
  • Drive Route CHANDIGARH - RAMPUR - TABO - KIBBER - RAMPUR - 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 across the month of February 2019 with options of dates to choose from. 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.
  • All meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Hi-Tea & Dinner
  • 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 well heated 4x4 Gypsies (3 guests to a vehicle) all through the route.
  • Provision of enroute refreshments, each day.
  • Toiletry kit with basic essentials for this trip.
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 CHANDIGARH - RAMPUR: 236 kms

    Our TRLT colleagues will welcome you in Chandigarh and immediately whisk you away to the famed Haveli Dhaba. Dhaba has been serving up traditional, like home cooked Punjabi food 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 where we stop for some hot chai making it even more hotter with the surrounding views of the valley. We proceed ahead towards our halt for the night Nau Nabh Heritage Resort where a warm dinner and room awaits us. 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 Nau Nabh Heritage Resort, Rampur - Himachal Pradesh

  2. DAY 2 RAMPUR - TABO: 235 kms

    In the coming week, snow is going to be our constant companion. After a hot cup of chai & check out, we leave for a ‘desi lip smacking’ Indian breakfast at 'Chotiwala Dhaba', hot hot Parathas topped with homemade butter and Chole / Make ki Roti aur Sarso ka Saag made in desi ghee!

     We’ll drive to Tabo in Maruti Gypsies (the only vehicle capable of handling the snow and rough terrain of Spiti Valley). Today, we drive through Kinnaur valley and enter Spiti Valley. It’s 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 venue that will Awe each one of us; Nako Helipad, a sight an experience to behold for a lifetime! From here, we will also be able to view the Leo Purgil Peak in the distance, standing magnificent, shrouded in white snow.

    Post lunch, we walk it up to Nako Lake; another fun-filled experience as we walk on the frozen lake of Nako. We proceed with our onward journey to reach to our halt for the night; a local homestay at Tabo. 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.

    Tabo is a small town in the Spiti district situated on the banks of Spiti River. The village is situated at an altitude of 10,760 ft/ 3,280 metres. The town surrounds a Buddhist monastery which, according to legend, is said to be over a thousand years old. 

     

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, High-Tea and Dinner

    Overnight in Local Home Stay, Tabo Himachal Pradesh

  3. DAY 3 TABO – KIBBER: 85 kms

    After breakfast, we head to 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.

    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 Dhankar Monastery.

    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

  4. DAY 4, 5 & 6 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, Red Fox 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

  5. DAY 7 KIBBER – RAMPUR: 295 kms

    We begin a long journey back that will take us away from ancient civilization to modern civilization. We once again stop at magnificent Nako Helipad for lunch and reach Rampur 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 Nau Nabh Heritage Resort, Rampur Himachal Pradesh

  6. DAY 8 RAMPUR - CHANDIGARH: 230 kms

    We are on the last day of our journey. Post breakfast, we leave the Kinnaur valley and proceed towards Chandigarh. 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 Chandigarh with a celebratory dinner and raise a toast to life, nature and its beauty. Dinner will be at 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.

     

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, High-Tea and Dinner

    Overnight in WelcomHeritage Ramgarh, Chandigarh Himachal Pradesh

  7. DAY 9 CHANDIGARH

    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 (if time permits). 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, depends on the flight departure timing

                                                                                                                Fly back with memories of a lifetime!!

  1. Day 1 & 7 Nau Nabh Heritage Resort, Rampur

    A Heritage Hotel, being run in a part of Padam Palace, property of the Erstwhile Rulers of Bushahr State, Shimla Hills. Live in the Palace, feel like the king & queen of the bygone era, let the hotel staff pamper you. 

    Tastefully designed rooms, getting both of the world together, while maintain the old charm and bringing in the new world luxury & facilities to make your stay comfortable as well as memorable.

  2. Day 2 Local Home Stay, Tabo

    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 

  3. Day 3, 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 

  4. Day 8 WelcomHeritage, Ramgarh Palace Panchkula

    Ramgarh has a history dating back almost 325 years old with features reminiscent of the pre-independence era. This property is an amalgamation of heritage and luxury experience with a world-class accommodation and an awe-inspiring heritage interwoven in historical elegance. The property is dotted with historic art and antiques, a legacy passed down for eight generations now.

    Diwan Khana is the multi-cuisine restaurant that holds the Gaddi of the former Rulers of Ramgarh. It is an architectural marvel with a pleasant artful courtyard and a bright sunny rooftop. 

    The Palace offers an array of recreational activities that includes an in-house gymnasium overlooking a refreshing swimming pool, yoga, Aarti at Mandir Thakurdwara for the spiritual experience, art & craft for kids, indoor games, Curio handcrafts shop and golf course in the vicinity.

Day 1

Included Skiing at the winter wonderland

Try your hand at skiing at the winter wonderland - Narkanda (if time permits)

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 Pal's

Relax at Pal Dhaba 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.

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