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Internationale groepsreis Search for Snow Leopards with Valerie Parkinson

A rare chance to see the elusive snow leopard and attend a monastic festival

14 dagen vanaf € 3.600 (excl. vlucht)

Bijkomende kosten €26,25
p.p. o.b.v. 2 personen


  • Walking & Trekking
  • Wildlife Walks
  • Festival Holidays
  • Point-to-Point
  • Highlight

    • — Chance to see the rare, elusive snow leopard — Wonderful winter walking in mountainous Ladakh, when it is cut off from the rest of the world — Visit ancient monasteries and attend a colourful monastic festival with masked dancers — Enjoy a homestay night and traditional meal with a friendly Ladakhi family — Look for lynx, blue sheep, wolves, bearded vultures, red foxes, Himalayan griffin vultures and golden eagles
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    14 dagen vanaf € 3.600

    Bijkomende kosten €26,25
    p.p. o.b.v. 2 personen

Route 14 daagse Groepsrondreis Search for Snow Leopards with Valerie Parkinson

Snow leopards are one of the most elusive mammals in the world but in winter they descend from the High Himalaya in search of food. As they inhabit some of the most remote and mountainous regions of Central Asia, the mission to see this enigmatic cat is really more of a pilgrimage. Other rare high-altitude wildlife and isolated Himalayan Buddhist communities only add to this quest’s allure. The itinerary varies slightly by departure date to fit in the different festivals. All departures are led by specialist Himalaya trekking guide Valerie Parkinson. Valerie won Best Tour Leader 2021 in the prestigious Wanderlust World Guide Awards. Valerie was born by the seaside in Blackpool, UK, and spent much of her younger days walking with her parents in the Lake District. After finishing her studies, Valerie worked in Germany and Switzerland, until 1984 when she took a break that would change her life forever. She travelled to India for a three-week trek through Kashmir and Ladakh and found her spiritual home in the High Himalaya. She has spent the rest of her life leading treks (and bike trips) in the Himalayan region and her knowledge of the local culture, religion, art and wildlife is second to none. Her enthusiasm for trekking developed into climbing. In 2008, she became the first British woman to summit the 26,781ft (8,163m) tall Mount Manaslu without the use of supplementary oxygen and she attempted Everest in 2009. Over the years, Valerie has been instrumental in setting up and running Himalayan Community Projects, which now operates through the Exodus Travels Foundation.

  1. Dag 1 - Start Delhi
  2. Dag 2 - Fly across the Himalaya to Leh
  3. Dag 3 - Full day at a monastic festival or visit Shey, Thikse and Stakna monasteries
  4. Dag 4 - Drive to Jinchen; trek to Rumbak Sumdo
  5. Dag 5 - Five days of wildlife spotting in Hemis National Park
  6. Dag 10 - Return to Leh
  7. Dag 11 - Full day at a monastic festival or visit Shey, Thikse and Stakna monasteries
  8. Dag 12 - Fly to Delhi
  9. Dag 13 - Free day in Delhi for individual sightseeing
  10. Dag 14 - End Delhi
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