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Internationale groepsreis Search for Snow Leopards with Valerie Parkinson

2022 + 2023 Dates: Search for the elusive Snow Leopard with celebrated Himalayan trekking guide Valerie Parkinson.
14 dagen vanaf € 3.449,- (excl. vlucht)

Activities

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

    • Chance to see the rare and 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 out for Blue sheep, wolves, lammergeyers, Red fox, Himalayan Griffin Vultures and Golden Eagles
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    14 dagen vanaf € 3.449,-

Route 14 daagse groepsrondreis Search for Snow Leopards with Valerie Parkinson

Snow leopards are one of the world's most elusive mammals but in winter they descend from the high Himalaya in search of food. Inhabiting 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 led by specialist Himalayan trekking guide Valerie Parkinson. Valerie won Best Tour Leader in the prestigious annual Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2021.[[{"fid":"266076","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"3":{"format":"default"}},"attributes":{"height":"391","width":"345","class":"media-element file-default","data-delta":"3"}}]]Valerie was born by the seaside in Blackpool 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 and developed her passion for this part of the world. Valerie has spent the rest of her life leading treks (and bike trips) in the Himalayan Region and her knowledge of the culture, religion, art and wildlife of the area is second to none. Her enthusiasm for trekking developed into climbing and in 2008 Valerie became the first British woman to summit Mount Manaslu at 8,163m, without the use of supplementary oxygen, and in 2009 she attempted Everest. Over the years Valerie has been instrumental in setting up and running Himalayan Community Projects which now operate through the Exodus Travels Foundation.  

  1. Dag 1 - Start Delhi.
  2. Dag 2 - Fly across the Himalaya to Leh (3500m).
  3. Dag 3 - Full day at a monastic festival or visit Shey, Thikse & Stakna Monasteries
  4. Dag 4 - Drive to Jinchen; trek to Rumbak Sumdo (3800m)
  5. Dag 5 -  Five days wildlife spotting in and around the Rumbak, Yurutse, Husing and Tarbuns Valleys in the Hemis National Park searching for Snow leopards and other mammals and birds.
  6. Dag 10 - Return to Leh
  7. Dag 11 - Full day at a monastic festival or Visit Shey, Thikse & 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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