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India – Snow Leopard Photo Expedition II 2025

US$9,235 person sharing

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8 April 2025 – 19 April 2025

This Snow Leopard Photo Tour is a rare opportunity to spot elusive Snow Leopards in the wild. During this expedition, we will use the same guides and trackers as BBC’s Planet Earth II and the majority of this trip is based deep in Trans-Himalayas in Ladakh, where one of the world’s highest concentrations of Snow Leopards are found. The high reaches of the Ladakh Range are prime territory for the magnificent Snow Leopard. As the winter sets in and the snow line descends, these shy and elusive creatures move down to lower altitudes in search of their prey; the Bhairal, Urial, and the Arghali – the mountain sheep of this region. We’ll explore Trans-Himalayas on daily treks with our expert spotters to spot and track snow leopards on this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Why this Photo Expedition is for You

Destination Allure

Our Snow Leopard Photo Tour takes place in Hemis National Park in Ladakh, home to the highest concentrations of Snow Leopard!

Month of Travel

The photo tour takes place in winter when Snow Leopards are known to move down from the high reaches of the Ladkah mountains to lower altitudes in search of prey.


The elusive and majestic Snow Leopard and local wildlife such as the Bhairal, Urial, and the Arghali

Small Group Departures

Travel to this exotic location with like-minded individuals and share your photographic bucket list together.

Guided Experience

We will use the same guides and trackers from the BBC’s Planet Earth II film crew, utilising their expert local knowledge and extensive experience to track these big cats.

dale morris oryx photo tours

Dale Morris 

12 Days
10 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
    New Delhi
  • person sharing
  • Single Supplement
  • Photographic Highlights
    Snow Leopard, Great Tibetan Sheep, Blue Sheep, Shapu, Asiatic Ibex, incredible scenery
  • Guide

Day 1: Arrival in New Delhi

ORYX’s Snow Leopard photo tour commences today as you arrive in New Delh.     In the old silk route town of Leh, nestled in the mighty Trans-Himalaya. Today we will need to rest in order to acclimatise to the high altitude of 3,400 meters and must limit our physical activities to properly adjust to the area.

Day 2: Fly New Delhi to Leh

This morning we will fly from New Delhi to the old silk route town of Leh, nestled in the mighty Trans-Himalaya. Today we will need to rest in order to acclimatise to the high altitude of 3,400 meters and must limit our physical activities to properly adjust to the area.     After an early breakfast, we will drive down to the monastery of Thiksey to attend morning prayers. After the morning prayers have concluded, we will drive around the beautiful Indus Valley and view the monastery of Stakna towering above the meandering Indus, followed by visiting the monastery of Matho to view a different order of Buddhism and take in the sights of the Indus Valley from a higher vantage point. For lunch we have arranged for a private meal with a family in a traditional home in the village of Stok.

Day 3: Leh

After breakfast, we will embark on some light sightseeing to explore the rich history of the region, with visits to the 15th century monastery of Thiksey, a trip to Leh’s main market located in the shadow of the impressive 16th century Leh Palace, and to the Central Asian museum. Sightseeing will be split between the morning and evening, with a rest period in and around lunch. Other options also include vantage points around the city, and dusk sets in, possibly a glorious sunset from a vantage point above Leh that will offer sweeping views of the area.  

Day 4: Transfer to Snow Leopard Camp

After an early breakfast, we will depart Leh via a road transfer to camp, which will be approximately 1 hour’s drive.   Nestled deep in the Ladakh Range of India, beyond medieval Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and past ancient shepherding hamlets, the spectacular location and timeless Silk Road feel strikes the perfect balance between remote luxury and rugged adventure. After a tour of our accommodations and a briefing, we will set out in search of wildlife with the tracking team and hope to catch our first glimpse of the “ghosts of the mountains.”

Days 5 to 10: Tracking Snow Leopards

Snow Leopards are some of the most elusive animals on earth. As the winter sets in and the snow line descends, these shy and fleeting big cats move down to lower altitudes in search of their prey, the Argali (Great Tibetan Sheep), Bharal (Blue Sheep) and Urial (known locally as Shapu), the mountain sheep of this region. We will explore the area on daily treks with our expert spotters as we attempt to locate and photograph Snow Leopards on this once-in-a-lifetime photo tour.

Day 11: Return to Leh and fly to New Delhi

Today we will return to Leh as we bid farewell to this beautiful part of the world. Upon arrival, we will board our scheduled flight to New Delhi.

Day 12: Depart New Delhi

Today marks the end of our incredible, once in a life time photo expedition. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your international flight out of New Delhi. ***Depending on international flight schedules, you may be able to depart in the evening on Day 11. Please contact us to discuss the timings before booking your flights.***
India – Snow LeopardsShravan Rao, Canada

The recent first ORYX photo tour for Snow Leopards was outstanding. The communication from the first e-mail enquiring about the trip to the time we got back, was very good. Trouble broke out between India and Pakistan in another part of India during our expedition; you ensured our family were informed immediately of our well-being. Thank you!

The expedition was very well organized. Behzad ensured each of us acclimatized to the high altitude in the first two days. None of us felt altitude sickness. Behzad and the team also kept a close watch on our physical ability and mental awareness throughout the trip. Their attention was key in a very enjoyable experience.

The camp site was perfect. Behzad had pitched the tents well in advance of our arrival, to take the best position. The tents themselves were luxurious, with a bed ensuring we were not sore or cold by sleeping on the ground. The food was delicious, with pizzas, pastas, noodles, dumplings and Indian food for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was elaborate, with porridge, eggs, bread and cereal. Many varieties of tea and coffee were always available through the day.

The sightings were exceptional. Khenrab Phuntsog, the renowned tracker from BBC Planet Earth 2, is not only a great tracker, but also one of the lead conservationists in Hemis National Park. He gave many, many insights into the ecology, animal behaviour, culture and conservation aspects of what we experienced. He delivered in spades each day: we had 7 snow leopard sightings including one from a few hundred feet and two from the camp (a first, I am told), 5 tibetan wolf sightings, including one from the camp (a first again). We also saw a red fox, many blue sheep and birds. The calls on four different mornings of 'snow leopard' even before the first cup of tea, and the first time I saw a Snow Leopard, will always remain with me.

Behzad went over and beyond in helping us with our photography, setup portrait sessions, cultural experiences and helped with astro photography. He is an exceptional photo mentor, tour leader, cultural and snow leopard expert, and above all a very warm, funny and extremely friendly person.

This photo tour was supposed to see the Snow Leopard, to take it off my bucket list. Instead, it has turned into the first of hopefully many more trips to see the Snow Leopards again.

Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

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