The snow leopard is moderately large cat natives which are found in the mountain ranges of Central Asia. They are insulated by thick hair, and their wide, fur-covered feet act as natural snow shoes. It has powerful feet which help to take a long jump. They can able to jump as far as 50 feet (15 meters). They have long tails; they use it for balancing and cover their sensitive body parts. Snow leopards are carnivores and actively hunt their prey. They usually mate in late winter, marked by a noticeable increase in marking and calling which can be one part of our trek.
In Nepal in about 30,000 sq. /km area about 300–500 snow leopard is found. There are many places where we find the snow leopard in Nepal like Shey-Phoksundo National Park (Dolpa), Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve (Baglung), Annapurna Conservation Area, Api Nampa Conservation Area and also found in the Himalayan area.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will meet our Actual Adventure representative at the arrival gate who will take you to your hotel. Then you can explore around Kathmandu. At evening you will enjoy the traditional welcome dinner. Then stay at your hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu- Nepalgunj
Then we will take a flight and move to the Nepalgunj which will takes 55 minutes. Nepaljung is the backbone of mid-western part of Nepal. Overnight at hotel
Day 3: Nepalgunj to Juphal
Then we will take a flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal airport of Dolpa which will take about 35min. Then our trek starts from here. Then we will trek to the district headquarter which a small village called Dunai (2150m) which will take about 3 hours. Overnight at Dunai
Day 4: Dunai to Chhepka
Then this day we will move to the village called Chhepka. In the way we will entered into the Shey Phoksundo National Park. Here we can have a bird watch also. Overnight at lodge or camp there
Day 5: Chhepka to Polam
We start the trek to Polam through forests of big cedars towards Polam a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. We can also visit the Bon School “Tapariza” on the way.
Day 6: Polam to Phoksundo
Then we will trek to Phoksundo viewing the highest waterfall in Nepal (200 m). Our route then continues into Ringmo village, and then finally we will camp in the national park camping grounds
Day 7: Phoksundo
In this day we will rest and if we are interested then roam around national park. We take a day to explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. And if we are lucky then we can see som species of snow leopard here also.
Day 8: Phoksundo to Sallaghari
From Phoksundo we will start our journey by the side of lake climbing the stiff trail which you might have remarked in the movie “Caravan”, where a yak was fallen into the lake. The trail then descends to lead us to Sallaghari our camp for the night.
Day 9: Sallaghari to Nangdalo Base camp
From Sallaghari, we trek up to Nangdalo base camp. And finally we will camp at Nangdalo Base camp.
Day 10: Nangdalo Base camp
Then we will rest in this this day where we can observe foot prints and droppings of Snow Leopard along with its preys.
Day 11: Nangdalo base camp to Shey Gumpa
Our trek begins towards Shey Gumba from the base camp crossing the Nangdalo Pass (5350M). Shey Gumpa is one of the famous and oldest gumba of Dolpa.
Day 12-13: Shey
In this days we will rest for two days
Day14: Shey to Shyamling gompa
After two days rest we will trek to Shyamling gompa and there we will interact with Lamas and finally camp there.
Day15: Shyamling to Vijer
We leave Shyamling to lunch at Vijer. After the lunch we will interact with the local people. Overnight at Vijer
Day 16: Vijer Village to Saldang
From Vijer village we trek to Saldang crossing the Nengla pass 5368m.Overnight at Saldang
Day 17: Saldang to Chhoregaon
Then we will trek to Chhoregaon from Saldang where we camp. Overnight at Chhoregaon
Day 18: Chhoregaon to Dho Tarap
Then we will trek from Chhoregaon to Dho Tarap by crossing the pass Jyanta 5221m which is also known as Chyngla pass. On this way we will be able to see the prey of Snow Leopard and also sometimes Snow Leopard too. Overnight at Dho Tarap
Day 19: Dho Tarap to Lang
Then we will trek from Dho Tarap to Lang. We have great chances to spot the Snow Leopards around this place. Overnight at Lang
Day 20: Lang to Chhugar
The trek will descend to Chhugar through rocky hills surrounded by fir and pines. And have beautiful sightseeing and bird watch.
Day 21: Chhugar to Tarakot
Then we will trek back from Chhugar to Tarakot and have lots of views of Putha himal and Dhaulagiri range then descends through rocky trails to Tarakot.
Day 22: Tarakot to Juphal
Then we will descend to the Junphal from Tarakot.
Day 23: Juphal – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
Then we will take a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj and finally take flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 24: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 25: Final Departure to Home