Best Season: Dec-Feb
Altitude: 3900m -4500m
Hemis National Park is a high altitude national park in the eastern Ladakh region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. World famous for being the best place to see the snow leopard in the wild, it is believed to have the highest density of snow leopards of any protected area in the world. Nestled with some of the endangered species of the Himalayan region, the Hemis National Park is one of the major attractions in Ladakh pulling in adventurers and animal lovers from all over the world. It stretches from an elevation of 4100 meters and covers up the entire Rumbak Valley, and is home to varied species of animals and Himalayan birds. Hemis National Park is India’s only protected area inside the Palearctic ecozone, outside the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary northeast of Hemis, and the proposed Tso Lhamo Cold Desert Conservation Area in North Sikkim.
The Snow Leopard Trek, which is one of the popular winter treks in the Ladakh region, rises up into a territory where human hospitality evanesces and brings forth a wild stretch of rugged mountains dotted with animals like snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, blue sheep, horned sheep and Eurasian Brown Bear and more. It is also an abode to several species of birds like the Golden Eagle, different species of vultures and migratory birds.
Being on the move on the Snow Leopard Trek in Ladakh, one encounters with surprises at each turn. From claw tracks to prey the journey quenchs a shiver of fever pitch and bring back wild snow trailing memories. The frigid climate during the winters (when the temperature drops below freezing point) further backpacks with chilling and trembling trekking days that passes through the River Indus, deep gorges and steep ridges.The snow leopard trek further allows you to get acquainted with the folklore of Rumbak Valley. It thus brings one to an indigenous territory astir over the savage breath in the midst of the cold desert and gust of freezing wind. Backpack oneself to a world beyond humanity and live on wildploring.