On the Trail of the Gray Ghost of the Himalayas

Searching for Snow Leopards in India

India

12 Days

From $7,795

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    Overview

    Track snow leopards in the Himalayas of Ladakh, the best place in the world to find these near-mythical cats in the wild. The prime season for sightings is winter, when high-altitude mountain goats descend to the valleys, bringing the cats with them. In the austere beauty of Ladakh's winter landscape, we head out with local Ladakhi trackers to search for the “gray ghost.” We'll be based in a comfortable lodge at 13,000 feet in the village of Ulley, which has partnered with the Snow Leopard Conservancy to assure that by protecting their former adversary (the snow leopard), the local people generate income and benefits for the entire community. At journey's end, join our extension to Kanha National Park, India's most renowned Project Tiger reserve, with a stay in our award-winning lodge.

    Arrive: Delhi, India

    Depart: Delhi, India

    Highlights

    • Track snow leopard in the high Himalayas, supporting a community-based Himalayan wildlife conservation project
    • Experience Ladakh's breathtaking landscapes and traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture
    • Extend your journey to include Kanha National Park, known for tiger and leopard sightings

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      Fly to Leh (11,500'), Ladakh's capital. Set along India's border with Tibet, the Ladakh region has a spectacular Himalayan setting. We'll have a crucial acclimatization day with time to explore Leh's bazaar and visit the Sankar Gompa, a Buddhist monastery just outside Leh.
      In the traditional village of Ulley, with its prayer flags and yak corrals, our community-owned lodge puts us in the best spot to track snow leopard in three valleys renowned for sightings. We track first by vehicle, then set out on foot to prime viewing spots. Keeping an eye out for ibex, Tibetan wolf, and soaring griffon vultures in this magnificent landscape, we follow our trackers to high points for the best viewing opportunities. Despite its large distributional range, the population of snow leopards across the world is still dwindling, making it one of the most endangered cats in the world. Spotting a snow leopard on the hunt, perched on a crag, or sighting a mother with her cubs, is a fantastic, even spiritual, natural history experience. Our trip directly supports local community efforts for the survival of this iconic animal. We return to Leh on Day 10. Depart on Day 12 via Delhi, or join our tiger-viewing extension in Kanha National Park.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in mountain lodges, hotels, and jungle lodges
      • All meals included except 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Emergency medical evacuation insurance (required)
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Andaz Delhi

      New Delhi, India

      Day 1 (1 night)

      Located just a few miles from the international airport, you can watch the planes come and go from this contemporary hotel. Grab a gin and tonic at the Juniper Bar, which offers 35 types of gin and tonic infusions, or if you feel like jumping into an even livelier scene,...

      Grand Dragon Ladakh

      Leh, India

      Days 2-3 (2 nights)

      The Grand Dragon has well-maintained rooms with central heating and a great location just below Old Town, within easy walking distance of Leh's main bazaar. The balconies on each floor offer views across the Indus Valley.

      Snow Leopard Lodge

      Ulley, India

      Days 4-9 (6 nights)

      This community-built lodge is located in Ulley (13,000'), surrounded by one of Ladakh's finest snow leopard habitats. Although the lodge is basic, it is cozy and offers a great alternative to camping in the cold winter weather. There is a kitchen where hot meals are prepared, a sitting room, five...

      Grand Dragon Ladakh

      Leh, India

      Day 10 (1 night)

      The Grand Dragon has well-maintained rooms with central heating and a great location just below Old Town, within easy walking distance of Leh's main bazaar. The balconies on each floor offer views across the Indus Valley.

      Andaz Delhi

      New Delhi, India

      Day 11 (1 night)

      Located just a few miles from the international airport, you can watch the planes come and go from this contemporary hotel. Grab a gin and tonic at the Juniper Bar, which offers 35 types of gin and tonic infusions, or if you feel like jumping into an even livelier scene,...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Gulzar Hussain

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      Indrajit Latey

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      Ashwin H.P.

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 4+, Moderate to Strenuous. In Ladakh, you'll be outdoors in cold winter weather during the day as you track snow leopards, but with proper winter boots and layers of clothing, you should be comfortable. In general, the most important requirements for this journey are a spirit of adventure and the understanding that you are visiting remote and fascinating regions of India.
      Review Trip Level Details

      When our trackers spot wildlife, we will hike varying distances to get the best views, and at high altitudes (14,000 feet or higher), hiking can feel strenuous. For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition.

      While Ladakh's skies are often blue and sunny in winter, it is quite cold because of the high altitude (average 13,000-14,000 feet). Daytime highs in Ladakh in March average in the low 40s, with average nighttime temperatures in the low 10s . November temperatures average 40-60°F in the daytime and 25-35°F at night, but our lodge is heated. Ladakh is at high altitude, and the air is quite dry. There is always the possibility of snow.

      Our lodge, in Ulley is simple but it is comfortable and heated (and a fantastic alternative to camping). Our rooms are simple rooms with beds, sheets, and blankets. Some rooms do not have power outlets, but every room has a light.  There is no running water at the lodge as pipes will freeze in the winter. Bathroom facilities have a toilet and bucket bath (hot water will be provided if you wish to bathe). Please be prepared for limited bathing.

      Ladakh is an exciting destination, and while tourism is growing, the infrastructure remains limited (particularly felt by travelers on the bumpy roads!). Essential requirements for travel in Ladakh are flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity, enthusiasm about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

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      Client Testimonials

      "The trip operation was seamless for the guests. The trip leader and the assistant leader, as well as all the ground staff, made this trip easy to navigate, understand, and enjoy, making it a highly successful experience."

      Carol B.

      Novato, CA

      "The opportunity to see both snow leopards and tigers on one itinerary makes this a very special trip. The Snow Leopard Conservancy visit was fantastic as we learned about their important work, and then saw it in action at the Snow Leopard Lodge and surrounding valleys. That work is critical and we were so pleased to have a portion of our fee go to that organization. And while wildlife sightings are never guaranteed, we were fortunate to have the best team possible to help boost our odds."

      Cheryl K.

      San Jose, CA

      "A wonderful trip! So much more than a chance to catch a photo of a snow leopard or tiger, this was the rare opportunity to really learn about these two cats, their environments, and the ongoing conservation efforts being made to save them."

      Mimi G.

      Durango, CO

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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This visa is valid 30 days from the date of your first arrival in India, and your first arrival must be between the date of issue and expiry on the ETA. Double entries will be granted within the e-Tourist visa validity period stamped on your passport. <br><br>For the 1-year and 5-year options, applications can be made 120 days in advance from date of travel. The 1-year visa is valid 365 from the date the ETA has been granted, while the 5-year visa is valid 5 years from the date the ETA has been granted. Multiple entries and continuous stays are allowed during each visit, but cannot exceed 180 days. <br><br>Currently, this ETA is valid for entry through 29 designated airports and 5 designated seaports, including major cities like Delhi, Cochin (Kochi), Kolkata, and Mumbai. Visitors have the flexibility to depart\/exit from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India. If you have any questions when it comes to entry points, please check the ETA website for FAQs. <br><br>If you think you might return to India, we recommend that you obtain a 1-year or 5-year e-Tourist visa. <br><br>All applicants will be required to upload a recent passport photo as part of the application process, as well as the photo page of their passport. There are specific requirements when it comes to uploading these documents&mdash;detailed instructions can be found on the ETA website. <br><br>The ETA application will ask for a &#8220;Reference Name in India,&#8221; as well as a &#8220;Reference Name in United States of America.&#8221; For this, please put the following:<br><strong><br>Reference Name in India<\/strong><br>Name: Encounters Asia<br>Address: Suite # 206, Rakeshdeep Building<br>11 Commercial Complex<br>Gulmohar Enclave<br>New Delhi, 110049, India<br>India Phone: Phone: (+91) 11 2685-3760<br><strong><br>Reference Name in United States<\/strong><br>Name: Wilderness Travel<br>Address: 1102 Ninth St<br>Berkeley, CA, 94710<br>USA<br>Phone: +1-510-558-2488 <br><br>Please note that e-Tourist visas can take up to 72 hours or more to process. You will be informed of your visa status via email, although you can also check the status of your visa through the e-visa website.<br><em><br>Upon arrival, you will need to present a physical copy of your ETA document and passport to the Indian immigration officials. Please make sure that you also have a printed copy of your international flight itinerary.<\/em><br><strong><br>2.) Traditional (Paper) Visa:<\/strong> US citizens can obtain a traditional (paper) visa that is stamped into their passport. We recommend you obtain this through Passport Visas Express (PVE), which is Wilderness Travel's recommended visa processing company. You can learn more at the PVE website by clicking <a href=\"https:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">here<\/a>. <br><br>When contacting PVE, please let them know that you are on a Wilderness Travel trip.<br><strong><br>All visa regulations are subject to change. If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, please check with a local consulate for entry requirements.<\/strong>","Custom_Money":"India's currency is the rupee. We suggest you bring your funds in US cash. You can exchange money at the international airport on arrival and at our hotel in Delhi. You will be issued a currency exchange form each time you change money; keep these forms as you will need them to change rupees back into dollars at the airport upon departure. Please note it will be difficult to exchange any money in Ladakh. <br><br>Credit cards are accepted in most shops, hotels, and restaurants in Delhi. It is a good idea to have some small US cash ($1s) on hand for minor expenses. There are ATMs at the international airports, and you can use these upon arrival in India. Please note that there are ATM machines elsewhere in India, but they may not be conveniently located near the hotels on our trips. <br><br>To use an ATM internationally, you must have a four-digit PIN. If you plan to use your credit cards, inform your credit card company before your departure that you will be using the card abroad. <br><br>You will need to budget spending money for gratuities, for any meals not included in the trip itinerary, and for personal items such as snacks, phone calls, etc. A great variety of craftworks are available in India. Depending on your taste, you could spend anything from $100 to $300 or much more.","Custom_Tipping":"Tipping is completely discretionary, but over the years, clients have asked us for tipping guidelines to reward guides for outstanding service. A range of reference would be $160 to $200 per trip member for the Trip Leader, and $80 to $100 for Assistant Trip Leaders. During the trip, the Trip Leader takes care of tips for waiters at restaurants and for porters for luggage handling.<br><br>","Custom_Food":"Please reach out to us directly to discuss any dietary restrictions or concerns you may have. We can easily make arrangements for most diets, but please keep in mind that certain cultural differences or logistical limitations can make it difficult or at times impossible to accommodate all requests. With this in mind, please inform us at least eight weeks before your trip if you have a special diet, and any food allergies in particular, so we can do our best to meet your needs.","Custom_Communications":"<strong>Telephone<\/strong><br>The international dialing code for India is 91. Please contact your cell phone company for specific instructions for international use.<br><strong><br>Email &amp; Internet Access<\/strong><br>Internet access is available at our hotels in Delhi and Leh.<br><br>","Custom_Electricity":"India has 230-volt current and either C or D plug types. Bring a converter and plug adapter kit for appliance use.<br><br>","Custom_Laundry":"Laundry service is available at all hotels and lodges during this adventure, with the exception of the Snow Leopard Lodge in Ladakh, where laundry service is not possible.","Custom_Ship_Notes":"","Custom_Inoculations":"Entry requirements are subject to change; check with the Centers for Disease Control for updates. All shots should be entered on your International Health Card (yellow card), which is provided by the facility giving the shots. Keep it with your passport while traveling (however, the card is not required to enter India). This provides an important personal record for you to refer to when making future travel plans. We recommend you discuss the following with your physician:<br><strong><br>Polio<\/strong><br>People who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine are considered fully immunized. People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine (three doses spaced at intervals).<br><strong><br>Hepatitis A<\/strong><br>The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A and are worthwhile if you travel regularly to developing countries.<br><strong><br>Tetanus Booster<\/strong><br>A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years).<br><strong><br>Typhoid<\/strong><br>The CDC recommends the shot or the oral vaccine, Vivotif Berna. You may not be able to take the oral vaccine simultaneously with mefloquine (for malaria prevention).","Custom_International_Health":"","Custom_Malaria_Prevention":"(Only if you plan to visit lowland areas of India)<br><br>Malaria is a serious but preventable disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito and is not an issue in Ladakh. If you are traveling elsewhere in India, please discuss antimalarial medication with your doctor, who will explain various antimalarials and their side effects and recommend a regimen for you. In addition to medication, a further precaution against malaria is to wear long sleeves and long pants at dusk. Thin clothing should be sprayed with insect repellent, especially around the elbows and ankles. Use repellent containing DEET.<br><br>If, after returning from your trip, you have a persistent fever with chills, muscle aches, and headache, report to your doctor the possibility of exposure to malaria.<br><br>For further malaria information, consult your doctor or the CDC Malaria Hotline (<a href=\"https:\/\/www.cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers\/\">cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers<\/a>) or by phone at 888-232-3228.","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"In hotels, don't brush your teeth with tap water; use bottled water. Don't use ice in your drinks unless you are sure it was made with treated water. When in doubt, ask your Trip Leader for guidelines.","Custom_Getting_In_Shape":"","Custom_Medical_Care":"You should be aware that medical services are not readily available in Ladakh. The availability of medical supplies or the adequacy of medical attention, once provided, cannot be guaranteed and cannot be expected to measure up to western standards. You should bring an ample supply of any prescription medicines you need and the items listed on the personal first aid list, in consultation with your physician. <br><br>There are risks involved in the event of an illness requiring evacuation. However, should any medical situations arise, your guide and crew will help organize the swiftest possible assistance available. <br><br>Any evacuation\/emergency payments must be made directly to our agents in India. Please note that personal checks are not readily accepted. In choosing to use your credit card (if available), please be aware that a service charge of approximately 10% might be assessed in addition to the actual cost of the evacuation.","Custom_Altitude_Considerations":"Our Ladakh journey takes place at altitudes between 11,000 and 14,000 feet. Wilderness Travel designs trips with proper acclimatization time and proper rest time built in. However, at higher altitudes, each individual reacts differently. You should be aware of the symptoms and effects of AMS. <br><br>It is not uncommon to experience unusual symptoms when you first arrive at high altitude. The best remedies are to walk more slowly, rest frequently, and drink plenty of fluids. A good night's sleep will often bring you back to normal. However, it is important to pay attention to the signals your body gives you. If symptoms persist, consult with the Trip Leader or trip doctor at once. <br><br>While acclimatizing, avoid pushing yourself too hard, however physically fit you may be or feel. Physical fitness does not prevent AMS. You may walk more slowly than you are used to, but this is perfectly normal. <br><br>AMS results primarily from insufficient oxygen in the blood (hypoxia). Mild symptoms are a signal that you must stay at that altitude until the symptoms have gone away. Never ascend with any symptoms of AMS. If you ignore alarm signals from your body, you risk serious or fatal illness. Be alert for symptoms in yourself and in your companions, and keep your trip leader informed of any changes in your health. <br><br>Proper hydration is essential. The thin, dry air of high altitude wicks away moisture as you breathe. Avoid caffeine, which is a diuretic. Sleeping pills and other sedatives should not be used at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and may lead to AMS. Do not drink alcohol or smoke at high altitudes. Maintain good nutrition. Your appetite will probably decrease but it is important to eat well (especially foods high in carbohydrates), even if you're not feeling well.<br><strong><br>Early Symptoms of AMS<\/strong><br>Headaches, dizziness, extreme fatigue, malaise, persistent yawning, hyperventilation, loss of appetite, swelling in ankles or eyelids, breathlessness at rest, poor sleep, and Cheyne-Stokes breathing while sleeping (an irregular breathing pattern in which breathing accelerates, then slows down and seems to stop). If you experience any of these symptoms, rest and drink more fluids. Your body is capable of adapting to altitude if given time. Most likely, the symptoms will be gone in the morning. Should they persist, notify your Trip Leader and watch for more advanced symptoms.<br><strong><br>Advanced Symptoms of AMS<\/strong><br>Increasing tiredness, severe headache, vomiting, staggering walk, irrational behavior and loss of coordination (ataxia), and inability to perform simple motor functions. These worsening symptoms indicate High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). Increasing shortness of breath, severe cough with watery or bloody sputum, noisy bubbling breath and tiredness are signs of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). <br><br>HACE and HAPE are both progressive, life-threatening conditions. Ignoring progressive symptoms may lead to unconsciousness and death within a matter of hours. The only treatment is to descend. A person suffering from AMS may not think clearly and may have to be forced to descend. Even if the diagnosis is unclear, you should descend whenever there is any possibility of AMS. You can always re-ascend when you feel better.<br><strong><br>Diamox (Acetazolamide)<\/strong><br>The prescription drug Diamox is now accepted as an effective prophylactic against the early symptoms of altitude sickness. Most people start taking it a day before going to altitude and continue until they feel they are comfortably acclimatized, although some decide to continue its use throughout their time at altitude. Consult with your physician for directions concerning proper usage and dosage. You can also read more about it at the Himalayan Rescue Association's website <a href=\"www.himalayanrescue.org\/hra\/altitude_sickness.php\">www.himalayanrescue.org\/hra\/altitude_sickness.php<\/a>. 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As in all travel situations, it is important to observe the local people carefully and use common sense. For example, ask permission before taking a photo, entering a temple, washing at a tap, or touching a baby. You'll almost always find the Indians friendly and helpful. A few guidelines are offered below.<br><strong> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br>Body Language<\/strong><br>When seated, it is not polite to show the bottoms of the feet, and it is especially rude to point them in someone else's direction. Therefore you should not stretch your legs out or cross them with the sole turned up or out. Also, never step over or on any part of a person as this exposes them to the bottom of your feet. The purity of the body is viewed as being the highest at the head, becoming progressively dirtier down to the feet. This also makes patting children or other people on the head ill-mannered. Touching a person of the opposite sex, even on the shoulder or hand, can easily be misinterpreted and it's best to refrain from doing so.<br><strong><br>Clothing<\/strong><br>Be modest in the way you dress while visiting India. (See Notes on Clothing in this booklet.) Women should wear skirts falling at least to the knee, or pants. Bathing suits, halter tops, and tank tops are considered an unseemly display in India and will embarrass local people. Especially in and around temples, wear long pants or a skirt, and a top that covers the shoulders and upper arms. Men may wear shorts up to mid-thigh, but no shorter. It is permitted for men to rest and sunbathe without a shirt, but it is considered extremely rude for men to walk about bare-chested.<br><strong><br>Water<\/strong><br>Spring water is considered sacred and is protected by ritual. River and stream water is not subject to these taboos. Many villages have only small springs from which to draw their water. Do not casually take water from these springs. It is best to receive permission from a local person. If there is no one nearby, then follow these guidelines: Use only a very clean utensil to draw water. Do not drink directly from this utensil or from the spring. Do not brush your teeth or wash anything near the spring. Carry water 20 feet or more away from the spring before washing. If the water source becomes polluted by careless practice, the consequences for the village are disastrous.<br><strong><br>Shrines<\/strong><br>Along almost every street and trail you will find temples and shrines of all sorts. Regardless of their size, they are revered with great devotion. When entering a temple, ask about or observe local practice. In some temples, shoes must be removed. In some, it is forbidden to wear leather of any kind (such as a leather belt) or to eat.<br><strong><br>Begging<\/strong><br>Begging is a tradition in India and can be difficult for westerners to confront. There are no easy answers as to whether to give small amounts of money to beggars. It is ultimately up to each of you to decide. Children along popular travel routes often ask for candy, pens, or money. Rewarding this behavior sets up a barrage of requests for more, a dependency on products not locally available, and in the case of sweets, an increasing dental problem. We, therefore, ask that you do not give anything to children: no candy, pens, balloons, or money. If you like, you can bring pens, crayons, large felt-tip pens, paper, maps, or postcards to donate to schools we pass along the way.<br><strong><br>Homes<\/strong><br>Indians are very hospitable and it is common for them to invite travelers into their homes. If your hosts take off their shoes before entering a household or room, do likewise. Inside, cooking and eating areas should be treated with special respect. Avoid going into the hearth unless specifically invited there; it is sacred, and home to a guardian spirit. Do not touch the fire area or dry your shoes by it, and do not point your feet at or burn trash in the fire. Do not touch food or eating utensils used by local people. Also, many Hindus cannot eat food that has been touched by a foreigner, so don't offer anything from your plate.","Custom_Giving_Back":"","Custom_Enviromental_Concerns":"","Custom_Shopping_and_Souvenirs":"","Custom_Seasickness":"","Custom_Explore":"","Custom_Additional_Information":"","Custom_Essentials":"<ul><li>\nAir tickets (or E-tickets)<\/li><li>\nPassport<\/li><li>\nOne other picture ID, such as a driver's license<\/li><li>\nExpense money<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Luggage":"<ul><li>Soft-sided suitcase, with a small padlock (must be unlocked for air travel). Rolling suitcases have been the preferred choice of past travelers.<\/li><li>Daypack, large enough for a fleece jacket, rain gear, water bottle, camera, and other items you want with you during the day.<\/li><li>Small roll-up duffel to carry home purchases if you are an avid shopper, keeping in mind that you may have to pay excess baggage charges if you are over the weight limit.<\/li><\/ul><strong><br>IMPORTANT!<\/strong> Valuable or essential items such as camera equipment, prescription medications, or hiking boots should always be hand-carried on any flight to avoid loss or damage. Once you arrive in India, it may be impossible to replace these items if your luggage is delayed.<div><br><strong><br>Weight Limits<\/strong><br>On the internal flights for this departure, <strong>each participant can bring 1 checked bag with a weight limit of approximately 55 lbs.<\/strong><\/div><div><strong> <br><br>Each participant can also bring 1 carry-on, which cannot exceed 15 lbs.<\/strong><br> <br><br><\/div>","Custom_Clothing":"In Delhi, daytime weather during February, March, and November can be hot and humid (80Fs-90Fs), so do pack cool, light-weight city clothes for touring. However, in the evenings, temperatures can drop into the 60Fs. <br><br>While Ladakh's skies are often blue and sunny in winter, it is quite cold because of the high altitude (average 13,000-14,000 feet). Daytime highs in Ladakh in March and November average in the low 40s Fahrenheit, with average nighttime temperatures in the low 10s Fahrenheit. February tends to be a bit colder with daytime highs around 30 degrees Fahrenheit and overnight temperatures dropping closer to 0 Fahrenheit. Ladakh is at high altitude, and the air is quite dry. There is always the possibility of rain or snow, so we advise that you bring warm layers, along with waterproof clothing, just in case. In addition, sun protection at such high altitude can be critical, so lots of sunscreen and a good hat are important. <br><br>At Kanha and on our extension to Pench, we expect temperatures to be warm to hot during the day (mid 70s-80s), dropping to much cooler at dawn, when a warm sweater or jacket will be in order for game drives. We don't expect rain to be a problem at Kanha, but there may be an occasional shower. <br><br>Please keep in mind that India is still a traditional culture. Visitors should take care to dress modestly. For women, long pants, skirts, or knee-length hiking shorts are fine. Skimpy or revealing tops are generally frowned upon. Men should wear shirts with sleeves and long pants or knee-length hiking shorts. In some temples and monasteries, shoes must be removed. Sleeveless shirts are not appropriate for either women or men. <br><br>Packing for this trip can be particularly difficult due to the spectrum of weather you will experience while in India. You are welcome to store luggage at the group hotel in Delhi during the different sections of the trip. For example, store your warm weather clothes in Delhi while you are in Ladakh, and then store cold weather clothes while you are on safari in Kanha. The clothing list below is provided as a guideline only; we encourage you to pack as lightly as possible.<br><strong><br>General Items:<\/strong><br><ul><li>Socks\/underwear (synthetics dry faster)<\/li><li>Sports bra for women (for bumpy game drives)<\/li><li>Casual city\/hotel attire<\/li><\/ul><div><strong><br>Packing List for Ladakh:<\/strong><br><ul><li>Insulated hiking boots with good tread for standing and walking on snow<\/li><li>2 pairs of long pants. 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Your own experience will influence your choices.<br><br><ul><li>\nSunscreen SPF 30 or higher, lip balm with sunscreen. We recommend mineral-based sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide because they do not contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Brands such as Honest Company, Badger, and Alba Botanica are found in most sporting goods stores and drugstores.<\/li><li>\nAspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol for muscle pain or headaches.<\/li><li>\n\nTopical antibiotic (Neosporin) for cuts, bites, or sores.<\/li><li>\nInsect repellent. Repellents with DEET are recommended. DEET content of about 30-35% is ideal (higher DEET content is not recommended). Wipe DEET off your hands before touching plastic surfaces (such as binoculars) because it can damage the plastic. 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In Ladakh, you&#39;ll be outdoors in cold winter weather during the day as you track snow leopards, but with proper winter boots and layers of clothing, you should be comfortable. In general, the most important requirements for this journey are a spirit of adventure and the understanding that you are visiting remote and fascinating regions of India.","Custom_Terrain":"","Custom_Getting_in_Shape":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-09T16:12:24 --><p>When our trackers spot wildlife, we will hike varying distances to get the best views, and at high altitudes (14,000 feet or higher), hiking can feel strenuous. For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition.<\/p>","Custom_Weather":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>While Ladakh's skies are often blue and sunny in winter, it is quite cold because of the high altitude (average 13,000-14,000 feet). Daytime highs in Ladakh in March average in the low 40s, with average nighttime temperatures in the low 10s . November temperatures average 40-60&deg;F in the daytime and 25-35&deg;F at night, but our lodge is heated. Ladakh is at high altitude, and the air is quite dry. There is always the possibility of snow. <\/body>","Custom_Accommodations":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-09T16:12:11 --><p>Our lodge, in Ulley is simple but it is comfortable and heated (and a fantastic alternative to camping). Our rooms are simple rooms with beds, sheets, and blankets. Some rooms do not have power outlets, but every room has a light.&nbsp; There is no running water at the lodge as pipes will freeze in the winter. Bathroom facilities have a toilet and bucket bath (hot water will be provided if you wish to bathe). 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Essential requirements for travel in Ladakh are flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity, enthusiasm about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.<\/p>","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_2":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_2":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_1":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_2":"","System_Choosing_the_Right_Trip":"<p>Adventure travel often involves exotic destinations, unusual levels of physical exertion, or activities you may not have participated in previously. We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $600<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}