Snow Leopards and Tigers of India

On the Trail of the Great Cats


Join us for an extraordinary wildlife expedition on the trail of the near-mythical snow leopards of the Himalayas and the Bengal tigers in legendary Kanha and Pench national parks! We’ll seek the elusive snow leopard in the high Himalayas of Ladakh, where soaring peaks glitter with snow and prayer flags flutter from whitewashed monasteries. Ladakh is a magical place—and the best on the planet to see a snow leopard in the wild. We’ve timed our visit for the winter months, when leopards come down from the snowy heights to follow their main prey, ibex and blue sheep. (Sightings of snow leopard have been excellent from November to March and are not dependent on snow conditions in the mountains). We’ll be based in the remote village of Ulley (13,000'), where a comfortable mountain lodge will welcome us (no camping!). Each day, our expert naturalist and local trackers, who know all the haunts of the “gray ghost,” will get us to the ideal locations to spot these rare creatures. We’ll also be on the lookout for other wildlife including Tibetan wolf, red fox, and Himalayan griffon vulture. A dramatic change of scene finds us in the subtropical world of Kanha National Park, India’s great tiger reserve, where prime teak forests are home to royal Bengal tigers. Spotting one of these magnificent predators is a true privilege, and the park is also home to a rich array of other Indian wildlife. From our award-winning lodge, we have exclusive access at the remote north gate of the park. With fewer travelers around, it means we’ll have a chance for more tiger sightings as well as leopards and Indian wild dog! We invite you on the ultimate experience of the great cats of India!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Delhi / Leh

Fly to Leh (11,500'), Ladakh’s capital, once a stop on the ancient Silk Road. Ladakh is a remote enclave of Tibetan Buddhism in a spectacular Himalayan setting.

Andaz Delhi
New Delhi, India
Day 1 (1 night)
Grand Dragon Ladakh
Leh, India
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Day 10 (1 night)
Days 4-10
Ulley / Snow Leopard Tracking

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 spectacular landscape, we follow our trackers to high points for the best viewing opportunities. Our trip directly supports local community efforts critical for the survival of the magnificent snow leopard. We return to Leh for overnight on Day 10.

Snow Leopard Lodge
Ulley, India
Days 4 to 8 (5 nights)
Grand Dragon Ladakh
Leh, India
Day 10 (1 night)
Days 11-17
Kanha National Park / In Search of Tigers

In picturesque Kanha, one of the first areas to be protected by Project Tiger, the luxuriant meadows and sal forests are ideal habitat for tigers and their prey. We explore by 4WD vehicle, enjoy village visits, and have a cooking demonstration at our award-winning lodge. Depart on Day 17 via Delhi, or join our unique Pench National Park Extension.



Track snow leopard in the high Himalaya, experience Ladakh’s breathtaking landscapes
Support a community-based Himalayan wildlife conservation project
Search for Royal Bengal tigers in renowned Kanha National Park
Extend to Pench National Park, known for tiger and leopard sightings


Length: 17 days
Cost From: $8595  
Arrive: Delhi, India
Depart: Delhi, India
Lodging: 6 nights mountain lodge, 6 nights hotels, 4 nights jungle lodge
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Wildlife and Natural History, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

Rugged road travel with occasional light hikes, cold weather in Ladakh, altitudes between 11,000-14,000 feet, wildlife viewing by vehicle