Snow Leopards and Tigers of India

On the Trail of the Great Cats

Trip Level

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 (a recommended list is provided in our Predeparture Booklet). 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. Our lodge is Ulley is simple but it is comfortable and heated (and a fantastic alternative to camping). For wildlife viewing in Kanha National Park (and in Pench, on the extension), all our safaris are by open 4WD vehicle (hiking is not allowed in the national parks), and we stay in top-notch wildlife lodges with all the comforts. 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.

Our rooms at the Snow Leopard Lodge 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.

A Special Note on Travel to Ladakh
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.


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 Fahrenheit, with average nighttime temperatures in the low 10s Fahrenheit. November temperatures average 40-60F in the daytime and 25-35F 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. 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.

Choosing the Right Trip

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 contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.