Type of Tour : Wildlife Photography Expedition

Duration : 11 Nights 12 Days

Starts From : 8th February, 2020 | Saturday | Shimla

Ends At : 18th February, 2020 | Tuesday| Shimla

Declaration:

This tour involves hiking above 14000ft above MSL and during winter temperature may go as low as -28 Degree Celsius. So people who are prone to Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness or with very high blood pressure or serious heart problem should consult the physician before joining. In our last many Snow Leopard Expeditions, we have never missed the sighting of Snow Leopard. However, sighting of any wildlife can never be guaranteed.
Day 01 | 08/02/20 | Shimla - Recong Peo/Kalpa:
Arrive in Shimla from Delhi overnight. After arriving at Shimla, transfer directly to Reckong Peo (approx. 230 km). Overnight stay in Reckong Peo.


Food plan: Lunch | Dinner


Day 2 | 09/02/20 | Reckong Peo/Kalpa – Kaza:
Another day long drive to Kaza from Recong Peo/Kalpa through the Trans Himalayan Terrain. Kaza in the afternoon and stay overnight at Kaza.


Food plan: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 3 |10/02/20 |  Kaza - Snow Leopard Exploration - Kibber:

Start early from Kaza and drive down to the trek-head for Snow Leopard. Guides and trackers are pre appointed to do their job. Based on the latest sighting reports (reported by trackers) visit different places in the terrain. Later transfer to Kibber and check in to your home-stay. The home-stay is basic, yet comfortable with room-heating facility and with attached chemical toilet of western style.
Explore for wildlife in the afternoon and stay overnight at Kibber.

Food plan: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 04 - 10 | 11/02/20 - 17/02/20 | Snow Leopard Exploration near Kibber (7 days):
Trek to different slopes near Kibber search of the elusive snow leopards according to the latest sighting reports. Other wildlife, which are relatively common in this area are: Tibetan Wolf, Red Fox, Blue sheep or Bharal, Ibex, Wooly hare, Pale weasel etc. List of birds which are frequently seen here are: Golden eagle, Lammergeir, Himalayan Griffon, Himalayan Snowcock etc.

During summer Kaza, Kibber and surrounding area attracts many landscape photographers, though in winter it turns white and becomes more picturesque and there is a lot of scope in Landscape and People Photography Genres.

The vehicle will be there for transportation, yet at times you will need to trek (1 / 2 km) to reach the location. (Porters are available with an extra cost of ₹1500/- per day.)

Do photography and enjoy your day with hot food and warm behavior of the people around you. Stay overnight at your home-stay.

Food plan: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 11 | 18/02/20 | Kibber – Recong Peo/Kalpa/Rampur Bushahr: 

Post breakfast pack up and drive down to Recong Peo/Kalpa/Rampur Bushahr and reach your destination by evening. Stay overnight at Recong Peo/Kalpa/Rampur Bushahr.


Food plan: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 12 | Reckong Peo/Kalpa/Rampur Bushahr – Shimla :
Start early and reach Shimla by evening. This tour ends on arrival at Shimla.


Food plan: Breakfast only.




Note: Shimla is well-connected to Kalka (87 km | 3hrs), Chandigarh (113km | 4 hrs) and Delhi (368km | 9hrs) and private taxi service is there. Overnight Bus Service (Volvo) is another comfortable yet cheaper option to reach Shimla from Chandigarh and Delhi.
  • Snow Leopard.
  • Red Fox.
  • Tibetan Wolf.
  • Woolly Hare.
  • Ibex.
  • Bharal or Blue Sheep.
  • Lammergeier.
  • Himalayan Griffon.
  • Himalayan Snowcock.
  • Golden Eagle.
  • Trans Himalayan Landscape in winter in Spiti River Valley.
  • Life of people in Tibetan Plateau.
  • Very warm clothes [Down jacket, Heavy woollens, Fleece jacket or pullovers, Thermal inner-wear, Woollen socks, Thick woollen cap, High-ankle waterproof walking shoes, A pair of woollen gloves, A dark Sun-glass, Personal sleeping bag (optional)].

  • Walking stick.

  • Powerful head torch with extra cell.

  • Cameras with enough extra batteries.

  • A Steady Tripod.

  • Binoculars (optional)

  • Thermo flux (optional)

  • Dry fruits/chocolates etc.

  • A lightweight backpack to carry personal belongings while trekking.

  • Sunscreen and moisturizing lotion.

  • Toilet paper

Cost Per Person : INR 1,08,000 + 5% GST

Cost Includes :

  • Accommodations as per the itinerary.
  • Food as per the itinerary.
  • Photography skipper.
  • Vehicle (Mahindra Bollero or similar) for all transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Tracker and Guide.

Cost Excludes :

  • Air/train fare.
  • Meals/Bottled Water/Beverages other than mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Insurance.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone etc.
  • Any additional costs due to change in the itinerary by guest, delay/cancellation of flights, political unrest, any natural calamity, medical emergency or any other unforeseen situations.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions.