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HIDDEN NORTH ADVENTURES is your
your local host  for tailor-made treks
and tours in the indian himalayas



 

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wildlife photography

we are happy to publish the first ever picture of three snow leopards together taken by a local photographer. the photo has been taken by tashi chotak lonchey and is a record among local wildlife photographers. click here to see the pic. 

 

HIDDEN NORTH guesthouse

are you planning to visit ladakh or you are already here? stay at HIDDEN NORTH guesthouse and enjoy a family-run accommodation away from leh city.
for more infos click here.

 

snow leopard trek in ladakh

the booking for our snow leopard treks and birding tours for 2018 is already open. for more information click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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good to know

kindly take some time to read following documents, as we think the information provided will be helpful for you.

we wish you a happy preparation and save journey. see you in ladakh!

 

administrational info

  • our terms & conditions   PDF
  • reasons to travel with us   PDF
  • about trip reservations  PDF
  • packing list   PDF

info about ladakh

  • about ladakh  PDF
  • the environment of ladakh  PDF
  • cultural understanding  PDF
  • health issues  PDF
  • breathless: acclimatization in high altitude  PDF

additional info about our treks & tours

  • mask dances in ladakh –
    dates 2017 & 2018  PDF
  • fixed trekking departures:
    dates & prices for 2017   PDF
  • HIDDEN NORTH guesthouse
  • excursions in phyang valley  PDF

 

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about tibetan buddhism

in this section, we are trying to explain several topics in tibetan buddhism as simple as possible.

  • what is a mantra?   PDF
  • mudras – ritual hand gestures   PDF
  • prayer flags   PDF
  • the wheel of life   PDF
  • the eight auspicious signs   PDF

 

 

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articles

  • volunteering in ladakh
  • humanitarian aid in ladakh

 

 

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wildlife tours in ladakh

in ladakh, especially where the majority of the local inhabitants belongs to the buddhist religion, killing of living creatures is considered a sinful act. hunting was never popular in this region, one of the major reasons why the rich natural biodiversity is well-preserved. animals as well as plants, have successfully adapted to the extreme and difficult climatic conditions.

there are presently about 33 larger mammal species recorded in ladakh, and more than 300 bird species that have been spotted here. therefore, ladakh is a paradise for the observation of the rich flora and fauna. bird watchers, naturalists, and wildlife fans alike will find here in ladakh the perfect spot for their hobby.

ladakh has a fragile eco-system, and it deserves your special care and consideration so that this fragile eco-system is not disturbed to the disadvantage of its unique flora, and fauna.

 

 

our wildlife tours are:

 

snow leopard trek
in ladakh

snowleopard observation

wildlife tours
in ladakh

 

bird watching in ladakh
birding in ladakh
 

 

 

flora (wild flowers) 
in ladakh

blue poppy

   

 

 

snowleopard trekking in ladakh

the ideal time for snow leopard observation is during the period of october (that is end of autumn) to march (early spring). mating season is during february/march. places to sight the snow leopard are the hemis national park, and the south-facing side of the ladakh mountain range, particularly ney phu, ulle phu, and the hills of skindyang village.

while looking out for the snow leopard, there is also a good chance of spotting other wild animals, like ibexes, the bharal or blue sheep (napo), urial sheep (shapo), or other predators, like the red fox (whatse), tibetan wolf (shanku), or lynx. 

this young predator has been spotted in phyang village.this young predator has been spotted in phyang village.

 

day-to-day itinerary

the emphasis of this program is on the observation of the snow leopard.

  • day 1: arrival in leh, acclimatization day on 3,500 m altitude. pickup by our staff at leh airport, transfer to hotel. afternoon sightseeing of shanti stupa, tsemo gompa with car, and explore leh bazaar on foot. evening at your leisure. overnight in leh hotel.
  • day 2: around leh. we will have two excursions with little walking. visit of some marshes along the indus river, and a nearby monastery. overnight in leh hotel.
  • day 3: after breakfast drive to the trailhead for our camp. all our bags will be transferred to be packed on animals, except what we wish to carry ourselves. walk to our camp, lunch. rest of the day will be spent in the vicinity of camp, looking for snowleopards, other mammals and birds. we may offer the option to hike a couple more miles in the afternoon, before returning for dinner. overnight in camp.
  • day 4: trek to snow leopard valley husing or in tarbong valley. overnight in camp.
  • day 5: trek to snow leopard valley husing or in tarbong valley. overnight in camp.
  • day 6: trek to snow leopard valley husing or in tarbong valley. overnight in camp.
  • day 7: trek to snow leopard valley husing or in tarbong valley. overnight in camp.
  • day 8: trek to snow leopard valley husing or in tarbong valley. overnight in camp.
  • day 9: trek to snow leopard valley husing or in tarbong valley. overnight in camp.
  • day 10: trek to snow leopard valley husing or in tarbong valley. overnight in camp.
  • day 11: trek to snow leopard valley husing or in tarbong valley. overnight in camp.
  • day 12: trek back to zingchan, and drive back to leh. overnight in leh hotel.
  • day 13: departure from leh with sweet memories from ladakh. end of tour.

a mother and two cubs near their kill.a mother and two cubs near their kill.

a female snow leopard and her two cubs eating.a female snow leopard and her two cubs eating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

departure dates

tour 1: from january 24 to february 5, 2018
tour 2: from february 7 to 19, 2018
tour 3: from february 23 to march 7, 2018
tour 4: from march 5 to 17, 2018
tour 5: from march 10 to 22, 2018
tour 6: from march 25 to april 6, 2018 

 

price

for 1 person:   INR   1,52,500/-
for 2 people:   INR   2,34,000/-
for 3 people:   INR   3,30,400/-
for 4 people:   INR   4,12,000/-
for 5 people:   INR   4,85,200/-
for 6 people:   INR   5,58,000/-

 

services

 

what is included what is not included
  • transfer upon arrival from airport to hotel in leh, departure from hotel in leh to airport
  • accommodation on twin-sharing basis with breakfast, lunch and dinner in hotel (A class) in leh 
  • all surface transport indicated in the itinerary
  • fees for inner-line permit, entrance in national park, wildlife fee for the applicable area.
  • local nature guide service
  • camping accommodation with full board (all meals) by local staff
  • spotting scopes
  • sleeping tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent
  • eco generator for charging batteries
  • international and domestic flight tickets
  • personal expenses, such as table drinks, room service items, laundry, telephone calls, or tips
  • any additional expenses caused by or liability for disturbance in the trip program due to circumstances beyond our control, such as airline, road blocks, vehicle malfunction, weather conditions, sickness, natural disaster, etc.
  • liability for any insurance against injury, accidents, damage to or loss of goods
  • camera fee or any item not specifically listed in the itinerary




 

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wildlife tour in ladakh

naturalists, bird watchers, and wild animal spotters will be delighted to join this wildlife tour in ladakh. you will be able to spot the unique fauna of this beautiful himalayan region.

tibetan gazelletibetan gazelle tibetan argalitibetan argali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

day-to-day itinerary

  • day 1: arrival in leh, acclimatization day on 3,500 m altitude. overnight in leh hotel.
  • day 2: drive from leh to lamayuru (120 km). en route stop at magnetic hill, sangam and pathar sahib. after about 2 hours drive, we will reach lamayuru, visit the monastery, and the moon land area. drive back until alchi. overnight in alchi.
  • day 3: drive from alchi to chilling, river rafting, drive back to leh. overnight at hotel in leh.
  • day 4: drive from leh to nubra valley via the world's highest motorable pass khardong-la (5,600 m / 18,380 feet). O/N in fixed deluxe camp / hotel.
  • day 5: in the morning visit the samstanling gompa, panamic hot springs, volcanic crater lake of tirisha. around mid day drive back to leh. overnight in leh hotel.
  • day 6: drive to pangong lake (150 km). en route, visit stakna monastery. overnight in hotel/fixed camp.
  • day 7: after breakfast, time to spot birds and take photos. late morning drive back to leh. en route, visit ticksay monastery and shey palace. overnight in hotel in leh.
  • day 8: drive to tsokar lake (150 km ) where we will arrive in the afternoon. time to spot birds and wild animals. overnight at camp/hotel.
  • day 9: in the late morning, drive from tsokar towards tsomoriri lake (80 km) via puga valley. possibility to see hot springs and geysers. after arriving in korzok, visit of the gompa. overnight in camp/hotel.
  • day 10: in the morning walk along the lake to watch birds, and enjoy the landscape. drive back to leh (240 kms). evening is free for your leisure, shopping, etc. overnight at leh hotel.
  • day 11: departure from leh with sweet memories from ladakh. end of the tour.

 

this tour can be started according to your personal time schedule in ladakh. kindly contact us to get your detailed itinerary, price, and information about services.

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bird watching in ladakh / birding in ladakh

for bird watchers, ladakh is the perfect destination! and birding here is a joyful experience.

the fauna of ladakh has much in common with that of central asia generally, and especially those of the tibetan plateau. an exception to this are the birds, many of which migrate from the warmer parts of india to spend the summer in ladakh. there is a great diversity of birds here, more than 200 species have been recorded. many of them reside or breed at high-altitude wetlands, such as tso moriri, or tso kar. along the marshy lands of the indus valley, from phey village until upshi.

many species of finches, robins, redstarts, and the hoppoe are common in summer. resident water-birds, like the brown-headed gull, brahminy duck, and bar-headed goose (ngangpa) are found in the indus valley in the eastern part of ladakh. the black-necked crane is found nesting in ladakh, too, a well known place to spot them is near tso kar. other birds include raven, red-billed chough (chungka), and the chukar, a partridge. common raptors are the golden eagle, and the lammergeier.

we organize photography tours to spot rare birds and endangered species. here is one of our birding tour itinerary.

spotted dovespotted dove

ibisbillibisbill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in our birding tour, the main emphasis is on birding, so that you can spend as much time for your much-loved activity as possible. while observing the bird population, you may have the chance to spot other wild animals of ladakh, too!

 

day-to-day itinerary

  • day 1: arrival in leh, acclimatization day on 3,500 m altitude. pick-up by our staff at leh airport, transfer to hotel. afternoon sightseeing of shanti stupa, tsemo gonpa with car, explore leh bazaar by foot. evening at your leisure. Overnight in leh hotel.
  • day 2: visit some birding spots around leh, like shey, thiksey, chuchot and spituk marshes. night at hotel.
  • day 3: drive to tsokar lake (170 km, 5-6 hrs). evening nature walk around lake to spot some birds. overnight deluxe camp/hotel.
  • day 4: around tsokar lake. we spend the day around this salted water lake, surrounded by barren mountains. good chances to spot many mamals and birds of ladakh. overnight at camp/hotel.
  • day 5: drive 3 - 4 hours to tsomoriri lake on an altitude of 4,520 m via polokongka-la (4,920 m) and namshang-la (4,800 m). during the entire drive we have good chances to spot birds and other wild animals. o/n in camp/hotel.
  • day 6: drive from tsomoriri lake to hanle via mahe (approx. 160 km, 4-5 hrs). also on this drive, we have opportunity to see many birds or mammals. overnight in local home stays.
  • day 7: drive from hanle to leh (250 km, 6-7 hrs). very nice drive along indus river, spotting of birds possible. overnight in leh hotel.
  • day 8: departure from leh with sweet memories from ladakh. end of the tour.

 

for more birding tours, services, prices, and infos kindly visit our sister-concerned website www.birdinginladakh.com.

 

golden eagle with preygolden eagle with prey

black-necked cranes at tso kar.black-necked cranes at tso kar. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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flora (wild flowers) in ladakh / medicinal herbs

the plants growing in the himalayas are smaller in size due to their exposure to the harsh climatic conditions. their growing season in very short. they are blooming usually from june until mid september.

many of these flowers and plants have medicinal properties. since centuries, they are used in the amchi medicinal system of tibet and ladakh. 

 

wild flowers above 5,000 mwild flowers above 5,000 m

edelweiss and blue campanula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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