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Black Necked Crane & birding in Ladakh

Delhi - Leh - Rumbak Valley - Puga - Tso Moriri - Tso Kar - Leh - Delhi
Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Best Season May - Mid September
Grade Moderate


This tour is meant for birders who are in good physical health and can walk in high altitude area. The treks and walks are moderate in nature. The bird species are special trans-Himalayan species while a lot of them are Palearctic.

Day 01: Arrive at Leh airport by morning flight from Delhi. This flight is one of the most sensational flights in the world. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet! During the afternoon, you can walk through the old town, beneath the Leh Palace, to allow you to get oriented to this fascinating city. Overnight in a hotel.
You may book your flights at www.indian-airlines.com & http://www.itn.net/cgi/get?itn/air/jetairwaysusb/index

Day 02: Surrounding area of Leh
Today morning we will bird along Shey marshes. One can expect common rosefinch, Hume's lesser white-throat, blue rock thrush, Eurasian hobby, common coot, booted eagle, blue throat, common tern, Hume's short-toed lark, plain mountain finch, rock bunting, citrine and grey wagtail etc. Afternoon visit to Trisul Lake for red-crested pochard, northern pintail, common teal, tufted duck, little grebe, garganey etc. Overnight hotel.

Day 03: Surrounding area of Leh
Today morning we will bird at Thiksey. One can expect to see golden oriole, long-tailed shrike, blue-whistling thrush, Eurasian cuckoo, common rosefinch, hill pigeon etc. Afternoon visit to Hemis area after Stok Palace for Tibetan snowfinch, Eurasian crag martin, northern house martin, lammergeier, white wagtail, fire-fronted serin, plain mountain finch, blue sheep etc. Overnight hotel.

Day 04: Leh - Khardung La (18,380 ft) - By Surface / 49 km / Approx 2 ½ hrs
Today morning we will be going on an excursion to bird at Khardung La. We will be reaching a height of 18380 ft, the highest motorable pass in the world. One can expect winter wren, brown dipper, robin & alpine accentor, Himalayan snowcock, Brandt's mountain finch, great rosefinch, white-winged redstart, yellow-billed chough etc. Mammals will be Himalayan marmot, mouse hare, wooly hare, and blue sheep. Afternoon is free to discover the riches of this exotic destination with a visit to Leh town. Overnight hotel.

Day 05: Leh - Zingchan - By Surface / Approx 1 hr - Rumbak (12,540 ft) - Trek / Approx 5 hrs
Drive to Zingchan in the morning. Trek to Rumbak for birding. Full day birding in Rumbak Valley. One can expect golden eagle, Himalayan griffon, Tibetan snowfinch, chukar, fire-fronted serin, sulphur-bellied warbler, white-throated dipper etc. Overnight stay in a tented camp or in a home stay (promoted by Snow Leopard Conservancy).

Day 06 - 07: Rumbak
Full day birding around Rumbak Valley. One can see brown & robin accentor, tickell's leaf warbler, streaked rosefinch, Tibetan snowfinch, chukar, common & fork-tailed swift, red-billed chough, Himalayan snowcock, fire-fronted serin, twite etc. One can also expect to see blue sheep, Red fox and the elusive snow leopard. Overnight stay in a tented camp or in a home stay (promoted by Snow Leopard Conservancy).

Day 08: Rumbak - Zingchan - Trek / Approx 3 ½ hrs - Leh - By Surface / Approx 1 hr
Morning birding in Rumbak Valley. Trek to Zingchan. Check the forest patch at Zingchan for unusual species such as rusty-tailed flycatcher, grey bushchat etc. Travel to Leh for overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 09: Leh - Puga (14,520 ft) - By Surface / Approx 5 ½ hrs
We will spend the day travelling to Puga stopping en route for birding at Chumathang. One can expect to see golden eagle, common merganser, Ibisbill, horned lark etc. Check the stream at Puga emerging out of sulphur spring for black-necked crane, brown-headed gull, ruddy shelduck etc. Overnight stay in a tented camp at Puga.

Day 10: Puga - Across Namshang La (15,840 ft) - Thadsang Karu (15,246 ft) - Tso Moriri (14,916 ft) - Puga
Morning excursion to the lakes for ruddy shelduck, bar-headed goose, ruff, lesser sand plover, white-winged black tern, long-legged buzzard etc. Black-necked crane is big a possibility too. Spend the evening near the camp checking the stream, rock faces and bushes for Eurasian eagle-owl, white-winged redstart, robin accentor, Asian house martin, white-throated dipper, lammergeier etc. Overnight stay in a tented camp at Puga.

Day 11: Puga - Across Polo Konga (16,236 ft) - Tso Kar (14,949 ft) - By Surface / Approx 2 ½ hrs
Travel to Tso Kar in the morning across Polo Kongka Pass. One can see large flocks of Brandt's mountain finch. As you enter the lake area, you may see black-necked crane, common redshank, lots of other waders and waterfowl. Tibetan wild ass, marmot, Stolizka's mountain vole are mammal species that are seen commonly. Explore the area for little owl, Tibetan sandgrouse, plain-backed snowfinch etc. Horned lark, Hume's short-toed lark and Tibetan snowfinch are some of the common birds here. Afternoon visit to fresh water lake for avocet, breeding colony of crested grebe, ruddy shelduck etc. Black-necked crane is a possibility too. Overnight stay in tented camp at Tso Kar.

Day 12: Tso Kar - Across Taklang La (17,358 ft) - Leh - By Surface / 140 km / Approx 4 hrs
After morning birding at Tso Kar, travel to Leh via Tanglang La stopping en route for birding. Arrive Leh in the afternoon. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 13: Leh-Delhi
Transfer to airport to fly to Delhi.

Please let us know the number of people travelling on this tour and we will send you the total cost. We also specialize in customizing the tour. Should you need any changes we would be happy to modify the itinerary.

The tour may include arrangements such as accommodation, travel, meals, permit, guides, activities etc. or services as required by the client.

How to book

The booking of this itinerary is with Asian Adventures, F-313, Lado Sarai, New Delhi - 110030. Phone: (+91 11) 44128785 . Email: wildindiatours@vsnl.com

To confirm your booking please send a 25% deposit by wire transfer to Standard Chartered Bank, Account No 52805001839 which is in the name of "Asian Adventures", using Swift Code "SCBLINBBDEL". Branch address: M-1 NDSE Part I, New Delhi-110049. India. Or you can send a cheque payable to Asian Adventures at F-313, Lado Sarai, New Delhi - 110030. India

Cancellation charges are 30 days before arrival date 25%, 21 days before arrival date 50%, 15 days before arrival date 90%, 7 days before arrival date 100% of the total itinerary cost.

Remaining balance to reach Asian Adventures at least 30 days before tour commencement by wire transfer (to bank account stated above) or by sending a cheque made payable to Asian Adventures to the above address. Alternatively you can pay the balance in cash upon arrival.

 
 
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