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Ladakh Camp - An Exquisite Himalayan and Wildlife Experience

 

Destinations: Leh, Kargil, Drass
Total Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days
Tour Code: 1401
Max Altitude: 3700m to 4500m
Best Season: April to November
Vehicle: Private

Description
The town of Drass, in the Kargil district of Ladakh, is noted as possibly being the coldest inhabited place in India. However, it is also the best place to look for the elusive Himalayan Brown Bear!

Apart from the stunning scenery, there will be plenty of other wildlife to see as well. We should manage to see several good birds at the same time, such as Golden Eagle, Bearded Vulture, Chukar Partridge, Ibisbill, White-throated and Brown Dippers, Red-billed and Yellow-billed Choughs, Wallcreeper, Himalayan Rubythroat, Robin and Brown Accentors, Brandt’s Mountain Finch and more. Keen birders amongst us will be searching for Long-billed Bush Warbler, a species only once reported since 1933!

Meals: On own
Accommodation: Mahey Retreat or similar
Arrive in Leh. You will be met and transferred to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day acclimatizing to the environment.
Overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Mahey Retreat or similar
Today, you will have another day to rest and acclimatize, as well as possibly doing a little light sightseeing in Leh.
Overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: In the hotel
After breakfast, checkout and drive to Kargil. Arrive Kargil check-in at the hotel.
Dinner and Overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: The Drenmo Lodge, Drass
After breakfast, checkout and drive to Drass. Arrive Drass, check-in at the lodge.
Dinner and overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: The Drenmo Lodge, Drass
Start the day with an early walk along the Mushkow river. Here we try spotting the bears in the mountains/valleys around. On a good day you will be able to spot over 30 varieties of resident and migratory birds. This area has some great walks amidst blooming tulips and other wild flowers through the summer.
Breakfast can be a picnic depending on the weather conditions and sightings. During the day, we will visit the nearby Shina villages towards Goshen or Pandrass. This valley also boasts of other wildlife such as marmots, Ibex, Fox and Wolves.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: The Drenmo Lodge, Drass
Early Start to the day at 5am. Depending on the snow conditions, we will hike up or use ponies to reach the adjacent hillside, which provides a good vantage point to scan for bear movements in the area. Also, our spotters will accompany us and with their trained eyes and tracking skills help us get to find and see this magnificent ani sawmal.
Again, depending on sighting situations, the naturalist/spotters will decide for lunch as a picnic or back at Lodge. Morning and evening Brown Bear tracking. Depending on the sightings in our base valley, we can drive to other adjacent valleys such as Umba La (based on snow levels at that time of the year) Pandrass, Matayen, Shimsha Kharbu, Suru or the apricot orchards in the beautiful village of Karkitchu.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Mahey Retreat or similar
Sadly, all journeys come to an end. Today, we bid adieu to Drass today and head back to Leh, signaling the end of this amazing journey enroute visiting Hundurman border museum (near LOC) or Silk Route Museum in Kargil, if possible as per time available.
Overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: None
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Tour ends.

Highlights

  • One of the very few tours to offer a realistic chance of seeing Brown Bear.
  • Ancient kingdom of Ladakh, Buddhist monasteries and mud palaces.
  • Unique flora and fauna or the Trans-Himalayan region.
  • Spectacular trans-Himalayan flights to and from Leh.
  • Enjoy traditional Ladakhi culture and hospitality.
  • Once in a lifetime experience
  • Unique experiences and landscapes
  • Ideal for solo travellers wanting to join a group, families, small groups.
  • Great for mammal watchers, birders and photographers
  • Travelling with Asian Adventures means you are in safe hands.

Services Included

  • Accommodation for 03 nights in Leh
  • Accommodation for 01 night in Kargil
  • Accommodation for 05 nights in Drass
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Asian Adventures guide from Day 03-Day 09
  • Dedicated transport for the entire trip
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Local Spotter
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • All Taxes

Services Not Included

  • Optional tours/excursions, personal and incidental expenses, tips, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, camera fee etc.
  • International & Domestic air fare, visa, insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned in service inclusions.

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