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Birds and Mammals of Ladakh

Leh, Tso Moriri, Tso Kar and Khardung La
06 nights & 07 days
Best time: April to August
Tour Code: BLAD

Day 01: Delhi Leh
Day 02: Leh
Day 03: Leh to Khardung La to Leh
Day 04: Leh to Puga
Day 05: Puga to Tso Moriri to Puga
Day 06: Puga to Tso Kar to Leh
Day 07: Leh to Delhi


Barren and colourful Trans-Himalayan Landscape
Tibetan specialties
Amazing mammal life
Amazing food
Snow Leopard
A complete Himalayan experience

Day 01: Delhi - Leh (3,500 m) - By Flight
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
You will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Ladakh. This 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 the hotel. You would take time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet! The afternoon will be spent in the vicinity of you accommodation for acclimatization and some birding. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 02: Surrounding area of Leh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 in a hotel.

Day 03: Leh - Khardung La (18,380 ft) - By Surface / 49 km / Approx 2½ hr.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 in a hotel.

Day 04: Leh - Puga (14,520 ft) - By Surface / Approx 5½ hr.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 05: Puga - Across Namshang La (15,840 ft) - Thadsang Karu (15,246 ft) - Tso Moriri (14,916 ft) – Puga
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Morning excursion to the lakes for ruddy shelduck, bar-headed goose, ruff, lesser sand plover, white-winged black tern, longlegged 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 06: Puga - Across Polo Konga (16,236 ft) - Tso Kar (14,949 ft; 2½ hr.) - Leh (4 hours)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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, plainbacked snowfinch etc. Horned lark, Hume's short-toed lark and Tibetan snowfinch are some of the common birds here. Visit to fresh water lake for avocet, breeding colony of crested grebe, ruddy shelduck etc. Black-necked crane is a possibility too. Return to Leh. Overnight stay.

Day 07: Leh - Delhi
Meals: Breakfast
Fly back to Delhi in the morning. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tour Ends.

Services included:
-Accommodation on twin sharing basis
-Meals as per the itinerary
-Guided birding throughout
-Any permits
-All surface transfers by a private vehicle

Services not included:
-Optional tours/excursions, personal & incidental expenses.
-Tips, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, camera fee etc.
-International and domestic air fare, visa, insurance.

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