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Snow Leopard Tours

Track snow leopards in the Trans-Himalayas of Ladakh, India, with leading snow leopard specialists. World renowned trackers, exceptional remote camps, and one of the most scenic mountain landscapes anywhere make this the ultimate adventure.

Snow leopards with Duncan parker

The ULTIMATE snow leopard tour. Travel with Duncan Parker, (filmed snow leopards for BBC’s Planet Earth II & NatGeo’s Hostile Planet) to track, photograph, and film snow leopards. The world’s best snow leopard team combined with exceptional expedition luxury.

March 2- March 13, 2020.
$30,813 per person if 2 guests.
$16,693 per person if 4 guests.
No single supplement.
4 guests max.
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14 Day snow leopard expedition

Voygr’s standard snow leopard tour with naturalist and expedition leader Brad Josephs. The tour starts and ends in New Delhi and includes round-trip domestic airfare in India. Use’s Voygr’s industry leading expedition infrastructure and world-class trackers.

Feb 2 – Feb 15, 2020 (Full)
Feb 16 – Feb 29, 2020 (Open)
Jan 31 – Feb 14, 2021 (Open)
Feb 15 – March 1, 2021 (Open)
March 2 – March 16, 2021 (Open)
March 17 – March 31, 2021 (Open)
$7,523 per person.
Single supplement $818.
8 guests max.
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11 day snow leopard expedition

Our shortest scheduled snow leopard tour starts and ends in Leh, Ladakh. Join expedition leader and photographer Behzad Larry to track snow leopards, Eurasian Lynx, and Tibetan Wolves, in Hemis National Park on this fantastic photography focused tour.

Feb 3 – Feb 13, 2020 (Open)
March 25 – April 4, 2020 (Full)
Feb 2 – Feb 12, 2021 (Open)
Feb 17 – Feb 27, 2021 (Open)
Mar 4 – Mar 14, 2021 (Open)
Mar 19 – Mar 29, 2021 (Open)
$4,986 per person.
Single supplement $846.
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Track Snow Leopards with World-Class Trackers & Expedition Leaders

Voygr brings together the A-team of snow leopard tracking comprising of top filmmakers, naturalists, conservationists, and explorers.

We specialize in small-group, expert-led, snow leopard tours that combine the spectacular landscapes of the Trans-Himalayas, conservation focused travel, and a unique take on “expedition luxury,” with our fully heated expedition camps. Truly the best snow leopard tours in the world.

Duncan Parker

Duncan Parker

Filmmaker (BBC, NatGeo, Netflix, Amazon), Conservationist

Duncan is an expeditionary camera operator and filmmaker who has worked on snow leopard sequences for National Geographic’s Hostile Planet and the BBC’s Planet Earth II.

He has also worked extensively on several natural world productions including BBC’s Natural World, CATS, BBC’s Siberian Tiger, BBC’s Expedition Burma and the BBC’s Wild Japan. Duncan also leads an in-house technology lab for the BBC natural history unit.

With a background in wildlife conservation Duncan enjoys working on films that raise awareness of conservation projects and that can make a difference. He believes that online media and TV documentaries can show conservation in a new light and create emotional and engaging content that shows the real story.

Khenrab Phuntsog

Khenrab Phuntsog

Tracker, Wildlife Guard, Eminent Conservationist

Khenrab is an award-winning snow leopard conservationist. With close to two decades as a Wildlife Guard in Hemis National Park, he is one of the keystones of conservation within the park. Having tracked, rescued, and engaged with wild snow leopards his whole career, he may be one of the world’s leading experts on snow leopard behavior, and a fount of knowledge on all other species in the Trans-Himalayas including the Tibetan wolf, the Eurasian lynx, the Pallas’ cat, and the Himalayan brown bear.

Khenrab works closely with Voygr’s team and advises on planning our snow leopard expeditions, training our spotters and trackers, and helping Voygr make a minimal impact on natural resources within the park.

He was recently awarded the Royal Bank of Scotland’s “Save the Species Award” for his work on snow leopard conservation. Khenrab has tracked and planned expeditions for the BBC’s Planet Earth II crew for their famous snow leopard sequences in the Mountains episode, the recently released snow leopard sequences in National Geographic’s Hostile Planet, and has worked with several well-known wildlife photographers and conservationists, including the eminent biologist George Schaller.

Brad Josephs

Brad Josephs

Naturalist, Biologist, Expedition Leader

Brad has been an Expedition Leader since 2005, guiding Alaskan grizzly bear tours, Churchill polar bear tours, Northern Lights photography expeditions, Borneo expeditions, Chinese giant panda tours, and of course, snow leopard tours. He specialized in bear biology and ecology of the north country, attending the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, for a B.S. in wildlife biology in 1999.

He has guided numerous professional photographers, photography workshops, tourists and film crews on expeditions along the remote Coast of Katmai National Park, polar bear and aurora expeditions in Churchill, Manitoba, Panda, Tibetan wolf, Tibetan fox, and snow leopard tours in China, and of course snow leopard tours and tiger tours in India.

In the off-season Brad keeps busy as a freelance wildlife writer, photographer and videographer, consultant for wildlife film productions, and lectures to schools, government agencies and organizations.

Brad’s love of wildlife has led him on numerous solo adventures throughout the world including trips to Borneo, Central America, the Amazon, China, Africa, Sri Lanka and India.

Behzad Larry, FRGS

Behzad Larry, FRGS

Photographer, Expedition Leader, Explorer

Behzad Larry is one of the world’s leading snow leopard expedition leaders, spending close to 3 months a year tracking and photographing snow leopards in Hemis National Park. A professional photographer, historian, and adventurer, Behzad specializes in documenting the remote reaches of the world.

Through his travel photography he covers wildlife, portraiture, and landscapes in the high Himalayas, Central Asia, and the Tibetan Plateau. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and is a Nikon Pro.

Behzad leads some of Voygr’s photo tours across India and Central Asia, snow leopard expeditions in Ladakh, Amur leopard expeditions in Russia, and bespoke tiger expeditions in search of the Royal Bengal Tiger in India and the Siberian Tiger in Russia.

Snow Leopard Tours In Ladakh

Ladakh, India, might be the best place in the world to view snow leopards. A snow leopard tour in Ladakh with Voygr combines phenomenal guiding and tracking with incredible landscapes and ancient cultures. Learn about the unique Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe ecoregion that Hemis National Park is part of, get an in-depth look at what snow leopard conservation entails, and witness how remote villages in this part of the world are coping with more encroaching modernity and looming climate change. 

Why are we experts at snow leopard tours in Ladakh?

Voygr Expeditions is the world’s leading supplier of high-end snow leopard tours. Read on to learn more about what happens on a snow leopard tour, how our expert guides track them, where the best places to spot them are, and what a snow leopard tour is like.

It is a spectacular feeling to look at a wild snow leopard. Your emotions will heighten when you are surrounded by the rugged ridges of the Trans-Himalayas of Ladakh. 

Snow leopards, after the Amur leopard (also a phenomenal Voygr tour), are one of the rarest big cats to see. Besides a fantastic tour operator, you also need really good luck. We take a lot of pride in providing the best guides, services, and expertise available to increase your chances of finding the ghost of the mountains on the best possible snow leopard tour.

Why is Ladakh the best choice for a snow leopard tour?

Ladakh, sandwiched between the Great Himalayas, the mighty Karakoram range, and the Tibetan Plateau, is an exceptional region. It is isolated by some of the world’s highest mountains yet linked by trade routes to the ancient trading towns of Western China, Central Asia, and the dusty plains of India. Ladakh has been a bastion of the Great Silk Route for over a millennium. Today, Ladakh’s ancient mix of Tibetan Buddhist and Balti Muslim cultures are a pleasure to explore and photograph with our guests. While cultural exploration and the stunning landscapes of the region keep us busy through the springs and summers, the cold Trans-Himalayan winter brings with it the rarest wildlife encounter on earth.

A snow leopard tour in Ladakh requires expert tracking, top notch logistics, high-end winter gear, a well trained support crew, and great luck. Traveling with a company like Voygr Expeditions on a snow leopard tour puts the odds in your favor. Tracking snow leopards in one of the highest mountain ranges on earth is no mean feat. Khenrab and Smanla, our lead trackers have over two decades of experience with snow leopards in Ladakh. If you can think of any famous snow leopard image or the recent award-winning film sequences of snow leopards shown in BBC’s Planet Earth II or National Geographic’s Hostile Planet, you know these trackers. Watching them pick up the trail of a snow leopard, or Tibetan wolf, that has passed by in the night is amazing. When we actually spot the ghost cat, there is a feeling of awe and wonderment. Our clients, many of whom have dreamt of this encounter, often feel their eyes well with tears. Then the cameras erupt in a frenzy of shutters.

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How do you find a snow leopard in the wild on a snow leopard tour?

Snow leopards are fantastically adapted to life in these high mountains. Their fur is incredibly dense, with over 4000 hairs per square centimeter. The snow leopard’s long tail, ranging from 75-90% of it’s head-body length, acts as a balancing organ, allowing it to descend and ascend rapidly on sleep slopes. Snow leopards are known to leap over 15 meters. The tail also doubles as a dense blanket, insulating the paws and head from the biting cold at high altitudes.

On our snow leopard tours Voygr’s phenomenal trackers use a variety of skills to find these elusive cats. While they use high-powered scopes through the day to search for movement on the slopes, many high ridges also provide valuable clues. Scrape markings are the most common type of signs left by snow leopards. These are often found on the top of ridges, near marking rocks, at the confluence of streams and gorges, and at the base of cliffs. Snow leopards also communicate with each other by spraying urine at certain well-trafficked sites, which our snow leopard trackers routinely visit and inspect to gauge recency and direction of snow leopard movement.

Not only are snow leopards rare, they also cover enormous territories. Recent research indicates that there may be between 4-5 snow leopards in 100 square kilometers in what would be considered a densely populated area for snow leopards in Ladakh, such as in Hemis National Park.

Another variable for a successful snow leopard tour is understanding prey behavior and movement. In Ladakh, the snow leopard’s primary prey base are wild sheep and goats such as the blue sheep (Bharal), the Asiatic Ibex, and the Ladakhi Urial. However, snow leopards are also known to prey on smaller mammals such as marmots, hares, pikas, and even some birds. On average, snow leopards can successfully kill every 8-10 days with 70-90% of attempts at hunting resulting in failure. Thus, Voygr’s trackers also monitor and look for herds of prey animals such as blue sheep. Finding and tracking a decent sized herd of such mountain sheep over a few days usually results in discovering a snow leopard that is also following the sheep.

Where should I go on a snow leopard tour?

We recommend a snow leopard tour in Ladakh for the best chances of seeing one. Snow leopard tours in Ladakh have the highest rates of success. This is because snow leopard tours in Ladakh take place in terrain that is much steeper than that in other parts of the world. This means that snow leopards in Ladakh need to traverse high ridges to look at prey movement on either side, which allows trackers with high powered scopes to spot them when they move at dawn and dusk. Elsewhere, snow leopards are on much flatter terrain, making line-of-sight tracking and spotting much more difficult.

Voygr operates its snow leopard tours in Ladakh within Hemis National Park. While snow leopards have been spotted across Ladakh and the remoteness of the region allows for a decent population of prey animals (relatively speaking), sound conservation strategy dictates that Hemis National Park is the best place to see snow leopards in Ladakh and it is also the most sustainable place to run snow leopard tours.

What about spotting snow leopards outside Hemis National Park?

Besides Hemis National Park, people also visit the village of Ulley to see snow leopards in Ladakh. Numerous guest houses and B&B’s have cropped up in a few remote villages such as Ulley outside Hemis National Park over the past few years specifically marketed to tourists coming in search of snow leopards. Ulley village, nestled in a beautiful valley about 3 hours from Leh has a couple of snow leopards that are routinely sighted throughout winter. Unfortunately, since the village is outside Hemis National Park boundaries, the same strict rules that govern human-wildlife interaction, road traffic, and baiting cannot be enforced as strictly. Throughout winter, the number of cars traveling to and from Ulley have a significant impact on the local ecology and disrupt the natural routes of both prey-animals and the snow leopards. It has also come to our attention that some unethical tour operators are baiting snow leopards using baby yaks outside the national park due to the commercial pressures of “needing” to show their guests a snow leopard. In the 2019 season, Ulley went over 40 days without a single sighting during peak snow leopard season. On the other hand, Hemis National Park has several strictly enforced rules in place to minimize the disruption of the natural way of life of snow leopards from tourists. Vehicular traffic is banned in the park, camping is confined to a few designated spots within the park to minimize human disruption of wildlife traffic, and there’s a much higher population of both prey animals such as blue sheep, urial, and ibex to support a healthy population of snow leopards.

Snow leopard tours in Mongolia are also catching on, but with far fewer sightings due to the much flatter terrain. In the end, we practice what we preach and run snow leopard tours in Ladakh only within Hemis National Park as running these tours in a way that is sustainable for the ecosystem is more important than commercial opportunity.

What is the best time to go on a snow leopard tour?

Snow leopards in Ladakh can be seen primarily from November through early April. Our fixed departure tours are scheduled in February and March, while we conduct bespoke departures during this entire period.

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What They Say About Voygr's Snow Leopard Tours

Financial Times, How to Spend It

Who better to organise a private expedition here than the operator that guided the BBC’s Planet Earth II team to the first on-camera capture of four snow leopards together in the wild.” 
November 3, 2018

Condé Nast Brides

If you want the ultimate adventure-moon, This. Is. It. Think bespoke itineraries, luxury camps, and genuine off-the-beaten-track experiences with locals.
March/April 2019.

Shravan Rao

“This trip was supposed to see the snow leopard, to take it off it off my bucket list. Instead, it has turned into the first of hopefully many more trips to see the snow leopards again.”
March 2019

Sally Grant

“We wanted to see snow leopards and we wanted an adventure. Our expectations were exceeded! This trip delivered in spades. It was a game changer for us. How we travel going forward will be forever influenced by this trip. And it wouldn’t have been so incredible without Voygr.” 
Jan 2019

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