Snow Leopard

The World’s Best Snow Leopard Tours

Track Snow Leopards with World-Class Expedition Leaders

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

We specialize in small-group, expert-led, snow leopard tours that combine the spectacular landscapes of the Trans-Himalayas and Central Asia, 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.

Discover our award-winning snow leopard tours, understand 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 below.

You can participate in one of our incredible journeys via one of the listed fixed departure tours below, or on your own private expedition.

What the Press Says

Voygr Expeditions’ incredible journeys are featured by some of the best travel publications on Earth. Read press coverage here.

Voygr’s Snow Leopard Expedition has been selected as one of Harper’s Bazaar’s top travel experiences in the World in the snow category; and is now eligible to carry the Harper’s Bazaar Ultimate Travel Guide award endorsement for 2020.”
– Harper’s Bazaar

[Voygr] applies an impressive eye for detail to every aspect of [its] guests’ comfort. The thick canvas tents are lined with felt, large enough to stand up in and furnished with beds, tables, and rugs, . . . heaters and hot-water bottles guarantee a toasty night . . . [i]n the main tent, prayer flags flutter and lampshades provide subtle shadows. Ladakhi dishes – delicately spiced soups and curries – are impeccably prepared and there is an open bar . . . [a]fter dinner, a hand of cribbage, a game of Scrabble, a single malt and a not-so-early night.
– How to Spend it, The Financial Times


Our shortest scheduled snow leopard tour starts and ends in Leh, Ladakh. Join top expedition leaders and Himalayan wildlife experts to track snow leopards, Eurasian Lynx, and Tibetan Wolves, in Hemis National Park on this fantastic tour.

Feb 2 – Feb 12, 2021 (1 spot left)
Feb 17 – Feb 27, 2021 (Open)
Mar 4 – Mar 14, 2021 (3 spots left)
Mar 19 – Mar 29, 2021 (Open)
$6,986 per person.
Single supplement $846 – Waived for 2021.
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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.

Jan 31 – Feb 14, 2021 (Open)
Feb 11 – Feb 25, 2021 (Open)
Feb 22 – March 7, 2021 (Open)
March 4 – March 18, 2021 (Open)
$8,980 per person.
Single supplement $1,475 – Waived for 2021.
8 guests max.
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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.

Dates TBD for 2021
$30,813 per person if 2 guests.
$16,693 per person if 4 guests.
No single supplement.
4 guests max.
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Our expert guides and location specialists have assisted the world’s top wildlife film-making crews and photographers including the BBC, National Geographic, Netflix, and Amazon to capture exceptional footage in the Himalayas and the Russian Far-East.

Camera Trapping snow leopards with Voygr combines this locational expertise with regular monitoring, swapping batteries, replacing memory cards, troubleshooting, and uploading images to our clients. Our crew also has significant experience using the newest tech for camera trapping. Add this service to any of our snow leopard expeditions.

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Conservation is at the heart of every thing we do. Voygr Expeditions is proud to donate $350 per booking to the Snow Leopard Trust and the High Asia Habitat Fund to further conservation in front-line communities across Central Asia. Besides this our trackers and naturalists provide annual training to rangers in Central Asia as well as access to high-tech equipment and gear to preserve critical habitat on the world’s highest frontiers.

Read on till the end to learn more about

Our Famed Tracking Teams

A 100% success rate for snow leopard tours with world-leading conservationists, scientists, film-makers, and naturalists on staff.

The Best Place to See Snow Leopards

Hemis National Park in Ladakh and the Central Tien-Shan Range in Kyrgyzstan offer your best chances to find the ghost of the mountains.

How Snow Leopards are Tracked

Nothing beats experience. Trackers with 2 decades in the field & access to the very best equipment in the world, such as Swarovski optics.

High-Tech & Ultra-Warm Camping

Heated tents, ultra-warm sleeping bags and duvets, 5 course meals, and spectacular attention to detail make us one of the world’s ultimate experiences.


100% of snow leopard tours operated by Voygr Expeditions had success.
23 snow leopard sightings between January and April.
7 Tibetan wolf sightings,
2 Eurasian lynx sightings.


100% of snow leopard tours operated by Voygr Expeditions had success.
29 snow leopard sightings between January and April.
12 Tibetan wolf sightings,
4 Eurasian lynx sightings.


100% of snow leopard tours operated by Voygr Expeditions had success.
37 snow leopard sightings between January and April.
18 Tibetan wolf sightings,
6 Eurasian lynx sightings.


100% of snow leopard tours operated by Voygr Expeditions had success.
30 snow leopard sightings in 34 tracking days between January and March.
8 Tibetan wolf sightings,
9 Eurasian lynx sightings.
Season cut short due to COVID-19.

All expeditions see hundreds of blue sheep, and various birds including the chukar, Himalayan snowcock, Tibetan snowcock, red and yellow billed choughs, white-browed tit warbler, lammergeirs, golden eagles, Himalayan griffons, robin accentor, fire-fronted serin, Tibetan partridge, and many more.


Our snow leopard trackers literally started the snow leopard tourism industry. Khenrab and Smanla are the most well regarded field experts when it comes to snow leopards and their ecosystems in Ladakh, with over two decades working as wildlife guards in Hemis National Park. Dorjay is widely considered to be the sharpest snow leopard spotter in the world, with over 65% of snow leopards spotted during an average season attributed to him alone. In combination, Voygr’s snow leopard teams have over seventy man years of experience tracking the grey ghost. Our teams frequently travel to snow leopard range countries to train national park rangers, provide guidance on running eco-tourism programs, and helping communities mitigate human-wildlife conflict.

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, and 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.

Abdul Rashid
Abdul Rashid
Snow Leopard Tracker, Mountaineer, Expedition Leader

Abdul Rashid is a mountaineer, photographer, and Voygr’s Himalayan expert. Originally from a small village in Nubra Valley by the Indo-Chinese border, he speaks 8 languages.

Besides leading snow leopard expeditions in Ladakh and Kyrgyzstan, Rashid has successfully helped clients summit the tallest peaks in Ladakh including Nun & Kun (7,125m & 7,077m), Saser (7,518m), Chamser (6,634m), Lingser (6,666m), and Stok Kangri (6,153m) among others in his 20 year career as a mountain guide. He has led expeditions for explorers and students across the Himalayas.

Rashid is a certified Advanced Mountaineer from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi. Apart from Voygr’s mountain expeditions, Rashid specializes in organizing logistics, location scouting, and expeditionary requirements for various photo and filming clients. Previous high profile clients have included both National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. Rashid lives in Leh with his family.

Behzad Larry, FRGS, FRAS
Behzad Larry, FRGS, FRAS
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.

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Why are we experts at snow leopard tours in Ladakh?

Voygr Expeditions is the world’s leading supplier of high-end snow leopard tours. Our tours employ the world’s leading snow leopard trackers and expedition crews and our camps are exceptional for their expedition luxury. Deploying camps instead of building a permanent property allows us to place ourselves in prime snow leopard habitat instead of being in a village. It also guarantees that our guests get a truly immersive experience in the incredible ecosystem that is home to the snow leopard. Our camps are superbly appointed with heated and insulated tents, fine-dining, and fantastic attention to detail. High tech temperature sensors across the camp allow our team to keep an eye on guest warmth and comfort 24 hours a day. In Ladakh, 90% of our staff are locals and from within the Hemis National Park area. This allows us to ensure that we’re putting critical financial resources into the communities who live on the front-lines of conservation.

All our guests have access to our top-of-the-line Swarovski BTX 95 scopes, the very best in optics available. All our trackers and spotters are outfitted with Swarovski optics and we always have scopes on hand for the viewing pleasure of our guests.

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.

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 can 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 and Kyrgyzstan 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 and is currently doing the groundwork by training rangers and building our community focused conservation program in Kyrgyzstan. 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 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.

How do you deal with the cold on a snow leopard tour?

The best time to see snow leopards is peak winter. One of the reasons Voygr Expeditions is the best tour operator for snow leopard tours is because our expedition infrastructure is second to none! Our custom made tents allow us access to prime habitat while keeping our guests warm and toasty.

Voygr upgrades infrastructure every single season to keep up to date with the latest improvements in remote expedition equipment and constantly innovates to come up with its own solutions. We employ several high-tech temperature sensors that allow our field team to continuously monitor data. This active data collection of temperatures for the outside, for every guest tent and for our facility tents allows them to proactively manage guest comfort. This data driven approach also allows us to fine-tune insulation, heat delivery, and over all expedition comfort. Voygr also uses several insulation techniques that we have developed in-house to keep our tents super-warm.

So how cold does it get? It can get down to -20ºC / -4ºF at night during peak season, with day-time highs around 3ºC / 37ºF. Our guest tents are heated through the night, with guests retaining the flexibility to control their own heat. While we’ve seen guest tents heated up to an ambient temperature of 19ºC / 66ºF, most guests keep tent temperature during the night somewhere between 5ºC / 41ºF and 9ºC / 48ºF. This is because our ultra warm expedition sleeping bags are rated to -40ºC / -40ºF, which means that a comfortable body temperature is achieved at much lower ambient temperatures inside the tent. We notice guests lower the temperature right before getting into the sleeping bags and will often increase it in the morning right before getting out of the sleeping bags, or ask one of our dining staff to kick up the heating when they deliver piping hot coffee or tea to their bedside in the morning.

Some guests also choose to use the sleeping bags as a duvet and crank up the heat at night to balance the warmth. Whatever works for you – works for us! Our award-winning expedition infrastructure will keep you comfortable on a Voygr snow leopard tour no matter the conditions.

Click the thumbnail below to view in detail how an average tent cycles through heating over a 48 hour period and how it compares to average outside temperatures at the same time and date. Measurements are taken for the entire season and analyzed in detail to allow our team to continuously make data-driven decisions on providing the best snow leopard tour on earth.

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