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Snow Leopard Expedition
to Ladakh

This snow leopard expedition to Ladakh is the best experience possible. World’s best trackers, a private luxury camp, and the incredible Himalayas.

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Snow Leopard Expedition
To Ladakh

This snow leopard tour to Ladakh is the quintessential snow leopard experience. World’s best trackers, a private remote camp, and the incredible Himalayas.

Our Signature Snow Leopard Expedition is a rare opportunity to see wild snow leopards while staying at the world’s finest snow leopard camp. This snow leopard trip is guided by the world’s top expedition leaders and based in the Trans-Himalayas of Ladakh, India with one of the world’s highest concentrations of snow leopards. Group and private departures available.

This trip is ideal for those searching for the ultimate snow leopard photo tour.

Harper’s Bazaar rated Voygr’s snow leopard tour as 2020’s “Top 100 Ultimate Travel Experiences.Condé Nast Traveler featured this expedition as the 10 page cover story (UK & US) in October, 2020. The FT’s How To Spend It recommended this trip in a 10 page article in November, 2019.

12 Departures
2022 | 2023
DEC to MAR | 8 – 10 guests
Starts/ends in New Delhi, India.

Domestic flights included.
From $7,499 per person.
Private trips Nov through April.

    Our Signature Snow Leopard Expedition is a rare opportunity to see wild snow leopards while staying at the world’s finest snow leopard camp. This snow leopard trip is guided by the world’s top expedition leaders and based in the Trans-Himalayas of Ladakh, India with one of the world’s highest concentrations of snow leopards. Group and private departures available.

    This trip is ideal for those searching for the ultimate snow leopard photo tour.

    Harper’s Bazaar rated Voygr’s snow leopard tour as 2020’s “Top 100 Ultimate Travel Experiences.Condé Nast Traveler featured this expedition as the 10 page cover story (UK & US) in October, 2020. The FT’s How To Spend It recommended this trip in a 10 page article in November, 2019.

    12 Departures
    2022 | 2023
    DEC to MAR | 8 – 10 guests
    Starts/ends in New Delhi, India.

    Domestic flights included.
    From $7,499 per person.
    Departures can be made private.
    Bespoke departures welcomed.

      World Class Field Team

      A 100% success rate for snow leopard tours. This expedition is lead by top naturalists, photographers, film-makers, and conservationists.

      Superb Location

      The Trans-Himalayas of Ladakh offer you fantastic chances to find the ghost of the mountains. Access productive valleys with the best sightings on earth.

      Top Equipment

      Teams are equipped with the latest in communication tech, the best Swarovski optics, and have over two decades of tracking experience in this region.

      Ultimate Stays

      Luxurious private camp with centrally heated tents, 5 course meals, and spectacular attention to detail. One of the world’s ultimate experiences.

      Introduction to the Snow Leopard Tour to Ladakh

      The World’s Best Snow Leopard Expedition

      Ladakh, in the very north of India, is spectacular snow leopard habitat. Surrounded by some of the world’s greatest mountain ranges, this former Tibetan Buddhist Kingdom is the best place on Earth to see snow leopards. Our Signature Snow Leopard Expedition to Ladakh is crafted to deliver an intimate feel for the culture and history of the region while searching for snow leopards.

      The major city of this region, Leh, was once an important hub for trade on the ancient Silk Road. Today, it is a melting pot of Central Asian and Himalayan cultures. Ethnic Ladakhis coexist with Tibetans, Uighurs, Baltis, and Kashmiris. Leh still remains a frontier town, isolated from the rest of India through bitter winters.

      Our snow leopard expedition begins further south, in India’s capital New Delhi. After spending the first night in New Delhi, we’ll fly across the Great Himalayan Range. The first day in Leh is an easy one. We must acclimatize to the altitude of 11,000 feet above sea level. The group will spend the second day visiting some of the major sights around Leh. These include medieval Tibetan monasteries around Leh. The real expedition begins on day three, when we transfer by road to our private camp. The LUNGMĀR is the world’s most exclusive snow leopard focused property in prime snow leopard habitat.

      We’ll use the spectacular LUNGMĀR Remote Camp as a base. Each day Voygr’s professional trackers will spread out through the valleys. They will scan the towering ridges around camp for snow leopards, blue sheep and more. Your expedition leader will tell you about the regions deep history, the varied wildlife, and about conservation challenges in the region. They will also be able to teach you photography.

      The LUNGMĀR is the result of years of research and development. Though remote, it is eminently comfortable. It features custom-made centrally heated tents, hand-woven Afghan rugs, exquisitely prepared meals, and 24/7 power and running hot water. The LUNGMĀR guarantees an excellent and warm experience. The camp is accessible by road and we have road access through much of the area we track snow leopards in. Guests do not have to hike into camp.


      Conservation is at the heart of every thing we do. Voygr Expeditions is proud to donate $350 per snow leopard tour booking to the Snow Leopard Trust and 20% of its annual profits to 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. All our tours are carbon negative, and our camps uses solar power and solar water heaters.

      High Asia Habitat Fund

      Itinerary : Signature Snow Leopard Expedition To Ladakh

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      Day 1. Arrive in New Delhi

      1.Arrive in New Delhi, India. We’ll pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the Roseate House Hotel. Breakfast

      Day 2. Transfer to Leh. Acclimatize.

      2.Leh straddles the old silk route and was a nexus of important Central Asian trade routes till the late 1950’s. Today the bustling town serves as an entry point to a dozen different types of mountain and high altitude adventures.

      We’ll check-in to our hotel in Leh, the Grand Dragon, and spend the day at a pace that is slower than normal to properly acclimatize to the high altitude. We recommend reading a book, drinking a few cups of tea, and enjoying the view. Time is the best way to acclimatize.

      In the evening we’ll have a welcome dinner and trip briefing with the whole crew. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Grand Dragon Hotel.

      Day 3. Explore Leh and Nearby Medieval Tibetan Monasteries

      3.Walking tour of Leh. An early start for those interested. We’ll head to Thiksey gompa (monastery) to attend morning prayers. This is a beautiful and calming experience steeped in the tradition of the Gelugpa (yellow hat) order of Tibetan Buddhism, headed by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. The monastery, begun in 1630, features Ladakh’s most gorgeous image, a huge (and surprisingly modern) gilded statue of the Maitreya (Future Buddha).  Afterwards, we drive along the beautiful valley and find a spot to eat our packed breakfast and admire Stakna gompa, towering above the meandering Indus River since 1580.

      We’ll return to our hotel for lunch and some rest.

      In the evening, we’ll visit the Shanti Stupa, a peace pagoda build by the Japanese in the 80’s. It offers commanding views of Leh, the Leh Palace, Namgyal Tsemo, the beautiful 16th century monument to victory that crowns the central peak in Leh, and the mighty Ladakh Range.

      Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Grand Dragon Hotel.

      Day 4. Leh to the LungMār Remote Camp

      4.We’ll transfer to our private camp in Hemis National Park today. An hour and a half drive will take us into the heart of snow leopard territory. Spend the daylight hours searching for the elusive ghost of the mountains with our field teams and the evenings sipping hot toddys around the dining room fire.

      Breakfast, lunch, dinner at Camp, or packed.

      Day 5-9. Hemis National Park

      5-9.Explore Hemis National Park. We’ll explore Hemis National Park with our expert spotters on the lookout for wildlife such as the Argali (Great Tibetan Sheep), Bharal (Blue Sheep), Shapu (Ladakhi Urial), and the elusive Snow Leopard. You’ll be transferred to various points by 4×4. Depending on where wildlife is sighted, walking or short hikes may be required to achieve suitable viewing positions.

      An Average Day On A Snow Leopard Tour To Ladakh

      Snow leopards are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. Our spotters leave camp at dawn. One of our 4x4s drops them off at various points in different valleys. They scan the ridge-lines and slopes for wildlife, reporting any sightings back to camp. Usually guests start waking up around 7 AM. Our expansive geodesic dome dining tent is already warm and inviting. Hot French presses, pots of tea, and breakfast to order.

      At this point, two things can happen. Either our spotters see a snow leopard or don’t see one. If a snow leopard is seen, guests rush off to the closest vantage point. They are either driven or walk, depending on the spotter’s location. Our spotters at other locations pack up and converge on the sighting location. They use their combined experience to decide on a plan for the day to best track the snow leopard for as long as possible. Meals, coffee, tea, snacks, all keep arriving from camp for as long as guests are at a sighting.

      If a snow leopard is not seen, the trackers convene back at camp and decide on a plan for the day. This is usually influenced by the previous days sightings and intelligence gathered in the morning.

      Based on the plans, guests accompany the spotters and trackers to various parts of the valley as they search for the snow leopard. Spotters, trackers, and the field team always point out interesting birds and wildlife, as well as share details about local life and culture.

      There will be opportunities to visit some local homes and villages as well. These visits are always an important way to understand what life is like in this beautiful region of the world, and how essential communities are to conservation. Breakfast, lunch, dinner at Camp, or packed.

      Each day on this snow leopard tour will consist of some driving and some walking.

      Day 10. Return to Leh

      10.Drive to Leh. Free day to rest, relax, and explore Leh. If you’re interested in picking up some souvenirs or antiques, one of our guides can take you shopping. Breakfast, lunch, dinner at the Grand Dragon Hotel.

      Day 11. Fly to Delhi

      11.Fly to Delhi. Say goodbye to the mountains and fly to Delhi in the morning. Our tiger safaris in Ranthambhore are the perfect extension to our snow leopard tour.


      Day 12. Fly Out

      12.Fly out of India. Book a late afternoon or evening flight to make sure you’ve left enough gap time just in case our previous day’s flight is rescheduled due to bad mountain weather. Breakfast.


      The Area: The Trans-Himalayas of Ladakh, India

      The Trans-Himalayas of Ladakh, India are one of the best regions of Asia to view snow leopards in. With has alpine shrublands, meadows, and alpine tundra, it has one of the  highest concentration of snow leopards in the world.

      Along with the Snow Leopard the region is home to Argali (Great Tibetan Sheep), Bharal (Blue Sheep), Shapu (Ladakhi Urial), and plenty of domesticated yaks.

      Other predators besides the snow leopard include the Tibetan wolf, the Eurasian brown bear (endangered in India), and the red fox. Small mammals include the Himalayan marmot, mountain weasel, and the Himalayan mouse hare.

      The region is also an excellent place to view Himalayan and Trans-Himalayan birds of prey including the golden eagle, the lammergeier vulture, and the Himalayan griffon vulture. Great opportunities for bird-watching abound, including several Tibetan species not common in other parts of India. Birds present here include brown accentor, robin accentor, Tickell’s leaf warbler, streaked rosefinch, Tibetan snowfinch, chukar, fork-tailed swift, red-billed chough, Himalayan snowcock, and the fire-fronted serin.

      The region is home to 16 mammal species and 73 bird species.


      Conservation is at the heart of every thing we do. Voygr Expeditions is proud to donate $350 per snow leopard tour booking to the Snow Leopard Trust and 20% of its annual profits to 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.

      High Asia Habitat Fund

      Past Sighting Reports for the Snow Leopard Expedition


      • 100% of our snow leopard tours were successful.
      • 23 snow leopard sightings between January and April.
      • 7 Tibetan wolf sightings,
      • 2 Eurasian lynx sightings.


      • 100% of our snow leopard tours were successful.
      • 29 snow leopard sightings between January and April.
      • 12 Tibetan wolf sightings,
      • 4 Eurasian lynx sightings.


      • 100% of our snow leopard tours were successful.
      • 37 snow leopard sightings between January and April.
      • 18 Tibetan wolf sightings,
      • 6 Eurasian lynx sightings.
      • 2 groups saw mating snow leopards.
      • 1 group saw a snow leopard with 2 cubs.


      • 100% of our snow leopard tours were successful.
      • 30 snow leopard sightings in 34 tracking days between January and March.
      • 8 Tibetan wolf sightings,
      • 9 Eurasian lynx sightings.
      • 2 groups saw a snow leopard with 2 cubs
      • 2 groups saw mating snow leopards
      • Season cut short due to COVID-19.


      • 100% of our snow leopard tours were successful.
      • 35 snow leopard sightings in 33 tracking days in Feb and March 2022.
      • 6 Tibetan wolf sightings.
      • 3 groups saw a snow leopard with cubs.
      • 1 group saw mating snow leopards.
      • Season operated with starts and stops due to the Omicron wave in India. Full tracking and sighting report for 2022, here.

      All expeditions see hundreds of blue sheep, a few fox, 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.

      Worried about winter camping? Put your fears to rest.
      This snow leopard expedition has a winter set-up worthy of the Arctic.

      Besides working with the most experienced snow leopard trackers on earth, the most important thing for a successful snow leopard tour is location. We have a significant snow leopard population in our tracking areas and we use a one-of-a-kind private camp here, the only such camp anywhere on earth, specialized in snow leopard tours deep in prime snow leopard habitat.

      Our private camp is located in a part of Ladakh that is infrequently accessed by tourists and other tour operators. With road access and solar power (with back-up power generation) you can experience the magnificent Trans-Himalaya without roughing it for two weeks.

      We use the LUNGMĀR Remote Camp – nestled deep in the Ladakh Range of India, beyond medieval Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and past ancient shepherding hamlets, our spectacular location and timeless Silk Road feel strike the perfect balance between remote luxury and rugged adventure.

      Exclusivity and an intimate approach to the wilderness are key features of the LUNGMĀR. We have just ten tents in two different styles for adventurous travelers in search of the grey ghost.

      Two large geodesic dome tents, the SHAN SUITE Suite and the IRBIS SUITE, offer great comfort and space, with en-suite bathrooms. Six Quonset-style KURKHANG Tents offer a traditional take on the remote bush camp. They provide a warm and well furnished bedroom in the main tent and separate showers and toilets.

      All of the LUNGMĀR’s accommodations are centrally heated and beautifully appointed. Tents feature hand-knotted Afghan rugs, Tibetan inspired furniture, king or twin sized beds, and comforts unseen before in remote winter accommodations in High Asia.

      The Kurkhang Tents, included in the standard pricing for our fixed departures, are designed for warmth and comfort. These tents provide a classic ‘bush glamping’ experience. They have taken years of R&D and testing to perfect for our needs – peak winter temperatures in our area of operation can go down to -20ºC. Regardless of outside conditions, our tents remain comfortable on the inside. In Ladakhi, Kurkhang translates to tent home – an ideal description for this comfortable bedroom in the wilderness.

      Utilizing hand-stitched canvas, multiple layers of high-tech custom insulation, central heat, and furnished with one king sized or two twin beds, the unique structures offer warmth and a good nights rest.

      Guests staying in a Kurkhang have access to the LUNGMĀR Hammām. The Hammām is a modern interpretation of a Turkish Bath combined with a banya, a traditional Russian sauna. The Hammām is a heated stone building, with three private shower and dressing rooms and a small wood-lined sauna. To prioritize warmth and reduce our carbon footprint, spaces are kept small.

      The Kurkhang Tents share a cluster of four heated, environmentally friendly, composting toilets, about a 45 second walk from the tents. The toilets are a combination of age-old Central Asian long-drop composting toilets combined with typical North-American outhouses. All toilets are built in the western style with toilet seats.

      Utilizing dry composting toilets allows the LUNGMĀR to reduce its carbon footprint by not having to pipe and heat tremendous amounts of water in a cold and arid landscape, only to have to flush it down.

      Guest can choose to upgrade their trip by selecting one of 2 Suite tents. The LUNGMĀR’s suite tents are singularly unique. They are the finest accommodations available for snow leopard trips throughout any of the twelve nations these elusive big cats call their home. Large, spacious, centrally heated geodesic domes, the Irbis and Shan Suites are the pinnacle of what’s possible in remote High Asia.

      With king size beds, twin radiators, and beautiful bathrooms designed using stone and wood, the Suites are an incredible experience paired with our wintry landscape.

      In peak winter in the Trans-Himalayas, when snow leopard sightings are the best, these amazing suites provide warm comfort, 24/7 running hot water, relaxing showers, flush toilets, and spectacular mountain views.

      Maps & Satellite Imagery

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      Voygr Expeditions - Snow Leopard Tour Map

      Context. A zoomed out view of India with Ladakh at the very top.

      Voygr Snow Leopard Expedition Camp For Snow Leopard Tours Zoomed Wide

      Zoomed in. Red areas indicate that the area is great habitat for snow leopards. Yellow indicates medium suitability for snow leopards, and uncolored areas are low in suitability. Usually these are the highest ridges and peaks.

      As you can see, we’re located in prime territory in a stretch of unbroken red and yellow. Lots of overlapping territory for many cats.

      Voygr Snow Leopard Camp. Zoomed In Map Showing Where Snow Leopard Tours Take Place.

      And zoomed in some more. The world’s best snow leopard camp.

      Overlays depicted in red and yellow taken from WattsSM, McCarthy TM, NamgailT (2019) Modelling potential habitat for snow leopards (Panthera uncia) in Ladakh, India. PLoSONE 14(1):e0211509. Creative commons attribution license. Superimposed on high res satellite imagery from Google Earth Pro.

      Accommodations: The Best Ladakh Has To Offer

      The Grand Dragon Hotel, Leh

      We have a long running partnership with the Grand Dragon Hotel in Leh. One of the first luxury hotels in Ladakh, it is owned and operated by the Abdu family from Leh, with over 40 years of experience welcoming visitors to this stunning region. It is decorated magnificently with handmade paintings by Gulam Mustafa (Ladakh’s first modern artist) and tasteful locally inspired decor.

      The hotel is centrally heated and solar powered, not only ensuring warmth but also ensuring that it is eco-friendly. The attention to detail offered by the staff, coupled with the magnificent views, will guarantee you take back home sweet memories.

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      Roseate House, New Delhi

      Roseate House is a beautiful hotel in New Delhi, and our choice for short transitional stays near the airport.

      Each room is equipped with state of the art amenities, a four fixture bathroom, a flexible workstation, and luxe amenities. Sample mouth-watering fare at DEL, the all-day world cuisine bistro, fine Indian cuisine at Kheer and an impressive beverage menu at Chidya Ghar Bar. You can also visit Tara the Japanese roof top lounge and get patisserie delights at Roasted.

      The Aheli spa has 4 therapy rooms, salon, steam room and sauna, a gym and an infinity pool.

      Dates and Prices for the Snow Leopard Expedition


      12 day Signature Tours

      • USD $7,499 per person – twin-sharing rate
      • USD $9,890 per person – single rate.
      • The Signature tours are led by award-winning expedition leaders with deep experience in South Asia, and years of guiding expertise.
      • Standard rates above utilize the Kurkhang Tents at camp. Paid upgrades to the suite rooms at the LUNGMĀR are possible and based on availability.

      12 day President’s Tour

      • USD $11,499 per person – twin-sharing rate
      • USD $13,890 per person – single rate.
      • The President’s tour is led by Behzad J. Larry, FRGS, FRAS, CEO of Voygr Expeditions, and one of the world’s most experienced snow leopard expedition leaders.
      • Standard rates above utilize the Kurkhang Tents at camp. Paid upgrades to the suite rooms at the LUNGMĀR are possible and based on availability.


      • On the twin-rate you’ll share accommodations with another person. Good for couples, friends, and those that don’t mind sharing space.
      • On the single rate, all accommodations will be yours alone.

      2023 Fixed Departures

      Jan 30, 2023Feb 10, 2023Open8-10Behzad LarryTwin: $11,499/person
      Single: $13,890/person
      President's Trip
      Feb 5, 2023Feb 16, 2023Full8-10Behzad LarryTwin: $11,499/person
      Single: $13,890/person
      President's Trip
      Feb 13, 2023Feb 24, 2023Open8-10Behzad LarryTwin: $11,499/person
      Single: $13,890/person
      President's Trip
      Feb 27, 2023*Mar 10, 2023Open8-10Harsha J.Twin: $7,499/person
      Single: $9,890/person
      Signature Trip
      Mar 7, 2023*Mar 18, 2023Open8-10Brad JosephsTwin: $7,499/person
      Single: $9,890/person
      Signature Trip
      Mar 17, 2023
      - HBB#
      Mar 28, 2023Open8-10Brad JosephsTwin: $7,499/person
      Single: $9,890/person
      Signature Trip
      Mar 31, 2023*
      - HBB#
      April 11, 2023Open8-10Brad JosephsTwin: $7,499/person
      Single: $9,890/person
      Signature Trip

      Trips marked with an * spend 7 days in camp, transferring directly to Leh airport for the flight to Delhi on day 11, instead of returning to Leh on Day 10. Trips not marked with an * spend 6 days in camp, transferring to Leh on Day 10 in the afternoon.

      Trips marked HBB# have a Himalayan Brown Bear Extension that can be booked separately.

      • Book via email.
      • A 25% deposit is required for confirming bookings. Full payment is due 90 days before departure.
      • Paying in full when booking will get you a 5% discount, if the booking is made more than 120 days before departure.
      • See full booking terms & conditions.

      Voygr’s Flexibility Guarantee

      We know you’re looking to travel again. And we know you need your plans to be flexible – so we’ve made sure we’re flexible too.

      Need to change plans?
      Reschedule it.
 Change plans up to 45 days before your scheduled departure. We’ll let you reschedule to the same tour within a 18 month period. You may incur some charges if the tour you switch to is more expensive, or if there are rate hikes from suppliers, airlines, and/or hotel partners.

      Need to cancel entirely?
      No penalty cancellation up to 90 days before departure.

      New travel restrictions imposed?

      We understand that travel restrictions can pop-up forcing you to change plan. We’ll issue a full refund if a restriction affects your trip and you can’t reschedule it. We’ll do this up to 90 days before start of trip. Full credit will be issued for future bookings in case of short notice cancellations caused by government imposed travel restrictions, such as border closures, quarantines, etc.

      What's Included & Excluded

      What’s Included in Standard Pricing

      • All guiding, tracking, and expedition services.
      • Accommodation in the Grand Dragon Hotel in Leh with all meals, on twin-sharing. (Single extra.)
      • A standard Kurkhang tent and full board while at the LUNGMĀR Remote camp. (Upgrade to suite extra.)
      • High-powered Swarovski BTX 95 spotting scopes per group.
      • All road journeys and airport transfers
      • Pre-trip advice and briefing
      • Group medical kit and oxygen cylinders for emergencies.
      • Access to a Gamow Bag for high-altitude emergencies.

      What’s Excluded

      • International flights
      • Visa for India
      • Payments for required COVID testing
      • Travel insurance (required).
      • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, gifts, calls, laundry, room-service.
      • Gratuities
      • Personal porter ($595). You only need a personal porter if you are bringing heavy camera equipment and would like to not have to carry it up and down hills. Often when a snow leopard is spotted, we go as far as we can on the road and then switch to walking or hiking nearer to its location. Many guests prefer to bring a porter to make their lives easier at altitude and with carrying a large lens like a 600mm or 800mm.

      Altitude Information About The Snow Leopard Expedition

      Snow Leopards are some of the most elusive animals on earth. Spotting them is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

      However, the terrain they live in is high, harsh, and difficult. Participants on our Snow Leopard Tour must be relatively fit, have medical clearance from their physician to be at high altitudes (above 10,000 feet), and should be able to walk 3-6 kilometers (2 – 4 miles) per day in sometimes rough, mountainous terrain. There are always plenty of staff around to help you.

      We promise you, the sight of a Snow Leopard in the wild is something you will never forget.

      If altitude is a concern, explore our snow leopard tour to Mongolia instead.

      We're Experts At Altitude

      Voygr’s team are part conservationists and part mountaineers, and one of the finest expedition crews on the planet. You’re in the best hands.

      Your Field Team Leader, Abdul Rashid, has two decades of experience leading summit attempts on the world’s tallest mountains. He has also led several search and rescue operations on the world’s highest glaciers for the Indian Army and commercial mountaineering operations.

      Your Expedition Lead Tracker, Dorjay Stanzin, has two decades of experience in Hemis National Park and knows the terrain, the communities, and the wildlife here intimately.

      Our itineraries are built with acclimatization in mind and our staff is well trained to always monitor guests’ well being. Together, your team is well equipped to handle any emergency that pops up.

      Voygr’s guests always have access to oxygen (in the hotel in Leh, in camp, in the car), in case they should need it along with pulse oxymeters to easily measure their blood oxygen content. We are also one of the few operators to own Gamow Bags, portable hyperbaric chambers that are an emergency apparatus that a patient suffering from high altitude sickness can be put in.

      We’ve never had to use it due to our excellent planning, but our staff drills with it regularly and many on our team have used it during much more high-altitude (17,000ft+) mountaineering expeditions.

      Health & COVID

      Exceptional care is taken to protect our staff and our guests from the transmission of any communicable diseases. Training and re-training are the norm. If you’d like to read a more detailed account of our COVID policies, please go here.

      As an organization, we love science. We’re following the advice of the WHO on best practices to keep everyone safe and healthy. We’re also a very transparent organization. If you have questions, just ask.

      Private Camp

      Voygr’s camps are located off the beaten path and away from crowds. The exclusivity of our location also offers peace of mind. A tented camp means no shared hallways, lots of space, clean air and pure water. Snow leopard expeditions aren’t safari vehicle bound. So you’re not stuck in close spaces with other guests. Meals can be served privately, in your own tent, or outside.

      Copper is King

      Copper has incredible anti-bacterial and anti-viral capabilities. Along with the SARS-COV-2 virus (COVID-19), copper has been shown to kill pathogens like  Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and the Swine Flu (H1N1) in research studies.

      We’re introducing copper to all our high-touch point surfaces, such as tables, door handles, and zippers. We’ve been using copper utensils in our dining rooms for years.

      Want to learn more science behind why copper is such a great germ killer? Here’s a good article by the Smithsonian.


      Common spaces, such as dining facilities are cleaned 5 times a day. All touch surfaces are wiped down with alcohol. Vehicles are sanitized before guests get on board and the drivers wear masks. Trackers, guides, and spotters in close proximity to guests also wear masks and are trained to practice rigorous personal hygiene.

      Add These Incredible Add-On Trips To Your Snow Leopard Expedition

      Bengal Tiger


      Witness the wonder of the Indian jungle in the forests of Ranthambore on a private departure for the Bengal Tiger. These trips have a tight focus on tigers and other predators in the park, while also covering the wide variety of small mammals and herbivores that abound.

      The extension departures can be scheduled either at the start or end of a snow leopard expedition. Get in touch and we’ll figure out the right way to pair tigers and snow leopards.

      Camera Trapping Workshop


      If up-close shots of the snow leopard are a priority for you, we recommend adding the camera trapping workshop as an extension of your regular tour. Camera Trapping snow leopards with Voygr combines our location 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.

        Or give us a call:
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        UK: +44 1316 080 049

        Essential Reading

        Can’t figure out which tour is the one for you? Download our 42 page e-Book. The goal of this detailed PDF is to lay out the various options possible. It is designed to help YOU choose the ideal type of snow leopard tour and ideal destination for YOU. We list all the merits of each destination, alongside the challenges. We also discuss photography, so you have the correct expectations, cover the ethics of snow leopard tourism, and finally, list our snow leopard itineraries, so you have it all in one place.

        This is the most extensive information on snow leopard expeditions anywhere on the planet. If you have questions – just get in touch. We’d love to exchange emails, speak on the phone, or do a video call.

        A Note On Guiding

        This Signature snow leopard expedition to Ladakh is guided by top specialist guides, naturalists, and expedition leaders. This is the best snow leopard tour for photographers. Our expedition leaders have extensive experience with snow leopards. They work in tandem with our Ladakhi Field Team, the very best in the business. If you’re looking to get better at photography, get a deeper perspective of the history and culture of this region, or want to travel with a top-notch naturalist, this is the expedition for you.

        This trip can be run as a private itinerary and departures can be scheduled at your convenience. Pricing is dependent on number of guests, guide, and number of days. Private departures can be scheduled from November through end April.

        Our Other Snow Leopard Tours & Expeditions

        This snow leopard expedition is the most comfortable and luxurious snow leopard journey in the world. We also have a Snow Leopard Tour to Mongolia, and a Snow Leopard Expedition to Kyrgyzstan. The journey to Mongolia is at lower altitudes, while the journey to Kyrgyzstan is tougher than either Ladakh or Mongolia. To learn more, read our extensive article, “Which Snow Leopard Tracking Tour: India, Mongolia or Kyrgyzstan?” Or give us a call.

        Our 2021 snow leopard tours were yet again 100% successful. Our 2022 tours so far have also seen 100% success.
        Read about them here.

            Snow Leopard Expedition Team

            Expedition Leaders

            With a diverse set of specializations, our expedition leaders add an immense amount to any tour. If you have trouble deciding on the right one for you – just get in touch. We’ll be happy to recommend the right leader.

            Aditya Panda
            Aditya Panda
            Senior Naturalist • Wildlife Photographer

            Aditya Panda is an award-winning naturalist, wildlife conservationist and photographer from Odisha, India. He has been working in the field of conservation for over 15 years and focuses on tiger and elephant landscapes, besides wetlands and other ecosystems in Eastern…

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            Behzad Larry
            Behzad J. Larry, FRGS, FRAS
            CEO • Photographer • Snow Leopard Specialist

            Behzad Larry is a professional photographer, historian, and adventurer. An avid explorer, 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…

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            Brad Josephs
            Brad Josephs
            Senior Naturalist • Wildlife Photographer

            Brad has been a professional naturalist guide, wildlife photographer and wildlife expedition leader since he graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks with a B.S. in wildlife biology in 1999. He guides Voygr’s snow leopard and Himalayan brown bear expeditions.…

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            Harsha Jayaramaiah
            Harsha Jayaramaiah
            Senior Naturalist • Wildlife Filmmaker

            Growing up in Bangalore, Harsha was fascinated by wildlife from a young age. He realized main stream education was not for him. He missed classes at college for his work with rescue and rehabilitation of urban wildlife with PFA (People…

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            Ismail Shariff
            Ismail Shariff
            Conservationist • Wildlife Photographer

            Ismail Shariff is an internationally featured nature and wildlife photographer and fine art print-maker from Hyderabad, India. Ismail is a conservationist photographer and works with the Snow Leopard Trust to experience ecosystem realities first-hand to educate on the existence and…

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            Sebastian Kennerknecht
            Sebastian Kennerknecht
            Conservationist • Wildlife Photographer • Camera Trapping Expert

            Sebastian Kennerknecht is a wildlife and conservation photographer with over fourteen years of experience visually covering wildlife and environmental issues internationally, focusing in particular on wild cats. He has produced high quality editorial photographs, time-lapses, videos, and web content featured…

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            Field Team

            Our snow leopard tracking team are legends. Dorjay, Nawang, 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 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.

            Voygr Expeditions is the only Western company operating in Ladakh with full time in-country staff dedicated to snow leopard expeditions with our own infrastructure. We do not subcontract our tours to other operators and do not rent equipment from anyone.

            Abdul Rashid
            Abdul Rashid
            Senior Vice President Operations • Snow Leopard Specialist • Photographer

            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. Rashid has successfully helped clients summit the tallest peaks in Ladakh including Nun &…

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            Dorjay Stanzin
            Dorjay Stanzin
            Snow Leopard Specialist • Conservationist

            Dorjay "eagle-eyes" Stanzin is probably the world's top snow leopard spotter. Hailing from the small village of Skiu in Hemis National Park, Dorjay has been working with snow leopards and conservation since 1990. Between 1992 and 1997 he helped start…

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            Khenrab Phuntsog
            Khenrab Phuntsog
            Snow Leopard Specialist • 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…

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            Nawang Tsering
            Nawang Tsering
            Snow Leopard Specialist • Conservationist

            Nawang is an incredible snow leopard spotter, with over 15 years of experience tracking the grey ghost. He's from the village of Rumbak in Hemis National Park. Nawang has a tremendous knowledge of Himalayan and Central Asian wildlife and has…

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            Rigzin Chhosdol
            Camp Coordinator • Field Guide

            Rigzen hails from the high altitude hamlet of Gya, one of the oldest settlements in Ladakh. With a BSc. in Physics, Chemistry and Math, she's currently pursuing a Masters in Economics from the University of Jammu. An accomplished mountaineer, Rigzin…

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            Smanla Tsering
            Smanla Tsering
            Snow Leopard Specialist • Conservationist

            Smana Tsering is a snow leopard specialist and award-winning conservationist. He has spent two decades pushing conservation in Hemis National Park, India as a Wildlife Guard. Smanla has tracked, rescued, and engaged with wild snow leopard for his whole career…

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            Frequently Asked Questions About The Snow Leopard Expedition

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

            Snow leopard tours take place in the winter from November to Mid-April. The very best time during this season is usually in February and March, which overlaps with snow leopard mating season.

            These elusive cats are also seen during the spring, summer, and autumn, but sightings are much fewer and the distances are usually much greater. Winter is the best time to see them because they tend to move down to lower altitudes as the upper reaches of the mountains are in deeper snow cover.

            What are the chances of actually seeing a snow leopard?

            Very high! Voygr’s snow leopard tours have a 100% success rate. While we cannot guarantee that you’ll see a snow leopard, traveling with us means using the very best trackers, staying in the heart of snow leopard territory, and benefiting from our years of experience understanding animal behavior, habitat, and prey.

            What optics do you use on a snow leopard expedition?

            Our snow leopard tour is the best available, and so our guests always have access to 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.

            Why is Voygr the expert at tracking snow leopards?

            Voygr Expeditions is the world’s leading supplier of high-end snow leopard tours. Our tours employ the world’s leading trackers and expedition crews and our camps are exceptional for their expedition luxury. Deploying camps allows us to place ourselves in prime snow leopard habitat instead of being in a village, surrounded by noise, people, and loads of traffic. 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.

            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 experience.

            Who guides Voygr's snow leopard expeditions?

            The very best trackers on earth work with expedition leaders with years of guiding experience to create the ultimate experience. Every guide that leads one of Voygr’s snow leopard tours brings a unique set of skills, and knowledge to our journeys. Some are renowned photographers, having documented the High Asian wildlife across various habitats, others naturalists with two decades of experience working with animals and wilderness across the world.

            Our trackers are legends. Dorjay, 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 in Hemis National Park. Dorjay is widely considered to be the sharpest snow leopard spotter in the world, with over 65% of sightings during an average season attributed to him alone. In combination, Voygr’s 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.

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

            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 puts the odds in your favor.

            Tracking these elusive cats in one of the highest mountain ranges on earth is no mean feat. Dorjay, Khenrab, and Smanla, our lead trackers have over two decades of experience 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?

            Snow leopards are fantastically adapted to life in these high mountains. Their fur is incredibly dense, with over 4000 hairs per square centimeter. Their long tail, ranging from 75-90% of their 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 journeys 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 these cats 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 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 expedition?

            We recommend a tour with our trackers in Ladakh, Mongolia, and Kyrgyzstan for the best chances of seeing one. Ladakh has the highest rates of success. This is because our tours in Ladakh take place in terrain that is much steeper than that in other parts of the world. This means that the cats 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.

            Voygr operates its 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 and Mongolia. 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 these tours.

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

            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.

            Temperature Analysis Voygr Expeditions Snow Leopard Camp
            Temperature Analysis Voygr Expeditions Snow Leopard Camp

            Testimonials for the Snow Leopard Expedition

            Exceptional journeys get exceptional reviews.
            5/5 stars from every guest that’s ever reviewed us.

            A True Adventure

            This is the second time I've traveled with Voygr Expeditions, and I'm sure to come back for more. What makes Voygr so special is that they have created adventures that are deeply aligned with and respectful of the land, the…continue reading


            This adventure absolutely exceeded my expectations. It was a unique combination of being totally in nature with many upscale comforts. The staff was exceptional, they anticipated your every need and were especially accommodating. I have such respect for everyone who…continue reading

            Exceptional Snow Leopard Expedition

            Just came back from an 8-night trekking expedition with the Voygr crew. Wow. Unbelievable camp experience with some nice amenities (e.g. cots/carpets/side tables in the tents), and great food prepared 3x daily (lunch was delivered to us wherever we were…continue reading

            Fantastic team that made a dream come true

            The recent expedition for snow leopards with Behzad, Rashid, Khenrab, Dorje, Sajan and team was outstanding. The communication from the first e-mail enquiring about the trip to the time we got back, was very good. • The expedition was very…continue reading

            My week with Snow Leopards in the Himalayas

            I had the great good fortune to hear about Voygr Expeditions from Brad Josephs, who was our head guide on the trip I took in February. We camped for eight nights at an altitude of just below 4,000 meters in…continue reading

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            Why Book With Voygr?

            Actually Local. At Every Destination.

            We don’t subcontract our tours to “local” companies.
            We are the local company.
            At Voygr, our experts live and work in the regions where we take our guests.

            Empowering Remote Communities

            Our mission when starting Voygr almost a decade ago was to put more money into remote communities. Fully controlled operations means we hire local employees from remote communities. This ensures that your dollars actually end up where you’re traveling to instead of lining pockets in NYC or London.

            Conservation is Key

            Environmental conservation and protecting endangered species are core values. Voygr commits 20% of our annual profits to the High Asia Habitat Fund. Expeditions with Voygr are not just carbon neutral – they are Carbon Negative.

            Read more about Voygr Expeditions to learn about our ethics, how giving back to the communities we travel to is part of our DNA, and what steps we take to actively preserve our planet.

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