About Leh and Hemis National Park
Leh is situated in the Indus Valley where it cuts through the Himalayas. There are many cultural and historic sites to visit close by with Thiskey Monastery being a highlight. In winter there are some excellent birds to look for. Ibisbill occurs in good numbers and we normally start by looking for this star species. There are often a few waders and ducks about and two other good birds to look for near the river are Masked Wagtail and Brown Dipper. Very common birds are Eurasian Magpie, Black-throated Thrush and Güldenstädt's Redstart. Wallcreeper are always a possibility as is Fire-fronted Serin.
Leh is the start point for other mammals and birds that can be seen in Ladakh and these species can be looked for if requested. Tibetan Sandgrouse trips can be organised and Solitary Snipe can be looked for.
Hemis National Park
Before you arrive in Hemis we setup a tented camp in the Rumbak Valley. Hot food is prepared in our kitchen and three hot meals a day are served in our dining tent. Hot lunch may be carried out to you in the field if appropriate. Good quality warm clothing is essential. The altitude makes for strenuous walking although there are tracks to follow to look for leopards. There are many special animals found in the park. As well as the Snow Leopard, there are its' prey species: Blue Sheep, Urial and Argali. The montane habitats are also home to Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf, Mountain Weasel, Woolly Hare, Royle's Pika and sometimes the Eurasian Lynx. The avifauna includes Himalayan Snowcock, Tibetan Partridge, Snow Pigeon, Golden Eagle, Lammergeier, White-browed Tit Warbler, Tibetan Snowfinch, Robin Accentor and Brown Dipper.