Himalayas Snow Leopard Safari
Report from the Snow Leopard Safari in the Himalayas – Ben Cranke
I am sending a quick message from Leh, high up in the Indian Himalayas, while we have a momentary wifi connection – it is very sporadic here.
We will soon leave on our quest to find the beautiful and elusive Snow Leopard – aptly named the Grey Ghost by the locals.
Our two days here in Leh were to acclimatize to the conditions and rarefied atmosphere at about 3700 meters above sea level … compare this with Johannesburg at a mere 1700 above sea level!
While we were here resting and acclimatizing, of course being a group of photographers our cameras were out and ready for action. After visiting a very picturesque monastery in a staggeringly beautiful spot, we decided to try our luck and go in search of a very rare local bird – the lovely Ibisbill! And can you believe it – we spotted four of them!
This morning we will soon set off for a 30 minute car trip to a road head where we will unpack our gear onto donkeys and start our walking trek (that sounds so much easier than the arduous reality that awaits us!) into Hemis National Park and to our base camp where we will spend the next 8 nights. From there we will venture out each day in search of the magnificent Snow Leopards.
As there is no wifi connection deep in the Himalayas, you may expect news again in 9 days time …