The Annapurna Snow Leopard Expedition

Expedition Details

Starting in December 2017, we will be giving our clients the opportunity to accompany Tashi Ghale, a field biologist with GPN, on a camera trap survey expedition aimed at calculating the population density of snow leopards in the Nyeshyang Valley of Annapurna's Manang District.

10 Nights / 11 Days

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Guests will be welcomed at Tribhuvan Airport then transferred to the Marshyangdi Hotel, located in the Thamel district in central Kathmandu. Over dinner, we will discuss highlights of our upcoming journey.

    Overnight at Hotel Marshyangdi on Twin Share

  • Day 2: Overland from Kathmandu to Chame (approx. 10 hours)

    Early morning, we start our overland journey to Manang. We will cover the initial Kathmandu to Chame segment of the voyage, driving along well-traveled highways and secondary roads. Dinner and overnight at Chame.

    Overnight at Basic Lodge in Chame on Twin Share

  • Day 3: Jeep transport from Chame to Manang (approx. 5 hours)

    Throughout most of the day, our jeep convoy will climb the twisting, arduous mountain trail ascending from Chame (2,650 meters) to Manang (3,500 meters). We will arrive in Manang in mid-afternoon, after a lunch break along the road. Our home in Manang will be the Mountain Lake Lodge where in the evenings, around the warm wood-stove,

    Tashi will share with us his unique experience and insight as well as the many fascinating photos and videos he has captured of the legendary snow leopard.

    Overnight at Tashi's Lodge in Manang on Twin Share

  • Days 4: Tracking the snow leopard

    Over the next five days we will accompany Tashi Ghale on a series of trekking excursions to collect data from up to six of his camera traps set along ridge-lines in the Manang area. Sites we will visit include Khangsar (3,800 meters), Yak Kharka (4,000 meters) and Ledar (4,200 meters). We will overnight at least once along the trail as Tashi seeks interaction with communities of migrant yak herders who today represent the most frequent point of conflict between humans and snow leopards. A large part of Tashi’s (and GPN’s) work today involves the creation of viable alternatives – to the killing of snow leopards – for the benefit of the yak herders to safeguard their livestock.

    Such alternatives include the construction of portable ‘safe’ corrals for young livestock as well as the supply and use of ‘fox-lights’ to discourage snow leopards from approaching herders’ encampments. Much of the funding provided by our expeditions will be allocated to the acquisition of such tools – ‘safe’ corrals and ‘fox-lights’ – to assist GPN is its efforts to reverse the trend of snow leopard retaliatory killings. 

    As we make our way along the trail, it will be difficult not to be amazed by the collage of crystal-clear alpine rivers, jagged snow covered Himalayan peaks, Buddhist monasteries and monuments and ancient stone villages. Surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range – which includes one peak over 8,000 meters and thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters – we are reminded that we truly are on the roof of the world.

    Overnight at Tashi's Lodge in Manang on Twin Share

  • Day 5: Tracking the snow leopard

    Excursion to go visit the sites of camera trapping.

    Overnight at Tashi's Lodge in Manang on Twin Share

  • Days 6: Tracking the snow leopard

    Excursion to go visit the sites of camera trapping.

    Overnight at Lodge in Manang on Twin Share

  • Days 7: Tracking the snow leopard

    Excursion to go visit the sites of camera trapping.

    Overnight at Lodge in Manang on Twin Share

  • Days 8: Tracking the snow leopard

    Excursion to go visit the sites of camera trapping.

    Overnight at Lodge in Manang on Twin Share

  • Day 9: Return journey from Manang to Besisahar (approx. 8 hours)

    Our jeep descent of the storied mountain road will be somewhat more comfortable and rapid than the ascent. At the base of the trail we will have dinner and will overnight at the Gateway Himalaya Resort in Besisahar.

    Overnight at Himalaya Resort in Besishar on Twin Share

  • Day 10: Overland from Besisahar to Kathmandu (approx. 6 hours)

    The Nepalese highway system will feel like 5-star comfort after our mountain ‘off-road’ experience! Closing group dinner in Kathmandu followed by overnight at the Marshyangdi Hotel.

    Overnight at Hotel Marshyangdi in Kathmandu on Twin Share

  • Day 11: Optional trip extension to visit sites in the Kathmandu valley or transfer to and departure from Tribhuvan Airport.

    Overnight at Hotel Marshyangdi in Kathmandu on Twin Share

  • The Annapurna Snow Leopard Expedition
  • Trip Details

    • Inland Total Days / Price per person Twin Share: 11 Days / $4,945 (min 4 pax)
    • Min Pax to Operate: 4
  • Cost Includes

    All airport/hotel transfers, All accommodations including hotels in Kathmandu (2 nights), Chame, Manang and Besisahar as well as overnights along the trail, All domestic transportation, Dinner (2) and breakfast (2) in Kathmandu plus all meals once trip starts, All regional fees and permits. Expedition and Naturalist guides.

  • Cost Excludes

    International Flights, Airport taxes and Nepal entry fees, Personal gear and excess baggage charges, Required Insurance Coverage (medical and rescue/repatriation), Personal sundries and beverages, Costs incurred as a result of delays and events beyond the control of the company.

  • Trip Highlights

    • Scope of Wildlife Conservation
    • Mountain Trekking/Snow Leopard Camera Trap Research Expedition
    • UNSECO Heritage site tours
    • Breathtaking Mountain Ranges above 5000 meters peak
    • Immersion into the lifestyle of Manang People
    • One-One interaction with Local Citizen Scientist from Manang
    • Interaction with local yak headers
  • The Annapurna Snow Leopard Expedition
  • Note on Itinerary

    Although we generally stay to the schedule date, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, lodging availability, and the group's general timing.

  • Air Travel

    Please check with your travel agent for a better route to fly into the arriving destination. We advise you to check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

  • Single Travelers

    For any single travelers, we suggest you to email us, and provide us your request. If you wish to room single, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary.

  • Qualifications

    This trip is an wildlife conservation based expedition with an active, cultural experience. For this trip, we are frequently hiking on top of the high ridges, taking a rough 4WD drive for hours, and immersing with the local of Manang. We suggest you inquire with us or with our travel partners, to ensure that you are physically qualified to sign up. We expect you to contact us, before signing up, and learn more about physical conditions required.

  • Weather

    December is lately considered pretty dry time of the year. With some possible light snow in November. The weather is generally mix of cloud in the late afternoon and sun. It is generally cool in the morning, and nights are colder in December.

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