Spotting the notoriously elusive snow leopard
The trek to the interiors of the Hemis National Park to hunt for the endangered snow leopard is, however, a different ball game altogether. There is no accommodation there apart from the village homestays, unless you are looking to camp out.
Some trek organisers arrange the camping trek. Google up ‘Snow leopard trek Ladakh’ and you will find them. The trek may cost you anything between Rs 186,700 ($2,780 / EUR 2,524) per head and Rs 25,000 ($372 / EUR 338), depending on the number of days and the group size (1–8 pax). Very few organize fixed-departure treks. Most of the tours involve at least five days of hiking.
Remember, however, that there is no guarantee of a sighting. If you have read books like ‘The Snow Leopard’ by Peter Matthiessen, you would know how intelligent and elusive an animal it is. Though Hemis National Park is believed to have the highest density of snow leopards among all the protected areas, a sighting would depend mostly on luck.