Duration : 11 nights 12 days Destination : Leh-Rumbak Valley-Puga-Tso Moriri-Tso Kar Best Season : May-June This tour is meant for birders who are
in good physical health and can walk in high altitude area. The
treks and walks are moderate in nature. The bird species are special
trans-Himalayan species while a lot of them are Palearctic.
Day 1: New Delhi to Leh Meals: dinner
Fly from New Delhi to Leh in the morning. We will spend the day
in the vicinity of the hotel for birding and acclimatization. One
can expect to see black redstart, common kestrel, black-billed magpie,
mountain chiffchaff, black kite, red-billed chough, great tit etc.
Day 2: Surrounding area of Leh Meals: breakfast & dinner
Today morning we will bird along Shey marshes. One can expect common
rosefinch, Humes lesser white-throat, blue rock thrush, Eurasian
hobby, common coot, booted eagle, blue throat, common tern, Humes
short-toed lark, plain mountain finch, rock bunting, citrine and
grey wagtail etc. Afternoon visit to Trisul lake for red-crested
pochard, northern pintail, common teal, tufted duck, little grebe,
garganey etc. Hotel.
Day 3: Surrounding area of Leh Meals: breakfast & dinner
Today morning we will bird at Thiksey. One can expect to see golden
oriole, long-tailed shrike, blue-whistling thrush, Eurasian cuckoo,
common rosefinch, hill pigeon etc. Afternoon visit to Hemis area
after Stok Palace for Tibetan snowfinch, Eurasian crag martin, northern
house martin, lammergeier, white wagtail, fire-fronted serin, plain
mountain finch, blue sheep etc. Hotel Snow View or similar.
Day 4: Excursion to Khardung Pass Meals: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner
Today morning we will bird at Khardung La. We will be reaching a
height of 18500 feet, the highest motorable pass in the world. One
can expect winter wren, brown dipper, robin & alpine accentor,
Himalayan snowcock, Brandts mountain finch, great rosefinch,
white-winged redstart, yellow-billed chough etc. Mammals will be
Himalayan marmot, mouse hare, wooly hare, and blue sheep. Afternoon
free at the hotel. Hotel Snow View or similar.
Day 5: Leh-Rumbak Valley Meals: breakfast, packed lunch & dinner
Drive to Chinjan in the morning (1 hour). Trek to Rumbak for birding
(5 hours, moderate trek). Full day birding in Rumbak Valley. One
can expect golden eagle, Himalayan griffon, Tibetan snowfinch, chukar,
fire-fronted serin, sulphur-bellied warbler, white-throated dipper
etc. Overnight stay in fully serviced tented camp or in a home stay
(promoted by Snow Leopard Conservancy).
Day 6: Rumbak Valley Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner Full day birding around Rumbak. One can see
brown & robin accentor, tickells leaf warbler, streaked
rosefinch, Tibetan snowfinch, chukar, common & fork-tailed swift,
red-billed chough, Himalayan snowcock, fire-fronted serin, twite
etc. One can also expect to see blue sheep, Red fox and the elusive
snow leopard. Overnight stay in fully serviced tented camp or in
a home stay (promoted by Snow Leopard Conservancy).
Day 7: Rumbak Valley-Leh Meals: breakfast, packed lunch & dinner
Morning birding in Rumbak Valley. Trek to Chinjan (3½ hours).
Check the forest patch at Chinjan for unusual species such as rusty-tailed
flycatcher, grey bushchat etc. Travel to Leh (1 hour) for overnight
stay in Hotel Snow View or similar.
Day 8: Leh-Puga Meals: breakfast, packed lunch & dinner We will spend the day travelling to Puga stopping
en route for birding at Chumathang. One can expect to see golden
eagle, common merganser, Ibisbill, horned lark etc. Check the stream
at Puga emerging out of sulphur spring for black-necked crane, brown-headed
gull, ruddy shelduck etc. Overnight stay in fully serviced tented
Day 9: Day excursion to Lake Tso Moriri and
Lake Tadsang Karu Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Morning excursion to the lakes for ruddy shelduck, bar-headed goose,
ruff, lesser sand plover, white-winged black tern, long-legged buzzard
etc. Black-necked crane is big a possibility too. Spend the evening
near the camp checking the stream, rock faces and bushes for Eurasian
eagle-owl, white-winged redstart, robin accentor, Asian house martin,
white-throated dipper, lammergeier etc. Overnight stay in fully
serviced tented camp at Puga.
Day 10: Puga-Lake Tso Kar Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Travel to the lake in the morning across Polo Kongka Pass. One can
see large flocks of Brandts mountain finch. As you enter the
lake area, you may see black-necked crane, common redshank, lots
of other waders and waterfowl. Tibetan wild ass, marmot, Stolizkas
mountain vole are mammal species that are seen commonly. Explore
the area for little owl, Tibetan sandgrouse, plain-backed snowfinch
etc. Horned lark, Humes short-toed lark and Tibetan snowfinch
are some of the common birds here. Afternoon visit to fresh water
lake for avocet, breeding colony of crested grebe, ruddy shelduck
etc. Black-necked crane is a possibility too. Overnight stay in
fully serviced tented camp.
Day 11: Tso Kar-Leh Meals: breakfast, packed lunch & dinner
After morning birding at Tso Kar, travel to Leh via Tanglang Pass
(17500 feet) stopping en route for birding. Arrive Leh in the afternoon.
Afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay in Hotel Snow View or similar.
Day 12: Leh-New Delhi Meals: breakfast in flight
Fly to New Delhi in the morning. Arrival in Delhi before noon. Tour
Maximum participation will be of 8 persons.
Extensions available for Lahul, Spiti and Kinnaur
Please let us know the number of people travelling
on this tour and we will send you the total cost. We also specialize
in customizing the tour. Should you need any changes we would be
happy to modify the itinerary.
The tour may include arrangements such as accommodation,
travel, meals, permit, guides, activities etc. or services as required
by the client.
How to book
The booking of this itinerary is with Asian Adventures, F-313, Lado Sarai, New Delhi - 110030
Tel: (+91 11) 44128785 . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To confirm your booking please send a 25% deposit by wire transfer to Standard Chartered Bank, Account
No 52805001839 which is in the name of "Asian Adventures",
using Swift Code "SCBLINBBDEL". Branch address: M-1 NDSE
Part I, New Delhi-110049. India. Or you can send a cheque payable
to Asian Adventures at F-313, Lado Sarai, New Delhi - 110030
Cancellation charges are 30
days before arrival date 25%, 21 days before arrival date
50%, 15 days before arrival date 90%, 7 days before arrival date
100% of the total itinerary cost.
Remaining balance to reach
Asian Adventures at least 30 days before tour commencement
by wire transfer (to bank account stated above) or by sending a
cheque made payable to Asian Adventures to the above address. Alternatively
you can pay the balance in cash upon arrival.