Photo Expedition Snow Leopards of Spiti
The Snow Leopard Photo Expedition takes you to the Himalayas. The Spiti Valley in Northern India is a paradise for wildlife photographers. Due to the establishment of the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary in 1999, the chances of observing and photographing snow leopards are particularly high in this region. The area is known for the best sightings of the fascinating cat in India.
We are conducting this pilot photo expedition together with our trusted Indian partner. This partner has many years of experience in conducting snow leopard expeditions in Spiti. Besides snow leopards you will photograph other wildlife, the beautiful landscapes, and monasteries.
The name “Spiti” means “the middle land”, as the valley is located in the border area between Tibet and India. The valley is characterized by a Buddhist culture similar to that of Tibet and Ladakh. The Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary is located at an altitude of 3’600 to 6’700 meters. In the past, the area was practically cut off from the rest of the country due to the extreme conditions, poor road connections and high altitude. Only recently has the road to Spiti been opened year-round, allowing access even in winter when the snow leopards are out and about.
The journey to Spiti Valley takes you through the picturesque western Himalayan mountains in the state of Himachal. The drive is considered one of the most spectacular drives in the world and is an unforgettable adventure.
Join us on this unique expedition and be amazed by the unique landscape of the Himalayas and the fascinating wildlife.
Photographic highlights on this photo expedition snow leopards
- On this photo expedition you will be on the road in the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary, where the snow leopard has been protected since 1999.
- You will travel the Spiti Valley in winter, when the chances are especially high to see the snow leopard.
- On the three-day journey to Spiti you will experience the spectacular Himalayan Mountains intensively and capture the beauty of the highest mountains in the world with your camera.
- You will be guided on this expedition to the snow leopards by two professional photographers and experienced naturalist & tracker in the Spiti Valley.
- On this photo tour you will stay in an authentic homestay in Kibber and experience the culture and traditions of the locals up close.
To guarantee the best photo results you will be accompanied additionally by our Indian partner on this tour. He has many years of experience in conducting photo expeditions in Spiti. He is also a passionate wildlife photographer.
For whom is photo expedition Snow Leopards to Spiti suitable
The photo expedition is basically suitable for all passionate wildlife photographers and nature lovers. The tour has expedition character. You will stay overnight in Spiti in homestays. These are simple and authentic accommodations. You will be looked after attentively by the local families and get an insight into their culture and life. You should have a good basic fitness and you should be able to walk 3 – 4 km daily on uneven terrain at high altitude (approx. 3’800 – 4’200m above sea level). Locals will help you to carry your luggage. You enjoy spending 7 – 8 hours a day outdoors in nature and you have the patience to work on the “perfect” shot.
Price & Services
01 – 15 March 2024
CHF 8’350.- / USD 9’520.- | Price per person in a double room
CHF 8’950.- / USD 10’200.- | Price per person in a single room
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What our clients say
A beautiful country with open, friendly and sociable people. There were so many new impressions and photo motives every day that after a short time the everyday life seemed far away. Jenny and the local tour guide organized everything super and showed us participants many beautiful places and it allowed us to concentrate on the situation and on taking pictures. A great trip with Amazing Views through Myanmar, I can only recommend it to everyone!
Jürgen & Sonja
We found Jenny’ s kind, calm & competent support, Organization of the buses and hotels very good. Also, the 2 days with the friendly, dedicated professional photographers gave us a lot. The golden rock was overwhelming, also because we had 2 days’ time. Unforeseen encounters with a village festival or the nuns were impressive.
Myanmar is definitely worth a trip for a photographer. For the duration of the tour the number of stops is appropriate and there is enough time for taking pictures. The people are great - if you give them a smile, you will get a smile back. I hope that it will stay like that. The group size with a maximum of 8 people is also perfect for taking pictures with the local photo professionals. An absolute highlight is the balloon flight over Bagan, simply unforgettable.
Extensive journey. Impressive were not only the buildings and nature, but above all the friendly, open and sociable people. Exciting were also the two days with local professional photographers, who gave insights into their work. The active teaching on the second day was also instructive and stimulating.
Day 1 – Arrival to Delhi
Day 2 – Flight and drive to Narkanda
Day 3 – Onward journey to Kalpa
Day 4 – On the road to Kibber
Days 5 - 11 - On the tracks of the Snow Leopard in the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary
Day 12 - From Kibber to Kalpa
Day 13 - From Kalpa to Shimla
Day 14 - End of the photo tour