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Fotoexpedition Schneeleoparden Spiti

Snow Leopards

The Snow Leopards of Spiti

Snow Leopards

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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.

01. - 15. March 2024 (filling fast)

14 days / 13 nights from/to Delhi

Maximum 6 persons

Delhi – Chandigarh - Narkanda - Kalpa - Kibber - Shimla – Delhi

German / English speaking photo tour guiding

Support of 2 professional photographers

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.

Photo Guides

Thomas Brühlmann

Thomas Brühlmann

Amazing Views Photo Guide

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

Included in the price

Photo support by renowned professional photographer

Tour guiding by a local tour guide

Local, experienced naturalist & tracker in the Spiti Valley

Photo tour guiding in English and German

7 nights in simple middle-class hotels

7 nights in a traditional homestay

Full board (except day 1 & 14)

Entrance fees to the activities according to the itinerary

Transfers from/to Delhi airport with the flight connections recommended by us

Domestic flights from Delhi to Chandigarh and back

Additional baggage on domestic flights (25kg instead of 15kg checked baggage)

Transfer to the photo locations on site

Intensive support and instruction by the photo guides

Comprehensive travel documents

Not included in the price

Individual arrival and return journey to/from Delhi


Personal expenses, souvenirs, etc.


Any visa fees

Any airport taxes and fees

Cancellation costs insurance, travel insurance

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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!

Myanmar, November/December 2019

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, November/December 2019


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.

Myanmar, November 2018


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.

Myanmar, November 2018
14 days
6 guests + 2 photo guides Age
  • Departure
  • Return Time

Day 1 – Arrival to Delhi

Individual arrival in Delhi. We will be happy to inform you about the flight connection suitable for this photo tour. Meeting with the group and transfer to the hotel near Delhi airport.
Afterwards overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 2 – Flight and drive to Narkanda

After breakfast transfer to the domestic airport in Delhi. Afterwards flight to Chandigarh. After arrival drive to Narkanda.
Dinner and overnight in Narkanda.

Day 3 – Onward journey to Kalpa

After breakfast, you will travel on to Kalpa. The drive will take you along the Sutlej River, the longest of the five rivers of Punjab. On the way, capture the beautiful scenery with your camera.
Dinner and overnight in Kalpa.
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Day 4 – On the road to Kibber

After breakfast you will drive deeper into the Himalayas, to Kibber. Driving on this road is an adventure. On the way we will make photo stops so you can take pictures of the spectacular mountain scenery.
You will arrive in Kibber by sunset. Dinner and overnight in Kibber.
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Days 5 - 11 - On the tracks of the Snow Leopard in the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary

The village of Kibber consists of only 80 houses standing on a limestone cliff at an altitude of 4,270 meters. Kibber is one of the highest villages in the world that can be reached by road. In winter, the area around Kibber village is one of the best regions to observe and photograph snow leopards.
During the next 7 days you will set out to search for snow leopards from our authentic accommodation in Kibber in the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. You will be on foot or, depending on snow and road conditions, traveling by car. With the help of local trackers, you will be lucky enough to take great photos of the fascinating big cat. The trackers know the region excellently and are in contact with each other with radios.
Besides snow leopards, other mammals such as Siberian ibex, blue sheep, wolf, red fox, woolly hare and pika live in this region. Commonly seen bird species include golden eagle, lammergeier, Himalayan griffon, yellow-billed crow, snow pigeon, Tibetan partridge and chukar.
In the evenings you return with full memory cards to the guesthouse for dinner and overnight.
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Day 12 - From Kibber to Kalpa

After the eventful days in Kibber with certainly many unforgettable animal encounters, you will start the return journey after breakfast and check-out. The drive rewards you once again with magnificent views of the unique mountain landscape.
Towards evening you will reach Kalpa for dinner and overnight.
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Day 13 - From Kalpa to Shimla

After breakfast, the return journey continues through the spectacular Himalayan Mountains. There will be numerous photo stops along the way to capture the magnificent scenery.
In the late evening you will reach Shimla for dinner and overnight.

Day 14 - End of the photo tour

On our last day we will have breakfast together and then check out afterwards.
This will be followed by transfer to Chandigarh airport for the domestic flight to Delhi. At the airport you will transfer to a hotel where you will have a room for the day. In the evening you will be transferred to the airport for your individual journey home or onward.


You will stay in simple middle-class hotels on the way to and from the Spiti Valley. In Kibber, accommodation is in a traditional and authentic homestay with beautiful views over the valley. Single rooms are available. WC/bathroom is shared with 4 - 5 other guests. The infrastructure is very basic. The families do their best to make the stay as comfortable as possible. At the airport in Delhi you will stay in a modern hotel.

Procedure photo tour 

This photo tour is an expedition to a remote region in winter. The journey to the Spiti Valley passes through the Himalayan Mountains and road closures, snowfall and unpredictable weather must be expected. Delays and changes in plans may occur under certain circumstances. Flexibility is therefore a prerequisite for participation in this adventurous photo tour to India. The exact daily program may be adjusted on site at short notice in order to be able to respond to the respective weather and light conditions.

Wildlife sightings

The Spiti Valley is considered one of the best regions to observe the snow leopard. Our Indian partner has regularly seen the snow leopards at close range. However, there is no guarantee of seeing the animals, as they are wild animals that are constantly on the move.

Climate and weather

Spiti is mostly dry in March and you can expect a mix of sunny days and overcast weather. Snowfall can occur at any time and is quite unpredictable. Temperatures range from cool to cold and can be very cold at night and in the early morning, with highs averaging -3 to 3 °C in the shade. It feels warmer in direct sunlight. Night time lows average -10 to -20 °C. The air is very dry, so low temperatures do not feel as cold as in humid climates. We are deliberately conducting this photo expedition in winter because snow leopards are comfortable in the cold and are particularly active in winter. When there is a lot of snow in the higher elevations during the winter months, prey of snow leopards descends to lower elevations, giving you the best chance for spectacular snow leopard sightings. February and March are also the breeding months for snow leopards, and it is also the time when they are most vocal.

Traveling at high altitude

On this photo expedition snow leopards, you are traveling at high altitudes, which makes the occurrence of altitude sickness symptoms possible. This has nothing to do with age or personal fitness, but mostly with the speed of the ascent to high altitudes and your own behaviour. Our itinerary is carefully designed to allow for easy acclimatization. If you have had serious altitude problems in the past, be sure to clear participation for this trip with a specialized altitude physician.

Physical fitness

The walking effort on this photo tour is medium. However, it feels more difficult as you will be walking at high altitude in the Himalayas. A good physical condition is therefore desirable to walk at higher altitudes and make the most of this trip. On average, you will walk 3-4 km a day on a hilly terrain. The longer you spend at the higher elevations, the better your body will adapt to the conditions. Many snow leopard sightings last hours, so there is no need to hurry if you see a cat some distance away. Patience is also always important in wildlife viewing, and this is especially true when looking for snow leopards.


We recommend for this snow leopard expedition warm, breathable, and functional clothing in the onion principle, which transports sweat to the outside without losing heat and dries quickly. Also important are well broken-in winter hiking boots with appropriate profile sole.

Half of the double room

Sole travellers can register for a half double room. If no second guest registers to share the room, the single supplement will apply.

Entry requirements Indien

Entry requirements India: Swiss citizens need a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the return date and a visa to enter India.

Visa India

The required visa for entry into India must be obtained in advance from the Visa Service in Bern, the Consulate General in Geneva or online.

Medical care and insurance

Medical care is very basic in Northern India. The conclusion of a cancellation insurance as well as a return travel insurance, which covers an evacuation, a local hospital stay and the return travel costs to Switzerland in case of emergency, is strongly recommended.

Travel advice FDFA

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The General Terms and Conditions of Amazing Views Photo & Adventure Tours apply, as well as any other provisions listed in the detailed description of the tour.

Changes in prices

Prices are subject to change (especially due to exchange rate fluctuations).

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Photo Expedition Snow Leopards

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