Birding Trip in Ladakh 13 Days

Destinations: Leh - Shey, Thiksey - Indus river - Tsokar lake - Tsomoriri - Hanle via Mahe - Hanle, Tsagla
Trip Duration: 13 Nights - 12 Days
Best Time: May To October
Altitude: 4500mtrs
Highlights: Polo Kongka, Taglangla pass
Grade: Moderate
Passes: Polo Kongka, Taglangla pass
Price From: Price Available On Request



 Day 01:  Delhi to Leh  :

Arrival at KBR Airport, Leh and transfer to  Hotel/Homestays (Maitreya Residency),A comfortable Homestays for  complete rest  for acclimatization at the  altitude of 3500 m and evening take walk to  near by place or river side as we are at the bank of river Indus. and H.H.Dalai Lama residence side. Overnight hotel/Homestays.

Day 02: Birding trip around the Indus Belt & local area:- 

Early breakfast; we will set for the birding trip along the Indus belt, just opposite to Maitreya Residency;other side  of the Indus river are the most feasible for birding and then we can visit to  Shey &Thiksey marshes. Later drive back for  hot lunch & Overnight at Maitreya Residency a Comfortable Homestays, at Zampa./Hotel at Leh.

Day 03 : Birding day along the Indus river:- 

Birding around the Indus belt,  lower part of the Indus river, Guphuk, Phey and Spituk bridge  are very good spot for rare and water birds. Ibisbill, One of the most popular  & rare bird Ibisbill and solitary snife can also be seen around here.   

Day 04 :  Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardungla pass

After a very early breakfast drive to Nubra Valley, Reach to  Police Check post at South Pullu for Protected Area checking and we can stop for birding in this area of  South Pullu, good for birds and marmots,  Then drive uphill  to Khardung la pass and halt for picture and observe the Alpine Chough around and then descend to the valley, very good birding area for   Tibetan Snowcock, Accentors etc. Driving through the valley is amazing views and beautiful drive, reach to Disket and visit to the view point at this site and then reach to Hunder for Overnight halt  at Hunder.

Day 05 : Full  day  dedicate to birding around the Valley

Today we will be  dedicating  the whole  day for spotting  new species llike  Pale Rosefinch  in & around Hunder onward till up to Turtuk village and we will be carrying picnic lunch for the day, This new species was spotted last year and it is a new  species to Indian Sub-continent and many more feather can be added in our list. Return back in the evening to night halt area at Hunder.

Day 06 :  Nubra Valley – Pangong lake via Shayok valley crossing Shayok river.

After a good breakfast drive to Pangong  via Shayok Valley crossing the Shayok river. Pangong  lake  is an  endothecia lake in the Himalayas  situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from Ladakh (India) to China.  Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 kms.  During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. It is not a part of Indus river basin area and geographically a separate land locked river basin.  The brackish water of the lake has very low micro-vegetation.   On the other hand, visitors see numerous ducks and gulls over and on the lake surface. There are some species of scrub and perennial herbs that grow in the marshes around the lake. The lake acts as an important breeding ground for a variety of birds including a number of migratory birds. During summer, the Bar Headed goose and Brahmin ducks are commonly seen here. The region around the lake supports a number of species of wildlife including the Wild Ass (Kiang) and the Himalayan marmot. Take a long walk along the shore of the crystal blue lake.  Overnight stay in hotel/Camp at the lake side.

Day 07  : Pangong lake to Hanle via  Tsagala  .

Drive to Hanle are via Tsagala pass; great views of the Changthang pleatue next to the China border and reach to Hanle via Mahe bridge,(protected Area Permit etc require). Hanle is also good spot to see Black necked Crane, Tibetan Gazelle.  Astrophysics department is here and evening you can opt for  star gazing. Overnight in Home Stays 

Day 08  : Full Day around Hanle

This day is spent exploring around the areas of Hanle. You will see many birds apart from Desert Wheatear, Horned Lark, Common Merganser . If you are luckyenough there are  good chance to see Lynx and  Pallas Cat. Most elusive and rarest of rare. Overnight at Homestays.

Day 09 :  Tsomoriri lake

After the breakfast drive to Tsomoriri lake and Check in to hotel/Camp. Later on tour of  the nomad area, the feature of this area are that  they can be seen moving from one place to other grazing herds of goats, sheep and yaks. This nomad people are called Changpas; they  pass their days with their animals and move with their flocks, their only wealth, from the material of which they make their ropes, their clothes and shoes. All day long men and women are busy milking, churning the milk into butter, making ropes, weaving mats and other fabrics and repairing their tent. These people have been completely beyond the pale of all civilizing influences. Even towards the fag end of the twenty first century, they actually belong to a primitive, pre-historic age. Hot lunch at camp side and enjoy the calm, peace and serenity of this isolated place. Overnight  stay at   lake side.

Day 10 : Tsomoriri - Tsokar lake ( 4-5 Hr drive).

After breakfast drive to Tsokar, which means white salt lake because of the evaporates found on the margins of the lake. Tsokar, an area of about 20, is situated at an altitude of 4530m above sea level and about 160 kms southeast of Leh, in the Rupshu Valley of Ladakh region. It situated between the Zanskar range in south-west the Ladakh region in the north-east  Tsokar is also called salt lake, as in ancient time local Changspa extract salts out of it and it is surrounded by extensive areas of fresh and saline marshes and wet meadows, which host a varieties of water birds, including Black-necked crane, great crested grebe, Bar-headed goose and Tibetan Wild Ass- Kyang, great Tibetan Sheep-Nayan  are found in this area. After enjoy the most amazing views of this lake side, Overnight at  Tsokar Resort at lake side.

Day 11: Full day birding at Tsokar marshes:- 

Tsokar lake is a birding paradise and today we will be spending the whole day around the Lakes for birding and capturing the shot  in the camera.  Fair chances of  spotting Tibetan Argali (Suppose to be the biggest sheep in the world), Upland Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Black necked Crane, Tibetan Sand gross, Bar Headed Goose, Strip Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, Gadwall, Common Merganser, Red Crested Pochard, Common Kestrel,  Little Owl,  Brown headed Gull etc .Tibetan Wild Ass, Tibetan Wolf and Red Fox and also Tibetan Sand fox (very rare, has been spotted here last year);

Day 12 : Leh to Tsokar lake drive for about 170Kms/ 4-5hrs drive:- 

Early breakfast drive to Leh and  we will be spending lot of time along the way, Taglangla pass, which is Leh-Manali highway, is a very good birding area for breaded vulture(Lammergear), Saker Falcon( rarest vulture), Himalayan Giraffon etc.  Reach Leh in the evening.

 Day 13: Leh to Delhi fly out:-  

Early morning transfer to Leh airport and fly out to your homeland  with a sweet memories of Ladakh-Himalayas!



Transfer  to Leh airport both side

Transportation throughout the sightseeing in a comfortable Innova/Xylo/Scorpio

Homestays/Guesthouse with full board on twin/Triple Sharing.

 Protected Area permit with wildlife, Environmental and  Red cross fees.

Local birding expert



Any flight tickets

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