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The Himalaya

The Himalaya Adventure Holidays

Everest Base Camp Trek

traveller looking at Mount Everest
16 Days from $ 4,099

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

The iconic trek to the foot of the highest mountain on Earth

Walking & Trekking

Annapurna Circuit

Trekkers on the mini-Annapurna Circuit
22 Days from $ 4,099

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

This route offers the most varied scenery of any classic Nepal trek

Walking & Trekking

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary
15 Days from $ 3,399

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

One of the best treks through Nepal's diverse scenery

Walking & Trekking

Everest Base Camp Trek – Expedition Departures

Everest Base Camp in spring
18 Days from $ 5,749

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

The iconic trek to the foot of the highest mountain on Earth

Walking & Trekking

Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit

Gokyo Lake
19 Days from $ 4,749

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Trek Nepal's classic trail and explore the remote Gokyo Valley

Walking & Trekking

Langtang & Gosainkund Lakes

Lake Gosainkund
15 Days from $ 3,699
$ 3,499

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Easily accessible Nepal trek; quiet trails, mountains and a holy lake

Walking & Trekking

Manaslu Lodge Circuit

Descending from Larkye La, Nepal
18 Days from $ 4,549

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Experience a magnificent off-the-beaten-track trek around Manaslu

Walking & Trekking

Watching snow leopards on a TV in the comfort of your living room may get you close but you cannot feel the environment. By simply being there you can start to feel, appreciate and understand the very essence of the environment they live in and the remarkable way the local population and wildlife interact. ‘in Search of the Snow Leopards’ is the title of the trip but it is also a trip in search of many things. If ever there was one journey where the multifaceted aspects of geography came together – this is it. The sightings of the snow leopards being the pinnacle.

Angela Cox Search for Snow Leopards with Valerie Parkinson

Ladakh is a beautiful region of Northern India. Add to that the friendly welcome and the variety of wildlife and culture and you have a destination that it would be hard to find fault with. This was my second visit and this time I was there to see Snow Leopards. Except, of course, they’re so rare that the chances of spotting just one would be very low. And indeed spotting just one was impossible – I saw a total of 6 during the 10 days I was there, including relatively close sighting of a mating pair on our first day in the mountains, a mother and her two cubs and a solitary Snow Leopard rolling in the dust to hide its scent before hunting. Our group as a whole saw 12. This amazing tally was due largely to the experience, skill and dedication of the spotting team and our leader, Valerie, who between them took us to the right places at the right time and found the well camouflaged big cats where we may have only seen a buff coloured rock. And let’s not forget the Blue Sheep, Lammageier Vultures, Bearded Griffon, Golden Eagles, Woolly Rabbits, Uriel Goats and Alpine Chough.

This is a challenging trip – cold, altitude and remoteness all add to the adventure although its well within the abilities of anyone with the right kits and who has trudged the hills in the UK. But it’s worth it for the experience of the incredible Himalayan landscapes, the unique culture and the amazing flora and fauna. If you have the chance, book the trip that coincides with the Stok Festival, a colourful and spectacular celebration of Tibetan Buddhism in the form of music and dance culminating in the appearance of the village oracles.

Dave Farmer Search for Snow Leopards with Valerie Parkinson

A very well balanced and well organised trip – a very good combination of a little time in Delhi, time at a festival and of course looking for snow leopards and other wildlife. We were incredibly lucky to see lots of snow leopards along with lynx, blue sheep, eagles and a mountain hare. Loved the festival too – lots of colour and a fascinating experience. The crew were efficient, knowledgeable and helpful – in fact, really couldn’t have hoped for more. The hot water bottles at night were particularly appreciated! Quality of the hotel in Leh was great too. It was a shame we had to miss out on the homestay but coronavirus meant that we were asked not to do it by the local people (a very fair request). I found that where required Valerie was great at allowing flexibility during the trip and, all in all, I don’t think it could have been better organised or executed. Just make sure you have lots and lots of very warm and appropriate clothing as it’s really cold – and apparently it was warmer on our trip than it normally is!

Deb Giffin Search for Snow Leopards with Valerie Parkinson

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