Ladakh’s flora and fauna, as well as its birds
Tsokar Lake in Changthang, eastern Ladakh, is a hotspot for high-altitude birds and animals in Ladakh, India. During their hiking and excursions in Ladakh, serious birders and wildlife enthusiasts must visit this lake basin for their birding and wildlife experiences. Ancient Tracks designed the Tsokar Wildllife and Birding Tour specifically for wildlife enthusiasts visiting Ladakh.
Ladakh wildlife, often known as Ladakh birds, is a popular subject for wildlife photographers visiting the region. Birders and wildlife photographers visiting Ladakh are advised to bring the Checklist of Ladakh Birds, Wildlife of Ladakh, Birds of Indian Subcontinent Book, Birds and Mammals of Ladakh, A Field Guide Birds of Ladakh, Filed Guide Floral Diversity of Ladakh, Field Guide Mammals of Ladakh, and other books with them.
Day 01 Delhi (270 m) to Leh (3500 m)
Arrive in Leh and be transferred to a hotel or guest home. A whole morning is set out for acclimatisation and relaxation. An leisurely stroll through Leh Market in the late evening, followed by a meeting with the birding guide. Leh.
Day 02 Birding Around Indus Belt
Birding Around Leh for a Full Day – Indus River Belt from Spituk to Thiksay Marshes Highlights include the Ibisbill, Great Cormorant, Black-billed Magpie, Common Rosefinch, Mountain Chiffchaf, Carion Crow, Large-billed Crow, Jack Daw, Redshank, Erasian Golden Oreille, Red-billed Chough, and others.
Day 03 Leh to Tsokar Lake Basin
Drive to Tsokar Lake through Rumtse Valley and Taklang La pass after an early breakfast (5330 m). The Rumtse and Taklangla regions, in addition to Tsokar Basin, are major birding and wildlife locations. Chukars, Brown Dipper, White-capped Redstart, Lammergeier, Golden Eagle, Himalayan Vulture, Saker Falcon, Upland Buzzard, Tibetan Snowcock, Picas, Marmot, Tibetan Wolf, Blue-Sheep, and even Ladakh Urial are among the species on the list. Birding and Wildlife Tour Around Tsokar Lake Basin after breakfast at the Camp/Hotel. Tibetan Argali, Black-necked Crane, Humme’s Ground Pecker, Tibetan Sand Grouse, Kiang, Little Owl, Great Rose Finch, and others are among the highlights.
Day 04 Around Tsokar Lake Basin
A full day of birding in the Tsokar Lake Basin. Tibetan Argali, Black-necked Crane, Humme’s Ground Pecker, Tibetan Sandgrouse, Kiang, Little Owl, Great Rosefinch, and most water birds / waders such as Bar-headed Geese, Black-tailed Godvit, Sand Ploers, Ruddy Shelduck, Snipe, Pintails, Mallards, and others.
Day 05 Tsokar to Tsomoiri Lake / Korzok
Drive to Tsomoriri Lake via Polokongka La pass, Puga Valley Hotspring, and Sumdo after an early breakfast. The Puga Valley and its environs are major birding and animal destinations. Some of the highlights are Tibetan Snowcock, Black-necked Crane, White-tail Rubythroat, and Tibetan Patridges. In Ladakh’s mammalian species, you may also see Tibetan Argali, Tibetan Wolf, Redfox, and a few voles, Marmots, and Picas.
Day 06 Tsomoriri to Leh via Chumathang
Drive back to Leh through Chumathang (hotspring hamlet) along the Indus after an early breakfast. On the way, watch for Palla’s Gull, Wall Creeper, and other birds.
Day 07 Leh to Delhi
Fly back to Delhi with photographs of Ladakh’s animals and birds.
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