This is a first-of-its-kind brief extension to our Ladakh Snow Leopard trip in pursuit of another awe-inspiring big animal, the Himalayan Brown Bear, or Dren-mo. Sightings have been quite consistent in recent years in the town of Dras, 3,280m in the Kargil district of Ladakh, which is also known for being the coldest inhabited area in India!
There will be lots of animals to view in addition to Brown Bear and the magnificent landscape of this seldom-visited region. Despite the fact that this is a short tour focused just on Brown Bears, we will undoubtedly see several nice birds. Golden Eagles, Bearded Vultures, Chukar Partridges, Ibisbills, White-throated and Brown Dippers, Red-billed and Yellow-billed Choughs, Wallcreepers, Himalayan Rubythroats, Robin and Brown Accentors, Brandt’s Mountain Finch, and other birds may be seen. Birders among us will be on the lookout for the Long-billed Bush Warbler, a species that has only been seen once since 1933!
Day 1: Leh to Kargil
After spending yesterday in Leh, we will depart this morning for Kargil, Ladakh’s westernmost area, a 220 kilometre journey (6 hours). We’ll have time to make impromptu stops along the way. If you want to take this tour on its own, rather than as part of our Snow Leopard adventure, you’ll need to be in Leh at least two days ahead of time to allow for acclimatisation to the high altitude. In this instance, we may make necessary arrangements for flights, transfers, and lodging.
Days 2 – 4: Dras
We’ll go out on a 65-kilometer (2-hour) drive to Dras, the starting point for our Brown Bear hunt. We’ll spend each day exploring the region with our native guides and trackers. We may also anticipate to observe Tibetan Wolf (a subspecies of the worldwide Grey Wolf found in Nepal, Tibet, and the Indian Trans-Himalaya area), Red Fox, mountain sheep Bharal (Blue Sheep) and Urial, and a variety of bird species in addition to Brown Bears. This area along the Kashmir-Ladakh border hasn’t been studied nearly as often as locations farther west or east, so we’re hoping for some intriguing finds. Bearded Vulture and Golden Eagle are expected to breed here, while Ibisbill is likely to breed along the Dras River. We could see some unexpected migrants travelling through at this time of year, on their way from summering grounds in Central Asia, China, Mongolia, and Siberia to wintering habitats in the Indian Subcontinent or farther south in Africa.
Day 5: Dras to Leh
We’ll have one last morning to see if we can spot any more Brown Bears before returning to Leh in the afternoon.
Day 6: Leh to Delhi
Departure from Leh for Delhi in the morning, followed by a transport to the airport for late-night or early-dawn flights home. If your flight is later the next day, we may arrange for suitable lodging.
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