West of Leh is the Ulley Village, an area developed for Snow Leopard spotting very recently and from where you can explore three different valleys. This village is home to the Snow Leopard Lodge, the only dedicated wildlife lodge in Ladakh perfect for exploring the wildlife up north, minus the hoards of people tourist-y places generally attract.
Spot Snow Leopards & Enjoy An Authentic Ladakhi Stay At This Lodge In Leh
Escape To The Mountains
David Sonam is one of Ladakh’s distinguished residents who set up the Snow Leopard Lodge that’s open through the year and puts money directly into local hands and supports the snow leopard conservancy. The vast and magnificent landscape is the ideal habitat for a variety of high altitude wildlife including the elusive ‘ghosts’, ibex etc.
The lodge consists of six bedrooms while the main house has a dining room and kitchen – all built in traditional low stone architecture. At this homestay, you’ll be living with a Ladakhi family in the depths of winter and can gain an opportunity to witness their lifestyles and cultural practices. Add to this the exceptional tracking skills of David Sonam and his team of naturalists, and the exclusivity of the lodge that can make for a superb high-altitude wilderness experience at the Snow Leopard Lodge.
Ulley is a remote hamlet of seven houses at the head of the valley, situated at about 13,000 feet. It’s wild and remote locations mean that you are surrounded by wildlife with Himalayan fox, snow cock, lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, golden eagles and more wild animals visible from the house itself.
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If you don’t prefer camping out in sub-zero temperatures but are intrigued by the wildlife and wish to spot snow leopards, Himalayan fox and Himalayan Griffon, the Snow Leopard Lodge is your best bet.