Ladakh, Northern India
Ladakh has the highest density of snow leopards in the world. Still the probability of a sighting is small – be prepared to sit for hours in bitter cold. Snow leopard country is west of Leh. Here most people use a homestay or pitch a tent. Recently, a simple lodge for safaris has opened, located in an area with many sightings. The easiest time to travel is in late summer before the temperatures drop. But there is a slightly better chance of sightings in the winter when the snows force the leopards to move lower to stay on the trail of their prey. All the best areas for spotting the leopard are highly regulated and permits are limited.