Snow leop­ards

Ladakh, In­dia

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - January -

Once you get to Hemis Na­tional Park in Ladakh, you’ll need two days to ac­cli­ma­tise to the al­ti­tude, plus guides, per­mits, cold weather kit, plenty of en­ergy and pa­tience. These elu­sive and iconic cats are not easy to see, as BBC film crews have dis­cov­ered when cap­tur­ing footage. The big cats in­habit a hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment that is par­tic­u­larly in­ac­ces­si­ble to hu­mans, so set aside as much time as pos­si­ble to have a proper shot at spot­ting your quarry. Sight­ings are the best in win­ter, from Jan­uary to March, when Hi­malayan blue sheep move into the warmer val­leys from high peaks and the ‘ghosts of the moun­tains’ fol­low.

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