Snow Leopard Trail
On the tracks
of the Snow Leopard
The spectacular Himalayan region of Nar Phu lies far off the beaten track on the border between Nepal and Tibet. This remote area, wedged between the eight-thousand-meter peaks of Annapurna and Manaslu, is considered one of the last intact habitats of the mystical Snow Leopard. That is why we have designed the Snow Leopard Trail here, following old trade routes. For itself a unique and spectacular trekking route, which becomes a lifetime adventure with our Fair Trails® Experiences!
Dive deep into the world of this mysterious beauty of creation with our Snow Leopard experts. You will gain a fascinating insight into the efforts to protect the Snow Leopard in its habitat and even become an active participant in the conservation project of the renowned Snow Leopard Conservancy. A journey that changes and impacts!
01 — THE MYTH
of the mountains.
What a beauty! About 300 Snow Leopards have their habitat in the Nepalese Himalayas. The Snow Leopard Trail project is dedicated to their protection. © Snow Leopard Conservancy
The Snow Leopard. A symbol of the mystique of the wilderness. Noticeable but usually not visible. A trek in the footsteps of the Snow Leopard – “in the presence of the miraculous” – provides a profound and almost spiritual access to the wilderness. And thus serves the search of yourself and your own origins.
Mysterious and unapproachable like its inhabitant, the Snow Leopard: the remote Himalayan region of Nar Phu north of the mighty Annapurna Himal. ©Tashi R. Ghale
A proud Snow Leopard mother with two cubs. Captured by our Snow Leopard expert Tashi R. Ghale. This moment changed his life! He has since dedicated it to this magnificent creature and its conservation. ©Tashi R. Ghale
Enjoying the evening sun and are still always alert: The imposing blue sheep. Because where there are blue sheep, the Snow Leopard is usually not far away! ©Tashi R. Ghale
The ghost of the mountains! This impressive paw print was taken by our Trail Scout Josef Essl. Knowing himself in the presence of the miraculous has given him goose bumps…. ©Trail Angels/Essl
02 — THE EXPERIENCE
in the realm of the miraculous
THE ROUTE AND ITS VARIATIONS
The Snow Leopard Trail leads through the mountainous regions of Nar Phu and Manang, wedged between the eight-thousand-meter peaks of Annapurna and Manaslu and situated on the border with Tibet. ©Trail Angels
The original route of the Snow Leopard Trail just described can definitely be described as a challenging trek. For those who don’t dare or don’t want to cross the 5.320m high Kang La, we offer a less demanding and shorter variant, which follows the Annapurna Circuit on less trodden paths and then heads for the above mentioned Snow Leopard hotspots. This easier, but no less spectacular wildlife trekking in the shadow of the Annapurna glacier giants can be found in the Fair Trail Experiences “Snow Leopard Trail Annapurna” and “Snow Leopard Trail – Himalayan Catwalk” (see under Offers).
THE FAIR TRAILS® EXPERTS
The Snow Leopard Trail was developed with the support of the renowned Snow Leopard Conservancy and its legendary chairman, Dr. Rodney Jackson. In their projects and conservation efforts, the world’s leading snow leopard experts from California work in the field with wildlife biologists and nature photographers from Nepal. Probably the best known of these is Tashi R. Ghale from Manang. There will probably be no one in the entire Himalayas who has observed the Snow Leopard more often in the wild than Tashi. No wonder that Tashi has often been the focus of award-winning nature documentaries by National Geographic or Disney. Tashi has founded his own NGO, the Third Pole Conservancy, with which he, or one of his equally competent colleagues such as zoologist Rhinzin Lama, will accompany our Fair Trails Experiences. Because only with the accompaniment of our outstanding Fair Trails experts, the legendary universe of the Snow Leopard will be revealed to you. To let you actively participate in the conservation project of the Snow Leopard. Therefore, the Fair Trails Experts are our cornerstones that make the Fair Trails Experiences a unique life and travel experience!
The program highlights of the Fair Trails Experience at a glance:
- Arrival through the imposing Marsyangdi Gorge
- Wildlife Trekking through Nar Phu and around Manang
- The Tibetan influenced highlands of Nar Phu
- The glacier world of Annapurna Himal
- The panorama from 5.320m high Kang La
- Wildlife Watching with Fair Trails Expert Tashi R. Ghale
- The read-out of camera traps
- Visit of project villages and the partner school in Manang
- Handing over lift traps to mountain farmers and yak herders
THE FAIR TRAILS® PROJECT
Another indisputable cornerstone of the Fair Trails® Experiences, is to support very specific projects that have to do with the central story of each Fair Trail. The experts at the Snow Leopard Conservancy chose this project for us: The key to successful species conservation is peaceful coexistence between mountain dwellers and the Snow Leopard. Therefore it is important to keep the big cats away from the herds and villages. This is the only way to protect the important livelihood of farmers and herders, their herds of sheep, goats and yaks, from attacks. And to guide the Snow Leopard towards its natural prey, the Blue Sheep. Light traps, known as fox lights, have proven particularly effective in this regard. They are equipped with a motion detector and scare the stalking leopard with light signals.
Currently, an average of €100 per traveler goes to the Snow Leopard Conservancy, which is responsible for the purchase and fair distribution practice of the light traps. After all, an efficient and unbureaucratic contribution to the protection of the Snow Leopard is important to us.
Even the arrival to the Snow Leopard Trail is an adventure in itself! A dirt road winding from the subtropical hills of Nepal through the imposing Marsyangdi Gorge up into the glacier world of the Annapurna Himal ©Trail Angels
Nobody knows the Snow Leopard in the Himalayas as well as Tashi R. Ghale. The well-known nature photographer from Manang and his colleagues from the Third Pole Conservancy accompany the Fair Trails Experiences on the Snow Leopard Trail as experts. The guarantee for profound insights into the world of the Snow Leopard ©Trail Angels
A unique journey of discovery: Following the old, artfully laid out trade trails, the Snow Leopard Trail takes you into the realm of the Snow Leopard: The remote mountain regions of Nar Phu and Manang. @Trail Angels/Essl
Challenging: The Snow Leopard Trail can be hiked in several variations. The most challenging experience is the original route, which leads over the 5.320m high Kang La. Tashi R. Ghale with the Fair Trail Scouts at the pass. @Trail Angels/Essl
Always on the lookout: Fair Trails expert Tashi R. Ghale has spotted something suspicious on the steep slopes. I wonder if it’s a Snow Leopard? @Trail Angels/Essl
As part of the species conservation project, the Snow Leopard Conservancy has set up several photo traps along the Snow Leopard Trail. Reading these on site and waiting excitedly to see if a Snow Leopard has been captured is one of the unforgettable moments of this Fair Trails Experience. @Tashi R. Gale
Immerse yourself and learn to understand: Trail Angel Günter in one of the project villages on the Snow Leopard Trail. The key to understanding coexistence between locals and Snow Leopards lies in herd protection. After all, the sheep, goats and yaks form the livelihood of the mountain farmers in this little developed region. @Trail Angels
DTherefore, Fair Trails supports the purchase and distribution of light traps, so-called “Fox-Lights”, at the Snow Leopard Trail. To keep the Snow Leopards away from the herds. The handover of the Fox Lights to the project villages is one of the highlights of the Fair Trails Experiences at the Snow Leopard Trail. @Tashi R. Ghale
03 — THE OFFER
Media Explorer Tour
Guided trekking tour with media production
Start date: 27. march 2022
Duration: 17 days
Price: € 2.318,- p.P.
The Original – Nar Phu Route
Guided trekking tour
Start date: Oktober 2022
Duration: 19 days
Price: ab € 2.621,- p.P.
Fair Trails Experience®
Trekking & Safari
Start date: April 2023
Duration: 18 days
Price: will be announced soon
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