Himalayan region encompasses high mountains and deep gorges. In the thin air at higher altitude, it might just look all barren for the untrained eyes. But, the wildlife of this region thrives in here, one of these hostile places for man, to stay for long. The Snow Leopard takes the position of the apex predator of the region roaming at higher mountains and its prey includes mostly the Himalayan Ibex and Blue Sheep that grazes the mountain grass.
During winter, as the snow covers the mountains, these prey move down lower into the valleys for scarce vegetation and water available. The Snow Leopard follows them and can be seen in the higher regions of Himalayas.
The Hemis National Park in Ladakh and Kibber village in Spiti Valley have emerged as the best places for viewing and photographing this mighty cat of the Himalayas. I have been on several expedition during winter in search of the Snow Leopard to Hemis and Kibber. I was fortunate to see the big cat during my last expedition, thanks to a great team of trackers and guides that were with us.
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