Hemis National Park

Hemis National Park

Amidst the rocky terrain and sweeping valley, Hemis High Altitude National Park is a home to the snow leopard.  With the mighty Indus River flowing at its boundary, the park spread over 3,350 sq includes catchments of Markha, Rumbak, Chang chu Alam and Shan Sadi. Under Section 17 of the Jammu and Kashmir Wildlife Protection Act, 1978, the park was officially declared National Park on March 19, 1987.

The park named after Hemis Monastery, one of the famous monastery of Ladakh is a must place for a wildlife enthusiast.

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The national park is a habitat of many other mammals such as Ibex, Blue Sheep, Tibetan Wolf, Ladakh Urial , Red Fox, Himalayan Brown Bear, Tibetan Argali, Eurasian Otter, Lynx, Himalayan Marmot, Woolly hare, Large eared Pika and many more.  You can also spot around, birds such as Golden Eagle, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Tibetan Snow Finch, Red-billed Chough, Tibetan Snow cock, Himalayan Snow cock and many more.

The vegetation of the area can be divided into three biotopes including, Riverian usually found along river beds at lower elevation, Ephedra shrub,occupies the low lying  mountain slopes and Alpine pastures covering the mountain slopes at higher elevation.

The park has various trekking routes and in the wilderness, the best part to experience the nature is staying at traditional home stay.  You can find number of home stay facility in the catchment area to make your visit more adventurous and pleasant. The hospitable nature of the villagers will surely make you feel like home.

Ideally, the best time to do trek is in the month of May mid to early October and when the winter sets in the life of Hemis National Park come alive because of the famous snow leopard spotting. The best time for snow leopard spotting starts from mid November to Mid March.

The majestic snow leopard is not easily visibility in hemsi national park .it upto luck game. as it is camouflaged in the surroundings. The Khurnak Village  is prime  location for snow leopard and bharal habitat. The ibex is also not usually found in the Markha Village  but they may be chance to seen in the west of the Zanskar River in the Chiling Nala. Argali are seen in the upper Rumbak Nala, having migrated there several years ago.

Prerequisites before getting to National Park

A permit is needed from the Wildlife warden for different purposes such as, tourism, photography, scientific research, investigation or study of wildlife, transaction of lawful business with person residing therein and film shooting.

Matho village is near to hemis national park  ,there good numbers of snow leopard movement in matho kangri range . there more chance to visibility in matho village  phu, specially  during the winter time , due to heavy snow fall in mountain it cause shortage food at mountain range . they  start  descending to local village searching of food . Usually  that time they attacked local  domestic animals  sheep , cow, ti very wonder time for photographer session to all visitors .

For best time visit snow leopard tour , go2ladakh worked with local villagers and specialist and mountain expert to covering the snow leopard  trails and regular movement in mountain .

Go2adakh is operating in ladakh since 2010 and we have local wildlife and adventure expert to well crafted itinerary  professionally  operate your snow leopard  trails with  if you need more information please contact with.

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