Ernest Hemingway’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro begins with the line about the leopard who dies above the snow line near the mighty peak – said by some to be the highest mountain in Africa. No one knows what the beast was seeking at that altitude.
If you’ve ever dreamed of emulating Ernest’s search for the truth, or the leopard’s hunt for the unknowable, you could do worse than consider PlanetWildlife.com’s new trips.
The global boutique adventure specialists have announced the departure dates of two extraordinary wildlife expeditions in India: tracking the elusive snow leopard in the Himalayas and exploration of India’s largest cave network in Meghalaya (North East India), departing on 3rd November and 8th December 2011 respectively.
Upon arrival in Delhi, the 13-day Snow Leopard Explorer escorted itinerary starts in Leh, the former mountain capital of the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh near Tibet. From here guests depart for the Husing Camp in the Hemis National Park, then trek the elevated regions of Rumbak and Tarbung Valley – areas famous for its snow leopard population, as well as the Great Tibetan Sheep, Tibetan Wolf, Eurasian Brown Bear, and rare bird life including the Golden Eagle. Treks following the Indus River to Ulley village and back to Leh culminate in a departure out of Delhi. The tour is priced at £1,325/US$2,180 and includes all meals, accommodation and park entry fees (not including international flights).
The fascinating 15-Day Meghalaya Caving Adventure commences upon arrival into Kolkata and a domestic flight to Guwahati and on to Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya – known as the ‘Scotland of the East’ due to its mountainous terrain and cooler climate. After a few days observing the rare birdlife, flora and fauna of sacred forests and groves, explorers trek the Shnong Rim of the Jaintia Hills District and discover of a network of 500 limestone caves spanning over 1,000 kilometres. The programme culminates in a visit to the ancient royal ruins of Nartiang, and Cherrapunjee – ‘the wettest place on earth’ and the location of the spectacular Nohkalikai Falls. The Meghalaya Caving Adventure is priced at £1,369/US$2,252 all inclusive (not including international flights).
For further information on these and other itineraries in India and around the world, please visit www.planetwildlife.com or contact a PlanetWildlife office (listed on the website). PlanetWildlife is as a leading international provider of diverse wildlife and safari tours with over 300 creative itineraries in 26 countries around the world catering to a wide range of interests and budgets.