Message from Sibylle at Leh, Ladakh, 18 Feb:
“Arrived in Leh at 3800m to a fabulous sunny sky and minus 10 degrees.
The flight along the Himalayas was spectacular with not a cloud in the sky. Our small group has met up at our guesthouse and tonite we’ll meet our Snow Leopard Conservancy hosts. They’ll tell us all about their work and the trek we’ll take day after tomorrow.
Leh town is quiet, many locals have gone down to warmer climes and tourists are staying away till summer. I’ve spoken to a guy at the guesthouse whose tiny village about 20 km away had a snow leopard visit recently. However, I’m truly in wilderness now so won’t be able to post for the next two weeks. See you then with many stories of our wonderful cats.”