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Jigmet Dadul and team do it again with snow leopard sightings

Jigmet Dadul from the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust watching a female snow leopard in winter 2011. Jigmet is probably the most successful snow leopard tracker in all of the animals range countries. Photo by Sibylle Noras.

Jigmet Dadul from the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust (SLC-IT) has done it again! The group he took out in Hemis National Park in Ladakh (India ) with KarmaQuest travel had fantastic multiple snow leopard sightings. This wintertime trek has now had four years in a row of success in tracking and finding a snow leopard. It was this trek that I did last year where we were able to watch a female cat for 8 hours, a once in a life time experience that I’ll never forget.

Jigmet says of his success this year, “We did saw snow leopards 4 times, three sighting was quite far, one was for three hours. Rest two sighting was quite close from me, but I don’t have time to take pictures, I have to show the snow leopard to the group. Two sighting was in Husing Nullah, another one sighting was close to the camp, the last one in Rumbak gorge.”

Congratulations to Jigmet and all the team and everyone at SLC – IT and to Karma Quest. For anyone keen to to see wild snow leopards in their own habitat this is THE trek! The experience of this team and the success of the local villagers in this part of the Indian Himalayas in protecting snow leopards is outstanding. Together the conservationists and the villagers can just about guarantee a sighting at this time of year and that is a unique wildlife experience. KarmaQuest and SLC-IT will offer this trek again next year in February, so make sure you are a part of it, contact KarmaQuest.  (Update from May 2012 – The 2013 Winter trek is already full but there will probably be a second one so don’t hesitate to contact KarmaQuest.)

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