Extending to an area of 600sq.kms over the Markha and Rumbak valley, the Hemis National Part is located in east of Ladakh with elevation of about 3,000m. Brought into being in 1981, the protected region is intended for preservation and sustenance of exotic flora and fauna. The land surrounding the region is rocky with a coating of thin soil which sustains low vegetation. Along shores of the water bodies is a heavyset of sand. The region experiences sub-arctic to arctic form of climate with low rainfall during the summer months and high snowfall in the winters. The temperature of the area dips below the freezing point. The summers are generally scant and meek. The cold desert is home to many uncommon and in danger of extinction species including: Marmot, Snow Leopart, Blue Sheep, Ibex, Tibetan Hare, Tibetan Antelope and Shapo. The avian families that visit and reside in the region include Golden Oriole, Horned Lark, Snow Partridge, Red Billed Chuff and Snow Cock.
Snow Leopard Trek Itinerary: