Snow Leopard Sightings

5th Mar 2019

Snow Leopard near the camp, Mongolia © Attila Steiner

A sighting of a Snow Leopard is perhaps the ultimate for most mammal-watchers. Very few westerners had seen these beautiful cats in the wild until ten years ago when Hemis came ‘online’ as a place one could go and see them.

In recent years places in China and Mongolia have come to fore as ‘easier’ destinations with the near guarantee of a sighting. Still, most sightings remain quite distant. Our own on the tour last September was just such. We enjoyed watching the Snow Leopard on and off over a five hour period, but good optics were needed. However the group before us were treated to marvellous close views just ten minutes drive from the ger camp. Here are some of their images…