They say you have to be a little crazy to do Spiti in Winters, but you have to be absolutely INSANE to do it with your family.
Our interests and ideas when it comes to the outdoors and wildlife have always matched beautifully and have been unforced – but this was something else altogether. With extremely low temperatures and high altitudes; fear of snow storms, avalanches and being stranded in the middle of nowhere; driving on slippery snowed-out barely-there roads; electricity, working toilets and OXYGEN being the biggest luxuries, the four of us were all set for the expedition and honestly could not have asked for better team members.
With our Leopard spotting luck going well these last 2 years, we decided to stretch it and track the elusive Grey Ghost of the Himalayas, the Snow Leopard. Seeing a snow leopard is every wildlife lover’s dream, probably the ultimate wildlife experience on the planet – clubbing it with a white Spiti experience? Beyond perfect. We signed up for the Snow Leopard Expedition with Rana Sidhu, a mountaineer and explorer with unlimited knowledge of the mountains, and we were off.
The following photographs cover the ‘getting there’ journey which ended up being a different kind of adventure altogether.