Snow Leopards in June

Its my 3rd trip to the Valley of the Cats in Yushu, Qinghai and its still so exciting! In June, Tibetan yak herders are busy harvesting the caterpillar fungus, their main source of income that will bring them income to last for whole year. I thought the chance of seeing the snow leopards would be slim since people walked everywhere on the mountains, but I was wrong. We had 2 separate sightings of SNOW LEOPARDS in different sites within 2 hours.

After 2 days of sunshine, the weather took a dramatic change and snowed heavily on the evening of day 2. We woke up to snow-capped mountains! Perhaps the Snow Leopards like the snow? After spotting one on a mountain strolling leisurely where we camped, a second snow leopard was seen hunting a blue sheep at another site! 2 sightings in 2 hours, how cool is that?!

snow leopard in June

2 separate sightings of snow leopards in 2 hours

Apart from snow leopards, mammals such as Glover’s Pika, White-lipped deers will not be missed in the valley of the Cats. Tibetan Buntings, Monal Partridge, White-eared pheasants and many other bird rarities can be seen here at 4500m!

As I have recently bought a drone, I took the opportunity to fly it in the Tibetan Plateau! The landscape is amazing as always, and its always nice to visit the yak herders who always welcome us to their homes! Once again, Yak butter tea, Yak yogurt and yak meat served! To read more about my previous sightings of Snow leopard, click here. 🙂

white-lipped deer


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