Snow Leopard of the Valley of the Cats

For generations of naturalists, the awesome Snow Leopard was an almost mythical creature, stalking the remote high mountains of Asia which were accessible only to expeditions. Whilst a spirit of adventure is still required to enter the domain of the Snow Leopard, modern communications have made it feasible to finally observe this specialised predator in the wild and in recent years China Wild Tour is proud to have organised a number of successful tours in Tibetan Plateau.


Sightings of the charismatic Snow Leopard will be the main focus of the tour but in addition we will hope to see other inhabitants of the high mountains such as Blue Sheep and Asiatic Ibex together with a small but interesting selection of birdlife. Quite apart from the wildlife, Yushu is a fascinating and unusual destination steeped in Buddhist history and the itinerary permits time to admire some of the ancient architecture in and around Yushu.



Tour Highlights

  • Explore the refuges of the Snow Leopard – the world’s most magnificent cat
  • Take a 4x4 excursion into the Valley of the Cats with expert local guides
  • Snow Leopard seen on 90% of tours
  • Blue Sheep, White-lipped Deer, Glover’s Pika, Tibetan Wolf, Alpine Musk Deer amongst other mammals seen
  • Lammergeier, Tibetan Bunting, White-eared Pheasant amongst Valley of the Cats highlights
  • Opportunity to visit Tibetan Villages and witness their traditional & religious life style.
  • Amazing landscape, which resembles to the Tibetan Plateau.
  • Expertly guided by expert local guide & a China Wild Tour guide


Yushu – Valley of the Cats – Yushu



Spring / Autumn


1-10 Persons



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Day 1 Yushu – Valley of the Cats

On your arrival in Yushu, you will be met at the airport by your local driver and our guide, and then 4.5 hours driving to Valley of the Cats and overnight.

Overnight in the Tibetan Homestay.

Black-lipped Pika


Saker Falcon along the road

Day 2-5 Valley of the Cats

For the next four full days you will be in search of the Snow Leopard in Valley of the Cats . We'll start the searching the Snow Leopard and other wildlifes in the early morning with picnic lunch in one of the spotting ridges, where our local guide found them before we arrive. Depending on our success in the morning we may switch to a new locationand as the sun begins to set beyond the high mountains we will head back to the camp for your evening meal.


There is also the great chance to spot Lynx, Woolly Hare, Glover’s Pika, Mountain Weasel, Himalayan Marmot, White-lipped Deer, Alpine Musk Deer, Tibetan Fox, Red Fox,  Blue Sheep, White-eared Pheasant , Buff-throated Partridge, Himalayan Griffon, Lammergeier, Saker, Red-billed Chough, White-browed Tit Warbler, White-browed Tit , Tibetan Bunting and other wildlifes.  But you may need some good luck to find Leopard, Pallas’s Cat, Brown Bear and Eurasian Otter here.

Overnight in the Tibetan Homestay.

Snow Leopard on the cliff

Himalayan Marmot

White-eared Pheasant

Searching the Snow Leopard


Blue Sheep

Day 6 Valley of the Cats – Yushu

The last morning searching mammals and other wildlifes in Valley of the Cat. After lunch 4.5 hours driving to your hotel in Yushu and relax sightseeing around Yushu.

Overnight in Yushu.

Day 7 Yushu – Xining/Chengdu
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the Yushu airport in time to catch your return flight home.

Tour end.

Tibetan Temple

Tibetan Fox