Emperor Jahangir once said of Kashmir ‘If there is Paradise on Earth, it is this, it is this, it is this’. Kashmir is surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains. In the south west, the Pir Panjal Range rising up to 6000m, separates the valley from the plains.
Ladakh overwhelms your soul. This portion of ancient Tibet is a high-altitude desert in the Western Himalaya. A rugged, sparsely settled terrain of ever-changing colour stretches from horizon to horizon beneath deep blue skies.
Zanskar about 36 kilometers south east of Rangdum, just across the Penzila (4,390m) watershed, begins the most ravishing of the trans-Himalayan valleys. Spread over 5,000 sq kilometers, Zanskar has a sparse population.
The majestic Kashmir Himalayas are home to some of the best treks and high altitude treks in the Himalayas. Offering stunning views with incredible trekking.
My name is Manzoor Billoo, the founder of Snow Leopard Expeditions. I was born in Srinagar, Kashmir, India.My Australian wife Jill and I are based in Srinagar for most of the year running my trekking business and our homestay Snow Leopard Lodge.
My first trek was with my Dad when I was eleven years old and I fell in love with the mountains and have been trekking ever since. In my early trekking days I worked with overseas trekking companies as a guide and I then started my own trekking company, Snow Leopard Expeditions (based in Kashmir) in 1992.
Over my long trekking career I have had the pleasure of leading people from all over the world through the Indian Himalayas. Every trek that I lead, I ensure is as memorable, exciting and safe as possible for my customers. I use the highest quality equipment (including Macpac and Vango Force tents) and employ experienced local staff, including cooks, horsemen, porters and guides who are all as enthusiastic as I am. My staff are well paid and consequently I have been using the same staff over a long period of time.
I have a passion for what I do and my main priority is that my customers come first and I want to pass onto them my love of the Himalayas.