Mongolia Snow Leopard & Birding

Tour Overview
Mongolia, landlocked between Russia to the north and China to the south, is known as the “Land of the Eternal Blue Sky”, the ‘Land without Fences’, or the “Land above the Clouds”. This huge, pristine and remote wilderness area lies in the heart of Asia, and its empty, wild landscapes are almost otherworldly in our rushed, crowded world. With only three million inhabitants, the lands of Mongolia are still ruled by wild creatures rather than man.Mongolia offers far more than nomadic farmers, snow-capped mountains, wildflower-filled landscapes and the Great Steppe grasslands you see in brochures. Fauna reported in the country consists of 448 species of birds, 139 mammal species, and many others. Although the country boasts no endemic bird species, a great number are unique to Mongolia and its immediate surroundings, with a range of habitats supporting some fantastic species.

This 20 day Nature Travel tour is designed to give you a great chance to view the many unique and wonderful birds and mammals of Mongolia, including iconic species such as Altai Snowcock, Oriental Plover, Black-billed Capercaillie, Pallas’s Sandgrouse, White-headed Duck, Relict Gull, Mongolian Lark, Siberian Ibex, Przewalski’s Wild Horse, Argali sheep, Pallas’s Cat and of course the elusive, enigmatic and incredible Snow Leopard. We can expect more than 40 species of mammals and well over 200 species of birds during the trip, including many localised and sought-after species.

Exploring the wilderness of the vast, untarnished and stunning Mongolian landscapes will be etched in your memory forever. In addition to the birds and wildlife, we will see many other fascinating species of smaller fauna and flora, and be inspired by the stunning natural beauty and incredibly rich nomadic culture and history of this awe-inspiring country. This is truly a bucket list, once-in-a-lifetime experience!
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Tour starts and ends in Ulaanbaatar
Tour duration: 20 days / 19 night
Type of accommodation: Comfortable hotels in Ulaanbaatar and Uliastai, community-run ger camps during rest of tour
Next group tour departure date:  May 2025
Private and small group, customised tours can be booked on request
Top Attractions:
The incredibly scenic Mongolian Altai with snow-capped peaks, alpine lakes, meadows, and rivers.
Uvs Lake and its surrounding, varied ecosystems-
a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
Hustai National Park–
Home of the (Przewalski’s) Wild Horse and 43 other species of mammal, 217 bird species and 385 species of insects
Incredible fauna and flora in this seemingly inhospitable wilderness
Staying in the community-based ger camp run by authentic Mongolian nomads

Top Birds:
• White-headed Duck
• Swan Goose
• White-naped Crane
• Relict Gull
• Altai Snowcock
• Pallas’s Fish Eagle
• Saker Falcon
• Black-billed Capercaillie
• Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch
• Yellow-breasted Bunting

Top Mammals:
• Snow Leopard
• Pallas’s Cat
• Wolf (Canis lupus lupus)
• Red and Corsac Fox
• Steppe Polecat
• Siberian Ibex
• (Przewalski’s) Wild Horse
• Argali sheep
• Goitered and Mongolian Gazelle
• Alpine and Pallas’s Pika
• Tolai Hare
• Mongolian Marmot

Optional Activities:
Cultural excursion in Ulaanbaatar

Day 1 Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Day 2 Flight to Ulaangom, transfer to Mongolian Altai mountains
Day 3-8 Mongolian Altai mountains
Day 9 Transfer to Uvs Lake
Day 10 Uvs Lake and surrounds
Day 11 Transfer to Santmargats
Day 12-14 Santmargats
Day 15 Transfer to Bulnai mountains
Day 16 Bulnai mountains
Day 17 Transfer to Uliastai
Day 18 Fly to Ulaanbaatar, transfer to Hustai National Park
Day 19 Hustai National Park
Day 20 Transfer to Ulaanbaatar and Departure

All our tours can be customised according to your specific requirements.

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