Overview

In the heart of remote Central Asia lies a country that conjures up images of nomadic horsemen striding across barren, wind-swept plains, with the grand Gobi-Altai Mountains rising up above the endless expanse of the Gobi Desert. This land is Mongolia, a country of fascinating legend and history; a picturesque and awe-inspiring part of the world largely unchanged over the years, the heart of the once expansive Mongol Empire and what can rightfully be proclaimed a true wilderness!

Our Mongolia birding adventure offers the very special opportunity of venturing across the vast lake-covered steppes and through the verdant Taiga forest, with the ever-present backdrop of the lofty Gobi-Altai Mountains. We can look forward to superb birding in this gloriously scenic landscape with mouth-watering specialties including Altai Snowcock, Black-billed Capercaillie, Relict Gull, Pallas’s Sandgrouse, Black Woodpecker, Amur and Saker Falcons, spectacular Wallcreeper, White-naped and Demoiselle Cranes, Kozlov’s Accentor, displaying Oriental Plover, Mongolian Lark, Siberian Rubythroat, Guldenstadt’s & Eversmann’s Redstarts, Saxual Sparrow, Henderson’s Ground Jay and many, many more! This really is a birding tour like few others and promises to be a most memorable adventure!

2022 Prices are an estimate, dates are not confirmed and may change.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Altai Snowcock; Black-billed Capercaillie; Daurian & Chukar Partridges; Swan & Bar-headed Goose; White-naped & Demoiselle Cranes; Bearded, Himalayan & Cinereous Vultures; Golden Eagle; Pallas’s Fish Eagle; Saker & Amur Falcons; Stejneger's Scoter; Horned (Slavonian) Grebe; Oriental Plover; Asian Dowitcher; Swinhoe’s Snipe; Pallas’s Sandgrouse; Ural Owl; Henderson’s Ground Jay; Wallcreeper; Mongolian Lark; Siberian Rubythroat; Brown & Kozlov’s Accentors; Azure Tit; Long-tailed & Chinese Beautiful Rosefinches; Guldenstadt’s & Eversmann’s Redstarts; Saxaul Sparrow.
Top Mammals
Siberian Ibex; Mongolian & Goitred Gazelles; Long-tailed Ground Squirrel; Corsac & Red Foxes; Tarbagan Marmot; Argali; Pallas’s & Alpine Pikas; Great Gerbil; Andrews Three-toed Jerboa; Brandt’s Vole.
Habitats Covered
steppe, desert, mountains, valleys, ridges, wetlands, pine & birch forest, grasslands, meadows, rivers.
Expected Climate
moderate to hot with colder nights, especially in the higher lying areas
Max Group Size
12 with 1 Rockjumper leader and local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate to relaxed in general with a few strenuous hikes for some of the difficult specials
Accommodation
comfortable lodges and Ger camps
Ease of Birding
generally undemanding with some trickier species
Other Attractions
spectacular scenery, ancient deserts, pristine wildernesses, incredible history and culture
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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Expert guiding by Keith and Glen Valentine, aided by fabulous local talent, ensured we saw the maximum number of endemics and other birds and mammals. Perhaps more importantly, these two brothers enjoyed their time together and provided a warm, friendly and caring environment in which we all had a good time with lots of laughs, and looked out for each other to ensure everyone got on the birds and did not falter on a tough hike or challenging car ride.

We felt that the trip was very well organised and efficient so we could spend as much time in the field as possible. Glen was a terrific guide - excellent birder as well as his concern that everyone was seeing the birds. Glen was very even in his manner at all times and with everyone.

LM

Rockjumper's office staff continue with their excellent high level of client services. Prompt, concise and courteous replies are a trade-mark of the Rockjumper staff.

Dennis Yong was certainly knowledgeable on his birds and all other wildlife. I have to hand it to him, he has YEARS of experience and it shows.

P

André, who escorted us on four drives, is a superb tracker with great knowledge of the reserve and its denizens. He is also an expert on the birdlife of southern Africa and was able to bring the bush to life for us with knowledge of all that we saw.

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