Overview

The vast and virtually uninhabited lands of Mongolia have captivated the minds of explorers for as long as people have known of it. The landscapes and wildlife have had a draw on naturalists looking for something different. Long recognized for its scenic beauty, wonderful birdlife and plentiful mammalian fauna, it is now set to possibly become the premiere place to encounter the enigmatic Snow Leopard.

During this tour, we venture into the Altai Mountains. A stay of nearly a week will allow us to properly explore this remote locale. Based in a relatively comfortable ger camp, we stand a very reasonable chance of encountering the once near-mythical Snow Leopard. Compared with the other places in the Himalayas where one might now seek out the ‘Gray Ghost’, this site is at low elevation, and one needs to walk minimal distances to access the very best areas for seeing the big cat! Other mammals abound in this region, including Argali, Siberian Ibex, the fast-declining Saiga and Goitered Gazelle (Black-tailed Gazelle).

We will also visit Hustai National Park for Przewalski’s Horse and Himalayan Gazelle (White-tailed Gazelle), before making our way into the Manul Mountains for the near threatened Pallas’s Cat, large herds of Argali, perhaps a Corsac Fox or two and hopefully a few Grey Wolf on the hunt.

Many other smaller mammals and some excellent birds are all on offer in this truly wild and remote setting!

Tour Facts Top Birds
Henderson’s Ground Jay; Saker Falcon; Azure Tit; Siberian Rubythroat; Chukar & Daurian Partridges; Eurasian Eagle Owl; Black-throated & Red-throated Thrushes; Bluethroat; Red-flanked Bluetail; Guldenstadt’s Redstart; Desert & Pied Wheatears; White-winged Snowfinch; Brown Accentor; Mongolian Finches; Pine & Meadow Buntings; Bearded & Cinereous Vultures; Steppe, White-tailed & Golden Eagles; White-headed Duck; Dalmatian Pelican; Pallas’s Sandgrouse; Mongolian Lark; Upland Buzzard; Amur Falcon; Demoiselle Crane; Daurian Jackdaw; Isabelline Shrike; Long-tailed Rosefinch.
Top Mammals
Snow Leopard; Pallas's Cat; Siberian Ibex; Argali; Saiga; Goitered Gazelle; Przewalski’s Horse; Grey Wolf; Pallas’ Pika; Northern Three-toed Jerboa; Mongolian Gazelle; Siberian Wapiti (Red Deer); Tarbagan Marmot; Long-tailed and Daurian Sousliks; Corsac Fox.
Habitats Covered
Mountains, lakes, desert plains, steppe
Expected Climate
cool to cold in the mountains, warmer temperatures at lower altitudes
Max Group Size
12 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate to relaxed pace but not too challenging considering the environment
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
mammal focussed, but birding generally easy
Other Attractions
incredible scenery, rarely travelled sites
Photographic Opportunities
good to very good
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B

André in particular went out of his way to make sure our stay was as wonderful as it could be. Andre is also a great guide, with the ability to spot just about everything that moves, even if the movement is only breathing.

I had a wonderful time. Our Rockjumper guide, Holly Faithfull, was terrific. She made the cruise, which was already excellent, even better.

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.

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.

K

Andre, our guide, has such an infectious nature, which had a huge positive effect on our stay. His incredible knowledge of birds was indeed humbling. A birder's paradise and a guide passionate about birds and nature - what more could one ask for?

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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