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 recognised for its scenic beauty, wonderful birdlife and plentiful mammalian fauna, it is now set to become the premier 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 area. 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 seek out the ‘Grey Ghost’, this site is at low elevation, and you only need to walk minimal distances to access the very best areas for seeing the big cat! Other mammals abound in this region, including Siberian Ibex, the fast-declining Saiga and Goitered Gazelle; special birds include Altai Snowcock, Pallas’s Sandgrouse and Mongolian Ground Jay.

We will also visit Gun Galuut to search for the elusive Pallas’s Cat, and we will hope to see small groups of Argali, and perhaps a Corsac Fox or two, as well as many wetland birds. Finally, we will visit Hustai National Park for Wild (Przewalski’s) Horse and herds of Mongolian Gazelles.

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

Top Birds

Mongolian 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 Finch; 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; White-naped Crane; Stejneger’s Scoter;Pere David’s Snowfinch.

Top Mammals

Snow Leopard; Pallas's Cat; Siberian Ibex; Argali; Saiga; Goitered Gazelle; Przewalski’s Horse; Grey Wolf; Pallas’s & Daurian Pikas; Northern Three-toed Jerboa; Mongolian Gazelle; Siberian Wapiti (Red Deer); Tarbagan Marmot; Long-tailed & Daurian Sousliks; Corsac Fox; Brandt’s Vole; Mongolian Jird; Siberian Jerboa.

Habitats Covered

mountains, lakes, desert plains, steppe

Expected Climate

cool to chilly in the mountains (mostly at night), warmer temperatures at lower altitudes. Typically temperatures are mild, with evenings on the chilly side. Day time temperatures can reach 28°C.

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 focused, but birding generally easy

Other Attractions

incredible scenery, rarely travelled sites

Photographic Opportunities

good

What our clients say about us

Nigel Redman
EL, Mongolia 2023

This was a wonderful tour--beautiful scenery, great birds (many rare), mammals (many rare) including snow leopards. Throw in the adventure of driving through the Altai Mountains and the quest for snow leopards, it really was everything you would want in a tour. Nigel Redmond and Atilla Steiner were excellent at finding and identifying the birds and mammals. I had been to Mongolia before on a non-birding trip and very much enjoyed this beautiful and fascinating country, but most of my bird and mammal sightings went unidentified. The gers were comfortable and even the moonlight walks to the outdoor toilets were enjoyable. And I have to put in a plug for our ground agents who shepherded us around Ulaanbaatar on a quest for trinkets, souvenirs and sights.

Mongolia - Birds & Snow Leopards 2024

30 Jul 2024 - 11 Aug 2024 (13 days)

USD6,895 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Nigel Redman

Pricing notes : Internal flights between Ulaanbaatar & the Altai Mountains are included in the tour price.

Tour price (Per person): USD6,895 * GBP5,411 * EUR6,426 * AUD10,409

Single Supplement: USD570 * GBP447 * EUR531 * AUD860

Mongolia - Birds & Snow Leopards 2025

31 Jul 2025 - 12 Aug 2025 (13 days)

USD7,395 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Peter Kaestner

Pricing notes : Internal flights between Ulaanbaatar & the Altai Mountains are included in the tour price.

Tour price (Per person): USD7,395 * GBP5,803 * EUR6,892 * AUD11,164

Single Supplement: USD620 * GBP487 * EUR578 * AUD936

Mongolia - Birds & Snow Leopards 2026

01 Aug 2026 - 13 Aug 2026 (13 days)

USD7,700 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Carlos Bocos

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change* Internal flights between Ulaanbaatar & the Altai Mountains are included in the tour price.

Tour price (Per person): USD7,700 * GBP6,043 * EUR7,176 * AUD11,624

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