2021 Prices are an estimate, dates are not confirmed and may change.
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 Urial, Siberian Ibex, the fast-declining Saiga and Goitered Gazelle. We will also visit Hustai National Park for Przewalski’s Horse, Black-tailed Gazelle and perhaps even Grey Wolf. Many other smaller mammals and some excellent birds are all on offer in this truly wild and remote setting!
Henderson’s Ground Jay, Mandarin Duck, Smew, Saker Falcon, Azure Tit, Siberian Rubythroat, Chukar Partridge, Eurasian Eagle Owl, White’s, Black-throated & Red-throated Thrushes, Bluethroat, Red-flanked Bluetail, Eversmann’s & Guldenstadt’s Redstarts, Desert & Pied Wheatears, White-winged & Pere David’s Snowfinches, Brown, Black-throated & Kozlov’s Accentors, Mongolian Finch, Great Rosefinch, Pine, Godlewski’s & Meadow Buntings. Bearded & Cinereous Vultures, Steppe & Golden Eagles, White-headed Duck, Dalmatian Pelican, Pallas’s Sandgrouse, Black Grouse, White-tailed Eagle, White-backed Woodpecker, Mongolian Lark
Snow Leopard, Urial, Siberian Ibex, Argali, Saiga, Goitered Gazelle, Przewalski’s Horse, Black-tailed Gazelle, Grey Wolf, Pallas’ Pika, Northern Three-toed Jerboa, Mongolian Gazelle, Red Deer, Mongolian Marmot, Long-tailed and Daurian Sousliks
Mountains, lakes, desert plains, steppe
cool to cold in the mountains, warmer temperatures at lower altitudes
moderate to relaxed pace but not too challenging considering the environment
incredible scenery, rarely travelled sites