We will explore its varied habitats which include Siberian Taiga in the north, the Mongolian Steppe and the Gobi Desert, and Gobi Altai Mountains in the south. A one-hour round trip flight from Ulaanbaatar to Dalanzadgad is included in the fee. Cultural highlights include a visit to the National Museum of Mongolia, the Genghis Khan statue and the Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar. A Tumen Ekh performance, traditional Mongolian folk music, can be arranged in the evening of our last night. Near Kharkhorin we will visit the amazing Erdenezuu Monastery.
Target birds include Demoiselle and White-naped Cranes, Oriental Plover, Altai Snowcock, Spotted Capercaillie, Siberian Rubythroat, Saker and Amur Falcon, Golden Steppe and Pallas’s Fish Eagles, Henderson’s Ground Jay and the fabled Lammergeier. At Hustai National Park we will search for the Przewalski’s Wild Horse. Other mammals we hope to see are Argali Wild Sheep, Goitered Gazelle, Siberian Ibex, Gobi Jerboa and the odd Long-eared Hedgehog.
Other highlights will be some of the smaller birds like Pine, Godlewski’s and Meadow Bunting, Small and White-winged Snowfinch, Beautiful Rosefinch, Saxaul Sparrow and Azure Tit, but also iconic species like the Wallcreeper, Pallas’s Sandgrouse, Himalayan and Cinereous Vulture, and the rare Relict Gull.
In the cities we will stay in hotels, and everywhere else we will lodge in Mongolian ger camps. Ger camps have comfortable beds and an oven, but restrooms may not be en suite. We will enjoy traditional Mongolian food in a communal setting and experience first-hand the wonders of traditional Mongolian life.
- Trip Leader: Stefan Schlick
- Fee: $5,295 Members / $5,595 Non-members
- Deposit: $2,650
- Single supplement: TBD
- Group size: Limited to 12 participants
Fee Includes: Trip fees cover all ground transportation plus a one-hour internal flight, double-occupancy lodging, all meals, local guides, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leaders. Fees do not include airfare to and from your destination.
Stefan is a birding expert, and has birded in Europe and North America extensively. After living in Wisconsin, Florida, California, and Washington, Stefan has settled in Oregon where he currently is a member of the Oregon Bird Records Committee. Stefan is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and love of birds with the folks on his trips.