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Mongolia

Mongolia’s staggering beauty along with its unique wildlife and culture make it one of the most unusual travel locations you will ever visit in your life. Join Portland Audubon for a trip of a lifetime! Mongolia is a fenceless and sparsely populated country landlocked in north central Asia. About 30% of its population is still nomadic or semi-nomadic.

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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 CranesOriental PloverAltai SnowcockSpotted CapercaillieSiberian RubythroatSaker and Amur FalconGolden Steppe and Pallas’s Fish EaglesHenderson’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 SheepGoitered Gazelle, Siberian IbexGobi Jerboa and the odd Long-eared Hedgehog.

Other highlights will be some of the smaller birds like PineGodlewski’s and Meadow BuntingSmall and White-winged SnowfinchBeautiful RosefinchSaxaul Sparrow and Azure Tit, but also iconic species like the WallcreeperPallas’s SandgrouseHimalayan 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 Details

  • 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.

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Start:
June 14, 2020
End:
June 29, 2020
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Erin Law
Phone:
971-222-6119
Email:
elaw@audubonportland.org