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Mongolia

Join Portland Audubon on a trip of a lifetime! Mongolia is a place of staggering beauty with extraordinary birds and mammals. Enjoy traditional Mongolian food in a communal setting and experience first-hand the unique Mongolian life by staying in ger camps. We will explore its varied habitats, which include the Siberian Taiga in the north, the Mongolian Steppe and the Gobi Desert, and Gobi Altai Mountains in the south. Wildlife high points include Demoiselle Crane, Lammergeier, Wallcreeper, and Przewalski’s Wild Horse. Przewalski’s Wild Horse is a conservation success story, having come back from the brink of extinction.    

We will visit the famous Khongorian Els of the Gobi desert, known as the Singing Dunes. These incredible sand dunes “sing” from the sound of the wind moving shifting sands. We hope to spot the magnificent Goitered Gazelle as well as Long-legged Buzzard and Desert Wheatear during our time driving along the steppe. The view of camels grazing on the desert steppe against the backdrop of a picturesque dune sunrise is guaranteed to be one of the trip’s best moments. Other cultural highlights include visiting the National Museum of Mongolia and the Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar. A Tumen Ekh performance, traditional Mongolian folk music, will be arranged in the evening of our last night. 

Target birds include Demoiselle and White-naped Crane, Oriental Plover, Altai Snowcock, Spotted Capercaillie, Siberian Rubythroat, Saker and Amur Falcon, Golden Steppe, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Henderson’s Ground Jay, and the fabled Lammergeier.

At Hustai National Park, we will search for 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.

Travel with us to Mongolia, a place of staggering beauty with extraordinary birds and mammals!

Join Portland Audubon on a trip of a lifetime! Enjoy traditional Mongolian food in a communal setting and experience first-hand the unique Mongolian life by staying in ger camps. We will explore its varied habitats, which include the Siberian Taiga in the north, the Mongolian Steppe and the Gobi Desert, and Gobi Altai Mountains in the south. Wildlife high points include Demoiselle Crane, Lammergeier, Wallcreeper, and Przewalski’s Wild Horse.

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Trip Details

  • Trip Leader: Stefan Schlick & local guides
  • New Price!  $6,195 members / $6,795 non-members
    Fee: $5,495 members/$6,095 non-members
  • Deposit: $3,200
  • Single Supplement: To be determined
  • Group size: Limited to 12 participants

Fee includes: Trip fees cover all ground transportation plus a one-hour internal round-trip flight from Ulaanbaatar to Dalanzadgad, double-occupancy lodging, all meals, local guides, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leaders.

Fee does not include: Airfare to and from your destination and alcoholic beverages.

Details

Start:
June 13, 2023
End:
June 28, 2023
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Organizer

Tara Lemezis
Email:
tlemezis@audubonportland.org