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Mongolia is one of the finest birding areas in Asia, and this excitingitinerary visits some of its best birding sites as we venture through splendid landscapes from the vast treeless steppe dotted with lakes and marshes to Siberian taiga forest, mountain slopes, and impressive desert sand dunes.
Made famous by the great Genghis Khan (also spelled Chinggis Khaan, as we will note at the international airport upon arrival!), Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country in the world, boasting only 2.9 million people, nearly half of whom live in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, the rest largely being nomadic herders.
Mongolia is home to a variety of mammals, including Przewalski's Wild Horse, and a vast array of birds. The resident highlights include Saker and Amur falcons, Upland Buzzard, Pallas's Fish-Eagle, Siberian Rubythroat, Black-billed Capercaillie, Mongolian (Henderson's) Ground-Jay, Altai Snowcock, and Swan Goose, and these will be joined by a number of Palearctic migrants during the time of our visit. Other seldom-seen species possible include Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Red-throated Thrush, Snow Finch, Mongolian Finch. the striking Mongolian Lark, plus Pine, Godlewski's, Pallas's, and Gray-necked buntings.
We'll visit Khustai Nuruu National Park (where the wild horses add a special dimension to some exciting birding), the freshwater lake Ughii Nuur (for cranes and a variety of water-loving species), Kharkorin (for ruins of the great Mongol empire), Elsen Taraskhai (with birding near the famous sand dunes), Gorkhi-Terelj National Park (for boreal forest and steppe), and more.
Along our route, we'll stay in a mixture of western-style hotels and the comfortable yurts of the tourist ger camps. This diverse itinerary will offer us the chance to visit the most sparsely populated country in the world, learn something of its fascinating history, and indulge in some great birding in this nation bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south. Contact our office to hold a space!
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2021 sample (PDF)
- 2023 (PDF expected Sep 2022)
DEPARTURES • We have 1 departures currently scheduled through 2023, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Jun 3-21, 2023
Guided by: Phil Gregory & local guide
Tour Manager: Sharon Mackie
Tour Limit: 8
Status: Provisionally full; waitlist available - The itinerary has not been finalized for this tour. The trip has provisionally filled but, if you are interested, we can waitlist you for the trip. As we do not require deposits until the itinerary and price are finalized, we often have folks drop off a tour when the deposit is required, and so space opens up! Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD
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Enjoy looking through the 3 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!