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BIRD WATCHING TOUR
Group size: 1-6 people, 10 days/9 nights, May to late September

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The foothills of the Altai Mountains in Western Mongolia are blessed
They are blessed with an unusual combination of geographic and weather conditions, which makes this region the home of a very large number and variety of birds, both permanent as well as migratory. They are open grazing land, forests, lakes, rivers and swamps, combined with a mostly dry climate with mild temperatures in the spring, summer and autumn months. This provides the birds with plentiful food and shelter, and offer the ornithologist, both professional and amateur, an ideal venue: easily accessible and with predictable and pleasant weather conditions.

We have planned this special tour, during which our guests will visit the best locations to watch the birds. You will be transported by Jeep, with overnight accommodations in our own tent camps under the expert guidance and good care of our local professionals, which will make this tour a unique and unforgettable experience.

Itinerary Day by Day: 10 day tour



Day 1
You will be met at the Ulaanbaatar airport by one of our representatives, and, after checking in at your hotel, we will take you on sightseeing tour of the city and a welcome dinner. (Hotel/D)

Day 2 You will fly to Ulgii City in Western Mongolia, about a three hour trip. At the local airport you will be met by an English-speaking guide, a driver and an expedition cook. From there you will be driven to Achit Lake, about a 100km road trip. (Tent/L/D)

Day 3 Bird watching around the Achit Lake, home to mostly wetland birds. They include the White Naped Crane, Hooded Cranes, Whooper Swan, Swan, Goose, Black Stork, Redstart, Carrion Crow, Yellow Hammer, and other species. (Tent/B/L/D)

Day 4 Drive to White Lake (80km). Bird watching around the lake, including Whooper Swan, Goose, Eagle, Hooded Crane, Saker Falcon, Masked Wagtail, Common Magpie, Common Raven, Pallas’s Bunting, Meadow bunting, and other species.(Tent/B/L/D)

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Day 5 Drive to the Hovd River Valley (130km). The Hovd River is the longest river of the Altai Mountains. Bird watching for Golden Eagle, Goose, Swan, Saker Falcon, Ducks and Siberian Chiffchaff. (Tent/B/L/D)

Day 6 Drive to Khoton Khurgan Lakes (75km). The Khoton and Khurgan Lakes are the second largest and clearest of all lakes in the Mongolia, the average depth is 26 m, the maximum depth is approximately 58 m. Khoton Lake has a large island which is covered by woods. The Khoton and Khurgan Lakes are connected by a wide natural channel. The landscape around the lakes is very beautiful and picturesque, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Bird watching includes Whooper Swan, Goose, Eagle, Hooded Crane and various species of Ducks. (Tent/B/L/D)

altai bird Day 7-8 Drive to Dayan Lake (90km). The Dayan Lake and rivers around the lake are the crystal clear and fed by springs. Dayan Lake is rich with Grayling, Altai Osman and other kind of fish. The Lake is also the home of a great number and variety of especially migratory birds including Ducks, Swans, Geese, Seagulls, Common Magpie, Stock Pigeon, Yellow Hammer and Cranes. Around the lake we will visit with a Kazakh families and have a chance to observe their customs and daily way of life. Kazakh people are very friendly and hospitable. They will introduce you to their important milk products and will invite you to taste locally-made yak cheese and yogurt. You will meet an Eagle Hunter, an ancient profession, with whom you can enjoy a fascinating conversation, with the help of a translator, about training and hunting with his Eagle, also have your photo taken with Eagle Hunter and his Golden Eagle. (Tent/B,L,D)

Day 9 We will drive back to Ulgii (about 150 km), visit the local Museum, Mosque and open market, and shop for local art and handicrafts. You will stay overnight in either our own Guesthouse or a Ger Camp, at your choice, and enjoy the luxury of a hot shower! (Guesthouse or Ger/L/D,)

Day 10 Return flight to Ulaanbaatar with a farewell dinner (Hotel/B/L/D).

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TOUR PRICING
Bird Watching Tour

Pricing to be announced.

Group Size Per Person US$
3 - 4
5 - 8
9 - 12

Included in Tour Price
• All meals during the trip
• All accommodations during the program
• Transport with car including gasoline
• Local guide
• Cook
• Camels and horses
• Permits and fees for the national park
• Visa support
• Local flights Ulgii-Ulaan Bataar

Excluded
• International flights
• Visa
• Travel insurance
• Charges for excess baggage
• Airport taxes
• Individual equipment
• Drinks and extra charges in hotels and inns
• All alcoholic drinks
• All costs not specified in “Included”

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