Our Mongolia birding escapade offers the very special opportunity of venturing across the vast lake-covered steppes and through the verdant Taiga forest with the ever-present backdrop of the lofty Gobi-Altai Mountains. We can look forward to superb birding in this gloriously scenic landscape with mouth-watering specialties including Altai Snowcock, Black-billed Capercaillie, Relict Gull, White-winged Scoter, Pallas’s Sandgrouse, Black Woodpecker, Amur and Saker Falcons, spectacular Wallcreeper, White-naped and Demoiselle Cranes, Kozlov’s Accentor, displaying Oriental Plover, Mongolian Lark, Siberian Rubythroat, Saxual Sparrow, White-throated Bush Chat, Henderson’s Ground Jay and many, many more! This really is a birding trip like few others and promises to be a most memorable adventure!
THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…
Tour Dates 24th May to 12th June (20 days)
Tour Price US$ TBA per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size Limited to a maximum of 12 participants with 1 leader & 1 local leader
24th May - Arrival in the capital Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator) and afternoon birding at Tuul Fish Ponds and Tuul River on the outskirts of the city
25th May - Gün-Galuut Wetland
26th & 27th May - Gorkhi Terelj National Park
28th May - Terelj National Park to Ulaanbaatar
29th May - Flight Ulaanbaatar to Dalanzadgad and drive to ger camp in Gobi Desert
30th May - Zuun Saikhan Mountain Range and Yolyn Am Valley
31st May - Ger camp in Gobi Desert to Khongoryn Els (Khongor Sand Dunes), steppe birding en route
1st June - Drive to Orog Lake (Orog Nuur) with birding in Saxaul Forests and semi-deserts along the way and visit to Tsagaan agui (White cave)
2nd June - Orog Lake (Orog Nuur) and drive to Boon Tsagan Lake (Boon Tsagan Nuur) via small lakes along the way
3rd June - Whole day birding Boon Tsagan Lake (Boon Tsagan Nuur)
4th June - Boon Tsagan Lake (Boon Tsagan Nuur) and drive to Khukh Nuur in the Khangay Mountains
5th June - Khukh Nuur (Lake Khukh), site for White-throated Bush Chat
6th June - Khukh Nuur and drive to Khangay village
7th June - Khangay village and drive to campsite in the taiga of Khangay Mountains
8th June - Khangay Mountains area birding all day
9th June - Khangay Mountains and drive to Bayan Nuur
10th June - Bayan Nuur and drive to Khustain Nuruu Reserve
11th June - Khustain Nuruu Reserve and drive to Ulaanbaatar
12th June - Departure day
The fee for the Mongolia – Birding the Gobi and Beyond tour is US$ TBA per person sharing.
(Please note: this price does NOT include the domestic flight as mentioned in the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +/- US$TBA per person. We can book this flight on your behalf at no extra charge.)
The single supplement for this tour is US$ TBA and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euro (€), or South Africa Rand (ZAR), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate (once the tour price has been confirmed).
•All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 20;
•Bottled drinking water;
•Ground transportation in Toyota Landcruisers;
•Reserve entrance fees;
•All activities as mentioned in the itinerary;
•All guiding services; and
•Tips (including local guides, drivers, porters, camp staff and hotels)
The tour fee does not include:
•ANY flights (see above);
•Camera fees in national parks; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same with approximate domestic flight (where applicable) and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 8 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original programme as possible.
As noted above, gratuities for local guides, drivers, porters, camp staff and hotels are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include any international airfares. The tour will begin at midday on Day 1. This first day is scheduled as an arrival day, but since the tour does include lunch on day 1 and as we will be doing our first bit of birding in the afternoon, it is strongly advised that you arrive prior to midday on this day. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude after breakfast on Day 20. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard kindly contact the office.
•It is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check-in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) for hand luggage.
•A good deal of the tour will be spent camping in Ger Camps (Traditional, round shaped, portable Mongolian dwellings). Some of the camps will be permanent, but most will be set up for us before we arrive. There will be separate shared ablutions, shower facilities and a separate dining tent with table and chairs. We try and make the tents as comfortable as possible and warm bedding is provided. (IMPORTANT: if you would prefer a tent to yourself, then please advise the office in advance. Single tent space is limited and will be assigned in order of tour registration.)
•Most of the tour will be in remote areas with no medical facilities or hospitals. Please ensure that you have all the necessary medication that you require for the duration of the tour. If you have any medical concerns, please contact the office as soon as possible.
•Although it will be summer in Mongolia, the temperatures can vary greatly, from warm day temperatures of 25 to 30 degrees Celsius in the deserts (but cool in the mornings), to cold with rain and even snow possible at any time in the mountains.
•Warm clothes, including gloves, woollen hat, raingear, hiking boots and thermals will come in handy for the cooler nights and mornings.
•Fitness: In general this tour does not require a high level of fitness, but participants should be in good general health as most of the birding will be done on foot, and may require walking for several hours at a time. Some of the walks in the mountains will however be more strenuous particularly in search of Black-billed Capercaillie. Should you have any physical limitations, please notify us in advance of departure.
•Mongolia is not known for having a large variety of foods and often fresh food can be difficult to come by. We do however make a special effort to organize fresh fruit and vegetables where possible and these are regularly included in our meals on tour. In general meals consist of a variety of dishes and are generally tasty and appetizing. If you have any dietary requirements, please notify us in advance of departure.
Chinggis Khaan International Airport (Ulaanbaatar) is the main port of entry into Mongolia and is serviced by several major airlines. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the domestic flight on your behalf. IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
Tour Price (Per Person) Price to be announced.
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