Bird Watching

This bird watching adventure gives you an opportunity to observe birds include cranes such as White-naped, Japanese or Red-crowned, Siberian, Hooded, Common, and Demoiselle and Oriental white and Black storks, Great Bustard, Relict Gull, Swan Goose, Asiatic Dowitcher, Golden Eagle, Steppe Eagle, White-tailed or Sea Eagle, Saker Falcon, Marsh Harrier, Upland Buzzard and many others. Besides this you will have an opportunity to explore the wildlife ranging from gazelles and wolves to otters and elks and you will learn of the life ways of the local people by riding horses together, visiting their homes as well as local communities striving to preserve their traditions in the new era and environment since Hun times. The area has preserved the best traditions of nomadic hospitality already forgotten in Central Mongolian areas which is a striking surprise even the Mongols themselves.

Finally there will be a day for your disposal in the city of Ulaanbaatar with some sightseeing and shopping.

Day 1

You are transferred to the airport for the morning or afternoon flight to Choibalsan, Dornod. The time depends on the domestic flight schedule. On arrival, you will be met and driven about 55 km to Galyn River, which flows into Lake Yakhi , one of the bigger lakes of this region. Lake Yakhi was dry in 2004, due to drought conditions, but is still a good place to see Steppe Eagles, Golden Eagles, Upland Buzzards, other raptors and Mongolian Gazelles. Dinner and camp overnight in tents at the bank of the river.

Day 2

Late in the morning, we will drive towards Lake Yakhi , which covers an area of 8,400 hectares. The Yakhi Nuur Natural Reserve provides calving grounds for Mongolian Gazelle as well as important stopover points for a number of migratory birds. We will camp (using tents) overnight in Dashbalbar Soum. We will visit the local museum and will have a chance to see a performance by the minority group of “Buriad Zon” There is also an “information centre” where you can get to know more about this region.

Days 3-4

Drive to Il Turuut via Lake Chukh . At Lake Chukh , you will be able to watch various water birds. Il Turuut, a hill on the bank of Ulz River, is the beginning of Mongol Daguur SPA and also the primary point for watching White-naped Cranes and other water and shore birds. The Ulz River valley and connected lakes can be widely viewed from the top of this hill.

Days 5-6

Today, we will drive to Lake Galuut, via a place called Khadan Khoshuu. In 2004, some bird watchers spotted a Hooded Crane at this lake. There are many other species that can be observed here. Here you will have an opportunity to ride horses and visit nomadic families.

Days 7-8

Today, late in the afternoon we drive to Lake Tari. This is the biggest lake in this region, located on the Mongolian-Russian border. Researchers have proven that Lake Tari is one of a few key breeding habitats for the Relict Gull in the world. Other unique species present are the White-naped Crane, Swan Geese, Little Curlew, Madagascar Curlew, White Spoonbill, and the Great Cormorant. Some species, like the Caspian Tern, utilize this area in huge colonies.

Day 9

We drive towards Delger Bulag (spring in Mongolian) and Lake Shar Burdiin, Delger Spring and its surrounding area. Lake Shar Burdiin is another good habitat for birds. In the summer of 2004, a pair of Japanese or Red-crowned Cranes were recorded by Mongolian and Swedish bird watchers. The White-naped Crane and other crane species are more likely to be seen in this area.

Days 10–11

Today we will reach the lowest point in Mongolia, Lake Khokh (560 m a.s.l). Lake Khokh is a freshwater lake and is rich in fish resources. A small island in this lake is a great habitat for gulls. Bird watchers have counted over 3,000 gull nests on this island. The Relict Gull has been recorded in this area, while the Herring Gull (also known as Mongolian Gull) is found in huge colonies. On the way to Lake Khokh, we will visit Lake Doroo, which is also an important habitat for birds. We will stay overnight at Lake Khokh.

Day 12

Today we will drive to the Kherlen River via the Chinggisin Dalan or Chinggis Wall where Chinggis Khaan, the great king of the Mongol Empire, had an overnight camp, according to legend. We will have sometime to observe birds in this river side.

Day 13

We will drive into Choibalsan and take the local flight back to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival we will be met and you will be transferred to your hotel.

This tour can be organized as an individual request.
Prices include the following

Domestic flights, Transportation within Mongolia. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost. Camping in tents while on trek, three meals a day, English-speaking guide, transfers, camel or horse hires where specified, support staff including drivers, horse (camel) men and camp assistants.

Prices do not include

International transportation, travel insurance, visas, departure tax, alcoholic drinks, gratuities, items of a personal nature.

It is the responsibility of the client to be fully covered with travel and medical insurance while traveling in Mongolia.

Please note

Upon request, single supplement in the countryside can be provided at the additional cost. In case single accommodation in ger camps was not provided the amount would be calculated based on the missing nights and reimbursed.

Nomads cannot be held responsible for over bookings, as long as the company can prove with sufficient documentation that overbooking has been the error of the third party.

Should circumstances beyond our control, such as the imposition of quarantine restrictions, any changes of domestic flight or train schedules, require a change of itinerary, we will inform your agent and propose an equivalent itinerary. Again, Nomads cannot take over the responsibility for the Airlines or the National Train Company. The traveler is responsible for having proper travel documents, such as a valid passport, proper visa and the necessary passport pictures.


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