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Birds from the Steppes - 9 Days

Birds from the Steppes

Mongolia · Private Tour · 9 Days
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Catch some of the most unique bird species from the asian steppes of Mongolia as you take in the mind-blowing landscapes of Terelj, Khustai, Elsen Tasarkhai and Ugii Lake, with short visits to Karakorum and Ulaanbataar. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Ulaanbaatar
Day 2-3 - Ulaanbaatar → Terelj
Day 4 - Terelj → Khustai National Park
Day 5 - Khustai National Park → Ugii Lake
Day 6 - Ugii Lake → Karakorum
Day 7 - Karakorum → Elsen Tasarkhai
Day 8 - Elsen Tasarkhai → Ulaanbaatar
Day 9 - Ulaanbaatar

What is included

  • Transportation in comfortable 4x4 off road minivan, including airport transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation at traditional mongolian ger camp with full board
  • 2 nights accommodation at 4* hotels with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees at all visiting sites
  • English speaking guide service throughout the entire itinerary

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and personal expenses
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, check into a hotel. You will have a bit rest at the hotel. 

After lunch, if you arrive before lunch, we will do birding in outskirts of the city where we are going to visit Tuul river forest and a gravel pond

Have a delightful experience with a welcome dinner at the most famous restaurant in Ulaanbaatar. 

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Bayangol Hotel

Ulaanbaatar

day
2-3
Ulaanbaatar → Terelj

After breakfast, we will drive to Terelj

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is a southern part of Siberian taiga/boreal forest. Stay over the couple of nights in this beautiful area. During these days, we will see forest steppe birds. Our experienced bird watching tour guide will organize all the activities. 

Overnight at a mongolian traditional ger tent.  


Q
Ulaanbaatar → Terelj70 km 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
4
Terelj → Khustai National Park

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Khustai National Park, where Przewalski’s Wild Horses are re-introduced. 

After the lunch, we will drive for watching rare species in the area.

Overnight at a mongolian traditional ger tent.  


Q
Terelj → Khustai National Park200 km 3h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Khustai Camp

Khustai National Park

day
5
Khustai National Park → Ugii Lake

After breakfast, we will head to west to Ugii Lake .  

En route we’re going to visit a small marshland called Borogchin where you can see migratory waders such as Little, Red-necked Stints, Broadbilled Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Asian Dowitcher, Mongolian and Pacific Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lesser Sand Plover and many ducks listed below. Passerines: Pallas’s Reed Bunting, Citrine, White and Yellow Wagtails, Bar-headed Goose, Grey-lag Goose, Black and White-winged Terns.

After check in our camp at Ugii Lake, we’ll have a bit rest for few minutes and then we will start bird watching around the lake. We will see thousands of Swan Geese at the south-western end of the lake. 

We will also see Ruddy Shelduck, Bar-headed Goose, most possibly Dalmatian Pelican, Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Common Goldeneye, Common Pochard, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Tern, Mongolian Gull, Rock Sparrow, Small Snowfinch, Mongolian Lark, etc. 

This site is the highest opportunity to see Pallas’ Fish Eagle, Relict Gull, White-tailed Eagle etc. After long time bird watching, we will back to Ugii Lake camp.

Overnight at a mongolian traditional ger tent.    

Q
Khustai National Park → Ugii Lake250 km 5h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Ugii Lake Camp

Ugii Lake

day
6
Ugii Lake → Karakorum

After breakfast, we will drive to the south to plant Poplar trees near town. 

Visit Kharkhorin, the symbolic ruins of the XIIIth century capital of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene-Zuu, the oldest monastery with 108 stupas, built in 1586. Then visit Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Ancient state period halls. 

Overnight at a mongolian traditional ger tent. 

Q
Ugii Lake → Karakorum70 km 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Munkhtenger Camp

Karakorum

day
7
Karakorum → Elsen Tasarkhai

After breakfast, we will head to the east towards marshlands and a mountain habitat. 

We will see Whooper swan, Oriental Reed Warbler, Black-throated Loon, White-naped Crane, Eastern Marsh Harrier, Citrine and Yellow Wagtails, Mongolian Larks, many other migrants. 

Overnight at a mongolian traditional ger tent.   

Q
Karakorum → Elsen Tasarkhai80 km 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Hoyor Zagal Camp

Elsen Tasarkhai

day
8
Elsen Tasarkhai → Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, we’re going to drive back to Ulaanbaatar city. 

We will stop for some birds along the way. In the evening, we will enjoy National Folklore Concert at Tumen Ekh Ensemble. Enjoy a farewell dinner and then relax at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.  

Q
Elsen Tasarkhai → Ulaanbaatar280 km 5h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Bayangol Hotel

Ulaanbaatar

day
9
Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to Chinggis Khaan International Airport.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Ulaanbaatar
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Bayangol Hotel

Terelj
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Terelj Lodge Resort

Khustai National Park
Y

Khustai Camp

Ugii Lake
Y

Ugii Lake Camp

Karakorum
Y

Munkhtenger Camp

Elsen Tasarkhai
Y

Hoyor Zagal Camp

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
4 pax
Double Sharing
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Sep 2018$2010$1375

Photos

White-cheeked Starling
Erdenezuu monastery, Karakorum
Red-throated Thrush
Turtle rock, Terelj National Park
National folklore concert, Ulaanbaatar
Wild horses, Khustai National Park
Bunting Pallas
Birdwatching

Map

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