Birding in the gobi, steppe and high mountains of Mongolia

(🗓️ DATE: June 2 - 16, 2024)


The Gobi Desert and Central Mongolian grasslands are home to some of Mongolia’s most diverse and endemic bird species. While exploring the valleys, slopes, and ridges, you may encounter a wide range of mountain species, including: Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier), Chukar Partridge, Himalayan Griffon, Cinereous Vulture, Booted and Golden Eagles, Water Pipit, Black Redstart, Alpine Accentor, Brown Accentor, nearly endemic Kozlov’s Accentor, Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch, Twite, Godlewski’s Bunting, Pallas’s Reed Bunting, Common Rock Thrush, and with luck, Grey-necked Bunting, Red-mantled Rosefinch, and Spotted Great Rosefinch.

In the Yol Valley, flocks of White-winged Snowfinches are often seen confidently feeding along the trail. Further north, Boon Tsagaan Lake, covering 252 km² at 1,312 m above sea level, is the largest lake in the Valley, measuring 24 km in length and 11 km in width with an average depth of 9.6 m. It is a prime site for watching Relict Gull, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Dalmatian Pelican, Mute Swan, and various waterfowl and waders. The lake supports several globally threatened species and is a crucial area for their breeding and congregation before migration. The trip concludes at Hustai Nuruu National Park, one of Mongolia’s best-managed conservation areas, known for its unique animal kingdom.




  • Stunning Landscapes: Explore the Gobi Desert, grasslands, and valleys.
  • Unique Wildlife: Spot rare and endemic birds like the Bearded Vulture and Golden Eagle.
  • Cultural Immersion: Stay in authentic ger camps with Western amenities.
  • Comfortable Stays: Cozy expedition-style tents and well-equipped camps.
  • Expert Guidance: Experienced drivers and knowledgeable guides.
  • Scenic Drives: Reliable Toyota Land Cruisers for rugged terrain.
  • Starry Nights: View the northern stars and the Milky Way.


  • Nature Lovers: Appreciate diverse ecosystems and wildlife.
  • Birdwatchers: See rare and endemic bird species.
  • Adventurers: Unique, off-the-beaten-path experiences.
  • Cultural Enthusiasts: Experience traditional Mongolian lifestyle.
  • Photographers: Capture stunning landscapes and wildlife.
  • Conservationists: Learn about managed wildlife areas like Hustai Nuruu National Park.

Brief Daily Itinerary

Day 1. June 2. Ulaanbaatar
Day 2. June 3. Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountain NP
Days 3-4. June 4-5. Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mt / Flaming Cliffs
Day 5-6. June 6-7. Khongoryn Els dunes
Day 7. June 8. Khongoryn Els dunes / Orog Lake
Day 8. June 9. Orog Lake
Day 9-10. June 10-11. Boon Tsagaan Lake
Day 11. June 12. Arvaikheer city
Day 12. June 13. Arvaikheer / Sangiin Dalai / Hustai NP
Day 13. June 14. Hustai National Park
Day 14. June 15. Hustai National Park / Ulaanbaatar
Day 15. June 16. Departure



2 travelers:$4,590 per person, standard twin occupancy

3-5 travelers: $4,370 per person, standard twin occupancy

6-9 travelers: $4,150 per person, standard twin occupancy

10 and more travelers: $3,850 per person, standard twin occupancy

Optional single supplement:$650 per person


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Prices Include:

  • Domestic flights as indicated in the itinerary; 

  • Land transportation as indicated in the itinerary based on using Toyota Land Cruiser jeeps seating 3 passengers each;

  • Accommodations in a standard room at hotels, gers in the countryside based on a twin occupancy and expedition style camping in the countryside;

  • Airport arrival and departure transfers;

  • Sleeping bags; expedition style tents and mats;

  • All meals indicated as B, L or D; 

  • All entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary;

  • Guest lecturer’s Mongolia land expenses and participation;

  • English speaking national guide throughout your stay;

  • Bottled water per person per day and unlimited supply of boiled waters.

Prices do not include:

    • International airfare;
    • Personal laundry;
    • Drinks not mentioned in the itinerary;
    • Travel insurance;
    • Medical evacuation costs;
    • Excess baggage charges;
    • Visa fees;
    • Gratuities;
    • Photography and video fees
    • Any other item not mentioned as included.