Birding in Mongol Daguur grassland and Gobi desert
The Mongol Daguur is designated as in the list of Wetlands of International Importance, Important Birds Area (MNO66), East Asian Crane Site, UNESCO-MAB, UNESCO World Heritage, Daurian International Protected Area, WWF ECO 200, Mongolian Strictly Protected Area and EAAF  network site. It is a flat plain with rolling hills lying in the Ulz river basin. It is an area made up of moist Daurian steppe with lakes and ponds of different sizes, rivers, streams and wetland areas including reed beds. The larger lakes support tens of thousands of molting water birds in summer. Congregatory waterbirds occurring at the site in numbers exceeding 1% of their flyway populations include Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus, Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo, Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus, Bean Goose Anser fabalis, Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea, White-naped Crane Grus vipio, Common Crane Grus grus, Hooded Crane Grus monacha, Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo and Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus. Hundreds of Demoiselle Crane and White-naped Crane can be seen in many locations in Mongol Daguur. Because of the large number of cranes occurring there, the site was designated as an Important Crane Site in North-East Asia. The site also supports an assemblage of species restricted to the Eurasian steppe and desert biome.
Brief Daily Itinerary
Day 1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Enjoy a short city tour followed by a welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant
Day 2. Fly to the eastern steppes
In the morning, fly over the vast eastern grassland to Choibalsan city. We will traverse through world’s last remaining untouched steppe ecosystem. Our staff will set up expedition style tents each evening.
Day 3-7. Eastern Lakes and Mongol Daguur Ecosystem
Spend these days exploring many of the important habitat areas and the unique Mongol Daguur ecosystem.
Day 8. Ulaanbaatar
We will fly back to Ulaanbaatar and overnight at hotel. While in the city, we will have an opportunity to visit some of the best museums and enjoy fine dining.
Day 9-14. Gobi Desert
During these days we will explore the unique Gobi Desert, its vast Gobi basins and Hongoryn Els Sand dunes. Many important steppe species will be seen. Contrary to what many think, the Gobi flora and fauna is surprisingly diverse and rich.
Day 15-16. Ulaanbaatar
We return back to Ulaanbaatar, enjoy last minute shopping and sightseeing opportunities and depart Mongolia.
- Travel through Mongolia’s vast eastern grassland and the steppe, learning about their ecosystem and searching for the wildlife
- Explore the Mongol Daguur ecosystem and its many important bird habitat areas
- Visit the Gobi desert and ride two-humped Mongolain camels on the sand dunes
- Enjoy meeting with nomads and exploring the nomadic culture of Mongolia
DATES & PRICING
June 2 – 16, 2019
$4,650 per person, standard twin occupancy
$4,350 per person, standard twin occupancy
6 and more travelers:
$4,200 per person, standard twin occupancy
$650 per person
ACCOMMODATIONS & TRANSPORTATION
Hotel Ulaanbaatar is conveniently located in downtown Ulaanbaatar and is a very well established hotel with a friendly staff. All major atractions of UB are located with a walking distance of the hotel.
In the Gobi mountains, we will be staying expedition style tents. It is one of the best camping grounds in the entire country and be sure to watch for the northern stars and the entire Milkyway spanning over us!
Throughout the rest of the program, you will be staying at cozy and authentic ger camps with western bathroom and restaurant facilities. Most visitors find staying in gers as one of the highlights of their trip to Mongolia.
Land transportation is provided by Toyota Land Cruisers, seating up to 3 passangers per vehicle. Some roads can be bumby and hard but our drivers are some of the most experienced and reliable in Mongolia.