Bird Tour in Gobi & Altai

The Gobi Desert is a large desert region in Asia. It covers parts of northern and northwestern China, and of southern Mongolia. The desert basins of the Gobi are bounded by the Altai Mountains and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north, by the Taklamakan Desert to the west, by the Hexi Corridor and Tibetan Plateau to the southwest, and by the North China Plain to the southeast. An average of approximately 194 millimetres (7.6 in) of rain falls annually in the Gobi. Additional moisture reaches parts of the Gobi in winter as snow is blown by the wind from the Siberian Steppes.  The climate of the Gobi is one of great extremes, combined with rapid changes of temperature of as much as 35 °C (63 °F). These can occur not only seasonally but within 24 hours.

There are small to large saline lakes including Taatsiin Tagaan Lake, Boon Tsagaan Lake and Orog Lake. These are prime birding location for the Gobi relict gull etc. Key bird species are Altai snowcock, Bearded vulture, Pallas’s sandgrouse, Mongolian ground-jay, Saxual sparrow, lesser whitethroat, Asian desert warbler, white-throated bushchat, rufous-streaked accentor, brown accentor and etc.  

Tour Detail

Saturday 26th MAY – Saturday 7th JUNE 2020 (Ulaanbaatar to Ulaanbaatar) FULL
Minimum Number required for trip to run: 3 people
Maximum Group Size: 7 people
Accommodation: 12 nights: 6 nights in tent, 4 in ger camp and 2 in hotel/guesthouse

Key Birds: Black-billed Cappercaillie, Chinese Bush Warbler, Kozlov’s Accentor, Oriental Plover, Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch, Mongolian Finch, Saxual Sparrow, Pallas’s Sandgrouse, Mongolian Ground Jay, Altai Snowcock, Relict Gull, Hodogson’s Bushchat, Eversmann’s Redstart, Asian Rosy-Finch, Altai Accentor, Asian Dowitcher, etc.

Our time will be focused on both birding and mammal watching with a strong focus on trying to see Pallas’s cat.

We will have a team of drivers, cooks and assistants in a convey of a Toyota Land Cruisers.


Brief Itinerary:

Day 00 (26th May): Departure

Day 01 (27th May): Songino and Nogoon Lake (Azure Tit, White-crowned Penduline Tit, Long-tailed Rose-finch, Daurian Partridge, Azure-winged Magpie, etc.), drive to Mungun Morit (230 km from Ulaanbaatar) – camp in tent

Day 02 (28th May): Mungun Morit (230 km from Ulaanbaatar) – camp in tent (Black-billed Cappercaillie, Chinese Bush Warbler, Red-throated Thrush, etc.), drive to Gun Galuut Lakes – ger camp

Day 03 (29th May): Gun Galuut Lakes – (shorebirds, Swan Goose, gulls, cranes, Baillon’s Crake, etc.) – ger camp

Day 04 (30th May): drive to Dalanzadgad city of Umnugobi aimag 650km – small hotel

Day 05 (31st May): Yol Valley (Kozlov’s Accentor, Oriental Plover, Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch, Mongolian Finch, etc.) – camp in tent

Day 06 (1st June): Khongor Sand Dune (Saxual Sparrow, Pallas’ Sandgrouse, Mongolian Ground Jay, etc.) – ger camp

Day 07 (2nd June): Baga Bogd Mountain (Altai Snowcock, etc.)

Day 08 (3rd June): Taatsiin Tsagaan Lake, Orog lake and Holboolj Lake- camp in tent

Day 09 (4th June): Boon Tsagaan Lake – camp in tent (Relict Gull, etc.)

Day 10 (5th June): Bayankhongor Province, Khukh Lake (Hodogson’s Bushchat, Eversmann’s Redstart, Asian Rosy-Finch, Altai Accentor, Altai Snowcock, Daurian Partridge, etc.) – camp in tent

Day 11 (6th June): Sangiin Dalai -camp in tent (Asian Dowitcher, etc.)

Day 12 (7th June): Departure

Bird Tour in Eastern Mongolia

The Eastern Mongolian Steppes are home to the largest remaining intact temperate grasslands on the Earth. This steppe ecosystem is characterized by treeless steppes on flat terrain and gently rolling hills, and wetlands. The Eastern Mongolian Steppes extend into the People’s Republic of China to the south and east and Siberian Russia to the north. Within this system, the eastern steppe is unique due to their intactness, relatively high altitude, and northern latitude. The main, distinctive characteristic of the region compared to other steppe ecosystems is that it is dominated by grass spanning thousands of square kilometers, with several species of bushes and shrubs. Although there is not much water in large parts of the steppe, there are small wetlands and lakes throughout Mongolia. These attract large numbers of waterfowl, especially during the migration seasons.

Of the 287 species of birds that summer in the steppe only 30 stay for the winter. Key bird species are common quail, swan goose, bean goose, bar-headed goose, swan, black stork, Lesser and common Kestrel, Amur Falcon, Eurasian Hobby, Saker Falcon, Eastern marsh-harrier, Eurasian Spparrowhawk, Upland Buzzard, Steppe eagle, Golden Eagle, Demoiselle Crane, Northern Lapwing, Pacific Golden Plover, Oriental Plover, Spotted redhank, marsh sandpiper, green sandpiper, Mongolian Gull, Pallas’s Sandgrouse, Eurasian Eagle-owl, Little owl, Long-eared owl, short-eared owl, small snowfinch, Siberian accentor, buntings and etc.


Tour Detail

Monday 27th May – Sunday 9th JUNE 2019 (Ulaanbaatar to Ulaanbaatar) STILL PLACE
Minimum Number required for trip to run: 3 people
Maximum Group Size: 7 people
Accommodation: 10 nights:

Key Birds: Black-billed Cappercaillie, Oriental Plover, Relict Gull, Asian Dowitcher, Gulls, Shore birds, ducks, other small birds, etc.

Brief Itinerary:

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