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Mongolia Bird Watching Tour 10 - Days
Mongolia is home to over 400 species of birds. Mongolia has a rich composition of bird species due to the migration routes from Pacific and Indian Oceans to the Mediterranean Sea and to the Arctic Ocean and northern tundra. The best seasons to visit are the migration times.

In the Gobi you may see the desert warbler, houbara bustard, saxaul sparrow, sand goose, finch, cinereous vulture and many more. In the steppes: the gray demoiselle crane, a variety of hoopoes, odd eagle, vulture, upland buzzard, steppe eagle, variety of falcons including saker falcon, black kite and variety of owls and hawks. In the mountains: ptarmigan, finch, woodpecker, owl, Lammergeyers, Altai snowcock. In the Lakes: Dalmtian pelicans, hooded cranes, relict gulls and bar headed geese.

Among most popular places for above-mentioned birds in Mongolia are Ugii Lake, Orkhon waterfall and Hugnu khan National park. These areas are the best spot to see forest, steppe and water birds.

Group size: 4 to 12 people
Tour cost: Starting US$ 1645
Schedule 2015: June 02 – 11, Aug 25 – Sep 03, Sep 08 – 17
Gun Galuut National park, Hustai NP, Ugii Lake, Erdene-Zuu Monastry, Tsogt Taij Monument, Orkhon Waterfall, diverse species of bird watching, nomad family, concert of National Folklore

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Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

After arriving in Ulaanbaatar, You'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your hotel. City sightseeing tour including a visit Gandan Monastery with its huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival. See the monks chanting, spin some prayer wheels and view the intricately embroidered thanks. In the afternoon visit to the bird exhibitions hall at the Natural History Museum. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)

Drive to Gun Galuut National Reserve and Terelj National Park

After breakfast, drive to Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve. We will see bird watching at the lakes Ayaga & Ikh-Gun. Wetland birds including White Naped Crane, Hooded Cranes, Whooper Swan, Swan Goose, and Black Stork. Then visit to the Terelj national park forest birds watching and exploring, taking pictures, enjoy wildlife, flora & fauna of the area. Overnight in the tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Drive to Hustai national park and Bird watching

After breakfast, drive to Hustai National Park and see the Takhi, the Asian wild horse and steppe birds. Enjoy hiking and photographing the charming landscape and bird watching. Visit Takhi's small museum and overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Drive to Bayan Lake, Tsagaan Lake, Zegst Lake, monument of Tsogt taij

After breakfast, today we will drive to Tsagaan Lake, Zegst Lake, Bayan Lake, - a great spot for water birds watching. Visit Tsogt Taij, the oldest monument, built in 1601. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Drive to Ugii Lake and visit a nomad family

After breakfast, we will drive to Ugii Lake - a great spot for water bird watching. You have opportunity to walk to the lakeside & mountain for exploring, taking pictures, enjoy wildlife, flora & fauna of the lake area. Then visit a local nomad family and horseback trail. Overnight tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Erdene-Zuu, the oldest Monastery

Today make a trip to the Orkhon Waterfall situated in Hangai Mountain National park. Water falls from height of 20 meters and the width of the stream at the point where forms the spectacular waterfall is 10 meters. It is great opportunity to bird watching to the area along the Orkhon river. On the way we visit the site of Karakorum, which was the capital city of Great Mongol Empire founded in the 13th century by Genghis Khan. You will also visit the oldest Monastery Erdene-Zuu built in 1586, with 108 stupas. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Bird watching and visit the Tuvkhun monastery

Today is yours to explore and discover the Orkhon waterfall - a great spot for bird watching and fishing. We will also visit the Tuvkhun monastery. On the peak of the Undur shireet with 2312 meters high, this locates in boundary of Arkhangai and Uvurkhangai aimags. It was erected by Zanabazar (1st Bogd Gegeen in Mongolia) in 1654 on the smooth grand of the south slope of steep rock with 20 meters high has 14 small temples. He created his famous script "Soyombo" there in 1680. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Bird watching and visit the Sangiin Dalai Lake

Depart overland to Hugnu khan National park which is a unique area combining of forest and sand dunes. The area is the best spot to see forest and steppe birds. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and city tour options

Early morning, drive to Huduu Lake - a great spot to see water birds watching. After the lunch drive back from the camp to Ulaanbaatar. You may choose an optional city tour where you will be taken to souvenir and cashmere shops before enjoying an evening concert of National Folklore. Overnight in the hotel. (B+L+D)

Departure Mongolia.

You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. (B)

B - Breakfast        L - Dinner        D - Dinner

Tour Information

The best time to make this trip: May to September is the best season, with the peak season in July for the Naadam Festival. July and August are also the wettest months of the year, but be assured; our climate is such that you will still have many sunny days at this time.

Accommodation: We believe that comfortable, welcoming accommodation is vital to the enjoyment of your trip. You will be stay in a standard 3-4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar and a tourist ger camp (traditional dwelling) with currency (220V), shower and other useful services (2 or 4 people per ger) in the countryside. All accommodation offered by Discover Mongolia is personally checked by our staff to ensure high standards.

Meals: In Ulaanbaatar, you will be dining at fine European and Asian cuisine restaurants. Mutton, beef, rice and noodles form the basis of the Mongolian diet, so your meals will be based around this. However, the trail rations may include vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and sometimes yak! On some days there will be lunchboxes from tourist camps. It is good food and our experience has been that guests are happy with this arrangement. Please let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian. Alcohol is not provided on the trip but tourists are free to bring their own.

Transport: Discover Mongolia use the highest level, latest model, air-conditioned private vans or 4WD vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days. A day's drive in the countryside will be approx 200-250km.

Guide: An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.

Personal things to bring with you: Warm thin layers of clothing are the best such as bring a waterproof jacket, sandals and a hat and headscarf to protect you from the sun and winds. Don't forgot insect repellent, sun cream, lip-gloss and first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you ). All your camera equipment.

Dates & Price

2014 Dates



June 02 – 11



Aug 25 – Sep 03


Sep 08 – 17


2015 Dates



June 02 – 11



Aug 25 – Sep 03


Sep 08 – 17


Services included in the price


Shared accommodation in the hotel


Shared accommodation in tourist ger camp

Guiding and interpreting service

All meals as listed in the itinerary

Daily supply of bottled water

Transfers by vehicle 4x4

Local guides

All entrance fees

Horse ride trial

Services not included in the price

International airfare

Personal equipments

Optional activity cost


Excess baggage charges

Single room supplement

Alcoholic drinks

Travel Insurance

All prices are USD per person based on double occupancy. Single supplements are only available at hotels.
Single gers cannot be guaranteed. If a suitable roommate is not available,
a single supplement fee ($70) will be invoiced.

Feed back

Thank you for our delightful short travel in Mongolia. Most sincerely, Lisa Pearl from USA. 2011 Sep

Dear Oyunaa,
We had a lovely tour with Dawa and Nanida. We enjoyed every minute of their company. Dawa was very knowledgeable and gave us a meaningful appreciation for Mongolian history, culture, and land. I wonder if you could pass along this email to her because I never got to thank her in person. I got rushed into our hotel to confirm our reservation.

Thank you for our delightful short travel in Mongolia. Anna and Tomislav from Sweden 2010 Oct

Dear Tuvshinbat,
We are working a lot since we came back from Mongolia, so we don't have time even to see all the amazing photos we made there. Anyway we would like to thank you one more time for everything you did for us, and for wonderful time you helped us to have in you're country. It was unique experience, Mongolia is a beautiful place, one of the best holidays we had so far, and we would definitely like to visit it again and see and learn more. We are a big commercial for you, and i hope more people will come and share our experience.
And we would also like to express our gratitude for the two lovely people we meet at the station, and whiteout whom we will be probably lost in the mountain or at the black market. :) Ms. Boloroo and you're friend Mr. Sugar are excellent guides and friends.
I hope we will be back and next time we'll meet you as well, and we wish you all the best.

Best regards,

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