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Bird Watching Tour in Mongolia 2019

Bird Watching Tour in Mongolia:

Mongolia is a vast country with diverse natural zones and landscapes that represen taiga through Gobi desert. Country is mostly steppe, but taiga forest in the north, high mountain in the west and grassland in the east and Gobi desert in the south. At 1.564.600 square kilometer area, 2.9 million people live in Mongolia. About 45% of entire population of the country lives in capital city Ulan Bator. Many of the of Mongolians still live with the way of nomadic lifestyle.

Up to date 476 species of birds have been recorded in Mongolia. During the birding tour it is possible to see around 200 species including Altai Snowcock, Relict Gull, Pallas’s Gull, Oriental Plover, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Saxaul Sparrow, Swan Goose, Bar-headed Goose, Black-billed Capercaillie, Wallcreeper, Desert Wheatear, Asian Desert Warbler, Azure Tit, White-crowned Penduline Tit and Kozlov’s Accentor.

This fascinating tour give us an opportunity to birding in the most beautiful area of  Mongolia  and experience the way of nomadic herder’s life and culture as well as to enjoy the spectacular scenery of central and south Mongolia.

Tour Leader: Javkhlantogs

He graduated in biology from Mongolian National University. He has been working on various ornithological and wildlife research projects and leading Hovd Tour’s birding expeditions, birdwatching  tours and wildlife tours in Mongolia since 1998. He is one of the leading Bird Guide in the country. 

On arrival we transfer to the hotel and spend a little time getting organised before exploring the city: Gandan Monastery, Mongolia’s largest monastery and the centre of Buddhism. Here you will see the impressive Golden Buddha Statue of Migjid Janraisig. Given time, the group should visit the National History Museum with its fascinating exhibition of Genghis Khan. In the evening we have a briefing and group meal. (D)

An relaxing breakfast, we will meet the guide and then drive to Terelj National Park (70 km). Afternoon we will reach beautiful Terelj national park and visit a horseman family, experience the nomadic life and culture and horseriding.  We will see Hazel Grouse, Pallas’s leaf Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Three-toed Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Willow Tit, Wood Nuthatch, Olive-backed Pipit, Daurian Redstart and Daurian Jackdaw. Enjoy stone grilled real Mongolian BBQ for Dinner at tourist ger camp and overnight at the camp. (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we will drive to Khan Khentii Mountain for Capercaille and other forest birds. On the way, we will visit Chinggis Khan Satatue. The statue is 40m high and is erected for in memory of the Great Khan. Also it is largest horse statue in the world.The Khentii Mountains  are a mountain range in the Tov and Khentii Provinces in east north Mongolia. The chain overlaps the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area and includes Mongolia's sacred mountain, Burkhan Khaldun, which is associated with the origin of Genghis Khan. The range forms the watershed between the Arctic Ocean (via Lake Baikal) and the Pacific Ocean basins. Rivers originating in the range include the Onon, Kherlen, and Tuul. Overnights in tent camping  (B,L,D)

Today, we will drive to and full day birding in Gun Galuut Nature Reserve. There two different lakes and wetland in this place. We will see White-naped Crane, Demoiselle Crane, White-winged Scoter, Amur Falcon, Eurasian Hobby, Mongolian Lark, Small Snowfinch, Pied Wheatear, Black-necked Grebe, Blyth’s Pipit, Pallas’s Reed Bunting and Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Common Shelduck, Eurasian Curlew and Black Stork. Siberian Crane and Hooded Crane have been recorded at this site. Overnight in tent camping  (B,L,D)

In the morning, we will drive to Ulaanbaatar and we will do further sightseeing tour including Natural History Museum or Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum. In the afternoon free time for shopping and relax. Have a farewell dinner. Overnight in hotel. (B)

Early in the morning, we will drive to the Ulaanbaatar pond (sewage pond) and Tuul River to see Azure Tit, White-crowned Penduline Tit, Yellow-breasted Bunting, Swan Goose, Grey Heron, Black-headed Gull, Long-tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Black Kite, Brown Shrike and Paddyfield Warbler. During migration period we can catch up many other migrants at the same time. We will have a packed lunch. Later afternoon we will head to Khustai National Park (95 km from UB) and reach the park . We will see wild horse-Takhi in thier pasture. Wild horse Takhi having been reintroduced from Holland on international project. Dinner and overnight in tourist camp. (B,L,D)

In the early  morning we will drive to Ugii Lake which is one of the steppe lakes with reed beds. We will see Pallas’s Fish Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Bar-headed Goose and Swan Goose. On the way we will see Demoiselle Cranes, Horned Lark, Asian Short-toed Lark, and Mongolian Lark. Then we will drive to Karakorum. Arrive at Kharkhorin, ancient Capital of Great Mongolian Empire and Erdenezuu Monastery, The Monastery is oldest and the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. The monastery is surrounded by beautiful white walls with 108 stupas, founded by Avtai Sain Khan in 1586. Kharakhorum was established in the valley of the Orkhon River and was formerly a great capital city built in 1235, by Ogoodei Khan, Chingish khaan's third son. It was one of the stops along the Legendary Silk Road. It was the capital city of the Mongolian Great Empire until Khubilai Khaan, a grandson of Genghis Khaan, moved the capital to Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty. Overnight in the tourist ger camp  (B,L,D)

We will drive to Sangiin Dalai Lake and continue to see birds. We can see Upland Buzzard, Cinereous Vulture, Horned Grebe, Blyth’s Pipit, Small Snowfinch, Eurasian Spoonbill, Black-throated Loon, Whooper Swan, Citrine Wagtail, Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler and Mongolian Gull. In the late evening we will arrive at Bayankhongor town and overnight hotel  (B,L,D)

Today we will drive to Khokh Lake which is located in the Khangai mountain range which stretches from central Mongolia to the western border. It runs in parallel along the northern side of the Altai. The mountainscape is gradually morphs into the steppes of eastern Mongolia. This geographical mixture creates a number of very interesting landscapes within manageable distance, and leads to a rich diversity in both flora and fauna. Here we will see White throated Bushchat, Asian Rosyfinch, Rufous backed Redstart, Altai snow Cock, Himalayan Accentor, White-winged Redstart. Overnights in tent camping  (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we will drive to Boon Tsagaan Nuur. It is one of the largest lakes in Lakes Valley. It is a famous place for Relit Gull. We will see Relict Gull, Pallas’s Gull, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Caspian Tern, Swan Goose, Bar-headed Goose, Eurasian Spoonbill, Common Tern, White-winged Tern and Kentish Plover.Overnight at tent. We will put up our camp and go for bird watching around Boon Tsagaan Nuur. Oriental Plover and Greater Sand Plover have been reported on the way to the lake. We will see first Pallas’s Sandgrouses before we get in lake. Overnight in tent. (B,L,D)

In the morning we will drive to Orog Nuur where is the place to see Relict Gull. Upon arrival at Orog Lake, we will pitch up our tent camp and go for bird watching around Orog Nuur. We will see Great Egret, White-naped Crane, Demoiselle Crane, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Ferruginous Duck, Greylag Goose and Paddyfield Warbler, Rock Sparrow, Hoopoe, Desert Wheatear and Little Tern. Overnight in tent. (B,L,D)

We will drive to Ikh Bogd mountain which is part of the Gobi Altai mountain range. We will see Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Brown Accentor, Chukar Partridge, Brown Shrike, White-winged Snowfinch, Northern Wheatear, Pied Wheatear, Lammergeier and some other mountain species. Overnight in tent camping  (B,L,D)

We will drive heading to Khongor Sand dunes where is Mongolian largest sand dunes 180 km long, up to 800m high, known as "the singing sands". It easy to climb up to highest Dune and can see amazing views of the Gobi, camel trekking, photography. And go for bird watching. Overnight at tourist GER camp. We will walk along the stream and look for Saxaul Sparrow in small scale of Saxaul forest. We will also see Steppe Grey ShrikeIsabelline Shrike and Upland Buzzard. Overnight in tourist ger camp  (B,L,D)

We will drive to the Yoliin Am in Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. On the way we will stop at middle of Saxaul forest to see Asian Desert Warbler and Saxaul Sparrow. Overnight in tent camping  (B,L,D)

In the early morning, we will bird for Yolyn am valley to see Altai snowcockMongolian or Kozlov’s AccentorWallcreeper, Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Beautiful Rosefinch, Black Redstart, Twite, Mongolian Finch, Crag Martin, White-winged Snowfinch, Alpine Accentor, Brown Accentor and Godlewski’s Bunting etc. Today we will dedicate full day birding in Yolyn Am. This place is also good for mammals such as Siberian Ibex, ground squirrel, Mongolian and Daurian Pikas. Overnight in tourist ger camp. (B,L,D)

Today we fly back to Ulaanbaatar to enjoy the capital and the comforts of our hotel. In the evening we will see fascinating performance of traditional folk songs, throat singing, and beautiful melody of horse-headed fiddle, ethnic dances and artistic contortion. (B,L,D)

Please Note: Bird pictures and full itinerary are available on your request


26 May-10 June, 2019
14 June-30 June, 2019

Group size:

Group size Limit: 8-12 people

Tour length:

16 days/15 nights

Tour cost:

$3,850.00 USD per person for 2-3 pax:
$3,500.00 USD per person for 4-7 pax:
$3,150.00 USD per person for 8-12 pax: including taxes.

Tour price include:
• All accommodation: twin bedded rooms in hotel, sharing tourist Ger camp and tent
• All transport as listed in itinerary and Airport transfers.
• All meals as listed in itinerary. (breakfast-B, lunch-L and dinner-D).
• All entrance fees of attractions.
• English speaking guide  


Tour price not include:
• International flights
• Visa and passport fees
• International departure taxes and excess baggage fees
• Insurances of any kind
• Hotel porterage
• All items of personal nature: Laundry, room service charges, phone call, drinks etc.
• Alcoholic drinks
• Tips   

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Client's comment

Just a quick email to thank you and all your people for a well organised and enjoyable tour. We arrived back on Saturday and have just finished unpacking. We are pleased with our photos of Mongolia and will forward some pictures of birds for you to identify.
Thanks again........
Terry Briggs
Dr S Subba Rao (England,UK)

Hi Ganaa and Buyant
I can confirm that Hovd Tour organised a fantastic
Mongolian adventure for me. From the greeting at the airport I was filled with confidence that I was in capable hands and my feelings were proved correct.
At no time did I ever feel uneasy whilst such a long way from home, my guides were always on hand and their English is excellent, there was never a dull moment from start to finish.
I would not hesitate to recommend Hovd Tour too you, they are a very capable and reputable organisation who can tailor any kind of holiday you desire. I will most certainly be using their services again....
James Singlehurst  (Uk)


Dear Hovd Tour Team, 

We had a wonderful time with our tour guide Biba and driver Hosoo. Thank you so much for organizing the trip. I hope we can visit again in the future and we would love to go with Hovd Tour again. 


Caroline and Vincent

Hey Everyone !!!
How is everyone after this great adventure in Bayan Olgii ???
Here back to Tokyo daily life was a bit hard at the beginning , everything so stressful and speedy... one minute is one minute  can never be  late .... aaaaaaa too much !!!
I really really enjoyed this trip with your company all, really great time and a lot's of Fun and many laugh, I think I haven't laugh that much since long time !! Thank you very much for Hovd Tour.
Julien &Alexandra (France & Japan) 

Hi Buyant and Ganaa
Greetings from Sydney, wishing you all well and an enjoyable summer full of sunshine. Once again, thank you very much for a great trip around Mongolia.
Deryn and Jo (Australia)


Many thanks for the warm welcome at the camp. We really enjoyed our travels in Mongolia and looking forward to returning in the future.
All the best....
David (UK)

Thanks Ganaa,
It was a great trip and your camp really made us feel at home after a long day on the road.
Thanks for your hospitality.
All the best....
Steve (UK)

Ganaa my friend for life
I would like to thank you for organising our tour of UB and the
neighboring countryside last year. Thanks to you we saw some great sights
in the city - some of historical interest and others of great beauty! I
particularly enjoyed our trip to the market, where your local knowledge and
humor proved invaluable. Without your help, I would never have had the
opportunity to experience a night out in the 'Countryside' with a
traditional Mongolian family.
The horse riding will forever
remain in my memory......
Chris and Ramsay

Hi Hovd Tour
We had amazing time in Mongolia. We enjoyed the horse trek very much in the nice countryside around Valley of Orkhon River.
Ingram & Katerin (Sweden)