Research Snow Leopards on the Western Mongolia, 24 Days
Day 1 (16th/Mar). Mongol Sand Dune.
After breakfast, we will drive to Mongol sand dunes where semi-desert, Rocky Mountains, small lake etc…, beautiful landscape. We are going to ride camels and hike around the sand dunes. We can possibly see the sunset brilliantly in the area.
Day 2 (17th/Mar). Bayankhongor-Shargaljuut Hot spring.
The Shargaljuut Hot Spring is popular since ancient times. It has been used for 300 years because of its medicinal qualities.The sulfur-rich Shargaljuut, with its 108 springs, is known for its curative powers. Its healing waters stream out of granite and crystal rocks at temperatures from +45C to +96C. Its waters agitate blood vessels and help blood circulation and internal secretions. Each of Shargaljuut’s springs is dedicated to healing a different part of the body. This hot spring is said to be effective for skin diseases, blood pressure problems, stomach ailments, rheumatic fever and diseases affecting the nervous system.
Day 3 (18th/Mar): Altai Town.
Also nice having showered and take rest after several days.
Day 4 (19th/Mar): Khoit Tsenkher Cave.
The biggest cave in Mongolia. Originating in the Paleolithic period, the rock art found in Khoit Tsenkher Cave includes symbols and animal forms painted on the walls up to the ceiling.Stags, buffalo, oxen, ibex, lions, Argali sheep, antelopes, camels, elephants, ostriches, and other animal pictorials are present, often forming a palimpsest of overlapping images. The paintings appear brown or red in color and are stylistically similar to other Paleolithic rock art from around the world
Day 5 (20th/Mar): Drive to Khovd
The history of Hovd dates back about 240 years. The Hovd town was a trade center, located on the northern Silk Road with connections to Russia and China. At the north end of town, there is a ruined fort where the Manchu dynasty Viceroy lived with his troops. An area of about 4 ha was fenced with 3m high and 2m wide walls. Mongolian revolutionaries chased Manchu out in 1912. While the Manchus were ruling, they planted trees along the main streets that can still be seen today.
Day 6-7 (21-22nd/Mar): Eagle Festival at Blue Goat National park
Day 8-12 (23rd-27th/Mar): Blue goat National Park. To research snow leopards in the park.
Day 13 (28th/Mar): Ulgii town. Hometown of Mongolian Kazakhs. Nauriz
After many day hiking and searching snow leopards that is nice to have shower take a rest in the hotel. Ulgii is the hometown of Mongolian Kazakhs established 1911. There is also a museum that we can visit. The province museum gives an excellent of an overview of Kazakh culture and of the geography of Bayan-Olgii. The 2nd floor is devoted to history, and the 3rd floor has some interesting displays; entry costs T 1000.
Olgii's mosque and madrasah (Islamic place of learning) are worth a quick look. The mosque holds the offices of the Islamic Centre of Mongolia. Its unusual angle is due to its orientation to Mecca.
Day 14(29th/Mar) The Tsagaan Shuvuut SPA is located north of Uureg Lake and covers 35,970 hectares in the territory of the Sagil sum (county) of Uvs Province, western Mongolia. Tsagaan Shuvuut Mountain lies in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion, which is selected by WWF as one of most important 200 ecological sites of the world and is a key link between snow leopard and prey populations in the Altai and other ranges of Northwest Mongolia. It also connects the snow leopards in Russia, which is located at the northernmost edge of their global range and provides important gene exchange. The landscape in this area is very broken, with the highest peak, Tsagaan shuvuut (white bird), being 3,496 meters above sea level. From little springs in the park start many rivers flowing to Uureg Lake. The park is home to 72 species of mammals, including endangered snow leopards, wild mountain sheep-argali, and ibex-the mountain goat. It has also been selected as an International Geosphere-Biosphere Monitoring site and World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Dry stream beds Khoid sair (Northern dry stream bed) and Omno sair (Southern dry stream bed) are known to hold one of the densest snow leopard populations in Mongolia. The Tsagaan Shuvuut mountain range is located on the border of Mongolia and Russia where there are many ongoing transboundary conservation activities and cooperation of Mongolia and Russian parks to protect endangered snow leopard and other biodiversity species and ecosystems.
Day 15-19 (30th/Mar-3nd/apr): Snow Leopard
Day 20 (4rd/Apr): Uvs
On the way to the National park, we will spend a night in the town Uvs where is a capital of province Uvs. We can have shower here and we will buy food supply for next days
Day 20 (4th/Apr): Songino Village. Beautiful landscape and visit nomad families.
Day 21 (5th/Apr): Drive to Terkh White Lake - is an astonishingly beautiful lake with relatively pure fresh water. Torrents of lava issuing from the Khorgo volcano blocked the north and south Terkh Rivers, so forming the dammed lake of Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake at an altitude of 2060 meters above sea level. Khorgo Uul volcano (2.965m) - is an extinct volcano, which lies east of the Terkh White Lake. The Khorgo volcano is covered with basalt. It has been protected since 1965, fully in 1997, to safeguard spectacular mountain scenery and endangered fauna and flora.
Day 22 (6th/Apr): Drive to Kharkhorin. The oldest and one of the most attractive monasteries Erdene Zuu locates in Kharkhorin. The Erdenezuu monastery was established in 1585 by Abtai Sain King and built by Mongolian, Tibetan, and Chinese architectors.
Day 23 (7th/Apr): Drive to “Lun” village.
Overnight at a nomad family near Lun village – stay with family and have a traditional Mongolian barbeque called “Khorkhog”. On the way, we will stop at Khustai national park to watch wild horses Takhi, widely known as “Prejevalski horse”. Khustain Nuruu has good vegetation, springs, birch forest and rocks which are suitable for many wild animals including 46 species of mammals and 172 species of birds.
Day 24 (8th/Apr): Back to UB