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Question: Mongolia Tour Snow Leopard

Hello

We would like to make a tour in Mongolie, from Ulaanbaatar from the 27 january until 10 February 2018

we are interesting in Fauna; snow leopard, pallas's cat, etc

I will appreciate that you contact me as soon as possible.

regards

Lucas et Patricia

Replies (3)

Tilek

Tilek 1 month ago

Hi Patricia,

Welcome to Mongolia. Im a local guide in western Mongolia, in Hovd. I used to work for nature conservation company under supervision of WWF and we have made many researches on snow leopard locations, seasonal movements and on their mating times annually. Our programme on Przewalskii horses is outdated because of our supporter in Switzerland. I have locations saved on my GPS so that I can bring you to the exact places where you can shoot videos and photos. I can guarantee you to show them. 

Warm ger stay, traditional food, comfortable 4 wheel drive and local guide will accompany youat all time. Please contact me if you are interested in joining us and hope we can collaborate! 

All the best. 

PS: I would like to send you the proposal after your reply, thanks.

Khanat

Khanat 1 month ago

Hello Patricia,

You welcome. Pls, see my proposal programme below. 

Explore Snow-Leopard and Golden Eagle

Snow Leopards are one of the most elusive of all the big cats in the world. Called Irbis by the Mongols. Most people will know it exists in the Himalaya, Pamir, Hindukush in Inner Asia. Actually, Mongolia (Mongolian Altai) has a reasonably large number of Snow Leopard (second only to China) and with its limited areas of suitable habitat, harbors the densest Snow Leopard populations in the world. Where live Argali Sheep and Siberian Ibex, there you have a chance to see Snow Leopard, who naturally prey on these wild animals rather than domestic livestock. You will learn about on this trip.

Kazakh Eagle hunting is Altai Kazakh tradition dating back about 2000 years (Marco Polo mentions it). Kazakh people use female eagles as they are one-third heavier than the males and far more aggressive. The eagles are trained to hunt hairs, wild cat, ibex, foxes and wolves (eagles have eight times more acute than humans), and release them to the hunter, who clubs the prey to death.

Day 1. Arrive UB

Arrive UB airport and meet by our guide. Transfer to hotel.

Today we will do city site seeing tour. Explore Gandan Monastery, Buddhist center in Ulaanbaatar. See,

Zanabazar Museum

Chojin Lama temple. Lunch time in a typical Mongolian Restaurant

The winter Palace

Buda Big Statue on the Hill

Central market (black) (one or two hours if we have time)

Typical folkloric Mongol performance (songs and dances), at the restaurant, during Dinner time (optional). Overnight at 4* hotel.

Day 2. Fly to Hovd and Drive to Chandman village near Jargalant Mountain

After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport. Arrive Hovd airport and meet by our team. Have a lunch in Hovd town. After lunch, we will drive towards Chandman soum, where they claim throat singing originates. The nomads live from livestock herding. On the way, we will see the Khar Us Nuur National Park, where WWF Mongolia is very active. The largest of the lakes is Khar Us Nuur (Black Water Lake). Overnight with nomadic family. (BLD)

Days 3-5. Explore Snow Leopard in Jargalant Mountain

These days, we explore Jargalant Hairhan Mountain and hike into Rashantiin Am (Spring Valley), a sacred valley. Here is a sacred spring which is being said to have medicinal properties, including good for eye diseases Jargalant Hairhan (Sacred Happiness) is a snow-capped mountain, which is the back drop of Khar Us Lake. Rashantiin Am is an eerie valley with bolder and poplars. The great lakes basin has the largest reedbeds in all of Central Asia, with many bird species as well as Saiga Antelope, the rare Wild Boar (in the reeds!), Snow Leopards, Gazelle, Wolves etc. (BLD)

Day 6. Drive to Blue Goat Nat.Park

After breakfast, we drive 160kms (4-5hrs ) to northwest to come Kazakh Eagle hunter-Onei’s summer spending place, which is located just on the north-west side of Blue Goat Nat. Park.

Meet Onei and his magnificent bird. Overnight with family. (BLD)

Days 7-9. Blue Goat Nat. Park

Every day hiking by the wild big remote mountains of Blue Goat Nat. Park, we can watch some Argalis, Ibexes and deer. This place has many wild endangers animals and birds like Snow leopard, Altai argali and Ibex, lynx, wolverine and bearded vulture, black vulture, different kinds of falcons, golden eagle, and others. Staying with Eagle hunter, you can learn Altai Kazakh Eagle hunting skills. Overnights with family. (BLD)

Day 10. Drive to Olgii

Today after 4-5hrs driving come to Blue Wolf gercamp in Olgii. City sightseeing. The bazaar in Olgii is interesting, as well as the mosque, which has been renovated in recent times. There are some very interesting back street handicraft shops and a well-stocked local museum. Overnight at local hotel. (BLD)

Day 11. Fly out

After breakfast, transfer to Olgii airport and fly to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to hotel.

Overnight at (4*) hotel. (B)

Day 12. Depart UB

After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport and depart UB. (B) 

Some recommendations: Eagle hunting season in Mongolia are from October to end of March. The western Mongolian winters are cold and dry with occasional snow, but most days have clean blue sky and strong sun. The temperature can fluctuate as much 5-10 degrees centigrade between day and night. /+20°+30° during a days and -+10°-5° of Celsius during a nights/

What to bring: 
Binoculars, 
Warm hat and gloves,
Long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear,
Prescription medications (if needed),
Money belt and small padlocks
Small first-aid kit
Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions
Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
Electrical adapter plug
Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes
Insect repellent
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)
2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)
Refillable water bottle
Phrase book
Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates
Wind and waterproof jacket
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
Camera and spare film (or recharge for digital cameras)

Transport: For eagle hunting, local Kazakh people use horses. The services of some herdsmen will be hired by the expedition, and they will provide us with their animals.

Staff: A local guide who speaks English and Mongolian will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow, with an assistant. In addition, the services of the local herdsmen will be hired along with their animals. The horsemen follow a traditional lifestyle in the areas where we will be riding.

Meals: Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt to both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips. There are always vegetables available, and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians on our trips. For breakfast we can usually buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area.

My price is: 1918$ per person, if you are 2 people.

It includes: Eng. guide, 3meals per day, overnights with nomadic families and local hotel in Olgii, sleeping matts and bag, 4x4 car, Kazakh eagle hunter and riding horses, nat. park ranger and permits. ULN-HVD and ULG-ULN flights.

It does not include: Personal needs, laundry and alcohol drinks.

Horol

Horol 1 month ago

Dear Lucas et Patricia

I would like to help you. Because we work with snow leopards protecting the project. That means we have the chance to show you snow leopards.

Thanks

Kind Regards

Hogy

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