Snow Leopard Tour Mongolia | Ultimate Wildlife Photo Adventure 2021/2022

15 days from $4980

Mongolia Snow Leopard Tour is dedicated for those who seek wild and ultimate photographic adventure to capture the elusive Snow Leopard and iconic mammals in their natural habitat. Based on our years of wildlife photography experiences and partnering with local rangers this special tour is designed well and run successfully. Mongolian Altai region, home to the largest snow Leopard population in Mongolia and rare wildlife, lying on 2000m-3500m (m.a.sl.) which gives a higher chance to see rare Snow Leopard and allows us to photograph Argali sheep, Siberian ibex, Grey wolf, Pallas’s cat and some rare species of raptors. Take a once-in-lifetime adventure to the remote Altai Mountains in west Mongolia with experienced photographer Batzaya Choijiljav and wildlife specialists, visiting golden eagle hunters to learn ancient falconry traditions, photograph real hunting scenes and experiencing nomads’ winter lifestyle before heading to the mountains. Read the about previous trip  

Highlights

Key Info

Physical level: Advanced Physical level: Advanced
Photography & Filming Photography & Filming
Birding & Wildlife Birding & Wildlife

Tour Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1.

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel. Have lunch at a restaurant and relax for a while in a hotel room. Depending on your arrival time, we take a city tour with the Gandan Monastery, the National Museum of Mongolia, and Sukhbaatar Square (also known as Chinggis Khaan Square). (L/D)

in the hotel

Day 2.

Flight to Ulgii Town

Take a flight to Ulgii town, the center of Bayan-Ulgii province where 90% of population is Kazakhs who have their own language and unique culture. Meet the local team and have a visit to Kazakh family. This is a day of cultural exploration: local women decorate their gers in a dazzling array of colors hand crafted felt carpets line the floor and delicately-embroidered tapestries adorn the walls, with each design unique to a particular family. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 3

Visit eagle hunter family

Today we drive to Sagsai village to experience ancient eagle hunting tradition and nomadic culture. Winter is the season for hunting with eagles. We have a chance to photograph and learn about authentic hunting methods. The Kazakh Berkutchi /eagle hunter/ saddle up to go for a hunt to the mountains with their trained Golden eagles. The hunter golden eagle can catch small prey such as hares, Corsac, and foxes. Spend one day with hunter golden eagles, learn ancient falconry tradition which is still kept among Kazakh people in west Mongolia, try local food, and learn a new culture. (B/L/D)

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in the family

Day 4.

Heading to the Altai Mountains

Time to leave the family and start the first wilderness day. Heading to the Snow Leopard habitat, drive through the rocky but snowy mountains, enjoy Mongolia’s winter wild west, clear blue sky and feel what winter wildness offers us. In the late afternoon we arrive at the base camp in the beautiful slopes of the mountains. Sleep in the Ger, the Mongolian traditional home which is the perfect dwelling for the winter camping. (B, L, D)

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in the tent

Day 5-12.

Searching for Snow Leopard

The adventure begins today. Spend some of the special adventurous days of your lifetime in the isolated mountains in search of the emblematic wild Snow Leopard. We take daily trekking around the highest chances of sightings where our previous travels completed successfully with the highlighted of three beautiful Snow leopards spotted at a time. The destination we arrived at, home the largest population of snow leopard also gives a good chance to photograph its wild prey such as Siberian ibex, Argali-wild sheep, and other wild animals and raptors while trekking.

Warmings and lunch provided during the treks when we need it, our guide or ranger inform us when they spotted the elusive cat and its prey, our photo instructor eager to help to photograph the wildlife at its best views and positions in the best times. The altitude is about at 2800m (m.a.s.l), and the average day temperature in mid-winter about – 25 Celsius degrees and at nights it drops to – 40 Celsius degrees but traditional dwelling is the perfect and classic accommodation for this harsh weather condition. Healthy warm meals, hot drinks, and all we need to have in the cold weather will be served. A portable battery charger and other needed equipment will be provided. We just need to scan the areas in search of mountain ghost and their prey. (B/L/D)

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in the tent

Day 13.

Drive back to Ulgii

Today we drive back to Ulgii town. Arrive at the hotel and relax. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 14.

Back to Ulaanbaatar

Take a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Option to go shopping for souvenirs and cashmere products. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 15.

Departure

Transfer to Chinggis Khaan International Airport or Train station and depart Mongolia. (B)

Prices & Inclusions

Prices & Inclusions
Group size Price/Per person
1 pax 7780$
2 pax 5910$
3 pax 5310$
4 pax 4980$

Includes

Accommodation: Hotel***** and ger, tent 

Guiding and interpreting service 

Wildlife & Photo specialist guide

Full board meals

Domestic flights (UB-Ulgii-UB)

Transport: vehicle 4x4 or minivan

Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks

Camping equipment

Not Includes

International airfare 

Personal equipment

Optional activity cost 

Excess baggage charges

Alcoholic drinks 

Travel Insurance

The extra cost for photography in museums

Tip for guide, driver, etc

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