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Snow Leopard Quest

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Tour Brief

  • Duration: 11nights / 12days
  • Activities: Finding of Snow leopard, hiking, exploring varied natural landscapes, experiencing nomad culture
  • Distance: 3600kms
  • Group: Min 2 – Max 6
  • Season: November – February
  • Fitness level:

Price included

Stay in Mongolian Ger of Nomad family (9 nights)
Stay in Local hotel (2 nights)
 English speaking guide service
 Local mountain guide and horses
Field cook service
All camping equipments
Entrance fee to the Protected Area
RT domestic flight
All transfers by 4WD Russian minivan in the countryside
Meals of breakfast, lunch /picnic in countryside/ and dinner as mentioned per day itinerary

Price excluded

 International transportation to and from Mongolia
Hotel stay in Ulaanbaatar
Travel insurance
 Mineral bottled water and alcoholic drinks
Sleeping bag
Tips and gratuities
Laundry and items of a personal nature

Highlight

The snow leopard is the most mysterious and rare wild cat. It is estimated that there are 1,200 of them lives in Mongolia. While you quest and observe the snow leopard you can travel through the beautiful Altai Mountains, with eternal snow-capped peaks and glaciers, are the highest range in Mongolia in the far west. This is one of the very few and special tours that offer a rare chance to seeing Snow leopard and learn more about them with the locals.

Places to visit

Ulaanbaatar – Ulgii town  – Deluun soum – Munkhkhairkhan mountain – Ulaankhus hamlet – Ulgii town – Ulaanbaatar

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Itinerary

Day 1Flight to Ulgii

We will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport taking a flight /3.5hour/ to Bayan-Ulgii province by domestic airline. At the domestic airport of Ulgii town, the center of the Bayan-Ulgii we will meet our driver and guide, visiting a local ethnographic museum. We’ll be staying overnight in a local hotel. LD

Day 2Travel to Deluun soum

Today we will drive to Deluun soum for 180kms of Bayan-Ulgii province and visit Kazakh family and enjoy their unique training of Golden Eagle for hunting. You’ll be staying overnight in a nomad family. BLD

Day 3Travel to Bulgan soum

This morning we will travel to southwest part of Mountain Munkhkhairkhan National Park. On the way we will cross over a mountain pass Ulaaghin, the highest pass of Mongol Altai Mounts. Then we will visit Uriankhai family in Guurt area which is the homeland of snow leopard. You’ll be staying overnight in a nomad family. BLD

Day 4-7Exploring Snow Leopards

For the next three days we will dedicate to spot the mystic snow leopard. We will go to Khar Uzuur, head of Guurt area and Ikh Baga Khadaan Gijigt by mounting a horse with local mountain guide. We will observe snow leopard and their living lair during the spring time. Also you have a great opportunity to take photos and record videos of snow leopards. Snow leopard (Uncia uncia Schreber, 1776) Legal Status in Mongolia: Listed in the Mongolian Red Book as Very Rare (corresponds to the Endangered category in the IUCN Mongolian Red Book) and Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES). Snow Leopard habitat includes steep broken mountainous regions in the alpine and sub-alpine zones, where vegetation is sparse. Range wide, population estimates to occur in altitude from 2,000 to 3,500 m. We’ll be staying overnights in a nomad family. BLD

Day 8-10Exploring Snow Leopards

We will travel to Ulaankhus hamlet which will take 40kms. Trek along the River Bulgan through the amazing canyon. We will explore some interesting places and also look for snow leopards. We’ll be staying overnights in a nomad family. BLD

Day 11Travel back to Ulgii town

In the morning we will continue to travel by minivan to Ulgii town which will take 360kms. You’ll be staying overnight in a local hotel. BLD

Day 12 Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

We will travel to domestic airport and take a flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival to Ulaanbaatar city we will transfer you to your hotel. End of the service. B

Date
StatusStart dateEnd dateSinglePriceJoin
Open19 Nov 201830 Nov 201880$2990$Book
Open07 Jan 201918 Jan 201980$2990$Book
Open28 Jan 201908 Feb 201980$2990$Book

Trip Note

  • Private departure is available on request.
  • City sightseeing excursion tour is available on request
  • Customize your trip: we are able to make amendments in the program according to our client’s special interest and request. Details would be discussed by emails in advance.
  • Hotel stay and transfer: we are glad to book your hotel and transfer in Ulaanbaatar as well as private transportation for your trip at our discounted rates.

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Single and double occupancy: you can stay in single and double for overnights at Ger camps, tents and hotels. Single occupancy would might not available during Naadam festival period on 5th -15th of July at Ger camps. And for single stay at community based camp and nomad home would be confirmed depending on availability.
Single and twin/double stay at Ger camp requires extra supplement fee as shown per person in above table .

Discounts: Our clients can take an opportunity to get following discount options: Only one time discount is available per client or group.

  • Early bird discount of 10% is applicable for booking made before 01st of April 2018.
  • Last minute discount of 5% is applicable for booking made before 72 hours of the trip start. This is not applicable for daily and short tours.
  • Group discount of 12% is applicable for a group booking with 5 parties and more.
  • Children discount: up to 2 years old is free, 3-8 years old is 40% off and 9-12 years old is 20% off.
  • International and domestic flight and train tickets can be booked with us, depending on availabilities.

Tailoring your tour: we are delighted to create and arrange your special trip according to your specific interests and wishes. Please contact us for details.

More information: info@tourmongolia.com or sales@tourmongolia.com

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Trip information

Joining point
Your guide and driver will pick you up at the location you confirmed with us in advance. It can be your accommodation, airport or train station in Ulaanbaatar. Pick up time will be stated at the confirmation document/or single email we would send you after the booking made.

Joining point instructions
Meet your tour guide who holds a welcoming board with your name(s) shown. It is your responsibility to advise us of your accommodation, number of flight/or train and carriage numbers in advance.

Problems and emergency contact information
In the case of an emergency, or concerns about a missed pick-up please contact us on cell phones: (+976) 9905 9466, (+976) 9909 8467.
For all other enquiries and outback tour services please contact our office team on (+976) 11 35 46 62.

Finishing point

Your guide and driver will drop you off at the location you confirmed with us in advance. It can be your accommodation, airport or train station in Ulaanbaatar.

Passport and visas

All travelers must obtain a visa before traveling to Mongolia. Some nationalities can obtain visa at the airport, however it requires an application through us to the Immigration Authority of Mongolia in advance.
Please check the following website for your nationalities requirements. www.consul.mn

Food and dietary requirements

Travelers with special dietary requirements or food allergies must inform at the time of booking. Due to the nature of our trips, food is basic. We are able to provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten free food to our clients. However religious dietary requirements and specifically sourced foods are unable to be catered for remote trips.
Inclusive meals in your trip as indicated B, L, D with per day itinerary. On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. For expedition trip, your service team will prepare meals. You will have an opportunity to assist with cook and learn how to make Mongolian traditional meal. As well as your help on daily activities such as setting up dining camp, prepare meals and clearing dishes is much appreciated.
It is also available to have and taste traditional dairy products such as yogurt /Mongolian name is tarag/, dried milk curds /aaruul/, milk tea /suutei tsai/, fermented mare’s milk wine /airag/, sour cream /tsotsgii/ and cheese /byaslag/ when you visit nomad herder families.
Generally, in Mongolia water quality is good. But you are advised to buy mineral water with big bottles from shops, food markets and kiosks in capital and many of the provinces centers and tourist Ger camps in the countryside. Mineral or bottled water usually exclude in our offers since we try to produce as less garbage as possible. But in other hand we provide well plenty of drinks like tea and coffee during our trips.

Accommodation

Depending on your trip in countryside, you will have different type of accommodations including tourist Ger camps, community based Eco Ger camp and nomad Ger homes or tents.
Normally, three or four beds are in one Ger and 2 people will share a tent. And the Ger camp provides restaurant/bar, western-style toilet, washing facilities and showers. Low-impact eco, community based Ger camps provide composting toilet and shower where available.
Nomad home condition is very basic, none of shower, a ground hole surrounded with side covers as used for composting toilet.
For expedition trips with tent stays, we provide good quality light spacious tent of 3people for twin occupancy. And as well we provide other gears including foldable mattress, ground sheet tarpaulin, toilet tent, sometimes shower tent and dining tent for groups with more than 5 parties, kitchen equipment, table and chairs depending on the trip conditions.
All travelers in expeditions trips are advised to bring own sleeping bags according to hygienic reasons.

Land transport

Mongolia is a big country! Here in Mongolia we’re used to driving long distances between destinations. An advantage of driving trip you can travel through different zones and enjoy vast open spaces with natural contrasts within several days. During the trip, approximately it takes 5-8 hours driving from one to next destination. Each 1-1.5 hours, we have short stop frequently for photographs, toilets, stretch and meet with local nomads.
In the countryside, we use 4WD vehicles, specially, Russian minivans and Japanese jeep and minivans. Normally, 2-3 people can seat in one jeep with luggage. The Russian minivan has capacity of 6 people with luggage and Japanese minivan can take up to 4 people with luggage.
All vehicles used in our tours are insured and carefully prepared before departures. Our drivers are also good mechanics, have many years of experience for driving through unmarked, unpaved bumpy roads in the countryside.

Money matters

The Mongolian currency is called Tugrug (MNT). Please refer recent rates on
www.bloomberg.com/markets/currencies
Credit and debit cards are accepted in Ulaanbaatar and center of the provinces.
Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are common in central areas.

Important notes

Refill bottle: Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. We encourage our clients not to use small bottled water when traveling in countryside.
Battery: Trips with stays in Ger camps have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. We would like to recommend to bring an extra battery for your camera. For expedition trips, most handy item is solar charger.
Headlamp: A headlamp or torch is useful at night time. Some Ger camps have limited lighting and are powered by generators that switch off at a certain time.
Pack: Please ensure you pack appropriately according to season and temperature. Warm jacket, thermals, underpants, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months. Please refer our “Pre travel advisory” document with detail information regarding temperatures during your travel time.
Luggage: Please pack smart. Due to the domestic flight luggage limitation, a passenger can carry maximum of 15 kg including hand baggage. Excess luggage will be charged according to airlines fee.
Tour guide: The aim of the guide is to help you have the best trip possible. Your guide will provide information on the places you are travelling through, organize things to do and see according to the itinerary, lead the group including travelers and service staff. The guide will provide you all relevant information for options and introduce you to our nomad herders along the way.
Safety: We will provide you relevant information on safety before and during the trip. As well as we would like to recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Travel insurance is compulsory for joining all our trips.
Responsible Travel: Being a responsible tour operator is at the heart of what our company is all about. We committed to offering low-impact tours that benefit traveler and host alike. Thanks to our clients support (who paid for tours) we work with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts. Please find more information: www.tourmongolia.com/who we are/about us
Community projects: We are pleased to combine your trip route to destinations where our local supporting projects run. Please advice us your wish in advance.

Fitness Level

As you will note, all our tours are graded to help you decide whether they’re right for you. The grading is as follows:
EASY: A basic level of fitness is required, the tour is generally easy-paced.
MODERATE: Within the capability of anyone leading a normal active life. However, involves more walking or tiring journey.
ACTIVE: These tours may involve considerable walking and long travel days.
STRENUOS: These tours may include different energetic activities.
CHALLENGING: A high level of fitness is required. It may contains high altitude trek or rope climbing.

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Review

Meeting with the Nomad family and experiencing their life-styled. They were very kind and I feel very lucky to have met them.

Labonne Anouchka
Anouchka.labonne@gmail.com

I was very lucky because i saw snow leopard the world rarest animal. Trekking in high mountain range was very nice.

Sabine Pols
sabinepols@hotmail.com