BIRDING EASTERN MONGOLIA – 19.th May - 02.th June 2023 (15-days), ultimate birding birding with Miksture

TRAVEL DESCRIPTION

Duration                                            15-days

Type                                                   Roundtrip with Tour Leader (Michael                                                                                Westerbjerg Andersen/Miksture, Russian                                                                          Furgone Van, domestic flights and local guides  

Price                                                   From 3.600 USD pr. person in shared DBL room 

Sngl room                                          500 USD           

Deposit                                              600 USD pr. person

Visa                                                     Yes. Information when booking the tour

Vaccination                                        Yes, against COVID-19 (If no vaccination PCR-                                                                 test might be needed)

Keybirds: Oriental Plover, Jankowski's Bunting, Japanese Quail, Steppe Eagle, Great Bustard, Pallas's Sandgrouse, Mongolian Lark, Pere David's Snowfinch, exotic wetland and riparian birds include Bar-headed Goose, Swan Goose, Baikal Teal, Falcated Duck, Eastern Spot-billed Duck, White-winged Scoter, Amur Falcon, Siberian Crane, White-naped Crane, Demoiselle and Hooded Crane, Grey-headed Lapwing, Pintail Snipe, Far Eastern Curlew, Broad-billed Sandpipers, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Long-toed Stints, Red-necked Stints, Asian Dowitcher, Relict Gull, Azure Tit, White-crowned Penduline-tit, Bearded Reedling, Oriental Reed, Black-browed Reed, and Paddyfield Warblers, Marsh Grassbird, Pallas's Grasshopper, Lanceolated Warblers, Reed Parrotbill, White-cheeked Starling, Daurian Starling, White's Thrush, Siberian Thrush, Eyebrowed Thrush, Red-throated Thrush, Naumann's  Thrush,  Dusky Thrush,  Siberian Blue Robin, Rufous-tailed Robin, Siberian Rubythroat, Yellow-rumped, Narcissus, Mugimaki, & Taiga Flycatchers, Daurian Redstart, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Oriental Greenfinch, Little, Yellow-browed, Yellow-breasted, Black-faced, Pallas's, Japanese Reed Buntings and Jankowski’s Bunting. 

Habitats Covered

Remote steppe grasslands, low mountains, valleys, pristine riparian forest, meadows, wetlands, marshes, reed beds and lakes 

Expected Climate

Mongolia is the ‘Land of Blue Sky’, the nickname comes from the number of sunny days throughout the year in the country – two third of the year. Temperatures should be relatively moderate, and skies are usually brilliantly clear. The days will usually be sunny and cool, and pleasant. Nights will be considerably cooler after the sunset. The temperature should be lower in the mountains and snow is possible.  hot and sunny but much cooler in the mountains 

 

Max Group Size

12 with 1 Miksture leader & local guides and drivers 

Tour Pace & Walking

Moderate - at times with generally easy walking and some longer drives on dusty roads 

Accommodation

Hotels in Ulaanbaatar and Choibalsan are of normal standard but just below the international standard, however clean and comfortable. This tour involves a lot of camping on the seamless steppe. There will not be any shower for extended periods. For the camping nights, each participant will have to share with one of the other participants, but we might try to get as many tents as possible. Couples may of course be accommodated together. The only camp assistance group members will be asked to give is erecting and dismantling one’s personal tent (an easy and rapid task) on those occasions when the camp crew has limited time. In addition to the individual sleeping tents, there is a dining tent and a toilet tent. You will need to bring a 2-season sleeping bag. Karrimat, are provided; though if you prefer pls bring the more modern self-inflated Thermorest' mattress. There are no air mattresses.  

Ease of Birding

Generally pleasant - lots to watch! 

Other Attractions

Spectacular scenery, pristine wildernesses, incredible history and culture and interesting mammals 

Photographic Opportunities

Excellent

SCHEDULED 2023 DEPARTURE

 

19.05 - 02.06.2023

Tour Leader: Michael Westerbjerg Andersen

Tour price (Per person): USD 3,600 

Single supplement: USD 550

THE TOUR AT A GLANCE...

         

Day 1.            Welcome to Ulaanbaatar 

Day 2.            Fly to Choibalsan
Day 3.            Menen Steppe
Day 4-5.         Buir Lake 

Day 6-7.         Khalkh River
Day 8-9.         Tashgai Lakes
Day 10.          Menen Steppe
Day 11-12.     Matad Mountains 

Day 13.          Choibalsan 

Day 14.          Ulaanbaatar 

Day 15.          Final departures

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FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:

Costs: $3,600, excluding international flights to/from Mongolia

Single supplement:   $550

Deposit: : $600

Group size: minimum 7 and maximum 12   

Availability: Spaces available for 2023    

Leader:   Michael Westerbjerg Andersen

Tour dates, prices, single supplement rates, approximate flight costs and spaces available for this tour are displayed on our website. Please see under IMPORTANT NOTES below.

 

The tour fee includes:

  • All meals from breakfast on day 1 to breakfast on day 15

  • All lodgings;

  • Airport transfers;

  • Ground transportation;

  • Reserve entrance fees;

  • All guiding services;

  • Domestic flight: Ulaanbaatar - Choibalsan;

  • Mineral water 

     

  • The tour fee does not include:

  • Visa fees;

  • International flights;

  • Tips to guides/drivers;

  • Telephone calls; and

  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature.

     

  • Single Supplement: The single supplement cost for this tour will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If we cannot provide you with a rooming partner for these nights although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

  • IMPORTANT NOTES: a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we quote our tours in USD. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold, and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 4 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate flight and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency. b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration a small party supplement will have to be charged. c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result. d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated Miksture leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

  • Tipping: As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc.) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your Miksture leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

  • Special Notes:  It is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check-in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) for hand luggage.  

  • Much of the tour will be in remote areas with limited medical facilities or hospitals. Please ensure that you have all the necessary medication that you require for the duration of the tour.

  • Although it will be late spring/early summer, the temperatures can vary greatly, from warm day temperatures of 25 to 30 degrees Celsius in the steppe (but cool in the mornings), to cold with rain and even snow possible at any time in the mountains.

  • The emergence of insects on the Mongolian steppes is unpredictable, but can be so heavy as to make birding very uncomfortable without adequate protection.

  • Warm clothes, hat, raingear, hiking boots and thermals will come in handy for the cooler nights and mornings.

  • Fitness: In general this tour does not require a high level of fitness, but participants should be in good general health as most of the birding will be done on foot, and may require walking for several hours at a time. Some of the walks in the mountains will, however, be more strenuous. Should you have any physical limitations, please notify us in advance of departure.

  • Mongolian cuisine is relatively limited in variety, but usually, salad, soup and meat form the primary basis of all meals. As much fresh fruit as well. We will have opportunities to try regional specialities at various locations on the tour.

     

  • ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
    This tour does not include any International airfares. The main tour will commence in Ulaanbaatar, (Mongolia) on day 1. As we depart Ulaanbaatar very early next day, you are required to be present in Ulaanbaatar latest during the day 1. The tour will conclude with a transfer to Ulaanbaatar International Airport after breakfast on day 15, or accordingly your flight.

    The above information in respect of arrivals and departures is a guide only. Precise arrival and departure information will be sent to you in your Tour Confirmation package once the tour has been officially confirmed. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the Miksture office.

  • FLIGHTS: Please DO NOT book any flights until you have consulted the Miksture office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

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