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Snow Leopard Tour
to Mongolia

The snow leopard tour to Mongolia combines incredible trackers and top conservationists with stunning landscapes and ancient cultures.

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Snow Leopard
Tour to Mongolia

The snow leopard tour to Mongolia combines incredible trackers and top conservationists with stunning landscapes and ancient cultures.

The Snow Leopard Tour to Mongolia is a wonderful opportunity to see and experience the vast beauty of Mongolia. This tour hops from Ulaanbaatar to the great Altai Range, where Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, and Russia. come together. We search for snow leopards using our private Yurt camp as a base and travel to the famed region of Bayan Ulgii to meet with traditional Kazakh Eagle Hunters.

Departures can be made private.

October 18-30
2022 | 2023
4-8 Guests
Starts/ends in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Led by Behzad J. Larry FRGS, FRAS
From $5,680 per person
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The Snow Leopard Tour to Mongolia is a wonderful opportunity to see and experience the vast beauty of Mongolia. This tour hops from Ulaanbaatar to the great Altai Range, where Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, and Russia. come together. We search for snow leopards using our private Yurt camp as a base and travel to the famed region of Bayan Ulgii to meet with traditional Kazakh Eagle Hunters.

Departures can be made private.

October 18-30
2022 | 2023
4-8 Guests
Starts/ends in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Led by Behzad J. Larry FRGS, FRAS
From $5,680 per person
.





World Class Field Team

Our Mongolian field team is supported by our snow leopard tracking specialists flown in from the Himalayas.

Superb Location

Mongolia has the 2nd largest snow leopard population on Earth. We will search for them in prime habitat in the Altai Range.

Top Equipment

Top Swarovski scopes and state of the art communication equipment in the hands of deeply experienced teams put the odds in our favor.

Grade-A Adventure

Comfortable, warm, and traditional yurts are a unique and enjoyable way to experience the vast Mongolian wilderness.

Eagle hunter on a snow leopard tour to Mongolia Mongolia's vast landscapes are simply incredible. Traditional Mongolian yurts are warm and comfortable. Snow leopard A golden eagle on the snow leopard tour to Mongolia More vast landscapes on the snow leopard tour to mongolia A buddhist statue in the Gandan monastery in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital. Typical winter landscapes on a snow leoaprd tour to Mongolia A Monglian tracker leans on a rock with bronze age petroglyphs while scanning for snow leopards The city of Ölgii Western Mongolia

Introduction to the Snow Leopard Tour to Mongolia

Overview : The Snow Leopard Tour to Mongolia

This journey is truly one of a kind. It combines the world’s top snow leopard tracking team with leading snow leopard scientists.

On this incredible journey, we explore Western Mongolia and combine the very best of natural beauty with cultural engagement and photography. Mongolia’s rich culture and great history have had a huge impact on the world. The area that modern-day Mongolia covers has seen a variety of nomadic empires, the most famous of which, the Mongol Empire, was founded by Genghis Khan.

The geography of this vast country is varied. The Gobi Desert covers a chunk of the southern part, while cold mountains strech across the west and north of the country. Much of the country is steppe. Even the Gobi is a type of desert steppe.

Voygr’s snow leopard tour to Mongolia starts with arrival in the capital Ulaanbaatar, abbreviated as UB. We explore UB, and then catch a flight to the western province of Khovd. From Khovd, we drive southeast to our yurt camp with a nomadic family. Thirty percent of this great country is still nomadic or semi-nomadic. Horses remain an integral part of the culture. We stay in this region, prime snow leopard habitat, for a week. Our trackers work their magic as we look for snow leopards, wolves, fox, corsac fox, Saiga antelope and more.

Then we head west. The very furthest west you can go in Mongolia, to the province of Bayan Ölgii. Here we spend two days with Kazakh nomads, famous for their falconry using golden eagles.

Through the entire tour, there are several opportunities to engage with our nomadic hosts, and get a genuine understanding of life here. Photographers will be able to make thoughtful portraits, shoot amazing landscapes, and witness incredible wildlife.

This expedition is led by a photographer, so there will also be lots of opportunity for hands-on-learning. What an amazing journey! We fly back to UB to end the tour.

What’s Unique About The Snow Leopard Tour To Mongolia?

The snow leopard tour to Mongolia is unique because it combines Mongolian, Himalayan, and Western snow leopard experts with the incredible landscapes and cultures of Mongolia.

We buttress our Mongolian trackers abilities by flying one of our very best spotters from Ladakh, India. With two decades of experience tracking these cats – Dorjay is one of the world’s foremost snow leopard trackers. He is assisted by local rangers that know each habitat like the back of their hand.

This expedition is led by Behzad Larry, FRGS, FRAS. Behzad has seen over 100 snow leopards in the wild.

All our spotters and guests have access to the very best optics by Swarovski. Read more about why great optics are critical and why we ensure the best guest to scope ratio. This snow leopard tour to Mongolia is lower in altitude than our trips to the Indian Trans-Himalayas and to Kyrgyzstan.

Itinerary : Snow Leopard Tour to Mongolia

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Day 1. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

1.Welcome to Mongolia! We’ll meet you at Ulaanbaatar airport and transfer you to your hotel.

A relaxed evening with a welcome dinner and a Mongolian folk concert.

Day 2. Explore UB

2.Explore Ulaanbaatar (the locals abbreviate it as UB!). We’ll do a tour of this city of 1.5 million today. Starting with the Gandantegchinlen Monastery, an important Tibetan Buddhist monastery established in 1727.

Get a feel for the rich history of Mongolia through the ages. Then visit the Mongolia Museum of Natural History. After lunch, we’ll explore the “black market” a sprawling bazaar where locals do their shopping for a taste of live in this bustling capital. Dinner at a restaurant outside, then back to the hotel for the night.

All meals included.

Day 3. To The Altai!

3.We’ll fly to the Western province of Khovd, about 1,500km from UB. After landing at Khovd airport, we’ll transfer by awaiting LandCruisers to our private camp in the mountains.

Khovd province is rural and remote. The majority of the population are nomadic herders who rear livestock. Our private camp will be next to one such nomadic family in prime snow leopard habitat.

Guests will settle in to their gers (Mongolian yurts). We’ll spend some time getting to know our neighbors, learn their way of life, learn about how climate change affects their lives, and about the snow leopards that inhabit this area.

Day 4-9. Tracking Snow Leopards

4-9.

Our snow leopard trackers will scan the surrounding mountains and valleys for signs of snow leopards. Trackers will split up across a few different sectors with high powered Swarovski spotting scopes and radios.

Our Mongolian field team knows these mountains like the back of their hands, while our Ladakhi spotters have tracked these elusive cats for over 20 years. A winning combination.

Our highest chances of spotting snow leopards are at dawn and dusk. If one of our spotters finds a snow leopard, they will report it on the radio, and we’ll converge to their location, if we aren’t already nearby. The days are spent looking for a wide variety of wildlife.

Depending on sighting success, we will also visit nearby locations such as Khar Us Nuur (Black Lake) where we will search for a variety of endemic bird species and the rare and endangered Saiga antelope.

While the snow leopard trackers do their job, guests can do a variety of things that include going with the trackers, engaging with our nomadic neighbors in activities like cooking, setting up a yurt. There will be lots of opportunities for photography or hikes, should those interest you.

Day 10-11. The Eagle Hunters of Bayan Ölgii

10-11.After 6 days tracking snow leopards, corsac foxes, and many other animals, we’ll depart this part of the Mongolian Altai and head to the province of Bayan Ulgii, the westernmost province in Mongolia. After breakfast, we’ll set out on a 4 hour drive through some incredible terrain crossing parts of the Altai range and magnificent rivers. In Ölgii, our time will be spent meeting with Kazakh nomads.

This province of Mongolia is primarily dominated by the Kazakh ethnic group. The Kazakh pastoralists of this region are famous for raising Golden Eagles to hunt. Our time here will be spend learning about the life of Kazakh eagle hunter, with several opportunities to make incredible portraits and witness the eagles prowess. The Kazakhs have large families and there will be plenty of interaction.

Overnight in a traditional ger (yurt.)

Day 12. Back to UB.

12.

After bidding farewell to our Kazakh hosts, we’ll fly back to the Mongolian capital. A farewell dinner will bring this incredible tour to a close. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13. Fly Out!

13.

Depart. There are extensions available for those that would like to see the Prezwalski’s Horse in Khustai National Park.

The Area: Western Mongolia & The Altai

The Altai are a mountain range in Central Asia where Mongolia, China, Russia, and Kazakhstan come together. Altai translates as golden mountain in a variety of Turkic languages. The range itself is vast and is incredible to explore. We will be in the Ek-Tagh or the Mongolian Altai. It separates the Khovd drainage basin on from the Irtysh drainage basin on the south. The Irtysh is a major Russian river that originates in the Altai. This makes the Ek-Tagh a true border range.

This magnificent region is home to diverse fauna. The major ones we will seek are the snow leopard, Siberian ibex, the rare argali (Marco Polo sheep), the Saiga antelope, lynx, wolves, and brown bear. There are dozens of smaller mammals and an incredible variety of birds. This trip has an extension to visit Huustai National Park to see the Przewalski’s horse and wapiti. Previous sightings have included Snow Leopard, Saiga Antelope, White-tailed Mongolian Gazelle, Argali, Siberian Ibex, Siberian Marmot, Corsac Fox, Tolai Hare, Long-tailed Souslik, Siberian Jerboa, Pallas’s Pika,  Lammergeier vulture, Pallas’s Sandgrouse, Pallas’s Gull, White-headed Duck, Dalmatian Pelican-endangered bird,Steppe and Golden Eagle, Saker falcon, Upland Buzzard, Cinereous and Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Altai Snowcock, White-winged Snowfinch, Long-tailed Rosefinch, White-crowned Penduline-tit, White-cheeked, Starling, Daurian Partridge, Demoiselle Crane, Amur Falcon and more.

Conservation

Conservation is at the heart of every thing we do. Voygr Expeditions is proud to donate $350 per snow leopard tour booking to the Snow Leopard Trust and 20% of its annual profits to the High Asia Habitat Fund to further conservation in front-line communities across Central Asia. Besides this our trackers and naturalists provide annual training to rangers in Central Asia as well as access to high-tech equipment and gear to preserve critical habitat on the world’s highest frontiers.

High Asia Habitat Fund

Who Doesn't Love Some Good Maps?

Voygr Expeditions - Snow Leopard Tour Map

Context. A zoomed out view of India with Ladakh at the very top.

Voygr Snow Leopard Expedition Camp For Snow Leopard Tours Zoomed Wide

Zoomed in. Red areas indicate that the area is great habitat for snow leopards. Yellow indicates medium suitability for snow leopards, and uncolored areas are low in suitability. Usually these are the highest ridges and peaks.

As you can see, we’re located in prime territory in a stretch of unbroken red and yellow. Lots of overlapping territory for many cats.

Voygr Snow Leopard Camp. Zoomed In Map Showing Where Snow Leopard Tours Take Place.

And zoomed in some more. The world’s best snow leopard camp.

Overlays depicted in red and yellow taken from WattsSM, McCarthy TM, NamgailT (2019) Modelling potential habitat for snow leopards (Panthera uncia) in Ladakh, India. PLoSONE 14(1):e0211509. Creative commons attribution license. Superimposed on high res satellite imagery from Google Earth Pro.

Accommodations: Snow Leopard Tour to Mongolia

Voygr's Western Mongolian Base Camp

On the snow leopard section, our base camp is made up of Mongolian felt gers or yurts in a valley located within the mountain range where we’ll be searching for snow leopards. Located in prime habitat, our base will allow for scenic hikes and panoramic views while our snow leopard trackers work their magic.

The gers are furnished with raised cots, air-mattresses, and a wood-burning stove. We’ll provide some warm sleeping bags. The camp has a heated dining ger where we will gather for meals and a after sighting cocktail.

Our camp neighbors will be Mongolian nomads, giving us several opportunities to learn about their unique way of life as well as conservation challenges in this region.

Our stay in Bayan Ölgii will be very similar. Our camp here will consist of Kazakh gers set up near a nomadic Kazakh family that trains Golden Eagles for hunting purposes. You will notice that Kazakh gers are a little taller and a little more spacious than Mongolian gers. These gers will be decorated with Kazakh tapestries and have a wooden frame bed with a mattress, a wood burning stove should you  like a fire and a gas heater to keep you warm throughout the night.

There will be a basic outhouse at both places. If you’re looking for nicer accommodations and luxuries, see our 12 day Signature Snow Leopard Expedition to Ladakh or our 10 day Classic Snow Leopard Tour to Ladakh. If you’re up for a rugged adventure, you can also consider our Snow Leopard Expedition to Kyrgyzstan – 40% of it’s revenues go directly to our non-profit partners.

The Best Western Tuushin, UB

Located in the city center, the Tuushin Best Western Hotel is a 2 minute walk from Sukhbaatar square. The hotel’s prime location ensures that we have access to museums, restaurants, and a local monastery. Some of these are just a short walk.

While most of our meals will be had outside of the hotel, the out hotel houses two restaurants and a bar on the 25th floor that overlooks the city.  If you would like some relaxation without leaving the building, feel free to visit the hotel’s fitness center equipped with a sauna or the aroma spa at your leisure 

Dates and Prices for the Snow Leopard Tour to Mongolia

PRICING

  • USD $5,680 per person – twin-sharing rate
  • USD $6,950 per person – single rate.

TWIN RATE VS SINGLE RATE?

  • On the sharing rate you’ll share accommodations with other people. In Bishkek, this means 2 guests to a room. In Shamshy, two or three. In Sarychat, it’s tents. Your own tent is possible here.
  • On the single rate, all accommodations will be yours alone.
    Single accommodations in Bishkek will be your own room at the Orion. In Shamshy State Nature Reserve the cabin only has 3 rooms. So if you want your own space, it’ll have to be a tent, as the cabin is shared space. In Sarychat – Ertash State Nature Reserve, all guests will be in tents and singles are easily accommodated.

2022 Departure

October 18 – 30, 2022.
Spots Available.
October 18.
Arrive in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia.
October 30.
Fly out of Ulanbaatar, Mongolia.

2023 Departure

October 18 – 30, 2023.
Spots Available.
October 18.
Arrive in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia.
October 30.
Fly out of Ulanbaatar, Mongolia.

  • Book by email or by phone.
  • A 15% deposit is required for confirming bookings.
  • Full payment is due 60 days before departure.
  • See full booking terms & conditions.

Voygr’s Flexibility Guarantee

We know you’re looking to travel again. And we know you need your plans to be flexible. 



Need to change plans?
Reschedule it.
 Change plans up to 45 days before your scheduled departure. We’ll let you reschedule to the same tour within a 18 month period. You may incur charges if the tour you switch to is more expensive.

Need to cancel entirely?
No penalty cancellation up to 60 days before departure.

New travel restrictions imposed?

We understand that travel restrictions can pop-up forcing you to change plan. We’ll issue a full refund if a restriction affects your trip and you can’t reschedule it. We’ll do this up to 45 days before start of trip.

What's Included & Excluded
On the Snow Leopard Tour to Mongolia

What’s Included

  • All guiding, tracking, and expedition services
  • Shared accommodation throughout trip with all meals (single extra)
  • Hotel in Ulaanbaataar. Yurts in Western Mongolia.
  • Full bar at remote yurt camps
  • All camping equipment, full down sleeping bags
  • 2 high-powered Swarovski BTX 95 or 115 spotting scopes per group.
  • All road journeys and airport transfers
  • Pre-trip advice and briefing

What’s Excluded

  • International flights
  • Visa for Mongolia
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, gifts, calls, laundry, room-service. Alcohol is included in remote camps- but nowhere else
  • Gratuities

Health & COVID

Exceptional care is taken to protect our staff and our guests from the transmission of any communicable diseases. Training and re-training are the norm. If you’d like to read a more detailed account of our COVID policies, please go here.

As an organization, we love science. We’re following the advice of the WHO on best practices to keep everyone safe and healthy. We’re also a very transparent organization. If you have questions, just ask.

Private Camp

Voygr’s camps are located off the beaten path and away from crowds. The exclusivity of our location also offers peace of mind. A tented camp means no shared hallways, lots of space, clean air and pure water. Snow leopard expeditions aren’t safari vehicle bound. So you’re not stuck in close spaces with other guests. Meals can be served privately, in your own tent, or outside.

Sanitized

Common spaces, such as dining facilities are cleaned 5 times a day. All touch surfaces are wiped down with alcohol. Vehicles are sanitized before guests get on board and the drivers wear masks. Trackers, guides, and spotters in close proximity to guests also wear masks and are trained to practice rigorous personal hygiene.





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Essential Reading

Our Other Snow Leopard Tours & Expeditions

Besides this tour to Mongolia, we have two departures for snow leopards in Ladakh, India. Our Classic Snow Leopard Tour to Ladakh (10 Days) and Signature Snow Leopard Expedition to Ladakh (12 Days) are the most comfortable and luxurious snow leopard journeys in the world. We also have a Snow Leopard Expedition to Kyrgyzstan. To learn more, read our extensive article, “Which Snow Leopard Tracking Tour: India, Mongolia or Kyrgyzstan?” Or give us a call.

Our 2020 snow leopard tours were yet again 100% successful.
Read about them here.









Snow Leopard Tour to Mongolia Team

Besides Voygr’s Expedition team, this trip will have a set of Mongolian trackers, drivers, and field experts.

Behzad Larry
Behzad J. Larry, FRGS, FRAS
CEO • Photographer • Snow Leopard Specialist

Behzad Larry is a professional photographer, historian, and adventurer. An avid explorer, Behzad specializes in documenting the remote reaches of the world. Through his travel photography he covers wildlife, portraiture, and landscapes in the high Himalayas, Central Asia, and the…

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Dorjay Stanzin
Dorjay Stanzin
Snow Leopard Specialist • Conservationist

Dorjay "eagle-eyes" Stanzin is probably the world's top snow leopard spotter. Hailing from the small village of Skiu in Hemis National Park, Dorjay has been working with snow leopards and conservation since 1990. Between 1992 and 1997 he helped start…

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Testimonials for our Snow Leopard Expeditions

Exceptional journeys get exceptional reviews.
5/5 stars from every guest that’s ever reviewed us.

A True Adventure

This is the second time I've traveled with Voygr Expeditions, and I'm sure to come back for more. What makes Voygr so special is that they have created adventures that are deeply aligned with and respectful of the land, the…continue reading

Amazing!

This adventure absolutely exceeded my expectations. It was a unique combination of being totally in nature with many upscale comforts. The staff was exceptional, they anticipated your every need and were especially accommodating. I have such respect for everyone who…continue reading

Exceptional Snow Leopard Expedition

Just came back from an 8-night trekking expedition with the Voygr crew. Wow. Unbelievable camp experience with some nice amenities (e.g. cots/carpets/side tables in the tents), and great food prepared 3x daily (lunch was delivered to us wherever we were…continue reading

Fantastic team that made a dream come true

The recent expedition for snow leopards with Behzad, Rashid, Khenrab, Dorje, Sajan and team was outstanding. The communication from the first e-mail enquiring about the trip to the time we got back, was very good. • The expedition was very…continue reading

My week with Snow Leopards in the Himalayas

I had the great good fortune to hear about Voygr Expeditions from Brad Josephs, who was our head guide on the trip I took in February. We camped for eight nights at an altitude of just below 4,000 meters in…continue reading

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Why Book With Voygr?

Actually Local. At Every Destination.

We don’t subcontract our tours to “local” companies.
We are the local company.
At Voygr, our experts live and work in the regions where we take our guests.

Empowering Remote Communities

Our mission when starting Voygr almost a decade ago was to put more money into remote communities. Fully controlled operations means we hire local employees from remote communities. This ensures that your dollars actually end up where you’re traveling to instead of lining pockets in NYC or London.

Conservation is Key

Environmental conservation and protecting endangered species are core values. Voygr commits 20% of our annual profits to the High Asia Habitat Fund. Expeditions with Voygr are not just carbon neutral – they are Carbon Negative.

Read more about Voygr Expeditions to learn about our ethics, how giving back to the communities we travel to is part of our DNA, and what steps we take to actively preserve our planet.

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