Snow Leopards of Mongolia

10 Days
from AUD$ 8,107


  • Search for snow leopards on horseback
  • Live with a Kazakh family
  • Engage with an eagle hunting family
  • Learn about nomad life living in snow leopard territory

The snow leopard is the most mysterious and rare wild cat – to see one in the wild, is a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.

There are said to be 1,200 snow leopards left in Mongolia – one of the highest concentrations in the world. Whilst venturing through Mongolia and observing the snow leopard, you will travel through the beautiful Altai Mountains. The eternal snow-capped peaks and glaciers, are the highest range in Mongolia in the far west. Stay with a local Kazakh family and learn of their century old traditions of training Golden Eagles to hunt for them. As you venture further off track, spend time living with nomadic families in their gers and listen to their stories of life in snow leopard territory and of life off the land. A true adventure of conservation and cultural exchange.

Journey map

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Day 1 - Arrival Ulaanbaatar

Welcome to Mongolia! Upon arrival into Ulaanbaatar, you will be met at the airport or train station and be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure.

Ulaanbaatar is a thriving cosmopolitan city on the verge of massive growth, it is a city filled with contrasts and contradictions, wild traffic, sinful nightlife and bohemian counter-culture.

Overnight Best Western Premier Tuushin or similar

Day 2 - Ulgii & Deluun County

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your 3.5hr flight to Bayan-Ulgii province. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide before driving to the Deluun county of Bayan-Ulgii province. The journey is approx 180kms. On arrival, you will visit a Kazak family and enjoy witnessing and learning about their unique culture and traditions of training Golden Eagles for hunting. (B,L,D)

Overnight with a local Kazakh family.

Day 3 - Bulgan County

This morning, you will travel to the southwest part of Mountain Munkhkhairkhan National Park located in West Altai. This is home to the second highest summit of Mongolia at 4362m above sea level. Standing at the foot of the sky touching high peaks, you can see several small lakes in different colours. The ‘Uriankhai’ ethnic groups mainly live in this region. The park is also famed for growing various medicinal plants and its mountain wildlife such as argali, ibex and of course the snow leopard. On the way to the national park, you will cross over a mountain pass Ulaagchin, the highest pass of the Mongol Altai Mounts. You will then visit Uriankhai ethnic Mongol family, the nomads who live in this region, and stay in their Guurt area which is the homeland of the snow leopard. (B,L,D)

Overnight in the Ger of a local nomad family.

Day 4 - 7 - Snow Leopards

The next four days are dedicated for exploring the area and searching for Snow Leopards. You will go to Khar Uzuur, head of the Guurt area and Ikh Baga Khadaan Gijigt by horse with your local mountain guides. Search and observe snow leopards in their ‘nests’. You will search snow leopard habitat sites in the hope of catching a glimpse of this rare Himalayan cat. Listed in the Mongolian Red Book as ‘Very Rare’, the snow leopards in Mongolia, are generally at altitudes of 2000-3500m. The snow leopard habitat includes steep broken mountainous regions in the alpine and sub-alpine zones, where vegetation is sparse, but the scenery spectacular. (B,L,D)

Overnight in the Ger of a local nomad family.

Day 8 - Ulgii

Today is a long drive day of approx 6 hours as you return to Ulgii. Upon arrival, you will check into your hotel and overnight. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local hotel.

Day 9 - Ulaanbaatar

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight back to Ulaanbaatar. The day is yours at leisure. For those interested, there are some fascinating museums about the history of Mongolia. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Overnight Best Western Premier Tuushin or similar

Day 10 - Departure

Today is yours at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport or train station for your onward flight/train. (B)

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What’s included

  • Return airport transfers
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Services of an english speaking guide service
  • Local mountain guide and horses
  • Field cook
  • All camping equipment
  • Entrance fee to the Protected Area
  • Return domestic flights Ulaanbaatar/Ulgii/Ulaanbaatar
  • Private transportation
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 2 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.



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Start Date
14th Sep 2024
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23rd Sep 2024
10 Days
$8,107 AUD
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