Designed in conjunction with the field biologists of the World Wildlife Fund as a conservation project aimed at preserving the longevity of the species, this fascinating itinerary is based in a highly remote region of the Altai mountain range of Mongolia. A truly unique adventure, this expedition focuses on the elusive Himalayan cat and its habitat and is tailored for those who thrive on exploratory journeys in challenging conditions that are well off the beaten path.
Day 1-2 Ulaanbaatar
Travel to Mongolia and arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Spend the following day at Gandan Monastery and the National History Museum, with a free afternoon for independent exploration.
Day 3-4 Altai Mountains | Har Us Lake | Jargalant Khairkhan Mountain
Fly to western Mongolia where you will visit the regional branch of the World Wildlife Fund to learn about wildlife conservation efforts. Visit Har Us Lake, Mongolia’s second largest lake by surface area. Hike the Ustyn Am Valley of Jargalant Khairkhan Mountain looking for snow leopard footprints.
Day 5-7 Ustyn Am Valley
Explore Ustyn Am Valley on foot, hiking daily to various snow leopard habitat sites to catch a glimpse of the Himalayan cat. Each night return to the host family for dinner and overnight.
Day 8-10 Omno Uliastai Valley
Drive to Omno Uliastai Valley and hike daily to snow leopard habitat sites. Some days the local biologists with the WWF will accompany us and share their knowledge of the feline. Each night return to the host family for dinner and overnight.
Day 11 Hovd
Drive to Hovd, the capital of Hovd province.
Day 12 Hovd | Ulaanbaatar
Fly to Hovd and then on to the capital of Ulaanbaatar. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening.