Snow Leopard and Pallas Cat Tour Mongolia | Ultimate Wildlife Photo Adventure 2024/2025

15 days from $4120 Next Departure Date Nov.15th 2024

Mongolia Snow Leopard Tour is dedicated for those who seek wild and ultimate photographic adventure to capture the elusive Snow Leopard and iconic mammals in their natural habitat. Based on our years of wildlife photography experiences and partnering with local rangers this special tour is designed well and run successfully. Mongolian Altai region, home to the largest snow Leopard population in Mongolia and rare wildlife, lying on 2000m-3500m ( which gives a higher chance to see rare Snow Leopard and allows us to photograph Argali sheep, Siberian ibex, Grey wolf, Pallas’s cat and some rare species of raptors. Take a once-in-lifetime adventure to the remote Altai Mountains in west Mongolia with experienced photographer Batzaya Choijiljav and wildlife specialists, visiting golden eagle hunters to learn ancient falconry traditions, photograph real hunting scenes and experiencing nomads’ winter lifestyle before heading to the mountains. Read the about previous trip  


- Capture iconic Snow Leopard and other mammals in their natural habitat
- Photograph elusive Pallas’s cat
- Learn ancient falconry traditions from golden eagle hunters
- Witness and photograph the eagle hunting scenes
- Explore the Mongolian Altai region, home to the largest Snow Leopard population in Mongolia
- Photograph Argali sheep, Siberian ibex, Grey wolf, and rare species of raptors
- Led by experienced wildlife adventure guide and renowned photographer Batzaya Choijiljav

Key Info

Physical level: Advanced Physical level: Advanced
Photography & Filming Photography & Filming
Birding & Wildlife Birding & Wildlife

Tour Itinerary


Day 1.

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

After you arrive in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, go on a half-day city tour, exploring renowned sites such as the Gandan Monastery, the National Museum of Mongolia, and Central Square. Engage with your guide to discuss tour plans and preparations for the exciting wildlife adventure planned for the coming days. Later, transfer back to the hotel for a delicious meal and some well-deserved rest. (L/D) 

in the hotel

Day 2

Flight to Ulgii

Take a domestic flight to Ulgii, the cultural hub of Bayan-Ulgii province, predominantly inhabited by the Kazakh community. Upon arrival, meet the local team and journey to Sagsai village. There, immerse yourself in the ancient art of eagle hunting, particularly revered during the winter months. Witness the Kazakh Berkutchi as they set out with their Golden eagles for mountain hunts, capturing the essence of this time-honored practice. Enjoy the hospitality of a local host family for an authentic experience. (B/L/D)

in the family

Day 3-4.

Photographing Pallas's cat

Our wilderness adventure begins with an expedition dedicated to photographing one of the iconic wild cats, the elusive Pallas's cat. Our experienced team and local ranger partners lead the way, bringing the expertise to ensure a meticulously guided journey. With their knowledge of the terrain and the behavior of these elusive creatures, sightings of the Pallas's cat are virtually assured, offering a rare opportunity to capture this majestic feline on camera. Prepare for an immersive experience in the heart of nature, where every moment promises excitement and discovery. (B/L/D)

in the tent

Day 5.

Heading to Snow Leopard Habitat

The next day, we go on a picturesque journey toward the Snow Leopard habitat, nestled amidst the rugged splendor of Mongolia's wilderness.


in the tent

Day 6-11.

Searching for Snow Leopard

In the next day, we embark on a picturesque journey toward the Snow Leopard habitat, nestled amidst the rugged splendor of Mongolia's wilderness. In the ensuing days, explorations of the surrounding terrain ensue, with vigilant observations for traces of the elusive Snow Leopard. Daily treks, guided by our proficient team, lead participants to optimal vantage points renowned for Snow Leopard sightings. With our track record of multiple sightings from past expeditions, guests are afforded abundant opportunities to observe and capture images of these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

Additionally, excursions to nearby mountains afford guests the chance to photograph a diverse array of wildlife species including Siberian ibex, Argali wild sheep, and various raptors. As guests traverse the rocky yet snow-laden mountains, they are immersed in the pristine winter landscape of Mongolia, characterized by its expansive wilderness, clear blue skies, and invigorating ambiance.

Our knowledgeable guides and rangers remain vigilant, promptly alerting guests to sightings of the elusive cat and its prey. Furthermore, our dedicated photo instructor stands ready to offer expert guidance, ensuring optimal photography opportunities at opportune moments and locations.

The Snow Leopard habitat in Mongolia is located at lower altitudes than the Himalayas, which can be advantageous for clients who may experience altitude sickness. With the reduced altitude, clients can enjoy a more comfortable and manageable environment while still experiencing the breathtaking beauty and wildlife of the Snow Leopard habitat.


With the mid-winter temperatures averaging around -25°C during the day and dropping to -40°C at night, guests are accommodated in traditional ger dwellings, ideally suited to withstand the harsh climate. These classic accommodations provide a warm refuge, complemented by hearty meals, hot beverages, and basic amenities tailored to the cold weather.

Additionally, guests are equipped with portable battery chargers and other essential gear to facilitate their exploration. In sum, our wilderness expedition offers guests a comprehensive and enriching experience, seamlessly blending adventure, wildlife photography, and cultural immersion amidst the untamed splendor of Mongolia's winter wilderness.

in the tent

Day 12.

Back to Ulgii town

Today we drive back to Ulgii town. Arrive at the local hotel and relax. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 13.

Hustai National Park

Take a flight back to Ulaanbaatar and drive to Hustai NP. The park has had remarkable success in re-introducing the Takhi wild horse and is also a great habitat for locally and globally endangered mammals and birds. Stay in tourist ger camp. (B/L/D)

wildlife photo mongolia in hustai

in the camp

Day 14.

Drive to Ulaanbaatar

Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 15.


Transfer to the Chinggis Khaan International Airport for the departure. (B)

Prices & Inclusions

Prices & Inclusions
Group size Price/Per person
2 pax 6650
3-4 pax 5650
5-6 pax 4550


Accommodation: Hotel****, ger/yurt, tent 

Guiding and interpreting service 

Wildlife & Photo specialist guide

Full board meals

Domestic flights (UB-Ulgii-UB)

Transport: 4x4 vehicle 

Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks

Camping equipment

Not Includes

International airfare 

Personal equipment

Single room supplement 

Excess baggage charges (15kg allowed)

Alcoholic drinks 

Travel and Health Insurance


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