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Altai birdwatching

Dates: 13-18 May 2019
(per person)
450 €
Includes:transfers Barnaul-Altai-Barnaul
accommodations - lodges
Excludes:visa issues, flights, meals in cafe
accommodation in Barnaul
personal expenses
Length: 1400km by car, 40km on foot
Start from Barnaul

Birdwatching tour to Altai mountains allows us to enjoy picturesque surroundings with birding activities.

Altai is a mountain range in Central and East Asia, where Russia, China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan come together. The Altai mountains are home to a diverse fauna, because of its different habitats, like steppes, northern taigas and alpine vegetation. Steep slopes are home to the Siberian ibex (Capra sibirica), whereas the rare argali (Ovis ammon) is found on more gentle slopes. Deer are represented by five species: Altai wapiti (Cervus elaphus sibiricus), moose (Alces alces), forest reindeer (Rangifer tarandus valentinae), Siberian musk deer (Moschus moschiferus), and Siberian roe deer (Capreolus pygargus). Moose and reindeer however, are restricted to the northern parts of the mountain range. The wild boar (Sus scrofa) is found in the lower foothills and surrounding lowlands. Until recently, the Mongolian gazelle (Procapra gutturosa) was found in the Russian Altai mountains, more specifically in the Chuya River steppe close to the Mongolian border. Large predators are represented by snow leopards (Panthera uncia, syn. Uncia uncia), wolves (Canis lupus), lynx (Lynx lynx), and brown bears (Ursus arctos)

List of birds:

Demoiselle crane (Grus virgo)

Black-throated diver (Gavia arctica)
Black stork (Ciconia nigra)
Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus)
Ruddy shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)

Red-crested pochard (Netta rufina)
White-winged scoter (Melanitta deglandi)

Eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca)
Steppe eagle (Aquila nipalensis)
Booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus)
Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
Upland buzzard (Buteo hemilasius)
Saker falcon (Falco cherrug)
Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni)
Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Daurian partridge (Perdix dauurica)
Greater sand plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)
Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

East Siberian gull (Larus vegae)
Pallas's Sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes paradoxus)
Eastern rock dove (Columba rupestris)
Oriental turtle dove (Streptopelia orientalis)

Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

Eurasian Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris)
Horned lark (Eremophila alpestris)
Grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
Masked Wagtail (Motacilla personata)
Tawny pipit (Anthus campestris)
Water pipit (Anthus spinoletta)

Rosy starling (Pastor roseus)
Cornish chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax)
Daurian Jackdaw (Corvus dauuricus)
White-throated dipper (Cinclus cinclus)

Brown Accentor (Prunella fulvescens)
Black-throated Accentor (Prunella atrogularis)

Hume's warbler (Phylloscopus humei)

Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)
Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)

Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)
Eversmann's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythronotus)
Guldenstadt's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogaster)

Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis)

Grey-headed Chickadee (Poecile cinctus)
Rock Sparrow (Petronia petronia)
Small snowfinch (Montifringilla davidiana)
White-winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis)

Eastern Goldfinch (Carduelis caniceps)
Twite (Linaria flavirostris)

Pallas's Rosefinch (Carpodacus roseus)
Great Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla)

Godlewski's Bunting (Emberiza godlewskii)
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

Low probability to see:

Little owl (Athene noctua)
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus)
Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)
Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus)
Himalayan Griffon (Gyps himalayensis)
Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris)
Altai Accentor (Prunella himalayana)
Asian Rosy-finch (Leucosticte arctoa)
Plain Mountain-finch (Leucosticte nemoricola)
Altai Snowcock (Tetraogallus altaicus)
Solitary snipe (Gallinago solitaria)
Swinhoe's snipe (Gallinago megala)
Pintail snipe (Gallinago stenura)
Richard's pipit (Anthus richardi)
Alpine chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus)

List of equipment
- trekking shoes
- rain jacket, pants, fleece pullover, thermal underwear, socks (2 pairs of cotton and 1 pairs of warm trekking socks), cap, raincoat
- the dishes (mug, spoon, bowl and knife)
- forehead lamp
- matches, personal first-aid kit, dental paste with tooth brush, tissue

day description km
1 13th May. Barnaul - Cherga. Fields, poplar forests, mountains covered with coniferous forest. Short stop in Srostky village. 320 car
2 14th May. Cherga - Chibit. Variety of mountain views, crossing two passes. Points of interest: confluence of Chuya and Katun rivers, White Bom mountain. 270 car
3 15th May. Chibit - Aktash - Ulagan pass - Chibit. Mountain lakes Uzunkel, Chagakel. 60 car. 12 on foot
4 16th May. Chibit - Kosh-Agach. Vast open areas of Chuya steppe with mountains in the background. Visiting Tabozhok valley and lakes. 110 car
5 17th May. Kosh-Agach - Beltyr - Taldura valley - Ortolyk - Chibit. . Visiting area of South-Chuensis mountain range. 150 car. 15 on foot
6 18th May. Chibit - Barnaul. 600 car


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