Mongolia insect collecting expedition 2020
UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO CORONA THIS YEAR’S JOURNEY HAS BEEN CANCELLED
In the Summer of 2020, another insect collecting expedition to Mongolia is being organised. A trip to new, poorly unexplored regions of this huge country.
BioMongol Foundation, a new, 100% non-profit NGO, invites enthousiast amateur and professional entomologists interested in doing research in Mongolia.
The goal of the travels: collecting insects, thereby enjoying nature, learning about Mongolian culture and habits and be among friends.
It is all very low-profile (and non commercial) organized. Meaning that we are with two cars (a Russian van and a Toyota 4WD), driving over mainly unpaved roads or no roads at all. We will be hosted by the two Mongolian drivers plus two who take care of everything we need, including food. These friends already helped us on our previous tours. Two of them speak German, one driver English and the other one just Mongolian.
Second, don’t expect a ‘traditional’ organization like you know from traveling agencies. BioMongol Foundation is not a traveling agency! You will have to bring your own tent and stuff to survive three weeks of mainly outdoors camping! However, I will take care of the main organization, like buying flight tickets, all in dialogue with you.Route
Immediately after arrival in Ulaanbaatar we head off for the famous Gorkhi-Terelj National Park to the north, in the Khentii mountains (home of Dzjingis Khan). These mountains are characterized by taiga forests, semi-steppe, rivers, moors and once in a while an old Bhuddist temple. The Tuul river, which also floats through the capital, has its sources in these mountains.
Then we proceed along the southeastern regions of the Khentii mountains, roughly in the direction of Batshireet to Onon-Balj NP. From there, leaving the forested taiga mountains behind us, we head in southern directions via Norovlin and Toson Hulstay NP. Here we will find large areas of high grass steppes, home of the Mongolian gazelle or zeren. In these steppes the Kherlen river (http://monviewer.org/news/kherlen_river/2018-05-24-14) is flowing gently, offering again new habitats to explore. We will follow the river upstream to the West, to find our last goal of the trip, the world’s oldest national park, Bogd uul near Ulaanbaator.
But… it can all change, the final route, because we never can be sure about local conditions. Some roads may be temporary out of order, impossible to pass, or the weather can force us to change
our plans. Also, along the way, together we decide how long we stay at each place. Bumpy roads, marshes, dry steppe, rivers, unforseen car problems, anything can make us change our plans. That’s the adventure of it. And of course it is important to not take unnecessary risks, but our Mongolian team is very experienced and reliable. But what always stays important, is to find the best places to collect insects (and enjoy all other parts of nature not to forget!).