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Mountain West Birding Company Himalayan Snowcock

One of our most requested species, the introduced Himalayan Snowcock is only found in the Ruby Mountains of north central Nevada--about a 4-hour drive from Salt Lake City. This 3-day, 2-night tour focuses on getting the snowcock, and getting you back on your way!

Himalayan Snowcock
Himalayan Snowcock “Most Wanted”, 2018
Himalayan Snowcock
Himalayan Snowcock “Most Wanted”, 2018
Himalayan Snowcock
Himalayan Snowcock “Most Wanted”, 2018
Himalayan Snowcock
Himalayan Snowcock “Most Wanted”, 2018

August 27-29, 2020

Not only did Tim deliver the birds, but he kept us in good spirits, even when hiking up a mountain at 3am.
Daniel T. “Mountain West Most Wanted”, 2017

Details Max Participants: 7 per tour

We can expect to see between 50-100 species of birds during this tour. We will be hiking at elevations between 4,200’ and 10,000’ with hikes up to 2 miles each way possible.

Please be sure you are in the right physical condition to take part in this adventure!

7 of 7 Spaces Available


Day 1 - Thursday Arrive in SLC and transfer to Elko

Arrive in SLC by 4:00pm and we will depart immediately for Elko, Nevada. We'll stop briefly during the 4-hour drive to check out the Bonneville Salt Flats, and to grab light refreshments in Wendover, before continuing on to Nevada for dinner and an early night.

Night in Elko, Nevada

Bonneville Salt Flats

Day 2 - Friday The Search for Himalayan Snowcock

This morning, you'll rise very early (3:15 AM) and depart for a 45-minute drive to the Ruby Mountains where you'll hike 2-miles from an elevation of 8,700' up to nearly 10,000' to scan the slopes of the peaks above for the introduced and established Himalayan Snowcock. Here you may also encounter things like Black Rosy-Finch, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Bluebird and incredible scenery. After the morning hike the afternoon will be spent resting and relaxing. If the morning was a success, we will spend the last few hours of daylight birding a nearby reservoir for migrant waterbirds!

Night in Elko, NV

Himalayan Snowcock in Nevada

Day 3 - Saturday South Fork, Migrant Traps, and End of Tour

This morning is a backup to try for the snowcock again if needed. Hopefully, Friday was a success and we can head to South Fork Recreation Area to check on waterbird migration, before starting to bird our way back to Utah, checking out several waterbird, and songbird traps along the way. We should be back in SLC no later than 6:00 PM, where we will have dinner before dropping you off at local hotels or the airport for late flights.

End of Tour!

Snowcock Success!

Snowcock Expedition
Tour Options The only option for this tour is occupancy type.

per person
You’ll have a room to yourself for both nights.
Want to combine this tour with a search for Cassia Crossbill, Calliope Hummingbird, Lewis's Woodpecker, Flammulated Owl, Black Swift, the Sage and Juniper specialists, and the incredible Phalarope Migration Spectacle! Join us on our Mountain West Most Wanted Tour this July 29th through August 2nd!

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What’s Included Here’s what we’ll provide on this tour.

Professional Guide Service

Transportation on the Ground

2 Nights Accommodations

All Meals with Non-Alcoholic Drinks, and Water

Birds—we’ll find some birds

A Thoroughly Enjoyable Time

What’s Not Included Here’s what you’ll need to bring.

Flights to and from Tour

Alcoholic Drinks


Cameras and Lenses

Bug Spray

Jackets or Sweaters

Shoes and Socks

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What an amazing experience! We brought two of our kids out on a Flammulated Owl tour with Tim and it was amazing.
Niki J. “Flammulated Owling”, 2017
Himalayan Snowcock and Cassia Crossbill! Another trip with Tim, another success! These were the "big two" for this trip and Tim delivered in spades.
Paul K. “Most Wanted”, 2018
It is great to see a guide who gets excited about seeing the birds and at the same time cares about their welfare!
David D. “Multi-day Tour”, 2018
Tim is a fantastic guide so friendly and kind. He's funny too. I felt very comfortable on his tour which was sold out.
Melissa H. “Flammulated Owling”, 2018
This was my first experience with a guided bird trip and it could not have been better.
Robin C. “1/2 Day Tour”, 2017

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