Traveling through Mongol Altai mountains – country’s largest and highest mountain range with glacier topped peaks over 3000 meters, crystal clean mountain rivers and glistening streams where inhabit world’s largest wild sheep – argali, ibex, snow leopard, wolves, eagles and many other bird species. Then heading to Ulgii town, enjoy Golden Eagle Festival, experience ancient eagle hunting tradition and Kazakh culture.
The name Altai Tavan Bogd (Five Holy Peaks of Altai) was given to a cluster of 5 dramatic peaks that tower this extensive Mongol Altai mountain range. The climate is extreme with very little vegetation, giving the surrounding landscape a barren appearance. Trekking session leads us to the holy 5 peaks where the highest is Khuiten peak at 4374m. We trek through the snowy mountains, cross the longest glaciers of the country.
The official opening ceremony begins with a parade of the hunters on horseback with their eagles. The most elaborate clothing and accessories are rewarded with the highest points. Later in the day, the eagles are judged for their speed and agility. The second day of the competition is packed with action-eagles fly from the cliff’s edge to chase bait dragged by their human hunting partners, and the men demonstrate their courage in an ancient test of horsemanship.
- Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
- 3 days horse riding
- Relax at the beautiful lakes
- Eagle hunting family
- Golden Eagle Festival
EVENT DATE : 28Sep-08Oct2020
|Group size||Price/Per person|
|2 pax||USD 2900$|
|3-4 pax||USD 2800$|
|5-8 pax||USD 2700$|
|9-15 pax||USD 2500$|
(28 Sep) Transfer to hotel. Have a relax for while. During the dunner in restaurant make short briefing on upcoming trip to Altai. Prepare for the trip.
(29 Sep)The Ulgii – the center of Bayan-Ulgii province where 90% of population is Kazakhs who have their own language and unique culture. Kazakhs are famous for its Eagle hunting game tradition. Meet our vehicle and and the local team. Transfer to Sagsay river.
(30 Sep) We are entering Altai high mountain area and arrive at Shiveet Khairkhan mountain – the closest place to the Altai peaks reachable by the car. We are traveling at the altitude of 2500-3000m. We will visit local kazakh family to explore their life as well as rent horses for our further trip. Prepare our luggage for the next 3 day trekking trip to Altai peaks.
(01 Oct) Leave our vehicle and load our luggage to the horses and trek toward the Altai Tavan Bogd peaks of 4100-4374m. Arrive at the foot of the high peaks.
(02 Oct) Start our trekking towards Potanin Glacier and Mount Altai Tavan Bogd. The Tavan Bogd (means Holy Five Peaks) highest peaks in Mongolia – Khuiten Uul- 4374m, Peak Malchin, Peak Naran, Peak Burged and Peak Olgii. Meaning the 5 Kings it comprises of five neighboring peaks. While trekking we will cross glaciers which connect those five peaks. Arrive at the camp.
(03 Oct) Arrive at Tsagaan Gol to change our horses. Tsagaan Gol, or White river, owes its color to glacial milk, the suspended powder of rock eroded be the high glaciers. Tent near nomad family. Talking with nomads and sharing our experiences.
(04 Oct) Drive back to the Ulgii city for Golden Eagle festival.
(05-06 Oct) The Golden Eagle Festival starts with its parades and competitions for costuming and hunting techniques. This festival has been celebrated since 2000 and now attracts many travelers. Each year the number of eagle hunters participating in the festival is increasing which makes the festival more colorful and spectacular. The eagles chase fox skins dragged by their owners on horseback. Points are given for their speed and gripping ability. Festival winners are announced at an awards dinner.
(07 Oct) Fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Relaxing hours at the hotel. Shopping in State department store and Cashmere house for souvenirs and products. In the evening we will attend amazing performance of Mongolian traditional music and dance.
(08 Oct) Transfer to the Airport and depart from Ulaanbaatar.
Accommodation: Hotel***,* ger camp, tented camp
Guiding and interpreting service
Full board meals
Transport: vehicle 4×4 or minivan
Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks
Museums and cultural performance
Optional activity cost
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement
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