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Altai with Eagle, winter tour, December - January

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Tour Fee : 1500$

Tour Date : 2019-12-01 00:00

Booking Deadline : 2019-10-15 00:00

Travel : Winter tour

Tour status : Open

Group size : min 1 pax , max 16 pax

The Kazakh people of the Altai Region in Western Mongolia practice their ancient tradition of hunting with golden eagles. The nomadic life of the Kazakh and their unique culture and the century-old tradition of riding with golden eagles to hunt for foxes. Surviving the harsh winter is challenging, with permanent freezing conditions of up to -40 C, and to the outside world their lifestyle may seem to be a very hard way of living. However, the Kazakhs have developed a resilience for living in these conditions over the centuries.

Route: Ulaanbaatar - Olgii city - Ulaankhus village - Eagle hunter's winter place - Altai Tavan Bogd national park - Bor Burgas valley - Tsengel village - Olgii city - Ulaanbaatar

Distance: 500km by car, 30km horse ride 8hrs, 16km hiking 6hrs

Altitude: 1800m - 3600m above sea level.

Weather: -18C to -25C

Available: December - January

Day 1: 

Arrive to Ulaanbaatar - Terelj national park

Arrive to Chinggis International airport of Mongolian capital city Ulaanbaatar, upon arrival transfer to Red Rock resort in Terelj National Park. Terelj offers wondrous exotic granite rock sightseeing with beautiful bush valleys in between and surrounding gorgeous landscapes. Visit Turtle Rock and Aryabal Temple. After dinner, retire early to bed to ease fatigue from long haul flights.

Day 2:

Terelj national park – Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex



Today we will make a day trip to the tallest horseman statue in the world, dedicated to legendary Mongolian emperor – Chinggis or Genghis Khan, and see as far-sighted Chinggis Khaan holds a golden whip in his right hand. It is 40 meters tall in total. At the base of the statue, you’ll find a museum, exhibition hall, restaurant, bar, conference hall and a souvenir shop.  Overnight at the Red Rock resort and hotel. In the evening you will enjoy a concert of traditional Mongolian music including throat singing.

Day 3:

Ulaanbaatar –Bayan Ulgii– Ulaanhus (2.5h flight, 40km drive) 



Early morning transfer to airport, catch a domestic flight to Bayan-Ulgii, Altai region in the far west of Mongolia. Upon arrival, transfer by car to Ulaanhus village, where group will be hosted in homestay at eagle hunter Shohan’s winter house for the next few days, experience nomadic culture, daily lifestyle, and hospitality of the Kazakh people. Shohan is a well-known herdsman, honored with State Herder of the Year in 2017. He was featured in the documentary titled “Migration of the Eagle Hunter's Expedition” by famous photographer Timotei Allen.

Day 4:

Ulaankhus  - Eagle Hunting

After breakfast, have a hunting trip again on horseback. If the day before failed to catch any prey, today will go in search in a different location. During the process, learn more about the history and practice of eagle-hunting, you may also try holding the eagle. In the afternoon, Shohan and assistant would demonstrate traditional Kazakh games on horseback, such as picking up coins from the ground while galloping, goat-skin pulling, and “girl-chasing” games. Evening back at homestay, last night with Shohan’s family.

Day 5:

Ulaankhus  - Kazakh traditional games


After breakfast, have a hunting trip again on horseback. If the day before failed to catch any prey, today will go in search in a different location. During the process, learn more about the history and practice of eagle-hunting, you may also try holding the eagle. In the afternoon, Shohan and assistant would demonstrate traditional Kazakh games on horseback, such as picking up coins from the ground while galloping, goat-skin pulling, and “girl-chasing” games. Evening back at homestay, last night with Shohan’s family.

Day 6:

Ulaankhus – Altai Tavan Bogd national park (160km)

  After breakfast, drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park (2,500m), view of sheer cliffs and snow-capped peaks. En-route visit ancient stone figurines from Hunnu period scattered across the grassland, these are stone sculptures of ancient warriors erected on burial mounds. Upon arrival at the day’s destination, stay with a nomadic Tuvan family. Tuvan is a minority ethic in Mongolia, with their own distinct language, culture, and dress; they are believers of Shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism. For those interested in mysticism, possible to arrange a visit to Tuvan fortune teller (optional).

Day 7: 

Altai Tavan Bogd national park - Hiking & Bow shooting 

Morning take a short drive to the east side of Mt. Shiveet Khairkhan (2800m) for vista view of massif Tavan Bodg, which means “The Holy Five”, a group of compact mountains extending all the way to the border of Russia and China. On a fine day, could clearly view Mongolia’s highest peak Khuiten (4,374m). Visit nearby petroglyphs and stone figurines from Hunnu period. Evening, participating in a Tuvan archery game. At night, enjoy “family time” with Tuvan host.
Day 8:

Altai Tavan Bogd national park -  Bor Burgas valley (120km)

Today we will visit UNESCO World Heritage of Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai at the bottom of the Shiveet Khairkhan. Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain is a sacred mountain where the Tuvans worship.  Drive to Boroo Burgasin Valley, impressive forested mountains view on the way. Upon arrival, stay with a nomadic Kazakh family, taste their home made cuisine, learn about their way of life, and explore the scenic surroundings. At night, if the weather is clear, the sky would be covered with a blanket of stars, possible to sight Milky Way and shooting stars.

Day 9: 

Bor Burgas valley - wildlife watching


Bor Burgasin Valley (2,000m) is a great place for spotting a type of wild deer called Altai Wapiti. Located 25 km on the west-south Tsengel village. It is a breath-taking view of the snow-capped Mongolian Altai mountains range. We can see the spectacular views of Mt.Tsengel Khairkhan at 3,943m. Enjoy a leisure day in amazing nature, stroll in the woods, climb hills, and go in search of wild deer sighting (bring binoculars for wildlife watching from a distance). Picnic lunch in the wild. Evening back at homestay, enjoy hearty home cooked dinner, and mingle with host family.

Day 10: 

Bor Burgas valley - Ulgii (100km)


Drive back to Bayan Ulgii, arrival around evening, proceed to the viewing platform Nairamdal Tolgoi, admire panoramic sunset view of Ulgii town, where the Khovd river flows by. If we have more time we can visit local market and museum. Later, check-in to hotel in city center. At night, enjoy a dinner accompanied by Kazakh traditional folk concert at the hotel.

Day 11: 

Ulgii - Ulaanbaatar (2.5h flight)

Transfer to airport. Board a domestic flight back to Mongolian capital city Ulaanbaatar, upon arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon will go on city tour visit Gandantegchinlen Monastery and Mongolian National Museum, Sukhbaatar square. Later, tour members may opt to visit the State Department Store for last minute souvenir shopping. In the evening enjoy a Mongolian cuisine at restaurant.

Day 12: 

Airport

Departure to International flight at Chinggis Khaan International airport

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1500$

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