Gobi Adventure and Eagle Festival- 2020
Day 1. Arrive UB and Explore Chinggis Khan Complex
Arrive in UB airport and meet by our crew. Drive 2-3hrs (85km) to west through Ulaanbaatar and reach “Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex”. Have a lunch and explore the complex.
Chinggis khan statue complex is located 54 km from Ulaanbaatar among beautiful natural scenery on the bank of river Tuul, in the place called “Tsonjin Boldog”, memorial place connected with historic events. Afternoon drive back to UB.
City site seeing tour.
Explore Gandan Monastery, Buddhist center in Ulaanbaatar. See Zanabazar Museum
jin Lama temple. Lunch time in a typical Mongolian Restaurant
The winter Palace
Buda Big Statue on the Hill
Typical folkloric Mongol performance (songs and dances), at the restaurant, during Dinner time (optional).
Overnight in 5* Kempinskii Hotel. (LD)
Day 2. To UB airport and fly to Gobi, Explore Yoliin Am and Hongoryn Els
Arrive UB airport. Check for the flight to Dalanzadgad, the capital of South Gobi (Umnugovi aimag), /1.20 hrs. Drive to west 45kms and reach Yoliin Am Valley.
The Valley is in the Zuun Saikhan Mountain, located in the center of South Gobi aimag. The narrow Valley between high rock walls has breathtaking dramatic scenery, and no doubt is one of the beautiful places in the country. In rainy summers hundreds of small waterfalls appear in the rocky walls. Trekking camel and horse riding tours are available to the valley. After lunch, we keep driving to west and reach Hongoryn Dunes, the biggest sand dunes in all Asia.
The 800-meter high sand dunes in Sevrei soum, South aimag, are called Hongoryn Els. These dunes are 20 km wide and 100 km long. The Hongoryn River flows along the sand dunes and gives birth to oases. Visit the dunes with camel riding. Visit a local camel breeding family and learn about their breeding programs. Overnight in the ger of the tourist camp. (BLD).
Day 3. Drive to Bayan Zag
In the early morning, we will take another drive for few hours to Flaming Cliffs, site known for the first discovery of dinosaur eggs and unique landscape. Known to westerners as The Flaming Cliffs, Bayan Zag (Rich with Saxaul) is famed for its’ red sandstone cliffs which take on beautiful red and orange hues during sunset. Sculptural Saxaul trees grow in the arid rocky soil. The area is also recognized as one of the world’s largest dinosaur graveyards. In 1921, the American Roy Chapman Andrews discovered here some of the most important Paleontological findings of the last century. Since then, hundreds of archeological expeditions have come to this remote desert location, and even today with the assistance of local people dinosaur fossils continue to be found in the area.
Try your luck for dinosaur fossils here. After picnic lunch, drive towards tourist camp - Gobi1. Overnight in the ger of the tourist camp. (BLD).
Day 4. Fly back to UB.
Overnight in 5* Kempinskii Hotel. (BLD)
Day 5. Ulan Bator – Olgii
After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport and take a flight to Olgii. Arrive Olgii after 3 hrs flight and meet by our team. Transfer to Restaurant and have a lunch. Start to drive towards the steppe valleys of the lake area. We pitch camp on the shores of Hoton Lake, where you will find numerous petroglyphs. The area is below the snow-capped Ikh Turgen Uul. We are now only 15km from the China border. A fishing rod comes in handy here. The largest subspecies of Mongolian Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) is easily fished here. The numerous Great Cormorants in the vicinity are a good indicator that there are plentiful fish in the lakes. Overnight in tent/wooden house. (BLD).
Day 6. To Shiveet Khairkhan (2500m)
Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park via TsagaanGo (White River) valley and through Altai Mountains that are Mongolia’s largest and highest mountain range at over 3000-4000 meters high. One famous spot is “ShiveetHairhan” Sacred Mountain, where we will see the largest rock painting site from the period of the Huns (approx 200 B.C.). Some ancient Turkic stones can also be seen along the way. Admire the views of the snowcapped mountains with forest which make the wall between China and Mongolia. Overnight in tent/wooden house. (BLD)
Day 7-8. Trek to Tavanbogd Massif (3300m)
Today we will do soft hiking along the Potanin Glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai. Tavanbogd means “The Holy Five”, referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul at 4374m above sea level is the highest in Mongolia, a stunning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow-capped peaks.
Next day, afternoon drive back to Olgii. Overnight in local hotel. (BLD)
(Option to take horse-trekking at additional cost, subject to availability of horses).
Day 9-10. Altai Eagle Festival
Meet the Kazakh Eagle hunters. The rodeo of eagle hunting. A fantastic opportunity for photographers and adventurers alike to see these magnificent birds up close. There are approx. 400 eagle hunters in Bayan-Olgii aimag. The eagle hunters from around regions gather to test their finely trained birds in singular contests of speed and agility in these few days. During the festival we also see some Kazakh Traditional Horse Games like “BushKushi” (Try to take out from each other the goat skin on horseback),”Kiss woman on horseback”,”Pick up coins from the land on horseback” and others. In the evening we enjoy to have the Kazakh Concert with some traditional songs and music. Overnights in local hotel. (BLD)
Days 11-13. Explore Wildlife in Khukh Serkhiin Nuruu and real hunting with Golden Eagle
First day, we will drive 160kms (4-5hrs) to the southwest to come to a traditional Kazakh Nomad’s summer home in an impressive valley on the northwestern side of the great Khukh Serkh Mountain. This is a mountain range renowned for its Snow Leopards, with abundant populations of Argali and Ibex. Our visit will be benefiting from an ongoing Snow Leopard research project that is being undertaken here, giving us considerable insight into the movements and habits of these elusive cats.
In the evening, we drive few more hours and meet Kazakh Eagle Hunter and his magnificent Golden Eagle, and learn from a true master about the traditions and skills of hunting with Eagles in the Altai.
Next 2 days, we do real hunting.
The Mongolian Kazakhs use for hunting female eagles as far they are bigger mail ones and more aggressive. These eagles are trained to hunt fox, wolves, rabbit and wild cat. Every day going side by side with eagle hunter to hunt mostly fox we learn and enjoy this unique customs of the Mongolian Kazakhs. We have the chance to visit some Kazakh families and feel the grade hospitalities. Every evening we stay with the Kazakh Dombro Player (traditional musical instrument with two strings). Overnights in wooden house with family.
Day 14. Drive to Olgii
On the way to Olgii, we drive by eastern side of Tsambagarav Mountains near the Lake Bayan Nuur (Rich Lake). Here we find the summer pastures of the Kazakh nomads, who move from over 3000 metres above sea level to 1600 metres. Bayan Nuur is a salt lake surrounded by the Bor Khyarin Els sand dunes - the combination of which makes for a striking scene. The locals claim that the lake is good for fishing. Here we see a landscape of red rocky mountain granites and sandy beaches surrounding the waters. There are many water birds here. Have a picnic lunch. Enjoy with nature beauty and ancient Turkish stone with face. As we are close to River Hovd, a fishing rod comes in handy here. The largest subspecies of Mongolian Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) is easily fished here. The numerous Great Cormorants in the vicinity are a good indicator that there are plentiful fish in the lakes.
Evening drive back to Olgii. Overnight in local hotel/motel. (BLD)
Day 15. Fly to Ulaanbaatar
After early breakfast, transfer to Olgii airport and take a flight (2 hours) to UB. Meet by our guide and transfer to hotel. Overnight in 5* hotel. (BLD)
Day 16. Depart UB
Early breakfast and transfer to UB airport. Take a flight back to home. (B)
Some recommendations: Summer months in Mongolia are from early June to mid-September. Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 5-10 degrees centigrade between day and night. /+20°+30° during a days and -+10°-5° of Celsius during a nights/
Western Mongolian families frequently move from one pasture to the other using camels. The services of some herdsmen will be hired by the expedition, and they will provide us with their animals.
A local guide who speaks English and Kazakh, Mongolian will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow, with an assistant. In addition, the services of the local herdsmen will be hired along with their animals. The horsemen follow a traditional lifestyle in the areas where we will be riding.
Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt to both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips. There are always vegetables available, and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians on our trips. For breakfast we can buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area sometimes.
GA and EF-01. September, 11-26, 2020
GA and EF-02. September, 25- October, 10, 2020
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