Bayan Ulgii is the most remote province and also the most ethnically diverse, mountainous, and scenic region of Western Mongolia, with thousands of years of history. The Bayan Ulgii is a home to the Kazakhs, a Muslim tribe that preserved their eagle hunt tradition till nowadays. In addition to the centuries tradition of Kazakh people is also home to the Altai Mountain Range with its picturesque landscapes and scenery. Also throughout the Bayan Ulgii region still remains in the nature countless archeological sites with petroglyphs, cave paintings and deer stone monuments that date back as far as 10,000 years. The Kazakhs till this day still practice the ancient tradition of hunting with eagles. The men hunt with these massive birds of prey, which are caught and taken from their nest at a young age. The Kazakh men train them during the summer months and as the winter draws nearer the birds are starved to make them hungry for the hunt. In the summer the birds are usually kept, tied up, outside the gers of the Kazakh people. The birds are kept and used for hunting to the age of about 15 and then released back into the wild.
The “Hunt with eagle in Bayan-Ulgii” photo safari tour gives an opportunity to experience horse trekking through picturesque altai mountains scenery in the WILD WILD WEST MONGOLIA and interact with ordinary Kazakh people to learn about the their daily life and cultures.
This tour is designed for active and adventure seekers who are looking for tours arranged in unspoiled nature and wants be among the nomad locals far away from touristic destinations.
PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO BRING ENOUGH MEMORY CARDS FOR PHOT SHOOTING YOUR MEMORIES OF A LIFTIME IN MONGOLIA!!!!
WILD WILD WEST OF MONGOLIA AWAITS YOU!
PS: the highlight of ths trip is we have private camp and if you come during the egale festival we have best position for photoshooting during the festival.
Day 1:Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrive in Ulaanbaatar (UB), the company guide meets you at the airport/train station and transfers to a hotel in the downtown of UB city. After refreshment and short rest, the tour program starts with city tour to the Museum of National History with displays related with Mongolian history and its splendid collection of Mongolian traditional costumes exhibits. If time permits evening tour around of UB, including the World War II Memorial at Zaisan hill with beautiful panoramic view of the city. Welcoming dinner at the restaurant in downtown. Overnight at hotel. (L,D)
Day 2:Ulaanbaatar/Ulgii. Early in the morning transfer to the airport and fly to Ulgii city of Bayan-Ulgii province (3 hrs). The Ulgii city is the center of the predominately Kazakh region of Mongolia and home to 30,000 people. The city is known for its Kazakh embroidery, art and Kazakh music, which can be seen during the city tour and lunch. Sightseeing in Ulgii city, visit museum, black market and after lunch drive to the base camp that locates 30km’s away from the city. Stay overnight in a ger near the Eagle hunters and Kazakh family. (B,L,D)
Day 3-6:Ulgii. Sunrise and sunset in Altai mountains is a similar and totally different from feeling like standing in a middle of highrise buildings in a big metropolis. That’s the moment you never should miss. Spend four days with Kazakh hunters and their eagles and experience eagle hunting tradition in Altai mountain on horses. Average distance of the tour on horses 10-15 km’s each day. This trip not only gives you an opportunity to be a part of eagle hunting but also horse riding through a scenic landscape and ancient petroglyphs and deer stone is an another gem of the tour. The petroglyph image is engraved, scratched, gouged or pecked into the surface of bedrock or boulders dating back 12,000 years. Several sites are in the Mongolian Altai UNESCO World Heritage. Petroglyphs are represented by single images or by compositions of two or more images up to several hundred motifs. Turkic Standing Stones are unique stone artifacts made by the ancient Blue Turks and others made between 2000BC to right before the Mongolian Empire. These standing stones are carved to look like a man and can be over 5 or 6 ft tall. Other standing stones have images of deer that appear to be flying, made by Turks or possibly Tuvans. Throughout trip the petroglyphs and standing stones will be found quite often. Visit to Kazakh family occurs occasionally and in most cases during the lunch (picnic) time. (B,L,D)
Day 7:Drive back to Ulgii city, fly to Ulaanbaatar. Half day city tour with visit of Fine Art Museum, State Department store and cultural performance show - followed by farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.