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Western Mongolia: Altai Mountains Horse Ride Tour, 14 Days

14 DAYS ALTAI MOUNTAINS HORSE RIDE

(Western Mongolia, Glacier Mountains, wild animals, meet eagle hunter’s family)

The Mongolian Altai Mountains of western Mongolian offer a beautiful landscape coupled with three unique cultures - Mongolians, Kazakhs, and Tuvans. The area is rich in wildlife and provides one of the last refuges for the Altai Argali, the world's largest sheep, as well as the endangered Snow Leopard. In addition, western Mongolia is rich in archeological sites that vary from ancient petroglyphs to stone carvings from early Turkish nomads. To travel in western Mongolia and visit this area's nomadic people between the snows covered peaks of the Altai Mountains means to experience something that cannot be repeated anywhere else in the world. On a trip though this region, one discovers new horizons, will feel the beauty of unexplored wilderness and experience the freedom of nomadic life.

Our horse treks take you through the country, where you’ll find camping in the traditional gers are a perfect way of discovering the traditional Mongol way of life. Mongolia has a unique and durable traditional culture, centered on the herding lifestyle. Herders remain semi-nomadic, moving their animals with the seasons as they have for centuries.

Here you will meet also Altai Nomadic Kazakh people and explore their cultures, especially Eagle hunting skills.

Day 1. Arrive UB airport and explore UB

Arrive UB airport and meet by our team. Transfer to your hotel.

Today we will do city site seeing tour. Explore Gandan Monastery, Buddhist center in Ulaanbaatar. See,

Zanabazar Museum

Chojin Lama temple. Lunch time in a typical Mongolian Restaurant

The winter Palace

Buda Big Statue on the Hill

Central market (black) (one or two hours if we have time)

Typical folkloric Mongol performance (songs and dances), at the restaurant, during Dinner time (optional),
Overnight at 4* hotel.

Day 2. To Olgii (1725m)
Meet your local Kazakh guide and cars upon arriving at Olgii airport and transfer to Ger Camp. After lunch, visit the local museum town with comprehensive information of flora and fauna of Bayan-Olgii aimag as well as it colorful traditional costumes.

Overnight in Kazakh gers. (LD)   

Day 3. Drive to Blue Goat Nat.Park and meet Kazakh Eaglehunter (2800m)

Today we drive 120kms (6-7hrs ) to northwest to come Kazakh Eaglehunter-Onei’s summer spending place, which is located on the north-west side of Blue Goat Nat. Park. Meet Onei and his magnificient bird. Visit his family and feel their grade hospitalities. Bashakhan keep many horses to milk and make a koumis (nomadic beer). You have a chance see his grade golden eagle and learn some hunting skills. Overnight in tent. (BLD)

Days 4-6. Horse Ride by Blue Goat Nat.Park (5-6hrs)(2800-3100)

Every day going with local horse rangers by the wild big remote mountains of Blue Goat Nat.Park, we can watch some Argalis,Ibexs and deers. This place has many wild endangers animals and birds like snowleopard, Altai argali and Ibex, lynx, wolfrine and bearded volchure, black volchure, different kinds of falcons, golden eagle and others.

Overnights in tent. (BLD) 

Days 7-10: Horse ride towards TsambaGarav Nat.Park (5-6hrs per day or 10-25kms)(2500-3000m)

These days, you start to ride towards another Nat.Park TsmabaGarav. Tsamba-Garav Uul (the altitude 4208m) is one of the most beautiful snowcapped mountains in Mongolia.

It is just on the border of three western aimags Bayan-Olgii, Uvs and Hovd. We will see the beautifull snowcapped peaks, rocky valleys and crystal clear spring waters. We visit the nomadic Urianhai families (one of western Mongolian ethnic groups, who are famous Chinggis Khaan’s heroes with bow and arrow). 

Last day come to north side of TsmabaGarav Nat.Park, where you will meet Uriakhai people. Overnights in tent. (BLD) 

Day 11: Soft hiking day (2900-3100m)

Today staying near Tsedenbal’s ger (Urianhai family). Urianhai is one of Mongolian ethnic groups, who were the best soldiers with bow and arrow of Chinggis Khaan. Here, you can walk only few hours to reach glaciers of Tsast Uul (4208m). There is small beautiful lake surrounded by many flowers. Good for photos. Overnight in tent. (BLD)

Day 12: Drive to Olgii 

After breakfast, drive about 95kms and reach Olgii. Overnight in gercamp. Welcome dinner with short Kazakh concert in restaurant. (BLD)

Day 13. Fly to UB

After breakfast, transfer to Olgiy airport to catch a flight for Ulaanbaatar. Meet by our guide and transfer to hotel. (B)

Day 14. Depart UB

After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport. (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 20 degrees centigrade between day and night. So be prepared for all weather conditions.

Transport: 

We will select some good riding horses, saddle up, and ride. Our gear will be loaded upon camels/horses, used by the locals.

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.

Staff: 

A local guide who speaks English and 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.

Meals: 

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 usually buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area.

Group size: 2-12

Discounts available for groups. 

Includes: 

English speaking guide, 3 meals per day, cook with cooking gears, visit Kazakh Eagle hunter’s family, rangers with riding and packing horse/camels, all overnights in ger and tents, camping equipment and all local transport /UB-Olgii-UB flights /, national park permits.

Excludes: 

Personal needs, laundry and alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is 280 USD.

DATE : 2018

Number of days: 14
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch/Dinner
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Entrance fees (i.e. parks, events)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Accommodation (Hotel)
Not included: Personal needs, laundry and alcohol drins
What to bring: Binoculars, Warm hat and gloves, Long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear, Prescription medications, (if needed), Money belt and small padlocks Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions Torch/flashlight (and spare batteries) Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers) Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates Wind and waterproof jacket Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
Transport: Horse/Camel
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Payment Method

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.

Cancellation Policy

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.