Mongolia, known as Mongolu, is a landlocked country located between China and Russia. It’s a vast emptiness that links land and sky, and is one of the last few places on the planet where nomadic life is still a living tradition.
Mongolia may have geopolitical, cultural and geographical meanings. Modern day Mongolia consists of what was historically Outer Mongolia (so called when it was part of China). The province of Inner Mongolia is politically separate and is in the northern part of China, sharing common borders with modern-day Mongolia.
In this trip we will travel full to Bayan Olgiy Province of Western Mongolia and Gobi Desert. Western Mongolia is a region in Mongolia covering the provinces (or Aimags) of Bayan-Ölgii, Hovd, Uvs, and Zavkhan. It is the most remote region of the country with paved roads from the capital, Ulaanbaatar, ending 320 km (200 miles) before reaching the eastern most point of Zavkhan. It is also the most ethnically diverse, mountainous, and scenic region of Mongolia, with thousands of years of history.
The region is home to the Kazakhs, a Muslim tribe from near the Caspian Sea, and Oirats, or western Mongols, which can be divided into 10 different tribes, as well as Khalkhs, or eastern Mongols. In addition to the ethnic diversity, the region is home to the Altai Mountain Range, with the highest peaks in Mongolia, Lake Uvs, a large saltwater lake, and many smaller lakes, mountains, rivers, forests, and steppe. Spread throughout the region are countless archeological sites with petroglyphs, cave paintings, standing stone monuments, monasteries, and ancient forts that date back as far as 10,000 years.
Prices are based on double-occupancy unless noted. Single-occupancy rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis (in most places) and subject to a supplemental fee.
We try to accommodate participants who request single accommodations, as well as those looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.
Photo Tour price is in US Dollars based upon a minimum of 5 paying participants. In the unlikely event the photo tour does not fill, there is a small surcharge of $500 USD for 3-5 paying participants.
Day 1. Arrival, March 18
Arrive in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. Take an approximately 90 mins transfer to your hotel. After short freshen up, we will do city tour starting from Gandan monastery, Sukhbaatar main square, the winter palace of Bogd Jabzan Damba Hutagt VIII, Zaisan Memorial, State department store. Overnight in hotel. (LD)
Day 2. Flight to Ulgii, March 19
Transfer to UB airport and fly to Olgii. Meet by our team and transfer to Hotel. After lunch tour briefing we visit local market local museum and photography local people. Overnights in a local hotel. (LD)
Day 3-4. March 20-21 Nauryz Eagle Festival photography.
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 a local hotel. (BLD)
Day 5-6. March 22-23 Eagle hunting experience, photography of the individual eagle hunters and photography shamans rituals in Altantsogts area where nomadic eagle hunters live.
The Mongolian Kazakhs use for hunting female eagles as far they are bigger than male ones and more aggressive. These eagles are trained to hunt foxes, wolves, rabbit and wild cat. Everyday going side by side with eagle hunter to hunt mostly fox we learn and enjoy this unique customs of the Mongolian Kazakhs. Early morning and evening we organize photography session with 3 or 5 eagle hunters on the top of the mountains, background will be snow capped Tsambagarab mountain of Altai mountain range. Following day settle date and hours with shamans for the ritual photography. Overnights in nomadic style ger. Last day, evening drive back to Olgii. Overnight in hotel. (BLD)
Day 7-8. March 24-25 Drive to west to Sagsai, Ulaanhus and Tsengel regions for landscape photography.
Today we photography landscape of Altai mountains vast valleys snowcapped altai mountains, frozen rivers and local nomads living in their wooden cabins. Overnight back to Olgiy hotel. (BLD)
Day 9, March 26 Flight back to Ulaanbaatar
Early breakfast & transfer to Ulgii airport. Fly back to UB about 3hrs. Transfer to your hotel. You will have a full day to explore the sprawling city of retro architecture, thrilling nightlife, wild traffic and exciting commerce. There’s plenty to see, do and eat – your guide will recommend some of the best places to dine at. (B)
Day 10, March 37 Depart from Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, transfer to UB airport. Leave only foot prints & take only memories from your Mongolian adventure with AVONTUR
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