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from:Carla Bosia
to:BlueWolfTravel LLC
date:Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 11:11 PM

Hi Canat,

I'm writing to thank for the organization of the trip to the Blue Goat Natural Park last week. I really enjoyed my time there - and I think that this was possible also because of the guide, the cook and the driver all together. Moreover, the hunter and his family have been so hospitable! Such an hospitality is something we are not used anymore here in Europe, I think, and I was moved.

I'm writing also to ask if you have a contact, like an email or a mail address, of the hunter, so that I can send them some pictures I took while there.
When leaving, I had no chance to ask for it.
If I understood well, he and his wife will spend the winter in a village (maybe Deluun?), so I guess I could print some pictures and then try with a mail.

In the while, thanks again.

I'm already missing the beauty of your country.

Bests,

Carla

Christian Gillesto Blue Wolf Travel

February 8, 2017

Just made an absolutely fantastic organized Trip with blue wolf to kasac eagle hunters. ....
This Company is led by heart and soul and i am really Thankful for this journey. ....May wakan tanka and Unci maka bless their ways with health happiness and abundance


Michael Rock michaelrock173@gmail.com

September 21, 2016

Hi Canat,

We are now back home and wanted to take a moment to tell you how much we enjoyed our Altai trek. Erganat was a great guide, speaks very good English, and was attentive to our needs and answered our endless questions. Jenka's cooking was something that we looked forward to at every meal and were amazed at the amount, variety, and quality of the food she prepared. We also appreciated Oraza's and Adilat's handling of all the animals and their willingness help us across some of the deeper streams with the horses and camels. We were also impressed with Adilat's help in the kitchen. Everyone took great care of us and we had a great time.

Thanks,

Mike


Katharine Scarlett

Thanks again for everything Canat. Matt, Andy and I all really enjoyed our trip.

We wanted to leave a small tip for Mohammed and Zoya to say thank you for all their hard work, but embarrassingly didn't have much cash with us at the end of the trip. I've just transferred $30 to you - I'd be grateful if you could pass it on to them when you get a chance.

Kind regards,

Kate


from:

Patrick Macabré

to:

BlueWolfTravel LLC

date:

Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 12:41 PM

subject:

THANK YOU !!!

Dear Canat,

We would like to thank you for the wonderful trek we had in Altai.

Every people of your time was very kind and helpful.

Our guide Bota was perfect, the cooker Saule was very kind and the horse men's very nice people. Therefore, it was the dream team for this beautiful trip in Kazak part of Mongolia.

We hope everything will run good for you, your family and your company.

With very warms regards,
Patrick & Joao


2016/june/5-19
Alain Petit

Dear Canat,

I would like to thank you for the excellent service you and your team has provided during my stay with you all. Traveling with your team has created life long memories and I would come back to visit Mongolia without hesitation.

Some of your team members had asked if I could share some pictures I have taken during the trip. I have sent you a link separately called “BlueWolf June 2016” so you can download and share these pictures with them, if you wish to.

Many thanks again for your outstanding service.

All the best for your Entreprise,

Alain Petit




Great experience with Blue Wolf Travel
The opportunity to join a photography trip to stay with the Kazakh eagle hunters in Bayan Olgii in Mongolia was the trip of a lifetime for me.

In September 2015, my wife and I were privileged to be able to join a small group of photographers, including former AIWC member Mary O’Connor, and travel to Olgii in western Mongolia where we stayed for several days with two families of Kazakh eagle hunters.

The region of Bayan Olgii in the North-western corner of Mongolia is predominantly ethnic Kazakh (indeed many people moved from here to Kazakhstan in the early 1990s), and many of them still live their traditional lives in yurts (gers) and “winter huts”, sometimes moving their herds of cattle, goats, sheep, and horses hundreds of miles from summer to winter feeding areas. Along the way, many of the men continue to hunt with their golden eagles.

There are also a very small number of girls and women who hunt with their eagles. Indeed, we were able to stay one night with the family of the youngest female eagle hunter, who is only 14 years old but is already very famous (if you do an internet search, you will undoubtedly find many photos of her). Her name is Ashol-Pan, the only teenage female eagle hunter in Mongolia. She became famous when photographs, taken by the Asher Svidensky, went viral on social media. We had the privilege of meeting her family, sleep in her parents’ home and Dolores was even given a lesson in milking cows by Almagul, the very cheerful and hardworking mother of Alshol-Pan who was at boarding school with her sisters.
For two days we travelled by horseback to try some hunting with the eagle hunters. Then for another two days we attended a festival of eagle hunter games, where the hunters and their eagles showed off their skills in competition against each other. The events included eagle hunting skills as well as Buzkashi (which in this part of Mongolia is not a team event like the Kokpar here Kazakhstan but is rather a 1:1 tug-of-war), “kiss chase”, and even camel racing.

Dolores particularly enjoyed the camel races, almost being run over by a pair of completing camels at one point. Without a doubt though her favourite activity was shopping and negotiating for embroidered Tuskiis (traditional embroideries done by the Kazakh women for decorating their homes) and other items in the outdoor market. She became so well known amongst the market sellers, that they recognised her in the streets of Olgii a few days later!

For me however the most memorable events involved the eagles. It was amazing the watch the skills of these hunters and their birds and impressive to see these birds flying. Coming from the west coast of Canada, I am no stranger to eagles, but this was a whole new experience for me to be so close to these magnificent birds.
I hope the photos provide a sense of the elegance of the hunters and the power and beauty of their eagles.
Please note that this trip was, at times, arduous and conditions can be very basic; we slept together cosily with the families and other travellers, we went several days without showers, used very rudimentary outdoor toilets and were transported in the ubiquitous UAZ (УАЗ) van over very rough terrain – some nights brushing teeth was optional! We went in mid-September which can be cold, but exposure to sun is intense, but eagles can only hunt when the weather is cold. Being outdoors and exposed to the elements was a part of it we enjoyed, it was part of the adventure. We very much appreciated the opportunity to sleep in the same yurts our host families did, share their food and tea, having dusty hair, gritty teeth and being exposed to the elements gave us a real appreciate for the resilience and spirit of the people we met.

Edits, travel notes & photography by Dolores Maisoneuve

We travelled to Olgii return from Almaty on three flights; first leg was on Air Astana to Bishkek, then from Biskek to Ulaanbaatar on Turkish Airlines and then on Aero Mongolia from Ulaanbaator to Ölgii. Our return flight from Ölgii to Ulaanbaatar was delayed a whole day, these types of delays are to be expected in these smaller airports.

Accommodations: While in transit to Olgii, in Ulaanbaator we stayed at the Ulaanbaator Hotel on Peace Avenue, about
30 minutes to the Chinggis Khaan International Airport when there is no traffic! While we were touring we slept all together in the same yurts/gers and homes as the families.

Travel company: Our travel company was called Blue Wolf Travel, owned and operated by Mr. Canat and his bilingual staff took care of everything while we were on tour with the eagle hunters. They can arrange any kind of tour you want, we were on a special photo-safari trip to take photos of the eagle hunters. Ignore what you read on TripAdvisor, go with an open mind, don’t expect perfection and be ready for adventure and it will be the time of your life! The National Geographic magazine uses this travel company, so you will be amongst experienced professionals. Here is the website: http://bluewolftravel.com/

Other Links you may find interesting:
An Article about Alsho-Pan:http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/10/16/ashol-pan-eagle-hunter/
Photographer Padraig Grant’s website:http://www.padraiggrant.com/
Artist and Photographer Mary O’Connors website:http://maryoconnorart.com/
To download the original magazine:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/y1n62vfbr96xjn4/AB%20Feb%202016.pdf?dl=0

Well done with our assistance

https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorResearch/videos/10154311847569708/


TRAVELLERS, 2017

from:

gculp108.

to:

BlueWolfTravel

date:

Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 6:37 AM

subject:

Thanks for a wonderful trip!

Hello Canat,

I want to thank you so much for organizing for me such a wonderful tour in Mongolia.

Spending time with the wonderful nomad families, experiencing the beautiful Altai Mountains and attending the Altai Eagle Festival were very special experiences. Your staff was very helpful and professional in making my trip the best experience possible.

I want to thank you also, for helping arrange for me a driver in Central Mongolia, where I was able to visit several wonderful monasteries and nomad families.

I've attached several photos from my trip.

Many thanks and warm regards,

Gregory

Hi Canat
I am delighted that you were able to get the etickets for me. I was never able to get a reply from Aero Mongolia, so I don't think I could have done it without you. I thank you for the excellent job you did in response to my request.
I will be in touch later when the time comes to complete my payments and discuss the details of preparing for our Altai visit.
Thanks again for your efforts on my behalf.

Bill Duncan , Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 9:55 AM


Kris Lippenskris.lippens@gmail.com

Like I said previously, I was really pleased with the team, good English speaking guide, he knew the route very well, was patient and had a lot of experience.

Excellent cooks on both trips, help cook als really good.

Pack animals all good, including the caretakers.

Very good food, vehicles in order, really I cannot find anything that did not fulfil the expectacions, I am sure we can work again together in the future!

Best regards


Kris Lippens from Belgium.

0489 845 216





Apple Bits AIWC February 2016

Magnificent Mongolia – A Journey with Kazakh Eaglehunters

Our travel company was called “Blue Wolf Travel”, owned and operated by mr. Canat and his bilingual staff took care of everthing while we were on tour with eagle hunters. They can arrange any kind of tours you want. We were ona special photo-safari trip to take a photos of eagle hunters.

Ignore what you read on Trip Advisor, go with an open mind, don’t expect perfection and to be ready for adventure and it will be the time of your life.

The National Geographic magazine uses this travel company, so you will amongst of experienced professionals.

Here is the website: http://bluewolftravel.com/

Edits, travel notes and photography by Dolores Maisoneuve <dolores.maisonneuve@yahoo.co.uk>

Frank Liu

9/28/15

Dear Canat,

This note is LONG overdue. I have been composing it in my mind for the past 6 months. I want to thank you on behalf of myself and my mother for a magical, heart-felt and soulful trip to the Altai. Key to the magic was our beautiful, kind, smart, and talented crew: Unergul, Mohammed, and Janka. I feel not only did we have brilliant guides, companions, and cooks, I connected in real friendship with them and think about them often. I am in touch with Janka via Facebook, but do not know how to contact Unergul and Mohammed. Please send them my warm greetings and well wishes! I have finally gone through the mountain of photos I took while in the Altai, and am about to put in an order for photographs so that I can give copies to Mohammed, Unergul, and Janka - and also to the wonderful families with whom we stayed. I am concerned about sending them by mail since our check to you never arrived. I remember your son was coming to the US to study, and wonder if he will be returning to Mongolia any time soon, and if so, if there is a way I could give them to him to give to you to give to all parties concerned? I see also that Asholpan and her family are at the Sundance Film Festival. I don't know if they will be traveling through New York, but if so, I have photos I would like to give to them as well.

I'm attaching a couple photos here. I don't know if the magic translates if you weren't there, but they bring all the magic back to me. Please share with Unergul and Mohammed!

Best regards,
Julia Dengel

Julia Dengel from USA, New York.

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Canat :

Please again accept our appreciation for your arrangement of our tour which we enjoyed very much during our stay in Ulgii. In addition stayed at your home made us feeling at home and your hospitality has left us an unforgettable good impression and all your family members are so nice and we feel we are brothers and sisters. I understand why your biz growing so fast and I believe most of the tourists who come to you will have the same feeling with me. Wish your biz faster and stronger.

As I mentioned your family members will always welcomed to contact with me when they are in Beijing especially Tianjin,my hometown.

Best regards,

Frank Liu / 刘庆鹏

MCPL

We deliver project

3rd floor, Nissan Center, 2nd khoroo,

Sukhbaatar district, Sun Road-13,

Ulaanbaatar-14251, Mongolia

Email address: frank.liu@mcpl.mn;

Office phone: (976) 7010 8881

Fax :(976) 7010 8885

Mobile phone: (976) 88115611

Hilik Magnus

hey canat,

first i would like to thank you and your entire team for your great help in the rescue of tal and daniel.

you did a great job and we and their families are very pleased and grateful

please send me a summery of all the costs with all the details so we can transfer the money as soon as possible.

best regards,

thank u we r gratfull for your effort

hope to c u soon i had been in Mongolia several times

next time i will visit u

Hilik Magnus
Founder & chief rescue officer

Magnus International Search & Rescue

Toval 20, Ramat-Gan 52522 Israel

M: +972-50-8899699

T: +972-3-8006808

F: +972-3-7515529

Emergency 24/7: +972-3-6006505

www.magnus.co.il

Apple Bits

Apple Bits AIWC February 2016

Magnificent Mongolia – A Journey with Kazakh Eaglehunters

Our travel company was called “Blue Wolf Travel”, owned and operated by mr. Canat and his bilingual staff took care of everthing while we were on tour with eagle hunters. They can arrange any kind of tours you want. We were ona special photo-safari trip to take a photos of eagle hunters.

Ignore what you read on Trip Advisorhttp://cdncache-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png, go with an open mind, don’t expect perfection and to be ready for adventure and it will be the time of your life.

The National Geographic magazine uses this travel company, so you will amongst of experienced professionals.

Here is the website: http://bluewolftravel.com/

Edits, travel notes and photography by Dolores Maisoneuve <dolores.maisonneuve@yahoo.co.uk>

Frank Liu

9/28/15

Dear Canat,

This note is LONG overdue. I have been composing it in my mind for the past 6 months. I want to thank you on behalf of myself and my mother for a magical, heart-felt and soulful trip to the Altai. Key to the magic was our beautiful, kind, smart, and talented crew: Unergul, Mohammed, and Janka. I feel not only did we have brilliant guides, companions, and cooks, I connected in real friendship with them and think about them often. I am in touch with Janka via Facebook, but do not know how to contact Unergul and Mohammed. Please send them my warm greetings and well wishes! I have finally gone through the mountain of photos I took while in the Altai, and am about to put in an order for photographs so that I can give copies to Mohammed, Unergul, and Janka - and also to the wonderful families with whom we stayed. I am concerned about sending them by mail since our check to you never arrived. I remember your son was coming to the US to study, and wonder if he will be returning to Mongolia any time soon, and if so, if there is a way I could give them to him to give to you to give to all parties concerned? I see also that Asholpan and her family are at the Sundance Film Festival. I don't know if they will be traveling through New York, but if so, I have photos I would like to give to them as well.

I'm attaching a couple photos here. I don't know if the magic translates if you weren't there, but they bring all the magic back to me. Please share with Unergul and Mohammed!

Best regards,
Julia Dengel

Julia Dengel from USA, New York.

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Canat :

Please again accept our appreciation for your arrangement of our tour which we enjoyed very much during our stay in Ulgii. In addition stayed at your home made us feeling at home and your hospitality has left us an unforgettable good impression and all your family members are so nice and we feel we are brothers and sisters. I understand why your biz growing so fast and I believe most of the tourists who come to you will have the same feeling with me. Wish your biz faster and stronger.

As I mentioned your family members will always welcomed to contact with me when they are in Beijing especially Tianjin,my hometown.

Best regards,

Frank Liu / 刘庆鹏

MCPL

We deliver project

3rd floor, Nissan Center, 2nd khoroo,

Sukhbaatar district, Sun Road-13,

Ulaanbaatar-14251, Mongolia

Email address: frank.liu@mcpl.mn;

Office phone: (976) 7010 8881

Fax :(976) 7010 8885

Mobile phone: (976) 88115611

Hilik Magnus

hey canat,

first i would like to thank you and your entire team for your great help in the rescue of tal and daniel.

you did a great job and we and their families are very pleased and grateful

please send me a summery of all the costs with all the details so we can transfer the money as soon as possible.

best regards,

thank u we r gratfull for your effort

hope to c u soon i had been in Mongolia several times

next time i will visit u

Hilik Magnus
Founder & chief rescue officer

Magnus International Search & Rescue

Toval 20, Ramat-Gan 52522 Israel

M: +972-50-8899699

T: +972-3-8006808

F: +972-3-7515529

Emergency 24/7: +972-3-6006505

www.magnus.co.il

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Reindeer Herders and Eagle Festival, 2018

Day 1. Arrive UB

Meet by our guide on arrival UB. Transfer to 4* 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). (B)

Days 2-3. Fly to Huvsugul and Drive to Renchinlkhumbe village

Fly to Murun and meet by our team.

Driving about 300kms /7-8hrs/ reach village Renchinkhumbe. The road goes by Darhad Hotgor valley.Darhadyn Hotgor is a wide high valley west of Hövsgöl nuur. The valley is about 150 kilometers long and 40 kilometers wide, the valley's altitude is about 1600 meters, and the surrounding peaks are up to 3100 meters high. Darhadyn Hotgor is named after the Darhad Mongols, who make up most of the valley's population.

On second day, we will meet horse rangers and first introduction to the horses and riding training. Overnights in tent. (BLD)

Day 4. To Reindeers

Early morning we start horse ride toward high mountains. Only next day evening, we reach the reindeers people, who live in tepees. Overnight in tent. (BLD)

There are about 400 reindeer people of 80 families in total. They live in tepees. Their livelihood is completely dependent on the nature and few heads of reindeer. The most famous shamans are among them. Visiting the Reindeer people can be a lifetime experience for you either the challenging riding in awe-inspiring nature with bardens of high mountain passes, steep slopes and boggy valleys as well as an exotic lifestyle of them in the remoteness

Day 5. Stay with Reindeer family

Learn their everyday life and their traditions as like milking reindeers, riding, processing skins. Also you enjoy the beautiful nature. Reindeer people /Tsaatan/ are small ethnic group of Mongolia /about 600/. They follow shamanism and very believe in mysterious shamanist deeds and traditions. (BLD)

Days 6-7. Ride back to road end and Drive to Murun

Known as “The Dark Blue Pearl”, Lake Khovsgol is Mongolia's largest and deepest lake. Located in the northernmost province, it is the largest tributary stream of Lake Baikal in Russia. Lake Khuvsgul is 136 km long, 36 km wide, and 262 meters deep and is located at an altitude of 1645 m above sea level and is frozen from January until April or May. It's the second largest fresh water lake in Central Asia. It's inhabited by nine species of fish including the Siberian grayling and lenok. Fishing and sport fishing are becoming popular in the lake area. Taiga Fauna and Flora, Tsaatan, practicing reindeer breeding are the main attractions for tourist. Different ethnic groups live in the area: Khalh, Darhadt, and Buryat. Tsaatans are reindeer herders. Lake Khovsgol is on the important migration route for birds from Siberia, thus facilitating marvelous opportunities for birdwatching. In the evening, come to Murun city. Overnights in local hotel. (BLD)

Days 8-10 Drive to Olgii

Driving from Hangai Forest Area to Altai Mountains, you can see many different wild areas, where mountains and steppe areas are combined. Meeting nomadic families, you can see how they are used to live on these remote wild places. Last day, come to Olgii, where you can stay in gercamp or hotel with hot shower. (BLD)

Day 11 Hunting with Golden Eagle

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. 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). Overnight with family. (BLD)

Days 12-13 Eagle Festival

Drive to the festival place and 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 ger/local hotel. (BLD)

Day 14. Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd Nat. Park

We will drive further west. Bayan-Ulgii is rich in archaeological remains, as a reminder of the Bronze Ages and the time of the Huns and Turkic invasions. At Shiveet Hairhan Mountain, where numerous Tuvan nomads live, in Altai Tavanbogd National Park, we will pitch our camp. Shiveet Hairhan is holy for them, so there are about 400 Ibexes there. Sometimes seen, sometimes not seen. Here we will be able to view the biggest petroglyphs from the second period of the Huns (200 B.C.). The Huns were the reason for the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi to build and finish the Great Wall of China at this time. Overnight in tent/ger. (BLD)

Day 15. Potanin Glacier and Snow Peaks

We will do day hike in the area. In the mountains here, there are some 20 glaciers and this is one of the few locations in the world where camels are used as pack animals in glacier areas. Should weather conditions be difficult we will not be able to see the glaciers. Tavanbogd means “the Holy Five” referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul is the highest in Mongolia, 4374 meters above sea level. Quite a considerable height at this latitude. Overnight in tent/ger. (BLD)

Day 16. To Hoton and Hurgan lakes

Today’s driving to north comes out to 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. These are the summer pastures of numerous Kazakh herdsmen. Their yurts are a bonanza of handicraft. They are a very friendly and hospitable people. 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 or with family. (BLD)

Day 17. Drive back to Olgii

Walk down few hours and reach the road end. Drive to east via Ulaanhuis over desert mountain landscapes, with the snow-capped Sogoog Mountain as a powerful backdrop and the Altai Mountain range ahead of us. After driving 4-5hrs, come to Olgii.

Overnight in gercamp/local hotel. (BLD)

Day 18. To UB

Early breakfast. Transfer to Olgii airport and fly to UB. Meet by our guide and transfer to 4* hotel. (B)

Day 19. Depart UB

Early breakfast and transfer to UB airport. (B)

Staff: A local guide who speaks English and Mongolian will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow. 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 traveling.

Meals: Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt to both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips. We have no problem accommodating vegetarians on our trips.

The climate: Mongolia has very cold winters and conditions similar to above the Siberian should be expected. Mongolia has the world’s highest atmospheric pressure, allowing for blue skies throughout the winter. Hence, there is usually little precipitation, which in turn enables nomads to have 50 million head of livestock on natural winter pastures in the winter. Cattle remain in the outdoors throughout the winter. In April, the weather usually 5 to 15 degrees centigrade subzero in the daytime, and around 15-25 degrees subzero at night.

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

My price is 3040$ per person, if your group size is 2 people.

Includes: English speaking guide, 4x4 transport, 3meals per day, cook with cooking gears, festival fee, overnights in tent/ger or local hotel , visit reindeer people, camping gears (tent, mats), packing and riding horses/reindeers, border and national park permits.

Excludes: Local flights, alcohol drinks, personal needs, and laundry. Single occupancy is 220$.

Dates for 2018:

March, 10-28

September, 4-22

September, 25- October, 13

Mongolian Eagle Festival, Altai Explore and Eagle hunting


Hunting with Golden Eagle is one of the most unique features of the Kazakh life. The hunter is named kusbegi or berkutchi. The experience of wild birds training was gained by Kazakh kusbegi by centuries, the secrets were impacted from the father to the son and kept deep secret. At the present time we can meet few people with such name. These masters have innate gift of wild birds training. For a hunting they tame falcons, golden eagles and eagles. Names of birds are given depending on their appearance and battle characteristics. The hunting with Golden Eagle are during ten centuries. Was considered, to present the teenager a nestling of hunting bird, means, to wish to him to begin courageous, strong dzhigit.

To train golden eagle – it is the high art. The caught bird gradually accustom to the owner. For it berkutchi some nights doesn't close eyes and interdicts to sleep golden eagle. The bird can take feed (bits of uncooked meat) only from hands of the owner. After bird will get used to the hunter- berkutchi, his horse and dog, berkutchi begins to train to hunt for stuffed fox and only then the real hunting begins. Specially trained golden eagle hunts for small animals: rabbits, foxes, and partridge, black hazel grouses


Day 1. Arrive Ulaan Baatar

By your arrival in UB meet by our guide and transfer to hotel. After lunch, 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 in 4* hotel.

Days 2-5. Fly to Olgii and Altai Explore

Transfer to UB airport and fly to Olgii.

Meet by our team and transfer to Blue Wolf office.

After lunch and tour briefing, we drive about 4-5hrs and reach the road end. This is home place of Tuvan people, who don’t have any religion. On the way we will stop near Mountain Shiveet Hairhan (Holy Mountain). Tuvan people respect this mountain like their god, so no hunting. There are about 400 ibex. On the southeast side of this mountain, you will see the biggest rock printing (petro-glyphs) from the period of the Huns (approx. 200 B.C.). The Huns were the reason for the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi to build the Great Wall of China. First day, trek for 11 kms toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. Pitch camp next to the 20km long Potanina glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai. Remain there for two nights. Tavanbogd means “The Holy Five”, referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul is the highest in Mongolia, 4374 meters above sea level. Quite a considerable height at this altitude. It is a stunning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow-capped peaks. Second day, for a full day we will make day hikes to the Malchin Uul. These are non-technical climbs. Overnights in tent.

Third day, after early breakfast, start to drive nearby western side of HurganNuur and HotonNuur, where many Nomadic Kazakh families spend summer. There are many ancient Turkic stones with face on the way. On the right side we see the snowcapped mountains with forest, which make the wall between China and Mongolia. Picnic lunch near small mountain Biluut Tolgoi, where you have a chance to see numerous rock-printings.

Next day, afternoon drive back to Olgii. Stay in ger camp/local hotel. (BLD)

Days 6-7. 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. (BLD)

Days 8-9. Kazakh Real hunting with Golden Eagles

The Mongolian Kazakhs use for hunting female eagles as far they are bigger mail ones and more aggressive. These eagles are trained to hunt foxes, 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 hospitality. Overnights with family. (BLD)

Day 10. Drive to Olgii

Today we say good-by to our host-Kazakh Eagle hunter and his family and start to drive back. Driving by northwestern route, we will be able to have beautiful views of the entire Altai Mountains range. Afternoon drive to Olgii. Have a dinner in “Blue Wolf" restaurant and have a Kazakh short concert. Overnight in gercamp/local hotel. (BLD)

Day 11. Fly To UB

Early breakfast. Transfer to the airport and fly to UB approx.3 hrs. Transfer to 4* hotel. (B)

Day 12. Depart UB

Transfer to UB airport. (B)

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:

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 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.

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

My price is: 1900$ per person, if group size is 2 and more people

Inclusion: Eng. guide, land transport, 3 meals per day (not in UB), cook with cooking gears, sleeping tent with matts and bag, 4* hotel in UB, gercamp/local hotel in Olgii, camping gears, Eagle Festival fee, Kazakh Eagle hunter with his bird and riding horse, border and nat. park permits. And ULN-ULG-ULN flights.

Exclusion: Personal needs, laundry and alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is 240$.

Dates;

March, 16- 27

September, 10-21

October, 1-12


Mongolian Eagle Festival Adventures (2018)


Hunting with Golden Eagle is one of the most unique features of the Kazakh life. The hunter is named kusbegi or berkutchi. The experience of wild birds training was gained by Kazakh kusbegi by centuries, the secrets were impacted from the father to the son and kept deep secret. At the present time we can meet few people with such name. These masters have innate gift of wild birds training. For a hunting they tame falcons, golden eagles and eagles. Names of birds are given depending on their appearance and battle characteristics. The hunting with Golden Eagle are during ten centuries. Was considered, to present the teenager a nestling of hunting bird, means, to wish to him to begin courageous, strong dzhigit.

To train golden eagle – it is the high art. The caught bird gradually accustom to the owner. For it berkutchi some nights doesn't close eyes and interdicts to sleep golden eagle. The bird can take feed (bits of uncooked meat) only from hands of the owner. After bird will get used to the hunter- berkutchi, his horse and dog, berkutchi begins to train to hunt for stuffed fox and only then the real hunting begins. Specially trained golden eagler hunts for small animals: rabbits, foxes, and partridge, black hazel grouses


Day 1. Arrive UB

By your arrival in UB meet by our guide and transfer to hotel.

Day 2. Visit Chinggis Khan’s statue and city tour

Today, we will do city tour. After breakfast, we start to drive towards Khan Khentii National Park, where Genghis Khan's homeland and where a rich pasture, cattle, sheep and land, since ancient times of good natural pastures. On the way, we stop near “Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex” and “XIII Century National Camp”.

Chinggis khan statue complex is located 54 km from Ulaanbaatar among beautiful natural scenery on the bank of river Tuul. After picnic lunch, we continue our driving and reach Lake Khokh. Here Chinggis Khaan was entitled as Khan of Mongols in 1189 and listen to brief historical highlights about significant event in the history of Mongolia.

Drive back to UB. 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 in 3* hotel.

Day 3. Fly to Hovd (D)

Arrive Hovd airport and meet by our team (guide, driver and cook).

Here we will meet “Hoomii-singers”.

The Hovd town was a trade center, located on the northern Silk Road with connections to Russia and China. In 1763 the Manchu administration built the fortress Sagijn Cherem (Castle). An area of about 4 ha was fenced with 3m high and 2m wide walls. Now all 18 Mongolian ethic groups live in this province. After a lunch, drive to Durgun village, where is possible meeting with Green Toro. Overnight in local hotel. (BLD)

Day 4. Drive to Glaciers and meet Uriakhai people

After breakfast, we will drive few hour and see the beautiful snowcapped peaks, rocky valleys and crystal clear spring waters.

We can visit the nomadic Kazakh and Urianhai (one of western Mongolian ethnic groups) families and feel their grade hospitalities. They live mostly on the north side of Tsamba-Garav Uul (one of the highest snowcapped mountains in Mongolia 4208m). The place called “Tavan Belchir” /Five Pastures/.

From North West side of the TsambaGarav Uul we have the chance to hike easily closer to snow caps. After lunch, drive 2-3hrs and reach Ulgii town. Overnight in local hotel. (BLD).

Day 5. Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

A full day’s 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. Overnight in ger/wooden house. (BLD)

Days 6-7. Trekking to/from Tavanbogd Massif

Today we’ll start our trek for 11 km toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. Pitch camp for 3 nights next to the 20km long 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. Overnight in ger/wooden house.

Last day, continue our driving and reach Olgii. Overnight in local hotel. (BLD)

Days 8-9. 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. First overnight at Blue Wolf gercamp. Second day, afternoon drive to Kazakh eagle hunter’s family. Overnights in local hotel. (BLD).

Day 10. Drive to Blue Goat Nat. Park

After early breakfast, start to drive to east about 180km (about 5hrs) and reach one of Kazakh Eagle hunter’s families. His house is located near “Blue Goat Specially protected area”. Overnight in ger/wooden house. (BLD)

Day 11-13. Kazakh Eagle hunting (horse riding and eagle hunting)

Every day going with Kazakh Eagle hunter by the wild big remote mountains, we can watch and have a part in hunting with golden eagle for rabbit, fox, wild cat and other animals.

This place has many wild endangers animals and birds like snow leopard, Altai argali and Ibex, lynx, wolverine and bearded vulture, black vulture, different kinds of falcons, golden eagle, and others. Staying with Eagle hunter, you can learn some skills.

Overnights in ger/wooden house.

Last day, afternoon, drive about 160 km and reach Olgii. Overnight in local hotel. Welcome dinner with short Kazakh concert in Blue Wolf restaurant. (BLD)

Day 14. Fly to UB.

Early breakfast and transfer to Olgii airport. Fly back to UB about 3hrs. Transfer to 3* hotel. (B)

Day 15. Depart UB

After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport. (B)

My price is: 2815$ per person, (min. 2 people)


Includes:

English speaking Guide, 4x4 car, 3 meals per day, cook, tent, overnights in hotel or gercamp in Olgii, camping chair, pad, Golden Eagle Festival fee, Kazakh Eagle hunter with his bird and riding horse, national park permits.

Excludes:

Personal needs, laundry and alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is 310$.

Some recommendations:

The western Mongolian winters are cold and dry with occasional snow, but most days have clean blue sky and strong sun. The temperature can fluctuate as much 5-10 degrees centigrade between day and night. /-10°-25° during a days and -15°-30° of Celsius during a nights/

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:

For eagle hunting, local Kazakh people use horses. 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.

Dates:

2018,

EFA-01. 14-28 of March, 2018

EFA-02. 8-22 of September, 2018

EFA-03. 29 of September-13 of October, 2018

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