Altai Eagle festival + Hiking beside the Glaciers LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP
The Tsengel Hairhan Mountain is a standalone eternally snow-capped mountain, located on the way towards Big Lakes- Hoton and Hurgan. Only few hours drive from Olgii and you reach the mountain. In this remote region the traditional way of life has remained un- disturbed and there are many nomads of different ethnic minorities residing. For example the Kazakhs who are Muslims and the Tuvans who are Buddhist and shamanistic.This rock outcropping is the prominent feature beside the Tsengel Hairhan Glacier. You’ll be rewarded by great views, looking to the glacier. Your panorama will include remote views of the TsambaGarav and Twin Peaks behind you and the Altai Tavan Bogd Peaks to the front.
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 zhigit.
Arrive in UB
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), at the restaurant, during Dinner time (optional). Overnight in 4* hotel.
Arrive Olgii and Drive to Tsengel Hairhan Mountain (100 km)
Day 3 Hike by Hultsuut Valley
|Today, we load our luggage on the pack camels and start a trekking down by Hultsuut Valley. On the way, we stop next to rock-printings. Continue trekking upper valley and reach glacier lakes surrounded by rocky cliffs with ice tops. Spectacular views. Overnight in tent. (BLD)|
Climb Tsengel Hairhan Peak (3940 m, 6-7 hrs)
Non-technical and trekking difficulty level is moderate. Who choose easy level can do day hike up down the glaciers lakes. Overnights in tent. (BLD)
To Ak Korym Valley
We will load again our equipment onto pack-camels and/or pack-horses. And trek yet another route out of Hulchuut Valley into upper Ak-Korym Valley. On the left, you will see Tsagaan-Asgat Uul (3575 m). Enjoy fantastic views of the Glacier Mountains around you. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
To Lake Har Nuur (15 km, 5-6 hrs)
We will continue our trek up to Lake Har Nuur (2400 m), where you can have a nice view of beautiful green valleys and lakes, surrounded by colorful red mountains. We need to cross several small mountain rivers. When water level is high enough, you will ride a horses. Pitch a gers near Tuvan nomads. Visit Tuvan families and learn some nomadic skills. Meet our car and drive back to Olgii. Overnight in gercamp/local hotel. (BLD).
Golden 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. Overnight in wooden house. (BLD).
We have the chance to visit some Kazakh families and feel the grade hospitality. Overnight with Kazakh family. (BLD)
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. (BLD)
Fly to UB
After early breakfast, transfer to Olgii airport. 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
After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport. Leave only foot prints & take only lifetime of memories home from your Mongolian adventure.