JOLT TREK and EAGLE FESTIVAL-2018 /fixed dates/, 18 days, price from 2740$, MONGOLIA LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP
/Trekking and eagle festival/,
Altai Mountains is the highest of three major mountain ranges in Mongolia, straddling the Russian and Chinese frontiers in the Far West. Mountains of eternal snowcapped mountains and glaciers. In these remote regions live many nomads of ethnic minorities. The Kazakhs are Muslims, and speak an ancient Kazakh language, as well as Tuvans, who are Buddhist and schamanistic. This dramatic journey will bring us to Mongolia’s highest mountain region. We will do a trekking supported by pack camels or horses and locals. We will then continue across the high Altai and trek into the lakes region, next to the Chinese frontier. Local Kazakh herdsmen will keep their priced Golden Eagles next to their yurts.
Day 1. Arrive UB airport and explore UBArrive UB airport and meet by our team. Transfer to your 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),
Day 2. Arrive Olgii and Drive to Chigertei Lake (2550m)Meet your local Kazakh guide arriving at Olgii airport and transfer to Blue Wolf Ger Camp in Olgii. Come to Blue Wolf office and get more information for your tour. Lunch and dinner in Blue Wolf restaurant. Overnight in ger. (BLD)
Day 3.Drive to Chigertei Lake, which is a summer pasture area for Kazakh nomadic pastoralist’s. We will meet with our local hosts for the next few days, which are horse and camel wranglers from the area. If the families have arrived, we will pitch camp next to their yurts on the shore line of the lake. (Tents/LD).
Day 4. Trek (2550-3005m, 5-7hrs)Load all luggage and equipment on camels, maybe horses. Trek a short day south through inhabited lush valleys. Trail finders are local Kazakh people who are also the owners of our support animals, like camels or horses. Local people keep also yaks, goats and sheep. (Tents/BLD).
Day 5. Trek (3150m-2450m, 6-7hrs)Today we will continue south through valleys, however now likely devoid of any people as we ascend to higher altitudes towards and across the Jolt Pass (3150m) which is the highest point of the trek, crossing the part called Tsengel Hairhan Nuruu. If the skies are clear (which is likely in June) there will be magnificent views of the snow capped Altai Mountains. (Tents/BLD).
Day 6. Trek (2450m-1850m, 6-7hrs)Trek through uninhabited lush valleys in the Altai Mountains. (Tents/BLD).
Day 7. Trek (1850m-2950m, 6-7hrs)Today we turn north again gaining altitude again opening up for the mountain landscapes surrounding us and we will again come down towards the marsh lands near the southern tip of Dayan Lake as we enter Altai Tavanbogd National Park here. We can now see a new group of nomads camps in the distance, who have their summer pastures in the basin of Dayan Lake. (Tents/BLD).
Day 8. Trek (2950m-2425m, 5-7hrs)Trek day northwest direction along the wetlands until we reach the Dayan Lake. Local people are in quite large number as the area has rich pastures usually due to the run off of water from the mountains and the lake side riparian zone. There is difficult to see wildlife here such as Brown Bears and Red Deer (Cervus elaphus). (Tents/BLD).
Day 9. Dayan Nuur Trek (2425m-2550m, 5-7hrs)Full day trek along the Dayan Lake with crystal clear transparent waters. The open vistas allows for great views of the snow capped mountains - among them Mt Holagash - in the distance. Hopefully pitching camp at the north end of the lake. The trek is great for fishing for Lenok Trout (Lenok brachymystax) and Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) of which Mongolia has four species, and in this area, the largest of all Graylings of the circumpolar north. Great sunset and sunrises here. The lake is rich in bird life of ducks, Whooper Swans, geese, cormorants and gulls. (Tents/BLD)
Day 10. To Drive towards Altai Tavan Bogd PeaksAfter early breakfast, we start our driving towards Altai Tavan Bogd Peaks. Drive through the dramatic steppe valley along the river that drains from the Altai Tavanbogd massif, creating a series of beautiful lakes. Reach road end near Potanin Glacier. (Tents/BLD)
Days 11-13. Tavanbogd massif (2550m-3300m, 4025m)First day, trek for 25 km toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. Pitch camp next to the Potanin 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, rest day and soft hiking around Third day, for a full day (7-8hrs) we will make day hikes to the Malchin Uul. These are non-technical climbs. Overnights in same campside. (B,L,D).
Day 14. Drive to OlgiiWalk down and reach the road end, where our cars are waiting for us. After driving 185 km, we reach Olgii and transfer to Blue Wolf Restaurant and have a lunch. The bazaar in Olgii is interesting, as well as the mosque, which has been renovated in recent times. You have the whole day to visit Olgii. There are some very interesting back street handicraft shops and a well-stocked local museum. During a dinner you will enjoy with Kazakh short concert. Overnight at Blue Wolf gercamp. (BLD)
Days 15-16. Eagle FestivalMeet 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 gercamp. (BLD)
Day 17. Fly to UBAfter breakfast, transfer to Olgiy airport to catch a flight for Ulaanbaatar. Meet by our guide and transfer to hotel 4*. (B)
Day 18. Depart UBAfter early breakfast, transfer to UB airport. (B)
|Some recommendations||Summer months in Altai are from early June to mid September. Although the 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.|
|What to bring||Binoculars, sunscreen, a hat, gloves, long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear, lip balm, sanitary hand wipes, sunglasses, prescription medications (if needed), rain gear, flashlight.|
|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 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.|
|Price||USD 2740 per person (min 2 members)|
|Group size||2-18 (Discounts available for groups.)|
|Includes||English speaking guide, 4x4 car, ULN-ULG-ULN
flights, 2 overnights at 4* hotel in UB, 4 overnights at gercamp, 11 overnights
in tent. 3 meals per day, tent with sleeping bag and matts, camping equipment,
local horse rangers with pack camel/horses, visit Kazakh Eagle hunter and his
bird, festival fee, border and national park permits.
|Excludes||Personal needs, laundry, and lunch/dinner in UB and alcohol drinks.
Single occupancy is 360 USD
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