Snow Leopards are one of the most elusive of all the big cats in the world. Called Irbis by the Mongols. Most people will know it exists in the Himalaya, Pamir, Hindukush in Inner Asia. Actually, Mongolia (Mongolian Altai) has a reasonably large number of Snow Leopard (second only to China) and with its limited areas of suitable habitat, harbors the densest Snow Leopard populations in the world. Where live Argali Sheep and Siberian Ibex, there you have a chance to see Snow Leopard, who naturally prey on these wild animals rather than domestic livestock. You will learn about on this trip.

Kazakh Eagle hunting is Altai Kazakh tradition dating back about 2000 years (Marco Polo mentions it). Kazakh people use female eagles as they are one-third heavier than the males and far more aggressive. The eagles are trained to hunt hairs, wild cat, ibex, foxes and wolves (eagles have eight times more acute than humans), and release them to the hunter, who clubs the prey to death.

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    Day 1. Arrive UB

    Arrive UB airport and meet by our guide. Transfer to 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.
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    Day 2. Fly to Hovd and Drive to Chandman village near Jargalant Mountain

    After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport. Arrive Hovd airport and meet by our team. Have a lunch in Hovd town. After lunch, we will drive towards Chandman soum, where they claim throat singing originates. The nomads live from livestock herding. On the way, we will see the Khar Us Nuur National Park, where WWF Mongolia is very active. The largest of the lakes is Khar Us Nuur (Black Water Lake). Overnight with nomadic family. (BLD)
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    Days 3-5. Explore Snow Leopard in Jargalant Mountain

    These days, we explore Jargalant Hairhan Mountain and hike into Rashantiin Am (Spring Valley), a sacred valley. Here is a sacred spring which is being said to have medicinal properties, including good for eye diseases Jargalant Hairhan (Sacred Happiness) is a snow-capped mountain, which is the back drop of Khar Us Lake. Rashantiin Am is an eerie valley with bolder and poplars. The great lakes basin has the largest reedbeds in all of Central Asia, with many bird species as well as Saiga Antelope, the rare Wild Boar (in the reeds!), Snow Leopards, Gazelle, Wolves etc. (BLD)
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    Day 6. Drive to Blue Goat Nat.Park

    After breakfast, we drive 160 km (4-5 hrs ) to northwest to come Kazakh Eagle hunter-Erbol’s summer spending place, which is located just on the north-west side of Blue Goat Nat. Park. Meet Erbol and his magnificent bird. Overnight with family. (BLD)
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    Days 7-9. Explore Blue Goat Nat. Park

    Every day hiking by the wild big remote mountains of Blue Goat Nat. Park, we can watch some Argalis, Ibexes and deer. 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 Altai Kazakh Eagle hunting skills. Overnights with family. (BLD)
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    Day 10. Drive to Olgii

    Today after 4-5hrs driving come to Blue Wolf gercamp in Olgii. City sightseeing. The bazaar in Olgii is interesting, as well as the mosque, which has been renovated in recent times. There are some very interesting back street handicraft shops and a well-stocked local museum. Overnight at local hotel. (BLD)
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    Day 11. Fly to UB

    After breakfast, transfer to Olgii airport and fly to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at (4*) hotel. (B)
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    Day 12. Depart UB

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


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

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.


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.

Alternative connections to Olgyi If interested in entering or exiting across the land border with Russia, we can pick you up or leave you at Gorno-Altaisk or Barnaul, in southern Siberia (Russia).
Price USD 1905 per person (min 2 members)
Group size: 2-24
Discounts available for groups.

Eng. guide, 3meals per day, overnights with nomadic families and local hotel in Olgii, sleeping matts and bag, 4x4 car, Kazakh eagle hunter and riding horses, nat. park ranger and permits. ULN-HVD and ULG-ULN flights.


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


Any time of year

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