date:Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 6:27 PM
I am just now back home in the USA. Many thanks for your support and service during our time in Mongolia. I wanted to write and let you know how excellent Blue Wolf and staff were. The drivers, cooks, and other support staff were all wonderful. The food was great, and the tents and equipment worked very well. Look forward to my next visit.
|from:||Carla Bosia |
|to:||BlueWolfTravel LLC |
|date:||Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 11:11 PM|
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.
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 email@example.com
September 21, 2016
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.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 12:41 PM
THANK YOU !!!
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
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,
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:
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