Altai-Kazakh New Year and Animal sightseeing
Kazakh nomads have lived in Central Asia for 400 years, Kazakh culture is quite different from Mongolian. They are generally adhere rather loosely to Sunni Islam,but religion is not a major force as so they are nomadis. Kaakh gers are taller ,wider and more richly decorated than Mongolian version. Their main holiday is the pre-islamic spring festival of Nauryz.
March 15th Arrive in UB
Meet by our team and transfer to hotel.Welcome dinner in Mongolian traditional restaurant.Overnight in hotel(3*).
March 16th To Ulgii
Come to airport to catch the flight to Ulgii city.Fly 4 hrs. Half an hour refuel stop in Tosontsengel or Moron.Transfer to the Canat’s Ger Camp, overnight in Kazakh felt gers. Visit the local museum of Ulgii town with comprehensive information of flora and fauna of Bayan Ulgii aimag as well as its colorful traditional costumes.
March 17th -20th Blue Goat National Park
Full day (5-6 hrs) drive towards to south from Ulgii about 200 km. We will have picnic on the way,having the beautiful and remote country.Also we will stop near lake Tolbo. We visit one of the local eaglehunter’s family and stay there for few days. 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 cats. Every day going side by side with eaglehunter to hunt mostly fox we learn and enjoy this unique customs of the Mongolian Kazakhs.While making the eaglehunting, we will go by the wild big remote mountains of Blue Goat Nat.Park, where we can watch some Argalis,Ibexs and deers. This place has many wild dangerous animals and birds like snowleopard, Altai argali and Ibex, lynx, wolverine and bearded volchure,black volchure, different kinds of falcons,golden eagle, and others. We have the chance to visit some Kazakh families and feel their great hospitality. Also you will see how Kazakh women make the handcrafts.
March 21st Drive to Ulgii. Drive a full (5-6 hrs) day to Olgii town.Overnight in gers.
March 22-23rd Kazakh New Year - Nauryz. Staying in Ulgii ,enjoy Kazakh New Year Celebration,Kazakh Traditional Games(Bush-Gashy,Kiss Woman on horseback,Pick up coins on Horseback and others),Kazakh Traditional Concert.You will enjoy Kazakh culture, handcraft and their great hospitality. In this country,the religion follows the our ancient nomadic customs. You will have the chance to feel the life in Altai Kazakh felt gers.
March 24th Fly Out
Transfer to the airport and fly to UB approx.4 hrs. Some recommendations:
Eaglehunting season in Mongolia are from early October to end of March. 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 20 degrees centigrade between day and night.
What to bring:
Warm and light clothing, binoculars, a hat, gloves, long underwear for travel in the high mountains,comfortable footwear,lip balm,sanitary hand wipes,sunglasses,prescription medications,(if needed),flashlight.
For eaglehunting , 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.
Includes: English speaking guide, all meals outside of UB. All overnights in hotels and gers ( or with family) , camping equipment and all local transport(UB-Ulgii-UB flights),all Border and National park permits.
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