The Wilderness of Western Mongolia and the Kazakh Eagle Hunters (July 2020)

On this experience spend your days trekking in the mountains, and spend your nights connecting with the local nomadic communities. Learn about their life and get a glimpse into their ancient traditions. Each day will be filled with slow time, a chance to get to reflect and really get to know the land and people.

This trip culminates in a visit and homestay with a Kazakh family that call this area home. Besides being warm, welcoming, and amazingly friendly, these people are well know for their practice of hunting game using Golden Eagles. You will learn this ancient tradition and get a chance to interact with these beautiful animals.

per adult from

$1,799

NZD

Duration

14 days

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  • What's included :
    • 1x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • See our website for full details
    What's excluded :
    • International flights, trekking gear (sleeping bag, clothes, boots), travel insurance, tips, alcohol

  • Day 1: Arrival - Ulaanbaatar

    Stop At: Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar
    Welcome to Mongolia! A great land of mountains, deserts, plains and home to beautiful, vibrant, and welcoming people. But let’s start from the beginning. Upon arrival, a private transfer will take you to your accommodation in downtown Ulaanbaatar. After your check-in at Hotel 9, take the rest of the day at your leisure to
    explore the city and its many bustling neighborhoods. You guide can give you recommendations on places to visit. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your hosts.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: Into the Wilderness of The West

    Stop At: Khovd, Khovd, Khovd Province
    Today you will catch an early morning flight to the town of Khovd which will be the starting point for your journey. Meet your local guide and get underway! On the way to the Ger camp where you will spend the night you will explore caves with ancient carvings and artifacts. As you venture further into the mountains you will begin to feel yourself separating from the modern world. This is the time to prepare the mind and heart for the journey to come.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight: at Ger Camp

    Day 3: Explore Khuhk Lake

    Stop At: Khovd, Khovd, Khovd Province
    Today is a day of connecting with the natural landscape and exploring the inner and outer world. Take time today to look over the pure, glassy reflection of the lake and scale the local peaks. Your local guide will teach you about the plants and wildlife that somehow exist in the environment year round. At night, as you gather around the camp fire under a starry sky like no other, we will take time to reflect on the journey so far and where we want to go. What do you want to discover about yourself and this place? How will you open yourself up to interacting with others?
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight: Tent Camp

    Day 4: Shuurkhai Valley

    Stop At: Bayan-Olgii Province, Bayan-Olgii Province
    Today will be a walking meditation, an exercise in finding the spaces in between our steps that can illuminate the path. Trek for 6-7 hours while you enjoy the beautiful landscape, crystal blue lakes, and the vast green valleys of this incredible land. Along the way stop at important sites to learn about the local culture. By evening arrive at your camp and enjoy a meal cooked over the fire in the traditional nomad style.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight: Tent Camp

    Day 5: Doloonuur Valley and The Power of Physical Challenge

    Stop At: Bayan-Olgii Province, Bayan-Olgii Province
    You will make your way through the beautiful Doloonuur Valley. Our trek will take us near Mönkhkhairkhan Mountain which is sacred to the local people here. In the afternoon you will arrive at the camp of a local nomad family where you will stay the night. Learn how the practice of perpetual movement has become second nature to these people and engage in mutual learning and lots to drink! You will stay two nights here.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 6: Doloonuur Valley and The Power of Physical Challenge - Day 2

    Stop At: Bayan-Olgii Province, Bayan-Olgii Province
    Rise early today for you have a long climb ahead of you. Physical challenge is another method, like cultural exchange, to break down our barriers and leave behind our comfort zone in order to learn about ourselves and others. A few ways that physical challenge does this:

    1. When we focus our attention on a single task, especially one that is challenging, we find ourselves in a state of Flow. This mind state produces feelings of euphoria and clarity where we are fully immersed in the task at hand.
    2. At what we think is our physical limit we find ourselves at a crossroads. We have a choice to make: give up and go back, or push beyond what we think is possible. When we are able to go beyond our comprehension of what we think we can do we find a new way of seeing ourselves that helps us grow.
    3. When overcoming a strong physical challenge within a community or small group, we strengthen the bonds which connect us to time, place, and each other. Achieving a physical challenge imprints that place and people into your life story, forever part of the larger tale of humanity.

    In that spirit, today you will climb the second highest peak in Mongolia: Mt. Mönkhkhairkhan. At 4,204 meters high this peak is an imposing feature on the baron landscape. The climb will take all day, is non-technical, and will test your ability to persevere.
    Duration: 24 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 7: Kotogor Valley

    Stop At: Bayan-Olgii Province, Bayan-Olgii Province
    After your long day of work and reward, today will be a slow walk through the steppe. Take your time and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of probably the most scenic and breathtaking landscapes of the whole trip.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight: Tent Camp

    Day 8: Serrun Lake Festivities

    Stop At: Bayan-Olgii Province, Bayan-Olgii Province
    For the next two days your will live with a local nomadic family and participate in what is called a "naadam," or collection of competitions. You will witness horseback racing, archery, music, dancing, and many other traditional activities in an exciting and festive atmosphere.

    Each day a special ceremony to honor the ancestors of these people will take place to kick of the days games. Enjoy learning about the origins of these games and the social ties that are forged each year with all the nomadic families of this area.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 9: Serrun Lake Festivities - Day 2

    Stop At: Bayan-Olgii Province, Bayan-Olgii Province
    Continue Serrun Lake Festivities.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 10: Bulgan Village

    Stop At: Bulgan Province, Bulgan Province
    Winding down from the excitement of the festival, you will travel to Bulgan Village to meet a family from a neighboring ethnic group. Today will be a day of rest, or reflection, of taking stock of how this experience has impacted you. Take time to find some solitude in which to breath in the air and appreciate the experience.

    In the evening you will be treated to a home cooked meal where you will gather around a table to enjoy the local cuisine. Don't be afraid to ask questions, to be open, and to share about your life with your hosts. The greatest gift of travel is to have an exchange with people you might never have encountered before.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight: Tent Camp

    Day 11: Kazakh Eagle Hunters: Mystery and Tradition

    Stop At: Mongolia, Mongolia
    Today you will arrive at the home of a Kazakh family where you will stay the next two nights. During this time you will learn how these people have carried on a thousands year old tradition of training Golden Eagles and using them to hunt small game. You will also be able to eat and interact and learn about their way of life, exchanging knowledge and stories and lots of laughs!

    Visit our website for more information about the Kazakh background and eagle hunting history and tradition.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 12: Kazakh Eagle Hunters: Mystery and Tradition - Day 2

    Stop At: Mongolia, Mongolia
    Continue Kazakh Eagle Hunters: Mystery and Tradition.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 13: Return to Ulaanbaatar

    Stop At: Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar
    Today you will travel back to Khovd for your return fligt to Ulaanbaatar.

    After a short flight back to the captial city, you can settle into your hotel and have a much needed hot shower. Have a rest. Reflect on your journey. Find community in those your travelled with and take time to soak in the experience.

    The rest of today will be free for you to explore the city on your own, or just rest and reflect on what you have seen and done.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight: Hotel

    Day 14: The Hero Returns Home

    Stop At: Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar
    For true transformation to take place our journey does not end once we return from the adventure, it is only the beginning. Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home. It is a bittersweet transition, one filled with excitement and sadness and gratitude for the experience.

    As you begin to look around you and see the world in a new way it is important to take time to process and make meaning from what you have experienced. Here are some steps to take in your return:

    1. Remain in contact with us for your post-trip process and support in coming home
    2. Take time to truly reflect and take stock of the experience, don't rush too quickly back into "normal life"
    3. Follow up with contacts you have made and keep in touch with those you met on the way
    4. Be patient with yourself and with those around you, it is possible you are not the same person who left home at the beginning.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by Travel Life Adventures

Activity ID: V-226411P9

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