Get to grips with Kazakh and Mongolian traditions as you ride in the company of the true nomads: the Kazakh Eagle Hunters.
Setting out into the sweeping steppe on horseback, you’ll enter the foothills of the Altai mountains deep in the heart of Altai Tavan Bogd National Park in Far-Western Mongolia, which shares borders with China and Russia.
Adopting the traditional way of life on this wilderness journey, you’ll develop your riding skills, covering varied and challenging terrain in the company of experienced Kazakh Eagle Hunters. By night, you’ll combine rustic wild camps with overnights at nomadic encampments. To conclude a successful journey, the expedition will end with a celebration at the Sagsai Eagle Festival to see first hand over 6,000 years of Kazakh culture and eagle hunting skills.
- Stark scenic beauty of Mongolia’s National Parks.
- Find companionship in your native Mongol horse.
- Ride with the locals – horse breeders and Kazakh Eagle Hunters.
- Diverse riding terrain; meadows, woods, open steppe and alpine passes.
- Traditional nomadic culture and hospitality.
- Learn key skills from your hosts and guides, passed down for generations.
- Try your hand at local horseback games.
- Fascinating Eagle Festival.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Explore the far reaches of Mongolia’s national parks
- An epic horseback adventure
- Perfect for solo travellers or groups of friends
28 August 2022
13 September 2022
This trip operator runs expeditions with framework itineraries, rather than guided tours with set daily plans. A fuller itinerary is provided in the handbook which is available on request or upon application to join the team.
• Trip operator expedition leader.
• local guides, support team and drivers.
• All meals.
• All transport as outlined in the itinerary including domestic flights and support vehicles.
• Mongolian horses suitable for a wide range of riding abilities.
• All camping and group equipment.
• All accommodation (twin share in Ulaanbaatar) including tents.
• All local permits.
• Trip operator Operations Room.
• International flights and taxes.
• Transfers from airport to hotel.
• Travel insurance (compulsory)
• Excess baggage on domestic flights.
• Tips to local guides.
• Beverages and any costs of a personal nature.
• Personal equipment (your Handbook will contain a kit list).
• Any activities, accommodation etc outside of the itinerary.
Who is this trip for?
Teammates must be prepared for the following.
- Ride: averaging 6 hours a day.
- Terrain: mixed terrain from forest trails to open steppe and alpine passes.
- Climate: temperatures ranging from 20C during the day to 0C at night.
- Altitude: generally around 2500m.
- Age: 21+
Upon application, prospective teammates will receive a Handbook with further expedition information. Teammates who arrive without meeting the agreed minimum fitness requirements can jeopardise themselves and the expedition’s goal so do take training seriously, prepare as appropriate and arrive fit and ready to go.
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Mongolia: Ride into the Altai
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