Winter Hunting with the Kazakhs

Quest for furred animals in the Altai Mountains

Winter Hunting with the Kazakhs

Western Mongolia

  • Outdoor Activities
  • Home Stay
9 Days
2 Flights
Not Child Friendly

The tradition of hunting with Golden Eagle has been practiced by Central Asian nomads, Kazakh and Kyrgiz, for thousands of years. In 2008 this unique tradition of capturing, training and hunting was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. And now it’s your opportunity to join a Kazakh eagle falconer family and hunt with them in the High Altai mountains for the hunting season from October to March.  

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

  • Dinner

Arrival to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to hotel. Depending on time of arrival, we may have a short city sight-seeing tour. Evening welcome dinner. Overnight in a 4-star hotel.

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar ✈ Ulgii – Host family

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast we fly to Mongolia's western-most province of Bayan Ulgii, which is mostly inhabited by Kazakh people. The Kazakh have brought with them their rich cultural heritage, music, handicrafts and the ancient tradition of Hunting with Golden Eagles. We will land at Ulgii, the provincial capital, where we will visit the local market and museum, which provides an insight into the contemporary lifestyle of the Kazakhs and the history, the flora and fauna of the region. We then drive 1-hour to west to meet our host family. Overnight with the family preparing for the upcoming 3 days’ hunt. 

Day 3 – 5: Hunting with the Kazakhs

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

We mount our horses and stimulate our Golden eagles and begin our quest for furred animals in the Altai Mountains. Upcoming three days are dedicated to learning about the ancient custom of hunting with the Golden Eagles as well as daily chores of a Kazakh household. Three nights with the family. 

Day 6: Drive to Ulgii

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today we head back to the town of Ulgii. Driving through Altai mountains and rivers we visit secondary school in a village to learn about the education system of Mongolia and if lucky we get to visit the local mosque and join a prayer. In the late afternoon we arrive in Ulgii and check in to our hotel for a good night sleep. 

Day 7: Ulgii ✈ Ulaanbaatar – Khustai Nuruu SPA

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Taking the first available flight, we return to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, we will meet our driver and guide, and embark on the 2 hours’ drive to Khustai Nuruu Strictly Protected Area (SPA). The SPA was established as part of a unique project to reintroduce the world’s last surviving wild horses back to their natural environment. On the brink of extinction during the last century, only a very few Takhi or Przewalski’s horse were left in zoos around Europe. This graceful steppe horse was returned to Mongolia, and today, thanks to this special project, two herds again roam the Mongolian steppes. Overnight in a ger camp.

Day 8: Khustai Nuruu SPA – Ulaanbaatar

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

We enjoy a morning of leisure, resting from the past few days of intensive exploration. After lunch at the ger camp, we drive to Ulaanbaatar for free shopping time in the afternoon. Mongolia is world renowned for its fine cashmere and you will find this and many other souvenir items in the city. Overnight in a 4-star hotel.

Day 9: Departure from Ulaanbaatar

  • Breakfast

After breakfast at our hotel, we drive to Chinggis Khan Airport for our international flight back home.

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Dates & Pricing

Discounted rates: 
4 travelers – 15% discount  
6 or more travelers – 25% discount

  • Prices are based on twin share occupancy.
  • Applicable only for travel groups of 4 people or more booking their trip together.
  • The discounted price is the price for 2 people (below) less the discount.
  • Mongolian Ways Ltd. reserves the right to change tour prices and programs due to changes in flight schedule, changes in airfares, and other local circumstances

  • $2,460 Per Person (From 2 people)

Additional Information


Inclusions
  • ​Accommodation as per program
  • Meals as indicated in the program (full board basis)
  • Private 4WD vehicle
  • Drinking water
  • Local English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • All transfers

Exclusions
  • Travel expenses to/from Mongolia
  • Travel Insurance
  • Mongolian visa
  • Excess Luggage
  • Gratuities
  • Expenses of personal nature (food and drinks beyond those provided, laundry, etc.)
  • Anything not clearly mentioned in the program

Accomodation
  • 2 nights in 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • 1 night in local hotel in Ulgii
  • 4 nights with a Kazakh family
  • 1 night ger camp

Note: The listed hotels are tentative. Final hotel list shall be confirmed upon placing a booking and paying a deposit.


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