NOMADIC MIGRATION WITH COMBINED EAGLE HUNTING PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR /10 DAYS/

Short description

The country, known as “and of blue sky, has about 250 cloudless days a year. Average temperatures over most of the country are below freezing from November through March and close to it in April and October. Winter days are mainly – 25 °C (-13 °F) but sometimes can drop to −35 °C (−34 °F) in most years.

Every season, these nomadic shepherds move their livestock to different pastures. During the seasonal spring migration in western Mongolia Kazakh nomads herd their horses, camels, yaks, cattle, sheep, and goats from their winter pasture to the spring grasslands. Their spring home in Tavan Bogd National Park in western Mongolia.The Kazakhs of western Mongolia, known for hunting with eagles, are a nomadic people whose lives revolve around the movement of their livestock. Between February and April, about 200 families travel cross the Altai mountains on a 150km journey – it takes them about five, six days. Most of the nomads chooses to move their animals in February – before the lambing season. While the journey can be much harder than in March or April, it should mean fewer fatalities among his flock of pregnant ewes. Crossing frozen lakes and mountain passes, the nomadic Kazakhs of western Mongolia make an epic journey with their livestock every spring.

Most of the families and possessions travel to their spring camp on a truck, but the livestock must cross the mountains on foot to find fresh pastures.

The herders’ camels carry frozen meat and a stove so the men can cook up a hearty evening meal. Some is kept for lunch the next day to be eaten with bread. The nomadic diet is heavy with meat and dairy products. Few vegetables grow in western Mongolia and imported produce would quickly freeze solid during winter journeys. There are clusters of drovers’ huts dotted along the route. Provided by the Mongolian government, they are positioned at popular overnight camping spots and near the high mountain passes where bad weather often forces herders to seek shelter.

Camels carry everything that might be needed to survive in the wild – but in reality herders will only need to camp out if they are stopped by bad weather or if the migration route is busy and the drovers’ huts are full. The small huts that provide shelter for people on the move can fill up quickly. Herders bring animal skins to sleep on. Each day families starts to move the animals before first light when the temperature is still very low.

Neighboring families often make the journey together, but there can be problems when different herds accidentally begin to mix. Separating them is hard and time consuming. 

The herders carry long-wave radios so they can listen to weather reports. If the weather gets too bad on the days they plan to cross high passes, they must wait until it improves. On the lower sections of the migration route where there is no snow on the ground, the wind can quickly whip up a dust storm. The herders must then round up all the animals and wait for the wind to die down. 

As the animals begin to climb, the weather becomes harsher. So there’ll be less grass. Since that’s what the animals eat, they could be at risk. There are some really bad weather. Sometimes herders lose cattle, and they would die of cold or because of the storms. Their life revolves around finding pasture for the herds, and every spring, families on a risky journey.

During the so-called transhumance, entire families play a game of chance with their animals and their health, as they cross iced rivers and travel on narrow roads at an altitude of 2,000 metres. In the icy mountains, the temperature can reach -40C and there is always the threat of wolves attacking the herd.

This tradition offers a magnificent spectacle. The chance to experience this unique lifestyle was the motivation for a rather unconventional trip.

Tour itinerary
  • Day 1 - Ulaanbaatar capital city of Mongolia
    Pick you up our driver and guide from Chinggis Khan international airport. Drive to Your hotel. Visit local outdoor market /bazaar/, Gandan Monastery and Mongolia national museum. Evening Leisure day in Ulaanbaatar city. Over night at Hotel
  • Day 2 - Ulgii city, Bayan-Ulgii province
    Fly to Ulgii city. After lunch you will drive to Dayan lakes area. There is live three eagle hunter’s family. They are stay summer camping spot. They are brothers. Mr. Talab, Mr. Bazarbai, Mr. Aitkhaval. And they are living each own Ger with families. Next day they are ready move to autumn camping spot and waiting us.
  • Day 3 - Dayan lake, Altai Tavan Bogd mountain
    Today Preparation day of the Autumn Migration. And you take pictures with few eagle hunters /3 eagle hunter family live there/. And you can take pictures of Nomadic life style
  • Day 4-7 - Nomadic migration, Altai Tavan Bogd national park
    Morning will start the migration. The autumn Migration is Kazakh nomads moving by camel and loading all of nomads Ger /Ger is like big tent. All time nomads were lived in the Ger now still living in the Ger/ and equipment’s on the camel also herding the animals with Eagle hunters. It will continue 5 days and you are will follow by car during the migration. Destination is 170 km long. On your way you are will through colorful mountain, snow mountain lakes, cross rivers and forest. You are will shoot pictures of beautiful landscape and animals also wildlife, wild-nature, scene of Nomads migration and Nomads lifestyle. Also you will spend 5 days with Eagle hunters and you can shoot eagle hunter pictures chance more.
  • Day 8 - Umnugol autumn camping spot, Sagsai village
    Finally we can reached on Mr.Bazarbai’s autumn camping spot.Today we will organize little festival of the Eagle hunters. Including 10 around Eagle hunters. On the Festival Eagle Competition of how eagles adapted to hunters, Competition of how eagles adapted to hunters “Shyrga tartu”(eagles will be qualified how fast and smoothly catch a lure that made of rabbit or fox skin), Finally Eagle hunters will competition real hunting by foxes
  • Day 9 - Ulgii city, Bayan-Ulgii province
    Afternoon You will drive to Ulgii city. Stay at Guest house.
  • Day 10 - Ulaanbaatar city
    Fly to Ulanbator. Morning our driver drop off you to Ulgii cities airport.
  • Day 11- Home sweet home
    Leave Ulaanbaatar. Our driver drop off to Chinggis Khan international airport. Thank you for visiting our country.

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Tour route
  • Day 1 - Ulaanbaatar
    Distance: n/a
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  • Day 2 - Ulaanbaatar > Ulgii
    Distance: 1200km
    Time: 3 hours
  • Day 2 - Ulgii > Dayan lake
    Distance: 190 km
    Time: 5 hours
  • Day 2 - Dayan lake
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  • Day 4-7 - Follow the Migration
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  • Day 8 - Umnugol, Sagsai village
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  • Day 9 - Umnugol>Ulgii
    Distance: 30km
    Time: 1 hour
  • Day 10 - Ulgii > Ulaanbaatar
    Distance: 1200km
    Time: 3 hours
  • Day 11 - Home sweet home
    Distance: n/a
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