24 September – 9 October, 2017
Mongolia, land of Genghis Khan, land of wide expansive vistas, the land of gers (felt tents) and a country of nomads where hospitality is unsurpassed. Buddhism and Shamanism, throat singers and contortionists, archers and wrestlers, wildlife, horses and exciting festivals; we will immerse ourselves in it all.
The Kazakhs are an ethnic group of semi-nomads who live mostly in Kazakhstan and western Mongolia. They are known for their relationships with trained golden eagles which they use for hunting. Their skills are proudly shown off at the incredible Golden Eagle Festival. It is a total sensory overload, one that we intend to completely indulge in. Our expedition will also explore the nature and wildlife of the Gobi Desert, the ruins of the ancient Mongolian monasteries and the traditional ways of nomads and camel herders.
|ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE LOCATION||Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia|
|ARRIVAL TIME||24th September|
|Accommodation||Per Person Sharing, Single Supplement|
Letters correspond to points on the map in the map tab.
Day 1, September 24th: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Day 2 am, September 25th: Olgii
Day 2 pm - Day 3, September 25th-26th: Altai Sum
Day 4-6, September 27th-28th: Riding with Eagle Hunters
Day 6, September 29th: Discovering Olgii
Day 7-8, September 30th - October 1st: Golden Eagle Festival
Day 9 am, October 2nd: Exploring Kazakh Markets
Day 9 pm, October 2nd: Ulaanbaatar
Day 10 am, October 3rd: Yol Valley
Day 10 pm, October 3rd: The Flaming Cliffs
Day 11-12, October 4th-5th: Camel Herders, Flaming Cliffs & Hongoryn Els
Day 13, October 6th: Ongiin Monastery Ruins
Day 14, October 7th: Kharakhorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery
Day 15, October 8th: Hustai National Park
Day 16, October 9th: Departure from Ulaanbaatar
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PETE OXFORD & RENEÉ BISH
Pete Oxford and his wife Reneé Bish have travelled extensively within Mongolia during all the seasons, often with special government permission and were the official photographers at the very first eagle festival some fifteen years ago. They work as professional photographers and tour leaders specializing in wildlife and indigenous cultures. With a combined experience of over 40 years, they have led expeditions to some of the world’s most far-flung and pristine destinations. Together they bring a depth of knowledge, experience and humor to each destination.