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Bayan Olgii Aimag

Bayan Olgii aimag, Bayan Olgii, West of Mongolia

by Canat Cheriyazdaa , Canat2 Cheryiasdaa - published on , updated on

Text and photos : Canat Cheriyazdaa

The Mongolian Altai region is in the far western tip of Mongolia on the Chinese and Russian borders and a short distance from Kazakhstan. A few flights a week in an old Russian aircraft bring travellers far from the beaten path to a land of magnificent contrasts. While internet cafes and cell phones are common in the province capital the majority of the inhabitants still live the same nomadic life their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. The Mongolian Altai is unique from Mongolia in that it is home to the only other major ethnic group, Kazakh. Here the endless steppe of Mongolia gives way to towering rocky mountains and lush green valleys dotted with lakes. Containing the countries highest mountain, Tavn Bogd, parts of the Altai range reach 4374 meters.
The unforgiving climate of Mongolia makes nomadic life particularly difficult to sustain. Herders receive little assistance from the central government or local administration. After Mongolia opened to the rest of the world herders realized that through sharing their lifestyle and culture with travellers they could sustain their way of life. For 9 years Canat’s company has brought small groups of tourists to experience this unique lifestyle of nomads, eagle hunters and unspoiled nature. The families delight sharing their lifestyle while helping to preserve it by renting their animals and gers. The province is also rich in petroglyphs and archaeological sights from ancient peoples, many of which are still undiscovered. While living with a nomadic family is the acme of Mongolian experiences, you can still enjoy trekking, hiking, mountain climbing, skiing, bird watching, fishing and hunting with golden eagles

Location:
Travelling to Bayan Olgii is mostly typically accomplished by catching one of regular flights from the capital city, Ulaanbataar. Currently the flights are three times a week. Capacity on these flights is quite limited, thus in the summer time it is recommended to purchase tickets as early as possible, as flights can be full a month in advance. Additionally, you can fly to the neighbouring province capital, Khovd and take a 6-8 hour taxi ride to Olgii.

Contact
Canat Cheriyazdaa
CANATTOUR
BlueWolfTravel Co.,ltd
PO Box 071, Bayan Ulgii aimag, Mongolia
Mobile: 99-11-03-03
tell/fax:(976) 11-422-2-2772
E-mail : Canat_c@yahoo.com
E-mail : info@bluewolftravel.com
Web : www.BlueWolfTravel.com

Language : English and Russian

Cultural informations
The Kazakh people of Mongolia are a unique island of preserved culture in the western tip of nomadic Mongolia. The only other large ethnic group in Mongolia, Kazakhs compose 90% of the 92,000 people of Bayan Olgii aimag and a small percentage of neighbouring Khovd aimag. While ethnically distinct from Mongolians, Kazakhs live in harmony with people who share a common nomadic perspective on life. The feeling of Bayan Olgii is distinctly central Asian in contrast to the rest of Mongolia. The major events during the year are the Eagle Festival, typically held in the beginning of October to mark the beginning of eagle hunting season and Nuaryz held on the spring equinox to mark the beginning of spring.

The Mongolian Altai mountains of western Mongolian offer a beautiful landscape coupled with three unique cultures - Mongolians, Kazakhs, and Tuvans. The area is rich in wildlife and provides one of the last refuges for the Altai Argali, the world’s largest sheep, as well as the endangered Snow Leopard. In addition, western Mongolia is rich in archaeological sites that vary from ancient petroglyphs to stone carvings from early Turkish nomads. To travel in western Mongolia and visit this area’s nomadic people between the snow covered peaks of the Altai Mountains means to experience something that cannot be repeated anywhere else in the world. On a trip though this region, one discovers new horizons, will feel the beauty of unexplored wilderness and experience the freedom of nomadic life.

Recommended Tours:


Name: Altai Tavan Bogd Trek
Group Size: 2-16 max
Length of the trip: 15D/14N
Seasons or months to visit the place: from midJune to end of August
_ Includes: English speaking Guide, transport, food, cook, tent, guest housing or hotel, camping chair, packing horse and camels. All Border and National park permits.
Excludes: Horse- or camel riding and alcoholic drinks. Local tippings. Air fuel surcharge & taxes.
Weather: During the summer and autumn months day time temperatures in the territory range from about 16 to 20°C whereas at night they can drop to just below freezing.
Activity: Walking hours per day 7-8
Camp Elevation: 2000-2300 ft
Some recommendations: Summer months in Mongolia are from early June to mid September.Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 20 degrees centigrade between day and night.So be prepared for all weather conditions.
What to bring: Binoculars, sunscreen, a hat, gloves, long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear, lip balm, sanitary hand wipes, sunglasses, prescription medications,(if needed),rain gear, flashlight.

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