KAZAK ,EAGLE FESTIVAL
actually there are 2 eagle festivals in Bayan Olgi area. One traditional with 2 days festival at around 10km far Bayan Olgi. Price for tourists: 30$/day including a traditional Khazak music concert at the theatre of Olgi. Eagles hunters come from any part of Olgy aimag, each year there is more and more eagle hunters who parcipate. 2 days of selection will permit to decide which are the 5 better eagles who will participate at the end of the festival. A young wolf will be leave free and the first eagle who will stop it will be the winner, the wolf will be not killed! Also it’s possible to see some equestrian khazak games and also during the eagle competition you can assist to a small nadaam. Authentic atmosphere guarantee. You can also see some equestrian games about Central Asia. At 60km far Bayan Olgi another eagle festival on the same days take place. On 2000 the Khazakh people decided to show the tradition costumes as eagle festival and 2 years later born the second festival just created for tourists of big tour operators, so they give better prices to khazaks to be sure to have many eagle for the festival. Also the festival presents the same games as the traditional one and as the big eagle festivals on the nearest countries where sometimes you can see until 200 eagles on competition. Prices for tourists are: 30$ /day including the same music concert in Bayan Olgi. It’s possible to rent a tent for 50$ or to sleep under a ger for 100$ and you will pay 20$ to picht your own tent prices 2006
The traditional festival on Bayan Olgi will always be on 1st wek end of October.
HUNTING WITH EAGLES: during the festival you can contact some Khazaks and ask them to go hunting with them on the mountains
HOW TO REACH OLGI You need >5 days to reach Olgi from UB. Some public buses reach the town in 5 days non stop. The best is to rent a jeep on UB to not be without transportation when you will be on Olgy and so have a opportunity to see marvelous landscape. On Olgi if you are without jeep you can reach the traditional festival for some $ by taxi and of course more difficult to reach the other one as father. Between UB and Olgy planes aren’t daily, but during summer as during eagle festival it’s really difficult to find places as they are reserved early in season by the travel agencies. Price round way from 300-500$ according season, only allowed 15kg luggage (see www.aeromongolia.mn and www.eznisairways.com) or contact email@example.com to reserve places during touristic season!
How to move in Olgy area? (see the map) if during summer it’s possible since some years to find easy a driver during winter and out of season it’s impossible or really difficult , prices are in any case expensive (always think to ask what include price…) In front of the market you can find some collective taxi who run only if full and the go in small towns (sum) of the area.
Hotel and restaurant in Olgy: few hotels and restarants, but many guantz opened last years but they close around 7.00PM (price 2009 1 to 5€)
We can indicate 3 hotel in Olgy: prices are different according season! Tavanbogd Hotel (price 2009 5 to 25€), Bastau Hotel (price 2009 2E dormitory to 12E the double room), Duman Hotel who is the most luxury with sometimes hot water! (price 2009 12 to 30€) we can recommend to visit different hotels before to choose. Attention please as during eagle festival it’s difficult to find a room, better to arrive some days before as also the reservation also made by your driver aren’t sure! During summer some Tourist camps open near the river: you can sleep under a ger. In all Olgy aimag you will not find hotels or similar: you will go to nomads if your driver will accept to drive to them or under your own tent.
Ideas: in Olgy the only place where you are sure to find hot water are the public baths. Possible to take shower and also have a sauna behind reservation (400m to the Post Office from Khazak theater) Go to the market (close on Tuesday) and as even more difficult to find go for handicraft to Altai Craft (near market, just ask your way!) During eagle festival buy your handicraft souvenirs on last day as you can get discount as after season finished!
ALTAI TAVAANBOGD PARK: 600 000 hectares . Many monads live from March to October on the marvelous area of the lake near Chinese border, be careful you will need as for all borders a special permit, inform yourselves before to leave from UB and if possible before you leave your own country to get the permit and so leave for tour immediately, your driver can do it for you and he will told you which kind of documents you have to send him. How to buy tickets? go to the desk of the national aprk, then go to the army point. Ask them to sign each places you want to go because the risk is to have to go again to this army point when you will have to show your permit to control during visiting the park. On Sundays not always open to buy tickets!
TSAMBAGARAV ULL NATIONAL PARK: 110 000 hectares, is on the way between Olgy and Khovd: really marvelous valleys around the 2 peaks of the park : the Tsast and Tsambagarav.Related to:
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BUYING A MOTORBIKE
BUYING A MOTORBIKE (information 2014)
To rent, if it’s possible, or to buy and sell at the end of the trip please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to buy a Chinse motorbike?
You can find 125 and 200 cc Chinese motorbike for around 800 to 1200€. You can buy in some shops in UB and to markets of major cities. You can sell the motorbike when you have finish your trip in same places you can buy motorbikes. It’s really more easy to buy or sell a motorbike if you are with a Mongolian as it’s hard for the deal and to have the papers (this can take several days). Chinese motorbikes aren’t good quality, but if you buy it new this will reduce a lot of problems. Nomadic can repair them. They need only around 4 L for 100km. Russian motorbike as Planeta or IKH are more expensive but best qualitiy. BE AWARE:don't take a Japanese motorbike as impossible to find outside UB for repair the motorbike!
• ABSOLUTLY take with you for 3-4 days food and some petrol even you can find now petrol in all over Mongolia and sometimes can buy to nomadic families.
• If you have a real good map you can forgot your GPS and also nomadic families will enjoy to help you
• 250km per day are enough
• weather changes so quickly so have good equipment and a tent with you
• always note the last iurt you saw so in case you lost your way or others problems you can come back and ask help
• don’t drink alcohol and remember no ambulance will come to pick you if you have an accident!
RENT MOTOBIKE: http://www.motorbikemongolia.com/index.html
ROAD CONDITION 2014
The Chinese build many paved roads in Mongolia. This reduces the distances in this huge country, but also takes away the charm of the steppe and true adventure. Generally the percentage is 50-50 , depending on the route choice. Out of a total of 50,000Km of roads in Mongolia only about 5,000Km (10%) are asphalt paved roads. In 2014 it is expected that over 2000km of new paved roads will connect east and west Mongolia to the capital city Ulaanbaatar . All other roads are gravel and dirt roads. The majority of paved roads are roads leading out of the capital city Ulaanbaatar.Related to:
HORSE TREK INFORMATION
%HORSE TREK GENERAL INFORMATION
it’s the traditional transportation in Mongolia, if you make only short riding as around Kosgol Lake and Trekhin Lake, no matter if you never ride in your life!To rent a horse is 15€ day and > 400€ to buy one. Don’t go alone or with a group WITHOUT A GUIDE as even you are good riders as the steppe can be dangerous (wild animals) and it’s easy to loose your way and also to loose the horses o someone could steal them. A guide costs around 15/20€/day, also he can be helpful to have contact with nomads or for anything else especially if you aren’t used with the horses. Mongolian saddles are made of wood and not at all comfortable, for long riding better to have own equipment. You can find goods for riding at the Black Market (be aware to pickpockets) and in big stores in U.B (saddles=200$…) the best season seems to be June as it’s the month of the flowers and weather is fine. July is very hot during the day and the nights can be really cold! Be aware to thunderstorms and rain, think to take something to protect yours luggage. It’s better to buy your horse near the place you decide to start your trip, if possible ask help for the price to a local person, you need an horse for 2 person to carry luggage, study carefully your itinerary (mountains, rivers…) try to not go in area with few population or arid areas as risk to not find water for the horses and nomads to help you if you need help and at the end of the trip why to not offer your horse you bought to a nomad? Do not think you are a real good rider even you are experienced and so if your guide ask you something or explain something just listen to him as he know why. Mongolian horses have a different character than ours, by example they don’t like long coats, bright colors as if windy they can have fear and make you fall down. Your guide as your driver are alos there for your security.
Advice to rent, buy, find a guide: contact in English email@example.com and see http://www.horsetrails.mn and some video here and here advice to buy and prepare horse trek
HORSE RIDING MONGOLIA: SOME BEST PLACES
• Khatgal horse riding around Khovgol lake all tourist camp arange a horse trek with guide
• Terelj horse riding around Gorkhi Terelj National park, all tourist camp arange a horse trek with guide. Mejet has a contact there for nomadic home stay and horse riding . Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org (English)
• Khustain Nurruu park
• Bogd Khan
• Darkhad Tsagaan Nuur
• Mandshir khiid
• Khorgo terkhiin Tsagan nuur
• In Tsetserleg (6-8 hours bus from UB) Fairfield guest house can arrange horse trips either for a day or for several days. For longer trips you need some experience in horse riding, as the horses can be a bit wild. Landscape around Tsetserleg is wooded mountains and also plain steppe country. Also good for walking just into the mountains from that small town.Related to:
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THE WILD TSAGAAN NUR
THE WILD AREA OF TSAGAAN NUR SUN
About 50 km west of Kovsgol lake is a large depression called Darkhadyn Khotgor, often referred to as Tsagannuur (white lake). This nice aimag has about 300 lakes, over 200 of them in this area alone and you can discover them hiking, by jeep or riding. From Darkhadyn Khotgor you can also reach only by riding Tsaatan tribe who lives in the taiga with reindeer.
BAYNA & ORCHER (horse guide and horse rental) will be pleased to discover with you this area and the small NAMUUN GUEST HOUSE will be happy to lodge you and to offer you family atmosphere and good food.
PRICE: 10euro/day/horse for horseback riding
From 5USD/personn to NAMUUN GUEST HOUSE in Tsagaan Nur Sun
CONTACT in Tsagaan Nur Sun to NAMUNN GUEST HOUSE
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EQUIPEMENT TO TSATAN TREK
EQUIPMENT TO RIDE TO TSAATAN
You must be prepared if you want to go to Tsatan as difficult because of the changing climate and the ride is not easy in summer as in winter:
• you need a special permit , this permit is to ask in Ub before you leave where your names and passport number will be written both name of the driver and car number. When in *** you must go to the Police and also when arriving in Tsagan Nur. Wwhen finish the ride you must go again to the Police in Tsagan Nur and in ***. This permit is obligatory because you go in a border area.
• Even in summer it’s cold and weather change many time a day.
• Don’t wear small clothes as immediately the ride will become a hell and also because you have to wear with many clothes
• Tent with DOUBLE ROOF (risk of rain, snow and ice)
• Real warm sleeping bag for high mountain because nights really cold (under 10.C on summer)
• Warm clothes because weather changes quickly. Take some clothes in case of rain
• Warn gloves, warm cup, warm scarf, clothes to protect you from rain (no cloak as if wind the horse can be afraid when the cloak will move) okay for a dell who will cover you well, it’s warm, can be used also as blanket, not expensive. Well cover your neck as wind will go there!
• Warn stocking, good shoes better boots to protect legs. You can buy them at Black Market in Ub or in ***, you will find different type, not expensive and at the end of the ride if you don’t want them just give them to a nomad.
• Riding breeches and wear underpants who use the professional cyclist to have more comfort on the saddle. No wear your usually underpants as the elastics will hurt you. Okay as confortable summer as winter fleece trousers
• Trouser for rain to wear up your riding breeches
• Rain coat, do not buy as horses don’t lake with bright colors, you can buy also in UB
• Sun glasses with a strand in case of fall of the horse, cream against the sun
• Repulsive against flies in summer
• Some energetic and dry food and water for the riding
• Small and not delicate luggage to be carried on horses, protect them in strong bags
• Take with you enough food for your journey to the tribe, you can ask them for water and cook on their stove but remember to divide…
• Medicine against pain, before leaving on morning take some pills against pain to have less pain when arrived
• No problem if you never ride on your life, but we can recommend you to take some lessons before to enjoy much the ride. To know to ride can be usuful if you fall down
• For your guides.: lighters , cigarettes and knife welcome
• Take with you wound dressing, bend as to Tsaatan families you will have to take care and also leave them some products. Bring medicine against all kind of pain and fever.Related to:
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HORSE GUIDE TO TSAATANS
BE AWARE: as some guides only want to get money and will never drive you the Tsaatans tribe, just make you a tour on forest and after 3 hours will say that they moved and so can’t find them! Many tourism report this kind of problems, if this happen just let it know to the Police in Tsagan Nur and in ***. Often people will make you believe that Tsatan live near Kösgöl lake. This is not the truth! Only one or 2 families go there for the folklore. You must be know that reindeer like only clod weather and the hot can kill them. That the reason of the numerous migrations during the year. So you can understand that the family who came every year near Kösgöl Lake don’t respect reindeers and the choice of live of real Tsatan with it rules but they are settle only to make business. Every year the reindeers who have to live near the lake suffer a lot of the hot weather. Don’t go absolutely there!
To meet really this tribe you have to go to Tsangan Nur Sum and join the camps riding, no others possibilities. You can start from Ulan Uul but it’s longer to join the camps. Once upon the time, under Sovietic rules, Tsaatan tribe lived near Ulan Uul forests but they have being oblige to move in Tsagan Nur village as Sovietic create for them. They resisted going to live in the mountain near the village.
HORSE GUIDE: ask for Bayna and Orcher tsatantours.com to Namunn Guest house in Tsagan Nur sun. the guest house is near the bank and the school. The owner of the guest house is also the Director of the scholl, so you can ask for her during school time in the school, mane is Drimaa. Most of the horse guides has being theirs pupils so she know them very well. Give work to local people without, if possible, going to the Tsatan center. Bayna and Orcher are more cute, both Tsatan and have some relatives leaving in the mountain with reindeers. Even they don’t know English they will do all for you, helping you. Around 6/7€ per day /horse, same for the horse guide per day (price October 2009) According how many days you will stay to Tsatan families and how many luggage you have to carry (some can be leaved in the Nammun guest house) you will need 2 or 3 horses per person. You can also ride in the area without problems.
Electricity arrived now in Tsagan Nur (October 2009), public shower are welcome after the ride: see time table, it’s near the school, 0.50€ per shower.
HOW TO GET THERE?: from UB is not so easy by public transportation. No daily and direct bus especially after ***. So in *** see when leave collective taxi, you can go village by village or buy all the seats of the mini bus and so leave quicker. With a private jeep it take 4/5 days from UB.
More? Ask to Mejet: firstname.lastname@example.org also to contact horse guides and the guest house Nammun and www.tsatantours.comRelated to:
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HORSE TREK TO TSAATAN TRIBE
From June 15 to August 15, Tsaatans tribe lives at 1 or 2 day riding horse from Tsaagan Nur Sun. Before and after the camps are father and hidden in the forests. No more than 50 families compose this tribe who lives only of reindeer -farming and use as house tepees like Indians of America. Tsatan tribe is divided in 2 groups: Tsatans living in West part of taïga (around 10 hours riding to join the first families) and Tsatan living in East part (around 2 days to join them) Those families, really poor, everyday fight for their own survival so if you decide to meet them please bring them some products which can better their life. Since end of Communism Tsaatan can’t go to Tuuva Republic as even there are cousin to buy, exchange reindeers, so brucellosis appears also the Tsatan people have this disease, as even an Italian association helped them giving vaccine to reindeer if nothing is doing this small tribe could dessappear. Before you leave for your trip you can buy all in U.B. or complete your purchases in Mörön and in Tsaagan Nur Sun. Buy the same quantity for the families you want to visit (5 to 10 families according the time you will stay there)
Now some Tsaatan families have under the teppe (urt) television who works with solar panel, a radio to have contact with the world and the children during school time, sometimes also a mobile but it can be use only near Tsagan Nur village. From when Tsaatan center (open by an American association) some problems started or awake again between the 2 groups. It’s never easy for foreigners to want to help persons dictating terms as rare those point of view are agree by the persons who need help. Tsaatan aren’t so happy of this intrusion , they came under this influence more than they accept it.. Tsaatan center oblige people to find others way to earn money: by example in summer some families have now some “tepee-hotels” near their own tepee, they make souvenir with the reindeer horns to sell to tourists. Now they prefer the money instead of the help you could bring (see the list) as even all is more expensive in the village than UB, and also without thinking about alcoholism who could be start quicker. Also some uses are forgotten, the fact that all Tsaatan Children go in Tsagan Nur school Mongolian language is now the official launguage of the tribe even at school their own language is learn by Tsatan children. We could be afraid that many families decide to come to live the village thinking to have an easier life, but more 5 families decided to go to live with reindeers in the mountain. Tsaatan’s life is based on the reindeers, it’s the reindeer who decide about moving, 8/10 time per year, and as reward to the care they receive they give to families what they need to live correctly. Tourism increase every year, around 400 persons (2009 statistic) came to see them. Of course this will give some work to Tsatan horse guides who are settle , often after a weeding with a Mongolian , in the valley, but it seems that the Tsaatan center dictate laws and prices. If they could resist to 70 years of communism maybe now the globalization will kill them?
List of shopping (consult your driver):
14. Rice, flour
15. Tea, salt
16. Tobacco and paper for cigarette
17. Soap, tooth- past, tooth brush, comb…
18. Woven to make dells, clothes for children…
19. Candles, lighters, matches, pens, exercise books, playing card, games for the children, tee shirts, thread and needles for sewing
20. Plus all the things written on “lodge under the ger”
Now it’s up to you to buy or not some of the products written in the list as you will pay for your journey under the tepee.
PRICE : 10 usd per horse including guide, you need 2 or 3 horses/personn to take with your own food, tent and products for Tsaatans
ask BAYNA & ORCHER (guide horse) toNAMMUN GUEST HOUSE and Dremma the owner will welcome you and help you. she has also a small grocery where you'll complete your purchase forTsaatans
SEE PHOTO OF YOUR GUIDE (Bayna & Orcher)Related to:
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TRAVEL WITH KIDS
TRAVEL WITH KIDSit’s possible to Travel with kids in Mongolia, but you must adapt your trip and means of transportation according to the age of yours kids . Roads in Mongolia are really difficult so we recommend to make short trips each day and choose private transportation as jeep with driver istead of a public bus. On public buses you will be often 12 people instead of 8 for example, privacy not possible, it can be difficult to find place for all your luggages and generally for trip more than 24 hours no night stop as the drivers will drive all the night.Related to:
CAMEL TREK IN GOBI DESERT
CAMEL TREK IN GOBI DESERT During our last trip in Mongolia we met on the small sun of Bulgan (Gobi desert 100km from Dalazangad) a nomad family who can organize camel treks. All flexible :
number of persons (departure from 1 person)
number of days (from 1 to infinity)
flexible trek (if you arrive with your own jeep , your driver can met you in another point of the desert, you can return at the start point, the same trek will not be propose to all groups…)
if you arrive by bus UB- Dalanzagad (+/-550km – 14 hours trip) the family have a contact in this town to pick you and where you can stay for night, buy the food (for the camel trek, Bulgan is a real small village but shops are small and it can be difficult to find all you need for the trek) and also to find on the market a vehicle to drive you to Bulgan. No regular bus for Bulgan so you might find a taxi and maybe pay for all the taxi if no vehicle is going to Bulgan when you will be there.
Price: the price is according how many camels you will need for your camel trek. 12 euro per day and per camel +12 euro day for the guide. You pay directly to the family! According how many people is your group and how long will be the trek you might take some camels more to transport food and luggage. If your jeep will pick you in another point in the desert you might pay the way back of the caravan. It will be always 12 euro per day and per camel, but without luggage camels walk faster (+/- half time will be necessary to return respect the trek) a camel walk during a trek around 20km per day. You need only to take with you your sleeping bag, your food and your tent (a small ger can be rent)
The family have also some guest ger (6 euro/night/person) where before or after the trek you can rest or make a nomadic home stay.
More information? Contact me or directly email@example.com who will help to prepare your camel trek in Gobi Desert.Related to:
To tell you the truth I don't like camel rides, but it was included in our package one hour of this kind of trip.
I made it in the morning, around 09:30, in a locality not too far from the dune where we had our dinner with a family who had 60 camels. Before making the ride I had the opportunity to try to milk a camel, but without success. I used to milk cows, but a camel is completely different.
The Gobi is mainly a huge dry plain of gravelly soil and sparse grass, but it has some more interesting features as well, including several areas of sand dunes. The largest set of dunes, the "singing dunes," located several hours to the west of the regional capital Dalanzadgad, is included in many package tours, but for those traveling on their own, Moltsog Eis, a smaller set of dunes just north of the flaming cliffs (see separate tip), is readily accessible by hired vehicle. These dunes are definitely not the Sahara and are hardly worth visiting if one is visiting the singing dunes or has visited larger dunes in the past. Still, they make a nice short hike and photo op for people who have not had the opportunity to see sand dunes and will not be visiting the bigger dunes to the west. They are about two hours NW of Dalanzadgad.Related to:
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Red Cliffs and Fossils
Located in the Gobi Desert about 1.5 hours northwest of Dalanzadgad, the "flaming cliffs" are a standard stop on many guided tours, but also easily reachable by hired vehicle from the provincial capital, Dalanzadgad. The cliffs, formed by erosion, take their name from their red color and have been the site of many dinosaur bone finds. The fossilized eggs that proved the dinosaurs laid eggs were found here. People who have visited Utah, or even the Australian outback, may not be overly impressed, but the cliffs are indeed beautiful and well worth the trip, especially if you have not visited this kind of landscape before. Unfortunately, there is little control of what happens here, and tourists clamber all over the cliffs, creating trails wherever a trail might be possible. This is not only risky but probably increases the erosion. Still, I enjoyed climbing to the top for scenic overlook. A memory that will stick with me for a long time was encountering a group of young people from the UK, Australia, Spain, and Korea traveling together who were singing Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" at the summit. It was a five-minute lesson in globalization and the dominance of US culture and of English.Related to:
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Gorgeous Canyon In the Gobi: A Must See!
Located in the Gobi Desert about an hour west of Dalanzadgad, the canyon Yolim Am is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. The pictures below speak for themselves. Just be sure that you allow enough time not only to walk down the canyon itself (about 30 minutes round trip), but also to explore some of the other beautiful mountain valleys that radiate off from the main trail to the canyon. Yolim Am is a standard stop on guided tours; be sure it is on yours. It is also easily reached by rented car or hired vehicle from the provincial capital Dalanzagdad.Related to:
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The Winter Palace
Its full name is Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan and is extraordinary, probably my best visit in Ulan Bator. Today is a museum.
I counted six temples on its premises, and I saw several of the Bogd Khan's possessions, such as his throne and bed.Related to:
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'Great Place of Complete Joy'
The Gandantegchinlen Monastery is the main religious center in the country. This Tibetan Buddhist monastery was founded in the beggining of 19th century and still functions a place of worship - that why it is really woth visiting! Gandan Monastery functioned until 1937, when the communists closed all the temples in the country. Most of the monastery buildings were destroyed, only few survived. Buddhism was reborn after the end of communism in 1990.
In a monastery you can meet old monks as well as the young boys learning to be monastics.
Everyone should visit the monastery clockwise, do not move backwards or walk chaotically on the temples.
I stayed here for a couple of nights - the first and last night’s of my Mongolian tour. This 4-star...more
Very good high end hotel. Modern, recently built. Very good service. We went there with very low...more
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