Reiten: auf den Pfaden der Nomaden der Westmongolei

Ride in the far west of Mongolia, meeting a variety of ethnic groups, exploring Kazakh culture and the snow peaks of the Altai mountains, and camping on the shores of Mongolia’s largest lake. 10 days of comfortable camping with 5 days of horseback riding, and 2 days staying at beautiful borderland lakes.

The horse is the national symbol of Mongolia, and the country’s culture has been based on horses from time immemorial. Through this ride you will appreciate and understand the association between the Mongolian horse, the majestic landscape, and the life of nomadic people.

Our trek first takes us to an exceptional and largely unexplored area within the mountains and valleys surrounding the massive Tsambagarav Mountain in the far west of Mongolia, cushioned between the borders of China and Russia. On horseback, we follow the trail the nomads take when moving from their winter to summer camps, past breathtaking scenery and along high mountain trails. On reaching the spectacular Namarjin Valley a few idyllic days will be spent in the company of nomads.

Then we go on by vehicle to the most western provinces of Mongolia, Bayan Ulgii and Uvs. We visit the Kazakh minority group and their golden eagles, which are used for hunting, continuing on to the beautiful Lake Uureg, Lake Achit and Lake Uvs, which are abundant with waterfowl and an ideal settings for nature lovers.

Day 1 Fly to Khovd – Buyant River – Namarjin Valley

We will transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Khovd. Khovd City is the capital of Khovd Province and lies near Black Water Lake and Jargalant Mountain. You will be met at the airport by our local guides and drivers and taken to Buyant River for lunch. In the afternoon we will drive for about five hours to the Namarjin Valley in the Altai Mountains. You will be rewarded with the view of this vast wide-open valley filled with grazing herds of goat, sheep, and yaks, and spotted with many gers. Towering over the valley is the impressive snow-capped peak of Tsambagarav Mountain. Because our horsemen’s families live here you will have a unique opportunity to experience the nomadic way of life. We will stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 2 Namarjin Valley – visit nomadic families – horse riding

Spend the morning at leisure in the valley, walking and resting after the journey. The Namarjin is a lush and green valley with a small stream flowing through it, and is surrounded by rocky hills. Many nomadic families make it their home in the summer months. The Kazakhs, who are Muslims and one of Mongolia’s ethnic minorities, populate this area. After breakfast we will meet the horsemen and saddle up the horses for a short ride so that you can accustom yourself to the horse and tack, and to the terrain. In the afternoon we will ride to an adjacent gorge to see a glacier. On the way we will visit a Kazakh family and see their gers and way of life. Their gers are a little larger than standard and decorated with traditional hand-stitched colourful rugs. Their traditional dress is also slightly different to the Mongols as the men tend to wear large, black dels and small, bright hats. We will return to the camp for the night.

Day 3 Horse riding – visit Kazakh eagle hunters – Lake Khongor Olon

Today we begin our linear ride, and each day the camp will be moved by vehicles. While riding to Lake Khongor Olon we will visit the mighty Kazakh eagle hunters. Their eagles are kept near the Kazak gers in the summer months and then taken out to catch small animals of prey in early winter when the first snows cover the ground. The eagles are trained from a young age or caught when they are older having already developed the hunting instinct. When they are 15 years of age they are released back into the wild. We will see the birds outside the gers and watch the Kazakh men with them. We will stay overnight in the camp by the edge of the lake.

Days 4-5 2 days riding to Lake Doroo – Sukhait Mountains

We will continue riding over the Sukhait Mountains to Lake Doroo for the next two days. The landscape changes from high mountains to low grassland and open valleys, which will allow you to gallop freely across the vast plains. We will stay overnight in tents by the side of the lake.

Day 6 Day of rest at Doroo Lake

After these days of riding, we will spend a day of leisure by the lake: walking; bird watching; visiting nomadic families, and swimming. We will stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 7 Ride to Khashaat Valley

Today is the last day of riding. We will ride until we reach Khashaat Valley, where we will have a farewell dinner with our horsemen. You will be served a special Mongolian meal of ‘Khorkhog,’ which is mutton cooked slowly in a huge, metal urn with vegetables, water and hot rocks from a flaming fire. The meat becomes soft and tasty and the water turns into a thick meaty broth. We will camp in Khashaat Valley.

Day 8 Drive to Lake Achit , Bayan Ulgii

Today we will travel in vehicles and continue the journey through the westernmost province of Mongolia, Bayan Ulgii. We travel to Lake Achit, a drive of about eight hours, passing through Ulgii, the capital of the aimag. Achit Nuur is a large fresh-water lake with an abundance of bird life. We will spend the night in a tented camp by the side of the lake.

Day 9 Achit Nuur – Lake Uureg , Uvs

We will spend the morning at Lake Achit and then drive to Lake Uureg in the far north of Uvs Province. It is an exhilarating drive of about 4 hours over a rocky, mountainous road. The lake, which nestles between mountains, is small in comparison to Achit, but affords views across to Siberia. Overnight tented camp at Lake Uureg.

Day 10 Lake Uureg

We will spend a day of leisure at Lake Uureg , walking, bird watching, and swimming. We will stay at the previous night’s camp by the lake.

Day 11 Lake Uureg – Lake Uvs

We will spend the morning at Lake Uureg and then drive to Lake Uvs, passing through the provincial capital of Uvs, Ulaangom. Lake Uvs is the largest lake in Mongolia and covers 3500 sq. km. It is surrounded by sand-dunes on the eastern side and is a salt-water lake. The bird life includes Arctic tern, sand grouse and rock partridge. They live undisturbed around the shores of the lake due to the absence of animal and human habitation.There is also an abundance of shrimp living in the lake. We will camp on the shores of the lake.

Day 12 Ulaangom – return to Ulaanbaatar

We will drive to Ulaangom for the flight to Ulaanbaatar. on arrival you will taken to your hotel.

Reisecode und Reisetermin:
NRT-013, 3-14 Sep, 2012

Preis pro Person in einer Gruppe von 9 Personen:

Einzelzimmerzuschlag: USD60
Die Preise beinhalten folgendes:

2 Inlandsflüge, Transport innerhalb der Mongolei, Unterbringung in Zelten während der Reise, 3 Mahlzeiten pro Tag, einen deutsch- oder englischsprachigen Reiseführer, Transfers, Kamel- sowie Pferdereiten, Firmenpersonal inklusive der Fahrer, Pferde- und Kamelmänner, sowie das Personal in den Camps.

Im Preis nicht enthalten:

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Der Klient ist während seines Aufenthaltes in der Mongolei selbst dafür verantwortlich, eine abgeschlossene Reise- und Krankenversicherung zu besitzen.

Bitte beachten Sie folgendes:

Auf Nachfrage kann eine Einzelunterbringung auf dem Land gegen einen Aufpreis ermöglicht werden. Falls eine Einzelunterbringung in den Gercamps nicht gegeben war, wird der Betrag anhand derer Übernachtungen berechnet und Ihnen zurück erstattet. Nomads ist nicht für Überbuchungen verantwortlich zu machen, solang die Firma anhand hinreichender Unterlagen beweisen kann, dass dies der Fehler einer anderen Firma war.

Sollten unberechenbare Umstände sowie Quarantäneverhängungen, Änderungen des hiesigen Flug- oder Zugplanes eine Änderung der Reise bedeuten, werden wir Ihren Reisevermittler kontaktieren und eine equivalente Route vorschlagen. Erneut, Nomads kann nicht die Verantwortung fuer die nationale Flug- oder die Eisenbahngesellschaft übernehmen.

Der Reisende ist selbst dafür verantwortlich, gültige Reisedokumente, sowie einen gültigen Reisepass, Visum und Passfotos, zu besitzen.

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