Mongol warriors

In winter 2004, a BBC team in collaboration with of High and Wild carried out “Mongol Warriors training” program in the Khentii Mountain Ranges of Mongolia, which later featured a chapter ‘Tasting Warrior Life’ in the BBC book titled ‘Unforgettable Things To Do Before You Die.’

Exploding from a small nomadic tribe of the Central Asian steppes, Mongols created the largest empire time has ever witnessed. Having been the most agile, strong and swift, they employed the most advanced tactics and strategies.

This program gives you the opportunity to discover the reasons that made the warriors such a powerful troop. Ride horses through the boundless steppes and learn to set up numerous campfires in order to make your enemies feel themselves outnumbered. Visit nomadic families and share a day of the lifestyle that has not changed since centuries ago, taste the renowned fermented mares’ milk and drink the Mongolian milk wine. Learn about the Mongol weaponry, equipments, and battle tactics.

Each aspect of our travel will be a discovery: incredible ways of compact life and more incredible ways of delivering a successful warfare. You will prepare your own weaponry and imitate different tactical techniques to ensure a successful war campaign. Learn to look after your horses, bridle and hobble them. Day by day, you will become more advanced in utilizing the military armaments and in field cooking.

As this is a special program, clients are required to wear warrior uniform (Mongolian traditional deel or robe) and exercise with a particular armor such as archery and bows, which you may purchase at their selling price if you wish.

Day 1   Maikhan Tolgoi – Archery and Horse riding

This morning you will be met by your guide at the hotel lounge and start driving to the east of Ulaanbaatar, where you will be trained to be a warrior of Chinggis Khaan. You will stay at Nomads ger camp, where you will have theory and practical lessons to become a warrior. After lunch you will have Archery and Horse riding classes, as you know that Mongolian warriors were all skilled archers. There is a stone monument dedicated to the Chinggis Khaan's nephew who struck the target from 335 ald or about 500 meters. After dinner at your ger camp you will mount your horse and go for a night guarding post for looking after the warrior’s horses.

Day 2   Training - Warrior’s repast

After collecting your horses you will have breakfast at your ger camp. The highlight of today’s program is that you will learn how to cook Warrior’s repast and learn about how to make Mongolian milk product including and some special recipes which are still common at the present time.

You will master riding horses and learn skills of catching a horse with a lasso and learn to shoot from a standing position and as well as from the horseback. N. Vitsen, a scholar who visited Mongolia in the last century described: "...they sit low on a horse to turn the bow easily towards the enemy. They ride fast but then turn and make a shot.” Dinner and overnight will be at the same ger camp.

Day 3   Tactics class – Worship of Eternal Blue Sky of Chinggis Khaan-Mongol Festival

Today you will learn Chinggis Khaan war/battle tactics including inspecting and finding the better war position. You will learn one of the main components of the 3 manly games - Olympic games of nomads- wrestling tricks. Later in the afternoon you will learn a Mongol song to sing later during a festival before you set off to the warfare. XIII century Mongols worshipped the blue sky and believed their ancestors were Chinggis Khaan. Before going to a war they used to invite a shaman to call the spirit of a war victory followed by a big festival with rich meals and arts.

Days 4-5 Horse ride from Urtuu to Urtuu “Maikhan tolgoi – Terelj – Gunjin Monastery

Mongols moved great distances. Extremely simple life style and employment of although simple but well proven technologies enabled them to do so. You will do exactly the same during these three days – true days of challenge. The skills you have acquired in the past few days will help you to survive on the Mongol Ride.

Each day we will ride a distance of one “urtuu”, one third of what Chinggis’ postmen rode in one day. A perfectly organized network of ‘urtuus’ covered the whole of the Mongol Empire, enabling message delivery from as far as the Black Sea within 2 weeks.

Day 6 Chinggis Troops Camp and return to Ulaanbaatar

After a relaxed morning you will drive to “Chinggis Troops camp” – tourist base of Ministry of Defense of Mongolia where you have an opportunity to disclose your natural talent, as well as test your agility, adroitness and accuracy by the use of variety of weapons to shoot static and moving targets.

In the afternoon we will be met by our support team and taken to Ulaanbaatar for a farewell dinner. During dinner there will be a small ceremony to hand you a Certificate for your successful participation in the Chinggis Khaan Warrior Training program. Overnight in the hotel.

Reisecode und Reisetermin:
NSD-001, 3-9 Juni, 2012
NSD-002, 26 Aug-1 Sep, 2012

Preis pro Person in einer Gruppe von 9 Personen:

Einzelzimmerzuschlag: USD80
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:

internationaler Transport, Reiseversicherung, Visas, Ausreisegebühr, alkoholische Getränke, persönliche Artikel.

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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