RemotExpeditions | Mongolia Photography Expedition
1971
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Mongolian Tribal&Cultural Expedition


Mongolia is a magical country of spectacular landscapes, vast steppes, rugged mountains, clear lakes, abundant wildlife, herds of livestock, and one of the last few places on the planet where nomadic life is still a living tradition. Tribes of Mongolia is a deeper adventure with significant time devoted to understanding and photographing the fascinating minority groups and nomads of western Mongolia, particularly the Kazakh Eagle Hunters, Uriankhai and Tsaatan with a culture that has changed little since the Ice Age
Kazakhs Tribe Mongolian Kazakhs are traditionally semi-nomadic pastoralists, herding sheep, goats, yaks, camels and horses. Kazakhs have a rich culture, close extended families, and many traditions that are still practiced today that are centuries old. The Kazakhs are the second largest ethnic group in Mongolia. Most live in Bayan-Olgii Aimag. The aimag or province was created in 1939 as a semi-autonomous homeland for Kazakhs living in Mongolia. Today, Bayan-Olgii has a distinctly Kazakh culture. Kazakh is the language of everyday communication, with Mongolian used for inter-ethnic interactions and official communication. The Kazakhs were themselves descendents of Mongols and other nomadic tribes of Central Asia. The Kazakhs quickly developed a distinct identity and a powerful state for several hundred years until the Russian Empire began absorbed the Kazakhs in the mid 18th century.
Uriankhai Nomad Uriankhai is a Mongolian term applied to several neighboring “forest” ethnic groups. Uriankhai have historically been cattle-herding nomads, tending to their herds of goats, sheep, camels, reindeer, cattle and yaks for the past thousands of years. They have traditionally lived in yurts covered by felt or chums covered with birch bark or hide that they relocate seasonally as they move to newer pastures

Mongolian Tribes Expeditions 13 Days/ 12 Night


Day 1 – 11th June

Arrive to Ulaanbaatar, pick up from Airport, drive to Hotel, depending on arrival time if possible a quick introduction of the city. Overnight in Hotel (L, D)

Day 2 – 12th June

Fly to Ulgii, Drive to Altay village, visit eagle hunter’s family. Kazakh families who are well known by their hunting practices by trained Golden eagles. While we stay with a Kazakh family we will have an opportunity to learn more on this unique tradition as well as Kazakh people’s lifestyle and customs. Overnight in Gear (B, L, D)

Day 3~Day4 – 13th ~14th June

Spend the day with the family, visit neighbors, observe eagle training. Experience local life and follow the Kazakh on their activities, learn their culture (B, L, D)

Day 5 – 15th June

Start trekking in Yolt valley, we will have camels, wranglers and assistants team to do everything for us and you will only need to trek, see Yolt valley, wild nature and enjoy the blue sky and grassland and rocks, wild berries etc. Overnight in tents by Ranger station. Around 10kms walk/horse. Start from Shar Gobi summer place. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – 16th June

Continue trekking or horse riding through Yolt valley, overnight by Khorabay bridge. (B, L, D)

Day 7 – 17 th June

Picked up by cars and drive to Uriankhai nomads. Uriankhai is a Mongolian term applied to several neighboring “forest” ethnic groups. Uriankhai have historically been cattle-herding nomads. (B, L, D)

Day 8 – 18th June

Drive to Uriankhai nomadic families 50kms away from the Kazakh nomads also in Altay mountains territory. Experience Uriankhai local life, learn their traditions and take amazing photos. (B, L, D)

Day 9 – 19th June

After the morning sunrise photos we will drive to Tuvan Shaman families in Tsengel village. This is one of the last authentic shaman family who still perform real Shaman ceremony. By luck we could see and learn their amazing ancestor culture. Stay in gers. (B, L, D)

Day 10 – 20th June

Stay at the family and experience Shaman daily life, photograph them.

Day 12 – 21th June

Fly back to UB. Stay in UB. (B)

Day 13 – 22th June

Fly Depending on the fly schedule, drop off at international Airport for your connection fly. (B)

Dates and Prices

Date: 11th June – 22st June

Cost: $3930

Group size: Min. 4 – Max. 8

Starting/ending point: Ulaambaatar Airport/ Ulaambaatar Airport

Trip Leader: Spencer Montero

Cost includes: All the accommodation and meal as mention in the expeditions program (BLD), local English speaking guide, airport transfer and ground transportation, local fly to/from UB-Olgi

Price is based on double occupancy: a single supplements of $120 will apply*

*Note: We will make every effort to connect you with a roommate should you like to share a room, however, if unable to make a match, the single supplements will be apply. During the stay in the remote part will not be possible to have single room, all will be sleeping in the traditional tents</p>

A deposit of $1000 is required to hold your spot, balance is due 60 day prior to departure

Spencer Montero is a British born photographer based in Spain. His curiosity to discover the Earth and its people has taken him to remarkable places like the Altai mountains, the home of the eagle hunters of Mongolia. Spencer stayed with them in their yurts, and shared their nomadic lifestyle through his photographic lens. Whether travelling by motorcycle or backpacking through India, Ethiopia or Myanmar , he always finds a way of capturing the soul of a place.