While Mongolia remains a relatively unexplored and off-the-beaten-path destination, the Altai region in the far west takes this sense of adventure to an even higher level! This remote corner of the country boasts the greatest cultural diversity, with a multitude of Turkic and Mongol ethnic minorities.
Among them, the Mongolian Kazakhs make up the majority of the population in Bayan-Olgii province. During your journey, you will also have the opportunity to encounter Tuvas (a Turkic-Mongol group), Uriankhais, and Dörbets.
This region is the last place on Earth where eagle hunting is practiced, performed by Kazakh eagle hunters known as Berkutchis. The Kazakh eagles are treated as family members and are released into the wild on their fifth anniversary. You will have the unique opportunity to stay with an eagle-hunting family during your trip! You will also have immersive stays with several Kazakh and Dörbet families.
Additionally, you will have the chance to embark on a two-day trek accompanied by horses or camels in the Altai Tavan Bogd, the country's most renowned mountain range, home to Mongolia's highest peak, Mount Khuiten, standing at 4,374 meters.