Wonders in the West

Altai Tavan Bogd (Five Sacred) National Park
In Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, snow capped mountains, glacial valleys, forests and beautiful lakes and rivers create a majestic setting. In the north of the park, Khuiten peak (4374m, the highest point of Mongolia) of the Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains and the Potuninii Glacier (23km²) draw alpine enthusiasts from around the world. This park extends over 630.000 hectares of land, including Altai, Sagsai, Ulaanhus and Tsengel soums. There are about 35 glaciers in the Altai Tavan Bogd including Potaninii Glacier. Throughout the park fishing, hiking canoeing, camping and horseback and camel riding are possible. In addition to recreational activities, the park is rich in archeological sites including petro glyphs, Turkic men stone and burial mounds.
The park is host to argali, sheep, ibex, red deer, black vulture, elk, snow leopard, Altai snow cock and much other endangered wildlife species and rare, medicinal plants. More than 100 herding families possess their own Golden eagle, used for traditional hunting. Different ethnic people such as Kazakh, Tuva and Uriankhai inhabit in this historical site in harmony with nature. In summer months nomadic herders graze their livestock within the park and provide visitors with the opportunity to observe traditional Kazakh customs and activities such as the training of hunting eagles and the making of handcraft. 


Tsambagarav Mountain National Park
Located in the east along the border of Khovd Province, Tsambagarav Uul Mountain National Park (110.960 hectares) contains numerous glaciers and snow capped mountains. There are small patches of larch on the southern slpoe and some endangered animals in the area. There are number of nice valleys and gorges. The park host to spectacular scenery, diverse wildlife and numerous Turkic stone-men and petro glyph. Mountain climbing, horse, camel trekking, fishing, sunbath, swimming and canoeing are among the activities can undertake.

Eagle hunters
Kazakhs have a tradition of hunting on horseback with trained steppe eagles. The trainer wears a heavy padded glove on the right arm on which a hooded eagle perches, until its little leather hood (tomega) is removed and it sees its quarry, a fox or squirrel, and within moments it plummets and seizes it. A well- trained eagle flies back to his masters saddle when other horses approach. Following the hunt there is entertainment in Kazakh gers , which differ from the usual Mongol gers in that they are highly decorated with woven carpets and textiles.


Golden eagle festival
Kazakhs have a tradition of hunting on horseback with trained steppe eagles. A well- trained eagle flies back to his masters saddle when other horses approach. The festival is held in early October the Eagle Hunting Festival, a colorful and picturesque event attracting the best hunters and birds, and an important celebration for the local community. The festival begins with eagle hunters parade and each hunter displaying the hunting outfits and elaborate, beautifully adorned accessories. Later, the hunting eagles are evaluated for their skills. This event represents the very essence of the culture of nomadic Kazakhs and if you like to have once-in-life experience.


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