Altai Eagle Hunter Trek: Western Mongolia
August 12 to 24, 2018 |USD 3900 pp
A trip of a lifetime: Five words that arguably make up the most over-hyped tagline in adventure travel. But, imagine if you will, joining a pioneering expedition that will explore a spectacular and unexplored corner of the Altai mountains (that until last year was completely off-limits to outsiders), all the while supported by a bactrian camel train, and guided by one of the region's fabled eagle hunters. Well, now you're talking.
And there's more. Our team will trek deep into the larch-forested valleys, crystal-clear lakes and snow-capped peaks that straddle the wild border with China - home to snow leopard, brown bears, golden eagles and ibex - and tackle a final trip challenge by summiting a 3500m peak near sacred Ongon Khairikhan mountain that offers a stupendous panorama over the Altai. Finally, at the eagle hunter family ger camp of our trusted friend and guide, we will experience warmhearted Kazakh hospitality and witness an authentic eagle training session as Shohan prepares his young raptor for the winter hunts.
The expedition will also have a positive impact on the ground, by ringfencing proceeds from the trip to purchase (and present) much needed equipment for the local school. In addition, as part of the adventure, each team member will also symbolically 'adopt' a snow leopard cub in western Mongolia (and receive a formal certificate issued by the Snow Leopard Trust) to help with funding the secretive big cat's ongoing conservation in the area. So, join us if you can - it really does have all the makings of that trip of a lifetime.
Why Join Our Team?
This is a pioneering route through a remote region of western Mongolia that will require a degree of flexibility and self-reliance from the team. The following is only the outline daily plan.
August 12, 2018
August 13, 2018
August 14, 2018
August 15, 2018
August 16, 2018
August 17, 2018
August 18, 2018
August 19, 2018
August 20, 2018
August 21, 2018
August 22, 2018
August 23, 2018
August 24, 2018
Rest assured we will be here to advise you on all aspects of preparing for, and participating in, this trip. Here are a few obvious places to start.
Toilets & Washing
A Final Word From A Previous Guest
Our two weeks in Mongolia's Altai Highlands were truly spectacular. The landscape, the nature and the people together made this a trip of a lifetime. Most importantly, none of this would have been possible without Adrian and his team at Whistling Arrow. Both planning and execution were spot on. Our route had been carefully thought through and as we trekked over some of the most stunning landscape we were well looked after at all times.
Adrian's own hands-on approach also made the trip special. He was a great guide and companion over our days together. Of course the key question is "would you do it again or a similar trip (with Whistling Arrow) and the emphatic answer is YES.
And make a nascent impact within the local community by symbolically 'adopting' a snow leopard cub and providing specifically requested equipment for the local school.