Trip Cost: TBD by March 2019
What country on this planet has the ability to conjure up more mystery than Mongolia? In what other country do horses and camels outnumber people? Mongolian horses and camels were and are the very center of all nomadic existence and have been instrumental in the history of the Mongols. It is thanks to these strong, yet undemanding horses, that the armies of Chinggis Khaan conquered half of the known world in the 13th century, and, thanks to them, mongols are still able to roam vast steppes of Inner Asia practically the same way their ancestors lived for a millennium.
Without camels, it would not have been possible to support trade routes between Asia and Europe in ancient times. As late as the mid 20th century, these gentle creatures were one of the main means of transport in the whole of Inner Asia. Camels enabled the great Tea Road to flourish for over 200 years. They were critical to the first motorized expeditions in Mongolia organized by the American Museum of Natural History between 1922 and 1927.
On this exciting expedition, you will be able to imagine yourself being a part of a camel caravan crossing the mighty Gobi Desert. You will ride horses along with descendants of Chinggis and Khubilai Khaan on their home turf. You will sleep in traditional Mongolian tents known as gers, made of a circular latticed wood structure covered with layers of thick felt. They are heated by a burning wood stove and furnished with traditional painted furniture. You will also join in on the famed Golden Eagle festival in the far-western province of Bayan Olgii. The Golden Eagle Festival is one of the most anticipated cultural events of local Kazakhs. Every year, both the eagle and the hunter prepare for not only the hunting season but to compete in the annual festival. Winning the games is a prestigious and milestone event in the life of an eagle hunter. Some of the participants come from as far as 250 kms (150 miles) away.
We are still in the process of building a unique and special itinerary so please check back soon. If you are looking for an exotic and culturally exciting experience, please join us in September 2020 for Mongolia Magic!
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