Horse Trekking in the Mongolian Altai

Eagle Hunters - Kazakh, Western Mongolia
Eagle Hunters – Kazakh, Western Mongolia

In the summer of 2011 I went on a 21-day horseback trek through the Altai Mountains in Western Mongolia. After the trek we set up our yurt at a 3-day Eagle Festival.

Mongolia is a Buddhist country, so, being a Tibetan Buddhist myself, I visited several temples and museums in Ulan Batar.

In the Altai Mountains of western Mongolia our horse trek passed through a varied landscape, from heavily forested hillsides to blasted moonscapes.

Our final few days were spent at an Eagle Festival, complete with a camel race.

 

The Boss-lady on the trek was a Kazakh woman named   Amangul. She was a prize-winning singer and musician, and one night she entertained us in the communal yurt.

Here is a video of Amangul singing a song about the Altai.

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