The West

Altai Mountains, the pearl in the West...
   

 The eagle's kingdom ...

Welcome to one of the most beautiful and diverse provinces of Mongolia. The Northwest of Mongolia consists of alpine mountain landscape - the Mongolian Altai - the highest mountains of Mongolia. Large bizarre without outflow lakes, and huge semi-deserts are the additional features of the West. Many mountains are covered with eternal snow and ice. Despite this hostile environment you can find a variety of wildlife here. Here you can observe the most eagles Mongolia. This circumstance the Kazakh minority has taken advantage of and uses the eagle to hunt. The eagle feast of Kazakhs illustrates this in a clear manner and the interested visitor has the best chance at this festival to discover the colorful culture and lifestyle.
 

 Different language - Other Religion...

The West is very sparsely populated. But there still live many different ethnic groups here, of which are Kazakhs are the largest ethnic group. The Kazakhs arrived in the summer of 1840 in the Mongolian Altai region to graze their animals. But they wintered in Kazakhstan. During the revolution in Mongolia (1921) the border for all was closed. The Kazakhs could not return to her home country and found their new home here. Few of them later moved back to Kazakhstan.

The blue eyes, blond hair and the Kazakh language is a contrast to the Mongols. In contrast to Buddhism of the Mongols, the Kazakhs are Islamists. The men are experienced hunters with the eagle and horse. Their women decorate their costumes with particularly beautiful and colorful embroidery. The Kazakhs in Mongolia cultivate and honor their old customs. Such as. hunting with an eagle or falcon; it is still practiced today as it used to.

 

An untouched nature...

The Altai Mountains with its several four-thousand, a snow-capped peaks, picturesque valleys and colorful wildflowers carpet is a hiking and mountaineering paradise. Through the valleys of the Altai itself rivers and small streams meander. You'll also find the only Mongolian glacier. Although the mountains are bare of vegetation, cattle breeding here and the many fish-rich rivers and lakes provide sufficient water for vegetable growing.

This shrub and tree lots mountain fauna is diverse. With a little luck you see here Maral - deer, bears, wolves and the rare snow leopard. The bird life is represented mainly by eagles, vultures, falcon, and many other birds of prey.