Altai Mountains

The wild and unspoilt western reaches of Mongolia are home to the rugged peaks of the Altai Mountains, domain of the snow leopard and the famous nomadic Kazakh eagle hunters. This remote wilderness of glaciers, mountains and plunging gorges is home to a variety of ethnic groups, carving out a centuries-old way of life amongst the arrestingly beautiful mountainous terrain.

The Altai mountains, Mongolia’s highest and longest mountain range, form a formidable barrier between the Mongolian plains and Russia and China to the west. These craggy, snow-capped peaks give way to vast gorges and alpine meadows, home to glittering lakes and nomadic, yurt-dwelling tribespeople. Hike through the mountains in search of wildlife, from the hardy ibex to the elusive snow leopard, join the Kazakh eagle hunters for a masterclass in the ancient art of falconry and visit ancient archaeological sites that date back to the Palaeolithic era.

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