Central Asia overland holiday

Traversing Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia, this enchanting adventure about exploring forgotten cultures, discovering ancient traditions, and meeting those that uphold them.
Almaty Ust-Kamnogorsk Lake Markakol Yazevoe Lake Rachmanovskoye Berel Katon-Karagal Manjerok Katun River Sarlyk Mountain Pazyryk Valley Kosh Agach Ulgii Tavan Bogd Sagsai Tsambagarev Uul National Park Ulaan Baatar
Price
4999 excluding flights
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Duration
25 Days
Countries
Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia
Type
Small group
Group size
Up to 12 people
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Description of Central Asia overland holiday

Journey across little visited and fascinating lands on this adventurous Central Asia overland holiday. Travelling through the little visited corners of Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia you値l visit regions steeped in ancient tradition and stunning barely been touched by the presence of human beings.

The tour begins in Kazakhstan, where after acclimatising in Almaty you値l fly to the eastern capital of Ust-Kamenogorsk, which sits on the edge of the Altai. From here you値l hit the road to explore this stunning and pristine region, crossing the impressive Bukhtarma Reservoir and exploring lakes, canyons and waterfalls along the way. You値l also have the chance to meet some of the 前ld Believers - a religious sect who broke away from the Russian church and live strictly traditional lives.

The journey continues across the border into Russia, where you値l drive through the Taiga, a beguiling region where old traditions and modern trends meet. Here you値l meet local shamans and visit an old monastery, before heading up into the wild and remote mountains to meet local villagers and look out for wildlife.

The last country on the agenda is Mongolia, where you値l journey across the wild landscapes of Tavan Bogd and Tsambagarav , home to remote communities and snow leopards; and spend time with the Kazakh people of the west and learn about their method of hunting with golden eagles.

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Holiday information

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Trip type:
Small group, 4-20 people.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
17 nights camping, 4 nights basic hotel, 1 night homestay.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available at hotels only for surcharge.
Meals:
18 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 16 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, entrance fees, guides.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

This tour travels through some very remote regions, many of which have barely been touched by the presence of humans, and we strongly believe in maintaining their pristine nature. The nature of this trip means that many nights are spent camping. We strive to ensure that we leave these areas as we find them and our team have been trained in strict no litter policies, meaning that we take all refuse to either be recycled or properly disposed of in nearby towns. We use gas for cooking, but on occasions may use firewood but only where this does not deplete natural resources and deprive local communities from using this themselves. Washing of dishes is carried out well away from any water sources so as not to contaminate them.

We visit the Tsambagarev Uul National Park on this trip, which provides a habitat for rare and endangered species such as the argali sheep and snow leopard. We are careful to use tracks (where they exist) to avoid disturbing the flora and fauna of the region. Travellers are briefed on appropriate behaviour within the park and other areas.

In conjunction with our local team we work with the ger camps and hotels to help them to implement best practice in terms of environmental issues, from energy conservation to waste disposal.

People

As with many of the trips that we offer, this tour has a strong focus on local culture and different ethnic groups. Where possible we try to ensure that local people benefit from our presence. This includes staying with local families for example we stay with the family of a Kazakh eagle hunter in Mongolia. We pay a fair amount to host families not so much that it distorts local conditions, but a fair recompense for board and lodging. We buy our supplies locally where we can, which can include buying meat and milk from nomadic families, who rarely have an opportunity to earn cash.

We meet many different ethnic groups on this trip, all with their particular sets of customs, including Tuvan, Uriankhai, Kazakh and Altai people. We are careful to ensure that we do not break any local taboos, and travellers are briefed on appropriate behaviour when visiting such groups.

We also visit a number of historic and spiritual sites on this trip. Where entrance fees exist, the inclusion of these within our tour price helps to maintain them, not just for other western travellers but for local people for whom they hold far greater significance. We also use local guides in such places again where available which helps to ensure that remote communities can gain from tourism, however small this may be in the grand scheme of things.

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