Welcome to Maral Expedition’s Unique Adventure

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Join us in Mongolia, the land of the Big Blue Sky! You will have the experience of a life-time exploring the country’s vast landscapes and rich cultural diversity. After you arrive in the capital of Ulaanbaatar, you will take a domestic flight to Ulgii aimag center in the province of Bayan Ulgii. From here, you can venture through town, drive to other nearby villages, or go mountaineering in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park and see all that Western Mongolia has to offer.

What does western Mongolia have that you cannot find elsewhere? Ulgii city is a fusion of cultures unlike anywhere else. Bayan-Ulgii is Mongolia’s only Muslim and Kazakh-majority aimag and was established in 1940 as a refuge for persecuted Muslim Kazakhs. Representing a unique mixture of Mongolian and Kazakh culture and language, traces of Russian, Turkish, and Arabic influences can also be found throughout the city center. The provincial capital Ulgii has its own distinct Central Asian character, with a buzzing bazaar, numerous mosques, and a central square where locals love to meet when the weather is warm. Traditional Kazakh foods will revitalize you after your day’s journey. Kazakh cuisine like besbarmak (boiled meat with noodles that translates to “five finger” food) and kazy (salted horse sausage) mark the region’s traditional style of food preparation. Fermented mare’s milk known as kumis is also a must-try to quench your thirst. It is possible to enjoy every season in Bayan-Ulgii with its temperate summer weather conditions that are perfect for adventuring. The province’s primary tourist attractions include climbing the high Altai Mountains, going fishing in the region’s numerous rivers and lakes, or touring the landscapes on camel or horseback. Attending the annual Golden Eagle festival, experiencing Kazakh culture, and taking part in nomadic lifestyle are all aspects of this remarkable region. Come join us to see what Kazakh hospitality is all about!