Mongolia Argali & Ibex Altai Argali, Gobi Argali, Gobi Ibex & Maral Elk

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What an amazing place! Mongolia is what the old west used to be – wide open spaces, bright blue skies, livestock and big game roaming free without fences, truly a hunter’s paradise. Mongolian Mountain Expeditions provides an incredible opportunity to hunt in this great region and lends our support before and during your hunt to give you the best success. Our friendly staff and guides, good equipment, and quality provisions all work together for superb experiences on an exclusive hunt. The hunt areas are managed and surveyed for trophy quality and provide the best opportunities for a mountain hunting adventure.

Hunting takes place in the Gobi Desert and Altai Mountains at an elevation of 5,000 feet in the Gobi Desert and up to 10,000 feet or more in the Altai Mountains. Altitude sickness is rare given some acclimation at base camp. Physical conditioning before your hunt is helpful, as is being familiar and accustomed to your gear and any new equipment you are bringing. For each hunt, we provide an english speaking staff person, satellite phone, guides, good food, and supplies. Our staff is experienced, knowledgeable, and eager to work hard for your success. Our US based office sends out detailed information and gear lists to our hunters and is always available to help with every detail and planning of your hunt.

For traveling to Mongolia with firearms, the best route is through Korea and arriving in the Mongolian city of Ulaan Baatar. You will be met by our staff and either overnight at a hotel of continue to the hunting area by another flight or jeep ride. We recommend an early arrival into Ulaan Baatar to do some local touring in the city – we can help arrange this for you. Accommodations within the hunting areas varies – yurts (called gers) are a standard here and a small hotel may be used in cities. Meals are more traditional fare and feature a variety of fresh and dried natural foods with plenty of snacks.

For departure, you will be taken back to the Ulaan Baatar airport by one of our staff. Most of our hunters travel home with their trophies with a CITES permit issued for return travel. Keep in mind that to dry trophies for travel, you may need to spend a couple extra days in Bishkek to take care of this – you will also need a US Custom’s Declaration Form 4457 for your firearm before leaving the United States.

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Altai & Gobi Argali

Argali are the largest species of wild sheep in the world. They stand 3 to 4 ft (85 to 135 cm) high at the shoulder and measure 4 to 7 ft (136 to 200 cm) long from the head to the base of the tail. Altai argali is a traditional subspecies of argali, wild sheep that roam the highlands of Altai Mountains. Altai argali are the largest of all sheep, with the heaviest horns, those of mature males normally 45-50 and up to 75 pounds. These animals find their homes  from central Kazakhstan to the Shanxi Province in China in the east and from the Altai Mountains in the north to the Himalayas to the south. They are a species of mountainous areas, living from elevations of  980 to 19,030 ft (300 to 5,800 m). They can be seen grazing at lower elevations within forrest but are mostly found higher up on cliffs and ridges.

Gobi Ibex

The Gobi Ibex are the larger of two different Ibex in Mongolia and this ibex inhabits the mountains of Gobi desert in the south and southwest of Mongolia. The average length of the Gobi Ibex horns is 36-38” (90-100 cm). The male Altai Ibex stands at around 3 feet tall and weighs 280 lbs. These surefooted animals are commonly seen along steep cliffs and narrow canyons with loose rock strips. While most coloring is shades of brown, they can also have a mixed colored pattern.  The Gobi Ibex is a very sought after and attractive trophy.

Eagle Falconry

Horse riding eagle falconry is a tradition steeped in thousands of years of history and remarkable on so many levels. Boys grow up in these semi-nomadic areas training Golden Eagles and an old saying of the region is favored by many, “There are three things a real man should have: a fast horse, a hound, and a golden eagle.” We invite you to take part in this unforgettable expedition and experience firsthand the Mongolian hospitality and lifestyle.

Hunting Dates

Hunting normally takes place in October and November. For those who make the long journey to Mongolia we encourage you to add a couple extra days to explore this unique part of the world. Consider doing some horseback riding or experiencing eagle falconry or a special native festival.

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Hunt Locations The best route is through Korea and arriving in the Mongolian city of Ulaan Baatar. You will be met by our staff and either overnight at a hotel or continue to the hunting area by another flight or jeep ride. We recommend an early arrival into Ulaan Baatar to do some local touring in the city – we can help arrange this for you. The hunt locations vary depending on the species and dates.

Accommodations at Camps Vary

Accommodations within the hunting areas varies – yurts (called gers) are a standard here and a small hotel may be used in cities. Meals are more traditional fare and feature a variety of fresh and dried natural foods with plenty of snacks.

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