Altai Expeditions is a full service local tour operator. It has an hotel, a Guest House with attached coffee shop, and two Ger camps. The company is based in Olgii and they offer tours throughout Western Mongolia’s four Aimags (Provinces). The owner, Bekbolat Bugibay is committed to sustainable tourism and to improving the livelihood of local Kazakh people. He has a deep respect for his ancestral home and is committed to protecting the environment and the culture of the people.
Bekbolat has been working within the tourism industry for over seventeen years now. He is an experienced mountain climber and is steeped within the culture of Hunting with Eagles which is vibrant within the local community. His employees are made up of teams of guides, translators, cooks, drivers and others that share Bekbolat’s commitment to eco- friendly and quality driven tourism.
Altai Expeditions also works with an NGO called ‘Achievable Solutions,’ an NGO that Bekbolat helped found. This NGO assists with primary education, local health, business training and handicraft production of Kazakh women. The embroideries and Art which are available at Altai Peaks Ger camp and the Jadira Coffee shop are made by women members of the organisation.
ALTAI EXPEDITIONS offers tours with Mountain climbing, Hiking, Golden Eagle Festival tour, Home stay with Nomadic families, Horseback riding tours, Fly fishing, Mountain biking as well as many other activities.
All tours are designed to make your experiences unforgettable and safe. They can be pre-organised, customised, guided, either large or small.
About The Founders Of Altaiexpeditions
Bekbolat, the founder of Altai Expeditions, was born as one of the 10 children of the family, in 1979 near Dayan lake in the territory of Sagsai soum of Bayan-Olgii province.
Then he successfully finished high school in 1998 and applied the chemistry of ecology class of Mongolian National University and finished as an ecologist with a good score in 2002.
He graduated from university and returned to his hometown. Even though he started his career as a part-time teacher at school, he was unemployed because of not having adequate class hours.
Even though he went looking for a job in many places but he could not a job. Since he decided to learn English, he attended a 6-month English course initiated by Chris, one of the Peace Corps Volunteers from the USA. This became the one of reason of him to work in tourism.
After 6 months by having a little English he started working as a guide with foreign tourists.
Later, he bought the second hand Russian jeep /UAZ 469/ with his earned income. He showed the beautiful nature of his hometown to the tourists coming from abroad and started to cooperate with them. This helped him increase his family income and until 2007 he worked in the company of acquaintances and friends. Then in 2007 he founded Altai Peaks, current Altai Expeditions LLC.
Even though he registered his company on the state registry in 2007, he didn’t get such big group travels till 2009. However, in 2009, the project of him was selected for the projects to develop tourism in rural areas and support start up businesses, which were announced by the Swiss Agency for Development and Coorperation. Then by getting support from the agency he created his own website and opened the tourism information center in the Ulgii city center. It is considered that opening the first ger camp with 4 gers supported by the project funding was a great opportunity for Bekbolat’s business to be started more successfully.
Bekbolat has always worked to pay attention to development of his hometown and the people of his town by sharing his knowledge with them. He has worked as a project coordinator at NGO called development of Kazakh family initiated by Barbara, the citizen of the USA since 2006. For the purpose of providing children in the countryside with the opportunity to study at kindergarten a kindergarten with 2 classrooms was opened in Sogoog, Ulaankhus soums. He has helped people of the town to run business in agriculture, increase income the family and successfully set up a cooperative consisting of housewives to do a project of making handcrafts to sell them to domestic and foreign tourists.
Bekbolat Bugibay always develops himself and an innovative person. He took part in CBI sustainable tourism development program carried out by government of Holland in 2013.
He completed successfully a 3-week program of LEAD Mongolia-2017 program carried out by the government of the USA at Virginia University in the USA.
Bekbolat is not only able to develop tourism, but he also constantly works to develop projects and activities for the community, to provide opportunities for local people.
In 2018, he founded NGO called “Achievable solutions” and successfully carried out many projects and events to enhance the quality of education and health in the province of Bayan- Olgii, improve knowledge and education of teachers and support the local people to do business in agriculture.
He also has successfully managed to find investments from other countries and spent specific amount of the income of Altai Expeditions LLC on carrying out events and projects of social welfare.
Bekbolat’s work was appreciated by the government and he was awarded a certificate of honor of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Tourism.
Kunsaule was born in Bulgan soum which is the farthest soum of Bayan-Olgii province. She is the 6th child of 11 children of the family. She graduated from National University of Mongolia as a teacher of Physics and Geography. She met Bekbolat in the University dorm then they got married in 2003.
She has been working as a teacher at school no.1 and cofounded Altai Expeditions LLC with her husband. Teachers’ summer holiday makes it possible to work in tourism and help increase the family income.
Kunsaule provides a great management of Eagle’s Nest hotel, Altai Peaks ger camp, Tolbo Lake ger camp, Altai Guest House and Jadra coffee shop of Altai Expeditions LLC. Her major as a teacher of geography helps plan new tour itinerary and run tourism business in Mongolia.
Kunsaule is a mother of 5 children, skilled teacher and one of the best managers who is doing her job well with honor.
The government of Mongolia appreciated her work and she was awarded a certificate of honor and a leading official of the Ministry of Education.