The Western Mongolia
The west Mongolian territory consists of Bayan-Ulgii, Khovd, Uvs, Zavkhan, Govi-Altai, Bayankhongor provinces that are located around the Altai and Khangai mountain ranges. West Mongolia is known for its sky high snow capped mountain ranges, endangered species, pristine lakes, diverse ethnic groups, and falconry traditions. The highest peak of Mongolia, Khuiten is located 4374 meters above sea level in the Altai Tavan Bogd national park. Species such as Argali (wild sheep), Ibex (wild goat) , wild horses (Khulan and Takhi), antelopes, wolves , falcons, and snow leopards inhabit in this area.
Mongolia has over 20 distinct ethnic groups, and most of them dwell in the west region such as the Kazakh, Zakhchin, Durvud, Bayad, Uzemchin, and Uriankhai people. The Kazakh tribe has well kept their 6000 year old tradition of domesticating eagles for hunting. The Golden Eagle Festival is held annually in the first week of October near Ulgii town, while the Spring Eagle Festival is held annually in the first week of March near Ulaanbaatar.