Photos of Bayan-Ölgii Province, Mongolia

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Bayan-Ölgii Province

Bayan-Ölgii (= Rich cradle/region) is the most western aimag or province of Mongolia, sharing borders with both Russia and China. It is the highest Mongolian aimag, mostly located in the Mongolian Altay mountains, with the Khüiten Peak in the Tavan bogd massif the highest point at 4,374 metres. The province has a total area of 45,704.89 km².

Road Khovd-Ölgii
 
Snow mountains
 
Ovoo along the road
 
Tolbo Nuur
 
Heading to Ölgii
 
Houses and bus
 
Snow on the mountains
 
Mosque in Ölgii
 
Main square, Ölgii
 
Bus station
 
On the market, Ölgii
 
Aimag museum
 
Main square, Ölgii
 
Ölgii school children
 
Khovd Gol near Ölgii
 
Khovd river, near Ölgii
 
View of Sagsai
 
Crossing Khovd Gol
 
Kazakh eagle hunter
 
Milking the goats
 
Feeding the eagle
 
Kazakh yurt
 
Getting dressed
 
Grasslands near Sagsai
 
Crossing Khovd Gol
 
In Sagsai sum
 
Crossing Khovd Gol
 
Milking the goats
 
Cat on a yurt
 
Man leading camel
 
Mosque of Sagsai
 
Village of Sagsai
 
Mosque in Ölgii
 
Aimigiin zakhiraa
 
Provincial headquarters
 
Playing soccer, Ölgii
 

Most of the 93,000 inhabitants of Bayan-Ölgii are ethnic Kazakhs, making up almost 90% of the population. The Kazakhs practice eagle hunting and each year in early October Ölgii hosts the Eagle Festival, with traditional displays, horse games and camel races. In September the village of Sagsai, 27 kilometres tot the west of Ölgii., has the Altai Eagle Festival with a similar program. The region near Sagsai (Sagsai Sumiin Bigeeu) has numerous Kazakh eagle hunter families living in their yurts (called üy).

The capital, Ölgii, is a small town with a large central square, an interesting museum, a good market and a number of mosques. There are good places to stay, in ger camps and hotels.