The Land Of The Eagle Hunters

EL Hong Kong|June - August 2020

The Land Of The Eagle Hunters
A family travels from Hong Kong to explore the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia.

Like us, you’re probably longing for travel, and keenly making plans for your next great getaway. If you love the idea of a destination with a difference, you’ll enjoy hearing about the adventures of NICK and SANDRA FELGATE. They live in Discovery Bay with their three children, Theo (14), Eden (10) and Nova (8). In July 2019, they travelled to Mongolia on a private family trip that was custom-designed by Adrian Bottomley, founder of adventure travel specialists Whistling Arrow. Here, Sandra recounts some of the amazing highlights of the experience.

Why Mongolia?

I’m a designer and sometimes yearn to get away from it all to find inspiration. Nick and I have always had a wish to go to Mongolia – it’s one of the few truly wild places left on the planet. We wanted the opposite of Hong Kong: a quiet place where we could think and recharge, and reconnect with each other and nature. We also wanted an immersive insight into a simpler way of living (and authentic nomadic culture) before it begins to disappear completely.

How did Whistling Arrow help?

I went to one of Adrian’s talks at the Royal Geographical Society in Hong Kong with a friend, and was immediately hooked. I loved the sound of his adventures, and I went home, pulled up the website and straight away booked an expeditionary trek to Nepal; then, soon after, a family adventure to Mongolia. In short, he’s an explorer first and foremost, with an incredible first-hand knowledge of many remote locations around Asia.

What was the rough itinerary?

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