TTR Mongolia

Golden Eagle Festival 2022 tour

Reviews

5/5

Price

From $250

Duration

6 days / 5 nights

Age range

2 to 80

Operated in

English

Group Tour

Shared acommodation: 90$ per-person/per-day

Included/Excluded

*Double, twin or single room and +Mongolia traditional yurt (ger) star guest house en-suite room upgrade rates options are also available on request (at extra costs).

Accommodations (as specified)

Friendly local English-speaking tour guide

Meals (as specified)

 

This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.

 Pick-up and Drop-off transfer service included at your accommodation in selected Down Town areas.

    Transport to tour’s highlights with licensed and insured vehicle(s).

Nightly Accommodations (as specified in itinerary)

Transportation to and from the airport

Transportation and Driver

  • International flights are not included
  • Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We recommend World Nomads, a company recommended by LonelyPlanet. You can check out the details here.
  • Transportation and driver

    Clean drinking water

    Border permits and national park entrance fees

    Horseback riding

International or Domestic Airfare

Travel Visa

Insurance

Personal Shopping 

Tour Plan

Eagle hunting is a traditional form of falconry throughout the Eurasian steppe. It is practiced in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as diasporas in Bayan-Ulgii, Mongolia and Xinjiang, China. Though these Turkic people are most famous for hunting with golden eagles, they have been known to train northern goshawks, peregrine falcons, saker falcons, and more.

Today, several forms of this art still exist internationally in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, in Xinjiang, and locally in the province of Bayan Olgii, where many Kazakhs live. Although Turks are renowned for hunting with eagles, they also train wood pigeons, peregrine falcons and saker falcons.

The Kazakhs who live in the province of Bayan Olgii keep up the ancestral art of eagle hunting. Nowadays, we can count 250 falconers (or “berkutchis”) in the whole province. Here, their form of hunting practiced is globally unique–done exclusively on horseback, with the help of a golden eagle. Eagles’ prey is mainly foxes, but they sometimes also catch hares or, more rarely, small wolves. Several eagles can hunt one single prey, so that they can catch bigger animals, such as ibex or wolves. The hunter’s moon stretches from the beginning of October to the end of March, because it’s easier to see the foxes’ coat on the snow.

During your stay with a falconer, you will follow him horse riding in the neighbouring mountains. We almost exclusively walk our horses, so beginners can also take part in the game hunting. Once in the mountains, the falconer removes the mask from the eagle, and the eagle scans the horizon. Its panoramic view is eight times as intense as ours. If the eagle sees a prey, it starts to shout to be released by its master.

Then, it swoops down on the prey and tries to catch it. If it manages to, the falconer quickly dismounts to join the eagle as fast as possible. He must prevent the eagle from damaging the skin of the prey, or the captured prey from injuring the eagle in its turn.

In the morning you will be transferred to Ulaanbaatar’s airport for your flight to Bayan–Ulgii. Bayan-Ulgii is located in the Altai Mountains found in western Mongolia.

Most inhabitants of Bayan–Ulgii are Kazakhs. They are famous for their eagle hunting skills.

Upon arrival to Ulgii, we will meet up and drive to Altantsogt. There we will stay with a well-known eagle hunter and his family.

Stay overnight with a local family.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

During the next few days, we will assist the eagle hunter with his fox hunting expeditions.

The Golden Eagle Festival Day

(01 Oct-02 Oct) The Golden Eagle Festival starts with its parades and competitions for costuming and hunting techniques. This festival has been celebrated since 2000 and now attracts many travelers. Each year the number of eagle hunters participating in the festival is increasing which makes the festival more colorful and spectacular. Eagles chase fox skins dragged by their owners on horseback. Points are given for their speed and gripping ability. In 2 days you will capture plenty of portraits and competition photos, names Kokbar, Kizkhuar, etc. Festival winners are announced at the closing ceremony

During the next few days, we will assist the eagle hunter with his fox hunting expeditions. Since eagle hunter’s use horses during their hunts we will also be on long horseback rides

During the next few days, we will assist the eagle hunter with his fox hunting expeditions. Since eagle hunter’s use horses during their hunts we will also be on long horseback rides.

Stay overnight with a local family.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We will drive back to the capital of the Bayan–Ulgii province. In the city we will visit local attractions such as a black market, a mosque, and handicraft shops.

Stay overnight in a hotel/traditional ger.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After breakfast we will head to the airport for your flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival our representative will take you back to your hotel/ traditional ger

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