AUD 3854 / pp
29 September - 7 October 2020
Golden Eagle festival is an annual traditional event in Western Mongolia, attracting the best hunters and birds. Eagle Hunters compete in catching small animals such as foxes and hares with specially trained golden eagles. This picturesque festival provides an opportunity to learn more about Kazakh traditions and culture, enjoy their colorful costumes, the eagle's gear and ornaments. The highlight of the journey is to explore eagle hunter's lifestyle, spend a day with the Kazakh's family, see how the birds are trained and stay overnight in a ger.
Day 1. 29 Sep Ulaanbaatar
Arrival at Ulaanbaatar. Your driver will meet you at the airport and transfer to the cosy hotel in downtown. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and for a tour introduction. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2. 30 Sep Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and start Ulaanbaatar sightseeing tour. Today we will visit the National History Museum. After the museum, we will have lunch and continue our city tour. Visit Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum, Gandan Monastery, Stroll through Sukhbaatar square. In the evening, we will have dinner in one of the traditional Mongolian restaurants and watch the Folk show. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3. 1 Oct Ulaanbaatar – Ulgii
After breakfast, meet the guide, take a transfer to the airport for a 3-hour flight to the most western Mongolia’s province, Bayan Ulgii. The province is famous for its untouched snow-capped mountains and the Kazakh nation with their rich, unique culture and traditional Hunting with Golden Eagles. Upon arrival in Ulgii, meet the guide and visit the local museum, which provides insight into the diversity of ethnic groups in the region. After a delicious lunch, visit the local Mosque and market. Upon arrival at the hotel, enjoy dinner and spend time at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4. 2 Oct Sagsai soum – Ulgii
Today, after breakfast, meet the guide and drive to man stone which is located in Sagsai soum. There we will spend a full day with a local Kazakh eagle hunter’s family, learn about the Kazakh people’s unique lifestyle, traditions and how they train the eagles for hunting. Enjoy local lunch with the family. Late afternoon drive back to Ulgii city. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5 and Day 6. 3-4 Oct The Golden Eagle Festival
For these two days, we will enjoy the Golden Eagle Festival near the town of Ulgii. The festival will begin with the hunters displaying their traditional Kazakh costumes and their eagle's equipment and ornaments. This is an exciting and authentic event which not only features eagle hunters' competitions, but also other Kazakh traditional games such as Kokbar (goat carcass polo), Kazak archery, and many more. The participants are judged not only by the skills of their eagles but also for the best traditional costume, the eagle's gear and ornaments. The eagles will be rated according to their speed and skills. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel
Day 7. 5 Oct Half-day hiking in Ulgii
After breakfast, we will start a light half-day hiking tour along the beautiful Khovd River, which flows from Tavan Bogd mountain of the Altai Mountains to Khar-Us Lake. Enjoy breathtaking views over the terrain of gentle hills and small flat valleys. Stay overnight at a ger camp and experience a real Kazakh way of living.
Day 8. 6 Oct Ulgii – Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to Ulaanbaatar. The evening is free at leisure. Spend the night at the hotel in the city centre.
Day 9. 7 Oct Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, check out of the hotel. The driver will take you to the airport.
Golden Eagle Festival
Golden Eagle Festival the biggest festival in Western Mongolia held in Bayan Ulgii at the beginning of October. It is a spectacular and colourful tournament where Kazakh eagle hunters dressed in full eagle hunting regalia compete to catch small animals such as foxes and hares with specially trained golden eagles.
After the tournament the riders participate in such traditional games as plucking a flower while riding a running horse, traditionally called “Buzkoshi”, and kok-boru, fighting for a dead goat on horseback.
Golden Eagle is a traditional festival. There are three tasks of the tournament: hunters calling their eagles from the top of a hill to land on their arms, the eagles hunting for hides drawn by a running horse and the eagles catching a small animal. The participants are judged not only by the skills of their eagles but also by the finery of their attire, the traditional hunting dress, gloves, harnesses and the birds’ hoods.
To apply for a visa, citizens of the UK should apply personally through an authorized company (40 GBP for a standard visa, issued in 5 days). Сitizens of New Zealand can apply for a visa only by mail (160 $ NZ for a standard visa, issued in 2-5 days). Citizens of Australia can apply for a visa by mail (230 AUD, issued in 4-5 days). Citizens of the USA and Canada can travel to Mongolia without a visa in case a travel period is less than 90 days.
3 nights at 3*/4* hotel in Ulaanbaatar (days 1, 2, 8)
4 nights at 3* hotel in Ulgii (days 3, 4, 5, 6)
1 night (day 7) at the ger camp (with shared facilities). The bathrooms are located in a separate building with basic toilets and showers. Such camps can be considered as a highlight of the journey to experience read nomads way of life.
Breakfasts on days 2-9
Lunches on days 2-7
Dinners on days 1-7 including welcome traditional Mongolian dinner
A bottle of mineral water each day
Tour is fully escorted by an experienced English-speaking guide
City tour in Ulaanbaatar
The museum of Bayan-Olgii Province
Visit a local family
Golden Eagle Festival accompanied by the guide
Hiking along the Khovd River
Services of comfortable transportation on tours and airport - hotel - airport transfers
4WD vehicles or bus in the countryside of Mongolia
Return local flight tickets (economy class) from Ulaanbaatar to Ulgii
24/7 phone/WhatsApp support line
The National History Museum
Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum
The museum of Bayan-Olgii Province
Golden Eagle Festival
Meals not mentioned
Optional tours and activities
Golden Eagle Festival - authentic and exciting event
The snow-capped Altai Mountains
Meet local Kazakh eagle hunter’s family
Real gear camp experience
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