Hunting with Golden Eagles (Festival)

One of the oldest and most spectacular customs of Mongolia's Kazakh people, passed down from generation to generation, is hunting with specially trained eagles. This tradition displays the pride of the Kazakhs and their skill as hunters. The annual festival brings together the best hunters and their eagles to display the skills of hunters and birds. The festival is held in the extreme west of Mongolia, at the heart of the majestic Altai Mountains, an area featuring rivers, glaciers and the beautiful landscapes of Mongolia’s Bayan Ulgii Province.

 
Day 1

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar            

On arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your 4-star hotel. Lunch at the hotel followed by a visit to the Bogd Khan Winter Palace, home of the last religious king of Mongolia. There will be time for shopping. Overnight at Ulaanbaatar Hotel.


Day 2  

Flight to Bayan-Ulgii and drive to Sagsai          

After breakfast, we will fly to Bayan-Ulgii bordering province to China and Russia.Upon arrival we will meet our local staff and drive to Sagsai Soum and camp shore of the Sagsai river.


Day 3   

Visiting a local family    

Visit local Kazakh families to learn about their way of living and Kazakh hunters show us a demostration of the different techniques and tools used in Golden Eagle Hunting. We will return to the previous night's camp for the night.


Day 4 

Parade of eagle hunters-Kazakh concert            

Parade of 250 eagle hunters on horseback with their eagles. Each hunter will demonstrate how well his bird is used to his commands by calling him. Eagles are placed on a cliff nearby and are called from below it by the owners. In the afternoon there will be a race of amblers – an exciting scene. In the evening watch a Kazakh concert consisting of traditional songs and dances.


 Day 5

Traditional Kazakh games             

Golden eagles display their speed and agility: each bird has to land as soon as possible onto a fox skin dragged by a horse. Participate in the excitement of some traditional Kazakh games, such as ‘aitis,’ a poetry duel, ‘kyzkuar,’ a dating game played on horseback and ‘kokpar,’ a wild game played on horseback with a goatskin. In the evening you will be invited to a Kazakh feast.


Day 6             

Drive to Tolbo Lake

Today we drive to Tolbo Lake. We will camp among Kazakh families, of which many are eagle hunters. Experience more of this culture as a guest in their gers. Listen to their myths, stories and songs, and taste their food. We will stay overnight in a tented camp.


Day 7            

Follow a Kazakh hunt

Today we will follow Kazakhs as they hunt. We will meet the hunters, their families and their birds, and learn about the skills involved in the capture, training and use of eagles as hunters. We will stay overnight in a tented camp nearby.


Day 8       

Drive to Ulgii Town     

After a morning spent with the Kazakhs, then we will drive back to Ulgii and explore the city and visit its vibrant markets with a chance to purchase renowned, hand made Kazakh crafts including their famous rugs. We will stay for the night in a Local hotel.


Day 9 

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar        

We will drive to Ulgii for the return flight to Ulaanbaatar and transferred o your hotel.


Day 10          

Sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar

A full day of sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar, including Gandan Monastery, the National History Museum, and the Fine Arts Museum. There will be an evening program of traditional song and dance, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.


Day 11

Departure

Transfer to the airport for international departure.

Departure code and date:
NCA-013: 27 Sep-7 Oct, 2017

Price per person for a group more than 9 people: USD 3186

Single Supplement: USD 320
Prices include the following:

2 domestic flights, transportation within Mongolia, twin accommodation in a 4 star hotel. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost. Tented accommodation while on trek, three meals a day, English-speaking guide,  transfers, camel or horse hire where specified, support staff including drivers, horse/camel men and camp assistants.


Prices do not include:

International transportation, travel insurance, visas, departure tax, alcoholic drinks, gratuities, items of a personal nature.

It is the responsibility of the client to be fully covered with travel and medical insurance while traveling in Mongolia.


Please note:

Upon request, single supplement in the countryside can be provided at the additional cost. In case single accommodation in ger camps was not provided the amount would be calculated based on the missing nights and reimbursed.

Nomads cannot be held responsible for over bookings, as long as the company can prove with sufficient documentation that overbooking has been the error of the third party.

Should circumstances beyond our control, such as the imposition of quarantine restrictions, any changes of domestic flight or train schedules, require a change of itinerary, we will inform your agent and propose an equivalent itinerary. Again, Nomads cannot take over the responsibility for the Airlines or the National Train Company. The traveler is responsible for having proper travel documents, such as a valid passport, proper visa and the necessary passport pictures.

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