Every year during the first weekend of October, “The Golden Eagle Festival” is celebrated in Bayan-Ulgii Province, in the far west of Mongolia. Bayan-Ulgii Province is situated in the breathtaking scenery of the Altai Mountain Range, where Mongolian, Chinese and Russian territories meet. The inhabitants of this area are mostly ethnic Kazakh people who inherited their rich culture from their ancestors. They wear fancy embroidered clothes and hunt with their wonderfully trained “Hunter Eagles”. Several tournaments and cultural shows are the most interesting parts of the festival. Although it is a long way from Ulaanbaatar, the trip is well worth it. There is no other place on the earth where you can see so many trained Golden Eagles up close.
|Tour code: HCR-3
7 days/ 6 nights
Join in set departure:
Oct 5 - 11
Tour price for 2017:
|Price USD/ per person
Note: Single supplement is available at 200 USD
|Included in the price:
- 3-4 star hotel in twin/double occupancy in UB
- Tourist ger camps (twin/triple sharing)
- Airport/ hotel/ airport transfer
- Domestic flights
- Transportation by 4WD minivan with fuel
- Experienced driver
- Guiding/ interpreting service
- All meals (B, L, D)
- A bottle of water, daily
- Eagle Festival ticket
- Museum tickets
- Entrance fees for national parks
- Invitation letter if needed
|Excluded in the price:
- Single supplement fees
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
- Excess luggage charges
- Video and photographing fees
- Extra and optional activities’ cost
- Tips for guide and driver
- For children of family tour (depending on age)
- Every 16th member is free for group tours
- Who brings minimum 3 pax
Tour Itinerary Day by Day
Exp: (Ger - a Mongolian traditional dwelling /Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 1. Oct 5. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, City Tour.
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. We will meet you at the airport with your name sign. Visit the Gandan Buddhist Monastery, National Museum of Mongolian History and Genghis Square (Sukhbaatar Square), the city’s central square in front of the Mongolian Parliament building. Here we will provide you with some basic information about Mongolia and our capital, Ulaanbaatar. (Hotel/ Lunch, Dinner)
Day 2. Oct 6. Flight to Bayan-Ulgii Province.
Today we will take an early morning flight (4 hours) to Ulgii, center of Mongolia’s western most province, Bayan-Ulgii. The province is famous for its untouched snow-capped mountains and the Kazakh nation that makes up nearly 5% of the population with their rich, unique culture. Visit the museum of Bayan-Ulgii Province and learn about the area and its rich culture. The visit a local Kazakh eagle hunter’s family and learn about the Kazakh people’s unique lifestyle, traditions and how they train the eagles for hunting. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
Day 3-4. Oct 7-8. Hunting Eagle Festival in Ulgii.
For two days we will enjoy the Golden Eagle Festival near the town of Ulgii. Attend the opening ceremony and enjoy watching the 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 live animal, a fox. 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. We will then see the riders’ games like plucking a flower while riding a running horse, traditionally called “Buzkoshi”, and fighting for possession of a dead goat on horseback as well as a Kazakh nomads’ cultural performance. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
Day 5. Oct 9. Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park, Turtle Rock and Meditation Temple.
Today we will fly back to Ulaanbaatar and drive to the beautiful Terelj National Park. Terelj National Park is a picturesque place with high granite cliffs eroded by natural forces creating a wonderful landscape of granite tors as if carved by some giant sculptor. Visit the Turtle Rock formation, the symbol of the national park and “Aryabal” meditation temple where you will enjoy the best view of the park. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
Day 6. Oct 10. City tour in Ulaanbaatar.
Return to Ulaanbaatar. Visit the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, the last Mongolian king’s winter palace, Buddha Park, featuring a 23 meter tall statue of Buddha and the Zaisan Hill War Memorial. The huge monument on the top of the hill was created as a memorial to soldiers who died in World War II. Zaisan Hill overlooks the city and offers the best panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar and its surrounding sacred mountains. Later we will go shopping at a cashmere factory outlet store, a souvenir shop or whatever else you want to do. Farewell dinner at a fine Mongolian restaurant. (Hotel/ B, L, D)
Day 7. Oct 11. Departure.
Meet at the hotel and transfer to the airport for departure. (B)