EAGLE FESTIVAL

Date: First weekend of October 
Venue: Ulgii town, Bayan-Ulgii provinceAL-2020


DURATION: 7N/8D
AVAILABLE: 1-8th of OCT
TOUR GRADE: EASY

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR

  • Explore Mongolia by horse riding
  • Learn nomadic life
  • Chances to take photography
  • Mongolian traditional BBQ
  • Mongolian traditional concert

GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL-2020

The Eagle festival or Golden Eagle festival is a traditional festival, annually held in the first week of October, in Western Mongolia by local Kazakh minority and the Mongolian Eagle Hunters’ Association for the purpose of promoting their heritage to the next generation. In the eagle festival, Kazakhs show their eagle hunting culture, skills and compete the catching small stuffed animals such as foxes and hares with trained golden eagles. Additionally, this festival includes a lot of activities such as parade, best eagle at hunting and locating, cultural and handicrafts exhibition, Uriankhai archery competition, and goatskin tug of war on horseback.     
An another smaller festival, the Altai Kazakh Eagle festival, is held nearby Tolbo village in the 3rd week of September each year. It follows much the same pattern as larger Golden Eagle festival, with about 40 eagle hunters participating.           


Golden Eagles ​​​​​​​

(Aquila chrysaetos) have incredible speed /241 kmph or 190 mph/, great eye sight, gold feathers on the back of its head or neck and powerful feet with sharp talons. The average male weight is 3.6 kg (8 pounds) and for females is 5 kg (11pounds). They live about 30 years. They can live in many different types of climate and feed mainly small animals such as foxes, hares, and mice. 
Hunters prefer females because they are larger and stronger than the male and more aggressive as well. Females weigh up to seven kilograms, which is a third heavier than males. Men bring the female eagle at its young age from her nest for training to hunt. 
After bringing it, all elders garter then they name their eagle and make some rituals. Training eagles takes a lot of time (3-4 years) and requires constant daily attention. Generally, after 10 years training and hunting, eagles are released to the wild. 
The season for hunting with eagles is from October to March. Eagles hunters mainly hunt hares, marmots and foxes but occasionally catch wolves. The eagles are given a piece of meat as a reward after each hunt. Golden eagles are skilled hunters.



Day by day itineraries

Day1. Arrive in Mongolia and city tour in Ulaanbaatar (Abbreviation: UB) (D)

We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After some rest at the hotel we will visit to the National History museum and see Mongolian traditional show at 6 o’clock. After dinner, we will transfer you to the hotel. Stay in hotel***


Day2. Fly to Ulgii and explore the Ulgii city (B/L/D)

Fly to Ulgii, capital of Bayan-Ulgii in western Mongolia. Visit the local History Museum, craftwork, and a Kazakh family. Stay in ger camp 


Day3. Golden Eagle festival and Opening Ceremony (B/L/D)

The official opening ceremony commences with the participants parading in on horseback with their eagles. The competition begins with each Kazakh displaying his hunting outfit and accessories, the most elaborate and beautiful of which receive the highest points. In the afternoon, the judges will evaluate the Golden Eagles’ speed and agility. The eagles will be released from a cliff with their owners standing below, signaling for the eagles to land upon their arms as they do while hunting. Those with the fastest times and best technique will be awarded the highest scores. In the evening, attend a Kazakh play in honor of the hunters and their eagles. Stay in ger camp


Day4. Golden Eagle Festivals & Awards Ceremony (B/L/D)

The Golden Eagles will be released from a cliff to attack fox skins that will be dragged by their owner on horseback. The eagles will be judged on their success of grabbing the "fox", their speed, and "gripping" technique. As the points for the competitions are being tallied, the Kazakhs will compete in their traditional game called "kukbar"- passing goat skin which tests one's horse riding skills, strength and agility. In the late afternoon, the winners of the festival will be announced at the awards ceremony. In the evening, enjoy a celebration dinner. Stay in hotel


Day5. Fly back to UB and drive to Khustai National park (B/L/D)

We will fly back to UB. After landing in UB, we will drive to Khustai National park. We will see the takhi or Przewalski’s horse, one of the world’s most endangered species and the world’s only try wild horse. In the afternoon, visit the Ongut stone complex, a Turkic memorial and the largest grave complex in Central Asia. Stay in ger camp


Day6. Terelj National Park and Chingis Khaan Equestrian statue (B/L/D)

We will drive to Terelj NP. On the way of National park, we will visit to Chingis Khaan Equestrian statue that is highest one in the world. In the NP we will hike to small temple Aryabal. Also we will make horse riding in the NP. Overnight in ger camp 


Day7. Drive back to UB and short city tour (B/L)

We will drive back to UB. After arriving in UB, we will visit to Bogd Khaan palace museum and Zaisan Memorable hill.  Transfer you to the hotel


Day8. Departure (B) 

Transfer to the airport for your departure.

THANKS FOR JOINING US


Inclusion 

All transportation listened in the itinerary
Twin share accommodation: hotel*** and in ger camps 
Three meals per day
Services of English speaking guide
All taxes and entrance fees to the protected areas
Sightseeing cost
All transfers between airport and hotel
Horse and camel riding cost

Exclusion

International transportation
Travel and medical insurance
Alcoholic drinks
Tip
Meals in UB