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Golden Eagle Festival

Introduction

Golden Eagle Festival of Mongolia is one of the rarest festivals in the world. In this Golden Eagle Festival, many Eagle hunters and Kazakh nomads participate to showcase their traditional culture. The Kazakhs are an ethnic minority in Mongolia, but the majority in Bayan-Ölgii province. Most of the ancient Kazakh traditions survive here, outside the actually territory of Kazakhstan. These hardy Turkic speaking people are Sunni Muslim nomads and they hunt foxes and other small mammals with domestic Golden Eagles. Only the females, as they are heavier than male eagles. The eagle festivals marks the start of the eagle hunting season, which is throughout the winter in the surrounding Altai Mountains. Hunting with eagles seems to be ancient, dating back to some 6000 years. The traditions have been revived over the past two decades following the democratization in Mongolia. These festivals are held in March, September and October in various communities.

Trip Details

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WEDNESDAY 2ND OCTOBER—ARRIVAL IN ULAANBAATAR

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Transfer to Bayangol Hotel. Sight-seeing in the city. Tour briefing before dinner.

THURSDAY 3RD OCTOBER—ARRIVAL IN BAYAN-ÖLGII

In the early morning we will transfer to the airport and fly 3½ hours to Ölgii or Khovd. Both towns are small and are capitals in their respective provinces. Khovd was a town already during Manchurian times, prior to 1910, and it has several ethnic minorities with a majority of Mongols. We can find both mosques and Buddhist temples. Ölgii is younger and with a majority of Kazakh people, though Tuva and Uriankhai people also live here. If we land in Khovd, we will drive for four hours in the Altai Mountains to get to our destination. We will use the time for sight-seeing.

FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER—EXCURSION

Exploration of the surrounding countryside and Ölgii village. There is a mosque, a bazaar, and a local museum to visit.

SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER—OPENING CEREMONY

The Golden Eagle festival starts this day, the first weekend of October. Participants each take a turn to demonstrate the ability of their eagles, which are released from the hills upon a call or hunt for model artificial foxes. Later on, a Central Asian game “bouzkhas” will be shown, which is a type of a tug-of-war on a horseback with a goat carcass. Quite wild at times. The festival allows you to get a closer look at the eagle hunters’ traditional customs and culture. Most certainly Aisholpan will be there, the now famous young “Eagle Huntress”.

SUNDAY 6TH OCTOBER—EAGLE FESTIVAL

Explore another full day at the festival. You will able to appreciate how eagles fly to their owner’s hand and catch the moving objects or prey while flying. In the evening, you will attend a traditional concert of a Kazakh ethnic group will and enjoy a farewell dinner.

MONDAY 7TH OCTOBER—TO ULAANBAATAR

After breakfast, transfer to the Ölgii airport and fly back to Ulaanbaatar.

TUESDAY 8TH OCTOBER—ULAANBAATAR

After breakfast, visit to the Gandan Lamasery, Sukhbaatar Square and the National Museum of Mongolia.

WEDNESDAY 9TH OCTOBER—DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport for the international flight out.

PRICE EX ULAANBAATAR:

2 – 12 members: USD 2400 per person

Single supplement (5n): USD 520

TRANSPORT:
This tour is supported by a jeep or minibus depending on the number of travelers.

ACCOMMODATION:
In Ölgii we will lodge at a comfortable temporary ger camp. If the flight schedules are unfavourable, we will stay in a small two-star hotel in Hovd or Ölgii.

OPERATIONS:
Domestic flight days and times are confirmed latest in April. It means you may fly to any of Ölgii, Hovd or Ulaangom airports.

STAFF:
An English-speaking Mongolian guide will accompany you at all times. Other language guides such as Russian, French, German, Italian, Korean etc. available at additional cost, upon request.

MEALS:
The meals will be provided in the ger camp, or as picnic lunches.

INCLUDES:
All meals outside the Ulaanbaatar. Breakfast every day in Ulaanbaatar. Domestic flight. All transfers.

EXCLUDES:
Beverages, lunch and dinner in Ulaanbaatar. Air or train tickets in and out of Mongolia.

DATES EX ULAANBAATAR:

02 October – 9 October 2018.