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Join us for the 13th annual Golden Eagle Festival in Mongolia's beautiful Bayan-Olgii Province.

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Golden Eagle Festival tour

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Last year, over 50 Kazakhs participated with their specially trained Golden Eagles. Spectacular events include competitions based on speed, agility, and accuracy of these magnificent Golden Eagles and some great Kazakh traditional games such as Kokbar, archery and traditional horse racing etc are also organized on the festival days.

This fantastic festival celebrating the Kazakhs' honoured Golden Eagle is also a celebration of Kazakh traditional heritage. In order to maintain the event as a festival for the Kazakhs themselves, attendance is limited. The highlight of this fantastic trip is interacting with the Kazakhs and other ethnic groups and living with them for a couple of days to take part in the eagle training and get to know about the unique Kazakh culture. Landscape and cultural sightseeing blend easily in Mongolia – you will have the chance to visit families of nomads, remote Buddhist monasteries and traditional events, and to take part in horse-riding or guided walking if you wish – there are also endless opportunities for photography.

Brief Itinerarygo to detail

Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, city sightseeing tour
Day 2: Ulaanbaatar – Olgii – Bugat
Day 3: Ulaanbaatar – Olgii – Bugat
Day 4: Eagle Festival Days. Bugat
Day 5: Eagle Festival Day in Bugat
Day 6: Olgii – Ulaanbaatar – Hustai National Park
Day 7: Hustai National Park – Ulaanbaatar
Day 8: Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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2014-10-01 2014-10-08 8 days
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Daily Itinerary

Day 1:
 Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, tour of the City
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, meets at the airport after custom formalities and transfer to the hotel. The city tour of Ulaanbaatar takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, Genghis Khan Monument on the Sukhbaatar square and the Museum of National History. Centrally located excellent hotel 3* L

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar – Olgii – Bugat 
After breakfast we take the flight to Olgii, the centre of Bayan-Olgii province in the far west. Arrive and transfer to a Kazakh eagle hunter’s family and get orientation with their life and the area. Kazakh nomadic family/Ger camp B+L+D 

Day 3:
 Bugat – Day with Kazakh Eagle Hunter Family 
Today we take part in the eagle training and preparation for the wonderful Eagle Festival of the next 2 days. This is actually a big day for the people and the eagles at the same time. See and photograph the spectacular moments of the eagle training and prey catching etc. Enjoy the best of Kazakh cuisine. 
Kazakh nomadic family B+L+D

Day 4:
 Eagle Festival Days. Bugat   
The first day of the festival: Eagle hunters compete with their beautiful traditional clothes, horse, horse decorations, their eagles and the eagle decorations while parading from the Olgii central square to the competition arena. Later in the afternoon the eagles compete with their speed, agility and hunting skills. Ger camp B+L+D

Day 5:
 Eagle Festival Day In Bugat
2nd - day of the colourful festival. Today’s task for the eagles is catching the prey within the shortest time and they’re given scores. Kazakh traditional games like Kokbar etc are played among the spectators. The best eagles with their best trainers are awarded in the evening. 
Ger camp B+L+D

Day 6: Olgii – Ulaanbaatar – Hustai National Park 
After breakfast we fly back to Ulaanbaatar for ~3 hours and arrive in Ulaanbaatar, drive to Hustai National Park, one of the most popular national parks of Mongolia through the rolling steppes. Arrive in Hustai view the wonderful Takhi wild horses and other wildlife. Ger camp B+L+D

Day 7: Hustai National Park – Ulaanbaatar 
In the morning, we drive back to Ulaanbaatar and then transfer to hotel. We visit the Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum – the residence of the last king of Mongolia and the Buddha Park. Farewell dinner at Mongolian BBQ restaurant. Centrally located excellent Hotel B+L+D

Day 8: Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
You are transferred to the airport/train station after breakfast. End of service. B

 

Date & Price - set departure tour

2014-10-01 2014-10-08 8 days
2200US$ pax
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Single supplement charge US$200     


Included Services 

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Private transfers and transports (Saloon car/4WD minivan/4x4 Russian minivan+ Experienced driver)
  • Twin/double share accommodation: 3* hotel in Ulaanbaatar, Kazak family’s ger and ger camps
  • Festival ticket & arrangements
  • ULN – Olgii – ULN RT flight + 15 kg luggage free of charge, all government taxes
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive Golden Eagle festival tour souvenir!

Not Included in the price

  • International Airfare/train ticket
  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
  • Optional activities such as camel riding, archery, fishing etc

 

Historically, nomadic Kazakhs of Western Mongolia depended on Golden Eagles for hunting. The Berkut Association is a community-based association consisting of local Kazakhs who are committed to preserving their traditional heritage and conserving the Golden Eagle. All proceeds from the festival's ticket sales will go to the Berkut Association, which will use these funds to further the goals of the organization including arranging the eagle festival each year. The Golden eagle festival will be held on 05 – 06 Oct 2013.

One of the last true wilderness areas of Asia, the stunning beauty of the magnificent Altai Mountains will be the backdrop for this extraordinary Eagle Festival. A highlight of any trip to this region is interacting with local Kazakhs and learning about their unique culture. Approximately ninety percent of the population of Bayan-Ulgii is Kazakh and though their pastoral-nomadic lifestyle is similar to that of Mongolians, these Kazakh-speaking nomads are predominantly Moslem. Passed down from their Turkic ancestors, many Kazakhs are still hunting with trained Golden Eagles whose vision is eight times more acute than humans.
 
Female eagles are preferred since they are believed to be more aggressive and weigh as much as fifteen pounds (nearly one-third more than the males). Kazakh women are renowned for their skills in embroidery and appliqué-hand-crafted felt carpets line the floor of their gers and delicately embroidered tapestries adorn the walls in a dazzling mosaic of colors.
Notes: Accommodations will include ger decorated with Kazakh wall hangings, with sharing facilities. Food will be simple and meat-based. 

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