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- Majestic Western Mongolia – Golden Eagle, Kazakh tribes, staying at an Eagle hunter family
- Mongolian Winter – snowcapped mountains and the beauty of Mongolian wilderness
- Ulaanbaatar – Gandan Monastery, Museum of National History
- Endless photos opportunity
- Short and winter tours
- Style: Traveller
- Tour grade: Moderate
- Duration: 8 days/7 nights
- From: US$ 2000
One of the Mongolian ethnic groups is the Muslim Kazakhs of Turkic origin. The Kazakhs have the tradition of hunting with trained Golden Eagles that has been passed generation to generation. 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 Hunting tour. A highlight of any trip to this region is interacting with local Kazakhs and learning about their unique culture. The skilled and trained Golden eagles hunt rabbit, fox and wolf and the way the Kazakh hunters train the eagles is fantastic!
The Golden Eagle is one of twelve species of large predominantly dark-coloured eagles in the genius Aquila found worldwide; a large brown bird of prey, it has a wingspan averaging over 2 m and up to 1m in body length. Adult Golden Eagles range widely in size across their range. The largest races comprise the largest eagles of the genus Aquila. Length may vary from 66 to 100 cm, wingspan can range from 150 to 240 cm, and weight is from 2.5 to 7 kg. Historically, nomadic Kazakhs depended on Golden Eagles for hunting.
Brief Itinerarygo to detailDay 1: Mon. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, city sightseeing tour
Day 2: Tue. Ulaanbaatar – Olgii, Western Mongolia
Day 3 – 5: Wed - Fri. Hunting with Eagles
Day 6: Sat. Hunter’s family to Olgii
Day 7: Sun. Olgii town to Ulaanbaatar
Day 8: Mon. Departure
Images of the Tour
Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, tour of the City
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, meet at the airport 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. 4* good hotel L
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* Single supplement is only available at hotels in Olgii & Ulaanbaatar
- 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 + Experienced driver)
- Twin share accommodation: 4* hotel in Ulaanbaatar, Kazak hunter’s Ger, & local hotel in Olgii
- Hunting arrangements
- ULN – Olgii – ULN RT flight + 15 kg luggage free of charge, all government taxes
- Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
- Daily supply of bottled water
- Visa support invitation letter where applicable
- Exclusive Hunting with Eagle tour souvenir!
- 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
Your Selena Travel advisor is happy to assist you with hotel booking on your request. Below you will find some suggested hotels in Ulaanbaatar:
- Best Western Gobi Kelso ***
- Springs hotel ***
- Ramada hotel ****
- Kempinski Khan Palace ****
- Best Western Premier *****
Outside Ulaanbaatar: Please take in mind that traveling in the countryside of Mongolia is often tough, a trip is conducted in remote areas where there’s no hotel and paved roads exist.
Outside of Ulaanbaatar, tourist Ger camps are the best accommodation for travelers. A Ger is Mongolian traditional dwelling made of felt layers and wooden construction, and the Mongols have lived in Gers since the time immemorial. Tourist Ger camps offer comfortable Gers with 1-4 beds with good bedding, and also have western style showers and WCs (mostly shared). A few Ger camps offer en-suite Gers at additional charge (please ask your Selena Travel advisor for this). Due to remoteness some tourist Ger camps may not excel in service, so travelers may not always expect high pressure showers, bubble baths or gourmet food etc.
DESTINATION & ATTRACTIONS BRIEF INFO
Hunting with trained Golden Eagles: Historically, nomadic Kazakhs depended on Golden Eagles for hunting. One of the last true wilderness areas of Asia, the stunning beauty of the magnificent Altai Mountains will be the backdrop for this extraordinary Mongolia Eagle hunting tour. A highlight of any trip to this region is interacting with local Kazakhs and learning about their unique culture. The skilled and trained Golden eagles hunt rabbit, fox and wolf and the way the Kazakh hunters train the eagles is fantastic!
Approximately ninety percent of the population of Bayan-Ulgii, Western Mongolia 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 still hunt 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. 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.