Tour grade: Easy
Looking for an unforgettable experience that blends landscape and cultural sightseeing? Look no further than the Kazakh traditional eagle hunting festival! Last year, over 50 participants showcased their specially trained Golden Eagles in competitions of speed, agility, and accuracy. But that's not all – the festival also features traditional Kazakh games like Kokbar, archery, and horse racing.
This festival is a celebration of both the Golden Eagle and Kazakh traditional heritage. Attendance is limited to maintain the festival as a Kazakh event, but this presents a unique opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about their culture. Join us for a few days of eagle training and cultural immersion, and discover the beauty of Mongolia's remote Buddhist monasteries and nomadic families. Whether you prefer horse-riding or guided walking, there are endless opportunities for photography and adventure. Don't miss out on this fantastic trip!
Sep 28. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, tour of the City
Meet your guide and driver at the airport after custom formalities and transfer to your accommodation. You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26-meter-high gilded statue of the Buddha. Your tour also takes you to the Genghis Khan monument on the Sukhbaatar square and the National Museum, which has a number of fascinating displays of traditional Mongolian clothing and weaponry, as well as exhibits charting the course of Genghis Khan's empire-building. Hotel 4* L
Sep 29. Olgii town : A Day with Eagle Hunter Family
We catch a flight to Olgii town in the morning. Upon arrival, meet your local guide at the airport and transfer to the ger camp or local hotel. Then we drive out from Olgii town and visit Kazakh nomadic family home. Witness the 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. In the early evening, you will be transferred back to Olgii town. Hotel 4* B+L+D
Sep 30. Golden Eagle Festival
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/ local hotel B+L+D
Oct 1. Golden Eagle Festival
The second day of the colorful 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. Enjoy a folklore concert from the local theater in the evening. Ger camp/ local hotel B+L+D
Oct 2. Ulaanbaatar- Hustai National park
We catch a flight to Ulaanbaatar that takes 3 hours. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar you will be transferred to Hustai National park where Takhi wild horses graze peacefully. Arrive and check-in at the tourist ger camp. Visit the park to spot endangered Takhi horses and possibly other wildlife such as deer or marmots. Dinner and overnight at the tourist ger camp. Ger camp B+L+D
Oct 3. Ulaanbaatar
In the morning, we drive back to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel. We visit Bogd Khan’s palace museum- residence of last king of Mongolia, Buddha park and Zaisan memorial hill for the panoramic view of the city. Enjoy traditional folklore concert from Tumen Ekh ensemble. Farewell dinner at local restaurant. Hotel 4* B+L+D
Oct 4. Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
You are transferred to the airport/train station after breakfast. End of service. B
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Accommodation info on your Mongolia tours
Ulaanbaatar: Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, offers a variety of hotels ranging from basic guesthouses to high-end 5* hotel.
Some of our Mongolia tours do not include the hotel stays in Ulaanbaatar in the tour package, where clients can choose a hotel that suits their needs and budget. Please make sure to check your tour program`s Inclusions and Exclusions section to confirm if your hotel stay is included in the package.
If you wish us to book your hotel for you, your travel consultant will be happy to recommend and book an ideal hotel for you.
Here are hotels that are recommended by us:
Outside Ulaanbaatar: Outside of Ulaanbaatar where there are no hotels, tourist Ger (yurt) camps are the best accommodation for travelers. A Ger is Mongolian traditional dwelling made of felt layers and wooden construction, and the Mongolians have lived in Gers for thousands of years. Tourist Ger camps offer comfortable Gers with 1-3 beds with good bedding (1 Ger equals 1 hotel room), and also offer well-maintained public western style showers and WCs on their grounds. Some Ger camps offer en-suite bathroom facilities at additional charge, please ask your Selena Travel advisor for further details when booking your Mongolia tour.
Food on Selena Travel tours
In the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, a great variety of restaurants can be found and you will be eating at some of the best restaurants of Ulaanbaatar on your Mongolia tour while in the capital. Once you are outside the capital, Ger restaurants in Ger camps, local cafes in the small towns and sometimes nomadic families will be the places where you will be eating most of your meal. Ger restaurants often offer set continental breakfasts, set menu lunches and dinners consisting of salad or soup, main course and dessert.
While on the tour, during your longer driving days you will take packed lunch from Ger camps, often vegetable salad, main course such as fried chicken/noodles/dumplings and a small dessert, while hitting the road. Most of the food restrictions and allergies such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and many others, can be accommodated with easy on your Mongolia adventure.
Luggage allowance on Selena Travel tours
If you are on an overland only tour across Mongolia, the recommended weight of your luggage is 20kg per person (max). However, kindly note that domestic flight luggage allowance per person is 15 kg (10 kg for the check in luggage and 5 kg for the carry on luggage). It is possible to purchase extra luggage space which costs US$2 - 5 per 1kg.
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