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

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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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2018-09-30 2018-10-07 8 days
2650US$ pax
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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. Execellent hotel 4* 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. 
Execellent hotel 4* 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

2018-09-30 2018-10-07 8 days
2650US$ pax
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Single supplement charge US$300   

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: 4* hotel in Ulaanbaatar, local good hotel in Olgii 
  • 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
Accommodation on Selena Travel tours 
Ulaanbaatar: Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia has many hotels ranging from basic 1* to high-end 5*. Some international hotel chains have opened such as Kempinski, Ramada, and Best Western to name a few. Some of Selena Travel Mongolia tours do not include hotel accommodation in Ulaanbaatar, where clients are advised to take care of their own accommodation in Ulaanbaatar. Please refer to your tour program (Included services and Exclusions section) for more details. 
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. 
Food on Selena Travel tours 
During your tour in Mongolia you will be eating in good restaurants in Ulaanbaatar, we have a great variety in restaurants in the capital city. Once you are outside the capital, Ger restaurants in Ger camps and local cafes in the small towns and villages will be the places where you will be eating. Ger restaurants often have set menu, but their food is usually very good (Ger camps provide mostly continental breakfast, lunches consist of salad, soup, main course and dessert, whilst, dinners are usually salad, main course and dessert).
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 chocolate bar etc). Vegetarians are well taken care of both in Ulaanbaatar restaurants and tourist Ger camps.
Luggage allowance on Selena Travel tours 
When you travelling overland in a vehicle (minivan & jeep), it would be suitable if you have 20kg luggage per person (max). However, please kindly note that domestic flight luggage allowance per person is 15 kg (10 kg for the check in luggage and 5 for the carry on luggage). For 1kg extra luggage you pay US$2 - 5. 

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 03 – 04 Oct 2015.

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.

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