Golden Eagle Festival and Real Hunting on Horseback, 8 Days

Brief description

This tour is specially tailored for those who want to experience the art of training an Eagle and hunting with Eagles. Hunting season with Eagles starts around October and this tour gives you the opportunity to do real life huntig on horseback with the local Eagle Hunters. This unique tradition has been transferred to generation to generation for hundreds of years and this real life experience will bring you back to that piece of life out of urbanization, technology and crowd. 

Days
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Day 1, Friday, Sep 29, Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

You will be met at the Chinggis Khan international airport and transferred to you hotel. Overnight in hotel. 

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Day 2, Saturday, Sep 30, Golden Eagle Festival

You will be transferred to the Ulaanbaatar airport early morning and fly to Ulgii. The flights arrive before the opening ceremony of the Festival. Your local driver and guide will meet you at the airport in Ulgii and drive you directly to the opening ceremony of the Festival. Lunch will be served at Sayat Tobe where the Festival takes place. You will enjoy the whole day Festival program and will be transferred to West Mongolia ger camp in the evening. Dinner and overnight at WM ger camp. (B+L+D)

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Day 3, Sunday, Oct 1st, Golden Eagle Festival

After breakfast, we will head to Sayat Tobe where the Festival takes place. You will enjoy the second and last day of the Golden Eagle Festival 2017. After dinner you will enjoy the closing ceremony in the evening is held at the theather of Ulgii town where you enjoy traditional Kazakh music, singing and dance. Overnight at WM ger camp. (B+L+D)

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Day 4, Monday, Oct 2nd, Eagle Hunter's Family

After breakfast, we do sightseeing around Ulgii town. Visit the local museum and bazaar. Lunch in Pamukkale, a Turkish restaurant in Ulgii listed in Lonely Planet. After lunch we will head to an Eagle Hunter's Family for a couple of days to experience the nomadic lifestyle, culture and hunting with eagles on horseback. This first day, you will get to know the family and hear the stories of hunting. Dinner and stay overnight with the faimly. (B+L+D)

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Day 5, Tuesday, Oct 3rd, Hunting with Eagles on Horseback

Learn how they train, feed and take care of their Golden Eagles. Do hunting with Eagles on horseback on the mountains. Look for real animal catch such as rabbit or fox. If you have not ridden horse before, you will be given some lessons and training on horse riding. (B+L+D)

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Day 6, Wednesday, Oct 4th, Hunting with Eagles on Horseback

First half of this day will be dedicated for riding. Visit some local nomads and have lunch with the host family. Then drive back to Ulgii. Visit local souvenir shops and Friendship Hill where you can see the town in whole from the top. Farewell dinner at WM ger camp.  (B+L+D)

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Day 7, Thursday, Oct 5th, Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

Early moring breakfast at WM ger camp and return flight back to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Upon arrival, you will be picked up from the airport by our representative in UB. Check in to you hotel. Last minute shopping. Overnight in hotel. (B)

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Day 8, Friday, Oct 6th, International departure

You will be transferred to the airport 2 hours prior to your international departure. If your flight is late in the evening, you have the day for visiting a museum and Chinggis square, etc on your own during the day. (B)

Additional itinerary

Price includes

  • Airport transfers and pick ups
  • Twin/double shared accommodation in Ulaanbaatar/Ulgii
  • Domestic RT flight tickets
  • English speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Car/Driver 
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • 0.5 l*3 bottled water per day
  • Festival ticket 
  • Visa support invitation letter if necessary

Price excludes

  • International Airfare or Train ticket
  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal use 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 or fishing