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Golden Eagle festival 2017

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Length:  8days/7nights

Tour grade: Moderate

Group size: 2-14people

Potential period: 01 Oct -10 Oct

 

  • Explore Eagle festival and traditions of training Golden eagle
  • Opportunity of photo with hunters and Golden eagles.(Aquila chrysaetos)
  • Visits of Kazkah family
  • Terelj national park excursion,
  • Adventures in Altai Mountain

Tour info
Kazakhs living in Western Mongolia continue to hunt with eagles today.  They use eagles to hunt foxes, corsac, wolf and hare during the cold winter months when it is easier to see the gold colored foxes against the snow. Hunting with Golden eagle is the one of the most ancient traditions that passed down generations to generations of Kazakh people. As we know Kazakh people had hunted with eagles for their life foe many years. In modern days hunting with Golden eagle is a sport and special aspect that identifies tradition of Kazakh people. Every year many Kazakh hunters gather with their especially trained eagle and challenge them with different ways. As watching Eagle Festival you can explore cultures and way of life Kazakh people who lived in High Altai Mountains. Participants will explore  the techniques of capturing and training an eagle and will have to see the eagles fly in pursuit of prey and hunters skills.  Beside golden eagle, traditions and way of life of Kazakh people is fascinating.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1. 26 Sep,  Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Day 2. 27 Sep, Terelj national park
Day 3. 28 Sep, Terelj horse back riding
Day 4. 29 Sep, Ulgii town
Day 5. 30 Sep, Eagle festival
Day 6. 31 Sep, Eagle festival
Day 7. 01 Oct, Ulaanbaatar
Day 8. 02 Oct, Departure

Day 1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel. Tour the Museum of Natural History with its splendid collection of Dinosaur exhibits. Mongolian traditional folklore concert. Evening tour of Ulaanbaatar, including the War Memorial at Zaisan if time permits. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. 
Overnight at hotel.               Meals: L/D             Trans: 4WD Van

Day 2. Terelj national park
Transfer to Terelj National Park. Have an excursion to Turtle rock and Ariyabal meditation temple. In the afternoon visit a ger “museum”. Following dinner, clients will be given a demonstration and training class for the traditional Mongolian sport of archery. Trails and a competition will be held. Overnight in the ger camp.
Overnight at Ger. Meals: B/L/D         Trans: 4WD Van

Day 3. Terelj horseback riding
After breakfast, you will have a demonstration and be asked to assist in the disassembling and building of a smaller Mongolian ger. Then have a short horse riding tour to Tuul River, where we will continue the adventure by rafting along the river with rafting guide and safety equipment provided. Transfer back the Ulaanbaatar. Overnight in hotel. 
Overnight at Ger. Meals: B/L/D         Trans: 4WD Van

Day 4. Ulgii town
Take a flight to Ulgii town and visit local Kazakh family and local museum which exhibits cultural and historical items of Kazakh people. Overnight at local hotel. 
Overnight at Ger. Meals: B/L/D         Trans: 4WD Van

Day 5. Eagle festival
The official opening ceremony commences with the participants parading in on horseback with their eagles. The competition begins with each Kazakh displaying his hunting outfit and accessories. The most elaborate and beautiful clothing and accessories are given the highest points. In the afternoon, the Golden Eagles will be evaluated for their speed and agility. The eagles will be released from a cliff and their owner will stand below and signal for them to land upon their arm, as they do during hunting. Those with the fastest times and best technique will be awarded the highest scores. In the evening, attend a Kazakh play in honor of the Kazakhs and their eagles.
Overnight at Ger. Meals: B/L/D         Trans: 4WD Van

Day 6. Eagle festival
Prepare for some exciting action today! The Golden Eagles will be released from a cliff to attack fox skins that will be dragged by their owner on horseback. The eagles will be judged on their success of grabbing the “fox,” their speed, and “gripping” technique. As the points for the competitions are being tallied, the Kazakhs will compete in their traditional game called “kukbar” which tests one’s horse-riding skills, strength and agility. In the late afternoon, the winners of the festival will be announced at the awards ceremony. In the evening, enjoy a celebration dinner. After dinner, you are invited to attend a special performance of traditional Kazakh dance, song, and music, arranged for the competition participants, many of whom have traveled as far as 140 miles on horseback. 
Overnight at Ger. Meals: B/L/D         Trans: 4WD Van

Day 7. Ulaanbaatar
Take flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Enjoy Mongolian folk art performance. Free time on the evening.  Overnight in hotel.
Overnight at hotel.               Meals: B/L/D             Trans: 4WD Van

Day 8. Departure
Transfer to international airport for next connection.  Tour ends. 

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Departures Starting date Ending date Status
Departure 1 26 Sep, 2017 02 Oct, 2017 available


Including:

  • Hotel accommodation with 4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar for twin sharing base
  • Local hotel
  • Tent or GER (Mongolian traditional felt dwelling)
  • English speaking guide (other languages are on request)
  • Transportation with Russian van
  • Domestic flights and local airport tax
  • National park entrance fee and taxes
  • Full board during the tour except beverages
  • Cooking set
  • Tented camping expenses
  • Golden Eagle festival tax

Excluding:

  • Insurance
  • International flight fares
  • beverages
  • Any additional costs not mentioned above