Golden eagle festival & Great Gobi tour
Tour name: Golden Eagle Festival
Start: UB-back to UB
Destinatoin: Terelj National park, Ulaanbaatar, Bayan-Ulgii
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
Price: from US $2371
Date: Sep 13-21, 2020
What do we expect?
- Learn unique Mongolian Culture
- Discover Nomadic lifestyle
- Spot Wild and Domestic animals
- Visit and meet real Nomads
- Feel true silence and wild nature
- Enjoy fresh and clean air
- Explore Eagle hunting family
Golden eagle festival is quite famous celebration in Mongolia. The festival is only hold by Kazakh people living far northern border of Mongolia. Kazakhs are famous for their ability to hunt preys such as wolves, foxes
Detailed tour itinerary
Our guide will meet you at airport upon your arrival in Ulaanbaatar city/capital of Mongolia/ and take you to the hotel you stay. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. Prepare yourself; on the most of days of this tour, we'll spend a several hours on the road. Note: the camera with full battery, torch, and other stuffs/suitable clothing for horse/camel riding/.
Overnight in Hotel
In the early morning our experienced driver and guide will pick you up from the hotel you stay. Then we will head to Terelj National Park located 75 km on the side, on the way you will explore Ovoo-the pile of sacred stones, according to the local legend, espirit of nature dwells in the heaped Rocks which was set for god of nature and blue sky. Terelj National Park is Mongolian's best known national park for good reason, it was created in 1965, popular among the Mongolians for its magnificent granite rocky hills, rock formation especielly Turtle Rock and the green forests.On the way to park you will visit to Biggest Equestrian Statue in the world /Chingis Khaan/, and Meditation Monastery. Stay overnight in nomadic family experiencing nomads's everyday life, milk production and livestock in the pasture.
Overnight in Nomadic family Meals:B,L,D
After lunch in the National park we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. For the rest of the day, You will have a break at the Hotel.
Overnight in Hotel Meals: B, L, D
Early in the morning drive to Airport and fly to Bayan-Ulgii province for 3 hours. It is located in far western part of Mongolia, 1700 km from Ulaanbaatar city. Exploring Ulgii town.
Overnight in Local Hotel Meals: B,L,D
The golden eagle festival is held annualy in Bayn-Olgii province as organized event. During the Golden Eagle festivel, they celebrate this festival to show their ancester's heritage competing each other with their well-trained eagles that catch small animals, such as hares, fox even wolves. By doing this, they both show their skills and abilities. Prizes are awarded for their speed, agility, and accuracy, as well as best traditional Kazakh dress and more.
Stay overnigh in Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Enjoy the Golden eagle Festival. Dark, rocky mountainous terrain forms the backdrop to the festivities which incorporate an opening ceremony, parade, cultural exhibitions, demonstrations and handcrafts in the center of town of Ulgii followed by sporting activities and competitions 4 km out towards the mountains. Dressed in full eagle hunting regalia and mounted on groomed decorated horses, the entrants compete for the awards of Best Turned out Eagle and Owner; Best Eagle at Hunting Prey and Best Eagle at Locating Its Owner from a Distance. Other sporting activities include horse racing, archery and the highly entertaining Bushkashi - goatskin tug of war on horseback.
Overnight: in Hotel or Ger camp Meals: B, L, D
With only around 400 traditional eagle hunters left in the world, the custom is precious and unless your father was an eagle hunter, you cannot become one. “They have to endure many hours of horse riding with a 7 to 9kg golden eagle on their arms in extremely cold weather.” Each eagle is taken from the wild at a young age - either straight from the nest or once the mother has taught them basic hunting skills - and hunters will embark on rigorous training to hone their skills. “As soon as the eagle reaches 10-years-old - half of their life expectancy - they are returned to nature to breed again and have a normal life with another eagle.” Only female eagles are used for hunting as they tend to be bigger, stronger, more agile and far more focussed while hunting down their prey.
Stay overnigh in Hotel or Ger camp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast we will drive to local airport and flight to Ulaanbaatar for 2.5 hours. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy time. If we've got time left, you can do the shopping or cultural show.
Overnight in hotel Meals: B, L, D
We will take you to the airport. Check your items when you're leaving the hotel. Good luck for your next trip.