EAGLE FESTIVAL

EAGLE festival tour

Bayan-Ölgii Map

Overview

The Golden Eagle Festival or Eagle Festival is an annual traditional festival held in Bayan-Ölgii aimag, Mongolia. In the eagle festival, Kazakh eagle hunters (Burkitshi) celebrate their heritage and compete to catch small animals such as foxes and hares with specially trained golden eagles, showing off the skills both of the birds and their trainers. Prizes are awarded for speed, agility and accuracy, as well as for the best traditional Kazakh dress, and more.

The Eagle Festival is held during the first weekend in October. 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 the town of Ölgii, followed by sporting activities and competitions 4 km outside of town towards the mountains.

A smaller festival, the Sagsai Golden Eagle Festival on 17-18 September each year especially for photographers, cinematographers and photo journalists, and the Altai Kazakh Eagle Festival, is also held each year in the nearby village of Sagsai in the last week of September. It follows much the same pattern as the larger Golden Eagle Festival, with about 40 eagle hunters participating.  

From €1190* 

/person/

9
days

*prices vary according to group size

Itinerary

Day1 Visit in Ulaanbaatar

Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver and guide. Transfer to your hotel, settling in, and rest. We will take you in the restaurant mongol. Let's immerse ourselves in the heart of the Mongolian history, in the wonderful National History Museum. Walk in the centre of Ulan-Bator. Discovery of Chinggis  Khan Square and the House of Parliament.

At 18 o' clock, Mongolian traditional show at Tumen Ekh: folkloric dances, contortion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing.

Welcome dinner in Mongolian style restaurant. Overnight in the hotel. B/L/D

Day 2 Travel to Genghis khan statue and Terelj

Toady we will drive to “Genghis Khan Statue Complex” (50km about 2 hours) which is currently the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world. From here, we'll use an elevator or walk to the head of the horse through chest and back neck of the horse, where we have a farseeing and good panorama view over the complex area. Afternoon will drive to Terelj and visit to nomad family to taste their dairy products and learn more about the nomadic way of life.Overnight in the ger with local family. B/L/D

Day 3 Fly to Bayan-Ulgii

After breakfast we will pick up from designated hotel for a transfer to the airport for a Domestic Flight to Bayan-Ulgii. Arrive in Bayan-Ulgii and explore the city. You will be picked up at the airport by your guide and brought to your homestay accommodation. Visit the city (museum, market, park, viewpoint and mosque). B/L/D

Day 4 Kazakh family visit

Toady we will  visit the village Sagsai soum and meet the eagle hunter. Drive by a Jeep or minibus to the village Sagsai soum (approximately 3-4 hour drive). We will weet Charknat, eagle hunter and his family at their home and to taste their dairy products. See the eagles in training, ride horses and enjoy the nomadic life style. Sleep with the family in their yurts. B/L/D

Day 5 Journey with Eagle hunter

After breakfast we will ride with the eagle hunters to the festival.

Ride with the eagle hunters and their eagles on their horses to the festival. The journey will take one day. If you don’t want to ride a horse, you can drive to the festival by car. Sleep with the family in their yurts. B/L/D 

Day 6,7 Enjoy the Festival

Enjoy two unforgettable days at the festival. Visit the opening ceremonies, the different competitions, and the awards ceremony.

The event typically has 60 to 70 Kazakh eagle hunters displaying their skills. The events include having their golden eagles fly to them on command and catching a fox fur being pulled being a horse from a perch on a nearby mountain. At night there will be a traditional concert in the city. Enjoy a good dinner and sleep at a homestay accommodation in Olgii. B/L/D

Day 8 Fly to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast transfer to Airport. Take flight from Olgii to Ulaanbaatar.

Arrival in town and settling in at your hotel, where you can rest a few moments. Rest of the day free. With our guide, you can go and shop in the center of the city. Optional: Ulaanbaatar by night (night club or pub). B/L/D

Day 9 Departure

Have a nice journey. Breakfast at the hotel. We go with you to the international airport of Ulaanbaatar. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight.

TOUR BRIEF

Duration: 8 nights / 9 days

Activities: Visiting cultural heritage sites, experiencing nomad culture, exploring varied natural landscapes, horse riding

Distance: 3580kms 

Group: Min 2 - Max 10

Season: September-October  

PRICE

2       pax       1730

3-4    pax       1490€

5-8    pax       1350€

9-12  pax       1190€

PRICE INCLUDES

PRICE NOT INCLUDES

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport

  • Domestic flight  

  • 2 nights in 3* or 4* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included

  • Full pension during the tour 

  • Water

  • 1 nights in comfortable yurts camps with warm shower

  • 5 nights in ger with a host family,

  • Journeys in Japanese or Russian 4WD jeep or minibus  with Air con + Driver 

  • Petrol

  • English or French speaking guide

  • Camel and horse trek

  • Local guides for the treks 

  • Entrance fees for parks and museum indicated in the program

  • International transport 

  • Passport and visa fees

  • Repatriation insurance 

  • Travel insurance 

  • Drinks / alcohols extras

  • Any excursion that is not indicated in the program

  • Single room supplement: Single supplement is available at 40 euros in the hotel (for 1 nights) Single ger supplement: Single supplement is available at 20 euros per night at ger camps

OUR PARTNERS:

OTGOODOR LLC

Residence-41, Bayangol district

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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