Classic Eagle Hunting on Altai Mountains, 8 days, from $1350 LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP
Hunting with Golden Eagle is one of the most unique features of the Kazakh life. The hunter is named kusbegi or berkutchi. The experience of wild birds training was gained by Kazakh kusbegi by centuries, the secrets were impacted from the father to the son and kept deep secret. At the present time we can meet few people with such name. These masters have innate gift of wild birds training. For a hunting they tame falcons, golden eagles and eagles. Names of birds are given depending on their appearance and battle characteristics. The hunting with Golden Eagle are during ten centuries. Was considered, to present the teenager a nestling of hunting bird, means, to wish to him to begin courageous, strong dzhigit.
To train golden eagle – it is the high art. The caught bird gradually accustom to the owner. For it berkutchi some nights doesn't close eyes and interdicts to sleep golden eagle. The bird can take feed (bits of uncooked meat) only from hands of the owner. After bird will get used to the hunter- berkutchi, his horse and dog, berkutchi begins to train to hunt for stuffed fox and only then the real hunting begins. Specially trained golden eagle hunts for small animals: rabbits, foxes, and partridge, black hazel grouses.
Day 1. Arrive UB
Fly to Olgii and drive to Khukh Serkhiyn Nuruu (Blue Goat) National Park
Early breakfast and transfer to UB airport. Take a flight to Olgii (3 hours). On you arrival at Olgii airport, meet by Blue Wolf team. Transfer to Blue Wolf Office for lunch and tour briefing. We will then drive 160 km (4-5 hours) to south and come to traditional Kazakh Eagle Hunter's family. Erbol (Eagle Hunter) will be our host, in an impressive valley on the north-western side of Great Khukh Serkh Mountain. This is a mountain range renowned for its Snow Leopards, with abundant populations of Argali and Ibex. Our visit will be benefiting from an ongoing Snow Leopard research project that is undertaken here, giving us considerable insight into the movements and habits of these elusive cats. We will meet Erbol and his magnificent Golden Eagle, and learn from a true master about the traditions and skills of hunting with Eagles in the Altai. Overnight in wooden house near a herding family. (BLD)
Every day, going on horseback/hike with Kazakh Eagle hunter by the wild big remote mountains, we can watch and have a part in hunting with golden eagle for rabbit, fox, wild cat and other animals. This place has many wild endangers animals and birds like snow leopard, Altai argali and Ibex, lynx, wolverine and bearded vulture, black vulture, different kinds of falcons, golden eagle, and others. Staying with Eagle hunter, you can learn some hunting skills with golden eagle. Overnights in wooden house. (BLD).
Last day, afternoon drive (4-5 hrs, 200 km) and reach Olgii. Overnight in local hotel. Welcome dinner with short Kazakh concert in Blue Wolf restaurant. (BLD)
Fly back to UB
Early breakfast and transfer to airport. Transfer to 4* hotel. (B) You will have a full day to explore the sprawling city of retro architecture, thrilling nightlife, wild traffic and exciting commerce. There’s plenty to see, do and eat – your guide will recommend some of the best places to dine at. Overnight in 4* hotel. (BLD)
After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport. Leave Mongolia with full of unforgettable memories. (B)