EAGLE FESTIVAL ADVENTURES, 2018 LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP
Eagle Festival Adventures (2018)
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 eagler hunts for small animals: rabbits, foxes, and partridge, black hazel grouses
Day 1. Arrive UB
By your arrival in UB meet by our guide and transfer to hotel.
Day 2. Visit Chinggis Khan’s statue and city tour
Today, we will do city tour. After breakfast, we start to drive towards Khan Khentii National Park, where Genghis Khan's homeland and where a rich pasture, cattle, sheep and land, since ancient times of good natural pastures. On the way, we stop near “Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex” and “XIII Century National Camp”.
Chinggis khan statue complex is located 54 km from Ulaanbaatar among beautiful natural scenery on the bank of river Tuul. After picnic lunch, we continue our driving and reach Lake Khokh. Here Chinggis Khaan was entitled as Khan of Mongols in 1189 and listen to brief historical highlights about significant event in the history of Mongolia.
Drive back to UB. Explore Gandan Monastery, Buddhist center in Ulaanbaatar. See Zanabazar Museum Chojin Lama temple. Lunch time in a typical Mongolian Restaurant. The winter Palace Buda Big Statue on the Hill Central market (black) (one or two hours if we have time) Typical folkloric Mongol performance (songs and dances), at the restaurant, during Dinner time (optional). Overnight in 3* hotel.
Day 3. Fly to Hovd (D)
Arrive Hovd airport and meet by our team (guide, driver and cook).
Here we will meet “Hoomii-singers”.
The Hovd town was a trade center, located on the northern Silk Road with connections to Russia and China. In 1763 the Manchu administration built the fortress Sagijn Cherem (Castle). An area of about 4 ha was fenced with 3m high and 2m wide walls. Now all 18 Mongolian ethic groups live in this province. After a lunch, drive to Durgun village, where is possible meeting with Green Toro. Overnight in local hotel. (BLD)
Day 4. Drive to Glaciers and meet Uriakhai people
After breakfast, we will drive few hour and see the beautiful snowcapped peaks, rocky valleys and crystal clear spring waters.
We can visit the nomadic Kazakh and Urianhai (one of western Mongolian ethnic groups) families and feel their grade hospitalities. They live mostly on the north side of Tsamba-Garav Uul (one of the highest snowcapped mountains in Mongolia 4208m). The place called “Tavan Belchir” /Five Pastures/.
From North West side of the TsambaGarav Uul we have the chance to hike easily closer to snow caps. After lunch, drive 2-3hrs and reach Ulgii town. Overnight in local hotel. (BLD).
Day 5. Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
A full day’s drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park via TsagaanGo (White River) valley and through Altai Mountains that are Mongolia’s largest and highest mountain range at over 3000-4000 meters high. Overnight in ger/wooden house. (BLD)
Days 6-7. Trekking to/from Tavanbogd Massif
Today we’ll start our trek for 11 km toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. Pitch camp for 3 nights next to the 20km long Potanin glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai. Tavanbogd means “The Holy Five”, referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul at 4374m above sea level is the highest in Mongolia, a stunning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow-capped peaks. Overnight in ger/wooden house.
Last day, continue our driving and reach Olgii. Overnight in local hotel. (BLD)
Days 8-9. Eagle Festival
Meet the Kazakh Eagle hunters. The rodeo of eagle hunting. A fantastic opportunity for photographers and adventurers alike to see these magnificent birds up close. There are approx. 400 eagle hunters in Bayan-Olgii aimag. The eagle hunters from around regions gather to test their finely trained birds in singular contests of speed and agility in these few days. During the festival we also see some Kazakh Traditional Horse Games like “BushKushi” (Try to take out from each other the goat skin on horseback),”Kiss woman on horseback”, ”Pick up coins from the land on horseback” and others. In the evening we enjoy to have the Kazakh Concert with some traditional songs and music. First overnight at Blue Wolf gercamp. Second day, afternoon drive to Kazakh eagle hunter’s family. Overnights in local hotel. (BLD).
Day 10. Drive to Blue Goat Nat. Park
After early breakfast, start to drive to east about 180km (about 5hrs) and reach one of Kazakh Eagle hunter’s families. His house is located near “Blue Goat Specially protected area”. Overnight in ger/wooden house. (BLD)
Day 11-13. Kazakh Eagle hunting (horse riding and eagle hunting)
Every day going 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 skills.
Overnights in ger/wooden house.
Last day, afternoon, drive about 160 km and reach Olgii. Overnight in local hotel. Welcome dinner with short Kazakh concert in Blue Wolf restaurant. (BLD)
Day 14. Fly to UB.
Early breakfast and transfer to Olgii airport. Fly back to UB about 3hrs. Transfer to 3* hotel. (B)
Day 15. Depart UB
After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport. (B)
My price is: 2815$ per person, (min. 2 people)
English speaking Guide, 4x4 car, 3 meals per day, cook, tent, overnights in hotel or gercamp in Olgii, camping chair, pad, Golden Eagle Festival fee, Kazakh Eagle hunter with his bird and riding horse, national park permits.
Personal needs, laundry and alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is 310$.
The western Mongolian winters are cold and dry with occasional snow, but most days have clean blue sky and strong sun. The temperature can fluctuate as much 5-10 degrees centigrade between day and night. /-10°-25° during a days and -15°-30° of Celsius during a nights/
What to bring:
Warm hat and gloves,
Long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear,
Prescription medications, (if needed),
Money belt and small padlocks
Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions
Torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates
Wind and waterproof jacket
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
For eagle hunting, local Kazakh people use horses. The services of some herdsmen will be hired by the expedition, and they will provide us with their animals.
A local guide who speaks English and Mongolian will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow, with an assistant. In addition, the services of the local herdsmen will be hired along with their animals. The horsemen follow a traditional lifestyle in the areas where we will be riding.
Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt to both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips. There are always vegetables available, and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians on our trips. For breakfast we can usually buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area.
EFA-01. 14-28 of March, 2018
EFA-02. 8-22 of September, 2018
EFA-03. 29 of September-13 of October, 2018
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