Eagle Hunting in Kyrgyzstan LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP
Hunting with Golden Eagle is one of the most unique features of the Kyrgyz and Kazakh life. The hunter is named kusbegi or berkutchi. The experience of wild birds training was gained by Kusbegi by centuries, the secrets were impacted from the father to the son and kept deep secret. 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.
If Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia go with their assistant to make a voice and scare wild animals, Kyrgyz Eagle Hunters use “Taigan” dogs.
The origins of the Taigan Dog can be traced back to the indigenous people of Krgyzstan who used them for their hunting and guarding skills. Legend has it that the Taigan is descended from the mythical bird dog, hatching from an egg that was stolen from the next of the highland vulture known as Kumai. The puppy grew to become the savior of the indigenous people, rescuing them from the terror of the local wolves.
The Taigan Dog is a gentle and even-tempered breed that would never intentionally harm anyone.
Arrive Bishkek and drive to Naryn (5-6hrs)
|Arrive Manas Airport near Bishkek city. Meet by our team and transfer to Bishkek for lunch. Tour briefing. Start to drive towards Naryn valley. Come to Eagle Hunter’s family. Overnight with family. (LD)|
Classic Eagle Hunting
The Kyrgyz Eagle Hunters use for hunting female eagles as far they are bigger mail ones and more aggressive. These eagles are trained to hunt fox, rabbit and wild cat. Every day going side by side with eagle hunter to hunt mostly fox we learn and enjoy this unique customs of the Nomads of Kyrgyzstan. Staying few days with this family, we do a day hike or horse ride by mountains. Overnights with family. (BLD)
Drive to Karakol town, (5-6hrs, 300km)
After early breakfast, we say goodbye to our host and family, and start to drive our next destination – Karakol town. Continuing our route through the majestic Tosor Pass (4020m), we will enjoy the beauty of the wild nature of the Central Tien Shan. From the height of the pass you can enjoy the beauty of the famous and unique lake Issyk-Kul - the pearl of Central Asia and one of the largest lakes in the world. Near Karakol, we will visit local museum, where you have an opportunity to learn a history Kyrgystan, especially about Swiss explorer and writer Ella Maillart and her works. Overnight in guesthouse. (BLD)
Explore Charyn Canyon, Lakes Kolsai and Kaindy
Drive back to Bishkek through Cholpon Ata town (6-7hrs, 400km)After driving 140km (2.5hr) we come to Cholpon Ata town. Have a lunch, and soft hike by the protected area of ancient rock paintings of the Bronze Age - petroglyphs (2000 BC. - 4 century A.D.) And visit the cultural complex "Rukh Ordo", translated from Kyrgyz means "Spiritual Center" or "Hail the Blessed". The main idea of the Center - God is one for all, so here are five major world religions - Orthodoxy, Islam, Buddhism, Catholicism and Judaism. Five white chapels represent these five religions. All the same chapel, which emphasizes the equality of religions. Within each of the chapel of the relics are kept, reflecting the essence of the religion. Here the special atmosphere, a great place for meditation. In evening, reach Bishkek city and transfer to 3* hotel. (BLD)
Early breakfast and transfer to Manas airport. (B)
Leave Kyrgyzstan with full of memories.