GO to FESTIVAL with EAGLE HUNTERS and ALTAI EXPLORE, 2019, 10 days, from 1610 USD, Mongolia LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP
This trip is getting really popular for our clients as this is big opportunity to have your own experience for eagle hunting and see the eagle festival. You will have a part in eagle hunting.
Going side by side with eaglehunters, you make funny and enjoyable horseback trip. If you are lucky, the eagle can catch some wild animals like hairs, foxes and wild cat.
Day 1. Arrive Ulaan BaatarBy your arrival in UB meet by our guide and transfer to hotel. 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 4* hotel. After lunch, we will do city site seeing tour.
Day 2. Fly to Olgii and Drive to Blue Goat Nat. ParkTransfer to the airport. Domestic flight (3hrs) to Bayan-Olgii. On arrival meet by local Kazakh guide. Drive to town. After lunch, drive towards south (5-6 hrs) about 200km. We will have view to the beautiful and remote country. We visit one of the local Kazakh nomadic families and stay there for few days. Overnight in ger with family. (BLD)
Day 3-5. Go to Festival with Eagle hunters on horsebackRiding the Mongolian small but tough horses, you go side by side with eagle hunter to hunt fox, rabbit, wild cat and may be wolf. So you have chance to have part in this unique hunting of Altai Kazakh people. Have picnic lunch on the mountain and enjoy remote mountain country. You can try to hold the golden eagle on your hand and shoot some photos. Overnights in ger with family. (BLD)
Days 6-7. Eagle FestivalMeet 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. 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. On second day, in the evening drive towards Altai Tavan Bogd and reach Potanin Glacier. Overnights in ger with family. (BLD)
Day 8. Explore Altai Tavan BogdBayan-Olgii is rich in archaeological remains, as a reminder of the Bronze Ages and the time of the Huns and Turkic invasions. At Shiveet Hairhan Mountain, where numerous Tuvan nomads live, in Altai Tavanbogd National Park, we will pitch our camp. Shiveet Hairhan is sacred for these local people, why no hunting here. Trek for 11 kms toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. We will walk about 20km along Potanina 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 is the highest in Mongolia, 4374 meters above sea level. Quite a considerable height at this altitude. It is a stunning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow-capped peaks. In the evening walk down and stay with family or in tent near cars. (BLD)
Day 9. Drive to OlgiiDrive 5-6 hours and come to Olgii. Visit the local museum of Olgii town with its comprehensive information on Altai flora and fauna of Bayan-Olgii aimag as well as colourful traditional costumes. In the evening, enjoy a Kazakh Concert during dinner. Overnight at hotel/gercamp. (BLD)
Day 10. Fly To UBEarly breakfast. Transfer to the airport and fly to UB approx.3 hrs. Transfer to 4* hotel. (B).
Day 11. Depart UBTransfer to UB airport. (B)
|Some recommendations||Autumn months in Mongolia are from late August to mid November. Although the Mongolian summers are cool and dry with occasional rain and snow, the temperature can fluctuate as much 5-10 degrees centigrade between day and night. /+5°+15° during a days and -+5°-5° of Celsius during a nights/|
|What to bring||Binoculars, sunscreen, a hat, gloves, long underware for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footware, lip balm, sanitary hand wipes, sunglasses, prescription medications (if needed), rain gear, flashlight.|
|Transport||Western Mongolian families frequently move from one pasture to the other using camels. The services of some herdsmen will be hired by the expedition, and they will provide us with their animals.|
|Staff||A local guide who speaks English and Kazakh, 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.|
|Meals||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 buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area sometimes.|
|Alternative connections to Olgiy||If interested in entering or exiting across the land border with Russia, we can pick you up or leave you at Barnaul, in southern Siberia (Russia).|
1610 USD per person (min 2pax),
|Inclusions||English speaking guide, transfers from/to airports in UB and in Olgii, one short day UB tour, 2 overnights in UB 4* hotel, 3 meals per day outside of UB, camping gears (tent, mat, blankets) and land transport(car), ULN-ULG-ULN flights, riding horse, national park and border permits, festival fee|
|Exclusions||Personal needs, laundry, and alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is USD 220 per night.
|Date||GEF- 1, March, 15- 25
GEF- 2, September, 9-19
GEF- 3, September, 30- October,10
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