GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL, ALTAI EXPLORE and EAGLE HUNTING, 12 DAYS, FROM 1860$, 2018 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 UBBy your arrival in UB meet by our guide and transfer to hotel. After lunch, we will do city site seeing tour. 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 4* hotel.
Days 2-5. Fly to Olgii and Explore AltaiTransfer to UB airport and fly to Olgii. Meet by our team and transfer to Blue Wolf office. After lunch and tour briefing, we drive about 4-5 hrs and reach the road end. This is home place of Tuvan people, who don’t have any religion. On the way we will stop near Mountain Shiveet Hairhan (Holy Mountain). Tuvan people respect this mountain like their god, so no hunting. There are about 400 ibex. On the southeast side of this mountain, you will see the biggest rock printing (petro-glyphs) from the period of the Huns (approx. 200 B.C.). The Huns were the reason for the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi to build the Great Wall of China. First day, trek for 11 km toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. Pitch camp next to the 20 km long Potanin glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai. Remain there for two nights. 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. Second day, for a full day we will make day hikes to the Malchin Uul. These are non-technical climbs. Overnights in tent. Third day, after early breakfast, start to drive nearby western side of HurganNuur and HotonNuur, where many Nomadic Kazakh families spend summer. There are many ancient Turkic stones with face on the way. On the right side we see the snow-capped mountains with forest, which make the wall between China and Mongolia. Picnic lunch near small mountain Biluut Tolgoi, where you have a chance to see numerous rock-printings. Next day, afternoon drive back to Olgii. Stay in ger camp/local hotel. (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. 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. (BLD)
Days 8-9. Kazakh Real Hunting with Golden EagleAftThe Mongolian Kazakhs use for hunting female eagles as far they are bigger mail ones and more aggressive. These eagles are trained to hunt foxes, wolves, 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 Mongolian Kazakhs. We have the chance to visit some Kazakh families and feel the grade hospitality. Overnights with family. (BLD)
Day 10. Drive to OlgiiToday we say good-by to our host-Kazakh Eagle hunter and his family and start to drive back. Driving by northwestern route, we will be able to have beautiful views of the entire Altai Mountains range. Afternoon drive to Olgii. Have a dinner in “Blue Wolf" restaurant and have a Kazakh short concert. Overnight in gercamp/local hotel. (BLD)
Day 11. Fly to UBEarly breakfast. Transfer to the airport and fly to UB approx.3 hrs. Transfer to 4* hotel. (B
Day 12. Depart UBEarly breakfast and transfer to UB airport. (B)
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/
Summer months in Mongolia are from early June to
mid-September. Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional
rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 5-10
degrees centigrade between day and night. /+20°+30° during a days and -+10°-5°
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
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.
|Price||USD 1860 per person (min 2 members)|
Eng. guide, land transport, 3 meals per day (not in UB), cook with
cooking gears, sleeping tent with matts and bag, 4* hotel in UB, gercamp/local
hotel in Olgii, camping gears, Eagle Festival fee, Kazakh Eagle hunter with his
bird and riding horse, border and nat. park permits. And ULN-ULG-ULN flights.
Personal needs, laundry and alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is 240$.
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