GOLDEN EAGLE FESTVAL, ALTAI EXPLORE and EAGLEHUNTING-2017, 11 days, from 1545 USD, Western Mongolia

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, partridge, black hazel grouses

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    25th Sept. Arrive Ulaan Baatar

    By 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 3* hotel.
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    26th-29th Sept. Fly to Olgii and Altai Explore

    After 3hrs flight arrive at Olgii airport. Meet by our team and transfer to Blue Wolf office. After lunch and tour briefing, we drive about 4-5hrs 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 ibexs. 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 kms toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. Pitch camp next to the 20km long Potanina 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. In the afternoon we drive back to Olgii. Stay in ger camp. (B,L,D)
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    30th -1st Oct. Golden 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. (B,L,D)
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    2nd-3rd Oct. Kazakh Real hunting with Golden Eagles

    The 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. Every evening we stay with the Kazakh Dombro Player (traditional musical instrument with two strings). (B,L,D)
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    4th Oct. Drive to Olgii

    Today we say good buy 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. (B,L,D)
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    5th Oct. Fly To UB

    Early breakfast. Transfer to the airport and fly to UB approx.3 hrs. Transfer to hotel. (B)
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    6th Oct. Depart UB

    Transfer to UB airport.(B)
Some recommendationsSummer 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 20 degrees centigrade between day and night. So be prepared for all weather conditions.
What to bringBinoculars, sunscreen, a hat, gloves, long underware for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footware, lip balm (if needed), rain gear, flashlight
TransportWestern 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.
StaffA 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
MealsOur 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 OlgyiIf 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).
My price isfrom 1545 USD per person (min 2pax),
InclusionsEnglish speaking guide, transfers from/to airports in UB and in Olgii, one day UB tour, 2 overnights in UB 3* 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 tax
ExclusionsPersonal needs, laundry and alcohol. Single occupancy is 220USD