NAURYZ EAGLE FESTIVAL and MIGRATION-2019, 14 DAYS, FROM 2745$, MONGOLIA LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP

NAURYZ EAGLE FESTIVAL and MIGRATION-2019, 14 DAYS, FROM 2745$, MONGOLIA


Potential journeys included photographing snow leopards, living and learning from Eagle Hunters and joining a traditional migration with a nomadic family and their herds of animals.

Soaring over the Altai’s cliffs and slopes are the legendary Golden Eagles – known as the Berkut, which are renowned for their hunting prowess and revered by the Altai Kazakh people.

This itinerary will take us into the heart of the Altai Mountains where Golden Eagles, Eagle hunter and the mysterious Snow Leopard coexist in a truly mythic landscape and culture.

  • 1

    March, 18. 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 4* hotel.
  • 2

    March, 19. Fly to Olgii

    Transfer 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. Overnights in nomadic style ger. (LD)
  • 3-4

    March, 20-21. Nauryz 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. Overnights in nomadic style ger. (BLD
  • 5-7

    March, 22-24. Classic Eagle Hunting and Snow-leopard

    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. Everyday 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 explore Snow-leopard. Overnights in nomadic style ger. Last day, evening drive back to Olgii. Overnight in “Eagle Dreams” hotel. (BLD)
  • 8

    March, 25. Drive towards Ulaangom and meet Gantumur

    Today we say good-by to our host-Kazakh Eagle hunter and his family and start to drive back. Driving by north-eastern route, we will be able to have beautiful views of the entire Altai Mountains range. Reach Gantumur and his family. Overnight in nomadic style ger. (BLD)
  • 9-11

    March, 26-28. Migration

    Follow nomadic movement towards Twin Peaks. Joining a traditional migration with a nomadic family and their herds of animals. Overnights in nomadic style ger. (BLD)
  • 12

    March, 29. Drive back to Olgii

    Stay with nomads a half day and afternoon drive to Olgii. Overnight in “Eagle Dreams” hotel. (BLD)
  • 13

    March, 30. Fly To UB

    Early breakfast. Transfer to the airport and fly to UB approx. 3 hrs. Transfer to 4* hotel. (B)
  • 14

    March, 31. Depart UB

    Transfer to UB airport. (B)


Some recommendations

Mongolia has the world’s highest atmospheric

pressure, allowing for blue skies throughout the winter. Hence, there is

usually little precipitation, which in turn enables nomads to have 50 million

head of livestock on natural winter pastures in the winter. Cattle remain in

the outdoors throughout the winter. In March, the weather usually +10-5 degrees centigrade in the daytime, and around -10-15 degrees at

night.

What to bring

Binoculars,

Warm hat and gloves,

Long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear,

Prescription medications, (if needed),

Money belt and small padlocks
Day-pack for use on day or overnight excursions
Torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
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

Transport

Mongolian families frequently move from one pasture to the other using horse/reindeers and 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 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 usually buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area.

Price

USD 2745 per person (min 2 members)

Group size

2- 12 (Discounts available for groups.)

Includes

Eng. guide, 4x4 land-cruiser same type, 3 meals per day (not in UB), cook with cooking gears, camping equipment (sleeping cot with matts and bag), overnights in 4* hotel in UB (2nts), wooden house (3nts), local hotel in Olgii (3 nts), and ger (3 nts), Eagle Festival fee, Kazakh Eagle hunter with his bird and riding horse, border and nat. park permits. And ULN-ULG-ULN flights.

Excludes

Personal needs, laundry, and alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is 280 USD

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