Nauryz Eagle Festival & Snow Leopard Explore, 10 days, from $1740 (fixed departures) LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP
Snow Leopards are one of the most elusive of all the big cats in the world. Called Irbis by the Mongols. Most people will know it exists in the Himalaya, Pamir, and Hindukush in Inner Asia. Actually, Mongolia (Mongolian Altai) has a reasonably large number of Snow Leopard (second only to China) and with its limited areas of suitable habitat, harbors the densest Snow Leopard populations in the world. Where live Argali Sheep and Siberian Ibex, there you have a chance to see Snow Leopard, who naturally prey on these wild animals rather than domestic livestock. You will learn about on this 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
This trip is getting very 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 eagle hunters, you will experience an authentic feeling and enjoyable horseback trip. If you get lucky, the eagle can catch some wild animals like rabbit,foxes and wild cats.
Arrive UB airport and explore UB
Arrive UB airport and meet by our Blue Wolf guide. Transfer to hotel. After a short rest to freshen-up we will do a sight -seeing tour of Ulaanbaatar, focusing on such significant cultural sites as Gandan Buddhist Monastery, the Zanzabar Fine Arts Museum, which holds the finest collection of thangka paintings, carvings and sculptures in Mongolia.
The Chojin Lama temple will be visited, the location of which clearly illustrates the great contrast between the old and the new in Mongolia.
Lunch will be enjoyed in a nearby Mongolian restaurant with traditional cuisine.
In the afternoon, the Winter Palace of the last Bogd Khan will be visited which houses some very interesting cultural and religious artifacts.
To get a panoramic overview of the city, we may visit the Great Buddha statue and memorial at Zaisan. In the evening at dinner we will enjoy a typical folkloric Mongol performance (songs and dances). We will overnight at a 4* hotel.
Fly to Hovd and Drive to Blue Goat Nat. Park
Blue Goat Nat. Park (possible horse riding)
Nauryz- Eagle Festival- 2018
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-Ulgii 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 “Bush Gushy” (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. Second day, enjoy Kazakh New Year Celebration, Kazakh culture, traditional kitchen, handicraft and their grade hospitality. In this country, the religion follows the ancient nomadic customs. You will have chance to feel the life in Altai Kazakh felt gers. Overnight in local hotel. (BLD)
Fly to UB and Drive to Hustai Nat. Park, (150 km, 2 hrs.)
After breakfast, transfer to Olgii airport to catch a flights leave for Ulaanbaatar. Meet by our team and driving by mostly open steppe area, we reach Hustai Nat. Park, which is the site of a unique re-introduction scheme of Przewalskii’s horse (Eques przewalskii), by Mongolian’s called Taki. It became extinct in the wild and have since 1992 been successfully re-introduced to Hustai from zoos around the world. It has been an international effort monitored to The Foundation for the Przewalskii Horse of the Netherlands and MACNE (Mongolian Association for Conservation of Nature and the Environment). The national park is rolling Steppe Mountains with rather large patches of birch and aspen forests. There are also visible remains of Neolithic graves. In addition Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) and Wolf (Canis lupus) have increased quite a bit during the last few years, as well as Mongolian gazelle. Species that are in Hustai but usually not seen are Lynx, Argali Sheep and Roe Deer. We will trek few hours a gully and get to incredible look out points, while having a reasonable chance to see Red Deer, Black Vultures and other numerous raptor’s such as eagles and falcons. Overnight in gercamp. (BLD)
Drive to Terelj Nat. Park
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is located on the east of Ulaanbaatar (170 km). The Park is a great getaway destination for short and long time visitors. If time allows, spend a night at one of the Mongolian Gercamps in Terelj Park to get the taste of Mongolian culture. Among local attractions are famous “Turtle" Rock, man-made park with dinosaur statues, "Arraybal" Buddhist temple, "Khagiin Khar" Glacier Lake, and relaxing views of Tuul River valley. Chinggis khan statue complex is located 54 km from Ulaanbaatar among beautiful natural scenery on the bank of river Tuul, in the place called “Tsonjin Boldog”, memorial place connected with historic events. In evening, drive back to UB and transfer to 4* hotel. (B)
After early breakfast, transfer to Olgii airport. Leave only foot prints & take only lifetime of memories home from your Mongolian adventure.