SPRING EAGLE FESTIVAL and SNOW LEOPARD EXPLORE-2018, 10 days, from 1740 USD, Mongolia 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 eagler hunts for small animals: rabbits, foxes, partridge, black hazel grouses
March, 16. Arrive UB
March, 17. To Hovd and drive to Blue Goat Nat. Park
March, 18-20. Blue Goat Nat. Park (possible horse riding)
March, 21-22. Spring Eagle Festival and Kazakh New Year "Nauryz"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. Overnights in local hotel. (BLD)
March, 23. Fly to UB and Drive to Hustai Nat. Park, (150km, 2 hrs.)
March, 24. Drive to Terelj Nat.Park
March, 25. Depart UB
|Some recommendations|| Eaglehunting
season in Mongolia are from October to end of March. The 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 20 degrees centigrade
between day and night.
|What to bring||Warm and light clothing,
binoculars, a hat, gloves, long underwear for travel in the high mountains,
comfortable footwear, lip balm, sanitary hand wipes, sun glasses, prescription
medications (if needed), flashlight.
|Transport||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.
|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 buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area sometimes.|
|Alternative connections to Olgyi||If interested in entering or exiting across the land border with Russia, we can pick you up or leave you at Gorno-Altaisk/Barnaul, in southern Siberia (Russia).|
|Price||1740 USD per person (min 2pax),
|Inclusions||English speaking guide, transfers from/to airports in UB and in Olgii, 3 overnights at UB 4* hotel, 2 overnights at local hotel and 5 overnights with family in wooden house, 3 meals per day outside of UB, camping gears (sleeping bag, matt, blankets) and land transport(car), ULN-HVD and ULG-ULN flights, national park permits and festival tax.|
|Exclusions||Personal needs, laundry and alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is USD 230.|
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