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10 days
Availability : 26 September - 7 October
Ulaanbaatar
Min Age : 2+
Overview

The Eagle Festival is an annual traditional festival held in Bayan-Ulgii province.  In the eagle festival, Kazakh Eagle hunters  celebrate their heritage and compete to catch small animals such as foxes and hares with specially trained golden eagles, showing off the skills both of the birds and their trainers. Prizes are awarded for speed, agility and accuracy, as well as for the best traditional Kazakh dress and more. The Eagle Festival is held during the first weekend in October, run by the Mongolian Eagle Hunter’s Association. This tour offers you explore the western Mongolia and Great Eagle Festival.

Departure & Return Location

Ulaanbaatar

Departure Time

3 Hours Before the domestic flight time

Price Includes

  • Private English speaking guide and drive
  • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar (if requested with additional charge)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Accommodation at the ger camps where you are going
  • All entrance fees of all national parks
  • Visa support invitation letter
  • Road and toll fees
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Petrol and fuel
  • Horse+camel riding
  • All meals (B+L+D)

Price Excludes

  • Daily personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees etc.
  • Tips for your driver and guide (discretionary)
  • Travel insurance
Itinerary

Day 1Fly to Ulgii, and drive to Tsambagarav mountain and stay with Kazakh family

You will land in Ulgii city in the morning around 9 o’clock. Afterwards, we will drive to Tsambagarav Mountain National Park is situated along the border of Khovd Province. This Park has many snow-capped peaks and glaciers. It is houses of a number of wild animals on the southern slope there are small patches of larch which are coniferous trees. This Park is filled with beautiful valleys and gorges making it a very spectacular destination. After the trekking we will head to Eagle huntress’s family.

Day 2Tolbo lake

Today we will head to Tolbo Lake. Tolbo Lake is a freshwater lake in Mongolia. The lake is located about 50 kilometres south of Bayan-Ulgii. The elevation is 2080 meters high above the sea level. The shoreline is treeless with few mosquitoes and a lot of people and families camp here every summer.

Day 3-4Eagle festival

One of the oldest and most spectacular customs of Mongolian Kazakh people, passed down from generation to generation, is hunting with specially trained eagles. The Golden Eagle Festival is organized in order to help revive this remarkable tradition and promote the younger generations in an effort to balance the preservation of Mongolia’s past traditions.

Day 5-7Altai Mountain trekking

Altai Tavan Bogd is near the triple border with China and Russia. Its highest peak, the Khuiten Peak is the highest point of Mongolia at 4374 meters above the sea level. The Tavan Bogd massif is located mostly within the Bayan-Ulgii Province of Mongolia; its northern slopes are in Russia’s Altai Republic, and western, in China’s Burqin County. There are 3 big glaciers on it.

Day 8Petroglyph in the Altai Mountain and stay with Eagle hunter family

After breakfast in the Altai Mountain we will explore the petroglyphs which are more than 8000 years old. After that we visit eagle hunter family and experience their way of life. In the evening we will stay with Kazakh family in Ulaankhus where we will stay with Kazakh family and experience their culture and tradition. Their life is completely different than Mongolians. Bayan-Ulgii is a home of the Kazakh ethnic group.

Day 9Achit Lake and Ulgii city

Achit Lake is a freshwater lake in the Uvs province, Mongolia, in the west of the country. At an elevation of 1,435 m above sea level it covers an area of 290 km². It is 28 km long, 16 km wide, and 10 m deep. The coast is covered with steppes, mostly hilly but swampy on the northwest and northeast. Several rivers flow into the lake. After visiting, we will head to Ulgii city and stay there.

Day 10Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

After the memorable trip, we will fly back to Ulaanbaatar.

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