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Ethnic who mostly inhabit the Western Mongolia province having kept their age-old tradition of capturing and training young golden eagles to turn them into fierce hunters who can take on games such as rabbits, foxes, and wolves. To celebrate this great tradition the Kazakhs gather in October in Bayan-Olgii province. Display of hunting eagles’ skill and prowess has become an event that attracts visitors from far and wide.
Ulgii, Golden Eagle Festival
Ulaanbaatar - Bayan Olgii - Ulaanbaatar
Transfer to the airport or railway station for an international departure.
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. Half or full day tours are available.
After breakfast fly to Mongolia’s western-most province, Bayan Ulgii. Ulgii is home to the Kazakh people, who have a unique cultural heritage - music, handicrafts, and traditional Hunting with Golden Eagles. On arrival in Ulgii, the provincial capital, visit the local museum, which provides insight into the diverse ethnic groups in the region. After a delicious lunch visits the local Mosque and market. Spend the night with an Eagle trainer’s family. (L/D)
Today we spend a full day with a Kazakh family. Drive to man stone which located in Sagsai soum and lunch with family. Late afternoon drive back to Ulgii city and stay overnight at ger camp. (B/L/D)
Eagle trainers will gather to show their skills and their eagles’ abilities. The festival will begin with the hunters displaying their traditional Kazakh costumes and their eagle's equipment and ornaments. This is an exciting and authentic event which not only features eagle hunters' competitions, but also other Kazakh traditional games such as Kokbar (goat carcass polo), Kazak archery, and many more. Prizes are given for the best traditional costume, the eagle's gear and ornaments. The eagles will be rated according to their speed and agility. During the festival, folklore performances will add even more cheerfulness to an already fantastic atmosphere. Spend the night in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
After breakfast short rest at ger camp and then we will start half day trekking along the beautiful Khovd River, which flows from Tavan Bogd mountain of the Altai Mountains to Khar-Us Lake and length is 516 kilometers. Stay overnight at ger camp. (B/L/D)
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Spend the night in a hotel. (B)
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