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Eagle Festival Tour to Western Mongolia 8 days.

The Eagle Festival is held during the September and October, run by the Mongolian Eagle Hunter's Association. Dark, rocky mountainous terrain forms the backdrop to the festivities which incorporate an opening ceremony, parade, cultural exhibitions, demonstrations and handcrafts in the center of the town of Ulgii followed by sporting activities and competitions 4 km out towards the mountains. Dressed in full eagle hunting regalia and mounted on groomed decorated horses, the entrants compete for the awards of Best Turned Out Eagle and Owner; Best Eagle at Hunting Prey and Best Eagle at Locating Its Owner from a Distance. Other sporting activities include horse racing, archery, and the highly entertaining Bushkashi - goatskin tug of war on horseback. A smaller festival, the Altai Kazakh Eagle Festival is also held each year in the nearby village of Sagsai in the last week of September. It follows much the same pattern as the larger Golden Eagle Festival, with around 30- 40 eagle hunters participating.
Accommodation: Ger camp and camping (Double occupancy)
Type: Cultural and Adventurous
Level: Moderate (Up to 5 hours drive on the unpaved road a day)
Highlights: Stay in a Mongolian Ger, meet the Kazakh nomadic people, Primitive Camping, Riding Horses, Hiking, and the Eagle Festival including Eagle hunting performance and training.
Note: If you would like to upgrade the hotel and Ger-camp accommodation range or stay in a tent camp and add more activities in your itinerary please contact us. We would love to make customized tours just for you.                             Activities: 4WD, Camel riding, Camping, Domestic flight, Eagle, Excursion, Ger (Yurt), Ger camp, Hiking, Historical site, Horse riding, Local food, Nomadic family, Sightseeing, Traditional game.   

Day 1: Fly to Bayan-Ulgii province and drive to Lake Khoton and Khurgan (2200m above sea level) 

 Our driver will pick up from your hotel and drop you off at the airport and then we will fly to Bayan-Ulgii province. After we arrive, we will then drive to the west part of Bayan-Ulgii province for about 195 km and by late afternoon we will reach Khurgan Nuur (Lake) and Khoton Nuur, where many Nomadic Kazakh families spend their summer. But they will have already moved to their winter quarters before the 1st of September. We will have lunch near small mountains on the shore of the lake, which is located 12 km from the wooden bridge to the north. There are many rock arts. Along the lakes, we will see the beautiful rock-arts and some ancient Turkic stones with a face. On the right side, we see the snow capped mountains with a forest which makes the wall between China and Mongolia.
Accommodation: Tent or Ger
Meal: L, D

Day 2: Drive to Dayan lake (2400m above sea level)   

 We will be driving to the south for 3-4 hrs, when we arrive at Dayan Lake you will see crystal clear transparent waters. The lake is great for fishing for Lenok Trout (Lenok brachymystax) and Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) of which Mongolia has four species, and in this area, the largest of all Graylings of the circumpolar to the north. You can see spectacular sunsets and sunrises here. The lake is rich in the bird life of ducks, Whooper Swans, geese, cormorants, and seagulls. We will have a picnic lunch on the shore of the lake. We will explore the lake for archaeological sites. We will stay overnight with a family near the lake.

Day 3: Drive to Khargant Valley towards Tuva Family 

We will drive through the Khargant Valley, below Tsengel Khairhan Uul (3043m) - snow-capped mountains. The Tuva live here in this area. They are Buddhists, but of a Turkic-speaking ethnic group. Their gers (yurts) are more like Mongolian gers as opposed to the larger Kazakh ones. There are also some shaman practitioners among them. We will stay overnight with this family.
Accommodation: Tent or Ger
Meal: BF, L, D

Day 4: Kazakh Eagle hunting and Nomadic family               

You will stay in Kazakh felt ger near Kazakh Eagle Hunter's family for a whole day. We will have a great opportunity to learn some Kazakh Eagle hunting skills from them. We will ride horses while hunting for 3-4 hrs with the Eagle Hunters Also, we will visit Kazakh Nomadic Families to learn their regular daily life and feel their great hospitality. 
Accommodation: Tent or Ger
Meal: BF, L, D

Day 5-6: Eagle festival                                                           

The Eagle Festival or Golden Eagle Festival is an annual traditional festival held in Bayan-Ulgii province, in Mongolia. 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.
Accommodation: Ger-Camp (with modern shower and facilities) 
Meal: BF, L, D

Day 7: Tolbo Lake                                                                   

Today we will drive to Tolbo Lake. It is about 50 km south of Ulgii. The saltwater lake is high (2080m) the shoreline is treeless and the water is clean enough for swimming if you don't mind icy temperatures. Here we will visit the Uriankhai tribe family and learn from their culture.                  Accommodation: Ger                                                                    Meals: BF, L, D

Day 8: Fly back to the city of Ulaanbaatar                               

After breakfast, we will drive to the Bayan Ulgii airport (45km) and fly back to Ulaanbaatar.
Meals: BF

Price:                                                                                            3-8 person 1500 USD pp
2 person 1700 USD pp
1 person 2200 USD pp

Price included:
All ground transportation
Ger camp. tent accommodations
Roundtrip domestic flight
All meals
Area Entrance fee
English speaking tour guide
Van with driver
Festival fee
Horseback riding
Airport picks up and drops off car services

Price excluded:
All personal expenses
Travel insurance
Additional tours to places out of the itinerary
Extra horseback riding
Hotel in Ulaanbaatar 

Number of days: 8
Covered regions:
Central Mongolia
Gobi Desert
Western Mongolia
Northern Mongolia
Eastern Mongolia
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: All personal expenses, Travel insurance, Additional tours to places out of the itinerary, Extra horseback riding, Hotel in Ulaanbaatar
What to bring: water bottle, hat etc...
Transport: SUV 4x4
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