Eagle Festival Adventures- 2020
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, and his horse, berkutchi begins to train to hunt for stuffed fox and only then the real hunting begins. Specially trained golden eagler hunts for small animals: hairs, foxes, wild cat and others.
Day 1. Arrive UB
By your arrival in UB meet by our guide and transfer to 5* hotel.
Day 2. Visit Chinggis Khan’s statue
Today, we will do city tour. After breakfast, we start to drive to east and reach Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, which is located near Ulaanbaatar, about 60 km. The Park is a great getaway destination for short and long time visitors. 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. Visit “Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex” and “XIII Century National Camp”
Chinggis khan statue complex is located among beautiful natural scenery on the bank of river Tuul, in the place called “Tsonjin Boldog”, memorial place connected with historic events. Overnight in 5* hotel. (BLD)
Day 3. Fly to Hovd
Arrive Hovd airport and meet by our team (guide, driver and cook).
Here we will meet “Hoomii-singers”.
The Hovd town was a trade center, located on the northern Silk Road with connections to Russia and China. In 1763 the Manchu administration built the fortress Sagijn Cherem (Castle). An area of about 4 ha was fenced with 3m high and 2m wide walls. Now all 18 Mongolian ethic groups live in this province. After a lunch, drive to Durgun village, where is possible meeting with Green Toro (old woman- Buddhist), who can tell your future. Overnight in local hotel. (BLD)
Day 4. Drive to Glaciers and meet Urianhai people
After breakfast, we will drive few hour and see the beautiful snowcapped peaks, rocky valleys and crystal clear spring waters.
We can visit the nomadic Kazakh and Urianhai (one of western Mongolian ethnic groups) families and feel their grade hospitalities. They live mostly on the north side of Tsamba-Garav Uul (one of the highest snowcapped mountains in Mongolia 4208m). The place called “Tavan Belchir” /Five Pastures/.
From North West side of the TsambaGarav Uul we have the chance to hike easily closer to snow caps. After lunch, drive 2-3hrs and reach Olgii town. Overnight in local hotel. (BLD).
Day 5. Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
A full day’s drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park via TsagaanGo (White River) valley and through Altai Mountains that are Mongolia’s largest and highest mountain range at over 3000-4000 meters high. On the way, we stop near Shiveet Hairhan Mountain, where the Tuva people live. Here we will now be able to view the biggest petrolgyphs from the period of the Huns (approx 200 B.C.). The Huns were the reason for the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi to build the Great Wall of China. Overnight in ger/wooden house. (BLD)
Days 6-7. Trekking to/from Tavanbogd Massif
Today we’ll start our trek for 11 km toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. First overnight next to the 20km long Potanin glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai. Tavanbogd means “The Holy Five”, referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul at 4374m above sea level is the highest in Mongolia, a stunning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow-capped peaks.
Last day, continue our driving via Siilhemiin Uul over desert mountain landscapes, with the snow-capped Sogoog Mountain as a powerful backdrop and the Altai Mountain range ahead of us.
Stop next to Khar Yamaat (Black Goat) –one of the most popular archeological sites. Continue our driving few hours and come to Olgii. Overnight in local hotel. (BLD)
Days 8-9. Eagle Festival
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-Olgii aimag. The 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 “BushKushi” (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. First overnight at gercamp. Second day, afternoon drive to Kazakh eagle hunter’s family. Overnights in local hotel. (BLD).
Day 10. Drive to Blue Goat Nat. Park
After early breakfast, start to drive to east about 180km (about 5hrs) and reach one of Kazakh Eagle hunter’s families. His house is located near “Blue Goat Specially protected area”. Overnight in ger/wooden house. (BLD)
Day 11-13. Kazakh Eagle hunting (horse riding and eagle hunting)
Every day going with Kazakh Eagle hunter by the wild big remote mountains, we can watch and have a part in hunting with golden eagle for rabbit, fox, wild cat and other animals.
This place has many wild endangers animals and birds like snow leopard, Altai argali and Ibex, lynx, wolverine and bearded vulture, black vulture, different kinds of falcons, golden eagle, and others. Staying with Eagle hunter, you can learn some skills.
Overnights in ger/wooden house.
Last day, afternoon, drive about 160 km and reach Olgii. Overnight in local hotel. Welcome dinner with short Kazakh concert in restaurant. (BLD)
Day 14. Fly to UB.
Early breakfast and transfer to Olgii airport. Fly back to UB about 3hrs. Transfer to 4* hotel. (B)
Day 15. Depart UB
After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport. (B)
Late September and October months in Mongolia are cool and dry with occasional snow, the temperature can fluctuate as much 5-10 degrees centigrade between day and night. /+5°-10° during a days and -5°-15° of Celsius during a nights/
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.
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.
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 usually buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area.
EFA-01. 13-27 of March, 2020
EFA-02. 12-26 of September, 2020
EFA-03. 26 of September-10 of October, 2020
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