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 eagles hunts for small animals: rabbits, foxes, partridge, black hazel grouses.
Day 1/14th Sept. Arrive Ulaan Baatar
By your arrival in UB meet by our guide and transfer to hotel. After lunch, we will do city site seeing tour. Explore Gandan Monastery, Buddhist center in Ulaanbaatar. See Zanabazar Museum Chojin Lama temple. Lunch time in a typical Mongolian Restaurant. The winter Palace Buda Big Statue on the Hill Central market (black) (one or two hours if we have time) Typical folkloric Mongol performance ( songs and dances) , at the restaurant, during Dinner time (optional). Overnight in 3* or 4* hotel.
Days 2-3/15th -16th Sept. Mongolia-Altai Eagle Festival
Take a flight to Olgii and transfer to the festival place, located only 45kms from Olgii airport. Meet the Kazakh Eaglehunters. The rodeo of eaglehunting. A fantastic opportunity for photographers and adventurers alike to see these magnificent birds up close. There are approx. 400 eaglehunters in Bayan-Olgii aimag.eaglehunters 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. On second day, in the evening drive towards Altai Tavan Bogd and reach Potanin Glacier. Overnights in ger with family. (B,L,D)
Day 4/17th Sept. Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd Nat. Park
We will drive further west. Bayan-Ulgii is rich in archaeological remains, as a reminder of the Bronze Ages and the time of the Huns and Turkic invasions. At Shiveet Hairhan Mountain, where numerous Tuvan nomads live, in Altai Tavanbogd National Park, we will pitch our camp. Shiveet Hairhan is holy for them, so there are about 400 Ibexes there. Sometimes seen, sometimes not seen. Here we will be able to view the biggest petroglyphs from the second period of the Huns (200 B.C.). The Huns were the reason for the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi to build and finish the Great Wall of China at this time. Overnight in tents. (BLD)
Days 5-8/18th-21st Sept. Explore the best of Mongolian Altai
First 2 days, we will do day hikes in the area. In the mountains here, there are some 20 glaciers and this is one of the few locations in the world where camels are used as pack animals in glacier areas. Should weather conditions be difficult we will not be able to see the glaciers. Tavanbogd means “the Holy Five” referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul is the highest in Mongolia, 4374 meters above sea level. Quite a considerable height at this latitude. 3rd day, we drive towards big lakes. After early breakfast, start to drive nearby western side of Hurgan Nuur and Hoton Nuur, where many Nomadic Kazakh families spend summer. There are many ancient Turkic stones with face on the way. On the right side we will see the snowcapped mountains with forest, which make the wall between China and Mongolia. Overnight in tent near small mountain Biluut Tolgoi, where you have a chance to see numerous rock-printings. Last day, after a lunch, drive back to Olgii. Overnight at local hotel or gercamp. (BLD)
Day 9/22rd Sept. Fly to UB
Early breakfast. Transfer to the airport and fly to UB approx.3 hrs. Transfer to 4* hotel. (B).
Day 10/23th Sept. Depart UB
Early breakfast and transfer to UB airport. (B)
My price is: USD 1470 per person, if group size is 2 people.
Inclusion: English speaking Guide, ULN-ULG-ULN flights & land transport, 3 meals per day out of UB, tent with sleeping bag and matts, 4* hotel in UB and gercamp in Olgii, camping gears, the festival fee, Border and National park permits. City tour in UB and 4 transfers from/to UB airport
Exclusion: Personal needs, laundry, horse- or camel riding and alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is 190 USD