Nauryz Eagle Festival and Altai Explore, 2018

(Go to the festival on horseback with Eagle Hunters)

This trip is getting really popular for our clients as this is big opportunity to have your own experience for eagle hunting and see the eagle festival. You will have a part in eagle hunting. Going side by side with eagle hunters, you make funny and enjoyable horseback trip. If you are lucky, the eagle can catch some wild animals like hairs, foxes and wild cat.

Day 1/March 16. Arrive UB

On arrival at Ulaanbaatar, meet by our local representatives and transfer to the hotel. Today 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 at 4* hotel.

Day 2/March 17. Fly to Olgii and drive to Eagle Hunter’s family

Take a domestic flight (3hrs) to Bayan-Ölgii. On arrival met by local kazakh guide. Drive to town. After lunch in Restaurant and tour briefing, drive towards south (5-6 hrs) about 200km. We will have view to the beautiful and remote country. We visit one of the local Kazakh nomadic family. Overnights in ger/wooden house with family (BLD)

Days 3-5/March 18-20 Go to Festival with Eagle hunters on horseback

Riding the Mongolian small but tough horses, you go side by side with eagle hunter to hunt fox, rabbit, and wild cat and may be wolf. So you have chance to have part in this unique hunting of Altai Kazakh people. Have picnic lunch on the mountain and enjoy remote mountain country. You can try to hold the golden eagle on your hand and in photo. Overnights in ger/wooden house with family. (BLD)

Days 6-7/March 21-22. Nauryz- 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. 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 “Bush-Kushi” (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. Overnights in ger/wooden house with family. (BLD). Second day evening, drive to Olgii and overnight in Eagle Dreams Hotel. (BLD)

Day 8/March 23. Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd Nat. Park

We will drive further west. Bayan-Olgii 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 wooden house with family. (BLD)

Day 9/March 24. Potanin Glacier and Sacred Mountain

We will do day hike 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. 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 h at this altitude. After lunch, do soft hiking on one famous spot is “Shiveet Hairhan” Sacred Mountain, where we will see the largest rock painting site from the period of the Huns (approx. 200 B.C.). As far this mountain is respected by locals and no hunting, there are many mountain goats. Hiking by trial to top of mountain, we will have good view of remote Altai Mountains. Overnights in same place. (BLD)

Day 10/March 25. Drive back to Olgii

After early breakfast, drive back to Olgii (5-6 hrs). Overnight in Eagle Dreams Hotel. (BLD)

Day 11/March 26. Fly to UB and Drive to Hustai Nat. Park, (150 km, 2 hrs.)

After breakfast, transfer to Olgii airport to catch a flights leave for Ulaanbaatar. Meet by our team and driving by mostly open steppe area, we reach Hustai Nat. Park. Hustai National Park is the site of a unique re-introduction scheme of Przewalskii’s horse (Eques przewalskii), by Mongolian’s called Taki. It became extinct in the wild and have since 1 been successfully re-introduced to Hustai from zoos around the world. It has been an international effort monitored to The Foundation for the Przewalskii Horse of the Netherlands and MACNE (Mongolian Association for Conservation of Nature and the Environment). The national park is rolling Steppe Mountains with rather large patches of birch and aspen forests. There are also visible remains of Neolithic graves. In addition Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) and Wolf (Canis lupus) have increased quite a bit during the last few years, as well as Mongolian gazelle. Species that are in Hustai but usually not seen are Lynx, Argali Sheep and Roe Deer. We will trek few hours a gully and get to incredible look out points, while having a reasonable chance to see Red Deer, Black Vultures and other numerous raptor’s such as eagles and falcons. Overnight in gercamp. (BLD)

Day 12/March 27. Drive to Terelj Nat.Park

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is located on the east of Ulaanbaatar (170kms). The Park is a great getaway destination for short and long time visitors. If time allows, spend a night at one of the Mongolian Ger camps in Terelj Park to get the taste of Mongolian culture. 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. Chinggis khan statue complex is located 54 km from Ulaanbaatar among beautiful natural scenery on the bank of river Tuul, in the place called “Tsonjin Boldog”, memorial place connected with historic events. In evening, drive back to UB and transfer to 4* hotel. (BL)

Day 13/March 28. Depart UB

After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport and fly out. (B)

My price is USD 2350,

Includes: Eng. guide, 4x4 transfers, 3 meals per day, camping equipment (sleeping mattress and bag), Eagle hunter with his bird, riding horses, festival fee, ULN-ULG-ULN flights, national park and border permits, 4 transfers from/to UB airport, 2 overnights at 4* hotel in UB, and city tour.

Number of days: 13
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch/Dinner
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Entrance fees (i.e. parks, events)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Accommodation (Hotel)
Not included: Personal needs, laundry and alcohol drins
What to bring: Binoculars, Warm hat and gloves, Long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear, Prescription medications, (if needed), Money belt and small padlocks Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions Torch/flashlight (and spare batteries) Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers) Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates Wind and waterproof jacket Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
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