The Golden Eagle Festival happens every year in the Bayan Olgii province of Western Mongolia. There are two festivals with one happening near the end of September in the small village of Sagsai located 45 minutes away from the province center. The larger festival occurs on the first weekend of October near the provincial center. This will be a 7 day tour (longer if requested) where you will see the greatest eagle hunters in the world compete. You will stay with a local eagle hunter family to see the culture and traditions first hand. If you have any special requests such as hiking, horse/camel riding, photography, or anything else please let me know!
It can be difficult to attain flights to Bayan Olgii in the months preceding the festival. Please let me know as soon as possible when you would like to do this so I can help arrange your flights before they are sold out.
DAY 1: Flight arrival to Bayan Olgii. I will meet you at the airport and we will embark to a local eagle hunter family. We will have a traditional meal and see the hospitality first hand of Kazakh people.
DAY 2-3: Eagle hunting on horseback with our hosts and observe the real way that eagle hunters do it. You will see the amazing terrain of the Altai mountains and eat delicious food prepared by our hosts.
DAY 4: Drive back to Olgii. You will see the bazaar, museum, and city square on a day tour. Stay in hotel for the night.
DAY 5-6: Golden Eagle Festival. Now you get to see the entire festival first hand! There will be vendors with traditional Kazakh clothing and art pieces. The festival includes a parade, multiple traditional horse games, archery, and eagle games. I will explain all the facets of the games. We will stay in a hotel in Olgii during the Festival.
DAY 7: Fly back to UB. Short tour of Olgii if there is time.
Please let me know if you need anything else for this trip. I have four years of experience as a tour guide and would love to welcome you to my province of Bayan Olgii. I look forward to meeting you!
The price is just for one person. If there are more then it will be cheaper.
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.