Kazakh eagle hunter in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, Mongolia.
The Eagle festival, or Golden Eagle festival is an annual traditional festival held in Bayan-Ölgii aimag, 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. Prizes are awarded for speed, agility and accuracy, as well as for the best traditional Kazakh dress, and more.
The Eagle Festival is held during the first weekend in 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 town of Ölgii 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.
Important tip: Domestic tickets schedule which is considered as Summer flight schedules will be announced in Late March and domestic return tickets for October specifically during the festival will HAVE TO be booked as soon as the flight schedule is announced. So it is very important. Local aviation companies make domestic tickets at least 2 times more expensive during this time of festival. And Local hotels make their prices 4 times more expensive during this festival. So this trip is quite costly.
Included in tour:
Fuel for all vehicles during the whole trip in West, English speaking guides for the whole trip, Hotel stays in Olgii, Domestic return tickets between UB and Olgii, All food, during the trip and at restaurants in Olgii, All Airport transfers in UB and in Olgii, Eagle festival taxes, Horses during the eagle hunting and horses to ride from Altay village to Olgii, Eagle hunters’ fees, Accommodations during the hunting,
Guide in UB, Vehicles in UB, Museum and concert tickets in UB.
Excluded in tour: International airfare, Personal Items, Optional activity costs, Alcoholic drinks, Accommodation in UB city, Travel & medical insurance