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Mongolia: Eagle Hunters Festival

Follow in the footsteps of 100's of years of tradition and absorb part of the Eagle Huntress story.

The Mongolian Eagle Hunters Festiavl and become more well known due to the sucess of the movie, 'Eagle Huntress'. This is a beautiful movie and portrays not only a true and wonderful story, but the incredible landscape of this magnificient region of Mongolia.

The success of the movie and resulting interest of people to want to visit this event is both a benefit for many, but also a probelm due to the limited capacity to cater for visitors.

The first hurdle is to get a seat on the internal flight to this remote region. Whilst the aircraft are proper airlines they are the smaller twin turbo prop variety and their are limited seats. If you miss out then it is a long (read several days) bumpy drive to get to the festival area.

We can customise an alternative private programme should you wnat the festival to form a part of mor extended touring.

We have a planned small group tour based on a mimum of 6 persons. Be quick is not overstating things!

24 SEPTEMBER: ARRIVE ULAAN BAATAR
Arrive Ulaan Baatar. Met upon arrival at the airport (or train station) and transferred to the hotel (3 nights/all meals)


25 SEPTEMBER: ULAAN BAATAR
After breakfast we commence sightseeing with a visit to the Tibetan-style Gandan Monastery, one of the few buildings in Ulaan Baatar to predate WWII and one of the few monasteries to survive the Soviet purge. This monastery is one of Mongolia’s most important, and also one of its biggest tourist attractions. The full name, Gandantegchinlen, translates approximately to ‘the great place of complete joy’. Moving on to the National Museum of Mongolia, which has a number of fascinating displays of traditional Mongolian clothing and weaponry, as well as exhibits charting the course of Genghis Khan's empire-building. There will also be a stop at the Main Square to see the statues of Genghis Khaan and Sukhbaatar, two of Mongolia’s national heroes. Finally stopping at the Zaisan Memorial for a good view of the city.

26 SEPTEMBER: ULAAN BAATAR – HUSTAIN NURUU NATIONAL PARK

Full day excursion outside of Ulaan Baatar to the Hustain Nuruu National Park, home to the last remaining species of wild horse, the takhi – commonly known as Przewalski’s horse. 25 years after becoming extinct in the wild, the takhi was reintroduced to the Mongolian steppe from zoo populations by the Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalski’s Horse. Enroute you will see nomadic tents sprawling on the beautiful landscape outside of Ulaan Baatar for your first glimpse of the nomadic lifestyle. After arriving at the Park, explore the extraordinary scenic spots where these Asian wild horses graze, a result of the conservation programme reintroduced by a group from the Netherlands in the framework of an international project. Later, a simple lunch will be provided. After lunch at the park, visit a local horseman’s family to see their way of life, and traditions. Return to Ulaan Baatar for overnight.

27 SEPTEMBER: ULAAN BAATAR – OLGII – ALTAI TAVAN BODG NATIONAL PARK
Transfer to the airport for the 3 hour flight to Bayan-Olgii Province. Met upon arrival at the airport in Olgii and transferred to the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, a spectacular National Park of mountainous landscapes, numerous glaciers and freshwater lakes. Drive to Baga Oigor Valley to view one of the largest rock art galleries in Asia. The petroglyphs date back to the Stone and Bronze ages and are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site spanning an area of 15km. Here you will see carvings depicting wild and domestic animals and scenes of human life, including hunting, animal husbandry and religious rituals. Overnight camping.

28 SEPTEMBER: ALTAI TAVAN BODG NATIONAL PARK
Further exploration of this incredibly scenic National Park including visits to nomadic families. Overnight camping.

29 SEPTEMBER: ALTAI TAVAN BODG NATIONAL PARK - OLGII
Drive back to Olgii and check into the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure before meeting this evening for a traditional Kazakh dinner.


30 SEPTEMBER: OLGII – EAGLE FESTIVAL
Today is the first day of the Eagle Festival where you will witness Kazakh hunters in all their glory - a parade of falconers on horseback with their prized eagles perched on their arms. After the parade, each hunter will demonstrate how well their bird obeys his commands by placing his eagle on a nearby cliff edge and calling it from below. A spectacular sight! In the afternoon, watch an exciting race of Amblers, a highly valued type of Mongolian horse known for its quick cantor. The festival continues into the evening, and you will have the opportunity to attend a local concert where there will be performances of traditional Kazakh songs and dances. Overnight Olgii.

01 OCTOBER: OLGII – EAGLE FESTIVAL
After breakfast head out for another fascinating day at the Eagle Festival where you will see trained golden eagles displaying their speed and agility. To test their eagles’ skills, hunters drag a fox skin behind their horse, and the fastest eagle to land on the skin is considered the best hunter. Overnight Olgii.

02 OCTOBER: OLGII – ULAAN BAATAR
A transfer will be provided to the airport for your flight back to Ulaan Baatar. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit to the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, Mongolia’s former spiritual leader.

03 OCTOBER: ULAAN BAATAR – ONWARD DESTINATION
A transfer will be provided from the hotel to the international airport for your onward flight. Or to the train station for your onward Trans Mongolian journey. www.transsiberian.com.au

Price and booking

COST: US$2500 per person twin share (approximately A$3290 per person according to the current exchange rate, i.e. .76). Single Supplement on Application. Tour price includes all accommodation, all meals, all camping gear, all excursions, entrance fees, English speaking local guides, domestic flights and all transport. Note international airfares, insurance and visa costs are not included.

 

Price includes

Hotel and camp accommodation unless where specified

Transfers as specified in the itinerary

Meals as specified

B=breakfast

L=lunch

D=dinner

Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary

Accommodation

Group size
We need a minimum of 6 people to run the trip and 10 will be the maximum.

Travel insurance
Insurance is compulsory.

Travel advisories
The Australian Government puts out Travel Advisories with regards to any safety and security concerns for a number of countries. Before you decide to travel or before you actually do travel I would suggest you look at www.dfat.gov.au and www.smartraveller.gov.au .