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Mongolia Golden Eagle Festival 2020 - The Eagle Huntress


Mongolia Golden Eagle Festival 2020 - The Eagle Huntress


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Ulaanbaatar – Visit Nomadic family - Hustain Nuruu National Park & Wild Horse Park -Flight to Western Mongolia - Kazakh eagle hunter family -Golden Eagle Festival Opening Ceremony /Competitions – Terelj National Park - Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex


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In Brief

     Every year Kazakh (Eagle) hunters from all over Bayan-Ulgii province gather in the heart of Altai Mountain to compete with their hunting Golden eagles based speed, agility, and accuracy of their magnificent birds. It is a rare opportunity for visitors to get a close-up Kazakh tradition and culture. The highlight of this fantastic trip is interacting with the Kazakhs and other ethnic groups and living with them for a couple of days to take part in the eagle training and get to know about the unique Kazakh culture.
     Landscape and cultural sightseeing blend easily in Mongolia – you will have the chance to visit families of nomads, remote Buddhist monasteries and traditional events, and to take part in horse-riding or guided walking if you wish – there are also endless opportunities for photography.

Brief Itinerary:

29 Sep Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
30 Sep Ulaanbaatar, Sightseeing tour in the Nomads’ city
01 Oct Hustai National Park (Wild Horse Park)
02 Oct Flight to Western Mongolia-Kazakh Eagle Hunter Family
03 Oct Golden Eagle Festival Opening Ceremony /Competitions
04 Oct Second day of the Golden Eagle Festival,
05 Oct Fly back to Ulaanbaatar
06 Oct Terelj National Park - Genghis Khan’s Statue complex
07 Oct Departure

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In Detail

Detailed Itinerary:


29 Sep - Day 01: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia
Welcome to Mongolia! Whenever, your international flight lands in city airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Ulaanbaatar.
Free at leisure for the rest of the day. You may need some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet-lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask from your hotel reception for recommendations.
Hotel: BWP Tuushin Hotel, 5-star hotel located in the city heart.
Meals: None


30 Sep - Day 02: Ulaanbaatar, Sightseeing tour in the Nomads’ city
In the morning, at 9am tour guide will pick you up at your hotel.
Today, we explore the city, visit Gandan Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery. Listen to the horns calling lamas and monks to temple and capture the monks’ daily rituals. While visiting the adjoining Megjid Janraisig Temples, we will see 26-meter-high majestic gilded statue of Migjid Janraisig.
    Next, visit Sukhbaatar square and Parliament House displayed with Great Khans memorial statue. The square lies at the heart of the city surrounded by theaters, government buildings.
     Continue to visit National Museum of Mongolia for to get an overview of Mongolia’s history and culture including nomadic life, traditional costumes of ethnic groups, sacred religious relics, and Stone & Bronze Age artifacts.
    After lunch, we will visit Zanabazar Fine Art Museum. The museum displays collections of world’s and Mongolian famous artists, including many original works of Zanabazar, who was Mongolian religious leader and artist in 17th century.
    Afterwards, we will go to see “Wonders of Mongolia” folklore show by famous Tumen-Ekh ensemble - is one of the most successful folk-art groups to share traditional Mongolian music with the world, having traveled to over 40 countries. End of the performance, transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation: BWP Tuushin Hotel, 5-star hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.


01 Oct -Day 03: Hustai National Park trip (Wild Horse Park)
After relaxing breakfast, at 10am, you will day trip to Hustai National Park. This area is home to the Mongolian wild horse known as Perzevalski horse (takhi) with unique landscape that features mountain and steppe.
Upon arrival, visit the Information Center about the national park and wild horse.
     In the afternoon, we will take a short driver and hiking to see the wild horses in their natural habitat. Seeing these truly wild horses which numbered in the hundreds of thousands of years ago, will make you feel like you have traveled thousands of years back in time. There is great opportunity to take photo for these endangered horses. If you are lucky, you can see fox, deer, roe deer, eagle, and more animals and birds…
Afterwards, return to the city and transferred to the hotel.
Accommodation: BWP Tuushin Hotel, 5-star hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.


02 Oct - Day 04: Flight to Western Mongolia - Kazakh Eagle hunter family
Transfer to the airport for flight to Ulgii (~3 hours), capital of Bayan-Ulgii, Mongolia’s westernmost province. Ninety percent of the population here is Kazakh, Mongolia’s largest ethnic minority. The isolation of the Altai Mountains has preserved the language and traditions of the Kazakhs, who live amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Mongolia.
     After lunch in Ulgii town, we will take a drive to meet with famous a local eagle hunter's family and golden eagle in their settlement.
Kazakh family’s Gers are slightly larger than Mongolian Gers, and are decorated with brightly colored rugs. We will enjoy their hospitality and friendliness and learn more in deep about their culture. You will see their traditional technology to make colorful rug. There is great chance to learn the real way of how eagle hunter family lives and how they train their eagles, Kazakh families are quite large, consisting of three generations, grandparents, parents and children. You would have chance to hold the eagle on your arms and taken photos.
Dinner and overnight at Ger camp.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


03 Oct - Day 05: Golden Eagle Festival – 1st day
After breakfast we will drive to Sayat small hill for Eagle festival.
Program in 1st day of the festival:

  • The official opening ceremony commences with the participants parading in on horseback with their eagles. 
  • The competition begins with all eagle hunters will show their hunting outfit and accessories, the most elaborate and beautiful of which receive the highest points.
  • The festival includes a Uriankhai archery competition. The Uriankhai are a small ethnic group of Mongolia and known for their unique style of archery. Instead of shooting at a raised target, a leather ball is thrown into the distance.
  • Also, you can see 2 humped camel races as well as a sort of fashion show where couples would ride around the arena and show off their traditional outfits and camels.
  • In the evening, we will enjoy at traditional concert with some traditional songs and music at local theater in Ulgii town. 

Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


04 Oct - Day 06: Second day of the Golden Eagle Festival.
Today, we continue to attend at the 2nd day of the festival.
The eagle hunters will compete with some traditional and interesting games.

  • The Kyz Kuar (Catch up with a girl) game show is a traditional horseback riding game for couples were the boys being whipped by girls if the girl can catch the boy.
  • Calling eagle on arm. (Eagle will be released from top of mountain, and trainer must meet up eagle from the bottom just among people down)
  • Closing and award ceremony for best eagles with their best trainers.

Return to the Ger camp for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


05 Oct - Day 07: Fly back to Ulaanbaatar
Today, we will return to Ulaanbaatar. Depending on departure time, if we have time we will visit local museum and explore local life and market.
Upon arrival in the city, transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for your own. 
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.


06 Oct - Day 08: Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex - Terelj National Park trip
In the morning, our trip departs for “Genghis Khan Statue Complex” which is currently the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world. There is a recreation area, restaurants, and souvenir shops occupy the base structure. From here, we use an elevator or walk to the head of the horse through chest and back neck of the horse, where we can have farseeing and good panorama view over the complex area.
     Continue drive to Terelj National Park. It's one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. You can see the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones; some of them look quite similar to turtles.
    After lunch, explore the national park and visit Turtle Rock - interesting rock formation looking like a turtle and visit Ariyabal meditation temple - surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations and sits at top of the mountain. The distance between the gate and the actual temple is about 1 km and it is only accessible by walking. To get to the top, you would cross the suspension bridge and climb up on 108 stairs, according to Buddhist prayer beads. This small hike is seen as a ritual to cleanse one’s sins. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park.
     Also, we will visit local nomadic family to experience firsthand how people live the country side, a lifestyle which has not changed for centuries. Here you can help the herders with their daily tasks to get an idea of how nomadic people alongside of their livestock.
     After dinner at Bd’s Mongolian BBQ restaurant in the city, transferred to the hotel.
Accommodation: BWP Tuushin Hotel, 5-star hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


07 Oct - Day 09: Departure from Ulaanbaatar.
As your memorable trip comes to end, then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to your next destination or home. Meal: Breakfast

Date & Price

Tour Date, Price?:

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01 Oct - 09 Oct, 2019 Fully booked
29 Sep  - 07 Oct, 2020 2640 USD  
Small Group & Big Experience
up to 12 people in a group


What’s included in the Price?

  • English speaking tour guide at all times 
  • 8 nights’ accommodation based on single occupancy:
  •     - Good 5* hotel in the city – 5nights, based on double/twin. 
  •     - Ger camp in Western Mongolia trip – 3 nights on twin share, 
  • All the meals as listed in the itinerary: Breakfast - 8, Lunch - 7, Dinner – 4,
  • All transfer & transports by comfortable coaches or cars + experienced driver,
  •     - 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser/ Lexus 470 Jeep in Western Mongolia Tour 
  •     - A minivan/minibus in the city and around national park trip.  
  • Internal flights: + included all tax, free luggage allowance is 15kg
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees are mentioned as program, 
  • Golden Eagle Festival Tax
  • Complementary drink water during the tour,
  • Visa invitation letter, if required 
  • All service charge, local and Gov’t tax

What’s Not included in the Price?

  • Visa to Mongolia (Get in advance) – Click here more info. 
  • International flights &Travels insurance 
  • Hotel early check-in and late check-out,
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excess luggage charges – 2.1$ per kg for internal flights, 


Q: When do I need to pay?
A: If your tour departs within 30 days full payment is required, otherwise a deposit 1000USD per person of total tour cost will confirm your booking. 
Final & full payment must be made at least 45 days prior to your departure date.

Q: What are my payment options?
A: For your deposit, we accept Visa, MasterCard. For your tour balance we accept only Bank transfer or cash.

Q: What type of accommodation will we be staying in?
A: Based on the clients comfort, we assigned Best Western Premier Tuushin 5-star hotel for 5 nights during your Mongolia trip where is the best located in the city hear. 
We will use tourist Ger camp in Western Mongolia. It’s most popular accommodation type for countryside trip in Mongolia that consists of 10-15 Gers (Mongolian traditional yurt), a restaurant and some entertainment facilities. Each Ger has 2 -4 beds and furnished with a table, chairs and a wood-stove. Modern toilet and hot shower facilities is separate block. The restaurant mostly serves with Western and Mongolian meals. Most visitors prefer to stay in Ger, which provide an authentic taste of Mongolian culture and adventure, their most enjoyable experience in Mongolia. 

Q: I am a vegetarian; will you provide vegetarian meals for me?
A: Sure, we can always make the arrangement according to your requirements. So if you have any special requirements on your food, please let us know so that we can inform the restaurants beforehand to meet your needs.

More read: Mongolia Travel FAQ


Reviews & Feedbacks:


"Hey Amicus crew! I had a great time traveling with you in the Gobi. The trip was fantastic. My one year stay in Mongolia wouldn’t have been perfect without this incredible journey. I’ll not forget meeting the nomad families, eating the Khuushur(drinking Mongolian vodka) and having a lot of for with you guys. Thank you Davaa, Ulzii, Jargalmaa, Eric, David, Erwan, Jeff, Micke, and Mr Cool!Mash ikh bayarlalaa (Thank you very much)"
  Italy, Sep 04, 2014


June Dimalanta
“Quite some time passed since we spent a wonderful time in beautiful Mongolia. This tour was extremely well organized. The local guides were often inspirational, and good food and accommodation meant that everything worked smoothly....
  USA, Aug 24, 2013


Banbas family
Hi Davaa, "I hope you are well. Our trip was fantastic. Thank you so much for your help.
I'd like to give you some feedback.
The guide in Beijing, Tristan, was fantastic. Helpful, well spoken and a lot of fun.
The guides in Mongolia were great too - especially Bogi in the Gobi.
As you might be aware, we had issues with our flights. We missed the connecting flight to Beijing from Shanghai due to a delay with our Sydney flight and we had our return flight from Xian to Beijing cancelled. Hence, we missed 2 nights at Wangfujing Hilton. I am putting a claim in with my travel insurance and need a letter from hotel confirming this happened and also confirming the cost of the two rooms for each of the nights missed. Could you please organize this for me?
Again, thanks for your help in organizing such a great trip.
Kind regards
Conn Banbas
  Australia, July 29, 2014


Francine and Chris
“We had a wonderful adventure to the Gobi. Saw many animals, enjoyed our walk on the glacier, up the dunes, ride on camel & horse and staying in Gers. Wonderful weather,…….we cannot wait to return.”
  Canada, Aug 04, 2014


We had a fantastic time! I want to let you know that Tour Company were fantastic.  Everything went off like clockwork.  The guides, hotels, attractions, and itinerary in both Mongolia and China were fantastic. We had no problems what so ever.   The guides were there at the airport or docks to meet us every time on time and their attention to detail was great.  They all spoke English very well, had great personalities, were well versed in the history and customs of each area and made us feel welcome and safe.  They were informed of our upcoming itinerary plans and discussed these with us as well.   Flights within Asia also were great.  No delays or cancellations. I would not hesitate to recommend or travel with this company in the future.
  Australia, Jul 18, 2014


Burke & Amy Bradley
Thanks for your inquiry. What a great trip. I must say the accommodations---hotels and ger camps, the meals-- were much better than I had expected. The guides were wonderful and all instructions were carried out--no problems of any kind. Thanks again.
  USA, July 16 2014


Cindy Edington
I just wanted to let you know how wonderful it was. The people at Amicus Travel were wonderful and accommodating. The tour guide, Bayara was very informative and caring, we were like his little chicks, with "Follow me" he lead us to some amazing places and sights. 
Our driver was incredible, the way he drove through narrow, winding roads, I have to admit, I did brake sometimes. Thank you again!!
  USA, July 09, 2014

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