Every year Kazakh 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.
Fully booked for 2017 departure.
Day 01 (Sep 27): Arrive in Ulaanbaatar – half day city tour,
Day 02 (Sep 28): Visit Nomadic family - Hustain Nuruu National Park & Wild Horse Park
Day 03 (Sep 29): Flight to Western Mongolia - Kazakh eagle hunter family
Day 04 (Sep 30): Golden Eagle Festival Opening Ceremony /Competitions,
Day 05 (Oct 01): Second day of the Golden Eagle Festival,
Day 06 (Oct 02): Fly back to Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park
Day 07 (Oct 03): Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex – Ulaanbaatar & short city tour
Day 08 (Oct 04): Departure from Ulaanbaatar.
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Day 01 (Sept 03): Arrive in Ulaanbaatar – half day city tour.
Arrive at Ulaanbaatar City, Transfer to hotel. After some personal refreshment, start guided city tour-arranged photo shoot at the Gandan Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery—one of the few to survive the Stalinist purges during the 1930s. Listen to the horns calling lamas and monks to temple, and capture the monks’ daily rituals while visiting the adjoining Megjid Janraisig and Temples. After explore the monastery we will visit the National Museum to get an overview of Mongolia’s history and culture. Examine exhibits on nomadic life, including Stone and Bronze Age artifacts, traditional costumes, and sacred relics. Stay overnight at the hotel. (L, D)
Day 02 (October 01): Visit Nomadic family - Hustain Nuruu National Park & Wild Horse Park
Today we will drive to Hustain Nuruu National Park for wild horses’ photography. On the way we will visit local nomadic families with their herds and explore their nomadic life style.
Arrive in information center at the entrance of Hustain nuruu N.P and visit museum, and watch the videos about national park's flora, fauna and wild horse.
After lunch, we will take short drive to see for wild horse Takhi - Przewalski Horse. There is great opportunity to take photo for wild nature and wild animals. If you are lucky, you can see fox, deer, roe deer, eagle, and more animals and birds… Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and stay overnight in the hotel. (B, L)
Day 03 (October 02): Flight to Western Mongolia - Kazakh Eagle hunter family
Transfer to the airport for a morning 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.
Upon arrival in Ulgii town of Western Mongolia we will drive to Kazakh nomad family.
We will stay overnight in one of the Gers, together with members of our guest family and learn the real way of how a nomadic family lives, and to personally experience their friendliness and hospitality.
Kazakh families are quite large, consisting of three generations, grandparents, parents and children. (B, L, D)
Day 04 (October 03): Golden Eagle Festival Opening Ceremony /Competitions:
We’ll get up at same time with the family and experience the morning ritual, or even help, in milking cows, goats and sheep. After breakfast of nomad family, we will drive for Eagle festival.
The official opening ceremony commences with the participants parading in on horseback with their eagles. The competition begins with each Kazakh displaying his hunting outfit and accessories, the most elaborate and beautiful of which receive the highest points. In the afternoon, the judges will evaluate the Golden Eagles’ speed and agility. The eagles will be released from a cliff with their owners standing below, signaling for the eagles to land upon their arms as they do while hunting. Those with the fastest times and best technique will be awarded the highest scores. In the evening, attend a Kazakh play in honor of the hunters and their eagles. Stay overnight at Ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 05 (October 04): Second day of the Golden Eagle Festival.
Today’s task for the eagles is catching the prey within the shortest time and they’re given scores.
The Golden Eagles are released from a cliff to attack fox skins being dragged by their owners on horseback. The eagles will be judged on speed, gripping technique, and success in grabbing the fox. As the points for the competitions are being tallied, the Kazakhs will compete in kukbar, a traditional game testing horse-riding skills, strength, and agility. Best eagles with their best trainers are awarded in the evening. Stay overnight at Ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 06 (October 05): Fly back to Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park
After breakfast we fly back to Ulaanbaatar for ~3 hours. Arrive at airport in Ulaanbaatar and drive to Terelj National Park. It's one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. You will explore the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones; some of them look quite similar to turtles. After lunch, we will short drive to Turtle rock and visit Meditation temple in Terelj National Park /10km/. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 07 (October 06): Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex – Ulaanbaatar & short city tour
In the morning, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. On the way we will see “Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex” which is over 42 meter tall statue. The world's largest statue of (40m high) a rider on a horse erected in Mongolia. Visitors walk to the head of the horse through its chest and neck of the horse, where they can have a panoramic view.
After lunch in “Modern Nomads” restaurant in UB, we will enjoy start guided city tour-arranged photo shoot at the Bogd Khaan Palace museum, and Budda Park - Zaisan Hill memorial. You can see and take photography from the Zaisan Hill spectacular panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar, the surrounding mountains and the Tuul River.
Before attend the “Wonders of Mongolian Art” folk art concert by the “Tumen Ekh” Folk Song and Dance Ensemble in evening, we will shop for souvenirs and local products. Stay overnight in the hotel. (B & L)
Day 08 (October 07): Departure from Ulaanbaatar
Free at leisure until transferring to Chinggis Khaan International Airport to take departure flight. (B)
(B-Breakfast, L- Lunch & D-Dinner)
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What’s included in the Price?
- Professional English speaking guide and interpreting service,
- Private vehicle with a driver and all transfers,
- Domestic flights: Ulaanbaatar/Ulgii/Ulaanbaatar
- 4 star Hotels in Ulaanbaatar – 2 nights, based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds.
- Ger camps - 4 nights, based on two persons sharing one Ger with twin beds
- Kazakh Nomadic family Ger (Yurt): 1 night
- All Meals, listed in the itinerary. B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner.
- Permissions for photographers in Eagle hunter’s festival and Gandan Monastery.
- All entrance fees of attractions, national parks and protected areas
- Bottled water during the tour,
- Road & toll fees
- Included all taxes
What’s Not included in the Price?
- International flights
- Mongolia visa fee
- Travel insurance
- Daily personal expenses
- Additional services,
- Changes of arrival/ departure flights
- Excess luggage charges - free luggage allowance is 15-20kg for internal flights
- Tips and gratuities for guides and drivers
AMICUS TRAVEL FAQ ...?
Q: When do I need to pay?
A: If your tour departs within 30 days full payment is required, otherwise a deposit of $200/ €200 per person will confirm your booking. But this amount is subject to change. It could possibly be higher, or lower depending on itinerary, trip category and duration. Your personal travel consultant will adjust the amount accordingly.
Initial documents will be emailed to you within 48 hours of confirming your booking.
Final & full payment must be made at least 30 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: According to the Mongolian rating system, 2- 5 star hotels are approved to receive foreign guests.
Our accommodations are carefully chosen, based on our research, our experience, and feedback from clients, to provide the best combination of high-quality accommodations, affordability, and convenient location.
We give clients the opportunity to stay in a wide range of accommodation, depending on tour from 3* to 5* hotels in Ulaanbaatar and best tourist Ger camps in countryside trip.
Q: What is tourist Ger Camp?
A: Tourist Ger camp is traditional style accommodation with full service facilities, most commonly used in outside of the city. The Ger is a round structure of walls, poles and a peaked roof covered with canvas and felt, and tightened with ropes.
Tourist Ger camp - has consists with 20-30 Gers (Mongolian traditional dwelling), restaurant, and some entertainment facilities, western style toilet and hot water showers. Each Ger has 2 to 4 beds and furnished with a table, chairs and wood-stove. Most visitors prefer to stay in Ger, which provide an authentic taste of Mongolian culture and adventure, their most enjoyable experience in Mongolia.
Q: What meal is included? What is the restaurant like?
A: We select restaurants based on our experiences, client satisfaction, location and cuisine. Normally we include three meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) each day during the whole trip.
In Ulaanbaatar, you can expect a good variety of quality restaurants with international foods. Breakfasts usually are served in western style at the hotel where you stay.
We mostly use following restaurants for lunch & dinner in the city trip: “Modern Nomads”, “bd’s Mongolia Barbeque”, “City Nomads”, “Khaan Ger” and hotel restaurants in Ulaanbaatar. Lunch & dinners are mostly served in Western food, and sometimes Mongolian food, or a combination.
Outside of the city, we generally eat breakfast and dinner in best tourist Ger camp in their region and some day of longer trip take a packed lunch. Your packed lunch will be carried in appropriate containers to prevent spillage or spoiling. Ger camps serve both Mongolian and international foods, and there will usually be a choice of main dish.
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.
Q: How about vehicles and road trips?
A: In 2014, roughly 14% of Mongolian 40000km road is paved and the rest is earth-roads. But, almost 35% of main tourist destinations roads are connected with paved roads. Most travel takes place on the earth-roads, which are gravel, dirt roads and sometimes muddy and bumpy.
On overland tours, we use comfortable, 4WD Korean, Russian, Japanese jeeps and vans. These vehicles are ideally suited on Mongolian countryside roads.
Our drivers are highly experienced; they know their way around the Mongolian countryside including many places which have no road sign and networked roads. They are true professionals.
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