GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL
13 DAYS – REMOTE MONGOLIA
Journey to remote Mongolia for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Golden Eagle Festival!
A tour of a lifetime! Brush shoulders with Kazakh eagle hunters (and huntresses!) in a remote corner of Mongolia.
This festival happens only once a year, and is limited in how many people can attend.
Visit a nomad family, a throat singer, and an eagle hunter family in an exclusive pre-festival journey.
Two days of festival will feature events such as: “Hunting with the eagle,” “Woman chasing man on horseback with a whip,” “Horseback archery,” and “Camel races.”
- Sleep in a traditional ger (yurt)
- Private heated ger for lunch and resting during the festival
- Exclusive opportunity to visit an eagle hunting family
- Amazing photo opportunities
- Optional Gobi Desert excursion
- Explore little-visited monasteries across the Mongolian Steppe
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
SEPT 28 Ulaanbaatar | Arrive Ulaanbaatar — 4* Hotel
Transfer to hotel in city center near main square | Genghis Khan Statue
SEPT 29 Ulaanbaatar | Sightseeing
Explore UB today as we visit sights such as the incredible Gandantegchinlen Monasteryand The Black Market.
SEPT 30 Kharkhorin | Genghis Khan’s Abandoned Capital City — Erdene Zuu Monastery
It’s a 4-5 hour drive across the windswept steppes of central Mongolia to what once was a center of trade and civilization on the famous silk route. Today, ancient Kharkhorin lies under dirt, but still boasts the beautiful 16th c. Buddhist Erdene Zuu Monastery.
OCT 01 Kharkhorin | Tuvkhun Monastery — Shankh Monastery
Switching into 4×4 mode, our jeep will leave the road behind and follow nomadic paths across rolling green hills and ford crystal clear streams. An immensely beautiful drive, we’ll climb to larch-forested mountains and the stunning Tuvkhun Monastery. It’s a 1+ hr hike to this cliff-side monastery built by the revered artist-monk, Zanabazar. Later in the day we’ll visit the Shankh Monastery also founded by Zanabazar. Return to Kharkhorin.
OCT 02 Ulaanbaatar | Sightseeing — Eagle Festival Orientation
After driving back to Ulaanbaatar, you’ll have the afternoon at leisure to rest or go shopping and sighseeing. We’ll meet our guide for western Mongolia at 6pm for an introduction to the coming days. Dinner.
OCT 03 Fly to Ulgii | Western Mongolia
It’a a 3 hour flight in the morning to Byan-Ulgii Province. This remote corner of Mongolia stuns with it’s stark beauty. After lunch we’ll take Land Cruisers to visit a nomad family, and the informative Kazakh museum.
OCT 04 Ger (Yurt) Camp | Rural Mongolia by Land Cruiser
An amazing day as we drive into the countryside to visit a throat singer, an eagle hunter family, have opportunity for amazing photos, and enjoy lunch on the shores of glistening Lake Tolbo.
OCT 05 Ulgii | Real Life Eagle Hunt
Local eagle hunters will gather to perform a live hunt with their eagles. You will have the opportunity to follow along, either by foot, or in the Land Cruisers, as these hunters ride their horses across the mountains in search of wild game. Return to Ulgii for dinner at the Turkish Restaurant.
OCT 06 – 07 Eagle Festival | 2 Days of Eagle Festival
2 Day festival featuring several events and amazing photo opportunities. You’ll have access to a private heated ger for lunch and for warming up at any time. We’ll return by Land Cruiser to our hotel in Ulgii each night (30 min drive).
OCT 08 Khovd Province | Tsambargarav National Park
Drive through Tsambagarav National Park to shoved Province. Along the way we’ll visit a nomad family and stop for amazing photo ops. Tonight we’ll be far from the beaten path, and will stay at a local hotel.
OCT 09 Ulaanbaatar | Fly to UB — Sightseeing
A morning flight to Ulaanbaatar will allow you the afternoon free for shopping or sightseeing. The Chojin Llama Monastery and Museum houses some of the finest Buddhist sculptures in Asia. Farewell dinner at a favorite restaurant.
OCT 10 Departure |
Last minute shopping or sightseeing. Transportation to the airport for departure.
Choose to add a couple more days for sightseeing to Terelej National Park.
PRICING & WHAT’S INCLUDED
$8,995 per person
- Airport transfers
- All in-country transportation
- 12 nights lodging
- All meals
- All in-country transportation (other than transportation arranged for other activities or during free time)
- Domestic flights: Ulaanbaatar to Ulgii and return
- Entrance to Eagle Festival
- Heated ger (yurt) for your use at the festival
- Entrance fees to all listed sights
- Eli as personal trip leader and cultural liaison throughout
- International airfare
- Any drinks other than complimentary drinks
- Personal insurance, emergency evacuation, etc…
- Other personal expenses
- Tips for guides, staff, drivers, etc…
DEPARTURE DATES 2020
September – October
FLEXIBLE DEPARTURE DATES
While the Golden Eagle Festival only happens once a year, other similar Mongolia tours can be arranged for the season of May – October. Options for other tours include visiting eagle hunting families, the Gobi Desert, or beautiful Khuvsgul Lake.
RECOMMENDED SEASON FOR MONGOLIA
May – October