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Eagle Festival Winter

Introduction

Eagle festival is one of  ”Mini Naadam” of Mongolians that shows the nations feature of Kazakh people. The Kazakh people is only one nation who has kept the unique techniques of hunting by the eagle in Asia.  This unique tradition of eagle hunting which came into central Asia 6000 years ago has been one of main product of tourism and the number of foreign and domestic visitor has been increasing for years and is held twice a year-spring and autumn season in Mongolia.

You will drive to Jargalantiin Am of Chinggisiin  Khuree camp ,which means “Resident of Great Chinggis Khaan” is located in 25 km along the main road between Ulaanbaatar and Zuunmod ,in “Jargalant valley”of Bogd Khan Mountain, the first protected area in the world. You will watch there all activities of Eagle festival such as the entrants compete for awards of Best Turned Out Eagle and Owner, Best Eagle at Hunting Prey and Best eagle at locating its Owner from a distance, dressed in full eagle hunting regalia and mounted on groomed decorated horses and Bushkashi-goatskin tug of war on horseback.  All meals will be provided by Nomadic Journeys.

Trip Details
Eagle Festival Winter
March 4 / March 7

Trip Details

Itinerary

Saturday March 4th—Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia and to be transferred to the hotel. City tour and tour briefing after dinner.

Sunday March 5th—The Eagle Festival and Hustai National Park

A.m. drive to Jargalantiin Am of Chinggisiin Khuree where the eagle festival is held. Festival program will be held as following:

In the morning:

The Opening ceremony and Parade of Kazakh falconers with golden eagles will be held first. Demonstration of hunting skills; how well the hunters train their eagles, to be hunted by the eagle, the entrants compete for the awards of the best eagles and a series of other tournaments among the hunters who wear the best national clothes, who has the  best eagle, and who has the best  horse harness. Lunch will be provided by Nomadic Journeys.

In the afternoon:

The entrants compete with the following; how the hunters domesticize the eagles, goatskin tug of war on horseback, which is a national game of Kazakhs,  and grabbing bags with money from the ground while staying on horseback and the King Eagle. Special awards and closing ceremony. Once finishes the festival, drive to Hustai National Park. Have dinner and overnight at Hustai Ger Camp.

Monday March 6th—To Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, Game drive to the remarkable Neolithic graves of Ungut, of the 7th century A.D and possibility of seeing the Takhi horses at Hustai National Park . In the evening drive back to Ulaanbaatar.

Tuesday March 7th—Departure

Transfer to the airport for international flight out.

Prices

PRICE  ex Ulaanbaatar:

USD 950 per person (min 2members)

Includes:

Guide. Lunch and dinner outside the Ulaanbaatar city. Accommodation and breakfast at Hustai Ger Camp. Transfer to / from Hustai National Park and the Eagle Festival grounds.

Excludes:

Imported drinks. Lunch and dinners in Ulaanbaatar city.

Practicalities

Practicalities:

Accommodation:

The gers have 2-4 beds in

each, and they are furnished with beds,

stools and a table. WC and showers are

in communal shower blocks.

Options:

It is possible to stay at HS Khaan Resort for an additional night. Chinggis Khan international airport is a 50 minutes drive away. Please enquire!

What our guests say

We appreciate your feedback about our tours and services.

  • Living the mongolian way

    Great place to stay and experience mongolian way of living, no tv, wifi, phone. Just nature and great company of the staff and livestocks of mongolia. The toilet is a hole in the ground covered by a shed. It is clean, but can be smelly to those used to city life. Not hot water supply, inform the staff that you like to hot water half an hour earlier so that they can boil it over camel dung 🙂

    5 star rating

    joycel
  • Living the mongolian way

    Great place to stay and experience mongolian way of living, no tv, wifi, phone. Just nature and great company of the staff and livestocks of mongolia. The toilet is a hole in the ground covered by a shed. It is clean, but can be smelly to those used to city life. Not hot water supply, inform the staff that you like to hot water half an hour earlier so that they can boil it over camel dung 🙂

    5 star rating

    joycel

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