Every year in late September and early October, Kazakh eagle hunters from all over Bayan-Olgii travel to a meeting point in the countryside for a competition of how well they have trained their eagles. This excursion will take you up close and personal to attend the festival and hear from the eagle hunters themselves about what it is like to train and hunt with eagles. During this tour, guests will have the opportunity to experience a special festival that can only be found in Olgii. Guests will have the chance to interact with eagle hunters and their birds. Guests will also experience traditional Kazakh food and nomad life, seeing the ways in which eagle hunters live. At the Golden Eagle Festival, a wide variety of Kazakh hand-made goods will be available, from wall hangings to bags and backpacks. Furthermore, guests can watch a variety of games at the festival from Kokbar (a tug-of-war game on horseback fighting over a goat skin), Tiyn Teru (a contest to pick up a coin from the ground while riding a horse), and Kyz Kuu (a race between a man and women, in which the woman whips the man, but if the man wins the race, he also wins a kiss). Guests can enjoy the numerous festivities and all the visual appeals it has to offer.

Day 1 – Arrival

Arrive to Ulgii. Breakfast at coffee shop or tea place. Arrival to Bayan-Olgii in the morning. We will meet you at the airport. Breakfast at the local restaurant/coffee shop/any of the tea places. Introducing the town center, local museum, mosque, shopping.

Day 2 – Festival Day 1

Drive about 15 km to Golden eagle festival event place near Ulgii. The festival continues till evening. There is eagle hunters’ parade, tradition show as well. Lunch at one of the local restaurants. There will be Ger tea places at the festival place with Kazakh / Mongolian traditional meals, so theses Gers are optional to eat or having tea.  Visit local markets and museum. Stay with local hotel /double bed standard room/

Main activities of the festival for 2 days traditionally:

  • Opening ceremony
  • Traditional dress, outfits  show
  • Horse race
  • Coin pick up on horseback competition,
  • Eagle hunter and his eagle’s agility test demonstration
  • Traditional games: Kiz Kuar (Girl chasing), Kokpar (pulling the skin)
  • Awarding ceremony

Day 3 – Festival Day 2

Go to see the 2nd day of Golden eagle festival Lunch local restaurant.  Event continues until evening. Stay at the hotel. /B,L,D/

Day 4 – Explore Eagle hunter’s lifestyle

Drive to countryside about 50km to Eagle hunter’s family and stay with the family. Individual demonstration of eagle hunter. Explore Kazakh family lifestyle, tradition; sightseeing, horseback riding available. Lunch and dinner with the family.  Drive back to aimag center and stay in the hotel.

Day 5 – Departure

Dates: October 5 and 6, 2019

Price: Individuals:  1200$ / person

Group of 3-5:         1000$ / person

Group of 6-10:         800$  / person

PRICE INCLUDES: Domestic flights, accommodation in Olgii, guides, horses, camels, 4WD vehicle with experienced driver, pick up and transfer to airport, fees, local taxes,

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: International Airfare cost, travel insurance, visa fee, charges for excess baggage, individual equipment, alcoholic beverages and extra charges in local hotel, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.

Overview

Every year in late September and early October, Kazakh eagle hunters from all over Bayan-Olgii travel to a meeting point in the countryside for a competition of how well they have trained their eagles. This excursion will take you up close and personal to attend the festival and hear from the eagle hunters themselves about what it is like to train and hunt with eagles. During this tour, guests will have the opportunity to experience a special festival that can only be found in Olgii. Guests will have the chance to interact with eagle hunters and their birds. Guests will also experience traditional Kazakh food and nomad life, seeing the ways in which eagle hunters live. At the Golden Eagle Festival, a wide variety of Kazakh hand-made goods will be available, from wall hangings to bags and backpacks. Furthermore, guests can watch a variety of games at the festival from Kokbar (a tug-of-war game on horseback fighting over a goat skin), Tiyn Teru (a contest to pick up a coin from the ground while riding a horse), and Kyz Kuu (a race between a man and women, in which the woman whips the man, but if the man wins the race, he also wins a kiss). Guests can enjoy the numerous festivities and all the visual appeals it has to offer.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival

Arrive to Ulgii. Breakfast at coffee shop or tea place. Arrival to Bayan-Olgii in the morning. We will meet you at the airport. Breakfast at the local restaurant/coffee shop/any of the tea places. Introducing the town center, local museum, mosque, shopping.

Day 2 – Festival Day 1

Drive about 15 km to Golden eagle festival event place near Ulgii. The festival continues till evening. There is eagle hunters’ parade, tradition show as well. Lunch at one of the local restaurants. There will be Ger tea places at the festival place with Kazakh / Mongolian traditional meals, so theses Gers are optional to eat or having tea.  Visit local markets and museum. Stay with local hotel /double bed standard room/

Main activities of the festival for 2 days traditionally:

  • Opening ceremony
  • Traditional dress, outfits  show
  • Horse race
  • Coin pick up on horseback competition,
  • Eagle hunter and his eagle’s agility test demonstration
  • Traditional games: Kiz Kuar (Girl chasing), Kokpar (pulling the skin)
  • Awarding ceremony

Day 3 – Festival Day 2

Go to see the 2nd day of Golden eagle festival Lunch local restaurant.  Event continues until evening. Stay at the hotel. /B,L,D/

Day 4 – Explore Eagle hunter’s lifestyle

Drive to countryside about 50km to Eagle hunter’s family and stay with the family. Individual demonstration of eagle hunter. Explore Kazakh family lifestyle, tradition; sightseeing, horseback riding available. Lunch and dinner with the family.  Drive back to aimag center and stay in the hotel.

Day 5 – Departure

Price and Dates

Dates: October 5 and 6, 2019

Price: Individuals:  1200$ / person

Group of 3-5:         1000$ / person

Group of 6-10:         800$  / person

PRICE INCLUDES: Domestic flights, accommodation in Olgii, guides, horses, camels, 4WD vehicle with experienced driver, pick up and transfer to airport, fees, local taxes,

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: International Airfare cost, travel insurance, visa fee, charges for excess baggage, individual equipment, alcoholic beverages and extra charges in local hotel, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.

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