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Mongolia Cultural Tour: Altai Eagle Festival

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 18 people
Destination(s): Mongolia  
Specialty Categories: Festival Tours   Cultural Journey  
Season: September
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1000 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2000 US Dollar (USD)

Go to eagle festival with Eaglehunters and Altai Explore. This trip is getting really popular for our clients as this is big opportunity to have your own experience for eaglehunting and see the eagle festival.You will have a part in eaglehunting. Going side by side with eaglehunters, you make funny and enjoyable horseback trip.If you are lucky,the eagle can catch some wild animals like hairs,foxes and wild cat.

Day 1: 10th Sept. Fly to Ulgii/Hovd and Drive to Blue Goat Nat .Park
Transfer to the airport. Domestic flight (4 hrs) to Bayan-Ölgii [1/2 hour refuel stop in Tosontsengel or Moron] On arrival met by local Kazakh guide. Drive to town. After lunch, drive towards south (5-6 hrs) about 200 km. We will have view to the beautiful and remote country.We visit one of the local Kazakh nomadic families and stay there for few days.

Days 2-4: 11th-13th Sept. Blue Goat National Park.
Every day going with local horse rangers by the wild big remote mountains of Blue Goat Nat. Park, we can watch some Argalis, Ibexs and deers. This place has many wild dangerous animals and birds like snow leopard, Altai argali and Ibex, lynx, wolverine and bearded volchure, black volchure, different kinds of falcons,golden eagle, and others. We have the chance to visit some Kazakh families and feel the great hospitality. Also, you will see how Kazakh women make the handcrafts.

Days 5-7: 14th -16th Sept. Go to Festival with Eaglehunters on horseback.
Riding the Mongolian small but tough horses,you go side by side with eaglehunter to hunt fox,rabbit,wild cat and may be wolf. So you have chance to have part in this unique hunting of Altai Kazakh people.Have picnic lunch on the mountain and enjoy remote mountain country. You can try to hold the golden eagle on your hand and in photo.

Days 8-9: 17th -18th Sept. Golden Eagle Festival.
Meet the Kazakh Eaglehunters. The rodeo of eaglehunting. A fantastic opportunity for photographers and adventurers alike to see these magnificent birds up close.There are approx. 400 eaglehunters in Bayan-Ulgii aimag. Eaglehunters from around regions gather to test their finely trained birds in singular contests of speed and agility in these few days.During the festival we also see some Kazakh Traditional Horse Games like “BushKushi”(Try to take out from each other the goat skin on horseback),”Kiss woman on horseback”,”Pick up coins from the land on horseback” and others.In the evening we enjoy to have the Kazakh Concert with some traditional songs and music.

Day 10: 19th Sept. Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd Nat. Park
We will drive further west. Bayan-Ulgii is rich in archaeological remains, as a reminder of the Bronze Ages and the time of the Huns and Turkic invasions. At Shiveet Hairhan Mountain, where numerous Tuvan nomads live, in Altai Tavanbogd National Park, we will pitch our camp. Shiveet Hairhan is holy for them, so there are about 400 Ibexes there. Sometimes seen, sometimes not seen.Here we will be able to view the biggest petroglyphs from the second period of the Huns (200 B.C.). The Huns were the reason for the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi to build and finish the Great Wall of China at this time. Overnight in tents.

Day 11: 20 th Sept. Potanin Glacier and Snow Peaks.
We will do day hike in the area. In the mountains here, there are some 20 glaciers and this is one of the few locations in the world where camels are used as pack animals in glacier areas. Should weather conditions be difficult we will not be able to see the glaciers. Tavanbogd means “the Holy Five” referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul is the highest in Mongolia, 4374 meters above sea level. Quite a considerable height at this latitude.

Days 12-13: 21st-22nd Sept. Big Lakes of Alta Tavan Bogd National Park.
Driving towards Big Lakes,we will stay on Snake Valley.There are many Turkic stones with face. After lunch, drive nearby western side of Hurgan Nuur and Hoton Nuur,where many Nomadic Kazakh families spend summer.Along the lakes,we see the beautiful waterfall, rockprintings and some ancient Turkic stones with face.On the right side we see the snowcapped mountains with forest,which make the wall between China and Mongolia.

Second day: A half day drive to Dayan Lake, near the frontier with China.Visit Kazakh Nomadic Families and feel their great hospitality. Overnight with a family.

Day 14: 23rd Sept. Back to Ulgii/Hovd.
Trek back on the other side of the Tsagaan River. Drive back to Ulgii.

Day 15: 24th Sept. Fly To UB
Transfer to the airport and fly to UB approx. 4 hrs.

Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price includes:
-English speaking Guide, all transport(UB-Ulgii-UB flights), food(3 times per day), cook, tent, camping chair, pad, packing horse and camels, all Border and National park permits.

Price excludes:
-Alcohol drinks and horse ride.

About This Supplier
Location: Mongolia
Joined InfoHub: May 2007

M16511 provides clients with the most comprehensive range of professional travel services in western Mongolia. The owner, Canat, has been working for 16 years in tour businesses and is a fluent speaker of English, Kazakh, Mongolian, and Russian. Since M16511 began offering tours in 1994, they have quickly become the...

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