Tour Mongolia and join us for an unforgettable journey to the Golden Eagle Festival in Bayan-Ulgii Province, located in the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia. Each year Kazakh hunters from near and far attend the festival with their Golden Eagles, known as Berkut, to enter them into competitions testing speed, agility, and accuracy. Ceremonies, dance performances, a parade in the provincial capital’s city square, and a Kazakh play are held in honor of the hunters and their eagles. The Golden Eagle Festival is a highlight of any traveler’s visit to Mongolia.
This annual Mongolian festival, which celebrates the golden eagle as well as the hunters’ traditional culture, is arranged by the local Kazakh community and members of the Berkut Association, a community-based conservation organization. Historically, nomadic Kazakhs have depended on golden eagles for hunting; both the Berkut Association and the Golden Eagle Festival were established by Nomadic Expeditions’s Founder and CEO Jalsa Urubshurow in 1999 to preserve this proud tradition and protect the golden eagle. All proceeds from the festival’s ticket sales ($30 per person for two days of competitions) will benefit the Berkut Association, which will use these funds to further the organization’s goals, including arranging the annual festival. This expedition into the rugged Altai Mountains also includes opportunities to visit a local mosque, town market, provincial museum, and archaeological site.
Day 1-2 Ulaanbaatar
Begin touring Mongolia by exploring Ulaanbaatar at the Zaisan Memorial, located on a hill overlooking the city. Visit the Gandan Monastery, the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum, and National History Museum the following day.
Day 3 Hustain Nuruu National Park
Visit Hustain Nuruu National Park, home to the last remaining species of wild horse, the takhi – commonly known as Przewalski’s horse.
Days 4-5 Fly to Bayan Ulgii | Golden Eagle Festival
Enjoy the festivities and competition of the Golden Eagle Festival.
Day 6 Hatuugun Mountain
Visit the Hatuugyn Mountain archeological site. Originally discovered by Mongolian scientists in 1996, this valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks shelters one of the best collections of petroglyphs in the Altai Mountains.
Day 7 Return to Ulaanbaatar
Return by flight to Ulaanbaatar. In the afternoon, visit the Bogd Gegen Palace, home of Mongolia’s last theocrat.
Day 8 Departure
Trip Dates & Pricing
Dates:Oct 3, 2018 - Oct 10, 2018
$5,295 per person/double occupancy
$580 per person