Golden Eagle Festival (5 Days / 4 Nights)
Join us for the 9th annual Golden Eagle Festival in Mongolia's beautiful Bayan-Olgii Province. Last year, over 40 Kazakhs participated with their specially trained Golden Eagles. Spectacular events include competitions based on speed, agility, and accuracy of these magnificent Golden Eagles and some great Kazakh traditional games such as Kokbar, archery and traditional horse racing etc are also organized on the festival days. This fantastic festival celebrating the Kazakhs' honored Golden Eagle is also a celebration of Kazakh traditional heritage. In order to maintain the event as a festival for the Kazakhs themselves, attendance is limited. The highlight of thhis fantastic trip is interacting with the Kazakhs and other ethnic groups and living with them for a couple of days to take part in the eagle training and get to know about the unique Kazakh culture.
Day 1: Ulaanbaatar
Friday, February 22, 2019 - Saturday, February 23, 2019
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to hotel. Visit the Museum of Mongolian National History and the Sukhbaatar Square. Traditional Folk Concert in the evening. Dinner and hotel overnight.
Day 2: Ulaanbaatar - Ongi
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019
We take the flight to Olgii, the center of Bayan-Olgii province. Visit the city museum and the mosque. Transfer to an Eagle hunters and see their lifestyle. Take part in the eagle training for the festival and hunting. Overnight at the Kazak ger.
Day 3: Ongi
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - Monday, February 25, 2019
On these 2 days we will witness the fantastic Eagle festival. Competitions begin with each Kazakh displaying his hunting outfit and accessories. The most elaborate and beautiful adornments receive the highest marks. Later, the Golden Eagles are evaluated for their speed and agility. Interesting kazak traditional games such as Kokbar, Kazak archery etc will also takes place. Meals and overnight at the tourist ger camp.
Day 4: Ongi - Ulaanbaatar
Monday, February 25, 2019 - Tuesday, February 26, 2019
After breakfast we take the flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Visit the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khaans Palace Museum and the Buddha Park. Farewell dinner. Hotel overnight.
Day 5: Ulaanbaatar
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Transfer to the airport after breakfast.