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Eagle Festial Tour

Overview
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Khazahk nation's Golden eagle hunting is one of the oldest ways of food hunting. Our ancestors in Eurasian steppes mastered eagle hunting several thousand years ago, in the Andronov age. A proof of this fact is Bronze Age petroglyphs. Hunting with birds and hounds has always been considered an art. The actual course of hunting, graceful movements of animals, emotions and passions of the hunters made it a festival. A steppe hunter derived great pleasure from the tandem of a dog and a hunting bird.

Eagle hunting was mainly practiced only in the western regions of Mongolia. Each bird was intended to hunt a particular type of animals. Apart from foxes, golden eagles usually catch corsacs and hares. Strong, rapacious, well-trained eagles proved good for hunting hoofed animals and even wolves. Hawks are used for geese and bustards. Sparrow-hawks are as a rule used for hunting hares while goshawks are used for quails. Falcons and marlins proved to be excellent for hunting smaller birds. In the past, hunting birds were extremely expensive: a good golden eagle could cost 5-6 camels and a falcon cost 1-2 camels.

Eagle hunting season starts with first night frosts and continues from November through February. This schedule was set in olden days because furry animals have the best fur in winter. Falcon and Merlin hunting starts in late September when birds are preparing for migration and lasts until the first snow falls.

As a result of several centuries of selection, people of the region developed a special breed of hounds. Its distinguishing features are an outstanding ability to chase a prey, sharp-sightedness, and speed. Mostly, tazy are used to hunt hares, badgers, marmots, foxes and wolves without guns. Tazy are beautiful, graceful and elegant dogs with a sense of dignity. Tazy can be translated as "clean". Kazakhs of the past maintained a special treatment for these dogs: tazy was designated a special place in a yurt covered with a warm soft cloth and a special felt sack was taken for each hunting to keep the dog warm during hunting. As a legend talks, an excellent tazy was accepted as bride-money estimated at 47 horses.

Hunting with Golden Eagle is one of the most unique features of the Kazakh life. The hunter is named kusbegi or berkutchi. The experience of wild birds training was gained by Kazakh kusbegi by centuries, the secrets were impacted from the father to the son and kept deep secret. At the present time we can meet few people with such name. These masters have innate gift of wild birds training. For hunting they tame falcons, golden eagles and eagles. Names of birds are given depending on their appearance and battle characteristics. The hunting with Golden Eagle are during ten centuries.

Highlights:  - Witness with thousand year old ancient tradition 
- 4 days in west part of Mongolia

Length: 4 days
Area: West Mongolia
Type: Group Scheduled Tours
Date: 29 Sep - 02 Oct 2017  
Difficulty: easier - moderate (No experience necessary. Trips suitable for most ages and abilities)
Distance: driving: 200 km
Group size: min 4pax - max 12pax
Personal Departure: this tour is not possible for personal departure.

By days:  29 Sep. Fly to Ulgii town
30 Sep. Eagle Festival 

01 Oct. Eagle Festival
02 Oct. Fly back to Ulaanbaatar 
Prices

1300 USD for 1pax
1200 USD p.p for 2pax
Single supplement: 160 usd
Included: 1 night in the local hotel, 1 night in the eagle hunter family, food service, land transportation, English speaking guide service, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs, sleeping bag, mineral water, RT domestic flight
Not included: gratuities for staffs, personal expenses (extra some drinks, souvenir buying, locals concerts etc), travel insurance

Child policy: 0 - 3 years old baby free of charge
                       4 - 12 years old child 30% discount (counted as 1pax)
Group policy: Up from 6pax please see our Group Service. Get better rate. 
Discount policy: We always try to lower the our service prices by looking better solution for our customers. Here is several Discount Policy you can save until 10% that we can do on our best for our customers.

Detailed Itinerary

29 Sep. Fly to Ulgii town. Visit to eagle hunter family.

In the morning, we will pick you up from your accommodation and transfer to the airport. After you landed in Ulgii, our local guide and driver will pick you up and drive to the eagle hunter family. We would drive through beautiful mountainous area via beautiful valleys to the destination. We would have some stops to get pictures of beautiful landscape pictures and the nature. After the lunch, we would visit eagle hunter's family where you would have chance to get in to the nomadic culture and would have deep knowledge of hunting with eagles. Overnight in the eagle hunter family.

a man holding an eagle for the pictures

kazakh man with his golden trained eagle

30 Sep. Eagle Festival.

Today you will enjoy full day in the event. You will see trained eagles' competition and other interesting activities of the nomads people. Today, opening ceremony and introduction will be started from 10.00 AM and told narration about eagle hunting tradition and history. Then traditional dress show will be held  on the scene and Kazakh hunters display their home made traditional outfits. Then camel race and western Mongolian archery competition will be held. Lunch time. After lunch time, the show will continued by Eagle Call competition that tests hunter’s ability to ‘call’ Eagle to their horse from a distance. Overnight in the local hotel. 

the main competition is catching fox 

a kazakh man is riding his horse while he holding his eagle in the right arm 

eagle is brave animal 

01 Oct. Eagle Festival

After breakfast, you will see Kazakh people's some tradition games with horses. These are: Bushkashi - Tug of war played on horseback with goat skin, common throughout Central Asia Kyz Kuar - A race between a man and woman on horseback Tiyn Teru - Riders compete to pick up coins from the ground during the race. Also, simple horse race Lunch time. After lunch time, next event will be emerged on the scene. It is competition for fox skin. It is the real test of a hunter’s ability, Eagles must catch a fox skin dragged behind their trainer’s horse. Then we will have break time. Feast dinner and awards ceremony. Overnight in the local hotel. 

nice looking eagle hunter with his golden eagle

group of eagle hunters

burkitshi eagle hunter

02 Oct. Back to Ulaanbaatar. 

After breakfast time, we will transfer you to the local airfield. After you landed in Ulaanbaatar, we will transfer you to your accommodation and end the trip.

Booking

Our Booking is easy & complete in below 4 steps. 

Step1:  Please carefully read our Contract Of Group Scheduled Tours. Cancellation & other condition will be follow this contract. 
Step2:  Send us your Booking Form (Only one of the group member's Booking Form is fine. No need to send us all member's booking forms) 
Step3:  You will be received an Voucher & Invoice from us via email. 
Step4: Select payment method and pay the Payment.
Information
  • Above prices are changeable by changing components (kind of services) of the itinerary.
  • This is a private tour and you or your travel buddies will be in the tour.
  • Domestic flight companies accept only 10kg-15kg lugguge incuding your carry on bags too for free transfer.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in correct pick up location at correct time as stated on your booking form.
  • No smoking in travel vehicles or aircraft. 

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