Golden Eagle Hunting Festival
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.
Length: 6 days
Date: 02 Oct - 07 Oct
Type: Group Scheduled Tour
Area: West Mongolia
Difficulty: easier - moderate (No experience necessary. Trips suitable for most ages and abilities)
Distance: driving: 100 km, flight 3 hours for OW
Day1. Fly to Ulgii town
Day2. Eagle Hunting Festival
Day3. Eagle Hunting Festival
Day4. Visit to eagle hunter family and experience with nomadic lifestyle
Day5. True life hunting with eagle
Day6. Fly back to UB
Day1. 02 Oct. Fly to Ulgii town.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for fly to Ulgii which is provincial center of the Bayan-Ulgii province. After your landing in the town, our guide and driver will pick you up and check-in to the local hotel. Then you will have free time until dinner time. In the dinner time, you will meet the group and then discuss next days itinerary. ( D )
Day2. 03 Oct. Eagle Hunting 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. ( B,L,D )
Day3. 04 Oct. Eagle Hunting 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. ( B,L,D )
Day4. 05 Oct. Visit to eagle hunter family and experience with nomadic lifestyle.
Today we are heading to an eagle hunter who lives in the countryside. We would drive through beautiful mountainous area via beautiful Tolbo lake to the destination. We would have some stops to get pictures of beautiful landscape pictures and the nature. We would stop at Tolbo village center and then to the eagle hunter. 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. We would have time to shoot photos of beautiful Sair mountain (13000ft) from our camp and riding camel around our campsite. ( B,L,D )
Day5. 06 Oct. True life hunting with eagle.
More exciting activities are waiting for you! After a big western style breakfast in our ger restaurant we would go for eagle hunting. It is like safari, that we would use our cars to get some mountains and on some places we would hike with the eagle hunter. Our eagle might catch fox, rabbit or other smaller animals. It is very rare that eagles catch wolf. We would drive up on the mountains while we would have chance to photograph incredible landscape photos. After the hunting we would have a bit late lunch and would drive back to Ulgii city. After the dinner we would have a small say "good bye" party this evening. ( B,L,D )
Day6. 07 Oct. Fly back to UB.
Today we will fly back to UB. After you landed in the city we will transfer you to your accommodation and finish our tour. ( B )
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1200 usd p.p
Included: accommodation, food service, coach bus transportation, English speaking guide service, mineral water, event ticket and Government charges
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