15-16 September 2020 (Actual date for Golden Eagle Festival) Also known as “Nomadic Games” in Altai town.

This post explains about Golden Eagle Festival in western Mongolia. All about Festival, games, competitions, daily program.

There are 3 different Golden Eagle Festivals in Mongolia

1. 15-16 September 2020 – “Nomadic Games 2020”- Golden Eagle Festival in Altai town. We are right on it.

2. 19-20 September 2020- “Tolbo Lake”  Golden Eagle Festival

3. 3-4 Oct 2020- Main Golden Eagle Festival in Ulgii town

Among those three Golden Eagle Festivals, this “Nomadic Games” festival is the youngest and enjoyed by locally in Altai town, Mongolia. It will be 4th times, which organized by Nomadic Trails company with collaboration of local Eagle Hunters community, making it as an annual celebration for the future.

This “Nomadic Games” festival is smaller size than others, by number of participants of Golden Eagle Hunters, about 35-40 of them will take a part of it. Also,  more activities such as horse archery and other games. We are pretty sure, this festival would allow you much more local feeling by walking in the local crowds than a tourists with big cameras.

It is a very good recommendation for those adventure travellers, photographers, bloggers, video reporters. because of it’s size, small number of tourists visiting here.

Where is this Golden Eagle Festival?

You will have 3.5 hour flight from Ulaanbaatar city to Ulgii town, where the Golden Eagle Festival takes place in western Mongolia.  There are more Kazakh people than Khalkh Mongolians in this town and they have their unique culture. Ulgii town has about 30 thousands inhabitants and also capital of province Bayan-Ulgii.

Bank ATM-s, supermarkets, restaurants, bazaar (open trading market) local museum, shops- you could buy handmade artificial are available. The Ulgii town is located bit higher altitude which is 1710 m above sea level (Ulaanbaatar city is located 1530 m above sea level).

Then we drive out to Altai for 3 hours into Altai mountains.

What we see and experience at the festival?

Golden Eagle Festival takes 2 full days including competitions of:

* Golden Eagle Competition – with bait

* Golden Eagle  Competition  – landing on master’s arm while he is galloping horse

* Horse race -It is not a big race, only 10-20 horses will be in the race.

* Camel race– Again, it is rather small, 5-10 camels race in a short distance

* Archery– Pride Mongolians take this part of festival

* Tenge Ilu – equestrian competition of snatching coin from ground

* Kiz- Kuar– another equestrian competition of girl catches a man on the horse and whip the      man, embarrassed by being kissed

* Kuk- Bar– whole goat skin grabbing competition. Another equestrian competition, that each teams try to snatch goat skin and has to deliver it to designated area, or similar to rugby but with horse riding.


  1.  Golden Eagle Competition: The competition begins with parade by eagle hunters with their hunting outfits and accessories. The most elaborate and beautiful adornments receive the highest marks. It’s followed by thrilling competitions. The Golden Eagles are evaluated for their speed, agility and accuracy.
  2. Calling eagle and landing on dragged bait
Golden Eagle Festival


4.Tenge Ilu – equestrian competition of snatching coin from ground

5. Kiz- Kuar- another equestrian competition of girl catches a man on the horse and whip the man, embarrassed by being kissed

6. Kuk- Bar:  Tug of War- whole goat skin competition. Another equestrian competition, that each horseman picks up goat skin and other horseman try to grab it from him. Whoever gets the skin at the end wins

7. Horse Archery

There is another authentic equine game takes a place in Altay town, Horse Archery. It seems more young people love this amazing competition.


Can we take a real pictures of Golden Eagle Hunters?

Old Eagle Hunter

Altay Golden Eagle Masters 2019Yes, Nomadic Trails staff are well trained and have been working with Golden Eagle masters for numerous years. Arranging good photo setting, choosing right people, visiting exact spot for photo or videoing are part of our precise long time experience.  I would say we have special connection with these Golden Eagle Masters. We also support local community and help local herdsman over the years.Zamanbul Golden Eagle Huntress

Eagle Master by Tulga

Eagle Master by Tulga

Aynur Golden Eagle huntressDalaihaan Eagle Master

Golden Eagle Master is flying Golden Eagle from top of hill- movie

Brief Itinerary

Day1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Day2. Fly to Ulgii

Day3. Golden eagle Festival

Day4. Golden Eagle Festival

Day5. Visit to local Golden Eagle Hunter family

Day6. Ulaanbaatar city /Terelj National Park/Chinggis khan statue

Day7.   Departure

Price per person

Starting from 1800 USD

Festival Program

15 Sep                                                                             16 Sep

08:30-09:30 Horse Race                                                                10:00 Golden eagle competitions

10:00 Opening ceremony                                                               12:00  Horseback Archery

11:00 Golden eagle competitions                                                  13:00 Lunch

13:00 Lunch                                                                                      14:00  Kuk Bar

14:00 Golden Eagle Competitions                                               14:30 Horse Arcehry

16:00 Kiz Kuar                                                                                15:30  Award giving ceremony

Why choose us?

We are organizing private Golden Eagle festival 3rd year in a row after guiding tourists to the Golden Eagle Festival for 10 years. In our festival you will have more freedom to take pictures, observe and participate with the eagle hunters.


Book your Golden Eagle Festival Tour with Tulga, tour leader

Tulga Mongolian Tour Leader

Chingeltei District 1 Khoroo Peace Avenue, Express Tower #701
Ulaanbaatar 44 P.O. Box 793 Mongolia

Whatsapp: +976 9904 0894