Golden Eagle Festival Daliahan

GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL 2020 TOUR

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Against all comers it is live tradition- Golden Eagle Festival. Just as the winter hinting season is getting underway, golden eagle hunters

Welcome to “Golden Eagle Festival Tour”! It is main festival for both Eagle hunters and visitors.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Family, Festival, Ger Camping, Guided Tours
    • Activity Level Leisurely
    • Group Size Medium Group
      up to 12
    All about the GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL 2020 TOUR.

    Golden Eagle Festival – one of the must see things in Mongolia

    In every year, just as the winter hunting season is getting underway, golden eagle hunters gather from all over Bayan-Ulgii province (western Mongolia) to celebrate the fascinating tradition and to pit their Golden Eagles against all comers it is live tradition- Golden Eagle Festival.

    Eagle hunting has been practiced in Central Asia for a thousands of years. Like traditional practices elsewhere in the world, hunting with eagle is on the verge of extinction, but Kazakh culture, in Mongolia the tradition is alive and well kept.

    There are 3 different Golden Eagle Festivals in Mongolia

    1. 15-16 September 2020

    2. 19-20 September 2020

    3. 3-4 Oct 2020

    Why 3 different Golden Eagle Festivals?

    Yes, there are 3 different “Golden Eagle Festivals” in Mongolia organized by 3 other communities. All of them are open for any hunters and allowing these “Golden Eagle Hunters” take a part of each festivals by depending on their availability. Generally speaking, these festivals have similar activities but only differ is the size.

    If we talking about the size of all festivals, 1 and 2 above mentioned dates are bit smaller, but more enjoyable. There will be 30-40 Golden Eagle Hunters will take this festival-competitions. Another thing is there will be less tourists in those dates (15-16 Sep and 19-20 Sep).

    Specially, “Golden Eagle Festival” on the 15-16 Sep is more locally enjoyed, not designed for tourists, or not being advertised all over the place.

    3rd festival on the 3-4 Oct is the main “Golden Eagle Festival” with heavy number of tourists with long and big lenses. There will be about 70-100 Golden Eagle Hunters for this festival and competitions.

    The competition

    The Festival tests not just the bird’s mettle and the hunter’s skill, but also the bond between hunter and bird. You will be attending the spectacular Golden Eagle Festival, with up to 100 Kazakh participants and their magnificent golden eagles.

    Dressed in full eagle hunting regalia and mounted on groomed decorated horses, the entrants compete for the awards of best turned out eagle and owner; best eagle at hunting prey and best eagle at locating its owner from a distance.

    Experiencing the sight of Kazakhs on horseback, dressed in their traditional dark coats and scarlet hats, with Golden Eagles hovering on their arms. Enjoy the rare opportunity to view Golden Eagles close up and allow one to perch upon your arm.

    Golden Eagle Festival

    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).

    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.

    Can we take a real pictures of Golden Eagle Hunters?

    Yes, 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.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners according to itinerary
    • All accommodation en route
    • All transportation including jeeps, taxis and coaches
    • Transfer from/to airport
    • Tour guide for entire journey
    • National Park and Museum entrance fee
    • Visiting local Eagle hunter (master) family
    • Internal flights

     

     

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    Short video of “Golden Eagle Landing”

    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Travel insurance and other emergencies
    • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
    • Single room accommodations
    • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages
    • Photography
    • Excess luggage fee
    • International flights
    • International train tickets

     

    Types of Accommodation:

    In this tour, we would be using following hotels and ger camps:

    1. Ulaanbaatar city:

    Khuvsgul Lake Hotel which located in the heart of Ulaanbaatar city, next to Chinggiss Khaan square.  http://www.khuvsgullakehotel.mn/

    Bayangol hotel, good location near to main square Chinggiss Khaan https://bayangolhotel.mn/

    2.Twin shared Ger Stay

    It is locally prepared simple, twin beds and stove placed which make ourselves comfortable in cozy in side. It is one of the unique experienced of tour.  We have one ger is dining, another ger for cooking and sleeping ger of course.

    We have long drop seated toilet outside of our ger.

    3. Terelj National Park- Proper tourist ger camp

    https://www.tereljlodge.com/  It is proper ger camp for tourist with a fixed toilet blocks, restaurants and bar, sleeping ger.

    4. Local hotel stay. 

    There are some nights we stay in local hotels, which are around 1-2 star, or similar. These hotels are simple, hot showers available.

    5. Home Stay

    One of our unique experiences, with so many happy clients who stayed with local families. We carefully select families who have more children, women who are willing to share experiences which makes our trip fantastic.

    If we stay in a ger with them, we share same space in a ger. If they moved into a small houses we use one of the rooms of them. There will be sleeping mats or beds available. We use locals outside toilet and washing facilities.

    Travel info local hotels

    Terelj Lodge

    Altay ger camp

     

    Yes, there are 3 different “Golden Eagle Festivals” in Mongolia organized by 3 other communities. All of them are open for any hunters and allowing these “Golden Eagle Hunters” take a part of each festivals by depending on their availability. Generally speaking, these festivals have similar activities but only differ is the size.

    If we talking about the size of all festivals, 1 and 2 above mentioned dates are bit smaller, but more enjoyable. There will be 50-70 Golden Eagle Hunters will take this festival-competitions. Another thing is there will be less tourists in those dates (14-15 Sep and 21-22 Sep).

    Specially, “Golden Eagle Festival” on the 21-22 Sep is more locally enjoyed, not designed for tourists, or not being advertised all over the place.

    3rd festival on the 5-6 Oct is the main “Golden Eagle Festival” with heavy number of tourists with long and big lenses. There will be about 70-100 Golden Eagle Hunters for this festival and competitions.

    The Festival tests not just the bird’s mettle and the hunter’s skill, but also the bond between hunter and bird. You will be attending the spectacular Golden Eagle Festival, with up to 100 Kazakh participants and their magnificent golden eagles.

    Dressed in full eagle hunting regalia and mounted on groomed decorated horses, the entrants compete for the awards of best turned out eagle and owner; best eagle at hunting prey and best eagle at locating its owner from a distance.

    Experiencing the sight of Kazakhs on horseback, dressed in their traditional dark coats and scarlet hats, with Golden Eagles hovering on their arms. Enjoy the rare opportunity to view Golden Eagles close up and allow one to perch upon your arm.

    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).

    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.

    Yes, 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.

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