GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL 2020 | Main Festival

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The annual Golden Eagle Festival takes place before the winter hunting season against the dramatic backdrop of the towering Altai Mountains. We will discover a wealth of natural and cultural treasures that can trace their origins back millennia.

Welcome to “Golden Eagle Festival Tour”! It is main festival for both Eagle hunters and visitors. This trip can be customized for shorter either longer days. Upon your request, we will combine this trip with Gobi or Reindeer tribe or elsewhere in Mongolia.

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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 | Main Festival.

    Save up to 475 USD!

    Book this tour before 1st May for 1505 USD.

    Golden Eagle Festival takes Western Part of Mongolia in 3 different places in mid, end of September and beginning of October in Mongolia.

    1. 15-16 September 2020 in Altai town

    2. 19-20 September 2020 in Tolbo Nuur Lake

    3. 3-4 Oct 2020 in Ulgii town

    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.

    Golden Eagle Competitions- Flying Eagle
    Golden Eagle Competitions- Flying Eagle
    • 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 Hunter/ Master
    Golden Eagle Hunter/ Master
    • What we see and experience at the festival?
    • Why are there 3 different Golden Eagle Festivals?
    • Where to stay during festival?
    • Are there good eating places during Eagle Festival?
    • Can we find good souvenir places or handicrafts?
    • Daily Program for this Golden Eagle Festival? 
    • Mongolia Golden Eagle Festival
    • Golden Eagle Festival Mongolia
    • Golden Eagle Festival Tour
    • Golden Eagle Festival 2020 

    Please visit to FAQ section in the tab to find out more information, or send us e-mail to ask more questions. Thank you.

    More Read:

    1. Smaller Golden Eagle Festival in Tolbo Lake 2020

    2. Alternative Golden Eagle Festival in March 2021

    This trip can be customized for shorter either longer days. Upon your request, we will combine this trip with Gobi or Reindeer tribe or elsewhere in Mongolia.

    Contact Us

    Book your Golden Eagle Festival Tour at: info@nomadictrails.com  or, one of tour leaders, Mr.  Tulga tulga@nomadictrails.com or What’s App: +976 99040894

    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.
    Golden Eagle Festival Map
    Golden Eagle Festival Map
    • 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
    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

    Related News: Golden Eagle Hunters

    Golden Eagle Festival Parade
    Golden Eagle Festival Parade

    Daily Program for Eagle Festival

    Golden Eagle Festival Daily Program
    Golden Eagle Festival Daily Program

    Related News: “Art of hunting with Golden Eagle Hunting”

    Golden Eagle Festival -Arena
    Golden Eagle Festival -Arena

    Related News: “Golden Eagle Festival / Smaller Festival 15-16 Sep 2020”

    Golden Eagle at the competition
    Golden Eagle at the competition

    ⇒Related News: Another smaller Golden Eagle Festival in Tolbo Lake 19-20 Sep 2020

    GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL – SAGSAI

     

    Contact Us
    1. Day 1 UB

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    2. Day 2 UB-Ulgii

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    3. Day 3 Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival

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    4. Day 4 Ulgii-Golden Eagle Festival

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    5. Day 5 Ulgii- UB

       

    6. Day 6 Departure

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    Pacing

    •  There are different locations in this itineraries with western Mongolia, Terelj National Park and Ulaanbaatar city.
    •  Light trekking
    • Good walk at the festival area

    Physical Requirements

    • You must be able to walk 1.5-5 km unassisted and participate in 1-3 hours of physical activities each day.
    • You need to provide your medical and physical ability to our booking department
    • Onward travel arrangements will be at the omitted travellers expense.

    Terrain & Transportation

    • Frequent travel in 4×4 Russian or Japanese vehicles over poorly maintained and occasionally nonexistent country roads. There may be no seat belts or simple lap belts
    • During transfers, western style toilet facilities may not be available; however, drivers will make every effort to find suitable rest area stops
    • City travel by air-conditioned vehicle
    • Country travel in Russian or Japanese vans (without air conditioning)
    • 2 internal flights of approx. 3 hours each flight, with luggage restrictions (15kg including hand luggage).

    Flight Information

    Many of our tours run without changes but please be advised that due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances domestic internal flights may not always run to schedule or on time. Your trip leader will keep you informed of any schedule changes as they happen.

    Accommodation & Facilities
    Even there aren’t many option in Western Mongolia for better hotel we put effort into locating the most appropriate type of accommodation. It will be clean, comfortable, of a high standard and conveniently located where possible. If you would like accommodation for additional nights, we will be happy to arrange this as well. In most of the hotels you may be required to deposit your passport at reception. This is a perfectly normal practice and nothing to be concerned about. Be sure to retrieve it when checking out.

    Hotels in Ulaanbaatar are standard basic, but in many locales, we stay in traditional ger tents, with bath facilities that may or may not be western style as well as shared facilities.

    Occasionally we may stay in a camp where the facilities are in the main lodge.

    There may be some camping where there are no facilities.

    Food and Drinks

    However, there aren’t many choices of restaurants and cafes In provincial capital Ulgii, Western Mongolia, “Pamukale”- Turkish, “Arvin”, local restaurants are  recommended. Both restaurants run cafes in their 2 floor for morning breakfasts.

    We have excellent cooks who makes a fantastic meals including vegetarian.
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    Accomodation

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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.

    1. 15-16 September 2020 in Altai town

    2. 19-20 September 2020 in Tolbo Nuur Lake

    3. 3-4 Oct 2020 in Ulgii town

    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 (15-16 Sep and 19-20 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 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.

    Book your Golden Eagle Festival Tour at info@nomadictrails.com

    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.

    Book your Golden Eagle Festival Tour at info@nomadictrails.com

    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).

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    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.

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    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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    Book your Golden Eagle Festival Tour at info@nomadictrails.com

     

    However there are a few good souvenir shops are available in Ulgii town, best place to do purchase is at the festival area. There will not be huge bargain for any item.

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    However, there aren’t many choices of restaurants and cafes In provincial capital Ulgii, Western Mongolia, “Pamukale”- Turkish, “Arvin”, local restaurants are  recommended. Both restaurants run cafes in their 2 floor for morning breakfasts.

    Barbeque places  found at festival area. Some offer good coffee in a smaller tent.

    Book your Golden Eagle Festival Tour at info@nomadictrails.com

    Overall Rating
    5/5
    Viktoria Varga
    Reviewed On 09/10/2019
    5/5

    We had a wonderful trip in Mongolia organized by Nomadic Trails. I highly recommend them to anyone considering coming to this wonderful country. Tulga, our tour guide is very knowledgeable and helpful, his driving skills also worth a praise and believe me, on these roads, it is a big advantage for someone like me with a motion sickness. They provided a cook for us, who exceeded all of our expectations. If you want a truly amazing experience just go with them!

    Marc_Naidoo
    Reviewed On 09/09/2019
    5/5

    When we arrived we were fetched without any hassle and were pleasantly surprised that the car we were in was a Land Cruiser, which proved to be very comfortable. On the first evening Termuulen told us that the route we had wanted to go on was washed away by unexpected rain, but said we could still go if we really wanted to. We really appreciated that as my friend had singled out one of the attractions on that route as the reason for the trip.

    Gabriella85travel
    Reviewed On 09/08/2019
    5/5

    Absolutely the Best Tour Guide ever in Mongolia! I have done my first trip in this beautiful country with them and everything was perfect! It was not just a trip but a real intense experience of this amazing place! I want to thanks all of the Nomadic Trails Staff for the amazing experience! Thanks thanks thanks! Nomadic Trails is the best to travel in Mongolia!

    PatriciaK1399
    Reviewed On 09/08/2019
    5/5

    Thanks to Tulga and his team we had a wonderful trip, met some amazing people along the way and saw the beauty of Mongolia in all of its glory. Our entire trip was well organised and our needs catered for. I highly recommend Nomadic Trails to anyone who wishes to discover Mongolia.

    Sally Battler
    Reviewed On 09/07/2019
    5/5

    This is who we travelled with in Mongolia. Absolutely amazing!

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