Eagle Festival Mongolia Tour – September 2022

Tour Overview

The Golden Eagle Festival Mongolia takes place in three different locations in the Western Part of the country. For this specific Eagle Festival Mongolia tour, you will be a part of the Eagle Festival on 15-16th September.

To clarify:

  1. 15-16 September 2021 and 2022 – Local Golden Eagle Festival more enjoyed by the locals
  2. End of September 2021
  3. October 2021 – Main touristy Golden Eagle Festival with up to 100 tournament participants
Why a Local Golden Eagle festival?

 This Festival has up to 35-40 Kazakh Eagle Master participants and their magnificent Golden eagles. It will be organized in Altai town, home to many talented eagle hunters and Master eagle trainers.

Among the three Golden Eagle Festivals, this “Golden Eagle Hunters Festival of Altai” is the youngest but most enjoyed locally in Altai sum or town (5 000 inhabitants) in Mongolia. It is organized in collaboration with the local Eagle Hunters community and Nomadic Trails Adventure Travel company for the 5th time now in 2021.

This Golden Eagle Festival tour is perfect for travelers who enjoy a more local, smaller festival with fewer tourists. The festival itself is smaller in size than the other two festivals. On top of all the main tournaments of the Main Festival, it will also have unique, more equine games such as Horse archery, female horse rider competitions. These special tournaments are only held during this local festival.

A local Golden Eagle festival for sure will allow you a much more up-close experience and local feeling by walking in the crowds of locals than tourists with big cameras. Be a part of this colorful festival full of traditional handmade costumes of Kazakh and Mongolian tribes in the snow-capped mountainous scenery.

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Tour highlights:

Eagle Festival Mongolia tour map

Enjoy the epic scenery of Western Mongolia

Enjoy an evening with a traditional Mongolian folk concert, with talented throat singers, skilled dancers, and an enchanting contortionist.

Experience the hospitality of a local nomad family

Be a part of a local Golden Eagle Festival of the Great eagle Masters

Witness unique games such as Horse archery and female horse riders competitions.

Tour Destinations:

Ulgii town
Ulaanbaatar City
Altai Town

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Ulaanbaatar city

This day is our international arrival day. Depending on your arrival time we can visit the National history museum with priceless treasures of Mongolian history. We will also visit and explore the main square of Ulaanbaatar city called Sukhbaatar square located a short walking distance away from our hotel.

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Ulaanbaatar center, main square Sukhbaatar
Day 2
Ulgii town-Altai town
After breakfast, we transfer to the local airport and take a flight to Ulgii town (please bear in mind, flight time is only an estimate). Have lunch at a local Turkish restaurant. We visit the Ulgii town open market and the local museum. Dinner at the camp.
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Ulgii town in Western Mongolia from Airplane
Day 3
Altai town
After breakfast, we drive through the mountains and arrive at Altay town. We ride a horse to Golden Eagle Hunters and do some photo shooting with them. All-day with Golden Eagle Masters. We head to our gers in the evening. Dinner with Golden Eagle masters.

/If anyone would like to ride a car, it is possible. Horse riding is not mandatory, so simply notify your tour guide./

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Eagle Huntress with her eagle perched on her arm closeup
Day 4
Golden Eagle Festival - Day 1
After a filling breakfast, we go on a short drive to the "Golden Eagle Hunters Festival of Altai" festival site.

The competition begins with a parade of Eagle hunters in their traditional hunting outfits and accessories with their Eagles perched on their arms. The most elaborate and beautiful adornments of the hunters receive the highest marks, so the hunters are all dressed to truly impress.

The parade is closely followed by thrilling competitions. The Golden Eagles are evaluated for their speed, agility, and accuracy.

This festival that continues for 2 days, provides a unique opportunity to be close and be part of the festivity and to photograph.

We organize lunch at the festival area and dinner in Ulgii town.

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Eagle Festival Mongolia Eagle hunters with local spectators
Day 5
Golden Eagle Festival - Day 2

Today, another day with more equine games such as mounted horse archery, woman horse competitions, and of course Eagle competitions.
Afterward, there will be award-giving ceremonies. With the closing ceremony, the Golden Eagle Festival will be concluded.

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Local Golden Eagle Festival organized by Nomadic Trails- Special Woman Horse rider competition
Day 6
Ulgii town

After an early morning photo shooting with the Eagle hunters, we drive to Ulgii town. Do take some nature photographs on our way back as the mountainous scenery that we pass through is simply stunning. After lunch in the town, we have an opportunity to visit the local market.

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Nomadic Trails traveler with eagle hunters
Day 7
Ulgii town - Ulaanbaatar city

This morning we take a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. After transferring to the hotel we have a free evening with some souvenir shopping.

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Ulaanbaatar Sukhbaatar square view
Day 8
International departure

This day we transfer you to your international departure.

what's included

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Domestic local flight:

The baggage allowance for a domestic flight in Mongolia is 15kgs in total: 10kg for check-in luggage and 5kg for hand luggage. For extra luggage, you pay 3000-5000 Tugriks (local currency) per extra kilogram.

Packing tips:

At the ger camps with generators, electricity will be available for a certain amount of time and turn them off during the night. Some ger camps can be connected to the local town’s electricity, so they can also have electricity all night. In Mongolia, electrical plug types vary. Most are Type C and Type E with 2 round holes.

Ger camps do not provide toiletries. Please make sure to bring your travel toiletries. For your own comfort and usage, it is good to also bring towels. A travel towel that is compact, very absorbent, and fast-drying is the best.

For your own comfort and usage, please make sure to bring sleeping bags. However, as the local flight baggage limit is only 15kg, you can rent a sleeping bag from us. Please make sure to check with us beforehand.

Food and drink:

Water will always be provided, but personal water bottles that keep their temperature are highly recommended and requested.
Hot water can be requested from the Ger camps. Your tour guide can request them for you should you require hot water. For the duration of the trip outside Ulaanbaatar city, you will be dining at the ger camp and on a few occasions picnic lunch during stops from driving between destinations.

Eagle hunters:

For day 3 of the trip, you will have several opportunities to take photos of and with the Eagle Masters. As we will be staying right near the festival site, many Eagle hunters can also visit us for dinner as well as take photos.

On each Nomadic Trails trip, we offer our clients the best experience possible. Our guides and Eagle Masters would give you instructions on how to hold an eagle properly.

It is one of the amazing experiences working with 3-5, maybe more Eagle Hunters for photo shootings. Usually, we work 2-3 hours at most. If we think we may need more work, always available.

Photo shooting after or before the festival is available. Normally it costs by hour or daily. It will be from 15 USD per hour to 40 USD per day per Eagle Hunter.

Souvenirs and gifts:

Western Mongolia has a wide range of handicrafts or souvenirs made by Mongolians and Kazakhs. There are local souvenir shops are available in Ulgii town.
Not so much available at this specific Altai festival, so it is better to buy them in Ulgii town.

 

Tour reviews and testimonials

Bruce Miller
5/5
Private Local Golden Eagle Festival Tour
Tulga and his crew did a great job of organizing this smaller eagle festival. Much more private than the larger well know eagle festivals, this event provided greater access and contact with the eagle hunters.

Our wilderness camp was within walking distance of the festival grounds in an open valley near a small stream offering serenity with sweeping views of the valley. The Ger I stayed in was very nice and private.

Great cooking staff and food and the opportunity to meet tribal elders and be hosted and entertained by local and regional nomadic eagle hunters. Options for horseback riding and other private eagle hunter encounters.

If you are looking for a more intimate eagle festival experience, I highly recommend traveling with Nomadic Trails.

Matthew K
5/5
Custom Reindeer & Golden Eagle Festival Tour
We travelled with a large group and everything from the second we landed was perfectly organized. We had the opportunity to see the beauty of Mongolia and interact with incredible locals

thanks to Nomadic Trails. Tulga and everyone on his team were so accommodating to any of our requests and even helped us navigate our way through the local market and barter for souvenirs. Truly delicious food as well at every stop. Phenomenal all around. Thank y’all for everything! Unbelievable experience in Mongolia!

Patricia
5/5
Private Local Golden Eagle Festival Tour
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.

Rebecca
5/5
Custom Western Mongolia Tour
As a small group of 4 friends, we are very happy we hired Nomadic trails to guide us on our travels through Ulgii Provience in Western Mongolia. We spent a few days sigtseeing in both UB and Ulgii Cities and then rode horses

for 8 days through the steppe camping over night or staying with local families in their gers.
I was very impressed with the staff and the thought they put into our itinerary, and considerations for our comfort. They erected our tents for us each night so that we could relax after our days ride.

The food, even in the outback was good, the contacts that the team had with local people enriched our experiences, (especially when plans changed last minute due to unforeseen weather moving in across the mountains).

This was a most interesting trip and the knowledge of the staff made it even more enriching. I would like to return to other parts of Mongolia in future and would travel again with the team at Nomadic Trails, they are professional, fun, informative and friendly. Can highly recommend.

Ricardo D
5/5
Photography Private Golden Eagle Festival Tour
I recently returned from a 2 week photography tour (thru IP Travel Photography) in Mongolia that was organised by Nomadic Trails. I was very impressed with the organisation

of our tour where on every occasion we had comfortable, modern and clean transport waiting for us wherever we went and never did we have to wait for our meals either.

As a vegetarian, my needs were completely met on every occasion with no fuss. All of our accommodation was also very comfortable, and whilst sleeping in gers, we even had staff members light our fireplace to ensure that we slept warm during each night. Not only was the service exceptional, but it was also incredibly friendly where we were always greeted with a smile and warmth. Our tour guide Tulga was very entertaining and extremely knowledgeable.

I would personally book a tour with Nomadic Trails again in a heartbeat!

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