Every year, just as the winter hunting season is getting underway, golden eagle hunters gather from all over Bayan-Ulgii province in western Mongolia to celebrate their fascinating tradition. Witness the art of hunting with eagles as the hunters test their skill with their eagles against all comers on the Golden Eagle Festival tour Mongolia!
This festival gathered more spectators and participants as the years’ pass. To not overcrowd at one festival, as well as celebrate their tradition with a more local setting the hunters and travelers now have three different festivals they can participate in.
The Golden Eagle Festival 2022 will be organized in three separate locations at three different times. Specifically:
- Local Golden Eagle Festival in Altai village /15-16 September 2022/
- Golden Eagle Festival on the bank of Tolbo Lake /18-19 of September 2022/
- Main Golden Eagle Festival in Ulgii town /2-3 October 2022/
Main Golden Eagle Festival tour
For this specific tour, you will be a part of the October Golden Eagle Festival Mongolia 2022 with up to 100 Kazakh participants and their magnificent golden eagles.
During this 6-day 5-night Golden Eagle Festival tour you will witness tournaments that test not only the bird’s mettle and the hunter’s skill but also the bond between hunter and bird.
Hunting with eagles has been a traditional practice in Central Asia for thousands of years. However, this practice of hunting with an eagle is on the verge of extinction around the world. But in Kazakh culture in Mongolia, this tradition is still alive and well kept.
Behold the sight of majestic Kazakhs on horseback, dressed in their traditional dark coats and scarlet hats, with Golden Eagles hovering on their arms. You also get to enjoy the rare opportunity to view the Golden Eagles close up and can even have one to perch upon your arm. Also, enjoy Nomadic food culture in West Mongolia!
During this Golden Eagle Festival tour, there will be many opportunities to buy both Kazakh and Mongolian souvenirs, both at the festival area and Ulgii town.
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