Golden Eagle Festival in Mongolia - 6 Days

Golden Eagle Festival in Mongolia 2021 dates and locations:

In the Western Part of Mongolia, the Golden Eagle Festival 2021 will be organized in 3 different places at three different times.

To clarify, in the mid, end of September, and the beginning of October:

1. 15-16 September 2021         (Local Golden Eagle Festival in Altai village)

2. 18-19 of September 2021    (Golden Eagle Festival on the bank of  Tolbo Lake)

3. 2-3 October 2021                 (Main Golden Eagle Festival in Ulgii town)

General information:

For this specific tour, you will be a part of the October Golden Eagle Festival Mongolia 2021 with up to 100 Kazakh participants and their magnificent golden eagles.

During this 6-day 5-night 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.

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.

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.

Experience the sight of 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!

There are many opportunities of buying both Kazakh and Mongolian souvenirs in the festival area and Ulgii town.

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Tour details

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the epic scenery of Western Mongolia
  • Enjoy an evening with a traditional folk concert, with talented throat singers, skilled dancers and enchanting contortionist.
  • Exprience 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.


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 around the main square of Ulaanbaatar city called Sukhbaatar square located a short walking distance away from our hotel. An authentic folk concert is also available in the evening depending on your flight schedule.
Welcome dinner.

📍 Overnight Khuvsgul Lake Hotel

Day 2
Ulaanbaatar - Ulgii town

Check out hotel and airport check-in. We take a flight to Bayan Ulgii, the westernmost province. Lunch at a local Turkish restaurant. Arrival and transfer to a ger camp in the vicinity of Tolbo lake. Welcoming dinner with a local Eagle family. We will get to know their lifestyle and how they train their eagles. We will return to our ger camp for our Festival the next day.

📍 Overnight ger camp.

Day 3
Golden Eagle Festival - Day 1

Golden Eagle Festival starts with a parade. Full day at the Festival area bustling with activity. Lunch at the festival site. There will be several competitions this day, where the skill of the Eagle hunter and their trusted eagle are shown.

📍 Overnight ger camp.

Day 4
Golden Eagle Festival - Day 2

This beautiful morning, we visit the Festival area again as we still have half a festival to finish. This festival continues for 2 days. Lunch at the Festival site. We return to Ulgii town to visit the local open market. Dinner and overnight ger camp.

📍 Overnight ger stay.

Day 5
Ulgii - Ulaanbaatar

This day we take a local flight back to Ulaanbaatar city. Depending on our flight schedule, we will have a free evening with some souvenir shopping. Farewell dinner.

📍 Overnight Khuvsgul Lake Hotel.

Day 6
International departure

This day we transfer you to your international departure.


  • • All meals mentioned
  • • All Transports mentioned, including local flights
  • • All accommodation mentioned
  • • Trip Leader/Guides: Professional English speaking tour guide
  • • Airport transfers
  • • Staff meals, accommodation, and other expenses where applicable
  • • Entrance fees: Entry fees to museums, concerts, monasteries, national parks, and road charges for tourists, staff, and vehicles are also included
  • • Others: Company support letter to apply for Mongolian visas.


  • • Airport taxes and excess baggage charges
  • • Alcoholic beverages and sodas
  • • Inoculations and personal insurances
  • • International flights and cost of visas
  • • Optional tours and extensions
  • • Personal expenses i.e. telephone calls, laundry, email, fax, room services.
  • • Personal items and sleeping bags if camping
  • • Single room supplement and sleeping bags
  • • Tips and gratuities
  • • Video recording or photography fees at sights

Our most asked questions and answers

What is the baggage allowance for the local flight?

The baggage allowance for the local flight is 15kgs in total:
10kg for check-in luggage and 5kg for hand luggage.

How much do I have to pay for excess luggage weight?

For extra luggage, you pay 3000-5000 Tugriks (local currency) per extra kilogram.

What electrical adapter plug is used in Mongolia?

In Mongolia, electrical plug types vary. Most are Type C and Type E with 2 round holes. For this specific trip, you will be able to charge your phones in the car while we drive from one location to another or at a ger camp. For ger stays, you might not have many opportunities on charging your electronics, so please make sure to bring extra sets of batteries for your camera as well as power banks in your hand luggage.

Do we need to bring our own sleeping bags?

For this specific trip, Golden Eagle Festival Tour, you do not need to bring a sleeping bag as you will spend three days in Ulgii town in a ger camp.

Will there be an opportunity to take private photos of the Eagle Hunters and their Eagles?

As we will be staying right near the festival site, many Eagle hunters can also visit us for dinner as well as take photos with you.

Can I try holding an eagle of the Eagle hunters?

Yes. 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.

Can I buy local handcrafts in Ulgii town and Festival site?

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. All these shop owners bring their goods to the Festival sites. So, you will have a variety of choices in the area.

Do I need to pay the Eagle Hunters after I take their photos? If so, how much is advised?

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


Trip information and facts

  • 1715 USD
  • 1-12
  • 4x4 Jeep
  • Hotel and Ger camp
  • Moderate
  • October 2021
  • Autumn, /March also possible/
  • Two local flights