Golden Eagle Festival 2024West Mongolia- It is rich for its wild animals and birds, which are usually not seen outside the aimag. Kazakh lifestyle and habits are differed from Mongolian due to different reasons. Most of the population is Muslim. By traveling to Bayan-Ulgii you will not only experience a wonderful sightseeing, but you will visit a Kazakh family as well.
OVERVIEWThe Eagle Festival, a traditional Kazakh festival, is organized not very far from the capital. During the festival Kazakh men all dressed up their traditional clothes introduce festival goers to their culture of eagle hunting and organize an interesting game of money bag grabbing.
Destination: Western Mongolia 1 WEEK
OCT4th –Fly to Olgii , upon arrival day capital of Mongolia’s westernmost province, region mostly inhabited by Kazakh nomads (90%) also Kirgiz, Tuvanian and Mongols. We don’t waste time here, board a jeep and drive into the countryside toward the Altai Mountains. Spend first night in Kazak family. Explore the local culture.
OCT 5th and 6th- For two unforgettable days, experience the colorful parades and thrilling competitions. Attend the official opening and awards ceremonies, the celebration dinner in the Kazakh family.
OCT 7th – After Breakfast we will proceed along the huge Siylhemiyn Nuruu ( Natural Historic Monument) where you have the opportunity to meet several nomads. Late afternoon you will cross the Khar Salaa and Tsagaan Salaa separated from a high pyramidal rock. In this Area you can admire thousands of petroglyphs ancient evidence left by nomads living in this area million years ago. Yes you are in Altai Tavan bogd National Park. Spend night in Kazak ger.
OCT 8-9th – Spend the morning in nearby mountain valleys, riding on horseback alongside the hunters through scenic landscape .Visit an eagle hunter’s family and attend Kazakh music and dance performance. Then drive back to Ulgii town for festival, Overnight in: local Kazakh family.
Location: 24th Golden Eagle Festival in Bayan-Ulgii town, Sayat Tolgoi village
10.00 - 11.00 Opening Ceremony / at Sayat Tolgoi /, registration , mandated to provide
10.00 -12.00 The Best Eagle-Man costume, the best Horse Equipment selection
12.00 -13.00 Horse racing
13.00 -14.00 Break time
14.00 -17.00 Select best introduced Eagle and best trained eagle
17.00 -18.00 Camel racing, money grab contest
14.00 -17.00 Uriankhai Archery contest
20.00 -21.00 Theatre’s concert
10.00 -13.00 continue select best introduced Eagle and best trained eagle, camel racing and horse racing
13.00 -14.00 Break time
14.00 -16.00 Camel racing / continue / Kiz kuar contest , bottles dispute match /Kukbar/, khazakh play
17.00 – Closing Activities
OCT 10th - Fly back to UBN, Return to Ulaanbaatar the following day ,We will pick you up from the airport,
Below are the answers to some of the questions we get asked the most often, please have a look if your questions are already there, if not feel free to email us to [email protected]; r[email protected]
1. When is the best time to come to Mongolia?
May to September is the best season, with the high season in July for the Naadam Festival. August and September are also suitable months of the year, our climate is such that you will still have many sunny days at this time.
2. Is Mongolia a safe destination?
Mongolia has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and people are known for their nomadic hospitality and kindness and they will make you feel very welcome. But when you are in the street in Ulaanbaatar city, you have to watch your bag and wallet unless there are many pickpockets around.
3. What should I bring with me?
Warm and thin layers of clothing, waterproof jacket, good walking boots, sandals and a hat and/or headscarf to protect you from the sun and winds. Don’t forget insect repellent, sun cream, lip-gloss and first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you ) and camera equipment.