Golden Eagle Festival and Altai Mountain 2022 Tour

11 days from $2540 Next Departure Date Sep.25th 2021

Traveling through Mongol Altai mountains - the country’s largest and highest mountain range with glacier topped peaks over 3000 meters, crystal clear mountain rivers, and glistening streams were to inhabit the world’s largest wild sheep - argali, ibex, snow leopard, wolves, eagles, and many other bird species. Then heading to Ulgii town, enjoy Golden Eagle Festival, experience ancient eagle hunting tradition and Kazakh culture.      

The name Altai Tavan Bogd (Five Holy Peaks of  Altai) was given to a  cluster of 5 dramatic peaks that tower this extensive Mongol Altai mountain range. The climate is extreme with very little vegetation, giving the surrounding landscape a barren appearance. Trekking session leads us to the holy 5 peaks where the highest is Khuiten peak at 4374m. We trek through the snowy mountains, cross the longest glaciers of the country.
The official opening ceremony begins with a parade of the hunters on horseback with their eagles. The most elaborate clothing and accessories are rewarded with the highest points. Later in the day, the eagles are judged for their speed and agility. The second day of the competition is packed with action-eagles fly from the cliff’s edge to chase bait dragged by their human hunting partners, and the men demonstrate their courage in an ancient test of horsemanship.

Highlights

  •  Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
  •  3 days horse riding
  •  Relax at the beautiful lakes
  •  Eagle hunting family
  •  Golden Eagle Festival

Key Info

Physical level: Advanced Physical level: Advanced
Horse & Camel Riding Horse & Camel Riding

Tour Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1.

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Transfer to the hotel. Unpack and rest in the hotel. Short city tour with Gandan Monastery, the National Museum of Mongolia, which represents Mongolian Culture starting from Stone Age to the 21st century and Buddhism, and Sukhbaatar Square (also known as Chingis Khaan Square). In Gandan you can take local prayers, monks, the biggest standing indoor Buddha statue and temples own figure. Prepare for the trip. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 2.

Fly to Western Mongolia

Take a flight to Ulgii - the central town of Bayan-Ulgii province where 90% of the population is Kazakhs who have their own language and unique culture. Kazakhs are famous for their Eagle hunting game tradition. Meet our vehicle and the local team. Visit the local museum to know more about Bayan-Ulgii province and its majority ethnic group - Kazakhs. Drive to Sagsay River to meet eagle hunter's family. In the evening, we come back to Ulgii town to stay overnight in a local hotel or ger camp (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 3.

Arrive at Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain

Today we head to Altai MountaiWe are entering Altai high mountain area and arrive at Shiveet Khairkhan mountain- the closest place to the Altai peaks reachable by car. We are traveling at the altitude of 2500-3000 m. We will visit a local Kazakh family to explore their lives as well as rent horses for our further trip. Here you can meet the local people and take portraits and the daily life of Kazakhs. They have a bigger Ger dwelling than the Khalkha majority group and they are characteristic. Prepare our luggage for the next 3 day-trekking trips to Altai peaks. (B/L/D)

in the tent

Day 4.

Altai Tavan Bogd Peak

Leave our vehicle and load our luggage to the horses and trek toward the Altai Tavan Bogd peaks of 4100-4374m. You can take photos of a horse or camel caravan which suites the Western Mongolian landscape, rocky and show-capped mountains. Arrive at the foot of the high peaks. (B/L/D)

in the tent 3-4 hours

Day 5.

Potanin Glacier and Mount Altai Tavan Bogd

Start our trekking towards Potanin Glacier and Mount Altai Tavan Bogd. The Tavan Bogd (means Holy Five Peaks) highest peaks in Mongolia - Khuiten Uul- 4374m, Peak Malchin, Peak Naran, Peak Burged, and Peak Olgii. Meaning the 5 Kings it comprises of five neighboring peaks. While trekking we will cross glaciers that connect those five peaks. You will capture all those 5 peaks including the Potanin glacier. Arrive at the base camp to spend an overnight. (B/L/D)

in the tent 4-5 hours

Day 6.

Arrive at Tsagaan Gol - White River

Head to Tsagaan Gol to change our horses or relax if you trek. Tsagaan Gol, or White river, owes its color to glacial milk, the suspended powder of rock eroded by the high glaciers. Here you have a chance to photograph both landscape and people. Tent near nomad family. Talking with nomads and sharing our experiences. (B/L/D)

in the tent 3 hours

Day 7.

Back to Ulgii town

Drive back to Ulgii town for the Golden Eagle Festival. On the way, we will take plenty of Landscape photos and families. During this time most of the Kazakh people moved to the winter house. Arrive in Ulgii and stay overnight at a local hotel or ger camp. (B/L/D)

photo expedition to golden eagle festival and mongol altai mountains

in the hotel

Day 8-9.

The Golden Eagle Festival

The Golden Eagle Festival starts with its parades and competitions for costuming and hunting techniques. This festival has been celebrated since 2000 and now attracts many travelers. Each year the number of eagle hunters participating in the festival is increasing which makes the festival more colorful and spectacular. Eagles chase fox skins dragged by their owners on horseback. Points are given for their speed and gripping ability. In 2 days you will capture plenty of portraits and competition photos, names Kokbar, Kizkhuar, etc. Festival winners are announced at the closing ceremony. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 10.

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

Take a flight back to Ulaanbaatar and relax at the hotel. Option to go shopping for souvenirs and cashmere products. Farewell dinner together. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 11.

Departure Day

Transfer to Chinggis Khaan International Airport or Train station and depart Mongolia. (B)

Prices & Inclusions

Prices & Inclusions
Group size Price/Per person
2 PAX 2990$
3-4 pax 2790$
5-8 PAX 2640$
9-12 PAX 2540$

Includes

Accommodation: Hotel****, local hotel or ger camp, tented camping
Guiding and interpreting service
Full board meals
Transport: 4x4 vehicle or minivan
Domestic round-trip flights (UB-Ulgii-UB)
Festival tax
Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks
Museums and cultural performance
Camping equipment
Horseback riding /optional/

Not Includes

International airfare 
Personal equipment
Optional activity cost 
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement 
Alcoholic drinks 
Travel Insurance
The extra cost for photography in museums
Tip for a tour guide, driver, etc

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