Golden Eagle Festival Mongolia Photo Tour 2023

8 days from $2540 Next Departure Date Sep.26th 2023

This Mongolian Photographic Expedition to the Golden Eagle Festival is dedicated to photographers, who need more private sessions for capturing unique images of Golden Eagles, Eagle hunters, and their real life. The Eagle Festival is held during the first weekend in October. Before the festival, we will capture snow-capped Altai Mountains of Mongolia, magnificent lake Tolbo and ethnic diversity. 

Highlights

 - Take portraits of Kazakh Eagle Hunters
 - Golden Eagle Festival and hunter eagles, traditions, culture, and competitions
 - Experience of staying in the traditional dwelling of Kazakh family

Key Info

Physical level: Easy Physical level: Easy
Photography & Filming Photography & Filming

Tour Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1.

Arrival in ULaanbaatar

(26 Sep) 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

(27 Sep) Take a flight to Khovd. Meet your driver at the local airport.Take a short sightseeing in the town is optional. Have dinner and stay in local hotel. (B/L/D) 

in the hotel

Day 3.

Eagle hunter family and Tolbo lake

(28 Sep) Heading to the Tolbo lake, before reaching at the Tolbo lake visit eagle hunter family to experience and capture their lifestyle.Then arrive at Tolbo lake for photography session. In the late afternoon drive to Ulgii town have dinner. Stay overnight in local hotel or tourist ger camp. (B/L/D)

in the camp

Day 4.

Photography in Sagsai village

(29 Sep) Drive 35 km on earth road to the Sagsai where the most eagle hunters live. Visit host family near the mountains and have photographic sessions. Return to Ulgii. Stay overnight in local hotel or tourist ger camp. (B/L/D)

in the camp

Days 5-6.

The Golden Eagle Festival days

(30 Sep-01 Oct) The Golden Eagle Festival starts with its parades and competitions for costuming and hunting techniques. 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)

mongolia eagle hunting festival photo tour

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golden eagle festival photo tour

in the camp

Day 7.

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

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

in the hotel

Day 8.

Departure Day

(03 Oct) Transfer to the airport for the departure. (B)

Prices & Inclusions

Prices & Inclusions
Group size Price/Per person
2 PAX 2940$
3-5 pax 2750$
6-8 PAX 2540$

Includes

Accommodation: Hotel****, local hotel or ger camp
Photography guiding and interpreting service
Private photographic sessions
Full board meals
Transport: 4x4 vehicle
Domestic round-trip flights
Festival tax
Museums and cultural performance

Not Includes

International airfare 
Personal equipment
Optional activity cost 
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement 
Alcoholic drinks 
Travel Insurance
Tip for a tour guide, driver, eagle hunter etc

Map & Destinations

Map & Destinations
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