8 Days from$1854 p/p in USD
Guided, Small Group
Camping, Mid Range
Hunting with eagles is very much an ancient tradition of the Central Asian nomadic tribes and still kept alive in Western Mongolia. Mongolian Kazakhs train eagles for hunting while some well trained and skilled eagles are believed to be capable of catching wolves. Nowadays, eagle hunters live in the spectacular Altai Mountain ranges, which rise to 4,374m above sea level. Like other Mongols, they are nomadic and spend the summer alongside the beautiful mountain lakes across the range. Visit Hustai National Park where you can see Przewalski’s horse, red deer, Mongolian gazelle and other wild species. Throughout the journey, you will come across prehistoric rock engravings dating back 12,000 years and the ancient Turkish stone men ‘balbal,’ which witness the passing of Mongolia’s rich history.
Safari types:Cultural Safari, Guided Safari, Photo Safari
You will visit:Ulaanbaatar, Hustai National Park, Ulgii, Terelj National Park
Wildlife:Birds, Golden Eagle, Przewalski's/Wild Horse, Red Deer, Mongolian Gazelle
Activities:Game Viewing, Horse, Nature Walk, Sightseeing Tour, Birding, Cultural Experience
Getting around:Domestic Flight, 4x4 Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Ulaanbaatar
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 1,854 per person
- Domestic air and ground transportation as described in the itinerary
- All accommodations during your stay as described in the itinerary
- Meals as described in the itinerary
- All excursions, entrance fees, and visits as described in itinerary
- English speaking guide throughout your stay
- Free of charge baggage limit of domestic flight: 15kg (including cabin baggage)
- International airfares, airport taxes, baggage charges
- Passport and visa fees
- Medical and trip insurance, evacuation costs
- Photography and video fees
- Tips to drivers or guides
- Items of a personal nature
- Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks, laundry and telephone calls
- Other items not specifically mentioned as included
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Day by Day Overview
The contrast between ancient traditions and the dawning of a 20th-century democracy is most visible in Ulaanbaatar where traditional gers (felt tents) and Buddhist monasteries coexist with modern high-rises. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and transferred to a comfortable, centrally located hotel within walking distance of various museums and shops. Visit some of the sights in your interest before a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Ulaanbaatar hotel
Take a flight to Ulgii which takes 4-5 hours. You will visit the town museum and the mosque. You will continue driving to visit an eagle hunter’s family near Tsengel Hairhan and see their lifestyle. Take part in the eagle training for the festival and hunting.
Overnight in the Kazakh ger
Today you will witness the famous Golden Eagle Festival. Competitions begin with each of the hunters displaying his hunting outfit and accessories. The most elaborate and beautiful adornments receive the highest marks. Later the hunting eagles are evaluated for their speed and agility. Interesting traditional games such as tug of war between horsemen and horse archery will also take place.
Overnight in a local hotel
Catch your flight in the morning back to Ulaanbaatar followed by a drive to Hustai National Park. Wildlife exploration in Hustai National Park will be one of the highlights of the trip where you will encounter the wild horse ‘Takhi’, the only wild species of horse in the world. Takhi have being reintroduced since the 1990s and this is the only place where you can see this beautiful animal in the wild. You will also explore Ungut monument, one of the largest collections of stone men in Mongolia. A stone man, otherwise known as a balbal, dates back to 6th century AD during the Turkic statehood existed at current Mongolia’s territory. In addition, explore a deer stone, Bronze Age monument dating 3,000-6,000 years. Optional horse riding is available at your own cost. In the evening, enjoy sparkling stars in a pitch dark sky in a peaceful rural setting.
Overnight in a ger camp
You will head to the largest equestrian statue of Chinggis Khaan, which is a part of an ongoing project. Visit museums and have a panoramic view of the surrounding from view deck that placed on the head of the horse. Following the statue, drive to Terelj National Park. The area is famous for the Turtle Rock, a gigantic turtle-shaped rock formation that witnesses the power of natural erosion of wind and sun. Visit Aryabal Meditation temple and enjoy the tranquil setting of the surrounding landscape and Alpine meadow.
Overnight in a ger camp
Drive to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s bustling capital city, which has much to offer its visitors. You can spend your time at boutique shops, trendy restaurants, fashion shows, and folk and pop concerts. Buddhist culture has got a strong presence in Ulaanbaatar. In the evening, enjoy a folk concert by Tumen Eh Ensemble followed by farewell dinner.
Overnight in Ulaanbaatar hotel
Today you will be transferred back to Ulaanbaatar International Airport for your flight back home.