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Golden eagle festival tour

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Golden eagle festival tour

$1687 per person

Altai Eagle Festival in the Sagsai region

The Sagsai soum of the Bayan-Ulgii province is considered to have the majority of Eagle hunters.

Ninety percent of the population of Bayan-Ulgii province is Kazakh people. They have lived in this area for more than 160 years. Mongolian Kazakhs have preserved their native language and culture in the modern world. The tradition of eagle hunting is believed to have been developed in central Asia more than 1800 years ago. Kazakhs trap the eagles when they are eaglets and train them to be hunters by building an emotional bond between the hunter and the eagles. Nowadays in Mongolia there are about 200 Eagle hunters in total. Sagsai, a small town in Bayan-Ulgii province, is considered to have the majority of these Eagle hunters. Eagles usually hunt the wild animals of Mongolia, including the native red fox.

As an initiative of the local population, the Sagsai region began to celebrate the Eagle hunting culture with a festival a decade ago. During the Eagle Festival, hunters and their eagles compete with each other in various hunting skill competitions, but they are also judged on their traditional attire, the equipment of the eagles, and the horses they use to hunt. The festival also includes horse and camel races, in which mostly young boys compete.

In addition to this, during the festival local residents sell handmade crafts to the tourists who attend the event. This holiday is very important for supporting the economy of families in this region, especially the local nomadic herding families who have the opportunity to increase their income. The Altai Eagle Festival is organized every year on the second weekend of September.


3 – 4 $2213 per person
5 – 8 $1974 per person
9 – 12 $1687 per person

9 Days
7+ Age
  • Departure
    Ulaanbaatar / Bayan-Ulgii aimag, Altai mounth
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
  • Included
    All Museum Tickets
  • Not Included
    Personal Guide
    Typical Souvenir
Day 1 Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Upon arrival at Ulaanbaatar airport you will be met and, after checking in at the hotel, we will take you on a city sightseeing tour and hold a welcome dinner. (Hotel/D)
Day 2 Ulaanbaatar-Ulgii
We will fly to Ulgii City in Bayan-Ulgii province in Western Mongolia, about a 3 hour flight. The population of this province is mostly Kazakh, with their own culture and language. At the airport you will be met your English-speaking guide, as well as your driver and expedition cook. We’ll drive to Sagsai gol area and visit an Eagle hunter family. (Ger/L/D)
Day 3 Experience the training of Golden Eagles
A full day with the Eagle hunters: watch the hunters train their eagles with various false prey and other methods. (Ger/L/D).
Day 4-5 Enjoy the Eagle festival in the Sagsai area.
Meet the Kazakh Eagle hunters. Watch the rodeo of eagle hunting. A fantastic opportunity for photographers and adventurers alike to see these magnificent birds up close. There are approx. 400 eagle hunters in Bayan-Olgii province. Eagle hunters from all around the region gather together to test their finely trained birds in singular contests of speed and ability in these few days. During the festival we also see some Kazakh Traditional Horse Games like “BushKushi" (vying to take a goat skin on horseback), "Kiss a woman on horseback", "Pick up coins from the ground on horseback" and others. (Ger/L/D).
Day 6
Drive to the Altai village. The landscape around the lakes is stunning, with forests and snow-capped mountains. 150km (Tent or Ger/B/L/D)
Day 7
Drive to Khoton and Khurgan Lakes, stopping for lunch on the way, and spending the night at the camping site on Biluut Hill. Here you will find ancient rock carvings of Turkic origin, 1500-2000 years old. Khoton and Khurgan lakes are the second largest and clearest of all lakes in Mongolia. The average depth is 26 m, the maximum depth is approximately 58 m. Khoton lake has one island which is covered by woods. The Khoton lake and Khurgan lake system is connected by a wide channel. The landscape around the lakes is beautiful and picturesque, surrounded by snow-capped mountains.(Tent /B/L/D) 150 km
Day 8
Drive back to Olgii. In the afternoon do some arts and crafts shopping. Overnight you can stay either in our own Ger Camp or at Hotel Eagle's Nest, and take a good hot shower. (Ger camp or Hotel/B/L/D) 180km
Day 9
Return flight to Ulaanbaatar. (Hotel/B)
Included / Not included
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE • All meals during the trip • All accommodations during the program • Transport with car including gasoline • Local guide • Cook • Camels and horses • Permits and fees for the national park • Visa support • Local flights Ulgii-Ulaanbaatar EXCLUDED • International flights • Visa • Travel insurance • Charges for excess baggage • Airport taxes • Individual equipment • Drinks and extra charges in hotels and inns • All alcoholic drinks • All costs not specified in “Included”