Tours Classic Tours Hunting with Eagle, Kazakh Family

Price: ( 6 days )

Hunting with eagles is a traditional form of falconry found throughout the Eurasian steppe, practiced by Kazakh and Kyrgyz people in contemporary Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as diasporas in Bayan-Ölgii, Mongolia, and Xinjiang, China. Though these Turkic people are most famous for hunting with golden eagles, they have been known to train northern goshawks, peregrine falcons, saker falcons, and more.

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar – Bayan - Ölgii

In the morning you will be transferred to the Ulaanbaatar’s airport for your flight to Bayan – Ölgii. The area is located in the extreme west of the country, and is the highest Mongolian province; for the most part it is located in the Mongolian Altai. Most inhabitants of Bayan – Ölgii are Kazakhs, famous for their Eagle hunting skills. Upon arrival to Ölgii you will meet with your local guide and drive to Altantsogt area, where you will stay with a well-known Eagle hunter and his family.

Overnight with a local family. B+L+D

Days 2-4. Eagle hunting

During the next free days you will assist the Eagle hunter during his expeditions to hunt foxes. Since Eagle hunters use horses during their hunts you will also assist them on a horse back (long rides).

Overnight with a local family. B+L+D

Day 5. Ölgii

Today you will drive back to the capital of Bayan – Ölgii province. In the city you will visit some local attractions such as black market, a mosque and handicraft shops.

Overnight in a hotel. B+L+D

Day 6. Bayan – Ölgii – Ulaanbaatar

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival our representative will transfer you to your hotel.

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Price:

1 person: 1400 USD

2 persons: 850 USD per person

3 persons: 750 USD per person

4 persons: 655 USD per person

5 persons: 610 USD per person

 

The price includes:

·         Transfers to and from the airports,

·         The service of an English speaking guide,

·         The service of local Eagle hunter,

·         A driver with a car and fuel,

·         A cook and groceries need during the tour,

·         Meals as mentioned in the itinerary,

·         Accommodation with Eagle hunter’s family and in a hotel,

·         Costs of horse riding during the tour.

 

The price doesn’t include:

·         International and domestic flight tickets,

·         Visa,

·         Personal insurance,

·         Personal shopping,

Things not mentioned in the itinerary or mentioned as optional.
During the communist period in Kazakhstan, many Kazakhs fled for Mongolia, settling down in Bayan Ulgii, an area that has been designated for the Kazakhs of Mongolia today. Kazakhs (Altaic Kazakhs or Altai-Kazakhs) living in Bayan-Ölgii Province of Mongolia continue to hunt with eagles today. There are an estimated 250 eagle hunters in the Western Mongolian province. Their falconry custom, so-called 'horse-riding eagle falconry', is unique in practice only with trained Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos daphanea) on horseback. Their hunting target is almost limited to Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) or Corsac Fox (Vulpes corsac). In the first week of October, 70 eagle hunters gather for the annual Golden Eagle Festival of Mongolia  They use eagles to hunt foxes and hare during the cold winter months when it is easier to see the gold colored foxes against the snow. Many Kazakh traditions have been preserved by the Kazakhs in Mongolia, eagle hunting being amongst them. Although the Kazakh government has made efforts to lure the practitioners of these Kazakh traditions back to Kazakhstan, most Kazakhs have remained in Mongolia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunting_with_eagles
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