Tours Classic Tours Hunting with Eagles

Price: ( 6 Days )

Hunting with Eagles: Eagle hunting is a traditional form of falconry throughout the Eurasian steppe. It is practiced in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as diasporas in Bayan-Ulgii, 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. Fly to Bayan-Ulgii

In the morning you will be transferred to Ulaanbaatar’s airport for your flight to Bayan–Ulgii. Bayan-Ulgii is located in the highest Mongolian province in the Altia Mountains, in the far western part of the country. Most inhabitants of Bayan–Ulgii are Kazakhs. They are famous for their eagle hunting skills. Upon arrival to Ulgii, we will meet up and drive to Altantsogt, where we will stay with a well-known eagle hunter and his family.

Stay overnight with a local family.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Days 2-4. Eagle Hunting

During the next few days, we will assist the eagle hunter on his fox hunting expeditions. Since eagle hunters use horses during their hunts we will also be on long horseback rides.

Stay overnight with a local family. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5. See the City

We will drive back to the capital of the Bayan–Ulgii province. In the city we will visit local attractions such as a black market, a mosque, and handicraft shops.

Stay overnight in a hotel. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 6. Return Flight

We will head to the airport for your flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, our representative will take you back to your hotel.

Breakfast

Price:

1 person: 1400 USD

2 people: 850 USD per person

3 people: 750 USD per person

4 people: 655 USD per person

5 people: 610 USD per person

 

Included:

  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Tour Guide
  • Time with Local Eagle Hunter
  • Transportation and Driver
  • Meals
  • Nightly Accommodations (as specified in itinerary)
  • Horseback Riding
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    Not Included:

  • International or Domestic Airfare
  • Travel Visa
  • Insurance
  • Personal Shopping
  • During the communist period in Kazakhstan, many Kazakhs fled to Mongolia. They settled down in Bayan Ulgii, an area designated for the Kazakhs of Mongolia. Kazakhs (Altaic Kazakhs or Altai-Kazakhs) living in the Bayan-Ölgii Province of Mongolia continue to hunt with eagles today. There are an estimated 250 eagle hunters in the Western Mongolian province. Their hunting practices are known as "horse-riding eagle falconry", which is unique because it is only done with Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos daphanea) on horseback. Their hunting targets are limited to Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) and Corsac Fox (Vulpes corsac). In the first week of October, 70 eagle hunters gather for the annual Golden Eagle Festival of Mongolia. During the winter, they use eagles to hunt foxes and hare because it is easier to see the bright colors against the white snow. Eagle hunting is just one of many Kazakh traditions that has 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.
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