Altai Mountains Golden Eagle Festival-Photographic Expedition
Mongolia is destination offering endless travel experience. Immerse yourself in the heartland of uniquely captivating images on this Altai Mountains Golden Eagle Festival-Photographic Expedition. Untouched virgin landscape, snow-capped mountain ranges, glaciers, big lakes, rivers, wild life, multi ethnic diversity and famous Golden Eagle Festival!
The Golden Eagle Festival is one of the traditional cultural heritages and all visitors can experience while travelling in Mongolia. The Eagle Festival is held during the first weekend in October, run by the Mongolian Eagle Hunter’s Association. During the two days of festival you have chance to get thousands of amazing images of Golden Eagles and eagle hunters.
The Golden Eagle Festival begins with official opening ceremony with a parade of the hunters on horseback with their eagles. Later in the day, the eagles are judged for their speed and agility. The second day of the competition is packed with action-eagles fly from the cliff’s edge to chase bait dragged by their human hunting partners, and the men demonstrate their courage in an ancient test of horsemanship. In the addition to this tour we share and update latest news on our Events section.On this Altai Mountains Golden Eagle Festival-Photographic Expedition
Mongol Altai mountains – country’s largest and highest mountain range with glacier topped peaks over 3000 meters, crystal clean mountain rivers and glistening streams where inhabit world’s largest wild sheep -argali, ibex, snow leopard, wolves, eagles and many other bird species. The name Altai Tavan Bogd (Five Holy Peaks of Altai) was given to a cluster of 5 dramatic peaks that tower this extensive Mongol Altai mountain range.The climate is extreme with very little vegetation, giving the surrounding landscape a barren appearance. Trekking session leads us to the holy 5 peaks where the highest is Khuiten peak at 4374m.
We trek through snowy mountains and cross the longest glaciers of the country in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park.On this Altai Mountains Golden Eagle Festival-Photographic Expedition
Day 1. (29 Sep) Arrival in UB, city tour
Day 2. (30 Sep) Flight to Bayan-Ulgii
Day 3. (01 Oct) Drive to Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain – The Gate of Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
Day 4. (02 Oct) Base Camp of Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains
Day 5. (03 Oct) Trekking to Potanin Glacier & Altai Tavan Bogd Mountain National Park
Day 6. (04 Oct) Tsagaan Gol – White River
Day 7. (05 Oct) Drive to Ulgii town
Days 8-9. (06-07 Oct) Golden Eagle Festival days
Day 10. (08 Oct) Flight back to UB. Shopping and Evening Cultural performance
Day 11. (09 Oct)Departure from UB
Transfer to hotel. Have a relax for while. During the dunner in restaurant make short briefing on upcoming trip to Altai. Prepare for the trip. .
Flight to Ulgii- the center of Bayan-Ulgii province where 90% of population is Kazakhs who have their own language and unique culture. Kazakhs are famous for its Eagle hunting game tradition. Meet our vehicle and the local team. Transfer to Sagsay river. Settle our camp and overnight in tent. .
We are entering Altai high mountain area and arrive at Shiveet Khairkhan mountain- the closest place to the Altai peaks reachable by the car. We are traveling at the altitude of 2500-3000 m. We will visit local Kazakh family to explore their life as well as rent horses for our further trip. Prepare our luggage for the next 3 day-trekking trip to Altai peaks.
Leave our vehicle and load our luggage to the horses and trek toward the Altai Tavan Bogd peaks of 4100-4374m. Arrive at the foot of the high peaks. Stay overnight in tent.
Start our trekking towards Potanin Glacier and Mount Altai Tavan Bogd. The Tavan Bogd (means Holy Five Peaks) highest peaks in Mongolia – Khuiten Uul- 4374m, Peak Malchin, Peak Naran, Peak Burged and Peak Olgii. Meaning the 5 Kings it comprises of five neighboring peaks. While trekking we will cross glaciers which connect those five peaks. Arrive at the camp. Overnight in tent.
Arrive at Tsagaan Gol to change our horses. Tsagaan Gol, or White river, owes its color to glacial milk, the suspended powder of rock eroded be the high glaciers. Tent near nomad family. Talking with nomads and sharing our experiences.
Drive back to the Ulgii city for Golden Eagle festival.
The Golden Eagle Festival starts with its parades and competitions for costuming and hunting techniques. This festival has been celebrated since 2000 and now attracts many travelers. Each year the number of eagle hunters participating in the festival is increasing which makes the festival more colorful and spectacular. The eagles chase fox skins dragged by their owners on horseback. Points are given for their speed and gripping ability. Festival winners are announced at an awards dinner. Local hotel.
Fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Relaxing hours at the hotel. Shopping in State department store and Cashmere house for souvenirs and products. In the evening we will attend amazing performance of Mongolian traditional music and dance. Overnight in hotel.
Transfer to the Airport and depart from Ulaanbaatar.