Golden eagle festival


  • Visit to Kazakh family, the largest ethnic minority in western Mongolia and see specially trained Golden eagles.
  • Be amazed picturesque Golden eagle festival and unique tradition of hunting with eagle.
  • See graceful panorama of the Altai Mountain range-glaciers and rock, where the eagle festival is held.
  • Explore the western mongolian nomad lifestyle.


“Golden eagle festival” is held annually first weekend of October in Bayan-Ulgii province, in the far west of Mongolia, near the borders of Russia, China and Mongolia. This area is the home to Mongolia’s ethnic minority-the Kazakhs who came to settle here almost 200 years ago. The Kazakh people have an amazing custom and that is they hunt with specially trained eagles.

The Kazakh people hold this fascinating festival for promoting their heritage to the next generation and to the world. If you are culture lover and adventure seeker, photographer, traveler - this is your one of the must-see events in Mongolia.  

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Ulaanbaatar, Bayan-Ulgii, Ulgii town, Ulaanbaatar – totally 4 hours flight
DURATION 4 days, 3 nights
GROUP OF SIZE 2-9 people
  • Domestic flights
  • All transfers including arrivals and departures
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in tourist camp, 1 night in hotel
  • All meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (An overview of the dining menu is tailored to the traveler's request)
  • All camping equipment & facilities
  • Water and soft drink
  • Vehicle 4x4 or minivan
  • Expert local guide
  • Support vehicles
  • All entrance fees, activities and excursion listed in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alchoholic drinks
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Visa fee (if applicable)
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Single room supplement

Day 1 Fly to Bayan-Ulgii (02 Oct)

Transfer to the airport and we will fly to Bayan-Ulgii province, Ulgii town by domestic airline. After 3 and a half hours arrive in western Mongolia. We visit to local museum and overnight in a local tourist camp. (L/D)

Day 2 Attend the Golden Eagle festival (03 Oct)

The festival begins with its parade. The 1st step of eagle competition - All eagle hunters will show their decorated horses and hunting outfits. The hunters wear traditional costumes, complete with fur coats made of marmot, fox or wolf skins which have been caught by their trained eagles. The 2nd step of eagle competition - Calling eagle on arm. Eagle will be released from top of mountain, and trainer must meet up eagle from the bottom just among people down. Specially trained eagles catch small stuffed animals such as foxes and hares. (B/L/D)

Day 3 Attend the Golden Eagle festival (04 Oct)

Other sporting activities include Uriankhai archery, horse racing, coin grabbing game while riding on horseback and Kazakh Traditional Horse game – BushKushi (Try to take out from each other the goat skin on horseback.) After festival we will enjoy the folk performance. (B/L/D)

Day 4 Fly back to Ulaanbaatar (05 Oct)

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Overnight stay in the hotel in capital city. (B/L/D)


Self-drive: It is possible to drive the car itself during the trip and it will be extra charge.


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Price (Pax/Group)

* The price per person will depend on the size of the group. 

Number of travelers Price
Pax 3 USD 
per person
Pax 4-6 USD
per person
Pax 7-9 USD 
per person

Schedule 2019 & 2020

02 October -  05 October 2020
02 October -  05 October 2021

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