Authentic eagle-hunting is only done during the winter months when the snow covers helps the birds spot fleeing prey – it also when the prey has thick winter coats that are used to make warm clothing. After the first snow, the hunters ride out in search of game on horseback, wandering amidst the rugged landscape holding their eagles on their arms. The hunters usually take young boys with them to help flush out the game.
As soon as an escaping fox or marmot is sighted, the hunter sends his eagle into the air in pursuit of the quarry. The bird then sizes up the target before swooping down in one long but swift strike, falling right on the spine of the escaping animal. The bird catches the prey with steel talons and waits for the hunter to finish the animal off.
While such hunting does result in wonderfully thick furs to make warm clothing, the hunt is not done for financial gain. Hunters take great pride in having clever, quick, and valiant eagles.
During this traveling adventure, you will get to experience the how hunter preparing his eagle for of the hunt alongside these Kazakh nomads and their magnificent golden eagles. This journey will lead you far into the mountainous landscape of Bayan-Ulgii where you will witness firsthand a unique tradition that has survived for centuries in this remote corner of Central Asia, all while experiencing wonderful Kazakh hospitality. Summer time, hunters prepare their Eagle’s for hunting
Pick up at your hotel and transfer to airport, take a flight to Ulgii town, the center of Bayan-Ulgii province by domestic airline. Our local staff will greet and welcome you at the airport. We will visit Mosque, open air bazaar and museum in Ulgii. We will have lunch at local restaurant. Drive to beautiful Tolbo Lake. We will hike couple of hours. Stay in local guesthouse in Ulgii.
Drive to the village of Sogog to stay with an eagle-hunter and his family. Go for Eagle teaching training with Eagle hunter every day, riding horseback along with the hunter as he explores the mountains in every direction in search of prey. He is one of the most famous and experience eagle-hunters in the region. Rahmbek has been hunting for more than 30 years and now he focuses on passing the craft onto the next generation of hunters. His daughter who is 5 years old. She will teach to eagle for hunting. Enjoy nature of scenery. To see Eagle hunter’s everyday life style. You can see wild wolf, falcon.
After breakfast drive to Ulgii. When you reach festival, you should pay for eagle festival fee-$30. Enjoy the Opening ceremony of the festival, commences as the participants join the parade on horse ride with their eagles. The competition begins with each Kazakh displaying his hunting outfit and accessories. The most elaborate and beautiful clothing and accessories are given the highest points. In the afternoon, the Golden Eagles will be evaluated for their speed and agility. In the evening watch a Kazakh concert consisting of traditional songs and dances.
Prepare for some exciting action today! The Golden Eagles will be released from a cliff to attack fox skins that will be dragged by their owner on horseback. The eagles will be judged on their success of grabbing the “fox”, their speed, and “gripping” technique. As the points for the competitions are being tallied, the Kazakhs will compete in their traditional game called “kekbar”- passing goat skin which tests one’s horse riding skills, strength and agility. In the late afternoon, the winners of the festival will be announced at the awards ceremony.
After breakfast transfer to Airport. Take flight from Ulgii to Ulaanbaatar
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