A Hosted Journey - Mongolia's Golden Eagle Festival with Palani Mohan

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Best time to go: September to October

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Accommodation in a traditional Mongolian ger
  • Sand dunes and ancient petroglyphs
  • Hike through rugged canyons and gorges
  • See populations of the wild Mongolian horse in its natural habitat
  • Two days of spectacular celebrations and events at the Golden Eagle Festival

Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival with Palani Mohan: Download PDF Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in the Mongolian capital where you are met and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Shangri-La Hotel

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar
This morning join your host, Palani, and fellow travellers for a briefing on the coming adventure. Palani will share his experiences of the time he spent with the golden eagle hunters and the inspirational photographs he was able to capture. This afternoon a guided tour of the capital includes Sukhbaatar square in the centre of town which honours Mongolia’s 1921 revolutionary hero and Gandan monastery, one of Mongolia’s most important, which was founded in 1809 and houses an impressive library of important Buddhist literature. A welcome dinner is planned this evening.
Shangri-La Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 Ulaanbaatar/Ölgii
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ölgii in the far west of the country. The town is predominantly Kazakh and more closely resembles Muslim-influenced Central Asia than Buddhist Mongolia. The main reason for your visit to the Bayan-Ölgii province is for the important Golden Eagle Festival which is celebrated here each year. One of the oldest, most revered and spectacular celebrations of Mongolia’s Kazakh people, this is a tradition of hunting with specially trained eagles which is passed down from generation to generation. The festival brings together the best hunters and their eagles in an impressive display of showmanship testing speed, agility and accuracy. Today you will be attending the opening ceremony. The festival starts with a variety of spectacular displays. Watch Kazakh hunters riding in traditional dark coats and scarlet hats with the golden eagles perched on their arms demonstrating the skills they have acquired since childhood. Dance performances and various Kazakh equestrian challenges are also held.
Ger (Shared Facilities) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Ölgii
Spend a second day at the festival with many more thrilling events including horse racing and a tug of war on horseback.
Ger (Shared Facilities) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Ölgii
Enjoy a unique experience today when you meet some of the hunters with their eagles. You’ll be able to converse with them, through your guide, and capture some extraordinary photographs. Lunch today is beside the river and you’ll have the afternoon at leisure before dinner and entertainment with a local family.
Ger (Shared Facilities) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 6 Ölgii/Ulaanbaatar
Return by air to Ulaanbaatar. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Shangri-La Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Days 7 Ulaanbaatar/Khustain Nuruu National Park/Ulaanbaatar
Today is a full day excursion to Khustain Nuruu National Park, southwest of the capital. The 50,620-hectare reserve protects Mongolia’s wild horse, the takhi, and the reserve’s steppe and forest steppe environment. The takhi, or przewalski horse, is a rare and endangered subspecies of wild horse native to the steppes of Central Asia. Once declared extinct in the 1960’s it has now been reintroduced to its native habitat in Mongolia. In addition to the takhi, the reserve is home to populations of maral (Asiatic red deer), steppe gazelle, deer, boar, manul (small wild cat), wolves and lynx.
Shangri-La Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 8 Ulaanbaatar – South Gobi Desert
Transfer to the airport for the flight south to Dalanzadgad, provincial capital of the South Gobi. You are met and driven northwest to the lush Yol Valley (also known as Eagle Canyon) in the foothills of the Altai Mountains. Hike into the valley with its dramatic rocky cliffs and narrow canyons and keep an eye out for the indigenous lammergeiers (bearded vultures). Continue to the Three Camels Lodge, your unique Mongolian ger accommodation for the next three nights.
Three Camels Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 South Gobi Desert
This morning you are driven into the Moltsog Els sand dunes where you’ll explore the area on Bactrian camels. An excellent opportunity to meet the local camel breeder families and gain an insight into their way of life. The remaining afternoon is at leisure. 
Three Camels Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 South Gobi Desert
Enjoy a morning hike to Havsgait Valley where views are breathtaking. See the site of ancient rock petroglyphs left by early settlers of the Gobi. Return to camp for lunch and watch a historic documentary on palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews who in 1923 discovered the first fossilised dinosaur eggs in an area he named the Flaming Cliffs. Head out to the Flaming Cliffs for sundowners in this extraordinary desert landscape.Three Camels Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 South Gobi Desert – Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast transfer to the airport for the return flight to Ulaanbaatar and your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at your leisure and later farewell dinner with entertainment.
Shangri-La Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 Depart Ulaanbaatar
Say farewell Mongolia with a transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals: Breakfast

Back to Mongolia


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Best Time to Go
May to August sees a warmer climate for Mongolia's summer, while the cold season runs from November to March. The traditional Nadaam festival takes place each July Fly To
Ulaanbataar's Chinggis Khaan International Airport

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14 hours from London

Time difference
GMT +8 hours

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