From before Genghis Khan’s times the Mongol’s life is deep rooted in their nomadic culture with a whopping 40% of the population following their livestock and moving 2-3 times a year. Interacting with these nomads is a unique experience that will take you back to the roots of an ancient civilization. Given the prevalence of livestock in Mongolia, a majority of their traditional dishes involve Tsagaan Idee, or Dairy. The summer-time drink Airag and Shimiin Arkhi (White Vodka) are just a few authentic drinks that are a must-try! The country is also home to some of the most ancient and exciting traditions- whether it is the Naadam festival that is a celebration of their independence, or the Golden Eagle Festival that involves traditional games. The latter celebrates age-old Kazakh traditions and begins with a parade of eagle hunters on horseback, displaying their elaborate hunting costumes and accessories. The eagles are judged for their speed and agility as they are released from a cliff and swoop down to the waiting arms of hunters below.
Amazingly, about 40% Mongolians still live in their centuries-old national dwelling, the Ger!
Where else in the world could you learn to go eagle hunting and partake in ancient games practiced by generations of hunters and warriors.
Day 1: Arrive in the capital city Ulaanbaatar and explore historical sites, ending the day by experiencing a traditional Mongolian Tuvan Throat Singing performance
Day 2: Fly to the Olgii province and spend the day exploring the quaint town
Day 3: Visit homes of nomadic Kazakh families and immerse yourself in a cultural experience where you will learn how to go hunting with a golden eagle hunter!
Day 4: Experience the opening ceremony of the Eagle festival followed by other contests and performances during the day
Day 5: The festivities and competition of the previous day continue with a lot more traditional games and eagle speed tests!
Day 6: Fly back to Ulaanbaatar and do some local shopping
Day 7: Departure
Eagle hunting festival dates for 2022/2023
17-18 September 2022, 1-2 October 2022
16-17 September 2023, 7-8 October 2023