7 days
Duration

Tradition, hunting with the golden eagle is an ancient tradition that dates back to the Mongol conquest of Central Asia around the 12th and 13th centuries, when a fine eagle and good horse cost the same price and both lent prestige to their owner. Witha specially trained horse, (called a “bercut”) to allow a rider to carry an eagle a special device (a “baldak”) is fitted onto the saddle to support the rider’s arm. Sent out to hunt fawns, foxes, or other small animals, the eagle dives down on them and kills them. But often it is also capable of killing young wolves when they cannot negotiate the deep snow. Sometimes the eagles hunt in pairs, just as they would in the wild. when the berkutchi(eagle hunter) sings and chants to it, to imprint the sound of his voice and impress his personality on the bird. (Later on, the eagle is able to distinguish human voices and will obey only that of his master). The berkutchi feeds the bird himself. When the eagle is almost an adult, the trainer shows it the hides and furs of the animals it must hunt so that it becomes used to the smell and characteristics of the prey. All of this is done with special commands. Training continues by dragging a fox fur behind a galloping horse. Not all eagles can be so trained, but those that do show intense loyalty. Although never tethered they always return after killing their prey.The season for hunting with eagles is from October to the end of February.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Bayan-Ulgii Province, Mongolia
DEPARTURE DATE/TIME Unknown
RETURN DATE/TIME Unknown
WEAR Comfortable warm clothing, warm boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Accommodation in hotel in UB*** with breakfasts Accommodation at the tourist camp in the countryside
Accommodation in tents All entrance fees to museum and Nat.Parks
City tour ticket Folklore show
Guide service for all program Excursions as per itinerary and entrance fees to all museums and National parks
Horse, camel riding Meals during whole trip
Transport for all program Visit Nomads family
NOT INCLUDED
Air ticket to and from Ulaanbaatar, airport tax
Airport tax – 12 USD per person
Gratuities and drinks
Laundry
Own expenses, alcoholic beverages
Laundry
Telephone and medical expenses
Travel Insurance
Visa to Mongolia
Domestic flight

 

Additional information

DestinationSagsai Sum
Day 1

Fly to Bayan Ulgii Province, Western Mongolia.

Fly to Ulgii, sightseeing and go shopping art shops. Stay nearby Ger camp or In hotel.

Day 2,5

Drive to village Sagsai sum

Stay with eagle hunter’s family. During you are staying with family riding a horse go hunting.

Day 6

Drive back to Ulgii

Arrive back to Ulgii town and stay in a hotel.

Day 7

Departure for Ulaan-Baatar in the morning.

Tour Reviews

5 based on 3 reviews
November 22, 2016

We decided to join the Eagle Hunting tour because we thought it would be more authentic than attending the Eagle Festival. We are so happy of our choice !

Bulbuljamak Travel has identified a small hamlet of 3 or 4 families in a beautiful site in the wilderness, 1 hour away from Ulgii. We went there at the beginning of the hunting season, early November. 2 beautiful Gers (Yurts) were set up for us, one to sleep in, the other for our lunches. The families were extremely friendly and welcoming, happy to share with us the moments of their daily life as livestock breeders (of sheep, goats, horses, yaks and camels !). My wife was thrilled with her experience of yak milking and yoghurt making !

Everyday we would go on horseback with two eagle hunters in spectacular attires and explore the magnificent landscape of ridges, valleys and rivers nearby. The horses were gentle, extremely surefooted and the saddles odd-looking but surprisingly comfortable. The bond between the hunters and their eagles was remarkable.

Back to the camp the gers where nice and warm and we would be served excellent food, specially prepared us by our very creative cook Maya. We didn’t eat the same dish twice.

My wife and I travel a lot, but this proved to have been one of our favourite holidays ever.
Bravo to Bulbul and Jamak for a superb organisation and great memories !

November 22, 2016

just a faboulous experience and a excellent team, I hope to be back with them soon François

November 22, 2016

I just want to confirm what my friends Philippe, Francois and Cherry said.
Our trip in Altai country was just formidable and unique.
The organisation was perfect due to
Bulbul and Jamak. Bravo and Thank you.
Jérôme

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