The Golden Eagle Festival 2019 12 Days - The Great Mongolian Adventures

The Golden Eagle Festival 2019 12 Days

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Mongolian nomadic Kazakh people are the last eagle hunters/huntresses of the world.

They are the last Kazakh people who preserved the centuries-old tradition to the present. They use the golden eagle to hunt foxes, rabbits and sometimes wolves in Altai Tavan Bogd mountains, the westernmost mountains of Mongolia. All of the eagle hunters are nomads. And they gather together in the first weekend of October every year, to showcase the skills of their eagles and have some festive games called Tiyn Teru and Kokpar. The Eagle Festival is the best event to experience the only, well preserved traditional Kazakh people on earth. The Golden Eagle Festival 2019 will take place in Ulgii town, Bayan-Ulgii province, Mongolia on 5-6th of October.

For the festival The Great Mongolian Adventures team created and organizing the most comfortable and adventurous travel vacation, the one can experience magnificent Mongolia with all the highlighted destinations from the capital Ulaanbaatar city to the Altai mountains.


Following is the best adventurous itinerary created for travelers who prefer a comfortable travel style.

Comfortable jeeps, best accommodations, best destinations, and everyday activities are the greatest features of our journey to experience the Golden Eagle Festival 2019.


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Day 1. Sep.27
Ulaanbaatar to Khugnu Khan N.P.

Distance: 300 km
Driving duration: 6 hours

Khugnu Khan National Park:
Bulgan province’s Rashaant soum area Incredibly beautiful sacred mountain full of exotic animals and medicinal plants. There are Uvgun, and Zaluu 2 Khalkha monasteries ruins are there to tell the tale. Here we can hike around the Mountain see the beautiful view of  Elsen Tasarkhai the Sand dune. There are 17 very rare species of plants and combined 399 species of plants. 100 of them are medicinal plants.

Activities: Photography, Hiking, Trekking, Wildlife observation, and Sightseeing
Accommodation: Khugnu Khan Tourist camp

Day 2. Sep.28
Khugnu Khan Mountain to Kharkhorin town via Elsen Tasarkhai

Distance: 100 km
Driving duration: 7 hours

Elsen Tasarkhai:
Elsen Tasarkhai sand dune is just 10kms away from Khugnu Khan Mountain. Elsen Tasarkhai is a part of the Mongol Els Sand Dunes, that continues 80 km long 5 km wide. The nature in this area is really spectacular and great for relaxing. The area is surrounded by sand dunes, hills covered with rare bushes and a small forest near the river.
Together this presents a unique combination of Mongolian mountains, forests and Gobi-type landscape in one location. The area is populated by the Maral stag (elk), wolves, deer, and fox. It is a small sequence of a real desert in the midst of green steppes.

Activities: Hiking, Photograph, Camel tour, Horse tour

Kharkhorin town:
Founded by Chinggis Khaan in 1200, became Mongol empire’s capital in 1220 by Ugudei Khaan son of Chinggis Khaan. Every religion in the world existed together for centuries in the Karakorum. Historically and archaeologically important place in the world. Kharkhorin is UNESCO world heritage site. Here is the famous Erdenezuu the Buddhist monastery is open to the public. Surrounding Erdenezuu monastery 108 stupas creates one magnificent big fence, inside there are 3 remaining ancient monastery buildings which are now a big Buddhist museum. Museum staffs are famous for their good education on the details of the Buddhist exhibits. Next to the museum actual working monasteries are open to the public. Famous Karakorum’s Turtle rock and Phallic rock are located near Erdenezuu monastery.

Activities: Photography, hiking, archaeological tours, Museum, Religious tour
Accommodation: Tourist camp

Day 3. Sep.29
Kharkhorin to Tsenkher Hot Springs via Tsetserleg town

Distance: 140 km
Driving duration: 3 hours
Tsetserleg town:
Is the capital of Arkhangai province. North side of the town there is the famous Bulgan mountain with Zaya Bandida the one of the 4 state’s saint’s monastery which is now a Museum of Arkhangai just next to it the Zaya Bandida’s actual working monastery is open to the public. At the Bulgan mountain there is a big Buddha statue complex and throughout the mountain, there are numbers of drawings of gods it is a fascinating place to climb up to the mountain.

Activities: Photography, Hiking, Museum, Trekking, Sightseeing and Religious tour

Tsenkher Hot Spa: 
Tsenkher Hot Spa which reaches up to +80 C degrees and you have the chance to bathe under the sky. Located in beautiful nature with mountains, trees and grass fields.

Activities: Horse riding, Photography, Sightseeing
Accommodation: Hot Springs resort

Day 4. Sep.30 
Tsenkher Hot Springs to Khorgo Terkhi National Park via Taikhar Rock & Chuluut canyon

Distance: 195 km
Driving duration: 3 hours

Taikhar rock:
On a bank of Khoid Tamir River in Ikh Tamir Soum, Arkhangai province. Taikhar Chuluu is the 18m-high cliff of granite. Which has lots of myths and challenges to be found. Over 150 inscriptions in various scripts including Turkic, Uyghur, Mongolian, Tibetan, Manchu, and Chinese were engraved on the rock. The surrounding area is all about the beautiful scenery.

Activities: Horse riding, Yak riding, Photography, Sightseeing

Chuluut canyon:
Chuluut canyon is located in Tariat and Undur-Ulaan soum’s area, Arkhangai province. Surrounded by huge canyon depth reaches 200 m from the river at some point. On the bank of the river, there is a famous Mother tree which is a local worshipping tree.

Activities: Photography, Hiking, Climbing, and Sightseeing

Khorgo volcano:
Khorgo volcano crater is 200 m wide and 80 m deep situated at an altitude of 2,210 m. a.s.l. Erupted around 8,000 years ago. Near the crater, there are dozens of small caverns with stalactites hanging from their ceiling and walls. Because of a volcanic eruption, interesting Ger shaped caves formed. One of them is a deep ground cave with ice inside, which is called "Yellow dog's hell". The ice is at present even on the hottest summer days. Some of 13 stone shelters reach 1.7 m high. Plenty to see and explore this volcano.

Activities: Photography, Trekking, Climbing, and Sightseeing

Terkhiin Tsagaan lake (White Lake):
As known as the White Lake is located in Tariat soum, Arkhangai province.
Very beautiful lake with a variety of birds, nomadic families and sand beaches this is one of the most heavenly places that you can visit your planet. Khorgo Terkhi national park is considered one of the Mongolian Seven Wonders. It is UNESCO world heritage site.
Terkhiin Tsagaan is 16 km long. 6 km wide, 20m deep and 61 sq km of pure water lake. Surrounded by the beautiful Khangai mountains

Activities: Photography, Hiking, Horse riding, Swimming and Sightseeing
Accommodation: Ikh Khorgo Tourist camp

Day 5. Oct.1
Terkhiin Tsagaan to Uliastai via Tosontsengel

Distance: 390 km
Driving duration: 7 hours

Tosontsengel town:
Tosontsengel is a soum of Zavkhan province, in western Mongolia. It is the largest soum in Zavkhan province after its capital.

Uliastai is the capital of Zavkhan province. We will accommodate in the hotel. 

Activities: Photography, and sightseeing
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6. Oct.2
Uliastai to Altai Town via Khasagt Khairkhan National Park

Distance: 300 km
Driving duration: 7 hours

Khasagt Khairkhan National Park:
Khasagt Khairkhan NP is located in Jargalan soum, Gobi-Altai province. Average height is 3000-3500 meters. Highest peak has an elevation of  3578 meters. Beautiful nature and many types of minerals are there to explore.

Activities: Hiking, Mineral waters, Photography

Altai Town:
Altai Town is the capital of Gobi-Altai province. We will accommodate in the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7. Oct.3
Altai Town to Khovd Town via Khar Us Lake

Distance: 440 km
Driving duration: 7 hours

Khar Us Lake National Park:
One of the biggest lakes in Mongolia. Khar Us Lake covers 1153 sq km, length is 72 km, width is 26 km. In the middle of the lake there are 10 islands, biggest island surfaces 400 qs km, 30 km length, and above water surface 272 m tall.  South side of the lake there is full of bamboos and rushes. Wild boar and lots of rare animals live around the lake. The lake covers a very big area but it’s a very shallow lake, the deepest point is 4.4 m, average depth is 2 meters. In this park 54 species of animals, 268 species of birds, 455 species of plants, 4 species of fishes, 6 species of creeping animals, 131 species of insects have recorded. Tourists praise this lake the land of heaven.

Activities: Hiking, Swimming, Photograph, Wildlife observation, Fishing.

Khovd town:
Khovd town is the capital of Khovd province. We will accommodate in the hotel

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 8. Oct.4
Khovd town to Tolbo lake

Distance: 170 km
Driving duration: 2 hours

Tolbo Lake:
A freshwater lake in Bayan-Ulgii province. The lake is located about 50 kilometers south of Ulgii town, on the main road between Ölgii and Khovd. The elevation is at 2080 meters high. The shoreline is treeless with a lot of people and animals. Tolbo lake the name derives from 100 deep places that are just like pots inside the lake, Tolbo means a spot in Mongolian. And the Tolbo lake has become the place that most people go camping or just to swim. The lake covers 185 square kilometers of land.

Activities: Visit Local family, Photography, Hike around the beach
Accommodation: Local Khazakh family

Day 9.  Oct.5
Tolbo Lake to Ulgii town - Eagle festival 2019

Distance: 60 km
Driving duration: 1 hour

Eagle festival - Day 1:
-The Golden Eagle Festival has been the largest gathering of eagle hunters and their eagles in the world since it started in 1999 with 70 eagle hunters participating in this event. It is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Event. The festival starts with a display of eagles and hunters and then goes into the events of eagles displaying their talents. The first event is the eagle catching fox skin dragged behind a horse, returning to their owner from a distance on command, as well as a camel race and Kazakh games of Tiyn Teru (a race to pick up a coin on the ground while on horseback), Kyz Kuar (“girl chase,” a man and woman race on horseback while the woman whips the man to let him loose the horse rein), another events is Kokpar (tug of war over a goat carcass while on horseback). On the evening of the first night is a concert of traditional Kazakh music at the theatre included in the price of a ticket. Prizes are given to the winner of each event plus prizes for best-dressed man, woman, and child.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

Day 10.  Oct.6

Eagle festival 2019 - Day 2:
The finale is a live hunt for a fox or cub wolf by the winning eagle. The event is run by the Berkut Association, a local community organization for eagle hunters, and is sponsored by Nomadic Expeditions. Traditional Kazakh craftwork and local food are available at the event.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

Day 11. Oct.7
The flight back to Ulaanbaatar from Ulgii town

City Tour
Cashmere shopping
Traditional folk art concert
Farewell Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 12. Oct.8


See off at the airport


Khugnu Khan National Park
Khangai Mountain range
Khorgo Terkhi National Park
Uliastai town
Altai town
Khovd town
Ulgii town
The Golden Eagle Festival 2019

What's included in the price?

English speaking guide at all times
12 nights accommodations based on twin/double occupancy;
     - 4-5 star hotels in the city and towns – 5 nights
     - Best Ger camps in the countryside – 6 nights
     - Local family accommodation - 1 night
All meals 11 as specified in the itinerary: Breakfast-12, Lunch-12 & Dinner -12
All relevant transfers and transportation + experienced drivers (3-5 pax will share a 4WD minivan or Jeep)
Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
National park and Attraction complex tickets
“Wonders of Mongolian Art” performance by “Tumen Ekh” ensemble
Visa invitation letter, if required
Included all taxes

What’s Not included in the Price?

International flights & visa fee
Travel & medical insurance 
Daily personal expenses


  1. Ulan Bator
  2. Khugnu Khan mountain
  3. Kharkhorin
  4. Tsetserleg
  5. Khorgo Mountain
  6. Uliastai
  7. Khasagt Khairkhan
  8. Altai
  9. Khovd town
  10. Tolbo Lake
  11. Ulgii
  12. Ulaanbaatar