Mongolia- Golden Eagle Festival

Sept 28th - Oct 9th 2019

NEW EPIC Photography tour announcement is here!

MONGOLIA – Sept 28 – Oct 9, 2019
  • 12 nights/11 days
  • True adventure – Combo Hotels and Gers(Mongolian Living Structure) 
  • Camp one night our with the Nomad family- CAMP IS SET UP for us!
  • ALL MEALS Included! 
  • No difficult hiking. Drive everywhere. 
  • Hustai National Park
  • Photograph a Nomad family experience
  • Private Eagle hunting experience and Kazak family-Set up just for our group day before the festival!
  • Golden Eagle Festival – YES the REAL one and YES featuring the 13-year-old
  • Eagle Huntress Child made famous last year!
  • My friend OSO as our private guide that lives in Mongolia and is also a photographer and guide. He knows people! 🙂 
  • Optional 3-day Add-on Extension to Gobi Desert 
  • VERY VERY LIMITED Availability! 16 clients- 4 Instructors!
  • AND SO MUCH MORE…Camel Riding even! 
Price- $7200 – Payment plan available over 12 months
 
Details
  • Price – $7200 pp. Due to the EXTREMELY limited availability, this tour does not have a Non Photo rate. The rate is same as a photographer or non-photographer. 
  • Deposit $1500 
  • Payment plan 12 months available. 
Included:
  • All meals as listed in itinerary(B, L, D each full day)
  • Transportation on tour including in-country flights on tour. 
  • Accommodations- Combination of Hotels, Gers and Camp (Gers in Ulgii accommodate 3-4 guest.  Doubles and Singles are not possible for anyone visiting the Eagle Festival and the Ger camp that is set up)  Accommodations are clean and simple. This is true Mongolia when out with the people and culture. 
  • All photography instruction 16 guests, 4 instructors! 
  • All sightseeing fees
  • Admission fees to Eagle Festival, National Parks
  • Nomad Family Visit
  • Horse and Camel Back riding
  • English speaking local guide( Our friend Oso)
Not Included:
  • Travel Insurance ( A must for a tour like this)
  • Transportation to and from Mongolia
  • Drinks outside of water provided
  • Alcohol
  • Laundry and other personal nature expenses.
  • Tips for guides and MPA team outside of David and Ally
  • Extras and optional activities
Optional 4 day Gobi Desert Add-on extension TBA soon! 
 
Tour itinerary*

DAY: 01Welcoming Day
Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ulaanbaatar Best Western Premier Tuushin*****www.bestwesternmongolia.mn
Meal: Dinner
 
DAY: 02 Hustai National Park
Approximate distance covered and estimated travel time: 62miles, 1.5hours 
Travel to Hustai National Park where we are able to shoot wildlife such as wild horse Takhi and Red deer. Visit “Ungut” Turcik monument at buffer zone of the park.
Accommodation: Ger camp in Hustai National Park 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and DinnerDAY:3 Ar Burd Sand Camp
Approximate distance covered and estimated travel time: 140miles, 4-5hours 
After breakfast, we continue our trip to Ar Burd camp at noon and check in & change off and lunch at the camp. In the afternoon, you can choose to ride or camel through the sand dunes and photo shooting. Late afternoon, visit the nomad family where to experience daily lifestyle routine of distilling vodka out of yogurt or making curds and milking cows etc. For dinner, we will have Mongolian “real” BBQ at the camp.
Accommodation: Ger camp in Ar Burd Sand camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and DinnerDAY:04 Ar Burd Sand Camp
After breakfast, we will have a short drive to Baga Khairkhan Mountain where we try to spot Ibex mountain wild goat and then to petroglyphs on rocks nearby mountain Zorgolkhairkhan and we may have packed lunch with us. Back to the camp and take a rest.
Accommodation: Ger camp in Ar Burd Sand camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner05 Return back to Ulaanbaatar
Approximate distance covered and estimated travel time: 100miles, 3-4hours 
Travel back to Ub and visit Bogd Khaan`s winter palace and Zaisan memorial hill. rant and afterward check in hotel. Late afternoon visit toGandan Buddhist monastery and to see traditional folk concert followed by dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ulaanbaatar Best Western Premier Tuushin*****www.bestwesternmongolia.mn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day: 06 Ulaanbaatar – Ulgii
Approximate distance covered and estimated travel flight time:  3 hours.
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and transfer to airport. We take the flight to Ulgii, the center of Bayan-Ulgii province in the far west. The rest is at leisure.
Accommodation:  Ger camp nearby in Ulgii
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day: 07 Day with Kazakh Eagle Hunter Family 
Approximate distance covered and estimated travel time: 30miles, 1hour.
Today we will visit Eagle hunter`s home and take part in the eagle training and preparation for the wonderful Eagle Festival of the next 2 days. This is actually a big day for the people and the eagles at the same time. See and photograph the spectacular moments of the eagle training and prey-catching etc. Enjoy the best of Kazakh cuisine. 
Accommodation: Ger camp nearby in Ulgii
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner 

 

Day: 08 Eagle Festival Day
Approximate distance covered and estimated travel time: 4miles,10min.
The first day of the festival: Eagle hunters compete with their beautiful traditional clothes, horse, horse decorations, their eagles and the eagle decorations while parading from the Olgii central square to the competition arena. Later in the afternoon, the Eagles compete with their speed, agility and hunting skills. 
Accommodation: Ger camp nearby in Ulgii
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner 

Day: 09 Eagle Festival Day
Approximate distance covered and estimated travel time: 4miles, 10min
2nd day of the colorful festival. Today’s task for the eagles is catching the prey within the shortest time and they’re given scores. Kazakh traditional games like Kokbar etc are played among the spectators. The best eagles with their best trainers are awarded in the evening. 
Accommodation: Ger camp nearby in Ulgii
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner 

Day:10 Ulgii-Ulaangom town 
Approximate distance covered and estimated travel 140miles: 5-6 hours.
After breakfast in the morning, we will set off to Ulgii and drive through mountains and lake. Meantime we will stop at a local coal mine where to have picnic lunch. Late afternoon, we to reach local tourist camp where will spend days following Eagle Festival.
Accommodation: Ger camp nearby in Ulgii
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day: 11 Ulaangom-Ulaanbaatar 
Approximate distance covered and estimated travel flight time:  3 hours.
Take a local flight toUb and transfer to your hotel. Guide standby for helping for shopping. Mongolia is famous for its cashmere and camel and sheep wool products.
Farewell dinner in Mongolian barbeque.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ulaanbaatar Best Western Premier Tuushin*****www.bestwesternmongolia.mn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day: 12 Departure
After long adventure together ends with your transfer to the airport or train station for your departure.
Meals: Breakfast

* Itinerary is subject to change based on many factors that can be outside of our control such as weather and other variables. We will always do what we feel is best for our group to give us the very best photographic and tour experiences.