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Trip offered by Chiara Travel expert in Mongolia

Trip summary

  • Departure Ulaan Bataar
  • End Ulaan Bataar
  • Countries
  • City
  • Theme Meeting local people
  • Travel style Group departure
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Description

The Kazakh people of the Bayan Olgii province in Mongolia have been using eagles to hunt for about two thousand years.If you choose to embark on this thrilling 12-day tour, you will have the unique chance to experience this exciting tradition while living with the family of the hunter.

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The hunting only takes place during winter period from October until March but the program is also possible in summer, when the families still keep the eagles but no active hunt takes place and visitors can see an eagle during the practicing action.

The itinerary includes:

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Arrival in Ulaan Baatar
    Day 1
    Arrival in Ulaan Baatar

    You will leave your home country with a scheduled flight, spend the night on board and arrive in Ulaan Baatar the following morning. 

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  • 2
    City tour of Ulaan Baatar
    Day 2
    City tour of Ulaan Baatar

    On your arrival at the airport in Ulaan Baatar you will carry on the customs procedures and at the exit you will be received by your local guide that will bring you to the hotel.

    In the afternoon you will visit the capital, with its Sukhebaatar square and Bogd Khan Palace, built between 1893 and 1903, where the last Mongol king Javzan Damba Hutagt VIII lived. This complex of temples contains many Buddhist works of art and the private collection of personal belongings and clothes of the king.

    Overnight in hotel. Lunch and dinner are included.

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  • 3
    Ulaan Baatar - Deluun
    Day 3
    Ulaan Baatar - Deluun

    On this day you will fly to Khovd and then you will travel by road to Deluun in Bayan Olgii province, a town mainly inhabited by Kazakh people.

    The Kazakh started to enter Mongolia from northern China in the 19th century, looking for summer pastures for their cattle. Until Mongolian independence in 1921, they led a nomadic life, spending the summers on Mongolian territory and returning to the plains of China for the winter.Kazakh culture is quite different from Khalkh Mongolian's.

    They do not wear the Mongolian Del but baggy shirts, trousers and long black cloaks as well as a skullcap or a fox-fur hat. The gers are bigger and richly decorated with felt carpets, called "koshma" and wall hangings called "tush". They are not Buddhist but Sunni Muslims.

    The Kazakh culture in Mongolia is far more intact than that of strongly russified Kazakhstan . You will stay in a separate ger next to the family of the hunter. The ger has a stove for the heating and beds. The family will prepare traditional Mongolian dishes.

    Overnight in a ger camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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  • 4
    Eagle hunting in Deluun
    Day 4-9
    Eagle hunting in Deluun

    You will spend six days with the Kazakh people and discover their traditions and unique culture.  Eagle hunting is a very old Kazakh tradition. Usually female eagles are used as they are bigger, heavier and far more aggressive.

    Young birds are caught in the valleys, brought up and then trained. The eagles will mainly hunt foxes for their fur, that's also why the hunt takes place mainly during the cold season, as furs are at their best during wintertime. Other animals hunted by the eagles include marmots for their meat, and sometimes even wolves. 

    Overnight in a ger camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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  • 5
    Deluun -Ulaan Baatar
    Day 10
    Deluun -Ulaan Baatar

    After spending seven unforgettable days, you will return to Khovd and fly back to Ulaan Baatar, where you will have a free afternoon for shopping at cashmere factory or in department stores. Before dinner you may attend a folklore show.

    Overnight in hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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  • 6
    Sightseeing in Ulaan Baatar
    Day 11
    Sightseeing in Ulaan Baatar

    Today you will visit the Buddhist Gandan Monastery, the most important temple in Mongolia, and you will have the chance to attend the morning prayers. Inside the Gandan complex there is the Migjid Janraisag temple, where you can see the huge gilded statue of Buddha Migjid Janraisag.

    After that you will go to Choijin Lama Museum: the ancient house of the main lama (Luvsan Haidav Choijin) is now a museum with a rich collection of Buddhist art. Later on, you can learn more on different people and history of this country going to the National History Museum. 

    Today a typical lunch in a local restaurant is also scheduled. Overnight in hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. 

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  • 7
    Departure
    Day 12
    Departure

    Today you will leave Ulaan Baatar to fly back home. 

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes

    • Domestic flights (Ulaan Baatar – Khovd and Khovd – Ulaan Baatar)
    • Accommodation in Ulaan Baatar in 3 stars hotel and overnight in ger (up to 4 passengers sharing a Ger)
    • Meals and beverages according to the program
    • Transport in 4x4 Russian jeep with driver
    • Guide (language of your choice: English, French, German. Italian to be confirmed)
    • Entrance fees
    • Local taxes
    • Porter service upon arrival/departure. 

    Price does not include

    • International flights
    • Visa
    • Airport taxes and insurance
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Photo permission where requested
    • Personal expenses and tips