Golden Eagle Ride

summary
Dates
8th to 20th Sept (Sagsaii Eagle Festival), 22nd September to 4th Oct (Ulgii Eagle Festival)
Location
Altai Mountains, Western Mongolia
Duration
13 days
Level
Good riding skills required
Size
Minimum of 4 people
Cost
U$7945 (4 people), U$6995 (6 people)

A horse safari which is everyday supported by vehicle including cook, driver, Bagual guide (James), local guide (Agii) and local horseman (with golden eagle). Sleeping is in traditional gers for 5 nights, tents for 1 night and winter house 1 night and hotel accommodation in the city (there will be slight variations in the detail depending on which departure date you choose).

A comment from a client sums it up nicely: “It's been a very authentic trip and the more I think of it the more in awe I am of all the things we lived!” Adrian Matheu, October 2014.

Your journey will be in the awe inspiring Altai Mountains. We are unique in having a genuine comradery and friendship with the nomad horseman to operate multiday horse rides in this awe inspiring landscape - where there are no fences, where you feel completely free.

We are the only specialist horse safari company with the horsemanship expertise combined with the authentic relationship with the people of the region. We share a passion for the horse and the nomad way of life. We ride guided by a man who´s family come from a legendary lineage of great horseman and Golden Eagle falconry, second to none.

You will experience the real deal. We will be with golden everyday drawing covers and hunting as we travel. We will cover 20 to 50kms per day. The trip will start at the Eagle festival.

Itinerary
Day 01
Airport pick up in Ulaan Bataar and transfer to UB hotel. Afternoon guided visit to Museum near hotel. Traditional Mongolian concert, early evening, followed by supper.
Day 02
Morning visit of Gandantegchinien Monastery. Opportunity to experience Tibetan Buddhist worship and monks chanting their prayers. Lunch enroute. Market tour. Cashmere outlet. Supper.
Day 03
Driven to airport for domestic flight to Bayan Ulgii. Met at Bayan Ulgii and driven by 4x4 5 hours in the Altai to first camp and safari starting point. Meet the horses. Staying at our ger camp set up next to the bank of the Khovd River 2 kms from Eagle Festival.
Day 04
Ride to festival. Horse at disposal all day. Day at Eagle Festival. Supper at camp.
Day 05
35km ride to nomad family Camp.
Day 06
Riding with eagle hunter guide. Hunting day, exploring the different mountain ridges.
Day 07
River crossing. Exploring different terrain.
Day 08
We will continue to our next camp. It is approximately a 25 km ride with lunch stop enroute. This camp is situated in a beautiful canyon. Sleeping gers and dining ger have all been moved here, your home for 3 nights.
Day 09
Full day ride, exploring the surrounding valleys and ridge tops with the golden eagle. Stunning views. Lunch will be set up by support vehicle. Back to camp for tea time. Evening meal in the dining ger.
Day 10
Another full day falconing. Lunch will be set up out on the ride. Evening meal in the dining ger.
Day 11
Morning departure from camp to meet your domestic flight back from Bayan Ulgii to the capital. A travelling day. There might be time for museum or market visit, driver and guide with us at all times. Supper booked at restaurant in the capital.
Day 12
In case of domestic flight schedule changes (due to weather), we include a buffer day so as to limit any possible effect on International flight timetable. Today we will have a suggested guided itinerary which can be flexible according to how everyone feels at the time. Some like to just rest and shop.
Day 13
Transfer and help with your bags from hotel to airport check in for your international flight.