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Golden Week – Golden Eagles

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Tour Brief

  • Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Activities: Activity packed journey in Mongolia, culminating in the Golden Eagle Festival
  • Distance: 3000km
  • Group: Min 2 - Max 12
  • Season: Autumn
  • Fitness level:

Included:

All Accommodation (twin)
English speaking guide, other languages on request
Festival & park entrance fees, tickets, road tolls
Transport: 4×4 minivan
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner as mentioned in the program.

Not included:

International transportation to and from Mongolia
Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
Travel insurance
Bottled water and alcoholic drinks
Tips and gratuities
Laundry and items of a personal nature.

Highlights

The Golden Week holiday is an excellent time to visit Mongolia. On this activity-packed journey you will have a unique opportunity to stay alongside a nomadic family in their yurt as well as with an eagle hunter in Altai mountains – ride with them, learn how they train their birds, and experience the way of life of these nomads. This journey will immerse you into untouched beautiful nature and rich cultural heritage of Mongolia – experience off road driving, mountain biking, archery, gyrocopter flights and many other activities during the holiday week. The trip culminates in the celebration of the annual golden eagle festival in Ulgii.  

Places Visited

Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park – Chinggis Statue – Ulgii – Golden Eagle Festival – Ulaanbaatar

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Itinerary

Wedesday, Oct 2Ulaanbaatar

Your guide and driver will meet you in the arrivals hall at Ulaanbaatar Chinggis Khan Airport. Transfer to Ramada hotel and check into your room. The plan for today is flexible, as your arrival time will influence the itinerary.

If you arrive early (or the day before), there will be a morning visit to the Gandan Monastery – enter the temples, including that of the Migjid Janraisig with it’s huge golden buddha statue. In the old temple complex listen to the chanting ceremonies which happen betwen 10 and 11am.

If you arrive later, meet your guide in the hotel reception at 2:30p, for a walk across the impressive Sukhbaatar Square and a visit to the National History Museum with its well-laid out informative displays showcasing the country’s fascinating past.

Afterwards, walk south towards the city’s main park, and enjoy an intimate performance of music and dance by the Tumen Ekh ensemble at a small theater. A welcome dinner at one of our favorite Mongolian restaurants rounds off your first day in Mongolia. D

Thursday, Oct 3Terelj National Park - Horse Trek - Ger Homestay

After breakfast meet your guide at the hotel’s lobby at at 08:30, hop into vehicle and journey east to Terelj National Park, stopping quickly en route at the sacred Turtle Rock which you can climb up and hike to the nearby Aryabal Meditation Temple set on a hill. The National Park yields some great scenery which makes it a very popular weekend getaway for both locals and tourists alike. However, you will now pass through the main valley to get away from the crowds, and after Terelj village cross over the river – or rather, through the river! A few kilometers further on you will stop at a family’s ger – step inside and experience local hospitality, drink milk tea, and enjoy homemade lunch, while the horses are being prepared outside.

Then saddle up on for a ride up into the valley towards Jalman Mountain and along the east side of the Saikhan Saridag range of hills. No horse riding experience is necessary – Mongolian horses are small and we match horses to riders – you should be comfortable quickly and your guide will be there to assist.

Return to your ger and in the evening enjoy a nomadic feast of khorkhog or similar countryside fare – you can help with food preparation if you wish. In the evening there will be time to socialize with your nomadic hosts over home made vodka made of fermented mare’s milk, or alternatively for some incredible stargazing of the clear, Mongolian sky.

B, L, D

Thursday, Oct 4Off-Roading - Chinggis Statue - Gyrocopter Flight

After breakfast say goodbye to your nomadic hosts and hop on our quality mountain bikes, following your guide riding in picturesque locations of the Terelj National park. Riding will be on rather flat dust trail which is suitable for average fitness levels, but if you rather not ride, just stay at the ger and observe nomads herding to families – you can get involved in their activities too. After returning, set of for some great off-road vehicle excursion to the remarkable Chinggis Statue complex near Erdene. Once you arrive, climb up inside until you reach the exterior staircase which runs up the mane of the horse to a viewpoint overlooking the Tuul River, Terelj & the hills of Khan Khentii – Chinggis’ homeland.

Then, visit the nearby Gyrocopter pad and take a 10 minute flight over the Chinggis Statue and enjoy the panoramic views from above Mongolia.

Upon landing back on the ground it’s back to Ulaanbaatar, arrive on time for dinner and settle in your hotel room for the night.

B, L, D

Friday, Oct 5Ulgii - Aimag Museum - Kazakh Bazaar - Eagle Hunters

Today you fly to the remote Western corner of Mongolia in the Altai mountians. Ninety percent of the population here is Kazakh, Mongolia’s largest ethnic minority. The isolation of the Altai Mountains has preserved the language and traditions of the Kazakhs, who live amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Upon arrival in Ulgii visit the interesting local Aimag museum and take a stroll around this low-rise town – a mix of soviet-style buildings and traditional clay brick dwellings. You can also take a walk around the town’s market.

You will be staying tonight in a guest ger alongside a Kazakh eagle hunter and his family near Ulgii. Enjoy Kazakh hospitality and spend the evening together, learning how they train their birds. There are also many nomadic families who live in this area – including other hunters – and there will be plenty of opportunity to visit them and experience traditional nomadic hospitality and local community life in the next two days.

B, L, D

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 6 - 7Golden Eagle Festival

Over these 2 days enjoy the sights and sounds of the annual eagle festival. You will be only a few kilometers from the festival site so those of you who would like to ride there (and/or back) can do so. The celebrations begin with a colorful opening parade on the festival site in the lee of the mountains overlooking the huge rocky plains. The competitions then begin in earnest – eagles and their owners are judged on various qualities, including the ability of the eagle to fly from the top of the adjacent hill down to its owner and also to catch the ‘prey’ (usually a fox skin) that is pulled behind a horse. There are also prizes for best turned-out bird, and best dressed hunter. In addition to these eagle-related competitions there are horsemanship competitions, goat carcass tug-o-war, and camel racing. Enjoy lunch in a ger at the festival site – huushuur (fried dumplings) are the typical fare at festivals. Return in the afternoon, by vehicle or on horseback, to the ger camp near an eagle hunter’s family where you are staying.

On Saturday afternoon head to the airport for your flight to Ulaanbaatar at 5:50pm and after landing enjoy a farewell meal at one of our favorite restaurants to round off your Mongolian journey. Stay at Ramada HotelB, L, D

Departure

Transfer to the airport on time for your flight back home at a time to suit you.

Dates: Oct 2 - Oct 8

Note

  • Private departure is available on request.
  • Customize your trip: we are able to make amendments in the program according to our client’s special interest and request. Details would be discussed by emails in advance.
  • Hotel stay and transfer: we are glad to book your hotel and transfer in Ulaanbaatar as well as private transportation for your trip at our discounted rates.

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Single and double Occupancy: yPrices are based on a twin occupancy in hotels and ger camps. If you prefer to stay alone, a single supplement of $120 is applicable. Single occupancy may not be available at get homestays – this depends on availability.

Tailoring your tour: We are always happy to help you create your own, unique trip according to your specific interests and wishes. Please contact us for details.

More information: info@tourmongolia.com

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Trip Information

Meeting point
Your guide and driver will pick you up from the Chinggis Khan airport or a pre-arranged city location, confirmed with you in advance. It can be your accommodation, or the train station. Meeting time will be confirmed in the pre-departure email that you will receive after the booking has been made.

How to locate your guide / driver?
Your guide or driver will hold a welcoming board with your name(s) and Tour Mongolia logo shown for ease of identification. Don’t forget to let us know your hotel name, accommodation address, flight or train number and carriage numbers (if arriving by train) in advance, so we know when and where to pick you up!

Problems and emergency contact information
In case of an emergency, or if you are unable to locate your guide or driver, please call (+976) 9905 9466 or (+976) 9909 8467. (24h)
For all other inquiries and tour services please contact our office team on (+976) 11 35 46 62.

Finishing Point

You will be transferred to the airport or Ulaanbaatar location of your choice on the last day. Multiple drop-offs are possible if required.

Passport and Visas

Mongolia is a country that requires many foreign citizens to have obtained a visa in advance of travel. A Mongolian tourist
visa is usually valid for a stay of up to 30 days, with entry within three months from the date of issue. It is guests’ responsibility
to ensure they have a valid visa to travel to Mongolia, if required, according to nationality. Please note that all UK, Australian and most European citizens (excluding Germans) DO require a visa to travel to Mongolia, and this must be applied for in advance at any Mongolian consular mission. Only in exceptional circumstances may it sometimes be possible to pre-arrange a visa on arrival. The list of visa exempt countries include: USA, Canada, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Brazil, Israel, Philippines, Cuba, Hong Kong and Singapore – but these countries do have rules and regulations associated with length
of visit etc., so please check before travel.

Application Process: Obtaining a visa is a straightforward process, and usually very quick – especially if you are able to apply in person. Most embassies will return the visas within 2-3 days for a standard service, and some of them offer a same day express
service. Most embassies require minimal documentation – the 2-page application form; passport valid for at least 6 months after date of entry and with at least 1 blank page for the visa; fee payment; passport photo. Some embassies ask for additional documentation – an itinerary, flight reservation, a letter of invitation from your tour company (i.e. us) – so please
check. We can usually help provide all additional documentation. Some embassies have an online application form on their website, and sometimes the functionality is poor or confusing – so please be aware that embassies also accept
hand-written forms, and there is one standard form worldwide. If you can’t find it online, ask us for a copy and we will send one to you.

Visa on Arrival: If you are living in a country without a Mongolian Consulate/Embassy then we may be able to organize a Visa on Arrival. As this requires a fair bit of work on our part we have to charge a $120 administration fee for this service. The process involves us lodging a request on your behalf to the Immigration Authorities. If the application is successful they issue an official approval letter to us which will be scanned and sent to you. You will need to print it off and show this to anyone en route when asked about visa, e.g. airline check-in staff. On arrival in Mongolia, there is a customs office in the immigration hall where you will need to go and get the visa on arrival. It costs 108,000 MNT and $3 per person – all payable in USD using their exchange rate of the day, so it works out at around $50-$60 per person.

Food and Dietary Requirements

Please let us know your dietary requirements at the time of booking. Food choices tend to be limited in Mongolian countryside, but we are usually able to provide vegetarian, vegan, dairy or gluten free food. However, religious dietary requirements and exotic foods are often impossible to source, particularly on trips to more remote areas of the country.

Meals included in your trip are indicated B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner) under each day of the itinerary. On most days, all meals are included. When camping, your service team will prepare meals using provisions we source prior to departure and send with you.

Generally, water quality in Mongolia is good. But as a precaution we advise our guests to drink bottled water that can be purchased in shops, food markets and kiosks in the capital and many of the provincial centers as well as in tourist Ger camps in the countryside. Mineral water is usually not included in our trips as we aim to produce as little plastic waste as possible. But we do provide plenty of warm drinks such as tea and coffee during our trips.

Accommodation

We believe that swapping a generic bedroom for a cozy ger is one of the very best things about travel in Mongolia. It is in gers, particularly when visiting local families or staying with them at homestays, where you will have your most memorable insights into nomadic life; and for those tucking themselves up in traditional canvas tents on outward bound adventures and treks, you will stay in some truly magical locations. If your trip includes nights in ger camps, then you will combine authentic gers with the relative luxury of a few home comforts along the way.

Depending on your trip, you will be staying in ger camps, community based eco-camps, ger homestays alongside nomadic families or in a tent. Normally, there are three or four beds in each Ger and 2 people will share a tent. ger camp provides restaurant / bar, western-style toilet, washing facilities and showers. Low-impact eco, community based camps provide composting toilet and shower. At homestays the facilities are very basic, with no showers, and a a ground hole surrounded with wooden walls used for composting toilets. For expedition trips with tent stays, we provide good quality and spacious triple tents for twin occupancy. Among other equipment that we send are foldable mattresses, ground sheet tarpaulin, a toilet tent, sometimes a shower tent and a dining tent for groups of over 5 travelers. Additionally, kitchen equipment, foldable tables and chairs are often sent depending on the trip conditions.

We recommend bringing our own sleeping bag if your trip involves camping or ger homestays for hygiene reasons.

Land Transport

Mongolia is a big country and we’re used to driving long distances between destinations. However, in this trip driving times are kept to minimum as you fly to Ulgii and back.

In terms of vehicles, we use either Russian minivans or Japanese jeep and minivans for our group trips, as well as Land Cruisers or other modern SUVs for private trips for 1-3 travelers. The Russian minivan has capacity of 6 people with luggage and Japanese minivan can take up to 4 people with luggage.

All vehicles used in our tours are insured and carefully prepared before departure. Our drivers are also good mechanics, have many years of experience for driving through unmarked, unpaved bumpy roads in the countryside.

Money

The Mongolian currency is called Tugrug (MNT). Please refer recent rates on
www.bloomberg.com/markets/currencies
Credit and debit cards are accepted in Ulaanbaatar and center of the provinces.
Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are common in central areas.

Important notes

– Refill bottle: Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least 1.5 liter capacity. We encourage our clients not to use small bottled water when traveling in countryside.

– Battery: If your trip involves stays in ger camps you will most likely have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. It is still a good idea though to bring an extra battery or a power bank. For expedition trips that involve camping and homestays, a solar charger is a good option.
– Headlamp: A headlamp or flashlight is useful at night. Some ger camps have limited lighting and are powered by generators that switch off at a certain time in the evening.
– Packing: Please ensure you pack appropriately according to season and temperature. Warm jacket, thermals, underpants and wool hats are advisable for the colder months. Please refer our “Pre-Travel Advice” document with details the information regarding temperatures during your trip.
– Luggage: Please pack light and smart. Due to the domestic flight luggage weight limitations, a passenger can carry maximum of 15 kg (10kg check in bag and 5kg hand luggage). Excess weight may be charged extra, or refused altogether.
– Tour guide: The aim of the guide is to help you have the best trip possible. Your guide will provide information on the places you are travelling through, organize things to do and see according to the itinerary and lead the group. Your guide is always on hand to provide you all relevant information, answer your questions as well as to serve as your translator along the way.
– Safety: We provide information on safety before and during the trip. We also recommend that you check your country’s government latest travel advice before departure and ensure that you have a valid travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation and repatriation in case of an accident.
– Responsible Travel: Being a responsible tour operator is at the heart of what our company is all about. We are committed to offering low-impact tours that benefit both, travelers and hosts. Thanks to the support of our guests we work with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help the local economies while minimizing any negative environmental and cultural impact. Please find more information here: www.tourmongolia.com/who we are/about us
– Community projects: We are pleased to combine your trip route with destinations where we run our local support projects. Please let us know in advance if you wish to visit any of those places.

Fitness Level

As you will note, all our tours are graded to help you decide whether they’re right for you. The grading is as follows:
EASY: A basic level of fitness is required, the tour is generally easy-paced.
MODERATE: Within the capability of anyone leading a normal, active life. Short walks and drives.
ACTIVE: These tours may involve considerable walking and long travel days.
STRENUOS: These tours may include energetic activities such as horse riding, camel riding, mountain bicycle riding or longer trekking.
CHALLENGING: A high level of fitness is required. Trips may contain high altitude treks or climbing using ropes.

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Review

Golden Eagle Festival it’s great opportunity experiencing eagle hunt and how to train their eagles, and learning Kazakh culture.

Jan and David Gasper
janagasper@fuse.net

It was excellent trip. The highlight was the Eagle are hunting fake fox, and also understanding western Mongolian Ethnic groups culture.

Catherine Byrnes
cbyrnes@lism.catholic.edu.au
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