Mongolian Eagle hunters

Mongolian eagle hunters, also known as Berkutchi, are skilled hunters who have a deep connection with their golden eagles. This traditional art of eagle hunting has been practiced in the Central Asian region for centuries and is particularly prominent among the Kazakh nomads of Mongolia.

The eagle hunting tradition involves capturing and training golden eagles to hunt small game such as foxes and hares. It is an art that requires great skill, patience, and a deep understanding of the birds and their behaviors. The bond between the eagle and the hunter is built through trust and mutual respect, creating a strong partnership in the hunt.

Eagle hunting is usually passed down from generation to generation within families, with young hunters learning the techniques and knowledge from their elders. This practice showcases not only the hunting skills of the eagles but also the rich cultural heritage and nomadic way of life in Mongolia.

Today, eagle hunting has gained significant recognition and has become a popular attraction for tourists interested in experiencing traditional Mongolian culture. Various tour packages and experiences allow visitors to witness eagle hunting demonstrations, interact with eagle hunters, and even try their hand at the ancient art under the guidance of experienced hunters.

If you are interested in learning more or participating in eagle hunting experiences, please let me know, and I can provide further information or assist you in planning an eagle hunting tour in Mongolia.

Here’s a suggested itinerary for your consideration:

Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival at the Chinggis Khaan International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Take some time to rest and get acquainted with the city.

Ulaanbaatar city Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar city Mongolia

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar City Tour

Start your day with a guided city tour of Ulaanbaatar. Visit key attractions such as the Gandan Monastery, Sukhbaatar Square, and the National Museum to learn about Mongolia’s rich history and culture. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Mongolian dinner with a cultural performance.

Ulaanbaatar city tour

Day 3: Fly to Ulgii and Eagle Hunter’s Family Visit

Take a domestic flight to Ulgii, located in western Mongolia. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a local guide who will accompany you throughout the tour. Transfer to a ger camp and have lunch.

Visit a Kazakh Eagle Hunter’s family and experience their traditional way of life. Learn about the ancient art of eagle hunting, witness the bond between the hunter and eagle, and have the chance to interact with these magnificent birds.

Kazakh Eagle hunters in western Mongolia
Kazakh Eagle hunters in western Mongolia

Day 4-5: Eagle Hunting Excursions

Spend the next two days immersing yourself in eagle hunting activities. Accompanied by an experienced eagle hunter, journey into the beautiful Altai Mountains, searching for prey and witnessing the incredible hunting skills of the eagles. Capture stunning photographs and enjoy the unique experience of being in the presence of these majestic creatures.

Kazakh Eagle hunters in western Mongolia
Kazakh Eagle hunters in western Mongolia

Day 6: Return to Ulgii and Departure

After breakfast, return to Ulgii and bid farewell to the Kazakh Eagle Hunter and his family.

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the city or doing some shopping for souvenirs.

In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate the end of your Mongolian eagle hunting adventure.

Flight to Ulaanbaatar
Flight to Ulaanbaatar

Day 7: Departure

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey, taking with you unforgettable memories of your eagle hunting tour in Mongolia.

Tour costs:

  • 2 people $1,880US PAX
  • 4 people $1,450US PAX
  • 6 people $1,350US PAX
  • 8 people $1,240US PAX
  • 10 people $1,290US PAX

Price includes:

  • Domestic plane tickets between Ulaanbaatar and Ulgii
  • Driver and van + gasoline
  • Cheff & cooking (We need own cook as those places have no restaurants)
  • All meals and food in Mongolia
  • Translator guide
  • Horses for riding
  • Staying with Eagle hunter’s family
  • Visiting nomadic families.
  • Hotel nights + All lodging
  • Airport pick up and take to after the tour as well.
  • All national park permits and fees.

Price excludes:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Snacks in the car
  • Personal shopping

The best time for this tour

This tour is available from middle of September and whole winter until middle of March.

We are here to assist you with any queries or concerns you may have about Mongolia or planning tours in Mongolia. Please feel free to ask, as we are delighted to provide our support and guidance.

Packing list suggestion for this tour in Mongolia

When preparing for a winter tour in Mongolia, it’s important to pack the right clothing and gear to ensure your comfort and safety in the cold conditions. Here are some suggestions for your packing list:

  1. Warm Clothing:
  • Thermal base layers: Long-sleeved tops and leggings to provide warmth and insulation.
  • Fleece or insulated mid-layers: These will help trap heat and keep you warm.
  • Insulated and waterproof outer layers: A down or synthetic insulated jacket, along with waterproof and windproof pants or a snowsuit, is essential to protect against cold temperatures, wind, and snow.
  1. Accessories:
  • Hat and earmuffs: A warm hat and earmuffs will keep your head and ears protected from the cold.
  • Scarf or neck gaiter: A scarf or neck gaiter can shield your face from wind and cold temperatures.
  • Gloves or mittens: Choose insulated and waterproof gloves or mittens to keep your hands warm and dry.
  • Thick socks: Opt for thick, woolen socks to provide insulation for your feet.
  1. Footwear:
  • Insulated and waterproof boots: Look for sturdy, insulated boots with good traction to keep your feet warm and dry in snowy conditions.
  • Extra pairs of socks: Pack enough pairs of woolen or thermal socks to keep your feet cozy throughout the trip.
  1. Other Essentials:
  • Backpack: A sturdy backpack to carry your essentials during your winter adventures.
  • Hand and foot warmers: Consider packing heat packs that can be activated and provide extra warmth in extreme cold.
  • Sunglasses: polarized sunglasses are useful to protect your eyes from snow glare.
  1. Personal Items:
  • Toiletries: Bring your toiletries including toothpaste, toothbrush, and other personal care items.
  • Medications: If you require any medications, make sure to pack an adequate supply.
  • Extra batteries and power bank: Cold temperatures can drain batteries quickly, so carrying extra batteries and a power bank for electronic devices is advisable.
  • Camera and memory cards: Capture the beautiful winter landscapes with a camera and bring extra memory cards and batteries.

Additionally, check with your tour operator or guide for any specific items or gear they recommend for the activities planned during your tour.

Remember to layer your clothing to adjust to varying temperatures, and pack versatile items that can be easily mixed and matched. It’s also advisable to pack a small first aid kit and any necessary travel documents.

Stay warm and enjoy your winter tour in Mongolia!

How do I get to this place?

That sounds like an exciting destination! To get to Ulgii town in western Mongolia, you have a few transportation options depending on your preferences and budget. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Fly: The quickest and most convenient way to reach Ulgii is by flying. You can book a flight from the capital city, Ulaanbaatar, to Ulgii. The journey takes approximately 2-3 hours, and there are several airlines that operate this route.
  2. Bus: If you prefer a more budget-friendly option, you can take a long-distance bus from Ulaanbaatar to Ulgii. The journey can take around 24-28 hours, depending on the road conditions and stops along the way. It’s important to note that this option is more time-consuming but offers a chance to experience the scenic landscapes of Mongolia.
  3. Private Car: Another option is to hire a private car or a driver to take you from Ulaanbaatar to Ulgii. This gives you the flexibility to stop at various attractions along the way and enjoy the journey at your own pace. However, it’s important to consider the cost and availability of private transportation.

Once you reach Ulgii, there are various accommodations available, ranging from guesthouses to hotels. It’s a good idea to book your accommodation in advance to ensure availability, especially during peak travel seasons.

As for activities in Ulgii, some popular attractions include visiting the local Kazakh communities, exploring the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, horseback riding, hiking, and enjoying traditional Mongolian cuisine. The region is known for its stunning natural beauty and unique cultural experiences.

Do you have any specific preferences or a budget range I should consider while assisting you with accommodations and activities?