Nomadic Traditions and the Great Gobi Desert

Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival

Mongolia

12 Days

From $8,495

Level 3

Moderate

Overview

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    Overview

    On this thrilling “back of beyond” journey, we witness the Golden Eagle Festival, the cultural event captured in the acclaimed film The Eagle Huntress. Heading out to far western Mongolia, we watch as Kazakh horsemen and horsewomen compete in hunting with their magnificent trained eagles, releasing them to swoop down from cliffsides. Festival activities also include archery and breathtaking kukbar horseback games played at a thundering gallop. Flying south to the remote Gobi Desert, Three Camel Lodge is our comfortable home as we hike to petroglyph sites, climb golden sand dunes, ride magnificent two-humped Bactrian camels, explore glacier-carved Yol Valley National Park in the foothills of the Altai Mountains, and sip sundowners below the brilliant Flaming Cliffs, where the first dinosaur eggs were unearthed.

    Arrive: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

    Depart: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

    Highlights

    • See eagle hunters and huntresses parading with their huge golden eagles, and watch the eagles hunt their prey
    • Enjoy the stunning setting of the renowned Three Camel Lodge, with its well-appointed ger tents
    • Sip sundowners and watch the magical sunset at the Gobi's Flaming Cliffs
    • Walk in the Moltsog Els dunes, ride a two-humped Bactrian camel
    • Watch a wild horseback game called kukbar
    • Visit Gandan Monastery, seat of Buddhism in Mongolia

    Overview

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      Itinerary

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      In Ulaanbaatar, our visits include fascinating Gandan Monastery, the seat of Buddhism in Mongolia. We fly to the Gobi Desert, where our hikes from the charming Three Camel Lodge bring us to rock art sites and into the habitat of argali mountain sheep and soaring lammergeiers. We also have the opportunity to climb golden sand dunes and ride a magnificent two-humped Bactrian camel, a species native to Mongolia and China. We'll explore the Flaming Cliffs, rich in dinosaur fossils, and watch the sunset paint the cliffs ochre and red.
      A flight brings us to Ulgii in Mongolia's far west, land of the Kazakhs, the traditional nomadic herders of Central Asia. Here in the High Altai, we'll join in the annual Golden Eagle Festival of Kazakh hunters and their trained golden eagles. We'll be front and center as the local Kazakhs parade on horseback dressed in their hunting finery, accompanied by their golden eagles. Kazakh families arrive from villages far away to enjoy the pageantry, and during competitions, awards are given to hunters with the most elaborate dress and to eagles that have demonstrated the most skill and agility. Archery and the fast-paced equestrian game of kukbar are part of the festival's closing ceremony—it's an unforgettable sight! Our accommodation is a comfortable ger camp. Depart on Day 12 via Ulaanbaatar.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader
      • Accommodations in ger camps and hotels
      • All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from arrival until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel

      Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      You can expect traditional Mongolian friendliness and hospitality at this large modern hotel, set in the heart of Ulaanbaatar. It's close to all the major sites of the city and an ideal place to relax during your time in Mongolia's capital city. Guest rooms are spacious, and there's a great...

      Three Camel Lodge

      The Gobi Desert, Mongolia

      Days 3-5 (3 nights)

      This premier expedition camp of 40 gers, set in a peaceful hillside spot in the Gobi Desert, offers great comfort and is strategically close to several of the desert's “must-see” attractions. Modeled on the traditional felt tents of Mongolian nomads, the gers provide an authentic and memorable taste of Mongolian...

      Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel

      Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

      Day 6 (1 night)

      You can expect traditional Mongolian friendliness and hospitality at this large modern hotel, set in the heart of Ulaanbaatar. It's close to all the major sites of the city and an ideal place to relax during your time in Mongolia's capital city. Guest rooms are spacious, and there's a great...

      Mongolian Ger Camps

      Orkhon Valley, Mongolia

      Days 7-9 (3 nights)

      Gers are the traditional yurt-like tents used by Mongolian nomads for centuries, and these simple fixed camps are specially built and operated for visitors. They come equipped with beds and linens (and may also have a small table and stools), and are heated by a wood or coal stove. Meals...

      Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel

      Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

      Days 10-11 (2 nights)

      You can expect traditional Mongolian friendliness and hospitality at this large modern hotel, set in the heart of Ulaanbaatar. It's close to all the major sites of the city and an ideal place to relax during your time in Mongolia's capital city. Guest rooms are spacious, and there's a great...

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      Azaa Choijoo

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      What the Trip is Like

      The trip is Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. Although there is only minimal hiking, this trip involves rugged travel conditions in remote locations, simple accommodations in gers (yurts), and rough roads.
      Review Trip Level Details
      Mongolia has a relatively cool climate with short, mild summers and long, severe winters from October to April. October will be cool and the occasional or rare snow storm is possible, especially in Ulaanbaatar and Ulgii. Weather patterns at this time can be unpredictable. Come prepared for at least some rain, wind, and some very cold nights and mornings. A dusting of snow is not uncommon here at this northern latitude.

      In Ulaanbaatar, our overnights are in a well-located hotel with modern amenities. Our ger camps at the Golden Eagle Festival are simple two-person gers with beds, sheets and blankets, and small stoves for heat. Toilet and shower facilities are separate from the gers and shared by all participants. The shower water is solar heated and may not be available daily. Please be prepared for limited shower use. In the Gobi, we stay at the Three Camel Lodge, with its setting in the stunning landscape of the Gobi's Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Gers at this lodge have private bathrooms and the main lodge building has a central fireplace and large wooden porch for enjoying the serenity of the Mongolian outback.

      Roads outside Ulaanbaatar are unpaved and often very bumpy and dusty. In most cases, travel on these roads will be done in Russian four-wheel drive vans, which are not up to western SUV standards, but are reasonably comfortable.

      Mongolia is an exciting destination, and while tourism is growing rapidly, the infrastructure remains limited. The country is modernizing quickly from its Soviet-era standards, but they are not yet up to the level of many countries (particularly felt by travelers on the bumpy roads!). Essential requirements for travel in Mongolia are flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity, enthusiasm about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

      Client Testimonials

      "The festival was fantastic. The locations of the eagle camp and Three Camel Lodge were beautiful. We were thrilled to experience the mini-Nadaam in the Gobi, and we really enjoyed the hike to see the petroglyphs in the Gobi."

      Becky H.

      Chandler, AZ

      "Loved the trip, guide and all crew members. Everything worked very well and was well organized. The cultural performance in Ulaan Bataar was unexpectedly excellent. Food at both camps was yummy—we ate too much! As always, we enjoyed the fellow WT guests."

      Irene R.

      Cincinnati, OH

      "The trip was an amazing immersion into the Mongolian culture! And our guide, Azaa, did a masterful job of guiding through this adventure! I came away with a far better understanding of this incredibly unique country—with a very unique and significant history than I ever thought I would! Also, the opportunity to meet and spend some time with a wide cross-section of Mongolian people (the Gobi and the mountains) was priceless. The balance between the ancient nomadic and modern cultures was amazing, and will definitely stay with me! I cannot recommend this adventure more!"

      John R.

      Ronkonkoma, NY

      "This was a fantastic trip, and not one we could have managed on our own."

      John S.

      Laurel, MD

      "We had a really great time—the Golden Eagle Festival and the Gobi were both truly spectacular. The Three Camel Lodge was superb in every way, and the ger camp near Ulgii was a lot of fun and in a great location. We enjoyed being in the Kazakh gers with their rugs and decorations."

      Margaret A.

      Seattle, WA

      "The trip was amazing. I'm already thinking about my next one!"

      Mary W.

      Crosby, TX

      "Spectacular! Thrilling! Unique! To those considering this trip: You will see more than 100 eagle hunters and huntresses parade in front of you with huge golden eagles on their arms. You will watch the eagles circle overhead until they spot their target, then swoop down at a dazzling speed. You will get to meet the hunters, and you will have the thrill of holding the eagles!"

      Michael S.

      Oakland, CA

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}