The Eagle Festival in the West

Ulaanbaatar-Olgii-Altai Tavan Bogd National Parc
9 Days
October, December 2022
Price includes
  • In the price of the trip are included:
  • Airport / hotel / airport transfers
  • hotel** in Ulaanbaatar, breakfast included
  • Domestic flights
  • Full board during the excursion
  • Mineral water
  • camp of comfortable yurts with hot shower
  • nights at homestay, under yurt of hosts
  • Travel by car + driver
  • Essence
  • English-speaking guide
  • Horseback riding
  • Camel ride
  • Local guides during hikes
  • Entrance fees to the parks and museums mentioned
  • Traditional show
  • Kitchen equipment (camping tables and chairs) and sleeping equipment (down)
Price excludes
  •   Not included
  •   Transport international
  •   Passport & Visa Fees
  •   Repatriation insurance
  •   Travel insurance
  •   Extra drinks / alcohols
  •   Meals in Ulaanbaatar
  •   Calls
  •   Any excursion not mentioned in the program

Day 1 Ulaanbaatar

Arrival on Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to the hotel. Lunch in a Mongolian restaurant  to discover local dishes. In the evening planned a traditional show.

Ulaanbaatar (in Mongolian: "Red Hero") is the  capital  of  Mongolia. It is at the same time the political, economic, industrial, scientific and cultural center. Administratively, it has the status, unique in the country, of municipality, comparable to that of province.

The city, which stretches from east to west at the bottom of the valley of the Tula River, over twenty kilometers, brings together more than a million inhabitants, more than a third of the country's population. The city changed its name several times in its history; at its creation in 1639, örgöö which gives the famous translation Urga, in 1651 Nomyn khüree, in 1706 Ikh khüree, in 1912 Niislel khüree and finally in 1924, the current name, Ulaanbaatar.

Ulaanbaatar is located 522 km  south-southeast of Irkutsk, Russia,1,170  km northwest of Beijing,1,557 km east-northeast of Ürümqi, China and 4,635 km east-southeast of Moscow. The city is built along the Tula River, a stream belonging to the Selenge sub-basin. To the southeast of the city is the Choybalsan Uul,a small regional massif culminating at 2,261 m and belonging to the Khentii Mountains.The latter mountainous set, more important, limits the Tula Valley to the north and continues to Russia. Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital of the world, it benefits a continental climate cold and dry. Winter is cold and long while summer is short and cool. Almost all precipitation occurs in summer.

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar-Olgii

Ulaanbaatar-Olgii direct flight 1636 km. Arrival  in the Bayan-Olgii area. Visit of Olgii.

The Bayan-Ölgii Region literally, rich lange,is one of the 21 regions of Mongolia. It is located in the far west of the country, on the border with Russia and China, not far from Kazakhstan. 93% of the inhabitants of this province are of Kazakh culture, Islam being practiced there and various mosques can be found. It has had the status of a semi-autonomous Kazakh province since 1939. The region was established in 1939, under the Mongolian People's Republic (1924 -1992), as a semi-autonomous territory, for Kazakhs living in Mongolia. The neighboring aimags in Mongolia are the Uvs to the north and Khovd to the southeast. Kazakh culture is predominant in this province of Mongolia. The Altai-Kazakh community meets in the region during the first week of October for the "Golden Eagle Festival",  where Berkutchi, eagle hunting, is practiced. As in the majority of regions of Turkish or Persian culture of the world, it celebrates the New Year of Noruz once practiced by the Zoroastrians, locally called Nauryz.

Day 3 The Eagle Festival

The Eagle Festival

The extraordinary hunting tradition of The Kazakh eagle hunters is a unique rite of this Kazakh people that is lost over time. We are in the heart of the Massifs of the Mongolian Altai among the Kazakh peoples so proud of their ancestral hunting practice. Once a year, these mountain riders meet to continue this tradition. Mongolia's Kazak minority, which resists the rural exodus, has arguably retained their cultural authenticity better than the Kazaks in Kazakhstan. Will they become the only witnesses of this traditional hunting practice and the training of eagles so wild and formidable. It is a popular festival in a festive atmosphere known by Mongolians and foreigners.

Day 4 Tsengel-Khoton Lakes

Tsengel -Khoton-Khurgan Lakes-Sirgali-Baga Turgen Falls   

After participating in the eagle festival our next destination will be the Village of  Tsengel. It is a village that is 75 km from Olgii  around which we will visit the 2 beautiful lakes Khoton and Khurgan as well as the falls of Baga turgen the sites that are part of the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park.

The twin lakes

Lakes Khoton and Khurgan are located 90 km from Olgii and 110 km from  Altai Tavan Bogd National Park in the Bayanolgii region.

LAKE KHOTON: 22 km long, 4 km wide, lake area 50 км², altitude is 2084 m at sea level, 58m deep.

LAKE KHURGAN: 23.3 km long, 6 km wide, the superficie of the lake 71 км², the altitude is  2072 m at sea level, 28 m deep.

The lakes are rich in fish and some of them are endemic to western Mongolia. Glacial lakes are a source of the Khovd River. Lakes surrounded by plains, forest-covered mountains, rugged mountains and snow-capped mountains. On the way from Olgii town to Khoton Khurgan Lake, you can travel through the impressive Khovd River Valley, visit local nomads including Kazakh eagle hunters, explore ancient Turkish-era balbal stones, tombs, burial mounds and rock drawings.

Baga Turgen Falls

One of the most beautiful places in Altai Tavanbogd National Park are the Baga Turgen Falls in the valleys of Baga Turgen Gorge, Khoton and Khurgan Lake,Tsengel Soum. The waterfall comes from the snow-capped mountains and sits in the wild, creating a beautiful natural wonder. The height of the waterfall is 15 meters and is considered the highest waterfall in the province. The surrounding mountains are covered with Siberian spruce and larch, while the Baga Turgen Gorge is rich in willows and shrubs. In spring and summer, the Mongolian shade, a fish native to the region, breeds in the steep rivers of the mountains.

Nomadic family where the camps

Day 5 Tsengel-Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

The village of Tsengel-Altai tavan bogd National Park

Departure for the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park to discover the splendid peaks of the Altai Mountains. Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is a national park in Bayan-Ölgii Province of western Mongolia.

It covers 6362 square kilometers and is located south of Tavan Bogd, the highest mountain in Mongolia. It includes Lakes Khoton, Khurgan and Dayan. The protected area is inhabited by species such as Argali sheep, ibex, red deer, beech marten, moose, snow rooster and golden eagle. The petroglyphic complexes of the Mongolian Altai (UNESCO World Heritage) are located inside the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. The World Heritage site covers three sites with several thousand Turkish petroglyphs and monoliths, including the cave paintings of Tsagaan Salaa with more than 10,000 rock drawings in 15 km of river valley.


Day 6 Tsagaan gol- The Summit of Malchin

Tsagaan  gol-The summit of Mount  Malchin


The Tsagaan-Gol River is the largest left tributary of the Khovd River. The source is in the Grene, Alexandra and Musen-Gol (Potanin) glaciers of the Tavan-Bogd Mountains. The river flows south through an open and wide valley. The Tsagaan-Gol River depends on melting snow and glaciers. Water levels are highest in June once the ice has dissipated. In summer, when the glaciers melt, the color of the water is white like milk, hence the name and surname of the river (tsagaan = white). The length of the river 111 km. The slope in places is more than 25 m/km. The Tsagaan-Gol River flows into the Khovd River a little downstream from the village of Tsengel. The main tributaries: left - Nalii-Gol, Khatugiin-Gol, right - Mudedy-Gol. At the edge of the river are many rocks with petroglyphs.

The summit of Mount Malchin 4050m

Departure: Tavan Bogd Base Camp
Altitude departure: 3,500m
Elevation gain: +550m
Duration: 7 hours (round trip)

This massif is an outgrowth of Altai that covers nearly 2,000 kilometers, between Russia and Kazakhstan. It is an interesting destination for trekkers because it is very little frequented. The vegetation alternates between alpine meadows and forests and arid steppe. We launch into the ascent of Mount Malchin, a summit of 4,051 meters. One of the peaks of Tavan Bogd, the only one that can be climbed without mountaineering equipment. A good part of the ascent is done in scree or on more or less marked trails. From the top, beautiful view of the surrounding glaciers and nearby Russia. The round trip to the base camp takes about 7 hours.

Base Camps

Day 7 Olgii

Olgii-Central Market Tour  

A day of relaxation  on Olgii before leaving the Bayanolgii region.


Day 8 Olgii-Ulaanbaatar


Direct flight back to the capital. Once we have arrived on site we can do the shopping and visit the cachemire factory.

Day 9 Return