Golden Eagle Festival to be held on 30 Sep-01 Oct

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2017-09-26 17:35 GMT+8

ULAANBAATAR (GoGo Mongolia) - Golden Eagle Festival will take place on 30 Sep-01 October in Bugat soum, Bayan-Ulgii province.

Mongolia is a home to an amazing 2000 years old tradition of hunting with trained Golden Eagles. This tradition has been passed from generation to generation among the Kazakh nomads in the beautiful Altai Mountains. 

The thrilling festival features about 30-70 eagle hunters or the “Berkutchi” each, and their mighty eagles that show off their hunting skills in several competitions starting with chasing a fox skin.

In addition, the festival includes numerous traditional Kazakh games including the famous Kokbar, where nomadic men compete for a goatskin on horseback. The others are Tiyn Teru (a race to pick a coin off the ground from horseback) and Kyz Kuar (“woman chase,” a man and woman racing with the woman whipping the man). Winners are selected and awarded in each competition.

Food and traditional Kazakh crafts are sold for festival-goers at the venues by locals at the festival. Gers and tents are available for rent at the festival site or in Ulgii as well as transfers. Most Mongolian tour operators provide good package tours as well.

Berkutchi Association organises the Golden Eagle Festival, and they are reachable at 976-9542-0990, 9942-3395.

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