During September and October Western Mongolia hosts an unique event - the festival of Golden Eagle hunt. This is one of the most authentic events in Asia, when Eagle hunters from all over Western Mongolia gather together to find out who has the strongest skills and understanding with the eagle.
Western Mongolia itself is a very remote destination, a home to people who preserved the nomadic lifestyle of past centuries. Golden Eagle festival makes this place even more special - it is one of just two places in the world where people preserved falconry traditions in their everyday life.
Western Mongolia is a filming location of "The Eagle Huntress
" about Aisholpan and her dream to become the huntress. Jimmy Nelson filmed Golden Eagle hunters for his book "Before They Pass Away"
We will spend two days at the festival, see traditional games of Kazakh people, and then drive around the Altai mountains, meeting herders and Golden Eagle hunters in their homes.2. The Altai Mountains.
Second half of September and first half of October is the most spectacular time in Southern Siberia and the Altai mountains. This is the time when larches turn yellow, mountains get covered in fresh snow, and nights become dark - best time to see the starry sky far from the cities.
That's why we've created the trip that combines a visit to the Golden Eagle Festival in Western Mongolia, and the Altai mountains during the Golden autumn season.
We recommend to spend at least one week here, with a possibility to extend the trip to two-three weeks.
During this time you will see the most spectacular locations and meet incredible people - throat singers, artists, nomads and, of course, Golden Eagle hunters.