Kazakhs residing in the Altai Mountains and in the basin of Mongolia's Great Lakes constitute one of Mongolia's major ethnic minorities. Living in the western-most part of Mongolia, they continue to practice the ancient sport of Kazakhs: hunting with their eagles. The Kazakhs only hunt with their eagles during winter time, when the pelts of rabbits, red fox and grey wolf are at their most luxuriant. The eagles are released back into the wild to breed once they have reached the age of eight or ten.
Day l-2 Uaanbaatar Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Sightseeing in the city, including visits to the Museum of Natural History and National History Museum.
Day 3-5 Golden Eagle Festival Fly to Ulgii and attend the Golden Eagle Festival. Kazakh men have hunted from horseback with trained Golden Eagles, the Largest and most powerful of raptors, for centuries. Fox, rabbit and even grey wolf are hunted for their fur and for the challenge they present, pursued across the snowy mountains and steppes. Meet Kazakhs and enjoy the festiveness of this ancient tradition.
Day 6-7 Ulaanbaatar/Departure Fly to Ulaanbaatar. Free time for shopping and sightseeing until departure.