Golden Eagle Festival 2018 /EAGLE HUNTING/

When: 5th and 6th of October, 2018 Where: Mongolia, Bayan-Ulgii, Bugat sum "Sayat tolgoi" 6km from Ulgii city When: 23th of September, 2018, Where: Mongolia, Bayan-Ulgii, Ulaanhus sum (Special new one)

Join us for an unforgettable journey to the 18th annual Golden Eagle Festival in Bayan-Ulgii Province, located in the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia. The Golden Eagle Festival has been the largest gathering of eagle hunters and their eagles in the world since it started in 1999 with 70 eagle hunters participating in this event. It is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Event. The festival starts with display of eagles and hunters, and then goes into the events of eagles displaying their talents. The first event is the eagle catching fox skin dragged behind a horse, returning to their owner from a distance on command, as well as a camel race and Kazakh games of Tiyn Teru (a race to pick up a coin on the ground while on horseback), Kyz Kuar (“girl chase,” a man and woman race on horseback while the woman whips the man), and Kokpar (tug of war over a goat carcass while on horseback). On the evening of the first night is a concert of traditional Kazakh music at the theatre included in the price of a ticket.

Where: Mongolia, Bayan-Ulgii, Bugat sum “Sayat tolgoi” 6km from Ulgii city

Saturday, 5th of October, 2018 (Day 1)

  • Registration and credential of Eagle Hunters
  • Opening ceremony of Annual Golden Eagle Festival
  • Competition of best Kazakh costume, eagle and horse harness
  • Horse race
  • Competition of how eagles adapted to hunters
  • “Tenge Ily” competition(Traditional coin grabbing game while ride a horse)
  • Urainhai archery competition
  • Competition of the best Kazakh costume of couples
  • Folk concert in local theater at Ulgii town

Sunday, 6th of October, 2018 (Day 2)

  • Competition of how eagles adapted to hunters “Shyrga tartu”(eagles will be qualified how fast and smoothly catch a lure that made of rabbit or fox skin)
  • Camel race
  • “Khyz khuar” game show(Traditional horse back riding fan game for youth, boys whipped by girls if they reached by them)
  • Continuation game
  • “Kukhbar” competition(Traditional horse back riding game fight over for goat skin)
  • Award ceremony for winners of festival
  • Closing ceremony