General information about trips

We offer you a distinctive range of tours and expeditions in all corners of Mongolia. Join one of our scheduled group tours or ask us for a customized tour especially designed for your private group. Our trips are designed to accommodate two general levels of comfort and activities. To help you make the right choice please read the following descriptions.

Tours with “G” code
For those wishing more comfortable lodging, we have trips offering ger camp accommodation. Gers, the traditional felt structures of nomads are spacious, very comfortable, beautifully decorated and with beds and bedding provided.  In addition to offering washrooms with showers and flush toilets, these camps also have a dining Ger, a perfect way to gather and socialize while enjoying fine dining.  “G” trips are appropriate for any age or level of fitness.  We may suggest a day hike or offer an opportunity to ride horses or camels as part of the trip. These activities are not arduous or demanding.

Expeditions with “E” code
Expedition tours travel to the remote corners of Mongolia where there aren’t many tourist facilities. On expedition tours, we offer camping in tents for some of the nights. Mats and blankets are provided for extra warmth; participants bring their own sleeping bags.  We also set up a dining tent with tables and chairs.  A toilet tent is also set up and a shower tent when possible.
Adventure activities offered on expeditions are of moderate to advanced level of difficulty. Mongolian horses are small but with good stamina, well tempered and relatively easy to handle. If you have a reasonable level of fitness and have ridden a few times before, you are eligible for a horseback-riding trip. We provide Australian saddles for riding. The two-humped Bactrian camels in Mongolia are extremely comfortable to ride. No prior experience is necessary.

Making a Booking

When you have decided on the trip that is right for you, simply submit a booking form online. As soon as we receive your booking form and your deposit, you will receive a letter of confirmation. Further important advice and information about your visit will be sent in due course.

Making a Payment

A non-refundable deposit of USD200 will secure your place on the tour. The balance should be paid no later than 2 months prior to your arrival in Mongolia. Payments can be made by wire transfer to our bank account in Mongolia, or by credit card. We accept American Express, Visa, Master Card, and JCB.

Insurance

All our trips include a travel medical insurance for the scheduled duration of your trip, from the date of your arrival until the day of your departure. This insurance has a value up to USD30.000 to cover the cost of medical services taken in Mongolia including air evacuation within the territory of Mongolia. However, we encourage all clients to make their own travel insurance as well.

Liabilities

  • Mongol Khan Expeditions reserves the right to cancel trips when there are less than 3 bookings. Trip members will be given a choice between paying a surcharge to run the trip with less than 3 people, selecting another trip or cancelling their trip. Should cancellation be necessary the client's payment will be 100% refunded or used to build another trip's price.
  • Mongol Khan Expeditions reserves the right to change the date or itinerary of trips without a prior notice to clients.
  • Mongol Khan Expeditions will not be responsible for the misoperation of the trip caused by factors beyond the control of Mongol Khan Expeditions.
  • Mongol Khan Expeditions will not be responsible for any medical expenses incurred outside of Mongolia as well as for evacuation out of Mongolia. It’s a client’s responsibility to be covered from those potential expenses by his or her own insurance.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel no later than 6 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, no cancellation fee will be charged. All monies will be refunded except for your non-refundable deposit of USD200.
If you cancel between 6 to 3 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, a cancellation fee of 30% of the total cost of the trip will be charged. The remaining 70% will be refunded to the client.
If you cancel between 3 to 1 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, a cancellation fee of 50% of the total cost of the trip will be charged.
If you cancel less than a week prior to the scheduled start of your trip, the cancellation fee will be 100% of the total cost of the trip. There is no refund.

Refund payments will be sent back to the client’s bank account within a week of the cancellation date. For each refund payment a bank transfer charge will be deducted from the refundable amount.
Eagle Festival Tour - 10 days

Trip code Trip date

E14-01 Sep 28 – Oct 7

In the far west of Mongolia, the ethnic Kazakhs still practice the ancient tradition of hunting with Golden eagles. These massive birds of prey are caught and taken from their nest at a young age. The Kazakh men train them during the summer months and as the winter draws nearer the birds are starved to motivate them to hunt. The Eagles hunt rabbits and foxes. The fur of the trophy is used for clothing; the meat is to feed the bird The Eagles are used for hunting to the age of about 15 and then released back into the wild.

We will join a Kazakh family for one of their exhilarating hunts. The hunt itself is very exciting and fascinating to watch. The Kazakh men hunt in a group. A few hunters, with eagles, ride up to the hilltop and wait and watch. Meanwhile the other riders circle the hill below looking for nests of wild animals. They shout loudly to scare the animals and make them run out of hiding. As soon as the hunters on the hilltop see an animal running across the plain below they take the eye covers off the Eagles and throw them into the air. The eagle immediately spots the trophy and circles high above it before swooping down to catch the prey. Once the Eagle catches the animal the hunters ride down quickly to take the trophy from the bird before it damages its fur. This is why the hunters not only prepare the bird for hunting, but also prepare the horses so that they can travel with speed and dexterity.

Followed by the hunt, we’ll come to colourful festival of Golden Eagle to celebrate the unique tradition. Each year around 50 to 60 eagle hunters gather from all corners of Bayan Olgii to participate in the competition. During the time of our visit the average temperature will be about +5 – 0 Celsius during the day and 5 – 10C below zero during the night. During these days the first snow fall of the season in probable. We will provide felt gers as accommodation with stoves for heating.

Day 1
Today you will arrive in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Bayangol Hotel. In the afternoon we will have a leisurely program of sightseeing stopping at the Main Square with statues of National Heroes. We then visit the National History Museum. In the evening you will be entertained by a Fashion show of traditional Mongolian costumes.

Bayangol hotel (L, D)

Day 2
A day of sightseeing will start visiting the Gandan Monastery and the Fine Arts Museum of Zanabazar. You will also visit the Choijin Lama Temple Museum. These museums and monasteries house priceless collections of Buddhist artwork. The evening program is a Performance of traditional Mongolian music and throat singing.
The art of throat singing is very difficult to master as it involves a technique of circular breathing with the stomach producing a deep guttural and nasal sound.

Bayangol hotel (B, L, D)

Day 3
A day trip to Khustain Nuruu National Park, where Takhi, the wild horses are being bred and reintroduced back to the wild nature. Visit the information center to learn more about the Prejewalski wild horse Project. After lunch we’ll make a tour in the National Park, either on foot or in a vehicle. Those interested can explore the Park on horseback too. The Khustain Nuruu National Park is rich with wildlife, including the wild horse, red deer, marmot, fox, wolf and different species of birds. Return to Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon.

Bayangol hotel (B, L, D)

Day 4
Today we fly to Khovd. On arrival we will be met and drive into the mountains, to a Khazakh eagle hunters’ family. At this time of the year the nomadic family is usually in their autumn settlement at the picturesque campsite with an amazing vista of the surrounding steppe and the snow-capped peak of Tsambagarav Mountain. We will spend the afternoon experiencing their unique culture. Kazakh people follow Islamic traditions and customs. The Kazakh women produce some astonishingly beautiful appliqué, stitching and felt rugs. The floors and walls of their gers are strewn with these beautiful handicrafts. Many of the Kazakh men pride themselves with their great skill in hunting with Golden Eagles. Today we meet with the hunters and study their preparation for the hunting. We will stay overnight in Khazak gers, the traditional felt dwelling.

Khazak ger (B, L, D)

Day 5
We will spend the day witnessing the Khazak eagle hunting. In the morning a few hunters of the area will come to join. The hunters carry their large birds on their arms as they ride on horseback. You can also mount a horse and ride out to the surrounding hills to hunt.

There will be a vehicle support as well. We will follow the hunters with Eagles to the hilltop, while others will be riding at the foothills trying to scare away a potential trophy, a fox or a rabbit. As soon as a target animal runs away across the plain, the first eagle would be released, after a while the second bird would also be freed to hunt. The eagles immediately spot the trophy and circle high above it before swooping down to catch the prey. The fox or a rabbit often makes sudden turns at speed as the Eagle approaches, which sometimes makes the Eagle to miss it. That’s why not only one but more Eagles are used for the hunting. After the hunting we return to the family for a feast.

Khazak ger (B, L, D)

Day 6
Today drive to Olgii, the capital of Bayan-Olgii province, where the Golden Eagle Festival will take place.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 7-8
We have two full days to enjoy the ceremonies and competitions surrounding the annual Golden Eagle Festival. The celebration begins with a spectacular parade of eagle hunters. Traditionally dressed hunters arrive on horseback with the Golden eagles perched regally on their arms. The festival continues with different contests to test the eagles’ speed, agility and the owners’ skills as well as the bond between the hunter and the eagle. The festival also includes a Kazakh folklore concert featuring traditional music and dance. We will make time to visit a Museum in Olgii.

Ger Camp (B, L, D)

Day 9
Today we fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival you will have some time for shopping before a farewell dinner.

Bayangol hotel (B, L, D)

Day 10
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Quick Reference Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive and sightseeing, o/n Bayangol Hotel;

Day 2 A day of sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar, o/n Bayangol Hotel;

Day 3 A day trip to Khustain Nuruu National Park, o/n Bayangol Hotel;

Day 4 Fly to Khovd, drive to eagle hunter’s family, o/n Khazak ger;

Day 5 Accompany Kazakh men on their hunt with eagles, o/n Khazak ger;

Day 6 Drive to Olgii, o/n Ger Camp;

Day 7-8 Witness the Golden Eagle Festival, o/n Ger Camp;

Day 9 Fly to Ulaanbaatar, o/n Bayangol Hotel;

Day 10 Departure

Price per person:

USD2820 for group of 3-7 people

USD2575 for group of 8-11 people

USD2490 for group of 12-16 people

Single accommodation available at USD200

Price includes:

All transfers and ground transportation

Domestic flights

Twin share stay at Bayangol hotel while in Ulaanbaatar

Twin share accommodation at Ger camp

All camping equipment except sleeping bags

All meals

All entrance fees to museums and monasteries

National park fees

Fees for riding horses

Local wranglers and other support staff

English speaking guide throughout the trip

Travel medical insurance


The price does not include:

International flights

Visas

Alcoholic drinks

Gratuities

Items of a personal nature

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