Golden Eagle Festival

Price per person

$USD 5,850

What’s included

Golden Eagle Festival

This cold weather adventure trip runs through the Trans-Altai Desert and Altai Mountains to deliver us to the Golden Eagle Festival in the far western edge of Mongolia. Daytime temperatures will be between 0C (32F) and 15C (60F) which will keep the bugs away! This route uses remote, rarely travelled valleys to connect lakes, volcanos, high passes along with smaller ethnic groups like the Kazakh Nomads and Uriankhai people. The overnight stops are simple hotels, with local families, or ger camps.
Highlights:
– Lots of cold weather riding!
– Two days at the Eagle Hunters Festival
– Remote valley
– Largely off road riding
– Tsenger Hot Springs
– Erdene Zuu Monestery
– Cultural Dance and Throat Singing show in Ulaanbaatar
– Many evenings in traditional ger tents (yurts)
Tour Summary:
Tour price: USD$5,850
Duration: 15 days – 2000 kms
September 25 – October 9, 2018
September 24 – October 8, 2019
 
Includes:
• 14 nights accommodation; (4 hotel, 10 ger camp)
• All meals
• Guide on motorcycle
• Chase truck for carrying luggage
• Spare motorcycle
• Mechanic on tour
• All tolls and park entrance fees
– Flight from Olgii to Ulaanbaatar
• Airport transfers
Prices for 2018 Note: The prices for our Mongolia trips are in USD.

USD$5,850 with 250cc-650cc enduro style bikes from Honda, Sherco, KTM, Suzuki or Husqvarna

• 800cc UTV (side by side) available for USD$6100

• Two drivers sharing UTV would be USD$5225 each
• Solo room supplement is USD$895

• Solo driver in 4×4 private vehicle Lexus 470 (or Land Cruiser) is USD$6100

• Two passengers sharing the Lexus would be USD$5650 each
• Three passengers sharing the Lexus would be USD$5210 each

Itinerary

Arrival

Day 1 Arrival

No riding. After a local Buddhist monastery visit we head out to the Genghis Khan Statue Complex. In 2008, a gigantic statue of Genghis Khan riding on horseback was erected on the bank of the Tuul River at Tsonjin Boldog, 54 kms east of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, where according to legend, he found a golden whip. The statue is 40 meters tall and wrapped in 250 tons of gleaming stainless steel. The statue is symbolically pointed east towards his birthplace. Back in the city we will attend a cultural show in the early evening and quick meal at a local restaurant will finish off this day. Overnight in very nice hotel downtown.

300km

Day 2 300km

We have a full day ride from Ulaanbaatar, getting off the road quickly outside the city of UB and following a wide, rolling wide river valley, stopping at Hustai National Park for lunch, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Przewalski\'s horse, the worlds only true wild horse that were re-introduced in the park after near extinction in late 1950’s. A combination of paved and dirt roads will bring us to Kharkhorin, an ancient capital city of Khubilai Khan, a grandson of Genghis Khan. Overnight in ger camp.

200km

Day 3 200km

Morning visit to the Erdene Zuu monastery which was one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia before it was been destroyed by the Communist regime to repress religion. Today the monastery is active and holds around 100 monks. A bit of paved roads and we get back onto track, hopping from hill top to hill top until we reach Tsenkher hot springs. We should expect some shallow river crossings today. Overnight in gers beside the hot springs.

Off Day

Day 4 Off Day

Rest day to rest, fix bikes, laundry, and explore the area on local horses if you wish. Overnight in gers beside the hot springs.

290km

Day 5 290km

We will use a combination of paved roads and track to get us to the high (2060m) Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (Great White Lake) for our evening stop. If we arrive early enough, we could get hiking up to the Khorgo volcano crater, or rent horses for an easier time. Overnight in ger camp.

260km

Day 6 260km

We cross the Khangai mountain range today, peaking at 2600m and the Solongot pass, one of Mongolia’s greatest passes. We will crest it on the way to the lumber and berry village of Tosontsengel, Mongolias coldest spot where it normally dips below -45C in winter. The valleys arround it are magnificent - tranquil and serene. Overnight in a simple, local hotel.

250km

Day 7 250km

From Tosontsengel and the Ider river valley the track will continue with dirt roads through the plains of Zavkhan province into vast grass lands. We will stop at Telmen, an alpine lake, and arrive into the Songino village in the afternoon. Overnight in a simple, local hotel.

230km

Day 8 230km

Today we take another riding day towards west to Altai Mountains, our dirt ride trek goes into valley of the great lakes, arriving Uvs Lake’s southern shore. Our ger camp will be beside the lake, and our cool time of year for this visit should keep the bugs at bay. Overnight in ger camp.

190km

Day 9 190km

Khyargas Lake is a salt lake, and at over 2300 km2, the second largest lake in western Mongolia. In the morning we can explore the lake then return to ger camp for lunch. This afternoons track goes into trans-Altai semi-desert plains, and passes ancient stone tombs and stone monuments that dates back to 6-8 Century A.D. We arrive at Shaazgai Lake where we overnight in gers of local families. In the evening we relax and enjoy a folk performance of the local people.

200km

Day 10 200km

Today we ride to Bayan-Ulgii province along the Hovd river and via Achit Lake, arriving in Olgii, and transferring to a private ger camp in Khatuu river valley. Overnight in ger camp.

50km

Day 11 50km

We take a day trip to Tsambagarav Mountain Eagle Hunters and spend time in the homes of the eagle hunters to witness their preparation for Eagle Hunters Festival. We return in the afternoon. Overnight in ger camp.

(optional 150km)

Day 12 (optional 150km)

Day 1 of the Golden Eagle Festival. Another optional ride if you want to miss a bit of the festival is to go up to the Russian border. Overnight in ger camp.

Festival Day

Day 13 Festival Day

Day 2 of the Golden Eagle Festival. Overnight in ger camp.

Fly to Ulaanbaatar

Day 14 Fly to Ulaanbaatar

Our flight back to Ulaanbaatar will likely get us back to the capitol city in the early afternoon, so we can spend a few hours doing our last minute shopping before our last group dinner. Overnight in very nice hotel downtown.

Fly out

Day 15 Fly out

Fly out. After breakfast your driver will take you to the airport, bringing your Mongolia experience to a close.

Itinerary

Arrival

Day 1 Arrival

No riding. After a local Buddhist monastery visit we head out to the Genghis Khan Statue Complex. In 2008, a gigantic statue of Genghis Khan riding on horseback was erected on the bank of the Tuul River at Tsonjin Boldog, 54 kms east of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, where according to legend, he found a golden whip. The statue is 40 meters tall and wrapped in 250 tons of gleaming stainless steel. The statue is symbolically pointed east towards his birthplace. Back in the city we will attend a cultural show in the early evening and quick meal at a local restaurant will finish off this day. Overnight in very nice hotel downtown.

300km

Day 2 300km

We have a full day ride from Ulaanbaatar, getting off the road quickly outside the city of UB and following a wide, rolling wide river valley, stopping at Hustai National Park for lunch, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Przewalski\'s horse, the worlds only true wild horse that were re-introduced in the park after near extinction in late 1950’s. A combination of paved and dirt roads will bring us to Kharkhorin, an ancient capital city of Khubilai Khan, a grandson of Genghis Khan. Overnight in ger camp.

200km

Day 3 200km

Morning visit to the Erdene Zuu monastery which was one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia before it was been destroyed by the Communist regime to repress religion. Today the monastery is active and holds around 100 monks. A bit of paved roads and we get back onto track, hopping from hill top to hill top until we reach Tsenkher hot springs. We should expect some shallow river crossings today. Overnight in gers beside the hot springs.

Off Day

Day 4 Off Day

Rest day to rest, fix bikes, laundry, and explore the area on local horses if you wish. Overnight in gers beside the hot springs.

290km

Day 5 290km

We will use a combination of paved roads and track to get us to the high (2060m) Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (Great White Lake) for our evening stop. If we arrive early enough, we could get hiking up to the Khorgo volcano crater, or rent horses for an easier time. Overnight in ger camp.

260km

Day 6 260km

We cross the Khangai mountain range today, peaking at 2600m and the Solongot pass, one of Mongolia’s greatest passes. We will crest it on the way to the lumber and berry village of Tosontsengel, Mongolias coldest spot where it normally dips below -45C in winter. The valleys arround it are magnificent - tranquil and serene. Overnight in a simple, local hotel.

250km

Day 7 250km

From Tosontsengel and the Ider river valley the track will continue with dirt roads through the plains of Zavkhan province into vast grass lands. We will stop at Telmen, an alpine lake, and arrive into the Songino village in the afternoon. Overnight in a simple, local hotel.

230km

Day 8 230km

Today we take another riding day towards west to Altai Mountains, our dirt ride trek goes into valley of the great lakes, arriving Uvs Lake’s southern shore. Our ger camp will be beside the lake, and our cool time of year for this visit should keep the bugs at bay. Overnight in ger camp.

190km

Day 9 190km

Khyargas Lake is a salt lake, and at over 2300 km2, the second largest lake in western Mongolia. In the morning we can explore the lake then return to ger camp for lunch. This afternoons track goes into trans-Altai semi-desert plains, and passes ancient stone tombs and stone monuments that dates back to 6-8 Century A.D. We arrive at Shaazgai Lake where we overnight in gers of local families. In the evening we relax and enjoy a folk performance of the local people.

200km

Day 10 200km

Today we ride to Bayan-Ulgii province along the Hovd river and via Achit Lake, arriving in Olgii, and transferring to a private ger camp in Khatuu river valley. Overnight in ger camp.

50km

Day 11 50km

We take a day trip to Tsambagarav Mountain Eagle Hunters and spend time in the homes of the eagle hunters to witness their preparation for Eagle Hunters Festival. We return in the afternoon. Overnight in ger camp.

(optional 150km)

Day 12 (optional 150km)

Day 1 of the Golden Eagle Festival. Another optional ride if you want to miss a bit of the festival is to go up to the Russian border. Overnight in ger camp.

Festival Day

Day 13 Festival Day

Day 2 of the Golden Eagle Festival. Overnight in ger camp.

Fly to Ulaanbaatar

Day 14 Fly to Ulaanbaatar

Our flight back to Ulaanbaatar will likely get us back to the capitol city in the early afternoon, so we can spend a few hours doing our last minute shopping before our last group dinner. Overnight in very nice hotel downtown.

Fly out

Day 15 Fly out

Fly out. After breakfast your driver will take you to the airport, bringing your Mongolia experience to a close.

Golden Eagle Festival

Price per person

USD 5,850

What’s included

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