According to historical records, eagle hunting dates back three thousand years. In Marco Polo’s writings, he mentions that Kublai Khan (Chingis Khan’s grandson) had 500 white falcons and other hunting birds and that 10,000 servants (hunters) took care of the birds.
During the Middle Ages in Central Asia, kings and lords hunted with the birds and in their castles, there were special places for those birds. The hunters were respected people among those who worked for the king, because the people who were nominated as hunters and caretakers of the birds were aristocrats and people with wealthy backgrounds.
We offer various customized tours for landscape or cultural photography.
At the airport in Olgiy you will meet an English speaking guide, a cook and a driver with a van. We will drive to Altantsogts sum today, but before we leave Olgiy, we’ll stop in the town.
Driving to our eagle hunter’s family home will take one hour. The hunter lives in his winter shelter surrounded by beautiful snowcapped mountains. In the distance, you’ll be able to see an enormous mountain capped at its peak by a glacier.
‘’Tsambgarav Uul” (altitude 4202m) is the border between three western aimags: Uvs, Khovd, and Bayan-Olgiy. This whole area is an amazing place for hiking, horse riding, climbing, and visiting local nomadic families who spend their summers right at the foot of the mountain.
You will have your own room and bed at the hunter’s house.
Photography of the hunter’s indoor, outdoor, portrait of the hunters, sunset photography.
Early in the morning we’ll drive to “Modon Koshe” (altitude 3000m) pass and Karanti Valley. Here you’ll be able to see the whole region complete with the snow and glacial-covered mountains and deep valleys. We will drive for 5 hours and lunch will be taken with us.
We’ll return in the late afternoon and have a big dinner with the family: the special, unique meal of the Kazakhs called Besbarmakh, in English, ‘five fingers’.
It’s called this because you eat it with your hands. It is boiled meat with vegetables. The host’s duty is to push the guests to eat and to serve tissues or towels for clean hands when people are finished. It’s also important to serve soup from the boiled meat after everyone had cleaned their hands.
There is no limit for tea, normally tea can be served both before and after the meal.
Today after a morning shoot we will head to Hovd river valley.
Today we’ll see hunter and eagle on action, after the breakfast, we are making ourselves ready and will follow our hunters who will seek for the prey. Our hunters will be on the horse with eagles on their right hands and dressed on big coats made by fox and other animal skins.
They will ride towards to the mountains were chances are higher to catch an animal.
Full day horse ride and eagle training for our hunters and for us filming, photographing them during the hunting process.
Drive to Tolbo lake, frozen lake located close to Olgiy city. Today you will enjoying to see frozen lakes of Altai. Keep your drone and video camera nearby, full charged. Because we’ll make some videos of us driving on the frozen lake, walking, hiking.
Night we stay in Olgiy in nice hotel, dinner will be served at the local restaurant
After breakfast, transfer to the local airport on time for registration and fly back to Ulaanbaatar.
In Ulaanbaatar you will meet the guide and transfer to a hotel to take a little rest before going out to explore the city. We suggest that you visit the Choijin Lam Temple,
You’ll end the day with dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.