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Western Mongolia Adventures & Golden Eagle Festival

Mongolia is among the friendliest countries, with the most welcoming and warmhearted people in the world and is a breathtakingly beautiful place to explore.
Your Western Mongolia Adventures tour will take you to the most cultural, historical and scenic parts of the country such as the high and spectacular Altai Mountains, beautiful lakes and semi-desert areas.
Explore countless natural wonders, the unique culture of western Mongolia including the Golden Eagle Festival which is a fascinating festival  event for 2 full-days with many different tournaments related to Golden Eagles and their hunters, horses, camels, and archery.
The festival is held in Bayan-Ulgii province, western Mongolia, where Golden Eagles have been trained and used for hunting over many hundreds of years.

Trip code : TRAC-8803

Duration : 15 days

Destination : Ulaanbaatar City, Khustai National Park, Bayangobi Semi-Desert, Karakorum, Tsenher Hot Spa, Great White Lake, Hyargas lake and Golden Eagle Hunting Festival.

Operator : Tweet Tours

Trip Highlights
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  • An exquisite opportunity to discover Western Mongolia Adventures starts with Ulaanbaatar City and takes to the extreme western part of Mongolia where Mongolian the largest minority (Kazakhs) live in spectacular Altai Mountains and beautiful lakes.  

  • One the way you will explore Khustai National Park for wild horses and countless natural wonders. Driving little further takes you the semi-sand dunes, called Bayangobi surrounded by sand dunes, hills covered with rare bushes and a small forest near a river. The area is together this presents a unique combination of Mongolian mountains, forests and Gobi-type landscape in one location.

  • Driving little to west and north takes you to the Mongolian Ancient Capital City and astonishingly beautiful lake, Great White Lake, adjoining Khorgo Mountain, was formed when volcanic lava had stemmed to the Suman River.

  • Finally, you will reach Bayan-Ulgii province for Golden Eagle Festival which is a lively celebration of Kazakh nomads who reside around the Altai Mountains of Mongolia and train golden eagles for hunting. This unique, two-day-long festival takes place in October annually where Kazakhs gather from mountain to show off the breathtaking skills of their trained hunting eagles, alongside cultural displays of Kazakh traditional costumes, handicrafts and food. Much more to discover…

FITNESS LEVEL

This itinerary is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.

All of our tours require a reasonable level of fitness. Every traveller on our tours is required the ability to walk around sights on uneven surfaces in both urban and rural / mountainous areas unaided. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

Please read our itinerary carefully for outline of fitness level to help you select the right holiday for you.

Important notes:

  • All persons must be fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary.
  • All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.

GROUP SIZE

Our Small Group Tours are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of just two guests.

Our group size ranges from only 2 to 16 people. This means less of your precious time is wasted waiting for others, allowing you to have more time to enjoy your holiday.

For group tours with 10 travellers or more, in addition to the tour guide, we will provide a dedicated tour director (free of charge) who will escort the tour from the beginning to the end.

A UNIQUE & VARIED DINING EXPERIENCE

We provide a wealth of dining experiences and venues. Most meals during the tour are at famous restaurants, with the menus handpicked and planned to highlight a perfect mix of Local and Western cuisines.

Our itinerary features sumptuous Welcome and Farewell Dinners for a delightful, authentic culinary experience, whereas the special Chef’s Table experience will take you on an unparalleled culinary demonstration and beautiful menu to feast on.

Note: It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. We will do our best to meet your request/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that it can always be accommodated.

ACCOMMODATION

When travelling with Tweet World Travel, you will indulge in a seamlessly opulence travel experience. We hand-pick the premium quality resorts, hotels or lodges, ensuring that each night of your itinerary finds you welcomed and comfortably settled in either historically iconic, culturally rich, or coveted high-design hotels full of authentic local charms. You will stay at the heart of each destination, adjacent to monuments or strategically at the edge of a wilderness.

  • Room Information: All rooms are air-conditioned, Fridge/ Mini Bar in room, Safe box in room
  • Triple Share: Available upon request
  • • Bedding Configuration: Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
  • Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms: Available upon request (subject to availability).
  • Laundry service is available at hotels/resorts where you will stay during the tour and will incur additional charges if used
  • Massage service is available at hotels where you will stay during the tour and will incur additional charges if used.

BOOKING CONFIRMATION

After purchase, you will receive a Booking Confirmation and Passenger Information Form by email. Within 24 hours of purchase you need to send us a copy of your passport together with your Passenger Information Form.

After purchase, you are required to make a deposit or full payment for your order. Please note most of our deposit is non-refundable. Please check your booking and your invoice for the Terms and Conditions which apply specifically to your booking.

If you would like to cancel your booking, please refer to our cancellation terms.

Please notes:

  • Any special requests, preferences MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form
  • Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges

SAFETY NET PROTECTION

Safety Net Protection is not included in our tour/cruise packages. If you wish to purchase safety net protection, an additional fee of $105 per person will be incurred. This is only valid for a one-time use (claim).

Safety Net Protection enables passengers to amend their tour and/or river cruise 15 days prior to departure, to another tour/cruise to the same destination, departing in the same year (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties.

The new tour/cruise must be at the same cost or higher but cannot be at lower cost than the initial cruise/ tour booked. If the passenger chooses the higher cost option, then the additional difference amount must be paid. However, no modifications shall be accepted less than 15 days prior to departure.

Importance notes:

  • Safety Net Protection is payable immediately at the time of making the deposit payment. Once purchased, Safety Net Protection is not refundable
  • Safety Net Protection does not apply for airfares or third-party fees and charges.
  • Safety Net Protection allows for amendment ONLY, not cancellation.
  • You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours. It is your responsibility to make sure your room is secure.

TIPPING

Tipping is not compulsory and is not included in this package. We believe that if you choose to tip, you should only pay for the service you receive.

In general, tipping is widely accepted as a way to show your appreciation of good service but is not compulsory. Tipping is expected and often makes up a large part of people's wages.

  • If you are happy with services provided by your tour guides and drivers, a tip is appreciated.
    - Recommended tips - For the guides and drivers - $6US per day per passenger.
  • If travel on a river cruises and happy with the services provided by your crews and service onboard.
    - Recommended tips - For the crews and guides - $10US per day per passenger.

LUGGAGE

You must carry your own luggage from/to the coach and to/from the hotel or cruise. The driver and his assistance will assist with the uploading/off-loading of your luggage.

All of our tours will include internal flights within the tour, which allow 20kg of check-in luggage and 7kg of carry-on luggage per passenger. A surcharge may apply for oversized/overweight luggage subject to the airline's policy.

Please note:

  • You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours/cruises. It is your responsibility to make sure your room/cabin is secure.
  • Tweet World Travel will not be liable for any loss or damage to your luggage or other personal belongings.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Our products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is not included in our tours, cruises, day tours, private tours, group tours, transfers, and any of our packages.

For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your travel arrangements (without limitation) that include coverage for medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise, land content and airfare charges that may occur.

You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure.

If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.

On your arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Ulaanbaatar. Free time at leisure for the rest of the day. You may need some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet lag.

In the afternoon, after a tour briefing, our tour guide will take you out for a Welcome Dinner.

Dinner is included.

After having breakfast at the hotel check out and your adventure journey with 4x4 jeeps through the Mongolian country sides begins to the Khustai National Park, which is famous for preservation of its Przewalski or wild horses that had been reintroduced back into the wild. The National Park is famous not only for its wild horses but other mammals, floras and faunas. Get introduced to the National Park and proceed deep inside the park to search for the prized wild horses Spend the night at a nearby ger camp.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included.

After breakfast in ger camp drive further to the west. Within 2 hours of driving the landscape of Central Mongolia opens up with beautiful mountainous and wide alleys. After arriving at the ger camp, visit a nomadic camel breeding family. Take an opportunity to have a camel or horseback rides through the steppe while enjoying the beautiful view of Bayangobi Semi-Desert and Khugnu Khaan Mountain. Spend the night in a ger camp.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included.


The day is to explore Mongolia’s Ancient Capital City Karakorum located in the Orkhon Valley. Chinggis Khaan`s choice of Karakorum city as the capital of the empire in Central Mongolia was no coincidence. The surrounding Orkhon Valley was the center of action for various nomadic dynasties that preceded the Mongol Empire, and holds enormous symbolic importance. Here you will explore the Erdenezuu monastery, museum of Karakorum, Phallic Rock and Turtle Rock. Stay overnight in ger camp.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included.

This day journey would take you to the Tsenher Hot Spa where you will enjoy the natural hot spa, you can also have a short hike in the surrounding forest during the day. Having the spa after dinner in the evening is another experience. Body massage and beauty services are available on the request.

Overnight in ger camp.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included.

Travel towards to Great White Lake, a fresh water lake that is certainly the highlight Central Mongolia. Surrounded by extinct and craterous volcanoes (part of the Tarvagatain Nuruu Range), the lake, bird life and mountains are protected within the 73,000-hectare Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park. There are wonderful hiking opportunities around the north-eastern side of the lake, including a hike to Khorgo Volcano (2,968m), about 900m above the lake. Spend the night in the ger camp.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included.

Today we head towards to western Mongolia. You will have lunch on the way and in the late afternoon reach the camp on the shore of the beautiful Hyargas Lake. Located at an altitude of 1028 meters above sea level, Hyargas Lake is a salt lake 75 km long and 31 km wide. Overnight in camp on the shore of Hyargas Lake.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included.

On the way to the western Mongolia, spend an enjoyable second day at the beautiful Hyargas lake by walking on the shore of the lake and hike to Khetsuu Had. Khetsuu Had is 20 meters high huge rock that juts out of the water and attracts migratory birds. Around the lake you will experience the open Gobi nature. Second night at the same camp.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included.

After breakfast at camp, departure to Ulgii, the center of the predominantly Kazakh region of Mongolia. As the region is inhabited by the Kazakh peoples, the first language mainly spoken in Ulgii is Kazakh. There are at least four mosques in the provincial town. The city is known for its Kazakh embroidery, art and music. Upon arrival late afternoon, you can refresh at the local hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included.

On the first day of the Eagle hunting festival drive to Sayat hill where the Eagle Hunt Festival is held. You will explore the opening ceremony, competition of the trained eagles, traditional customs and culture of the eagle hunters, the camel race and Uriankhai archery. A Photographer's Dream begins the program with a fashion parade of sorts, where the eagle hunters, resplendent in embroidered winter furs and brandishing their birds. Back to Ulgii to have dinner and overnight at the same local hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included.

You explore the festival all day long. Watch the competition of traditional games such as Shirga, horse games, Kiz Kuar and Kokbar which is drawn on horseback with a goat carcass. Dinner and overnight at the same local hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included.

Today we head back to Ulaanbaatar and will have 2 nights on the way. First night is in Gobi Altai Province which is situated in the western part of Mongolia. On the South-West it borders with the People's Republic of China. The Sutai, Azh Bogd, Tayan, Edren, Burkhan buudai majestic peaks of the Mongol Altai mountains stretch from North to South through the territory of this province. Overnight at the local hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included.

After breakfast head off to central Mongolia. Driving through the semi desert region of Mongolia. Overnight in the city Arvaikheer, is the capital of the province of Uvurkhangai and one of the most central points of the country.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included.

This day we reach back to Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon. Lunch you will have on the way. After arriving in the city check into the hotel. Have a leisurely afternoon. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Breakfast & Lunch are included.

DAY 15

After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to the Airport for your international departure.

Breakfast included.

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