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Mongolia Tiamen Camps with Golden Eagle Festival Extension trip
Dates:  September 20th  – October 7th, 2014
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Mongolia is a wild, unbroken land reminiscent of Montana and the American West before settlement. Here you will find some of the world’s largest remaining tracts of true wilderness, rich with clear, free-flowing rivers and vast golden forests of birch, aspen, larch and alder. You will also find the world’s largest salmonoid, the taimen.  Over the years the trip to Mongolia has proven to be a wonderfully rewarding experience, not only for the fishing but for the landscape and the people as well.

This fall we have combined the spectacular fishing trip with a one of the most interesting festivals in the country.  The Golden Eagle Festival.

Each year the Golden Eagle Festival is held in the Bayan-Ulgii province in the remote Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia.  This festival celebrates the nomadic Kazakhs tradition of using Golden Eagles as a means of hunting.  There are competitions that test the eagles speed, agility, and accuracy as well as ceremonies, dance performances.  There will also be opportunities to ride horses with the hunters, and visit cultural and archaeological sites.

Itinerary:

Saturday / September 20th:      Depart Home

Sunday / September 21st:        Arrive Ulaanbaatar:  In Ulaanbaatar you will be met by a representative from the outfitter’s Mongolian travel partner, Hovsgol Travel, and be taken to the Hovsgol Travel Hotel to overnight (included in package).

Monday / September 22nd:      After breakfast at the hotel at about 9:00AM you will be transferred back to the airport to meet your charter flight to the camp. The helicopter flight to the camp is approximately three hours. Once at the camp you will be met by the Sweetwater staff, shown to your Ger, have lunch and then head out for ½ day of fishing if time permits.

Tuesday – Sunday /
September 23rd  – 28th:                       Six full days of guided fishing.

A typical day at camp:
6:30AM:          Camp person will come into your Ger and light a fire in your woodstove
7:00AM:          Coffee will be ready
8:00AM:          Breakfast
9:00AM:          On the river
6:00PM:          Back at camp (Showers are always hot in the evening)
8:00 PM:         Dinner

Monday / September 29th:       Pack and fly back to Ulaanbaatar. In Ulaanbaatar you will be met by a member of Hovsgol Travel’s staff who will take you to the Hovsgol Travel Hotel.

Tuesday – Wednesday /
September 30th – October 1st: Drive to Hustai National Park.   Not far from Ulaanbaatar, 100km (62mil) south-west, in 1993 the government founded the Hustain Nuruu Nature Reserve to preserve Mongolia’s wild takhi horses and the steppe environment in which they live. Also known as Przewalski’s horse (named after the Russian explorer), the takhi used to roam the countryside in great herds. In the 1960s they almost became extinct because of the poachers and livestock overgrazing. In the early 1990s, with assistance from international environmental groups, many takhi were reintroduced into their natural habitat of Khustain Nuruu and South Gobi areas. About 400 now live in this park in the wild nature.  Activities: Hiking, horseback riding , visiting Turkic period human stones.

Thursday / October 2nd: Drive back to UB. City tour and shopping. Overnight in hotel

Friday / October 3rd: Take the flight to Ulgy and overnight at hotel.

Saturday – Sunday /
October 4th and 5th:     Eagle Festival:  Opening ceremony/ hunters parade displays the hunters outfit and accessories. Competitions are all held in the area of 10km outside of Ulgy. In the afternoon checking the speed and agility of Golden Eagles. in the evening attend traditional performance.

Most exiting competitions:
Eagles will be checked on ability to grabbing the ‘’fox’’, their speed and ‘’gripping’’ technique. ‘’Kukbar’’-Skin pulling competition tests one’s horse riding skill, strength and agility. ‘’Tenge Ilu’’Picking –up coins from the ground competition. Afternoon award ceremony. Celebration dinner with eagle hunters.

Monday / October 6th: After breakfast take a flight to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to the hotel.

Tuesday / October 7th: Depart for home.

Tiamen Camp Rates:
$5900.00 per person

Tour Rates:
Based on 2 people:      $3200.00 per person
Based on 3-5 people:  $2800.00 per person
Based on 6 or more:    $2500.00 per person
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For more details please call 800-552-2729 or email Brian brian@flywatertravel.com