The Bayan Ulgii is a home to the Kazakhs, a Muslim tribe that preserved their eagle hunt tradition till nowadays. In addition to the centuries tradition of Kazakh people is also home to the Altai Mountain Range with its picturesque landscapes and scenery. The Kazakhs till this day still practice the ancient tradition of hunting with eagles. The men hunt with these massive birds of prey, which 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 make them hungry for the hunt. The birds are kept and used for hunting to the age of about 15 and then released back into the wild.
The Eagle festival is an annual traditional festival held in Bayan-Ulgii province, Mongolia. In the eagle festival, Kazakh eagle hunters celebrate their heritage and compete to catch small animals such as foxes and hares with specially trained golden eagles, showing off the skills both of the birds and their trainers. Prizes are awarded for speed, agility and accuracy, as well as for the best traditional Kazakh dress, and more.
In 2018, the Eagle Festival will be held between Oct 06-08. Dark, rocky mountainous terrain forms the backdrop to the festivities which incorporate an opening ceremony, parade, cultural exhibitions, demonstrations and handcrafts in the centre of town of Ulgii followed by sporting activities and competitions 4 km out towards the mountains. Dressed in full eagle hunting regalia and mounted on groomed decorated horses, the entrants compete for the awards of Best Turned Out Eagle and Owner; Best Eagle at Hunting Prey and Best Eagle at Locating Its Owner from a Distance. Other sporting activities include horse racing, archery and the highly entertaining Bushkashi – goatskin tug of war on horseback. “BT&TC” travel company will attend in this event and will have own camp with shower, toilet and chef to make your stomach happy. Of course, for every tourists visiting an any event the best spot and view is very important which “BT&TC” already has plan for that.0