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Mongolian Eagle Festival - Expedition

Trip Length

Trip Code

14 days PCEF

Countries Visited

Mongolia

Start City

End City

Ulaanbaatar Ulannbaatar
Mongolian Eagle Festival - Expedition

Spend two days at the incredible Eagle Festival in western Mongolia. Witness competitions based on the speed, accuracy and agility of these magnificent golden eagles, as well as other exciting traditional Kazakh games. We live with and get to know Kazakh families while they participate in this celebration, as well as spending time in the beautiful remoteness of the Altai Mountains. For those seeking a frontier adventure combining gentle trekking with unparalleled cultural interaction, this expedition trip offers it all!

Why we love it:

Mongolian Eagle Festival - Expedition


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar

Accommodation: Puma Imperial Hotel or similar, Ulaanbaatar

Activities:

Day 2: Ölgii

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Ger camp, Olgii

Activities:

Day 3-7: Tsambagarav Uul National Park trek

Meals included: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

Accommodation: Camping, Alan Nuur

Activities:

Day 8: Ölgii

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Ger camp, Olgii

Activities:

Day 9-10: Sagsai Eagle Festival

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Ger camp , Sagsai

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Day 11: Ölgii and surrounding countryside

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Ger camp, Olgii

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Day 12-13: Ulaanbaatar

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Puma Imperial Hotel or similar, Ulaanbaatar

Activities:

Day 14: Ulaanbaatar

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:


Your Trip

What to know

Venturing well away from cities and into remote areas, this trip takes you right off the beaten track. Accommodation and facilities my be basic but the rewards are immeasurable. A good level of fitness is required for the trek as you will be walking on hilly terrain and in very remote areas.

What's Included

Transport

Not Included


What to know

Fitness

The trek involves 5 days of walking, of up to 8 hours per day. The days are long and the terrain is undulating in parts. You need to be of a good level of fitness to enjoy this trek, which is a mandatory part of this tour.

The standard of healthcare is variable, especially outside Ulaanbaatar. Even in Ulaanbaatar only basic health care is available. Doctors and hospitals may ask for cash payment in advance of treatment. The quality of local medical supplies is low and some medicines are counterfeit Bring with you basic supplies of over-the-counter medicines and any regular prescription drugs you may need.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Mongolia

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.

Nationals of Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and the United Kingdom can for tourist purposes visa free for 30 days. US passport holders can travel in Mongolia for up to 90 days visa free.

MONGOLIA
Australia: Yes - in advance
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Yes - in advance
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
USA: Not required

LETTERS OF INVITATION (LOI):
Most embassies do not require a LOI. However, should you be required to present one with your visa application please contact us. There may be a fee for this service. In order for us to provide a LOI through our local partners we will require a clear, colour scan of your passport along with indicating at which embassy you will be applying for your visa. Please allow up to 2 weeks for your LOI to be processed.

VISA ON ARRIVAL:
Visas are not available on arrival at any land borders into Mongolia. Due to changes in visa regulations we are no longer able to provide visa invitations for visa on arrival at the Chinggis Khan International Airport.

VISAS EN-ROUTE:
You may be able to apply for your Mongolian visa in Beijing en-route if you have time here before your trip. Please plan carefully and check the current embassy requirements.

INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR VISA APPLICATION:
You will need to apply for a Single Entry Tourist Visa (J) that covers the duration of your stay in Mongolia. Visas are usually valid for 3 months from the date of issue and enable to you to stay for up to 30 days.

Name and address of host person or organization in Mongolia:
Mongolian Trails Apartment 17, Building SOT 4, 4th micro district, Bayangol district, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Phone: 976-99183751, 976-96003751

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR VISA APPLICATION:
You may be required to provide a copy of your itinerary, indicating the dates of your tour, along with your application

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Mongolia


Important Information

Local Emergency Contacts

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Peregrines local ground representative Nomadic Journeys can be reached on +976 99097145 and/or +976 99116311

Single Supplement

Please note when booking a single supplement, single rooms across Central Asia are generally smaller in size than a standard hotel room and may not always have windows and or balconies. Not all nights camping or in ger tents are available as a single supplement. Please contact your agent before booking this service.

Local Travel

Mongolia is a developing region whose infrastructure, values, customs and standards differ from what you are used to at home. Please bear this in mind as you are travelling in this exciting area and respect the fact that you should not impose your standards and expectations on the culture there. Occasionally it may be necessary to amend this itinerary for reasons beyond our control, such as bad weather and poor road conditions. Changes to flight schedules can sometimes occur, which may also lead to changes to this itinerary.

Facilities

Please note there are multiple nights away from showers and bathroom facilities on this trip. Ger stays often have outdoor toilets and limited plumbing (if any). If having a hot shower every night is important for you, then you will be uncomfortable on this tour. Be prepared for squat toilets outdoors, some days without access to running water and sporadic plumbing even in hotels.

High Altitudes

High altitudes may be experienced during this trip. Please refer to our Altitude Sickness document for more info. 

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

8 August 2014


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