Mongolia Eagle Festival: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads

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4.5 Based on 8 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Local culture
  • Festivals and events
  • Natural landmarks sightseeing
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 18 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Ends Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • +11
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Attend the Eagle Festival in the remote Altai Mountains
  • Explore Mongolia's vast wilderness stepp and Gobi Desert
  • Experience traditional nomadic culture
Starting and ending in Ulaanbaatar, the trip "Mongolia Eagle Festival: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads" is a guided local culture trip that takes 18 days. You will travel through Gorkhi Terelj National Park, Erdene Zuu Monastery, Bayan Gobi and 10 other destinations in Mongolia. "Mongolia Eagle Festival: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads" is a small group trip which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Rolling steppe make way to stark desert; small nomadic ger camps pepper this vast land where camels and goats are herded on horseback, fermented mare’s milk is the tipple of choice, sand dunes are known to ‘sing’ and the first intact dinosaur eggs were found. Genghis Khan went forth from here on horseback to conquer the biggest land empire in history and, to this day, Buddhist and Animist traditions mix. We travel through steppe, mountains and the Gobi Desert exploring the nature and culture of this fascinating, yet little known country before making our way to the far western reaches to visit the Eagle Festival, celebrating the fascinating past time of hunting with eagles and the strong connection the Mongolian people have with their animals and land.This departure of the Eagle Festival tour visits Gobi Gurvansaikhan N. P. at the start of the trip.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 8 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 16 2019
5 - Excellent
Wow! What an amazing adventure!
“Mongolia is a stunningly beautiful country. Miles and miles of vast open vistas, dotted with the occasional ger and nomad herds of animals. The Gobi desert was fascinating, including a visit to the place where the first dinosaur eggs were discovered! We visited many interesting and fabulous places, including several beautiful Buddhist temples. Wherever we went, the people were charming and very hospitable. The Eagle Festival was a spectacle I will never forget, with 120 eagle hunters competing to win the honour of being the champion. Dressed in their finest traditional clothing, riding their sturdy horses at speed, they called their massive golden eagles down from the rocky hillside to land on their arm.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 14 2019
4 - Very Good
Eagle Festival
“Advice given by Exodus regarding the transfer in Beijing was inadequate. Much more detail is needed. Many lost souls were wandering the airport for some time. Perhaps a step-by-step description ? Chinese airport personnel were generaly rude, and less than helpful.The whole trip was generally fine.Exodus were advisied that one of us was gluten-free, but this information was not given to the tour guide beforehand, which Exodus stated it had been. Probably did not make a huge difference in the end as Gluten free food is largely unknown in Mongolia (not entirely unexpected).”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 11 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent trip.
“Just returned from.this Mongolia trip. It was a wonderful holiday. Mongolia is vast and fascinating. The holiday was made more enjoyable and informative by our guide MG. The Eagle Festival was unbelievable. 120 eagle hunters with their beautiful Golden Eagles.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 27 2019
5 - Excellent
Mongolias great.
“Mongolia has been recommended to me by various travelers over the years, also to include the Nadaam Festival....they were right.If you are looking for something different....this is it.The vastness and the ever changing terrain in the Gobi is fascinating.”
  • Day 1: Start Ulaanbaatar.
  • Day 2: Ulaanbaatar sightseeing. 
  • Day 3: Fly to Dalanzadgad; travel through rocky plains of Gobi Gurvansaikhan N.P.
  • Day 4: Hiking around the Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag.
  • Day 5: Visit the Khongoryn Els, or 'singing sand dunes', the largest dunes in Mongolia.
  • Day 6:  Explore the Singing Sand Dunes and visit a nomadic camel breeding family.
  • Day 7: Explore the region of Bayan Gobi and the Bichigt Khad petroglyphs
  • Day 8: Transfer to Avaikheer via Mt Ikh Bogd.
  • Day 9: Visit Avaikheer Museum; on to Kharkhorin via Shankh Monastery.
  • Day 10: Visit Karakorum and Erdene Zuu Monastery; drive to Mongol Els or 'Little Gobi Desert'.
  • Day 11: Transfer to Khustain Nuruu N.P trek to see wild horses.
  • Day 12: Drive to Terelj National Park.
  • Day 13: Drive to Ulaanbaatar via Genghis Khaan Statue
  • Day 14: Fly to Olgii; visit a nomadic Kazakh village
  • Day 15: Eagle festival.
  • Day 16: Another day at the Eagle Festival
  • Day 17: Fly to Ulaanbaatar; free time in the city.
  • Day 18: End Ulaanbaataar.
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 15 lunches and 16 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • All internal flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Any international flights to/from Ulaanbaatar are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Mongolia Eagle Festival: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Mongolia Eagle Festival: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 27 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 27 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Mongolia Eagle Festival: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Mongolia Eagle Festival: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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