Eagle Festivals in Mongolia
Each year, several dozen Kazakh hunters take part in eagle festivals held in Western Mongolia to test the speed, agility, and hunting skills of their Golden Eagles, known as Berkut. Ceremonies, dance performances, parades, and Kazakh plays are held in honor of the 2000–year-old tradition of hunting with trained Golden Eagles.
Eagle festivals are the highlight of any traveler’s visit to Mongolia.
The thrilling festivals feature numerous traditional Kazakh games, passed from generation to generation among the Kazakh nomads in the beautiful Altai Mountains, including the famous Kokbar, where nomadic men compete for a goatskin on horseback. The others are Tiyn Teru (a race to pick a coin off the ground from horseback) and Kyz Kuar, or the Women’s Chase, (a man and woman racing with the woman whipping the man).
Winners are selected and awarded in each competition.
You can find the details of this year’s three eagle festivals in Bayan-Ulgii Province below.
Festivalgoers will be able to taste local delicacies and buy traditional Kazakh crafts at the festivals. Gers and tents will be available for rent at the venue and nearby areas. Most Mongolian tour operators provide good package tours as well.