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Mongolia Golden Eagle Festival Gay Tour

Mongolia Gay Tour
Golden Eagle Festival & Expedition

From the Gobi Desert to the Golden Eagle Festival

Ulaanbaatar, Gobi Desert, Khustai National Park, Bayan-Ulgii, The Golden Eagle Festival, and more!

12 Days from/to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

September 10 – 21, 2021
September 09 – 20, 2022

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Mongolia gay adventure tour From the Gobi Desert to the Golden Eagle Festival. Feel like a nomad on our Mongolian expedition as we traverse the North Asian country by foot, camel and horseback. Together we’ll make sand dunes ‘sing’, haggle with vendors in chaotic markets and witness eagle hunting competitions during the Golden Eagle Festival. Mix in some extraordinary hikes, a few nights of glamping, a swig of fermented mare’s milk and you’ve got a grand adventure on your hands.

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Mongolia Golden Eagle Festival & Expedition Highlights

• Enjoy eagle hunting competitions, Khazak clothing shows, throat singing and regional delicacies during the country’s famous Golden Eagle Festival

• Experience Mongolia’s famously rugged landscape during invigorating hikes

• Track wild horses in Khustai National Park and learn to ride tame horses in Bayan-Ulgii

• Unleash your inner-childhood wonder at the site Roy Chapman Andrews unearthed the world’s first intact dinosaur egg fossils

• Enjoy a couple of humps on a Gobi Desert camel ride

• Haggle with local artisans in Ulaanbaatar’s Black Market

• Make sand dunes ‘sing’ while exploring the Khongor sand dunes, a particularly photogenic region of the desert

• Slumber in traditional gers like a true Mongolian nomad

• Hike the colourful Yol Valley

• Discover Ulaanbaatar on a private walking tour that includes the Mongolia Museum of Natural History and the Gandan Buddhist Monastery

 

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Mongolia Golden Eagle Festival & Expedition Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Sain uu - Hello in Mongolian! After arriving in Ulaanbaatar a private driver will transport you to our joining point hotel. The evening is yours to catch some Zs and prepare for the adventure ahead.

Hotel: Hotel Nine, Ulaanbaatar

 

Day 2 - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
After an energizing breakfast, we’ve dedicated today to touring Ulaanbaatar. Our local guide will point out buildings of interest as well as tour us through popular sites such as Mongolia’s Museum of Natural History or the Gandan Buddhist Monastery. At an ideal time, we’ll stop for a relaxed nibble.

If time allows we may swing by the Black Market—a sprawling bazaar where vendors haggle over everything from carpets to curios such as shaman drums.

Tonight we’ll have our official Welcome Dinner complete with throat singing and traditional dancing. Then it’s off to bed as a we have an early flight tomorrow.

Hotel: Hotel Nine, Ulaanbaatar

 

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Day 3 - Gobi Desert
Rise and shine, Gentlemen! We have an early flight to the south Gobi.

After touching down we’ll immediately make our way to the Yol Valley (Yolyn Am)—a particularly beautiful valley characterized by the creek cutting through it. You’ll likely see the valley’s namesake vulture, as well as altai snowcocks, bighorn argali sheep, wild ibex rams and potentially wolves and foxes. There have even been reports of snow leopard tracks! It’s here we’ll enjoy our first hike, a breezy 2–3 hour trot through the scenic valley.

With our appetites revved, we’ll head to our ger camp for lunch. Gers—sometimes referred to as “yurts”—are traditional Mongolian structures that are easily transportable and popular among nomads. We’ll get to enjoy a number of these unique accommodations throughout the journey.

After lunch you have plenty of free time for a power nap or to take it easy. In the evening, we’ll enjoy dinner at our camp before a short hike to watch the desert sunset.

Accommodation: Tourist-style ger camp. 2 ppl/ger

 

Gobi Desert gay tour - Khongor sand dunes

 

Day 4 - Gobi Desert
After a leisurely breakfast our journey continues south towards the Khongor sand dunes. These beautiful dunes tower over 200m/655f high and stretch for over 100km/62mi. Locally, they’re known as “the singing dunes” due to the whistling sound they emit when strong gusts of wind shift sand down the slopes. We’ll likely climb one of the dunes ourselves and make them sing by shifting the sand with our feet.

After lunch we have an exciting two humped Bactrian camel ride awaiting us. Another beautiful sunset awaits as well as a late dinner and some free time back at camp.

Accommodation: Tourist-style ger camp. 2 ppl/ger

 

Gobi Desert gay tour - Flaming cliffs

 

Day 5 - Gobi Desert
Get ready for a time warp beginning with a visit to Khavtsgait, an area containing bronze age petroglyphs. It’s here we’ll trek 40 minutes uphill to reach the ancient carvings before our guide regales us with stories of Gobi life during this fascinating period.

From the Bronze Age we jump further back in time to the Jurassic Period at a world-famous dinosaur fossil site known as the Flaming Cliffs. Roy Chapman Andrews—whom some believe Indiana Jones was modelled after—discovered vast amounts of intact dinosaur bones and fossilized dinosaur eggs here. As you wander the aptly named Flaming Cliffs, keep your eyes peeled for geodes and fossils—many are still being unearthed today!

In the afternoon, we’ll head back to the ger camp for lunch, free time and eventually dinner.

Accommodation: Tourist-style ger camp. 2 ppl/ger

 

Monglia wild takhi horses

 

Day 6 - Ulaanbaatar and Khustai National Park
This morning we catch another early flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon touch down we’ll drive straight to Khustai National Park.

The area was specifically set aside to reintroduce the stocky, wild horses known in western countries as przewalski and takhi in Mongolia. For a period of time, the takhi were completely wiped out of Mongolia. Luckily, about 50 were living in European zoos. In 2001, takhi were successfully reintroduced to Mongolia and today a healthy herd of about 200 roam their natural habitat.

After a quick lunch, we’ll take a guided tour through the visitor’s center before hiking up the mountains in search of the horses. Tonight we’ll settle into another ger camp before dinner and free time.

Accommodation: Tourist-style ger camp. 2 ppl/ger

 

Hanging out with our Kazakh hosts

 

Day 7 - Bayan-Ulgii
After breakfast, we’ll catch a flight to the western province of Bayan-Ulgii. The region sits right on the border of Kazakhstan and many local people retain Kazakh customs.

Upon arrival we’ll head directly to our host family’s private gers. We’ll meet with the family and have local delicacies while learning about their way of life.

This will be a pretty busy travel day so after our included dinner at the ger camp you’ll likely want to relax.

Accommodation: Host-family ger. 4 ppl/ger

 

Mongolia gay tour - Hiking in Bayan-Ulgii

 

Day 8 - Bayan-Ulgii
Today is dedicated to learning the Kazakh way of life. Be prepared to meet our host’s whole family—and we mean the whole family!

Ulgiis are famously hospitable, so expect a warm welcome. We’ll also get to meet their magnificent golden eagles and enjoy a private eagle hunt demonstration.

Depending on how the group feels we can also enjoy an optional hike through the mountainous landscape or even saddle up some horses. Tonight we’ll dine with our hosts.

Accommodation: Host-family ger. 4 ppl/ger

 

Mongolia Eagle Hunters riding

 

Day 9 & 10 - The Golden Eagle Festival
The pinnacle moment of our adventure has arrived: The Golden Eagle Festival! To kick off the spectacular event we’ll have the privilege of entering the festival with our eagle hunter hosts. The festival opens with a parade of the locals wearing traditional Kazakh clothing followed by the hunters on horseback bearing majestic golden eagles.

After some opening speeches, the competitions will begin. Together we’ll watch the games and learn about the eagle competitions. We’ll also get to see various tests of horsemanship as well as other amusing contests. There will be plenty of opportunities to taste local delicacies and interact with the local people.

As there are no accommodations in the area, we’ll be staying at a temporary ger camp near the festival. On the second afternoon of the festival, we’ll make an early side trip into the city to buy some unique Kazakh crafts sold by a woman who’s a trail-blazer for female entrepreneurship in the area.

Accommodation: Temporary ger camp set up near the festival. 2 ppl/ger

 

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Day 11 - Ulaanbaatar
After an extraordinary couple of days at the Golden Eagle Festival, we fly back to Ulaanbaatar where our upscale hotel awaits—likely a welcome change of pace from all the gers!

This afternoon you have the option of enjoying the hotel amenities or touring one of the city’s fascinating museums. Alternatively, we can also head to a shop to purchase some Mongolian cashmere.

Tonight we have our Farewell Dinner followed by a final brewski at Zorig’s Bar.

Hotel: Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel, Ulaanbaatar

 

Day 12 - Ulaanbaatar Departure
Sadly, our adventure has come to an end.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure. Thank you for joining our gay Mongolia tour!

 

Eagle hunters during the Golden Eagle Festival

 

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What's Included

• Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel

• A gay Out Adventures host throughout and English-speaking guide

• All accommodations for the duration of the tour

• 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners

• All domestic flights mentioned

• All activities and entertainment mentioned in the itinerary, including national park fees

• All gratuities for hotel/ger staff, host families, activity operators and drivers

• All land transportation in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles.

• Mineral water available on all transportation (Please bring your own refillable water bottle)

 

Mongolia Khongor sand dunes

 

Not Included

• International airfare

• Luggage fees on domestic flights

• International departure taxes

• Single supplements during the Bayan-Ulgii portion of the tour

Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers.

• Gratuities for your Group Leader (budget $50 USD/person)

• Optional gifts for ger camp staff / host families

• All items of a personal nature (laundry, drinks, etc.)

• Visa fees

 

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Trip Notes

How We Travel
Out Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever’s on the itinerary—from fireside camping to five-star decadence—our goal is to make the experience magical. We’re also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

Mongolia Visa
If your passport is from Canada or the USA, you can stay up to 90 days without a visa. However, if you’re staying longer than 30 days you must register with Mongolian Immigration within seven days of arrival. There may be exceptions.

 

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Culture Shock
Mongolia has only recently risen to prominence among tourists. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing—much of the Mongolian way of life has been maintained, including its nomadic traditions. Accommodations tend to be comfortable and service standards are very high. In fact, Mongolians—especially Kazakh residents on the western border—are famous for their hospitality.

Local LGBT Scene
Mongolians tend to be very hush-hush regarding sexual orientation. Consequently, public displays of affection will likely cause a stir. However, the population tends to be very adaptable and attitudes are quickly changing. Homosexuality was legalized in 2003 and Ulaanbaatar’s first LGBT centre opened in 2007.

Weather
On our tour, Mongolia will just be entering it’s autumn season. Weather will be pleasant with cool evenings. The countryside won’t be as lush as it is in the summer, but the beautiful fall colours will be a spectacle in themselves. Cold snaps can happen, so it is important to follow our packing list.

 

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Required Vaccinations
Based on the entry requirements, there are no immunizations needed for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic. We cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Electricity
You will need an international travel plug/adapter for C- and E-type sockets.

Connectivity
Mongolia isn’t necessarily known for its connectivity. Cell service and data will be very spotty outside of Ulaanbaatar, but some of our ger camps may have wifi.

Travel Insurance
For everybody’s peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on all Out Adventures tours. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum medical coverage of US $200,000.

 

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Meals
11 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners are included on this trip.

Money
Mongolia’s local currency is the Mongolian tögrög (MNT). Please keep cash handy, especially in rural parts, as credit and debit cards may not work in Mongolia. We also recommend you bring about $400 USD in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.

Tipping
Most gratuities are included on this tour except for your Local Guide. If you are happy with their services, a tip is recommended. Tipping details will be provided in your final trip documentation, however we recommend budgeting approximately $50 USD. You may also want to bring optional gifts for ger camp staff / host families—we’ll include more information about this in your Trip Documents.

What to bring
Please keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb to avoid costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller to carry a water bottle, your camera and souvenirs on day trips. Our packing list is a guideline, not gospel, but we are happy to answer any specific questions about how much (or little) to bring.

 

Hotel Nine, Ulaanbaatar

 

Starting Point
Hotel Nine, Ulaanbaatar
Situated at the prime location and right next to Chinggis Square and the government house, H9 Hotel Nine Ulaanbaatar offers business class accommodation to travellers.

Guests can easily walk to Government House, State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Municipality and Central Post Office and National Historical Museum. The embassies in 2 to 4 minutes from the property.

Featuring air conditioning, all 53 comfortable guest rooms are fully equipped and come with a cable TV. High speed WiFi is also available throughout the property. The private bathroom comes with shower facilities, free toiletries and a hairdryer.

 

Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel, Ulaanbaatar

 

Finishing Point
Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel, Ulaanbaatar
Centrally located in Ulaanbaatar, Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel is only a 2-minute stroll from State Government House and a 2-minute walk from Sukhbaatar Square. It features free Wi-Fi in all areas and numerous leisure options including a fitness centre and mineral bath.

Rooms here will provide you with air conditioning, a minibar and a seating area. Complete with a refrigerator, the dining area also has an electric kettle. Featuring a hairdryer, private bathrooms also come with a bathrobe and free toiletries. Some rooms offer mountain views.

 

Mongolia Eagle Festival ger

 

A Special Note On Mongolian Ger Accommodations
On this tour we spend 7 nights sleeping in authentic Mongolian gers/yurts. These traditional accommodations are very popular among Mongolians and 60% of the country’s population still resides in them. The gers we stay in are spacious, comfortable and are outfitted with proper beds and bedding. Toilet tents are shared—seated toilets are very clean with deeply dug holes and either water or sawdust is poured on top after each use. Shower tents are also shared—showers are either heated via solar or gas, OR pumps that heat the water in advance and provided to guests at specified times.

The majority of gers we stay in comfortably fit 2 people, however, for 2 nights in Bayan-Ulgii we’ll be staying in larger gers that fit 4 people per ger. No single supplement is available for the Bayan-Ulgii and Golden Eagle Festival portion of this tour (4 nights).

 

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Mongolia Golden Eagle Festival & Gay Expedition Tour Prices

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$ 5,995

Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy

$ 5,995

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Optional Single Supplement: $700 (7 nights only)

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