Eagle hunting in Kyrgyzstan

Do you really want to solve the mystery of eagle hunting (salburunun). Then, you should think seriously about visiting Kyrgyzstan – a country that still follows the traditions of nomadic civilization, and experiences the real gold eagles hunting practiced since ancient times by mountain nomads. We are pleased to invite you to get this rare eagle hunting experience with the strongest bird of prey in a pristine setting: among the high Tien-Shan mountains or in the vast expanse of high-mountain valleys.  Golden eagle hunting: special aspects and features.

Throughout the journey, you will be accompanied by hereditary eagle hunters (berkutchi), who will gladly share their secrets with you. For mobility in the mountains, as well as observing the ancient rituals of hunting nomads, we will hunt horseback, accompanied by greyhound dogs. Eagles hunting wolves, eagle hunting rabbit or eagle hunting sheep– you can choose which animal is to be a prey. Eagle hunting in Kyrgyzstan is not like Mongolian eagle hunting or eagle hunting in Kazakhstan! In search of a game: jackals, foxes, hares and marmots, we will explore the most picturesque corners of this beautiful country with intact nature, see rare animals in the wild, we will spend the night in the nomads' dwelling - yurt and of course, cook and taste the game at the stake. The entire trip will be accompanied by a professional eagle hunter who perfectly orientates in the area.

Golden eagle hunting in Kyrgyzstan with Baibol Travel - explore the soul of nomads!

 

Tour characteristics

August - March
5 days
620 km, 9 h
Complexity 
Book now from $ 590

You are going to love it

  • Hunting in exceptional landscapes according to the traditions of the ancient nomads.
  • Live in a camp of yurts and prepare, with a family of shepherds, the evening meal with the product of your hunt.
  • Discover a new culture in the heart of nature.
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  • Conditions and Recommendations
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1 Day. Hunting with the Golden Eagle: An Examination of the Art of the Ancient Nomads

Pick up at the airport and transfer to Bokonbaevo village (3-4hrs) located on the southern shore of the stunning Issyk-Kul Lake, pearl of Central Asia. On our route, we will visit the ruins of Balasagun, the capital of the medieval 10-13th century Turkic Karakhanid capital which was once captured by Genghis Khan. From there we will pass through the beautiful Boom Gorge on our way to the lake. In the second half of the day you will have your first introduction to hunting with eagles and greyhounds.

Our hereditary hunters will show how their nomadic ancestors hunted many centuries ago. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and watch how the Kyrgyz greyhounds (taigans) climb up onto the backs of their masters’ horses to follow the soaring birds of prey as they hunt. You can even test your hand at archery. In the evening there will be a delicious roast. We will spend the night like real nomads in traditional Kyrgyz yurts.

Accommodation

Economy: Yurt camping
Standard: Yurt camping
VIP: Yurt camping

Locations

Tong District
Bishkek
Ysyk-Ata District
295 km
5 h
B L D

2 Day. Hunters Reveal their Secrets

Now that we know how to hunt, it is time to discover where it is done. From Bokonbaevo, we will go horseback to the Zyndan mountains. But first we will stop in Tuura-Suu village where the hunters and their golden eagles will be waiting for us. During the trip, we recommend you spend time with these berkutchi hunters to better immerse yourself in the culture of their nomadic civilization. They will tell you that the strongest predatory bird for hunters is the golden eagle, which can hunt everything from hares and foxes to wolves and mountain goats. They will also explain how the birds are raised and taught hunting. The connection that is born between the bird and the berkutchi is so strong that it lasts a lifetime.

After we have joined our hunters, we will hunt. Following a stop for lunch, we will set out into the Ak Tash mountains. In the evening, we will enjoy a dinner of game roasted on the fire and spend the night in the picturesque pasture of Uch-Unkur in shepherd’s yurts.

Accommodation

Economy: Yurt camping
Standard: Yurt camping
VIP: Yurt camping

Locations

Tong District
12 km
6 h
B L D

3 Day. Kok-Sai Mountains - an ideal place for hunting practice

Hunting the golden eagles is a subtle art, any Berkutchi will tell you. Success depends on both the location of the hunt and bird selection. Your guides will share their wisdom and you will learn the most important techniques.

We will pass the day hunting in Kok-Sai Gorge among the wildlife and diverse landscapes, helping you to improve your skills. In total, we will cover about 30 km. For dinner we will have the most famous Kyrgyz dish besh barmak (five-finger dish). We'll spend the night in the yurt camp at Zhaichy.

Accommodation

Economy: Yurt camping
Standard: Yurt camping
VIP: Yurt camping

Locations

Tong District
30 km
6 h
B L D

4 Day. Fortune Favors the Bold

On Day 4, we will transfer to the Jyldyz-Tor (Star Gorge) mountains by car where we will join the hunters and start exploring the mountains. Today is a day for getting closer the birds, handling them and gaining even more practice.

During your hunt you will experience the majesty and strength of these birds and appreciate their skills in helping you hunt. After the hunt we will return to Bokonbaevo village with our catch, where we will enjoy an incredibly tasty dish - kuurdak – cooked from the products of our hunt. We will spend the night in a guest house there.

Accommodation

Economy: Guest house
Standard: Guest house
VIP: Guest house

Locations

Tong District
15 km
6 h
6 km, 0.5 h
B L D

5 Day. Goodbye Kyrgyzstan!

Transfer to Bishkek. Upon arrival in Bishkek, we will stop at the hotel for a rest, and then we will go for a walk around the capital. On our walk, we will pass the central square of Ala-Too and examine the monument dedicated to the Kyrgyz folk hero “Manas”. We can also enjoy the exhibits of the State Historical Museum, the monument the Soviet politician Vladimir Lenin, the old square and government house, and the monument to the leader of the Alai Kyrgyz, Kurmanzhan Datka.

After the walk we will go to the central department store (TSUM), where you can buy souvenirs from the handicraft stalls. We will cap off our day with will have a farewell dinner of tash-cordo cooked according to the ancient recipe of hunters and accompanied by a folklore music presentation at Baibol teahouse. 

You will be transferred to the airport for your return home the following morning.

Create your own group and travel profitably!

If you have been waiting for the right time to go on a journey in the footsteps of the ancient nomads of Central Asia, it has come! For the first time in Kyrgyzstan, "Baibol Travel" gives you a unique opportunity to travel at affordable prices, collecting a group of travelers from your relatives, friends, colleagues, as you are hungry for new experiences and incredible discoveries! We are happy to adapt our services to your requests and requirements, so we suggest you choose the conditions of travel with the comfort and conditions that suit you. The more people in your group, the greater the benefits will be received by all its participants!

Tour cost

The prices are indicated according to the classification of the tour and the number of people.

Number of persons / Class Economy Standard VIP
1-2 $ 1280 $ 1395 $ 1580
3-4 $ 840 $ 950 $ 1270
5-6 $ 720 $ 920 $ 1070
7-8 $ 645 $ 840 $ 985
9-10 $ 590 $ 770 $ 950

Conditions

Package of services

VIP

Standard

Econom

Transport (all transfers according to the program)

SUV premium class

High-end SUV

Class 4x4 minivan

Accommodation (in hotels, guest houses and yurts according to the program

Auto support during the tour

Guide

Assistant guide (for groups of more than 6 people)

Horse guide

The grooms

Horses

Three meals a day (+ snack for trekking trips)

4-х разовое

3-х разовое

3-х разовое

National Games

National equestrian games

Workshops

Excursions

Folklore concert

Golden eagle hunting

Recommendations for hunting tours

One of the most important recommendations hunters can give us while travelling is to take a spacious and durable backpack. Because you will have to move a lot, especially in the mountainous terrain, it is better to take only the important items in order to move comfortably. The list below will help you to take the most necessary things. Please use it as a guide:

  • a small backpack and an expeditionary backpack (for day riding);
  • riding shoes (without a heel or platform, secure and closed), sneakers are preferred;
  • additional pair of shoes (if the first is wet);
  • tight trousers for riding;
  • waterproof jacket (wind jacket);
  • a light jacket with a long sleeve and a closed chest, or a shirt (for protection from the sun);
  • warm clothes in case of cool weather;
  • a couple of T-shirts;
  • a hat (for the sun);
  • at least 2 pairs of warm and simple socks;
  • gloves;
  • gaiters;
  • sunscreen;
  • personal hygiene items and personal first-aid kit;
  • clock, altimeter (optional), power bank;
  • sunglasses;
  • a camera with batteries;
  • messenger bag for documents (if any).