For centuries, ethnically Kazakh nomads have captured golden eagles at birth and trained them to hunt foxes, wolves and other animals. This tradition, centered in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia's far west, has gained worldwide attention through teenager Aisholpan, the subject of the 2016 documentary, The Eagle Huntress.
- Across the Land of Eagles and Nomads
- Ancient Cultures of the Altai
- The golden eagle, with its distinct coloring and wide wingspan, thrives in Mongolia's Altai Mountains. Eagle hunters train female birds from birth, tapping into their maternal food-gathering instincts.
The Altai Kazakh Eagle Festival, held annually in Mongolia's Altai Mountains on the third weekend of September, is an ideal opportunity to explore eagle hunting. Dozens of eagle hunters gather at the festival to compete and show their birds.
Blue Silk Travel is a proud sponsor of the 2018 festival.
- In addition to attending an eagle festival, visiting a family that raises eagles is an excellent way to learn about the rich tradition of eagle hunting.