Mongolia: Golden Eagle Festival with Palani Mohan - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

One of the last travel frontiers, Mongolia is vast, remote and hauntingly beautiful. Nomads still eke out a living on the steppe as they have for centuries passing from generation to generation age-old practices of horsemanship, herding and hunting.

Journey Overview

One of the last travel frontiers, Mongolia is vast, remote and hauntingly beautiful. Nomads still eke out a living on the steppe as they have for centuries passing down from generation to generation age-old practices of horsemanship, herding and hunting. On this rare visit you will spend two days at the thrilling Golden Eagle Festival in the far west of the country where Kazakh horsemen demonstrate their skills with the prized golden eagle in fierce competition. You’ll be honoured by the Mongol hospitality, bed down in a traditional ger, marvel at Buddhist monasteries and explore some of the wildest landscapes on the planet.

Your Guest Host

Indian born, Australian raised, and now living in Hong Kong, Palani Mohan is an award-winning freelance photographer and published author. He has produced five books and photographic essays and his work is part of the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. Exhibited widely around the globe, his images have been shown at the prestigious Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France. He has travelled to Mongolia four times and his book, ‘Hunting With Eagles: In The Realm of the Mongolian Kazakhs’ is a rare and invaluable record of a vanishing culture.

Watch Palani Mohan's TedXSydney Talk - Hunting with Eagles on the Edge of the World


Watch Palani Mohan's recent TedXSydney Talk - Hunting with Eagles on the Edge of the World

Journey Highlights

  • Discover Ulaanbaatar’s vibrant textile heritage or visit Khustain Nuruu National Park to spot wild horses on a Design Your Day experience
  • Bed down in a traditional ger at a remarkable eco-lodge which celebrates Mongolia’s nomadic culture
  • Stargaze over the remote wilderness of the Gobi Desert
  • Explore sand dunes, ancient petroglyphs and the desert aglow at sunset
  • Hike through rugged canyons and gorges, ride a Bactrian camel
  • Marvel at the spectacular celebrations and events of the Golden Eagle Festival over two days including the opening ceremony
  • Meet with a Golden Eagle hunter in a memorable private encounter
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