Available: January-December (for summer time additional confirmation is required)
Best Period: December-February
Attention: Service is subject to cancellation in case of adverse weather conditions
Duration: 30-40 minutes (excl. delivery to/from the site)
Hunting with birds of prey is traditional for all Central Asian nomads. A rider with a golden eagle sitting on the wrist, has always been a symbol of the Asian steppes. Falconry is practiced in many countries, but hunting with eagles on hares and foxes is an exceptional attraction of Kazakhstan.
In Kazakhstan, hunters with eagles are called «berkutchi». The training experience of wild birds handed down from father to son for centuries and kept in secrecy. These masters have native talent for training of wild birds and their activity is not limited by just hunting. Today, the golden eagle is listed among birds threatened with extinction. Together with the environmental service staff the hunters participate in a program of research and monitoring of population of this rare bird in the remote regions of Central Asia.
Demonstration of hunting is held in a village in 140 km away from Almaty.