The annual Golden Eagle Festival in western Mongolia, near the town of Ölgii, is fast becoming one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. The tradition of capturing and taming young eagles and training them to hunt wild animals such as foxes dates back many hundreds of years for the Kazakh nomads who live in this area of Mongolia.
Each year, hunters gather to celebrate this tradition, listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, at the Golden Eagle Festival. Adventure travel photographer Andrew Peacock was there in early October and captured these amazing images to tell the story of the festival.
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