Eagle hunting

When you travel in Kyrgyzstan, you will be told that, the first remain of eagle hunting was found around the 12th and 13th centuries. In this period, a good eagle cost the same as horse. For having eagles could afford only rich people.

In the course of your tours in Kyrgyzstan being on one of cars for rent, you will learn how to domesticate eagles with professional “berkutchi” – a master who domesticates eagles. They are much respected among locals and afford to feed not only family but whole villages as well. The eagle hunting is considered to be a national heritage in Kyrgyzstan. When you travel in Kyrgyzstan, you will learn that not every man can be “berkutchi”. It requires strength, passion and bravery. By being berkutchi, it means you will have authority and high status. In the course of your tours in Kyrgyzstan it is better to turn to car rent service and you will learn that, professional skills and training of eagle hunting were given from one generation to another. It is considered to be rich entertainment. 

Eagles live in mountains. They are half colored in yellow, especially from head to back and called “Golden Eagles”. Regularly, they eat hunts hares, foxes and lynxes, but female eagle can allow herself even wolves, because they are much big and strong. The average lifetime of eagles is 40-50 years. If you want to domesticate a bird, you have to catch it small and train for 3-4 years. Evidentially, after 20 years, your eagle will be professional and build its own nest. one more interesting thing that will be useful in your tour in Kyrgyzstan is eagles like swans live in pair. For trying eagle hunting, you can rent a car and travel in Kyrgyzstan in late October and hunt 4 months. Berkutchis are able to train not only eagles but hawks, falcons as well. It is worth to plan eagle hunting tour in Kyrgyzstan. If you want to participate in eagle hunting, you can come in Issyk Kul, Naryn region and it will cost $100 per group.

Make your travel enjoyable by using our practical tips about Kyrgyzstan:

Kyrgyz Self-drive routes
Different seasons in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz Introduction
Kyrgyz Territory
Kyrgyz Population