NAADAM FESTIVAL-DISCOVER MONGOLIA
  • Price from: 2250 USD

    /per person based on 2 people/

  • Duration: 12days/11nights
  • Availability: 2019 Jul 01 - Jul 12
  • Group: maximum 16 travelers for this trips

Trip Summary:

One of the highlight of this tour is attending the exciting “ Naadam Festival of Mongols” that the nomads have cherished for thousands of year. In 2010 the festival was entered into the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list and is great celebration of the Central Asian nation’s culture. Join us to discover the big part of the experience and enjoy the most colorful and amazing festival of Naadam which is held on every year in July. The Naadam Festival celebrates the three manly sports (or Eriin Gurvan Naadam) which are wrestling horse-racing and archery. More recently forth game, knuckle-bone flicking was added to the competitions. The festival is celebrated throughout the country but the biggest ceremony is in Ulaanbaatar. The atmosphere is a big part of the experience and all dress in their traditional clothes DEEL for occasion. 

On this exciting 12 days tour is most popular travel destinations including highlights of the Gobi Desert and ancient capital of Mongol Empire – UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Karakorum, oldest and most famous Erdene-Zuu monastery - Mongolian Buddhist culture experience and much more!Khustain Nuruu National Park-famous for the reintroduction of Mongolia’s native horses, the Takhi or Przewalski horse. Sand dunes of the Mongol Els and the rocky outcrop of Mt Hugnu Khan

Gobi Desert –ancient home land of Dinosaur, Singing Dunes, through the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Gobi Gurvan Saikhan means Three Beauties of the Gobi and this range marks the eastern end of Gobi Altai mountain range, past Yulture’s Gorge, “Flaming cliff” of Bayanzag

Terelj National Park, which is one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. The National Park is by its natural beauty, forested alpine mountains and interesting rock formations (Massive woolsack weather conditions) very well known.

Relaxing in wild nature and explore nomadic life style... driving, walking, horse and camel riding, climbing to sand dunes are the main activities.

Brief Itinerary:

Day

Activities

Meals

Accommodation

Day 01(1 July)

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to Hotel

      -

Hotel****

Day 02(2 July)

Half day introductory city tour – Hustai National Park& Wild horses

B , L, D

Ger camp

Day 03(3 July)

Mongol Els – Khugnu Khan Mt Park

B , L, D

Ger camp

Day 04(4 July)

Karakorum & ErdeneZuu Monastery

B , L, D

Ger camp

Day 05(5 July)

Ongi Monastery

B , L, D

Ger camp

Day 06(6 July)

Bayanzag flaming cliffs

B , L, D

Ger camp

Day 07(7 July)

Khongor - the biggest sand dune in the Gobi

B, L, D

Ger camp

Day 08(8 July)

Yol Valley – Dungenee canyon

B, L, D

Ger camp

Day 09(9 July)

Fly back to UB – Terel National Park

B, L, D

Ger camp

Day 10(10 July)

Genghis Khan statue complex –Ulaanbaatar, cultural show

B, L, D

Hotel****

Day 11(11 July)

Naadam festival –opening ceremony, wrestling, archery, horse racing

B, L, D

Hotel****

Day 12(12 July)

Departure

B

 

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

On arrival at Genghis Khaan International Airport then we transfer to the Hotel to freshen up and you may need some time to relax from the long –distance flight or possibly from jet lag 

 Accommodation: Hotel Meals: not included on this day

Day 2 City Tour – Hustai National Park & Wild horses

9:00am our tour of Ulaanbaatar starts in earnest. We start our city tour with a visit to Gandan Monastery, the largest and most famous functioning monastery in Mongolia.  Here we will see the impressive Golden Buddha Statue of Migjid Janraisag and may experience monks in worship. From here we will visit the National History Museum and see sights from Mongolia’s history from pre-historic times the Mongol Empire up until Mongolia’s more recent communist past. Next stop is Sukhbaatar Square, the town’s central square named after the people’s revolutionary hero. There is an equestrian statue of Sukhbaatar and a massive Bronze statue of Genghis Khan with his four warriors in front of Parliament house. We will have lunch at Modern Nomads which is one of the best restaurant in the city. Continue to Zaisan memorial on the side MT Bogd Khan was constructed in memory of fallen soldiers and makes an ideal point to start our tour and offers panoramic views of the city.

This afternoon we drive to Hustai National Park – home to the Mongolian Wild horse known as Przewalski horse(Takhi) with unique landscapes and steppe. The Takhi was once native to Mongolia but became extinct earlier this century, Through the efforts of several Mongolian and International organizations, this magnificent wild horse once again roams the steppes in Hustain Nuruu National Park.

            Unique wild horse – Takhi reintroduction project at Hustai National Park started in 1992. As the successful implementation of the project today have over 220 Takhi in the Park. Check in ger camp and we will visit the Project Information ger center to learn more about the horses and take a guided through the park to view Takhi horses. There is great opportunity to take photo for these endangered horses. If you are lucky you can see deer, eagles and more animals. Return to the Ger camp and overnight. 

Accommodation: Ger camp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3 Mongol Els sand dunes - Hugnu Khan Mt National Park

After breakfast drive to Mongol Els magnificent sand dunes - surrounded by hills with willow trees, streams and bushes, and appear as a small desert in the center of the country. This sand dune is 80km long and the widest part of the sand dune is 9-10 km. Also, the sand dune called as mini Gobi.

Continue short drive to Hugnu Khan Mt National Park –It’s picturesque area of Rocky Mountains, semi desert, Gobi and sand dunes steppes all in one location three different natural zones. Check-in ger camp and after lunch free to explore the Mountain Range is ideal for hiking around and wildlife observation and photography.  Return to the Ger camp for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ger camp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Total distance: 190km, driving for-4hrs

Day 4 Karakorum, Capital of Haans & ErdeneZuu Monastery

This morning we drive to Karakorum which was the capital of Mongolian Empire and of the world as well in 13th century. We visit the sights of the ancient capital of Genghis Khan which was the largest contiguous empire in the World History.

We visit the sights of the magnificent and oldest Buddhist Monastery of Erdenezuu. Morning are the best time to visit Erdenezuu, which we do thing after breakfast. Erdenezuu Monastery was built in 1586 under the direction of Avtai Haan on the ruins of the ancient capital. Much of the monastery was destroyed during Stalinist purges of the 1930’s, but an impressive wall with 108 stupas and number of temples still remain.

After lunch we will visit museum of Karakorum and we are free to explore this region. Dinner and overnight at the ger camp.      

Accommodation: Ger camp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Total distance: 100, driving for- 2hrs

Day 5 Middle Gobi – Secret of Ongi

After breakfast we drive to Ongi Monastery (Ongiin Khiid) ruins of two monasteries that face each other across the Ongi River of Dundgobi Province in south-central Mongolia. It was destroyed by the communist purges of the 1930s and is being restored by a number of monks. It is an amazing site and stretches across the valley in the mountainous area around the river.

This is small mountainous area along the river the Ongyn Gol. The bend in the river marks the remains of two ruined monasteries, the Barlim Hiid on the north bank, Khutagt Hiid on the south. Together the complex is known as Ongyn Hiid. The views of the ruins, river, ger camps and the surrounding area are very impressive, you can see from any of the nearby hills. We arrive Secret of Ongi ger camp and overnight at the camp.   

Accommodation: Ger camp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 6 Gobi Desert –Bayanzag (flaming cliffs)

Today we drive to the Bayanzag known as Flaming cliffs and enjoy the day hiking amongst colourful sands of red, yellow, and orange. Bayanzag is a world-renowned dinosaur fossil exploration site, discovered in the 1920’s by Mongolian and Roy Chapman Andrews American

Paleontologists. After lunch we are free to explore the region and feel like dinosaur hunters because even now many dinosaur fossils remain. As scientists defined it was an inland sea bottom some 200 million years ago. Dinner and overnight ger camp.

Accommodation: Ger camp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Khongor sand dunes-visit camel breeder family & Camel trek

After breakfast we will drive west to the extraordinary sand dunes of Khongoriin Els, Mongolia’s largest sand dunes. The Khongoriin Els stretch for 200km and 12km in width and the highest dunes are 300m high in places. The dunes are known as the “Singing Dunes” due to beautiful sounds created by patterns in the dunes on a windy day. These oases are sanctuaries for birdlife including snow white swans. After lunch and check-in we will take some personal rest and refreshment in the camp.

In the afternoon we will visit local camel breeding family to experience the Mongolian nomadic lifestyle. Its chance to try drinking Hormog (fermented camel milk).

The sand dunes are the perfect place for camel riding, which is relatively easy with their gentle gaits and soft comfortable back. Mongolia is home to 2/3 of the two-humped Bactrian camels in the world. The Gobi has 100 000 camels, which we are typically used by herders for transportation of their gers.

In the evening, we will explore the singing dines and climb to the highest points, opportunity to see the breathtaking view of the surrounding area and amazing sunshine panorama of sand dunes. Dinner and overnight ger camp.

Accommodation: Ger camp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8  Yol Valley, Three beauties of the Gobi National Park

After breakfast we drive through the Dungenee canyon and Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park reach the Yol valley. Gobi Gurvan Saikhan means Three Beauties of the Gobi. The national Park’s landscape is extremely varied, with rocky and sandy desert plain, precipitous cliffs and ravine, salt pans, and oasis. We visit a spectacular natural sights of this region – Yolyn Am. Yolyn Am means Vulture’s mouth and is a canyon so deep and narrow that even in the height of summer winter ice can remain on the valley floor.

This region is also renowned for the diversity of its wildlife and many endangered species if you may be lucky enough can be found here, including Khulan, Ibex, Argali grazing high on the cliff walls 

We explore the canyon before transferring to a nearby ger camp for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ger camp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Flight to Ulaanbaatar –-Terelj National Park 

Today we say goodbye to our Gobi side paradise before taking the morning flight to Ulaanbaatar.

Upon arrival in the city, drive continues to Terelj – the most and interesting National Park. Lush alpine pastures and forests of larch and pine make for a peaceful and relaxing setting. It makes an ideal base to explore the surrounding area. Our ger camp is set in a beautiful location amongst towering pock pillars and forests of Siberian Larch.

After lunch visit to Turtle Rock formation – the symbol of the National Park, then hiking to Ariyabal meditation temple-sits at the top of the mountain. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park. Return to the ger camp dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Ger camp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10 Genghis Khan Statue – Ulaanbaatar & watch the preparations for Naadam

After light breakfast we drive to Ulaanbaatar. On the way we visit Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex - the biggest (40m tall) equestrian statue in the world. Explore the statue complex, have good panoramic view from top of the statue. Lunch will be at the Genghis Khan statue complex. Return back to Ulaanbaatar upon we arrive to the city, our city tour starts in earnest. We visit to Gandan Monastery, the largest and most famous functioning monastery in Mongolia.  Here we will see the impressive Golden Buddha Statue of Migjid Janraisag and may experience monks in worship.

After lunch we will visit the National History Museum and see sights from Mongolia’s history from pre-historic times the Mongol Empire up until Mongolia’s more recent communist past.

Next stop is Sukhbaatar Square, the town’s central square named after the people’s revolutionary hero. There is an equestrian statue of Sukhbaatar and a massive Bronze statue of Genghis Khan with his four warriors in front of Parliament house.

 This evening we will enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian song and dance “Wonders of Mongolia” folklore show by famous Tumen-Ekh ensemble. The most interesting performances are the throat singing, contortionists and Tsam dancers, Khoomii or throat singing is a musical art delivered with the help of a guttural voice and specific way of breathing. This is one of the most successful folk art groups to share traditional Mongolian music with the world.

Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 80km, driving for- 2hrs

Day 11 Naadam Festival & wrestling, archery, Horse racing

This morning we transfer to Central stadium and see the fantastic “Great Naadam” festival opening ceremony followed by wrestling, archery and knuckle-bone flicking competitions. It’s Mongolia biggest and amazing cultural event. After opening ceremony, we watch the first round of wrestling and then we will visit naadam archery field and ancle-bone shooting beside central stadium. The archery field will be filled with men and women archers in colorful ethnic national costumes who shooting arrows from their bows. This kind of contest was in existence in the 13th century and was in use until recently.

Lunch will be at local restaurant in the city. In the afternoon we will drive to Khui Doloon Hudag where the Naadam Festival horse racing place. You will experience the brilliant madness of the horse race field and the unsurpassed cultural opportunity to watch the horse racing competition included around 280-350 horses. There are you will have a great opportunity to take photography local horse trainers, peoples with traditional garments and so more contrast. 

We enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening. Dinner is at Veranda Mediterranean restaurant. 

Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 12 Departure

As your memorable trip comes to end, transfer to the airport for your flight to home

Meals: Breakfast

Price: from 2250USD /per person based on 2 people/ 

 Included services:

  • Trained English speaking guide at all times
  • Naadam Festival opening ceremony Tickets
  • Naadam Festival car entry permission to the Horse racing palce
  • National Parks and Cultural sight entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Internal flights: + included all tax, free luggage allowance is 15kg
  • Private transfers & transports 4WD Japanese minivans + Experienced driver
  • Comfortable 4* hotel in the city – based on twin/double
  • Best ger camp accommodation in countryside
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Camel Trek in the sand dunes   
  • Complimentary drink water   
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable

Excluded services:

  • International Airfare/Train tickets & Travel Insurances
  • Excess luggage charges – 1.5$ per kg for internal flights
  • Items of personal nature, drinks bill
  • Tips and gratuitie


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