MONGOLIA with NAADAM FESTIVAL
The vastness of the plains and the richness of their culture
MONGOLIA’S NAADAM FESTIVAL
15 Day tour from $4,950
Ulaanbaatar – Yol valley/Gobi – Khongor Sand dune – Bayanzag – Ongi temple ruin – Orkhon valley - Kharakhorum – Gurvanbulag Nomad community – Khustai National Park – Ulaanbaatar
ESCORTED GROUP 30 JUN - 13 JULY 2019

Join Rose on a magical mystery journey across Mongolia.

Experience a unique, expressive, local and vivid experience of nomadic culture, ancient heritage, national pride and a unique event that is worthy of experiencing at least once in your life time.

Discover the legendary Gobi Desert and the open plains of Mongolia. Ride a camel to the singing sand dunes, and experience the life of a nomad family.  Join in the excitement of Naadam, Mongolia’s national festival. Watch the wrestlers, archers and horse riders striving for honour, and be welcomed into the nomadic homes.

“I went to Mongolia a few years back and was captivated by the scenery and the warmth of the locals. I was amazed, and a bit blown away, by the intensity of Naadam, and now want to share the experience with other eager travellers”.

This will be an experience, an adventure, and a journey to remember.
There’s just 16 places, so get in quick to make sure you have a seat.

Cheers, Rose

Tour Highlights
  • Travel through legendary Gobi Desert
  • Naadam Festival
  • Exploring cultural heritage sites
  • Enjoying varied natural landscapes
  • Experiencing nomadic culture and lifestyle

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    Mongolia

  • When
    :

    30 JUN – 13 JULY 2019

  • What
    :

    Culture and Heritage, Escorted Group

Itinerary

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar the capital city of Mongolia. Pick up at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Afternoon we will visit to National Museum and Central Square. Evening enjoy Traditional art performance and Welcome dinner.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Morning transfer to airport, take a flight to Dalanzadgad town, the centre of South Gobi province. Arrival and meet with drivers.
Travel to Yol valley (Lammergeier’s Gorge) about 45kms. This picturesque place is nestled between the beautiful peaks of the Gurvan Saikhan Mountain, shelters rich wildlife. Visit Gobi museum and hike along the valley for 2-3 hours. Move to Ger camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Ger camp

Travel to Khongor sand dunes for 180kms. Known as Singing sand dunes, the Khongor dunes are up to 300ms high, 15kms wide, and 180kms long. Enjoy climbing Golden sand dunes. The view is incredible from top of the dunes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Ger camp

Today we will visit a nomad family and have a chance to see nomadic life in the Gobi. You can taste traditional dairy products as made of camel cows’ milk. Enjoy camel riding for an hour. Move back to Ger camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Ger camp

Continue travel to Bayanzag for 170kms. Here we will see saxaul forest in the Gobi Desert and red flaming cliffs, which formed by the erosion of the sand and rock over many thousands of years. This is the place where dinosaurs were lived 70 million years ago and is internationally famous for its dinosaur remains of complete skeletons, eggs and hatchlings of the Cretaceous Period.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Ger camp

Travel to Ongi temple ruin for 140kms. Stay in Ger camp.
Afternoon we will be exploring around the area, where the ruins of ancient temples are situated. Visit a small local temple and meet with monks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Ger camp

Drive to Orkhon valley for 5-6hours about 240kms. We will leave the Gobi already and be entered to forest mountain and steppe zone.
Reach to Ger camp in Orkhon valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Ger camp

Travel for 100kms to Kharakhorum. Kharakhorum was the ancient capital of Great Mongolian Empire where Chinggis Khaan established his headquarters in 1220.
We will visit Erdenezuu monastery, the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist temple complex built on the remains of 16thcentury Kharakhorum city.
Then we will visit a local historical museum and cultural heritage sites around the town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Ger camp

Continue travel to community based Ger camp at Gurvanbulag county of Bulgan province for 100kms. Here we have an opportunity to learn and experience more in deep about nomadic lifestyle and culture.
Visit nomad family, enjoy traditional hospitality. Taste traditional dishes and play Mongolian games.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: community based Ger camp

Short hike for 2-3hours. Afternoon enjoy local horsemen show for realizing how nomads train untamed horses. Optional horse riding as available.
For dinner you will enjoy “Khorkhog”, is real Mongolian barbeque, grilled with hot stones.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: community based Ger camp

Today we will travel for 290kms to Ulaanbaatar.
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Hotel

Naadam! Naadam! Mongolian national day is celebrated throughout the country.
Naadam festival is opened officially by the President of Mongolia. Soldiers on horseback, sometimes dressed in Chinggis Khaan warriors’ regalia, will get the nine white horsetail banners at the Parliament house where they are normally displayed and will then ride in procession through the city, later to be placed in the centre of the National Stadium, from where we will be viewing the Opening Ceremony.
At the stadium, a huge procession is held including hundreds of adults and children dressed in costumes representing Mongolia’s numerous ethnic groups. The opening ceremony features a colourful show with folk music and dance, parachute show and more.
The first round of wrestling will start immediately thereafter. Usually 512 wrestlers from all across Mongolia will compete in the first round!
After that you will see the archery competitions where contestants can only rely on his keen eye, firm hand and experience, take aim at a target of fist-sized baskets; and ankle bone shooting competition.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Morning we will travel to Khui Doloon Khudag, the horse racing field. The horse races continue over the three main Naadam days.
Mongol horseracing is part of a living cultural heritage, similar to the equestrian tradition that brought the Mongol armies to faraway places during medieval times. There are seven categories of races depending on the age of a horse. Two or three hundred riders ages 5-12 compete in every age category in a distance of 15 to 35km. We will see the “four-year-old” horse racing around 11 am.
The horse race is actually a bit far from the barriers set up for visitors, so bring binoculars! However, the fun of attending is really seeing the locals.
We can visit nomadic tented camps that have sprung up behind the race track and experience a concentration of nomadic Mongolia at one site! Herdsmen have come with their horses and all provisions for the festivities, which include airag (koumiss; fermented mares milk) for the merrymaking. Transfer back to Ulaanbaatar. Lunch.
Late afternoon we will visit the Bogd Khaan Palace museum and Zaisan Memorial hill. Shopping for cashmere and souvenirs. Farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast transfer to airport for departure.

Meals: Breakfast

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions
    FROMTWIN
    $4,950

    *Single Supplement $850.
    Prices are per person based in twin share. Prices are subject to change and availability.

    INCLUSIONS

    • All activities described in the itinerary
    • Twin/double share basis hotel accommodation (4 nights) in Ulaanbaatar, Ger camp stay (7 nights) and stay in community based Ger camp (2 nights) in countryside.
    • English speaking guide service
    • Entrance fees to Protected Areas and sightseeing costs
    • OW Domestic flight
    • All transfers by bus in the city and by 4WD Russian minivan in the countryside.
    • Mineral (bottled) water, meals of breakfast, lunch /picnic/ and dinner as mentioned per day itinerary.

    NOT INCLUDED

    • International transportation to and from Mongolia
    • Travel insurance
    • Alcoholic drinks, tips and gratuities, laundry and items of a personal nature.
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