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Naadam Festival Mongolia

Wander the land that gave the world Genghis Khan and experience the rich pageantry and intense competitions of the legendary Naadam Festival. Witness giants wrestle, archers hit impossible targets and horses race across grasslands to glory. Travel the regions steppes and sand dunes to uncover storied Buddhist monasteries and cultural treasures on this unique adventure. Overnight in gers with local families for extraordinary cultural experiences you wont soon forget.


Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126889
Starts: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Finishes: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
You will Visit
  • Ulaanbaatar

Itinerary

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Day 1: Ulaanbaatar

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Ulaanbaatar/Amarbayasgalant (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a bumpy ride out to the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, the second-most important in Mongolia, located in the beautiful Iven Gol Valley.

Additional Notes:
Gers are traditional Mongolian tents made with wooden frames and layers of felt. The camps we stay at will have 4 beds per ger with mattresses, linens, and extra blankets. They have a central stove to keep the place cozy and a small table and chairs.

Included Activities:
Amarbayasgalant Monastery Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 350km)

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Day 3: Amarbayasgalant/Uran Togoo (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue on to the beautiful Selenge River. Arrive in the afternoon and stretch your legs after the long drive with a hike to the nearby volcanic crater at Pot Mountain.

Included Activities:
Pot Mountain Hike

Transport:
Stop for lunch and photos along the way.
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))

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Day 4: Uran Togoo/Selenge (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy free time in this scenic region and learn more about Mongolian nomadic culture. Opt to taste traditional Mongolian barbecue which is made only during ceremonies, or family celebrations.

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Day 5: Selenge/Khövsgöl (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the day travelling to scenic Khövsgöl Lake.

Included Activities:
Lake Khövsgöl and Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))

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Day 6: Khövsgöl (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a free day at Khövsgöl lake. Try your hand at archery, go horseback riding, or hiking.

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Day 7: Khövsgöl/Jargalant (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel through the Lake District of Mongolia, looking for wildlife on the way. Spend the evening at a ger camp on Zuun Lake.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))

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Day 8: Jargalant/Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue on with another long day of scenic driving to reach Great White Lake. With two days to explore, there are plenty of ways to spend time here.

Additional Notes:
Please note that facilities at this home are very basic, and travellers will use open-air "bush toilets" in nature, or a bush toilet enclosed by a small hut for privacy.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)

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Day 9: Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend a full day exploring the area. Climb the crater of a nearby volcano and crawl inside lava tubes. Spend a free afternoon in the area horseback riding, fishing, or mingling with the locals.

Included Activities:
Khorgo Volcano Visit

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Day 10: Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake/Tsenher (1B, 1L, 1D)

Stop en route to Tsenkher in the small town of Tsetserleg to visit the monastery museum. Opt to visit the handicraft shops here or the bakery.

Stay in a ger camp nearby with options to visit the springs, go horseback riding, or chat with the locals.

Included Activities:
Zayain Khüree Monastery Museum

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

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Day 11: Tsenher/Elsen Tasarhai (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive to Elsen Tasarhai. Enjoy the activities that so called little Gobi sand dunes has to offer— hiking in sand dunes, visit an ancient stone carving, and soak in the desert atmosphere.

Included Activities:
Elsen Tasarhai Sand Dunes Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 12: Elsen Tasarhai/Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)

Travel back to Ulaanbaatar in time for the Naadam Festival ceremonies. Over the next few days, enjoy the opening ceremony, wrestling, archery, Naadam horseracing, and the closing ceremony, as well as free time for exploring Ulaanbaatar.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 13: Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)

Watch the opening ceremony. Observe some of the wrestling matches and also the archery contests. With free time, opt for a wonderful cultural show or souvenir shopping.

Included Activities:
Nadaam Festival (Eriin Gurvan Naadam)

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Day 14: Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)

Head out to see the finish line of the Naadam horserace. Enjoy a free afternoon before attending the Festival Closing Ceremony in the evening.

Included Activities:
Nadaam Festival (Eriin Gurvan Naadam)

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Day 15: Ulaanbaatar (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Naadam Festival ceremonies entrance
    • Traditional ger stays
    • Amarbayasgalant Monastery entrance
    • Pot Mountain hike
    • Mongolian barbecue meal
    • Khovsgol Lake visit
    • Lake District stay
    • Tsetserleg Monastery Museum visit
    • Tsenger Hot Springs stay
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (4 nts), nomad family stay/camping (1 nt), Mongolian gers (9 nts, multi-share)
    • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 10 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Watch the opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival
  • Cheer on wrestlers and archers
  • Listen to famous throat singing
  • Sleep in traditional gers
  • Devour Mongolian barbecue in the grasslands


Reviews (3)
Alice B. Posted on: 

It was a good introduction to Mongolia combining both a stay in the capital (Ulaan Bataar) and attendance at the Naadam festival with overland travel through part of the vast countryside. The absolute highlight of the trip was when I presented some picture books I brought along to an 8 year old girl in a gur. She couldn't keep her hands/eyes off them.

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Roberta K. Posted on: 

What a sports event, both the historic and the present blended together!

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Rebecca H. Posted on: 

Mongolia is one of the few places you can still escape in the world. The vast countryside and beautiful people were a great contrast to the hustle and bustle of Ulan Baatar. I would recommend Mongolia to anyone seeking adventure, escape, real culture and pushing their comfort zone. An amazing experience!

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