Events & Naadam
Camel Festival Trip
Gobi Desert, Bayanzag - Flaming Cliffs, Camel Festival
5 nights / 6 days
Southern Mongolia and Gobi Desert
Day 1/ Ulaanbaatar
Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to a hotel. Optional full and half day tours are available.
Day 2/ South Gobi
Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and drive to Umnugobi province, a semi-arid desert zone in the south-Gobi and southernmost province of Mongolia. Check in to your Guest house. Visit a nomadic camel breeding family and experience the hospitality of Mongolian nomads. Then drive to the world-famous Flaming Cliffs and Bayanzag, rich with the saxaul trees of the Gobi. Explore the site of the first paleontological discoveries in Mongolia by following the footsteps of Roy Chapman Andrews (January 26, 1884 – March 11, 1960), an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight at the local Guest house ( L/D).
Day 3/ Camel festival
After breakfast we drive to Bulgan soum and watch the camel festival opening ceremony. The opening ceremony starts with the Camel Parade which includes every camel at the festival. Tourists are able to participate in the camel Parade. Meanwhile the opening ceremony, the competition begins for the “The Most Beautiful Couple on Camels”. Also Mongolian traditional game “Shagain Kharvaa” bone ankle flicking game starts. Then watch Gala concert by Altai Snowcock environmental students club. Precompetitions for the camel Polo Trophy of “Camel Polo-2017”. Drive back and stay overnight at the local Guest house (B/L/D).
Day 4/ Camel Racing
The competition begins with the race of adult camels. It is followed by the two-year-old camels’ race. It is possible to place a bet and back the camel of your liking. The camels will be judged on their speed during 12km and 15km races. The first three camels to cross the finishing line fastest in each age category are awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals. Enjoy lunch in Bulgan soum. In the afternoon, the most anticipated competition begins. This competition is the “Camel Relay.” It consists of catching, taming, training and finally loading a camel with an actual Ger. There are several teams of 5 members. Each member of the team performs a different task. The closing ceremony takes place later in the afternoon, where the winners are presented with trophies. Dinner and overnight stay at the local Guest house (B/L/D).
Day 5/ Ulaanbaatar
After an early breakfast, drive to Ulaanbaatar with lunch on the way. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to your hotel (B).
Day 6/ Departure
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to International airport.
04th of March – 09th of March / 2019
- Transfers on arrival and departure
- English-speaking guide at all times
- In the countryside all lodging will be in Guest house
- All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary
- Ground transportation: in the countryside by a chauffeured 4WD jeep, minivan or bus in the city area
- Park entrance fees
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
Package price DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar, hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills and laundry services, travel insurance, medical insurance, visa application fees, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses such as items of personal nature, gratuity to local guides and drivers, airfare or train tickets, airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 33 pounds / 15 kilograms), changes of arrival/departure flights, additional services, any charges of force majeure beyond our control (e.g. imposition of quarantine restrictions, etc.), optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc.
This is a suggested packing list, which you should feel free to adjust to suit your needs. Please refer to our travel guide for more detailed information.
- backpack or soft bag
- day pack
- head lamp/flashlight
- spare batteries/bulb
- personal medications
- hiking boots/shoes
- rain jacket with hood
- fleece jacket or wool jumper
- cotton t-shirts
- long sleeve shirts
- lightweight trousers
- warm hat
- sun hat
- sun glasses
- sun cream
- spare glasses
- insect repellent
- plastic bags
- wet tissues
- watch/ alarm clock
- money belt/ pouch
- insurance confirmation copy
- emergency contact number