Lunar New Year – A Feast of Hospitality

Mongolian Lunar Calendar Near Year is like what Christmas for Westerners. Festival during which the young show respect to the elders and family members get to know each other.

Route:

Ulaanbaatar-Mongolian Secret History Complex-Ulaanbaatar

Duration:

4 nights / 5 days 

Price From:

US$ 585

Region:

Central Mongolia 

Tour highlights:

Mongolian Secret History complex, Winter time Mongolia

Lunar Calendar New Year or Tsagaan Sar (white moon) as Mongols call it, is the biggest event on the festival calendar for Mongols. The preparation involves thorough cleaning the house, settling of old debts and grudges, preparation of vast amount of traditional Mongolian food. It is a family celebration where younger family members visit and greet the elderly family members and a chance for extended family get to meet one another and get to know each other. Mongols wear their best and new traditional costumes and wish the year ahead turns out auspicious and healthy for them.

  • Day 1/ Feb 14 (Wed). Ulaanbaatar

  • Day 2/ Feb 15 (Thu). Mongolian Secret History Complex – Mongolian Lunar New Year’s Eve (L/D).

  • Day 3/ Feb 16 (Fri). Mongolian Secret History Complex – Mongolian Lunar New Year’s Day (B/L/D).

  • Day 4/ Feb 17 (Sat). Mongolian Secret History Complex

  • After breakfast drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Check-in to a hotel and enjoy a free day (B).

  • Day 5/ Feb 18 (Sun). Departure

Day 1/ Feb 14 (Wed). Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to a hotel. Optional half- and all-day tours are available. Stay overnight in a hotel.


Day 2/ Feb 15 (Thu). Mongolian Secret History Complex – Mongolian Lunar New Year’s Eve

Pick up from your hotel. Drive to Mongolian Secret History Complex. After a light lunch, enjoy a short rest. Visit a Ger library to learn about Mongolian traditional literature and Mongolian shamanism. Visit the hut and the statue of Tiv Tenger Shaman who was one of the advisers to Chinggis Khaan followed by tasting traditional Mongolian vodka distilled from milk. Traditional art performances and Mongolian Traditional Costume Fashion Show. Play the traditional sheep anklebone games and take part in a friendly  competition. In the evening visit a herder’s family. Guests are welcome to participate in cooking the New Year’s Eve dishes, “Buuz” and “Bansh” and will become “a member” of the family in the customs of celebrating the New Year’s Eve. Stay overnight in a hotel (L/D).

Day 3/ Feb 16 (Fri). Mongolian Secret History Complex – Mongolian Lunar New Year’s Day

Guests will be shown the customs of making the patterns of the New Year and are welcome to follow. Then they will visit a herder’s family to join the customs of the traditional Mongolian New Year's greetings. Take photos dressed in costumes of ancient kings and queens and learn Mongolian traditional dance. Watch a documentary about the Mongolian ways of living and culture. Later in the day enjoy a short horse riding trip. Stay overnight in a Ger camp (B/L/D).

Day 4/ Feb 17 (Sat). Mongolian Secret History Complex

After breakfast drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Check-in to a hotel and enjoy a free day (B).

Day 5/ Feb 18 (Sun). Departure

Transfer to the airport or train station for international departure.

Tour available dates:

Tour dates

    25th of February – 01th of March / 2018

Tour includes:

  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • English-speaking guide at all times
  • In the countryside all lodging will be in ger camps
  • 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
  • spare batteries/bulb
  • personal medications
  • winter coat
  • winter boots
  • fleece jacket or wool jumper
  • cotton t-shirts
  • long sleeve shirts
  • winter long johns
  • winter socks
  • underwear
  • sun glasses
  • resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
  • binoculars/camera
  • watch/ alarm clock
  • money belt/ pouch
  • insurance confirmation copy
  • emergency contact number
  • scarf
  • winter mittens
  •  winter woolly hat