Events & Naadam
Naadam at the beginning of the Tour
Naadam festival is a traditional celebration of the Mongols. Marksmanship, strength and agility, speed of the race horses are tested in ‘Three manly sports’: archery, horse racing and wrestling.
Ulaanbaatar-Middle Gobi-Yol Valley-Khongor sand dunes-Bayanzag-Ongi-Karakorum-Tsenher hot spring-Lake Ugii-Ulaanbaatar
14 nights / 15 days
US$ 2498+$450 (Naadam package)
Central and South-Eastern Mongolia
Naadam, Yol valley, Khongor sand dunes, Karakorum, Tsenher hot spring
09th of July – 23rd of July / 2018
Naadam festival is a nationwide celebration of the establishment of the state, independence and self determination. Mongols in their colorful traditional outfits gather in great number to watch and take part in ‘Three manly games’ which include archery, horse racing and wrestling. The games were originally organized to celebrate great victories, enthronement of the emperors and seasonal feasts. Mongolian Naadam festival takes place in July which is the best time to see Mongolia and its nature in its splendor. The tour also includes trips to the Gobi and Central Mongolia.
- Day 1. Jul 09 (Mon) Ulaanbaatar.
- Day 2. Jul 10 (Tue) Horse racing /Hustai Nuruu National Park/ (B/L/D)
- Day 3. Jul 11 (Wed) Mongol Naadam
- Day 4. Jul 12 (Thu) Middle Gobi. 220km. (B/L/D)
- Day 5. Jul 13 (Fri) Tsagaan Suvarga. 280 km. (B/L/D)
- Day 6. Jul 14 (Sat) Yol Valley. 280km. (B/L/D)
- Day 7. Jul 15 (Sun) Bayanzag. 150km. (B/L/D)
- Day 8. Jul 16 (Mon) Khongor Sand Dunes 200 km. (B/L/D)
- Day 9. Jul 17 (Tue) Karakorum. 300km. (B/L/D)
- Day 10. Jul 18 (Wed) Ongi Monastery. 150km. (B/L/D)
- Day 11. Jul 19 (Thu) 150km. (B/L/D)
- Day 12. Jul 20 (Fri) Tsenher Hot Spring.
- Day 13. Jul 21 (Sat) Lake Ugii. 240km. (B/L/D)
- Day 14. Jul 22 (Sun) Hustain Nuruu National Park. 270km. (B/L/D)
- Day 15. Jul 23 (Mon) Ulaanbaatar, Departure. (B)
Day 1/ Jul 09 (Mon) Ulaanbaatar
Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be greeted by your guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel. Half and full day tours are available.
Day 2/ Jul 10 (Tue) Horse racing – Ulaanbaatar (80 km)
After breakfast drive to Hui Doloon Hudag for the horse racing event of the Naadam Festival. Enjoy watching horse races and immersing in the atmosphere. Afterwards drive back to the hotel in Ulaanbaatar (L/D).
Day 3/ Jul 11 (Wed) Mongol Naadam
Attend the opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival plus a Naadam Gala Dinner and Folk Concert in the evening. The highlight of the Mongolian festival calendar, the Naadam Festival dates back several centuries and takes place each year on July 11-13. Originally a test of a nomad’s aptitude, it requires strength, stamina, accurate marksmanship and skillful horsemanship. Given the equine nature of nomadic life, much importance is placed on the horse races. Drawing herdsmen from hundreds of miles around and townsfolk alike, races are staged on the vast steppes covering distances of up to 20 miles. We highly recommend booking early for our Naadam Festival tour. Overnight stay in a hotel (L/D).
Day 4/ Jul 12 (Thu) Baga Gazriin Chuluu (220 km)
Early morning begin your journey to Baga Gazriin Chuluu, a unique formation of rocks. Visit ruins of an ancient temple and explore the area. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (L/D).
Day 5/ Jul 13 (Fri) Tsagaan Suvarga (280 km)
After breakfast visit the ruins of Sum Khukh Burd Temple. Continue driving to Tsagaan Suvarga, a fascinating white limestone cliff which resembles a Stupa. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 6/ Jul 14 (Sat) South Gobi / Yol Valley (280 km)
After breakfast at the camp spend the day on a full day excursion to Yoliin Am National Park for hiking and an opportunity to photograph the stunning landscape. Picnic lunch. Spend the afternoon hiking or relaxing. Return to the camp for overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 7/ Jul 15 (Sun) South Gobi / Khongor Sand Dunes (200 km)
After breakfast drive to Khongor Sand Dunes known as the Singing Dunes. Enjoy a picnic lunch. A climb up to the sand dunes will be rewarded with a breathtaking view. In the evening observe a spectacular sunset, please prepare your cameras. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 8/ Jul 16 (Mon) South Gobi / Bayanzag (150 km)
After breakfast drive to the world-famous Flaming Cliffs (Bayanzag) rich in saxaul trees of 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. Visit a nomadic camel breeding family and experience the hospitality of Mongolian nomads. Enjoy a short camel ride. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 9/ Jul 17 (Tue) Middle Gobi / Ongi Monastery (150 km)
After breakfast drive north. Visit the ruins of once great Ongi Monastery, visit a local restored temple and have a walk in the surrounding area. Have dinner and spend the night in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 10/ Jul 18 (Wed) Karakorum (300 km)
After breakfast drive to Karakorum, once the capital of the 13th century Great Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene-Zuu Monastery, which was the first and the largest monastery in Mongolia built on the ruins of the ancient capital. Tour the monastery and visit several temples with excellent examples of Buddhist Thangka paintings and statues dating back to the 17th century. Visit the Karakorum museum. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 11/ Jul 19 (Thu) Tsenkher Hot Spring (150 km)
Drive to the Tsenkher hot spring. Spend the day relaxing in natural spa and walking in the surrounding forest. Please do not forget to pack your swimsuit for this day. Optional massage and beauty services are available. Enjoy the spa again after dinner. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 12/ Jul 20 (Fri) Lake Ugii (140 km)
Drive to Lake Ugii in Arkhangai province. Enjoy bird watching by the lake shore and spending the night in a ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 13/ Jul 21 (Sat) Hustain Nuruu National Park (80 km)
After breakfast drive to Hustain Nuruu National Park. Drive deep into the National Park in search of Przewalski horses (takhi), ancestor of all modern-day horses in the world. If you have binoculars, please bring them. View a short documentary and visit the museum. Overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 14/ Jul 22 (Sun) Ulaanbaatar (120 km)
Breakfast at the camp and drive to Ulaanbaatar (B).
Day 15/ Jul 23 (Mon) Departure
Transfer to the railway station or the airport for international departure.
09th of July – 23rd of July / 2018
- Transfers upon 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 chauffeur-driven 4WD jeep, minivan or bus in the city area.
- Park entrance fees
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- 1 liter of drinking water per day per person
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 a 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
- waterproof bag cover
- day pack
- head lamp/flashlight
- spare batteries/bulb
- personal medications
- waterproof hiking boots
- waterproof jacket with hood
- waterproof over pants
- fleece jacket or wool jumper
- cotton t-shirts
- long sleeve shirts
- lightweight trousers
- sun hat
- sun glasses
- sun cream
- insect repellent
- resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
- watch/ alarm clock
- money belt/ pouch
- insurance confirmation copy
- emergency contact number