Winter highlights

Experience the magical winter of Mongolia by attending Ice Festival, Eagle Festival and Camel Festival. Chance to see diverse festivals with local particularities and flavor.

Route:

Ulaanbaatar-Khuvsgul-Ulaanbaatar-Chinggisiin Khuree-Ulaanbaatar-Gobi-Ulaanbaatar

Duration:

10 nights / 11 days 

Price From:

US$ 2108

Region:

Khuvsgul, Gobi, Central Mongolia

Tour highlights:

Ice Festival, Eagle Festival, Camel Festival

This three festivals extravaganza tour offers you a chance to see unique festivals that take place in Mongolia during winter season. These colorful and exciting events are sure to lift your spirits and leave you with unforgettable memories. If you feel like watching one or two particular events

  • Day 1. Mar 01 (Wed) Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 2. Mar 02 (Thu) Ulaanbaatar/ Ice Festival (L/D)
  • Day 3.  Mar 03 (Fri) Ice Festival/Ice Marathon (B/L/D)
  • Day 4. Mar 04 (Sat) Ulaanbaatar (B/L/D)
  • Day 5. Mar 05(Sun) Ulaanbaatar (B)
  • Day 6. Mar 06(Mon) Eagle Festival (L)
  • Day 7. Mar 07(Tue) Camel festival (L/D)
  • Day 8. Mar 08(Wed) Camel Racing (B/L/D)
  • Day 9. Mar 09 (Thu) Flaming Cliffs/ Moltsog Sand Dunes (B)
  • Day 10. Mar 10 (Fri) Ulaanbaatar. (B)

Day 1. Mar 01 (Wed)  Ulaanbaatar

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to hotel. Optional full and half day tours are available.

Day 2. Mar 02 (Thu) Ulaanbaatar/ Ice Festival

Meet our team and drive to Chinggis Khaan Airport. After a short flight arrive in Murun, center of Khuvsgul province. Upon arrival drive to the frozen lake Khuvsgul. Have dinner and spend the night in a ger camp on the lake shore.(L/D)

Day 3.  Mar 03 (Fri) Ice Festival/Ice Marathon

After a relaxing breakfast, enjoy the opening ceremony of the Ice Festival. Watch traditional Mongolian folk music concert and a shamanic ritual. Today will mark the beginning of the first round of the Ice Marathon.  Ice skaters will participate in a100km race. Guests will have plenty of opportunities for photography, horse riding on the frozen lake, and a visit to a nomadic family in the area. After dinner, a foreigner wearing the best Mongolian Deel will be elected and awarded with a medal and a certificate by the office of the province governor. (B/L/D)

Day 4. Mar 04 (Sat) Ice Festival/ Ice Marathon

The ice driving competition will take place among local drivers. Ice wrestling, horse sledding, horse riding, a visit to a nomadic family, and many other activities are available to you. After dinner, the closing ceremony will be celebrated with fireworks. Spend the night in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 5. Mar 05 (Sun) Ulaanbaatar

Breakfast at the ger camp and drive back to Murun for the flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to a hotel. Have a leisurely day and spend the night in a hotel. (B)[single_line_divider]

Day 6. Mar 06 (Mon) Eagle Festival

Meet our team and drive to the Chinggisiin Khuree area to attend the Eagle Hunting Festival. Watch interesting activities such as the eagle hunting competition, horseback archery competition and eagle training demonstration. Have a picnic lunch on snow. After the festival finishes (by 5pm), drive back to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel. (L)

Day 7. Mar 07 (Tue) Camel festival

Travel to the airport for the morning flight to Dalanzadgad (1.5 hours), the capital of Umnugobi province, a semi-arid desert zone in the south-Gobi and southernmost province of Mongolia. Check in to your gers and enjoy dinner at the lodge. (L/D)

Day 8. Mar 08 (Wed) 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 a camp. (B/L/D)

Day 9. Mar 09 (Thu) Flaming Cliffs/ Moltsog Sand Dunes

After breakfast drive to the world famous Flaming Cliffs (Bayanzag) rich in the saxaul trees of the Gobi). Explore the site of the first paleontological discoveries in Mongolia by following in the footsteps of Roy Chapman Andrews. Visit a nomadic camel breeding family and experience the hospitality of Mongolian nomads. After we visiting Moltsog Els Sand Dunes drive back to Bulgan soum and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 10. Mar 10 (Fri)  Ulaanbaatar

After an early breakfast, drive to Dalanzadgad for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to your hotel. Travel to airport for international departure.(B)

Tour available dates:

01st of March – 10th of March/2017

From 1878 USD per person

            Ice Festival:       from 980 USD per person

            Eagle Festival:   from 198 USD per person

            Camel Festival:  from 888 USD per person

Include:

  • 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, bus in the city area.
  • Park entrance fees
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Round trip local flight tickets

 Exclude:

  • 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 IDD call, internet, laundry, items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to local guides and drivers
  • Airfare or train ticket
  • Airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 44pound / 20kilo)
  • Changes of arrival/departure flights
  • Additional services
  • Any charges of major force beyond our control (e.g. imposition, 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