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. 

Route:

Ulaanbaatar-Middle Gobi-Yol Valley-Khongor sand dunes-Bayanzag-Ongi-Karakorum-Tsenher hot spring-Lake Ugii-Ulaanbaatar

Duration:

14 nights / 15 days 

Price From:

US$ 2498+$450 (Naadam package)

Region:

Central and South-Eastern Mongolia

Tour highlights:

Naadam, Yol valley, Khongor sand dunes, Karakorum, Tsenher hot spring

Avialable:

09th of July – 23rd of July / 2020

Travel Style:

Cultural, Sightseeing

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 (Thu).                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 (Fri).                   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 (Sat).                   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 (Sun).                 Baga Gazriin Chuluu  (220 km)

Drive to Baga Gazriin Chuluu after breakfast at the hotel. The Baga Gazriin Chuluu is the rock formation which gives an opportunity to hiking along the rocky hills. On the way stop by underground spring that is rumored to have healing properties for the eye. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 5/ Jul 13 (Mon).               Tsagaan Suvarga        (280 km)

After breakfast visit the ruins of Sum Khukh Burd Temple. Drive to Tsagaan Suvarga which may be translated as the White Stupa. The name was given to this limestone cliff because of the way it looks from a far. Hiking and photo shooting opportunities will be present. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 6/ Jul 14 (Tue).                 Yol Valley       (280 km)

Drive further south. Arrive at the Mountain range of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan national park. Spend the afternoon on an excursion to Yol Valley known for its ice that remains in the area until mid-June. Hiking and enjoying stunning photographic opportunities in the valley. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 7/ Jul 15 (Wed).               Khongor Sand Dune    (220 km)

After breakfast, drive towards the Khongor sand dune, also known as “Singing dune”.  Visit a local camel-breeding family for visit and camel riding to the Khongor sand dune. Climb towards the tallest part of the dune will reward you with an incredible view of the surrounding landscape. Enjoy Gobi sunset at the camp. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 8/ Jul 16 (Thu).                 Bayanzag        (150 km)

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. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 9/ Jul 17 (Fri).                  Ongi Monastery          (150 km)

After breakfast at the camp, drive to north to the Ongi monastery ruins where just a century ago over a thousand Lamas resided. It was one of the three largest monastic centers of Mongolia and fell victim to the Stalinist purges of 1937. After lunch, explore the ruined Ongi monastery that is undergoing a slow but steady rebuilding process. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 10/ Jul 18 (Sat).                Kharkhorin     (300 km)

After breakfast at the camp, drive towards the town of Kharkhorin located on the site of the capital of the 13th century Great Mongol Empire. The town is home to the Erdene-Zuu Monastery, which was the first and the largest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. The monastery was subject to Stalinist Purge of 1937 but parts of the monastery survived.  Tour the monastery and visit several temples with excellent examples of Buddhist Thangka paintings and statues dating back to the 17th century. Visit the Kharkhorin museum which presents a display of a wide range of artifacts that can be traced back to the periods of the Great Mongol Empire and even the Turkic State which ruled Mongolia in the 6th century CE. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 11/ Jul 19 (Sun).              Tsenkher Hot Spring   (120 km)

In the morning, drive to the Tsenkher hot spring located in Arkhangai province. The province had large amounts of volcanic activities in the past times which has left an exotic image in many of its areas. Spend the day enjoying a full access to a relaxing natural spa and trekking in the surrounding forest. Please do not forget to pack your swimsuit for this day. Optional massage and beauty services are available. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 12/ Jul 20 (Mon).              Lake Ugii         (140 km)

Drive to Lake Ugii in Eastern part of Arkhangai province. Settle at a camp located on the shore of Lake Ugii. A magnificent view of the lake and water birds will be at your doorsteps. The lake is considered as Ramsar Site of International importance and is home to different types of migrating birds. Optional boating and fishing activities available. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 13/ Jul 21 (Tue).              Khustai National Park (270 km)

After breakfast at the Ger camp, drive to Khustai national park founded in 1993 after the Dutch effort to reintroduce the Przewalski wild horses back into their natural habitat. The horses had become extinct in Mongolia in the mid-1960s and currently are the only wild horse species in the world. Upon arrival in the national park, visit a local information center to learn the history and lifestyle of the horses. After watching a short documentary about the reintroduction of the horses to Mongolia, drive deep into the national park to see the wild horses who are also known as Takhi in Mongolia. If you have binoculars, we would recommend bringing them along. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 14/ Jul 22 (Wed).  Ulaanbaatar   (120 km)

Breakfast at the camp and drive to Ulaanbaatar. Overnight stay in a hotel. (B)

Day 15/ Jul 23 (Thu)   Ulaanbaatar / Departure

Transfer to the railway station or the airport for international departure.

 

Package price does not include accommodations in Ulaanbaatar:

  • From 2448 USD per person

Tour date:

  •     09th of July – 23rd of July / 2020

Group size:

  • Minimum 3pax
  • Maximum 15pax

Single Supplement in Ger camps:

  • Single supplement - 220 USD per person

Tour includes:

  • 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
  • shorts
  • socks
  • underwear
  • sun hat
  • sandals
  • sun glasses
  • sun cream
  • insect repellent
  • resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
  • binoculars/camera
  • watch/ alarm clock
  • money belt/ pouch
  • insurance confirmation copy
  • emergency contact number