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The Danshig Naadam differs from regular and State Naadam festival by having Buddhist elements in it. The opening ceremony with lavish dances, songs and ceremonial masks of performers is a sight to behold. The tour also takes you to some of the most wonderful places in Southern and Central Mongolia. You can experience the might sand dunes of Gobi and the calm steppes of Central Mongolia in a short time.
Danshig Naadam, Gobi – Yol Valley, Khongor Sand Dune, Kharkhorin, Tsenkher Hot Spring and Lake Ugii.
Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be greeted by your guide and driver. Transfer to a hotel. Half and full day tours are available.
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)
After a very early breakfast, drive to Hui Doloon Hudag for the Danshig Naadam. Danshig Naadam originated in the 16th century, when Mongolia was divided into seven khoshuus (provinces) after Gersenz Jalair khaan’s (the 16th generation descendant of Chinggis Khaan) widow divided Khalkha Mongol to her seven princes. The seven khoshuus of Khalkha gathered annually at Danshig Naadam and competed in Three Manly Games of the Mongols – archery, wrestling and horse racing. Danshig was an important event, which unified the rupturing Khakha princes under one roof once a year. Besides enjoying the festive atmosphere, horse racing and traditional archery, there will be ample opportunities to photograph various Buddhist rituals, including the Tsam dance. Tsam dance is an ancient ritual. Recorded evidences show that Tsam was first performed in 775-881 in Tibet. The word 'Tsam' means a dance of the Buddha (deva) and elements of this dance show as if protectors and deities have physically descended on Earth. In Mongolia, the Tsam was introduced at the beginning of the 18th century and the first Tsam performance in Mongolia was in Erdene-zuu Monastery in 1786. After lunch at a ger camp, drive back to the Danshig Naadam ground to enjoy the Mongolian traditional wrestling and cheer with the crowd. Return to the hotel. (L/D)
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 unique 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)
After breakfast, 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)
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 glaciers that remain in the area until late June. Hike and enjoy stunning photographic opportunities in the valley. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)
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)
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)
After breakfast at the camp, drive north towards 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)
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)
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)
Enjoy this day at your leisure as we take a break from the long days' driving. Enjoy the nature and hot spa. You can discuss options for exploring the local area with your tour guide. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)
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)
Breakfast at the camp and drive to Ulaanbaatar. (B)
Transfer to the railway station or the airport for international departure.
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