Naadam Festival 2019 | Central & Northern Mongolia Highlights

14 days

July

Price per person:

4-12 pax: 2350 USD
3 pax: 2640 USD
2 pax: 3150 USD
1 pax: 4470 USD
Tour ID:

KN-17

Destinations Visited:

National Naadam festival in Ulaanbaatar - Khustai National Park - ancient capital Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery - Khorgo volcano & Terkh White Lake - Khuvsgul Lake - Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue Complex - Terelj National Park - Ulaanbaatar

Join this 14 day tour taking in all the key sights of Ulaanbaatar, Central and Nothern Mongolia, Khustai and Terelj National Parks with the added the UNESCO-listed Mongolian Naadam Festival, that the Mongolian people wait for round the year.

ITINERARY

09 July. Upon arrival – meeting by the company representative (at the airport or railway station), transfer to your hotel in Ulaanbaatar. Depending on the time of arrival, possibility to visit a part of Ulaanbaatar. Meals at cafes and restaurants at your own expense. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Hotel
10 July. In the morning drive to Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue Complex, 130 ft monument of Genghis Khan, founder and Great Khan (emperor) of the Mongol Empire located on the bank of the Tuul River at Tsonjin Boldog 60km east of Ulaanbaatar. Complex also contains a restaurant, mongolian souvenir shops, museum which has exhibitions relating to the Bronze Age and Xiongnu archaeological cultures in Mongolia. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival - you’ll take a sightseeing-tour through Ulaanbaatar, including Gandantegchinlen Monastery, Genghis Khan's Square, Mongolian National Museum, State Department Store.
  • Hotel
  • B + L
11 July. 09:00 AM. Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the Central Stadium. Today we attend the official opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival, which includes a traditional cultural presentation of parades, colourful shows, performance in authentic Mongolian style and costumes. Naadam in Mongolian language usually terms as "Eriin Gurvan Naadam", which means "Three Games of Men". In other words men compete in Mongolian traditional wrestling, race their horses and contest in archery. The most interesting event of the Naadam is Traditional Wrestling, one of the three manly traditional sports with the most number of audiences in Mongolia. Usually 1,024 wrestlers from Mongolian aimags and cities are competing in a tournament that lasts nine rounds. There are no weight restrictions, meaning that wrestlers can easily find themselves matched off against someone many times their size. Wrestlers are classified in a ranking hierarchy: Giant (Avarga), Lion (Arslan), Garuda (Garid), Elephant (Zaan), Hawk (Hartsaga), Falcon (Nachin). The number of rounds won by each wrestler determines rank.  The Archery Tournaments will be held on the Archery Square near the Stadium, around 350 archers from the country attends the festival and competes in men’s, women’s and children categories. Todays tour include a traditional game called Shagain Kharvaa (shooting with knucklebones) or knucklebone/anklebone shooting, which is popular as part of Naadam festival. Knucklebones shooting might seem somewhat similar to bowling, with the object being to knock down more of the ankle bones than your opponent. In 2014 Mongolian National Knucklebone Shooting is registered on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Also you’ll have a guided walk around the Stadium and enjoy the full atmosphere of this festival, colorful  customs and lots of photo opportunities.
  • Hotel
  • B + L
12 July. 09:00 AM. Our guide and driver will meet you at your accommodation and drive to the Khui Doloon Khudag, place of "one of three games of men" of the Naadam Festival, for the horse racing, which is about one hour drive from Ulaanbaatar en route to Khustai National Park. Naadam horse races usually organized in 6-horse age categories. About 300 horses participate in each match. The jockeys of Naadam horse racing tournaments are usually 7-12-year-old boys and girls. Nothing sets Khui Doloon Khudag abuzz with excitement quite as much as the thrill of national horse racing. The atmosphere is exhilarating, betting is feverish! The first five horses crossed the finish line wins state awards. There will be gers and the traditions of the Mongolian people will be represented. Amazing contact with nomadic culture and excellent photographic opportunity. After lunch, drive to Khustai National Park (about 110km west of Ulaanbaatar), known as the motherland of Przewalski's horses (world widely endangered Takhi wild horses). On arrival in Khustai National Park, we’ll visit Ger Museum where you’ll have a brief introduction of history and development of Khustai NP, hear about the Takhi wild horses, which made the Park instantly famous. Check into tourist Ger camp. Take a leisurely walk around the camp. Overnight: tourist Ger camp.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
13 July. After breakfast provided at a tourist Ger camp drive to Karakorum, an ancient capital of the Great Mongol Empire, one of the main tourist destinations in Mongolia, located in Kharkhorin sum of Uvurkhangai aimag. On the way we will make a stop at the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia, Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes and enjoy the atmosphere of small Gobi desert. After arrival to Kharkhorin, we’ll visit museum of Karakorum, ruins of ancient city, the oldest surviving buddhist monastery in Mongolia, part of the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site, Erdenezuu Monastery (1586).
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
14 July. After breakfast dirve to the Khorgo extinct volcanoe, situated in the Khorgo-Terkh National Park, which include amazing and majestic natural beauty: forested mountains, extinct volcanoes, cliffs, rivers and lakes. Then we’ll drive to the Terkh Tsagaan Lake also known as Terkh White Lake, rich of prosperous species of fish and some rare birds.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
15 July. Today is fully dedicated to having rest! Comfortable tourist Ger camp in combination with surrounding nature leave a pleasant impression.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
16 July. After breakfast drive to Jargalant sum (Khuvsgul aimag) known for its incredible natural landscape and natural hot springs. This is an open hot spring with mineral water with a temperature over 20 degrees. Its water contain a lot of nitrogen, orthosilicic acid and other minerals (pH>8,35) and famous for its therapeutic effect on  muscular/skeletal, nervous, gynecological conditions. Also, a bath in the hot spring can be a good way to get totally relaxed during your Khuvsgul tour. Accomodation at the tourist Ger camp, having rest and dinner.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
17 July. After breakfast drive to the largest crystal freshwater lake by volume in Mongolia, Khuvsgul Lake also known as the Dalai Eej (Ocean Mother), which contain roughly 0,9% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water. The majestic mountain ranges of Khuvsgul, thick forests surrounding the lake, rivers and valleys, amazing and majestic nature scenery, Tsaatan are tourist attractions of their own.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
18 July. Today we’ll continue observing Khuvsgul's abundant nature and drive to the deep remotest forests of the Darkhad Basin and meet with Tsaatans ethnic minority. We’ll visit a Reindeer Herders nomad family, to experience their lifestyle, intriguing culture, traditions, shamanism religion and hospitality. Amazing contact with nature and excellent photographic opportunity.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
19 July. After breakfast drive to the spectacular Uran Togoo extinct volcano - one of the most beautiful craters of the Uran Togoo National Park located in Khutag-Undur sum of Bulgan aimag. On the way we will visit Murun city. Upon arrival in Uran togoo NP - transfer to the tourist Ger camp and check-in. You will have the opportunity to climb the Uran Togoo to see the panoramic view of the whole area. Its peak is nearly 1686m above sea level, has a crater, 500-600m in diameter and around 50-60m deep, filled with a small oval lake about 20m in diameter and 1.5m in deep. Since 1965 the Uran togoo Mountain stands under state protection.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
20 July. In the morning drive to Baruunburen sum of Selenge aimag to visit the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, located at the base of Burenkhan mountain, Yeven river valley. On the way we will make a stop for lunch in a restaurant of Erdenet, the third-largest city in Mongolia and the capital of the Orkhon aimag. In the city, there's the fourth biggest copper factory in the world. On arrival in Baruunburen sum, we’ll visit Amarbayasgalant (1726), a monastery studded with 28 temples rich in wood carving and religious art. It was an one of the large and most important monasteries in Mongolia, included about fifty datsans and many temples, housed a community of around 6000 monks. Its architecture is a perfect blend of Mongolian, Tibetan and Buddhist shills. Since 1943 the monastery stands under state protection, was restored and revitalized. Its was also inscribed on the List of World Heritage in 1996.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
21 July. After breakfast drive to Ulaanbaatar. After arrival to the capital transfer to hotel and check-in. Performance Art Theatre welcomes you to enjoy the Show "Wonders of Mongolian Art" - the performance of "Tumen Ekh" ensemble, Mongolia’s leading folk ensemble featuring traditional music, song, dance and contortion. This evening, we’ll enjoy a special farewell dinner in “Modern Nomads” restaurant as a proper farewell to Mongolia.
  • Hotel
  • B + L + D
22 July. Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Breakfast and free time till the time of departure. Check-out from the hotel, transfer to International Airport where we`ll help you with your luggage and show you the boarding door.
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Naadam Festival 2019 | Central & Northern Mongolia Highlights

COST INCLUDES

  • Local Guide and Tour Driver service
  • All transfers
  • Accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Admission tickets to all sights, events
  • Bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • All taxes & service charge

COST EXCLUDES

  • Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa Fees
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Tipping

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