Naadam Festival 2019 | Mongolia's Best Treasures

13 days

July

Price per person:

4-12 pax: 2180 USD
3 pax: 2320 USD
2 pax: 2980 USD
1 pax: 4150 USD
Tour ID:

KN-16

Destinations Visited:

UB - Middle Gobi: Baga Gazryn Chuluu, Tsagaan Suvarga - South Gobi: Eagle valley, Khongor sand dunes, Bayanzag, Flaming cliffs – Ongi temple ruins - ancient capital Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery - Khustai NP - Naadam festival, horse racing at Khui Doloon Khudag - Naadam festival in UB - Terelj NP - Genghis Khan's Statue Complex - UB

Discover the highlights of Mongolia on this 11 day tour of Ulaanbaatar, Gobi Desert, ancient capital Karakorum, Erdene Zuu Monastery and National Parks. Explore the beauty of Mongolia's UNESCO-listed Naadam Festival.

ITINERARY

01 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
02 July. After breakfast drive to the Baga Gazryn Chuluu, a 15km long and 10km wide impressive area of granite stone mountain formations, located in Delgertsogt sum of Dundgovi aimag. Remarkably, view of the mountains gives the impression that it was created by human hands. Overnight at the tourist Ger camp.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
03 July. After breakfast drive towards to Tsagaan Suvarga or White Stupa, one of the most remarkable natural phenomenas in Middle Gobi. Having a width of about 60 meter and height - 400 meter, this amazing landform is a wind-created colourful formation of rocky cliffs which formed million years. After rain water flows from cliffs like a waterfall. White Stupas view looks absolutely incredible from the east! Amazing contact with nature and excellent photographic opportunity.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
04 July. In the morning drive to the Yolyn Am canyon, located in the east mountains of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountain National Park (South Gobi), about 60km northwest of Dalanzadgad, center of Umnugovi aimag. It is a beautiful place with clear air, cold streams and surrounded with distinctive rock formations. Ice and snow in the bottom of the gorge remains frozen until the end of the July. Juniper grows here.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
05 July. After breakfast provided at a tourist Ger camp drive to the Khongor sand dunes (about 200km west of Dalanzadgad), Mongolian largest and spectacular sand dunes, known as the "Singing Dunes". You can enjoy the beautiful scene of Golden Gobi desert on the way. After arrival to Khongor sand dunes transfer to the tourist Ger camp and check-in. Khongor sand dunes is a magnificent sandpile! Hiking the dunes is unique as there is no trail. Everyone blazes their own. You'll meet with views of Gobi desert, surrounding sand dunes upon reaching the top. As we walked along the ridge, this breathtaking scenery, stretched for miles in every direction, are unequaled any where else in South Gobi. You don't need to have special physical training, but still you will get lots of bright impressions and emotions!we'll visit a Mongolian local camel herdsman nomad family, to experience their lifestyle, culture, traditions, religion and hospitality, drink horse milk. Also, you have the chance to ride a Bactrian camel (Camel riding included in the tour price). Gobi camels are two humped Bactrian camels so the sitting position is otherwise quite comfortable. Evening is at leisure! Also, you have the opportunity back to the sand dunes and continue to explore them more in depth.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
06 July. After breakfast drive to the Bayanzag, known as homeland of Dinosaurs fossils. This place is rich with saxsaul trees and that is why this name "Bayanzag or Rich in Saxaul" was given to it. In 1921, the US paleontologist expedition led by Roy Chapman Andrews, an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist, found from here Protoceratops and Tarbosaurus skeletons, dinosaurs that were living in the area hundreds of million years ago, for the first time in Asia. At that time, the Mongolian Government had exchanged this Tarbosaurus skeleton for two Ford vehicles and nowadays this skeleton is displayed at the National History Museum in NYC. At sunset, red cliffs in the area look like as if they are burning in flame, so Roy Chapman Andrews named this place “Flaming Cliffs” in 1921. Flaming cliffs are beautiful to see at sunset.  Amazing contact with nature and excellent photographic opportunity.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
07 July. After breakfast, drive to the Ongi Monastery (about 150km north of Flaming cliffs), located on the slope of the Mountain Saikhan-Ovoo, in the bank of River Onongyn-Gol (Saikhan-Ovoo sum of Dundgovi aimag), and cross the vast Gobi desert and Ongi steppe. Established in 1760 monastery was the main religious center of South Mongolia, consisted of 28 temples with Tibetian and Mongolian architectural influences, housed a community of around 300 monks. Nowadays, Monastery is consists of one temple, rebuild and inaugurated in 2004, and a small Ger Museum. Items on display in the Ger Museum include collection of remnants of the old temple ornaments, Khamba Lama Damtsagdorzh's religious works, bone bowl and many religious items. You can observe a beautiful view on a valley of River Onongyn-Gol, temple ruins and take pictures of them.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
08 July. After breakfast provided at a tourist Ger camp drive to Karakorum, an ancient capital of the Great Mongol Empire, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mongolia, located in Kharkhorin sum of Uvurkhangai aimag. On the way we will make a stop for lunch in one of the local road cafes, where you may try local specialty. After arrival to Kharkhorin sum, we’ll visit museum of Karakorum and symbolic ruins of ancient city.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
09 July. After breakfast, we’ll visit the oldest surviving buddhist monastery in Mongolia, part of the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site, Erdenezuu Monastery (1586) located near the ruins of Karakorum. Most of the artefacts you'll see – wall paintings, thangkas, masks etc – are 18th century. Many are in excellent condition. The monastery is an about 2km north-east of the center of Kharkhorin sum. This afternoon we’ll continue our trip and drive to the Khustai National Park (110km east of Ulaanbaatar). On the way we will make a stop at the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia, Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes. On arrival in Khustai NP, we’ll visit Ger Museum where you’ll have a brief introduction of history and development of Khustai National Park, hear about the Takhi wild horses, which made the Park instantly famous. Next we’ll drive to the habitat of the last surviving subspecies of wild horses, Przewalski's horses.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
10 July. After breakfast provided at a tourist Ger camp in the Khustai NP, drive to 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 Khustai NP en route to Ulaanbaatar. 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. Drive to Ulaanbaatar city. Upon arrival - you’ll have a guided tour to the Gandan Monastery, Genghis Khan's Square, State Department Store. Overnight at the hotel.
  • 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. Drive to Terelj National Park, enjoy lunch at tourist Ger camp. On the way you have an opportunity to see the beautiful countryside of the Park. After lunch we’’ll visit the famous rock formation Turtle Rock and complete this days tour by hiking to Ariyabal Buddhist Meditation Temple, located on a steep mountain slope. Accomodation at the tourist Ger camp, having rest and dinner.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
12 July. After breakfast provided at a tourist Ger camp in the Terelj NP drive to the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue Complex, 130 ft monument of  Genghis Khan, founder and Great Khan (emperor) of the Mongol Empire located at Tsonjin Boldog (60 km east of the capital). 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 city. Performance Art Theatre welcomes you to enjoy the show of "Tumen Ekh", 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. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Hotel
  • B + L + D
3 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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TOUR MAP

Naadam Festival 2019 | Mongolia's Best Treasures

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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