Naadam Festival 2019 | National Parks Tour

4 days

July

Price per person:

4-12 pax: 680 USD
3 pax: 710 USD
2 pax: 880 USD
1 pax: 1180 USD
Tour ID:

KN-14

Destinations Visited:

UB - Genghis Khan's Statue Complex - Terelj National Park – Ulaanbaatar, Naadam festival games: national wrestling, archery, ankle bone shooting - Horse racing at Khui Doloon Khudag - Khustai National Park, Moltsog small sand dunes - UB

During this 4-day trip, you’ll see the world-famous Mongolian Naadam festival, which escribed in local term "Eriin gurvan naadam" or "The three games of men", and two beautiful National Parks of Mongolia.

ITINERARY

10 July. 09:00 AM. Our guide and driver will meet you at your accommodation in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the Terelj National Park. En route, visit Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, 130 ft (40 m) stainless steel 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. You can walk to the head of the horse through its chest and neck to have a panoramic view over the complex area, natural beauty. Genghis Khan's Statue Complex also contains a restaurant, mongolian souvenir shops, museum which has exhibitions relating to the Bronze Age and Xiongnu archaeological cultures in Mongolia. Upon arrival in Terelj NP check into tourist Ger camp. After lunch take a short excursion through the park. Terelj National Park (Gorkhi-Terelj National Park) comprises 2 931,68 square kilometres. Park wildlife includes brown bears and over 250 species of birds. The Tuul River flows through the park. The park has many rock formations for rock climbers. We'll visit the famous rock formation Turtle Rock  which have an interesting ancient legends. Then, hike to Ariyabal Buddhist Meditation Temple located on a steep mountain slope, where we can meditate and relieve city stress. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival in city, transfer to your accommodation.
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11 July. 09:00 AM. Our guide and driver will meet you at your accommodation 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, 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. After lunch, take a sightseeing-tour through Ulaanbaatar, including Genghis Khan's Square, Mongolian National History Museum, State Department Store. Transfer to your accomodation in UB.
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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.
  • Tourist ger camp
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13 July. After breakfast provided at a tourist Ger camp in the Khustai NP, drive to the habitat of the last surviving subspecies of wild horses, Przewalski's horses. An excursion to the Moltsog small sand dunes and enjoy the atmosphere of small Gobi desert is followed by a visit to the beautiful nature of the Park. After lunch, drive back to Ulaanbaatar city. The trip finishes at your accommodation in Ulaanbaatar.
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TOUR MAP

Naadam Festival 2019 | National Parks Tour

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
  • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Tipping

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