Naadam Festival 2019 | Terelj National Park Tour

3 days


Price per person:

4-12 pax: 510 USD
3 pax: 580 USD
2 pax: 685 USD
1 pax: 920 USD
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Destinations Visited:

National Naadam festival at Khui Doloon Khudag: Horse racing - Ulaanbaatar city tour - Naadam festival at the Central Stadium: Opening Ceremony, national wrestling, archery, ankle bone shooting - Terelj National Park - Ulaanbaatar

Welcome to this tour of the Naadam festival 2019, that the Mongolian people wait for round the year. Our tour will cover all of Naadam highlights, beautiful Terelj National Park and Genghis Khan's Statue Complex, main tourist attractions of Mongolia, discover steppe nomads culture.


10 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. 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 back to the capital and take a sightseeing-tour through Ulaanbaatar, including Gandan Monastery - the main Buddhist Monastery in Mongolia, Genghis Khan's Square, Mongolian National History Museum, State Department Store. Transfer to your accomodation in Ulaanbaatar.
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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 an authentic, 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, drive to Terelj National Park, one of the national parks of Mongolia located near the Ulaanbaatar city. Upon arrival check into tourist Ger camp. The remainder of the day offers free time for you to explore.
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12 July. After breakfast we take a short excursion through the park. Terelj National Park (Gorkhi-Terelj National Park). The 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. After lunch drive back to Ulaanbaatar. 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. On arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to your accommodation.
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Naadam Festival 2019 | Terelj National Park Tour


  • 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


  • 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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