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- Karakorum, Erdene Zuu monastery, Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes, Gun–Galuut nature reserve
- The Great Naadam festival – Mongolian archery, wrestling and horse races!
- Small international group, visiting nomadic families and interacting with them
- Cultural & Festival tours
- Style: Traveller
- Tour grade: Easy
- Duration: 8 days/7 nights
- From: US$ 1950
The Naadam Festival consists of Mongolian wrestling, archery and horse racing, and is best of the Mongolian festivals. This fantastic Naadam Festival tour takes you to Mongolian Great Naadam and Mongolian natural and cultural highlights. When you take part in the Naadam you will experience the thrill of watching hundreds of racing horses with their remarkable young riders, strong wrestlers performing the "Eagle Dance" and traditionally dressed archers as well as the magnificent Naadam Grand Opening Ceremony in the Central Stadium.
Brief Itinerarygo to detailDay 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, tour of the City
Day 2: Ulaanbaatar- Elsen Tasarkhai
Day 3: Elsen Tasarkhai- Karakorum
Day 4: Karakorum- Ulaanbaatar
Day 5: Naadam Festival
Day 6: Ulaanbaatar- Gun-Galuut
Day 7: Gun-Galuut- Ulaanbaatar
Day 8: Departure from Ulaanbaatar
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Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, meet at the airport after custom formalities and transfer to the hotel. You visit the Gandan Monastery, Genghis Khan Monument on the Sukhbaatar square and the Museum of National History. Centrally located excellent Hotel 3* L
Day 2: Ulaanbaatar – Elsen Tasarkhai
After breakfast at the hotel, we pack the vehicles and depart to the west toward Karakorum, the ancient capital city of Mongolia. Transfer to camp near the Mongol Els Sand Dunes. Optional hiking in Khogno Khaan with a visit to the Ovgon monastery ruins.Ger camp B+L+D
We visit legendary monastery Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia founded in 1586, Museum of Karakorum and its surroundings the Turtle Rock and the Phallic stone etc. Ger camp B+L+D
Day 4: Karakorum - Ulaanbaatar
We drive to the east to Ulaanbaatar, arrive and transfer to the hotel. Rest and prepare for the Great Festival of the next day. This is a lifetime experience indeed and everyone wants to take part in it. The Mongols have the saying “If you be healthy, you will see the Naadam” Centrally located excellent Hotel 3* B+L+D
Day 5: Naadam Festival
See the fantastic opening ceremony of Naadam festival and watch the first round of Wrestling, and then Archery and Ankle bone shooting competitions. In the afternoon we drive to the horse racing place to experience the horse races. Meals at restaurants and hotel overnight. Centrally located excellent Hotel 3* B+L+D
Day 6: Ulaanbaatar – Gun-Galuut
We will leave the bustling city this morning to the serene Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve. Arrive and transfer to lovely Steppe Nomads tourist camp. Short hiking or horse riding to view wild mountain sheep Argali and other endangered birds such as White Napped Crane, White Crane, Black Stork and Whooper Swan etc., Ger camp B+L+D
Day 7: Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve - Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast we drive back to Ulaanbaatar for 2 hours with a stop at the Giant Genghis Monument and transfer to the hotel. Then we visit the Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum – the residence of the last king of Mongolia and the Buddha Park. Enjoy traditional folklore concert by the magical Tumen Ekh ensemble. Farewell dinner. Centrally located excellent hotel 3* B+L+D
Day 8: Departure From Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia B
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|Single supplement charge||US$260|
- Full-time services of your local guides.
- Sightseeing and entrance fees
- Private transfers and transports
- Twin/double share accommodation: Centrally located, good 3* hotel in Ulaanbaatar, good tourist camps at each destination
- Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
- Horse riding fees in Gun-Galuut
- Naadam Festival tickets and arrangements
- 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
- Visa support invitation letter where applicable
- Exclusive Great Naadam festival souvenir!
- International Airfare/train tickets + Tax
- Travel insurance
- Visa fees
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
- Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
- For children of a family (0 – 3 years old) is 100% free of charge
- For children of a family (4 – 12 years old) is 40% free of charge
- Courier bringing min 3 pax
- More attractive prices for groups of 12 and more people!
- 1 free space for every 16 PAX
The Naadam festival is the biggest and most joyful celebration of the Mongols. It takes place on the 11-12th July annually.
512-1024 wrestlers compete on the green field of the State Central Stadium-there is no time limit, no weight category and the arena is not fixed. They have the most number of tricks and the Mongolian national wrestling is the most challenging wrestling in the world. Mongolian wrestlers wear traditional Mongolian boots and special clothes for wrestling, Zodog - a small open-fronted vest.
It's impossible to imagine the Mongols without their horses. Mongol horse is small in body but as strong as rocks! There are 6 different categories of Mongol national horse racing depending on the age of horses. The riders, both boys and girls are aged between 5-12 and the distance of the race ranges from 15-30 km. Horses race on natural track and natural barriers. The racers train their horses for a month on a strict diet and everyday training.
There's no need to argue on that the Mongols are the best archers in the world. Archery, originating from time immemorial, is the oldest sport of the Mongols. Traditionally, this was only men's sport but nowadays both men and women compete in separate divisions. Male archers shoot on a 75m range while female archers shoot on a 60 m range.
Why to take a Naadam festival tour? Naadam festival tour includes the Mongolia Great Naadam Festival Holiday that takes place in mid July once a year. Naadam festival tours are the highlight of Mongolia and the Naadam festival itself is a fantastic event. We invite you to our Naadam festival trips in Mongolia. Naadam Festival 2007 is a special one!
Jul 07, 2007. Great Naadam Festival tour Wondering where you should go for your next trip? I would recommend Mongolia. WHY??? I had such a great and unique travel experience throughout my stay in this beautiful country. Whether it was visiting the nomads, attending the Naadam Festival, traversing the sweeping landscapes, experiencing its culture, learning its fascinating history, watching wildlife, or riding a yak, the trip captures the essence of Mongolia. Meeting the nomads was such a great way to learn about their way of living in such an authentic and intimate manner. I had developed a deep appreciation of their resilience, tenacity and ingenuity in living with nature. As well, I was very much taken by their hospitality. Zola, thanks for your great help, patience in answering all my emails in such an informative and prompt manner, and planning this trip.Ms. Yiman Ng