Selena Travel

Danshig Naadam Festival Tour

11days/10nights

Tour grade: Easy

From: US$ 2,200

Style: Traveller

  • Mysterious Tsam Dance festival
  • Mongolian Naadam festival – archery, wrestling and horse races!
  • Small international group, visiting authentic nomadic families and interacting with them

Tour Overview

Mid-summer Danshig Naadam Festival tour will offer you the highlights of Mongolian cultural and natural wonders! In addition to the Three Manly games of Naadam festival, the horse racing, wresting and archery, you will also have the unique opportunity to experience the enchanting Tsam Dance (Ceremonial Masked dance). After the Danshig Naadam days, we will take you to the birthland of dinosaurs, the Mongolian Gobi Desert where you will visit the unforgettable the Flaming cliffs, the singing sand dunes and Vulture Gorge.  

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Brief itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival In Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 2: Ulaanbaatar - Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes.
  • Day 3: Elsen Tasarkhai – Karakorum.
  • Day 4: Karakorum - Hustai National Park.
  • Day 5 - 6: Danshig Naadam Days; Wrestling, horse race and archery.
  • Day 7: Ulaanbaatar - Gobi Desert - Yoliin Am gorge.
  • Day 8: Yoliin Am Gorge - Khongor sand dunes.
  • Day 9: Khongor sand dunes - The Vulture Gorge.
  • Day 10: Gobi Desert - Ulaanbaatar City - City tour
  • Day 11: Departure From Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Full Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrival In Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, meet at the airport after custom formalities and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is for you to get over jet lag and take a good rest before your wonderful journey across Mongolia. Centrally located excellent Hotel 3* & L 

Day 2:

Ulaanbaatar - Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes.

After breakfast in 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 Erdene Khamba monastery. Ger camp B+L+D 

Day 3:

Elsen Tasarkhai – Karakorum.

We visit the legendary monastery Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia, founded in 1586, Museum of Karakorum and its surroundings including the Turtle Rock, the Phallic stone and the Unesco World Heritage Site, the Orkhon Valley. Ger camp B+L+D 

Day 4:

Karakorum - Hustai National Park.

Enjoy breakfast, then we drive to Hustai National Park where the endangered wild horses, the Takhi, graze peacefully among the other wildlife. Upon arrival, we have a lunch at the ger camp and trek through the national park to spot the wild horses, last remaining wild horse species on earth. Dinner and overnight at the camp. Ger camp B+L+D

Day 5 - 6:

Danshig Naadam Days; Wrestling, horse race and archery.

We will visit the unique event of Danshig Naadam at Khui Doloon Khudag on these two days including the Tsam Dance, horse racing and wrestling. Moreover, we will enjoy contortionist and ethno-musical performances in UB on the evenings. Overnight at the hotel and meals in restaurants. Centrally located excellent Hotel 3* & B+L 

Day 7:

Ulaanbaatar - Gobi Desert - Yoliin Am gorge.

On this day, we will take a local flight to the Gobi Desert. Upon our arrival, we will travel to Bayanzag- the Flaming Cliffs. Enjoy the wilderness and unique nature formations. Transfer to ger camp. Lunch, explore around for dinosaur remains and walking in the rich saxaul forest. You can even find real dinosaur bones and eggs yourself! Ger Camp B+L+D

Day 8:

Yoliin Am Gorge - Khongor sand dunes.

Today’s drive to the dunes at Khongor takes between 3 and 4 hours, passing through vast desert badlands that span out into the furthest distances, where remote mountains line the horizon. This is the Gobi at its stark best - there are many opportunities to stop and take photographs of the landscapes and people. Visit the beautiful sand dunes and the Khongor river streaming through the sands, try 2 hours of camel riding along the Khongor sand dunes etc.

Day 9:

Khongor sand dunes - The Vulture Gorge.

After breakfast, we will drive to Yoliin Am Gorge located in the “Three Beauty” national park with stops along the way for photography and short walks. Enjoy 2 hours hiking in the valley while watching wildlife including pika, lammergeier, wall creeper and many more. In the early evening, we will transfer to the ger camp and rest.Ger Camp B+L+D

Day 10:

Gobi Desert - Ulaanbaatar City - City tour

We will take an early morning flight to Ulaanbaatar and commence our city tour. The city tour of Ulaanbaatar will take you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You will visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26 meter high gilded statue of the Buddha, Genghis Khan monument on the square and the National Museum, which has a number of fascinating displays of traditional Mongolian clothing and weaponry, as well as exhibits charting the course of Genghis Khan's empire-building. Optional souvenir and cashmere shopping (or a visit to fair trade souvenir shop) if you wish. Farewell dinner with your team and transfer to hotel. Centrally located 3* hotel & B+L+D

Day 11:

Departure From Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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Date & Price

 

Single supplement charge US$400   

INCLUDED IN THE SERVICE: 

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • 4 nights at centrally located 3* hotel 
  • Private transfers (4WD Japanese minivans + Experienced drivers) 4 travelers in one van in the Gobi / County bus in/around Central Mongolia
  • Airport transfers
  • Twin/double share at good tourist camps
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • 2 hour Camel riding fees in the Gobi
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • RT Gobi – Ulaanbaatar flight + Tax (10+5kg free luggage)
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive Danshig Naadam Festival souvenir!

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • 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).
  • Optional activities

 

DISCOUNT CONDITIONS:  
  • Children under 3 years old are allowed to stay in their parents room for free (not including an extra bed).
  • Children aged 4 to 11 years old receive a 40% discount on accommodation per night, inclusive of bed and breakfast.
  • Children 12 and above will be charged as adults.

 

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Tour Reviews

Mar 02, 2024.  The Gobi & Karakorum Explorer

Aug 10, 2012. Gobi & Karakorum Explorer tour Our recent "The Gobi & Karakorum Explorer" tour with you was excellent, everything exceeded our expectations! It was a super trip in our lives and we loved our Mongolia holiday so much. Our guide Joe was kind, well organised, accurate and informative, polite and caring and always provided us with timely information. And our driver Jack is super, very friendly, professional and always on time. We are wild travelers, having been to many places in the world - but Mongolia is still truly unspoiled and uncontaminated. Selena Travel's services were perfect right from the very first email. We would like to thank Selena Travel, our guide and our driver for having made this Mongolia experience a truly beautiful one with so many wonderful memories.

by Rafaella, Benedetta, Lidia

Aug 08, 2012.  Gobi & Karakorum customized 11 days tour

Sending you some of our nicer pictures. Some are chosen for their beautiful scenery while the rest are just us happily playing and goofing around. There are a couple of shots of us doing some Mongolian wrestling, as suggested by Oyuna since we missed out on the mini-Naadam festival. She said since we missed it, we might as well organise our own festival by playing some Mongolian games. Haha... We had so much fun playing those games!!! :)OK, I hope you like the pictures we send you. Best regards to everyone at Selena Travel and thank you once again for all your assistance.

by Margaret Suganda

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