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The Gobi & Gun – Galuut with Naadam festival tour


Tour grade: Easy

Style: Traveller

From: US$ 1,000
  • Experiencing authentic nomadic culture, endless photography opportunity
  • Nomads’ festival at its best – The Great Naadam festival, wrestling, horse racing and archery
  • The Gobi desert – Khongor, Bayanzag and Yoliin Am and Gun-Galuut nature
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Travelling overland in safari style, you will visit the vast expanses of the Gobi Desert, via Ongi monastery ruins where a three day circuit explores the lofty sand dunes of Khongoriin Els, the glacial canyon of Yolyn Am, and the red cliffs of Bayanzag, where the world’s richest deposits of dinosaur fossils are found.
One of the highlight of this tour is attending the exciting “Great Naadam Festival of the Mongols” that the nomads have cherished for thousands of years. Naadam Festival originates from the era of the Hunnu state, the first nomadic state in Central Asia and the ancestors of the Mongols. The Festival is comprised with the world’s second old Olympic Games “Three Sports of Men” namely the Archery, Horse racing and Wrestling. Amazing Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve - a home to endangered wildlife and many other sites on the way. Landscape and cultural sightseeing blend easily in Mongolia - you will have the chance to visit families of nomads, remote Buddhist monasteries and traditional events, and to take part in horse-riding or guided walking if you wish - there are also endless opportunities for photography. 

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Brief itinerary

  • Day 1: Ulaanbaatar, city sightseeing tour
  • Day 2 – 4: Ulaanbaatar to the Gobi Desert. Bayanzag, Khongor sand dunes & Yoliin Am
  • Day 5 – 6: The Gobi to Ulaanbaatar, Gun – Galuut nature reserve
  • Day 7: Gun-Galuut to Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 8 – 9: July 11 – 12.  Great Naadam festival days in capital Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 10: Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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