Adventure with Naadam Festivalfrom
Discover Mongolia with Naadam Festival. Mongolia is truly one of the world’s last undiscovered travel destinations and the safest country to visit. It is a land where you can experience wide-open spaces, cobalt blue skies, forests, deserts, crystal clear rivers and lakes, and the traditional hospitality of the nomads.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
The tour takes 11 days to cover the central and southern part of Mongolia and visit the most popular travel destinations including the most interesting national parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Karakorum and Gobi Desert; distinctive landscapes of towering sand dunes, wide-open steppes, iced Georges, Rocky Mountains, red cliffs, stunning sunsets, sunrises and much more!
Also, the tour combines with the most colorful and amazing Naadam festival; held every year in July and all Mongolians celebrate the three manly sports of horse racing, archery and wrestling.
The festival registered with the Intangible Heritage Fund of UNESCO.
Relaxing in wild nature and explore Mongolian culture, history and nomadic life style… camel riding, climbing to dunes, hiking and feel free driving through the wilderness are the main activities.
This trip can be customized according to your wishes. If you have any changes to the accommodation, the duration, the destination or other change requests, please contact us.
Our main goal is satisfied travelers.
- All Accommodations
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Special Meals
- All transfer & transports + experienced drivers
- Tour and trekking guide for the entire journey (in English, German, Korean, Chinese available)
- All sightseeing and entrance fees are mentioned as program
- Camel riding in the Gobi
- Complimentary drink water during the tour,
- Visa invitation letter, if required
- All service charge, local and Gov’t tax
- Visa to Mongolia (Get in advance)
- International flights &Travels insurance
- Hotel early check-in and late check-out,
- Tipping and other personal expenses
- Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia
Whenever, your international flight lands in the city airport, your driver will be waiting for you at the arrival hall and holding a greeting sign with our logo + your name (please send us your international arrival/departure details, once it ready with you). After meeting with your driver, you can exchange your money to Mongolian currency (MNT) on the 2nd floor of the airport in the exchange office and then, transferred to the hotel in Ulaanbaatar.
Free at leisure for the rest of the day. You may need some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet-lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask from your hotel reception for recommendations.
🏠 in the Hotel
Mongol Nomadic - Hustai National Park trip (Wild Horse Park)
This morning your memorable tour starts! At 08.30 am, you will meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby, and then head to the Hustai National Park.
On the way, we will visit Mongol Nomadic tourist Ger camp for Mongolian nomads show which will show you real Mongolian nomadic way of living and traditional customs and culture for the past period. The show demonstrates a traditional living way of real Mongolian nomads and breeding and using of five kinds of livestock and movement from one place to another using ox, yak, camel and horse carts which are the carts.
After lunchtime, served by Mongolian food in the camp, we will drive towards the national park. The park is home to the last wild horses in their natural environment in the world, known as Perzevalski horse (takhi). The National park has over 450 species of vascular plants, 200 of which are medicinal.
We will visit a small Ger museum about the national park, wild horses and how they were reintroduced into the wild some years ago now for European zoos.
In the evening, we will take a short drive to see for wild horse Takhi in their natural habitat. Evening or morning time is the best way to see these wild horses. There is a great opportunity to take a photo of these endangered horses. If you are lucky, you can see fox, deer, marmot, eagle and more wild animals. Besides the wild animals, you can find here beautiful sceneries of the Mongolian nature that features mountains and steppes.
🏠 in the Ger camp
Kharakorum & Erdenezuu Buddhist Monastery
In the morning, we will drive to Kharkhorin – is a small village and one of the country’s major tourist destinations and historically known as Karakorum city.
Lunch will be at Ger camp near the Elsen Tasarkhai, which is surrounded by sandhills with willow trees, streams and bushes, and appear as a small desert in the center of the country.
Arrival in the village, we will visit the museum of Karakorum, the symbolic ruins of the ancient city.
The Karakoram was once the capital of the Mongolia Empire, which was the largest contiguous empire in World history, consisted of much of Asia and parts of Eastern Europe. In 1220, Karakorum was founded by Genghis Khan in the Orkhon valley, at the crossroads of the Silk Road. The city flourished with wealth and culture, especially as artists and intellectuals were brought over from Europe to enhance the Eurasian capital.
Also, we will visit the magnificent and the oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdene Zuu, built in the 16th century, with 108 stupas. The monastery is still active, and there are temple museums and buildings where monks live and pray. Here you can see interesting listen to monk chanting Buddhist sutras.
🏠 in the Ger camp
Ongi River valley, Middle Gobi
After breakfast, our trip continue to the ruined monastery of Ongi Temple lies on the banks of the Ongi River and it’s the halfway point between the two major travel destinations-the Southern Gobi and Karakorum. It was destroyed by the communist purges of the 1930s and is being restored by a number of monks. It is an amazing site and stretches across the valley in the mountainous area around the river. The views of the ruins, river, Ger camps and the surrounding area are very impressive, you can see from any of the nearby hills.
🏠 in the Ger camp
Ongi steppe - Bayanzag (Flaming cliffs), Gobi
Today, we will travel through the huge open landscape called Ongi steppe, which is over 80km wide steppe in the Gobi zone and come to around lunchtime at Ger camp, it’s located near the Bayanzag.
In the afternoon, you have free time to be your own until dinner time. There are available to watch a documentary about the Gobi, try Mongolian archery to shoot at a target or just enjoy walking around the camp.
After dinner, we will take a little drive to see rich a saxual trees and red cliffs as flaming at Bayanzag – is a famous area for the first discovery of dinosaur eggs, bones and complete dinosaur skeletons in the world paleontological history which is discovered by Roy Chapman Andrews, American expedition in 1920.
If you are really lucky, it’s possible to find an egg and bones of dinosaurs from here. White fossilized bones and eggs are still found nowadays by paleontologists, local herdsmen, and travelers.
Also, this area well known for red tall rocks formed as a result of wind and water erosion which look like fire in the middle of the desert from distance, especially in the evening sunshine. As scientists defined it was an inland sea bottom some 200 million years ago.
🏠 in the Ger camp
Khongor sand dunes, the biggest sand dunes in Gobi
Take a drive west to the extraordinary dunes of Khongor. This is the biggest dunes and one of the most scenic areas of Gobi. The dunes rise abruptly from the plain, in some places reaching a height of 300 meters, and extend over an area between 2-12 km in width and 180 km in length.
In the afternoon, after lunchtime, we will take some personal refreshments in the Ger camp. In the early evening, we will visit a local camel herder family in their Ger, explore their unique nomadic lifestyle. It’s a chance to try drinking Hormog (fermented Mongolian camel milk).
The dunes are the perfect place for camel riding. We will discover this magnificent place on camelback. Mongolia is home to 2/3 of the two-humped Bactrian camels in the world. It is a gentle, calm and extraordinary patient animal and can carry on without water for a month. The two-humped camels are very comfortable to ride, as they walk slowly and gently and we will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them. Our camel man will take us to the biggest sand-dune.
In the evening, we will climb up to the Singing Dune, one of the highest dunes, an opportunity to see the breathtaking view of the surrounding area and the amazing sunshine panorama of dunes. When it is windy some of the dunes give a strange sound like the engines of an airplane, for which they are named the “singing dunes”.
🏠 in the Ger camp
Yol valley, Three beauties of the Gobi N/Park
This morning, your tour guide and driver are ready to escort you to the Yol valley, situated in “Three beauties of Gobi” Mt. National Park. Yol means Lammergeyer, one of the most endangered bird species of prey. On the way, we will see small Gobi village Bayandalai and interesting canyon Dungenee.
After lunch, we will explore the valley, which is notable for a deep ice field; it remains frozen for most of the year, except late summer. There is we will make little hiking through grassy meadows, small streams, long and narrow valley with sheltered by high cliff walls, sunlight bouncing off amazing rocks, covered with wildflowers and Gobi plants. You may be lucky enough to spot wild sheep and goat, grazing high on the cliff walls.
🏠 in the Ger camp
Flight to Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park
Early this morning, transfer to the local airport for morning flight to Ulaanbaatar.
Upon arrival in the city, drive to Terelj National Park, this is one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. There are we will see Turtle Rock – interesting rock formation looking like a turtle and visit Ariyabal meditation temple – surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations and sits at top of the mountain.
The distance between the gate and the actual temple is about 1 km and it is only accessible by walking. To get to the top, you would cross the suspension bridge and climb up on 108 stairs, according to Buddhist prayer beads. This small hike is seen as a ritual to cleanse one’s sins. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park.
🏠 in the Ger camp
Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex – Naadam horse racing at Hui doloon khudag
After breakfast at 8 am, we will drive to the “Genghis Khan Statue Complex” which is currently the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world. There is a recreation area, restaurants, and souvenir shops occupy the base structure. From here, we use an elevator or walk to the head of the horse through the chest and back neck of the horse, where we can have farseeing and good panorama view over the complex area.
Drive back to the city and visit Sukhbaatar square & Parliament house. the square lies at the heart of the city surrounded by theaters, government buildings.
After lunch at “Modern Nomads” restaurant in the city, 1-1.5hrs drive out of the city to Hui Doloon Hudag (horse racing field of Naadam festival) to witness the Naadam horse races, featuring children riding bareback across the steppe. All of these racers from each corner of Mongolia. You will experience the brilliant madness of the horse race field and the unsurpassed cultural opportunity to watch the horse racing competition included around 250-300 horses. There are you will have a great opportunity to take photography local horse trainers, peoples with traditional garments and so more contrast.
🏠 in the Hotel
Naadam festival opening ceremony – half day city tour
Today, we will be attending the opening ceremony of the Festival of naadam in Ulaanbaatar national stadium. It’s Mongolia’s biggest, most colorful and most important annual cultural event, focusing on three sports: horse racing, Mongolian-style wrestling, and archery. It’s no coincidence that all three skills derive from the capabilities of Genghis Khan’s legendary military – a force that conquered and controlled the largest empire the world has ever known.
- At 8 am pick up from the hotel lobby, join in naadam group and visit central naadam stadium.
- The first visit is a stadium of ankle-bone shooting competition.
- Next, visit the archery field. The field will be filled with men and women archers in colorful ethnic national costumes who shooting arrows from their bows.
- We will wander around outside of the Naadam stadium to watch locals who dressed their national costumes, food and trade corners, etc.
- Afterward, we will enter into the main stadium for the opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival.
- Once finish the opening ceremony, we will watch the beginning of the 1st part of Mongolian national wrestling. In the usual 512 wrestler tournament, there will be nine elimination rounds of wrestling over two days.
After lunch, we will drive out of the city for an hour to Hui DoloonAfter lunch, we will start guided city tour and visit “Gandan” Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery. Listen to the horns calling lamas and monks to temple, and capture the monks’ daily rituals while visiting the adjoining Megjid Janraisig and Temples. The temple houses feature a 26-meter-high majestic gilded statue of Migjid Janraisig.
Next, we will visit Bogd Khaan Palace Museum – The complex was built between 1893 and 1903 dedicated to the 8th Bogd Javzandamba, the head of Mongolian religion. The palace museum consists of seven Summer Prayer temples and the winter palace.
Afterward, visit Zaisan Memorial Hill is located on the south side of Ulaanbaatar City, right beside the Bogd Khan Mountain having the best view of the city and surrounding hills.
After dinner, will be transferred to the hotel.
🏠 in the Hotel
Departure from Ulaanbaatar.
As your memorable trip comes to end, then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to your next destination or home.