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Naadam Festival Mongolia
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Wander the land that gave the world Genghis Khan and experience the rich pageantry and intense competitions of the legendary Naadam Festival. Witness giants wrestle, archers hit impossible targets and horses race across grasslands to glory. Travel the regions steppes and sand dunes to uncover storied Buddhist monasteries and cultural treasures on this unique adventure. Overnight in gers with local families for extraordinary cultural experiences you wont soon forget.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AMNF/126889
  • Starts: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Finishes: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
You will Visit
  • Ulaanbaatar

Itinerary

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Day 1: Ulaanbaatar

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Ulaanbaatar/Amarbayasgalant

Visit Amarbayasgalant Monastery before sleeping in a ger camp. Stargazing takes on a whole new meaning in the Mongolian countryside.
Enjoy a bumpy ride out to the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, the second-most important in Mongolia, located in the beautiful Iven Gol Valley.

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Day 3: Amarbayasgalant/Uran Togoo

Hike up the volcanic (extinct volcano) crater at Pot Mountain. Stay overnight with a nomadic family on Selenge River and enjoy a traditional Mongolian barbecue dinner.
Continue on to the beautiful Selenge River. Arrive in the afternoon and stretch your legs after the long drive with a hike to the nearby volcanic crater at Pot Mountain.

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Day 4: Uran Togoo/Selenge

Enjoy free time in this scenic region and learn more about Mongolian nomadic culture. Opt to taste traditional Mongolian barbecue which is made only during ceremonies, or family celebrations.

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Day 5: Selenge/Khövsgöl

Spend the day travelling to scenic Khövsgöl Lake.

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Day 6: Khövsgöl

Enjoy a free day at Khövsgöl lake. Try your hand at archery, go horseback riding, or hiking.

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Day 7: Khövsgöl/Jargalant

Travel through the Lake District of Mongolia, looking for wildlife on the way. Spend the evening at a ger camp on Zuun Lake.

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Day 8: Jargalant/Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

Continue on with another long day of scenic driving to reach Great White Lake. With two days to explore, there are plenty of ways to spend time here.

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Day 9: Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

Spend a full day exploring the area. Climb the crater of a nearby volcano and crawl inside lava tubes. Spend a free afternoon in the area horseback riding, fishing, or mingling with the locals.

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Day 10: Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake/Tsenkher

Visit the monastery museum of Tsetserleg before continuing on to the Tsenkher Hot Springs. Opt to experience the waters' healing powers first hand.
Stop en route to Tsenkher in the small town of Tsetserleg to visit the monastery museum. Opt to visit the handicraft shops here or the bakery.

Stay in a ger camp nearby with options to visit the springs, go horseback riding, or chat with the locals.

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Day 11: Tsenkher/Elsen Tasarhai

Drive to Elsen Tasarhai. Enjoy the activities that so called little Gobi sand dunes has to offer— hiking in sand dunes, visit an ancient stone carving, and soak in the desert atmosphere.

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Day 12: Elsen Tasarhai/Ulaanbaatar

Travel back to Ulaanbaatar in time for the Naadam Festival ceremonies. Over the next few days, enjoy the opening ceremony, wrestling, archery, Naadam horseracing, and the closing ceremony, as well as free time for exploring Ulaanbaatar.

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Day 13: Ulaanbaatar

Watch the opening ceremony. Observe some of the wrestling matches and also the archery contests. With free time, opt for a wonderful cultural show or souvenir shopping.

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Day 14: Ulaanbaatar

Head out to see the finish line of the Naadam horserace. Enjoy a free afternoon before attending the Festival Closing Ceremony in the evening.

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Day 15: Ulaanbaatar

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Naadam Festival ceremonies entrance
    • Amarbayasgalant Monastery entrance
    • Pot Mountain hike
    • Khovsgol Lake visit
    • Lake District stay
    • Tsetserleg Monastery Museum visit
    • Tsenger Hot Springs stay
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (4 nts), nomad family stay/camping (1 nt), Mongolian gers (9 nts, multi-share)
    • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 10 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Watch the opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival
  • Cheer on wrestlers and archers
  • Listen to famous throat singing
  • Sleep in traditional gers
  • Devour Mongolian barbecue in the grasslands


Reviews (3)
Alice B. Posted on: 

It was a good introduction to Mongolia combining both a stay in the capital (Ulaan Bataar) and attendance at the Naadam festival with overland travel through part of the vast countryside. The absolute highlight of the trip was when I presented some picture books I brought along to an 8 year old girl in a gur. She couldn't keep her hands/eyes off them.

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Roberta K. Posted on: 

What a sports event, both the historic and the present blended together!

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Rebecca H. Posted on: 

Mongolia is one of the few places you can still escape in the world. The vast countryside and beautiful people were a great contrast to the hustle and bustle of Ulan Baatar. I would recommend Mongolia to anyone seeking adventure, escape, real culture and pushing their comfort zone. An amazing experience!

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