Mongolia & Naadam

16 Days from Ulaanbaatar to Ulaanbaatar including the Naadam Festival

Join us as we discover one of the worlds most incredible destinations and visit one of the premier cultural events on the planet!

One of the most spectacular long term cultural events on earth Naadam is a living breathing insight into a way of life that the Mongols fight every day to keep alive. Locally called "Eriin Gurvan Naadam" (or "The Three Games Of Men" in English) the festivities are based around the three staples of what it meant to be a man or a warrior in Mongolian Culture - Horse Racing, Archery and Wrestling. Held every Summer this is a cultural event not to be missed, and a perfect opportunity to visit the broader regions of Mongolia and encounter a wild land whose beauty remains untouched by time!

Visits: Ulaanbaatar, Terelj National Park, the Middle Gobi, Tsagaan Suvarga, Yol Valley, South Gobi, Ongi Monastery, Karakorum, Erdene-Zuu, Tshenkher Hot Springs, Lake Ugii and Hustain Nuruu National Park

ITINERARY


Day 1: Ulaambaatar: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. After lunch, city tour including a visit to the National History Museum, where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present, and displays of the development of Mongolian arts and culture.  Afterwards an excursion to the Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get your bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. Accommodation in a three or four star hotel.

Day 2:  Naadam: Attend the opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival at the Central Stadium in Ulaanbaatar. Enjoy competitions of the three manly sports, archery, wrestling and horse racing, along with Mongolian cultural performances. Afternoon tour: Watch the horse races taking place outside the city centre. Naadam Gala dinner and a folk concert in the evening.

Day 3. Terelj National Park. 80km: After breakfast, drive to Terelj National Park, 80km northeast of Ulaanbaatar. Spend the day touring the area and enjoying the magnificent alpine scenery. There are great opportunities for hiking, rock climbing and horse riding. You can visit a nomad family, explore their unique lifestyle, and experience horse riding. Return to the hotel. (L/D)

Day 4. Ulaanbaatar / Middle Gobi 220km: Early morning begin your journey to Baga Gazriin Chuluu, a unique formation of rocks. Visit ruins of an ancient temple and explore the area. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 5. Tsagaan Suvarga. 280 km: After breakfast visit ruins of Sum Khukh Burd Temple. Continue driving to Tsagaan Suvarga, a fascinating white lime stone cliff which resembles a stupa. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 6. South Gobi / Yol Valley. 280km: Drive further south. Arrive at the Three Beauties of the Gobi National Park. Spend the day on an excursion to Yol Valley hiking and enjoying stunning photographic opportunities. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 7. Khongor sand dunes. 200 km: After breakfast drive to Khongor Sand Dunes known as the Singing Dunes. A climb up to the sand dunes will be rewarded with a breathtaking view. In the evening observe a spectacular sunset, please prepare your cameras. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 8. South Gobi / Bayanzag. 150km: Drive to the world famous Flaming Cliffs or Bayan Zag (saxaul tree forest of the Gobi). Explore the site of the first paleontological discoveries in Mongolia by following in the footsteps of Roy Chapman Andrews. Visit a nomadic camel breeding family and experience hospitality of Mongolian nomads. Enjoy a short camel ride. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 9. South Gobi / Ongi Monastery 150km: After breakfast drive to north. Visit the ruins of once great Ongi Monastery, visit local restored temple and have a walk in the surrounding area. Dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 10. Karakorum, Erdene-Zuu Monastery. 300km: After breakfast drive to Karakorum, the 13th century capital of the Great Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene-Zuu Monastery, which was the first and largest monastery in Mongolia. Tour the monastery and visit several temples with excellent examples of Buddhist thangka painting dating back from the 16th century. Visit the Karakorum museum. Dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 11. Tsenkher Hot Spring. 150km: Drive to the Tsenkher hot spring. Spend the day relaxing in natural spa and walking in the surrounding forest. Please do not forget to pack your swimsuit for this day. Optional massage and beauty services are available. Enjoy the spa again after dinner. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 12. Lake UgiI. 240km: Drive to lake Ugii in Arkhangai province. The camp is located on the shore of lake Ugii. A magnificent view and countless water birds will be at your doorsteps. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 13. Hustain Nuruu National park. 270km: After breakfast drive to Hustain Nuruu National Park. Drive deep into the National Park to search for Przewalski horses (takhi), grandfather of all horses in the world. If you have binoculars, please bring them. View a short documentary and visit the museum. Overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 14. Hustain Nuruu, National park / Ulaanbaatar 120km: Breakfast at the camp. Drive to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 15. Ulaanbaatar: All day free at leisure.

Day 16. Ulaanbaatar / Departure: Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the railway station or airport for international departure

Inclusion:

• Private airport pick-up & drop off

• Private sightseeing tour with English speaking guide

• Private Transport as per tour program

• Hotel accommodation – Shared in double room

• Meals as stated in the program

• All entrance fees


Exclusion

• International flights & tax

• Travel insurance

• Beverages

• Personal expenses, tips and gratuities

• Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any

• Compulsory Gala dinner on Christmas or New Year if any

• Visa fee

• Other services not mentioned above

Please note that the envisaged itinerary shown above is subject to change based on conditions at the time the tour comes within booking and confirmation range. Approximate dates and prices will be released as the date of travel draws closer, with bookings able to be made within 12 months of departure. If you are interested in joining us on this journey we recommend that you register your Expression of Interest Now to ensure you get the latest information and updates on this programme as the departure date draws closer!

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