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

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 region’s 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 won’t soon forget.

Trip Description
Naadam Festival Mongolia
 

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Best experience of my life, was an amazing country with an amazing group and extremely organised July 2016

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Best experience of my life, was an amazing country with an amazing group and extremely organised. Didn't have to think about meals or what to do, just did it and am very glad i went on this trip.

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Excellent trip July 2016

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If you're tired of traveling to the typical "tourist" location, take this Mongolia trip July 2016

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If you're tired of traveling to the typical "tourist" location, take this Mongolia trip. It's a real life adventure into the past and present. You won't find souvenir stores on every corner - actually you will have to hunt them down and go to the top floor of the state department store to find the typical souvenirs.
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One of the best experiences of my life July 2016

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One of the best experiences of my life. I really enjoyed getting immersed in a completely differently culture and way of life. The scenery was beautiful and the people were incredibly kind and friendly.
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One of the best tours I've ever done in my 14 years of travelling as an adult July 2016

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One of the best tours I've ever done in my 14 years of travelling as an adult. Incredible scenery, local experiences, amazing accommodation, tour group and CEO's and drivers. Every day was a joy to be on the tour an even on long drives there was great conversation and sights to see.
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The trip including the Naadam festival greatly enhances the Mongolian experience July 2016

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The trip including the Naadam festival greatly enhances the Mongolian experience. The Naadam best exhibits the pride the people have in their country. Without the festival you can experience the beauty of the country but the festival enhances your understanding of the people. Glad I decided to include the festival in my tour of this interesting country.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Ulaanbaatar

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar/Amarbayasgalant (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a bumpy ride out to the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, the second-most important in Mongolia, located in the beautiful Iven Gol Valley. Additional Notes: Gers are traditional Mongolian tents made with wooden frames and layers of felt. The camps we stay at will have 4 beds per ger with mattresses, linens, and extra blankets. They have a central stove to keep the place cozy and a small table and chairs. Included Activities: Amarbayasgalant Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 350km)

Day 3 Amarbayasgalant/Uran Togoo (1B, 1L, 1D)

Hike up the volcanic (extinct volcano) crater at Pot Mountain. Stay overnight in a traditional Ger camp. Included Activities: Pot Mountain Hike Transport: Stop for lunch and photos along the way. Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))

Day 4 Uran Togoo/Selenge (1B, 1L, 1D)

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. Overnight with a Nomadic family on the Selenge River.

Day 5 Selenge/Khövsgöl (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the day travelling to scenic Khövsgöl Lake. Included Activities: Lake Khövsgöl and Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))

Day 6 Khövsgöl (1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Day 7 Khövsgöl/Jargalant (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel through the Lake District of Mongolia, looking for wildlife on the way. Spend the evening at a ger camp in Jargal Jiguur. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))

Day 8 Jargalant/Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (1B, 1L, 1D)

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. Additional Notes: Please note that facilities at this home are very basic, and travellers will use open-air "bush toilets" in nature, or a bush toilet enclosed by a small hut for privacy. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)

Day 9 Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (1B, 1L, 1D)

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. Included Activities: Khorgo Volcano Visit

Day 10 Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake/Tsenkher (1B, 1L, 1D)

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. Included Activities: Zayain Khüree Monastery Museum Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

Day 11 Tsenkher/Elsen Tasarhai (1B, 1L, 1D)

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. Included Activities: Elsen Tasarhai Sand Dunes Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

Day 12 Elsen Tasarhai/Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)

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. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

Day 13 Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)

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. Included Activities: Nadaam Festival (Eriin Gurvan Naadam)

Day 14 Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)

Head out to see the finish line of the Naadam horserace. Enjoy a free afternoon before attending the Festival Closing Ceremony in the evening. Included Activities: Nadaam Festival (Eriin Gurvan Naadam)

Day 15 Ulaanbaatar (1B)

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Details
Trip Includes
  • 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
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 10 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport Private van.
Local Flights All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 14, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels (4 nts), nomad family stay/camping (1 nt), Mongolian gers (9 nts, multi-share).
Hotels (4 nts), Nomad family stay/camping (1 nt), Mongolian multishare gers (9 nts).
Start City
Ulaanbaatar
End City
Ulaanbaatar
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

Please note the actual order of this itinerary may change to maximize our opportunities to take part in the Naadam Festival. Please see trip details for further info.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Outside Ulaan Baatar, Mongolian diet consists mainly of mutton and few fresh vegetables. Please, be prepared to very limited variety. If you prefer to spice your food, we recommend you to bring your favourite spices and supplies from home (or buy them in Ulaan Baatar). Vegetarian option is possible on Mongolia trips, but again - local died provides almost no variety. Vegetarians may choose to supplement meals with supplies bought from home, i.e. protein bars, bags of dried fruits, etc. Ulaan Baatar has a good selection of imported goods where you can stock up on food such as cereals, UHT milk, chocolate, fruit juice, biscuits, candies & chocolate, rice and pasta. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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