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.
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There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
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.
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.
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.
Spend the day travelling to scenic Khövsgöl Lake.
Enjoy a free day at Khövsgöl lake. Try your hand at archery, go horseback riding, or hiking.
Travel through the Lake District of Mongolia, looking for wildlife on the way. Spend the evening at a ger camp on Zuun 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.Overall Rating
What a sports event, both the historic and the present blended together!Overall Rating
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!Overall Rating
Trip Name: Naadam Festival Mongolia
Duration: 15 Days
From Price: $2,974
Supplier Tour ID: AMNF/126889
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