Festival and Events Tours

NAADAM FESTIVAL 2019 Highlights of Mongolia


Discover the highlights of the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian steppe. Magnificent landscapes and the warm hospitality of the nomads will remain unforgettable. At the beginning of the trip, we’ll see the world’s largest equestrian statue and then the Naadamfest: The Highlight of our trip certainly will be the Naadam Festival, which consists of three disciplines: wrestling, archery and horse racing. During the trip, we’ll see the world’s largest equestrian statue in the world,  “Erdene Zuu” monastery and the wild horses in “Khustai” National Park. While we’re journeying ahead, we’ll travel through the steppes, desert landscape, a rock formation in the middle of the steppe, glittering white stupa and flaming cliffs in the sunshine to the big sand dunes of "Khongor".


    Check in to the hotel. After resting in the hotel room from a long flight, we’ll first drive to the viewpoint of "Zaisan Tolgoi" for sightseeing, then we’ll stroll through "Sukhbaatar" square, the central point of the capital, and we’ll walk around the city. Afterwards, we’ll conclude the day with a welcome dinner. (Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: Dinner.)
In the morning, we’ll start moving into the east to see the world’s largest equestrian statue. This place is also known as the uprising point of "Genghis Khan". Once we enter the equestrian complex building, a whip will catch your eyes first. This whip has a little backstory which Genghis Khan found a whip at “Tsonjin Boldog” on his way back home after he visited and gifted his Deel made of the sable fur to Tooril Khan of Keraites and asked for assistance. Finding a whip is considered as a lucky charm for Mongolians. Therefore, the largest equestrian statue was constructed on this location. At the lookout point, we can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of surroundings. After lunch, we’ll drive to Ger-camp in the National Park. (Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
This day is the most remarkable day for all Mongolians. It’s the day of national festival "Naadam". The origin of the festival possibly goes to the "Royal Meeting", which were social highlights back in the Middle Ages. The 11th of July was later rearranged as the National Day of Independence, moreover, commemorates the country's proclamation of independence in 1921. The Naadam festival consists of three disciplines such as wrestling, horse racing and archery. On this day, we’ll see the opening ceremony at the stadium and after having lunch, we’ll see the other discipline, archery and that will conclude our first day. (Accommodation: Hotel 4* and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.)
After breakfast, we’ll begin our trip to Khustai National Park. On our way to the park, we’ll see a horse race. Hundreds of horses will be available at the startup point with their riders who are 7-12 years old children. After the horse race, we’ll continue our drive to Khustai National Park. There, we’ll observe wild horses in the wild. These critically endangered horses were expelled again in 1992. About 15 horses were brought over. As of today, there are over 400 horses in the national park. This type of wild horse is known by the Russian officer named Przewski. However, the Mongolians call it Takhi. (Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.)
After breakfast, we’ll make our way to the magnificent rock formation of "Khugnu Khan" nature reserve. There, we’ll discover a semi-desert steppe. Astonishingly beautiful granite rock mountains and 80km long sand dunes are the characteristic of this dry area called "mini gobi". In the afternoon, we’ll walk to the "Erdene Khamba" monastery, which “Khugnu Khan” was constructed on the southern slope of the mountain in the 17th century. (Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.)
This day we’ll drive east to visit “Kharakhorum”, the former capital of the Mongol Empire of Genghis Khan back in the 13th century. Through his tolerant attitude towards the new and unknown, the capital not only became the hub of the imperial administration and a center of trade and crafts, but also a melting pot of different religions, cultures, and people in the 13th century. After lunch in a Ger-camp, we’ll visit the "Kharakhorum" museum, followed by a visit to the "Erdene Zuu" monastery. (Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.)
Our next destination is the "Ongi" monastery. It is located in the river "Ongi" and was founded in 1660. It's consisted of two monastery complexes: Barlim on the north bank and Chutagt on the south bank of the river. During its peak, there were once more than 500 monks. In 1938, the whole complex was completely destroyed by the communists. (Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.)
On this day, we'll continue our journey with a drive to the east to see Bayanzag, which is a well-famed site by its fossilized dinosaur bones. American paleontologist Roy Chapman dug Andrews was the first person to discover Dinosaur fossils in 1922. Today, Dinosaur fossils are exhibited in museums all over the world for days. While the evening sunshine shines on the steep walls, it looks like a blazing cliff. (Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.)
In the morning, we'll start our journey to the sand dunes of "Khongor". The sand dunes of "Khongor" is one of the spectacular places that is 18080 km long and 2-15 km wide in the Gobi. Why the sand dunes are called the singing dunes lies on a simple physical phenomenon: the grains of sand are slipping and begin to vibrate. As a result of this process, dunes bring to sing. With a little effort to climb up 100m, we'll enjoy astonishing views over the surroundings. (Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.)
In the south, there’s a mountain range called "three beauties of Gobi" in Mongolian "Gobi Gurvan Saikhan". It’s the southern foothills of "Altai" mountains. The Vulture Gorge lies between the peaks of the mountain range "Gobi Gurvan Saihan" and at 2100m altitude, a small stream rushes through a narrow gorge. In winter, a many meters high snow layer builds up. After arriving in the parking lot, we’ll make an easy hike in the gorge. If we’re in luck, we might be able to see the wild animals such as Capricorn, Argalschaff and the other animals. (Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.)
Today we'll continue our trip with a drive to the earth formation called "Tsagaan Suvarga". There was a sea here millions of years ago. However, today a fascinating limestone formation with an astounding view still testify of it. It is 400m long and 200m high. As the sun goes down, the rocks shine in bright orange color. (Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.)
Our next destination will be a drive to the south to "Baga Gazriin Chuluu", which translates to small earth mother stones. It is a magnificent 1751m high, 15 km long and 10 km wide granite stone mountain in the middle of the Desert Gobi. While driving through the round rock formations, dramatic granite cliffs, and small valleys, you can discover the ruins of ancient monasteries, ancient inscriptions and over 20 types of medicinal herbs such as Burnet, many species of rare world animals such as groundhog, Steinbock, and Argali. (Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.)
Return to Ulaanbaatar. Go back to the capital. After our arrival at the hotel, you’ll be free at your disposal. In the evening, we’ll all have dinner together. (Accommodation: Hotel 4*, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.)
You will be at leisure in your hotel and you may stroll around on your own until our guides escort you to Chinggis Khaan International Airport for your departure flight to your home. Your driver will assist you with flight check-in and luggage, and see you off at the point of security check. (Breakfast.)



This price includes:

  • All transfers for arrival/departure

  • English speaking tour guide at all times (Other languages upon request)

  • All transfer & Transportation + experienced drivers

  • 13 nights’ accommodation;

         -  Good 4* hotel in the city – 3 nights, based on double/twin.

         -  Ger camps in countryside trip – 10 nights on share

  • All the meals as listed in the itinerary: Breakfast - 13, Lunch - 12, Dinner – 13

  • “Wonders of Mongolian Art” performance with Tumen-Ekh ensemble

  • Internal flights, free luggage allowance is 15kg

  • All sightseeing and entrance fees are mentioned as program

  • All service charge, local and Gov’t tax

  • Road & toll fees

  • Visa invitation letter if required

  • Complementary drink water during the tour

  • Camping equipments

  • Museums and cultural performance

  • Included all taxes

This price doesn’t include:

  • Visa to Mongolia (Get in advance)

  • International flights & Mongolia visa fees

  • Hotel early check-in and late check-out

  • Tipping and other personal expenses

  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Excess luggage charges – 1.5$ per kg for internal flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal equipments

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Sleeping bag

  • Optional activity cost

  • Single room supplement

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