The Nadaam Festival

Held each year from 11-13 July the Naadam Festival is Mongolia’s most famous, interesting festival and a national holiday. Attracting worldwide attention, its origin dates back to the great warriors’ period or the great Chinggis Khaan’s of the 13th century. Naadam means “Festival or feast of sports”. The festival is locally termed “Eriin Gurvan Naadam” meaning “Three manly sports”.  These three sports are: Horse racing, wrestling and archery. On this tour explore cultural heritage sites, see varied landscapes and learn traditional nomadic culture. Truly a photographer’s delight!

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Day 1: Welcome Ulaanbaatar

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar the capital city of Mongolia. Welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Some time for refreshments and relaxing then this evening you will enjoy a Traditional Art performance with Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Khustai National Park

This morning we travel to Khustai National Park for 2 hours, about 100kms. After a brief presentation at the Information Center, we will explore the reservation area and look for wild horses – Takhi, better known as Przjevalski horses.

Day 3: Kharakhorum

Travel to Kharakhorum about an hour for 270kms. Visit the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist monastery Erdenezuu, built on the ruins of ancient capital city of the Great Mongolian Empire.

Day 4: Kharakhoruml

For these days, you will enjoy and experience the local Naadam Festival and its wonderful atmosphere of celebration with nomads. The Naadam Festival, celebrated each summer, originated many centuries ago as a test of courage, strength, daring, horsemanship, marksmanship, all skills necessary for nomadic people and warriors. Three manly sports of Mongols: wrestling, horseracing and archery competition make up the core program of the Naadam Festival. The Naadam festival will be opened officially by the governor of the area and will continue according to the scheduled plan of events. We will visit cultural sites around Kharakhorum and local historical museum. Enjoy traditional art performance. For dinner, we will have special dinner of “Khorkhog”, truly Mongolian barbeque, grilled with hot stones.

Day 5: Tsenkher Hot Springs

This morning continue to enjoy the events according to the schedule. Late afternoon continue to Tsenkher hot spring for 120kms. The area is famous for its natural hot springs which reach +86.5 degree Celsius and its surrounding green forest area. Enjoy a hot spring bath!

Day 6: Tsenkher Hot Springs

Today we will take a short hike for 2-3 hours of neighboring forest mountain. In the afternoon we visit a yak herder nomad family and enjoy traditional hospitality. This evening take a hot spring bath.

Day 7: Orkhon Valley

Travel to Tuvkhun temple for 70kms. Located high in the mountain it marks the north side of the Orkhon valley. We will walk to Tuvkhun temple for 6kms and visit the site where the first Mongolian religious leader Saint Zanabazar founded in 1653. Here he lived, worked and meditated for over 30 years. Continue travel to Ger camp for 60kms. The Orkhon valley is well known as the cradle of Mongolian civilization as many of Mongolia’s ancient cultural heritages are found within its borders.

Day 8: Khognokhaan Nature Reserve

Travel to Khognokhaan Nature Reserve for 120km. The area has been protected since 1997 and covers 46900ha of beautiful granite mountain of Paleozoic age. Visit Erdenekhamba, a local Buddhist temple. Optional camel riding is available in the afternoon.

Day 9: Ulaanbaatar

Travel for 280kms to Ulaanbaatar about 5hours. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. Some shopping for cashmere and souvenirs before your Farewell Dinner.

Day 10: Depart Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast at leisure until transfer to airport for your departure flight.

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Meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Minibus, 4WD Japanese Minivan.
Accommodation: 2 nights in Hotels & 7 nights Ger Camp Stay
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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