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Celebrate Naadam Festival with Us (4 days)

Wander the land that gave the world Chinggis 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. This is designed to show our visitors the best of Naadam festival, the capital Ulaanbaatar and its beautiful surrounding nature in Terelj National Park.

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Overview

Gandan Monestery

Mongolia's largest monastery and the only one to continue uninterruped through the communist period, Gandantegtichilin Monastery's Temple of Megid Janraigseg houses a twenty-five meter tall Buddha, a reproduction of one that was looted by the Soviets.

National Museum of Mongolian History

This museum includes all eras of Mongolian history, but especially worthwhile are the sections on the twenieth century, and especially the indepence movement of 1990.

Chinggis Square

This is the central square in Ulaanbaatar, where you will find both the crossroads of foot traffic through the central city and Mongolia's Government House. Sitting at the top of the stairs to the Government House is a large imposing statue of Chinggis Khan.

Zaisan Memorial

On a prominent hill just south of the Tuul River Zaisan Memorial provides a great view the valley and city below. Built in 1971, it commemorates the cooperation between Soviet and Mongolian soldiers in World War Two.

Mongolian Music and Dance Performance

Tumen Ekh Ensemble combines a sampler of traditional instruments, music, costumes, dance, throat singing, and even contortion into an hour long performance that is a must-see for anyone visiting Mongolia.

Naadam Festival

Mongolia celebrates its national holiday (Naadam) from July 11th to 13th. During the holiday, you can visit Ulaanbaatar Central Stadium and watch one of the "Three Manly Sports"- wrestling. We will also take you to see young Mongolian horse race and archery. This tour is designed to show our visitors the best of Naadam festival, the capital Ulaanbaatar and its beautiful surrounding nature.

Terelj National Park

Closest to Ulaanbaatar of all the national parks, Terelj is only a short drive from the urban center. It features wildlife that includes brown bears and over 250 species of birds. Also in the park are the Tuul River and many rock formations for climbers, including two famous formations named for things they resemble: Turtle Rock and the Old Man Reading a Book (Praying Lama Rock). The park has a Buddhist monastery that is open to visitors. Other activities include hiking and horse riding.

 

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Ulaanbaatar

    You’ll start with a visit to Gandan Monastery, the biggest Buddhist Monastery in Ulan-Bator, where hundreds of dedicated Buddhists come daily to worship.

    You’ll go on to see the National History Museum with hundreds of displays of Mongolian culture and history before moving on to the Fine Art Museum with exquisite masterpieces collected in the country.

    You’ll have some free time to relax, shop at art, antique and cashmere shops and generally admire the gorgeous city around you. You’ll even get to climb Zaisan Hill as you have a chance to admire the city from the perfect view as you see it from a panoramic height.

    The day doesn’t end there as you are treated in the evening to a traditional performance of Mongolian folk music and dance. You’ll sit and enjoy the authentic costumes and music as the culture is brought to life before your eyes, completing a tour of gathered culture and history. Over night at Zaya Guesthouse in double or twin room.

  • Day 2: Naadam Openning Ceremony in Central Stadium

    In the morning, we will walk to Central Stadium to attend the opening ceremony of the Nadam Festival. We will stay in the Stadium to watch traditional wrestling and walk over to view archery competition. Over night at Zaya Guesthouse in double or twin room.

  • Day 3: Naadam Horse Racing arena

    In the morning, drive to the horse racing area, 20 km west of Ulaanbaatar. The horses race on the open steppes by age category (6 ages): from two-year-old horse to full-grown stallions. The racing distance depends on horses’ age. For example: two-year-old horses race 15 km, while the full-grown horses race 30km in the open field. Over night at Zaya Guesthouse in double or twin room.

  • Day 4: Terelj National Park

    This tour takes you east of the capital into the depths of the BagaKhentii Mountatins with astonishing views and landscapes. TheMountains lie within the bounds of the Gorkhi Terelj National Park which is a sheerparadise for those who love nature with an abundance of wild flowers and beautiful scenery.

 

Excursion details

Price:

Cost per person: 160 USD.

 

Inclutions:

  • Walking city tour with an English speaking guide
  • Tickets to Naadam Ceremony
  • Museums, Monasteries and Park entrances
  • Tickets to Tumen Ekh cultural concert
  • Airport pick up/drop off
  • Day trip to Terelj National Park
  • English speaking Guide

 

Exclusions:

  • Meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Horse riding in Terelj

 

High lights

  • Wrestling, the most popular sport in Mongolia. Before wrestling, the sportsmen perform the "eagle dance".
  • Archery, a tradition dating back to Genghis Khan's warriors.
  • Horse racing: run over 30 km, it is performed by very young riders (some are six years old).

 

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is required for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

 

A couple of rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our 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 travelers.

Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a guide or driver and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting us.

 

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

 

Style

Our Basic style trips are designed for travelers who want exceptional value, plenty of free time and having the flexibility to choose where and how their time and money is spent. By working plenty of free time into the itineraries and keeping many of the activities optional, we aim to make travel possible for those on even the most slender of budgets. After all, why pay for an activity or excursion you wouldn’t otherwise be interested in?

 

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