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Naadam Festival 2017 | Khovsgol Lake Tour

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Naadam Festival 2017 | Khovsgol Lake Tour
08 days / 07 nights

Price:

from $1,585

Tour code:

ATM-42

Destination:

Ulaanbaatar - Enjoy Nomads' Holiday Naadam Festival...Flight to Northern Mongolia – the beautiful, exceptionally clear water Khovsgol Lake, visit Tsaatan family - Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex-Terelj National Park 

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In Brief

 

Mongolia is truly one of the world’s last undiscovered travel destinations and the safest country to visit. It is a land where you can experience wide-open spaces, cobalt blue skies, forests, deserts, crystal clear rivers and lakes, and the traditional hospitality of the nomads.
The tour takes 8 days to cover northern and central part of Mongolia and visit the most popular travel destinations including the most interesting national parks, Khovsgol Lake; the second largest freshwater lake in Central Asia, making up over 1% of the world’s freshwater storage, the most visited Terelj National Park and Genghis Khan’s Statue complex.
Also, the tour combines with the most colorful and amazing Naadam festival; held every year in July and all Mongolians celebrate the three manly sports of horse racing, archery and wrestling. The festival registered with the Intangible Heritage Fund of UNESCO.
Relaxing in wild nature and explore Mongolian culture, history and nomadic life style... camel riding, climbing to sand dunes, hiking and feel free driving through the wilderness are the main activities.


Brief Itinerary:

 

Day 01- 06 Jul:  Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Day 02- 07 Jul:  Flight to Northern Mongolia – Khovsgol Lake National Park
Day 03- 08 Jul:  Full day at Khovsgol Lake
Day 04- 09 Jul:  Fly back to Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park
Day 05- 10 Jul:  Terelj National Park trip - Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex - UB
Day 06- 11 Jul:  Full day at Naadam festival; opening ceremony, wrestling, archery and horse racing at Hui doloon khudag
Day 07- 12 Jul:  Ulaanbaatar city tour
Day 08- 13 Jul:  Departure


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In Detail

Detailed Itinerary:


Day 01 (06 July): Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia

Whenever, your international flight lands in city airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Ulaanbaatar. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. You may need some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet-lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask from your hotel reception for recommendations.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: not included this day


Day 02 (07 July): Khovsgol Lake National Park, Northern Mongolia

Today, we will take flight to Murun, the center of Northern Province. Upon arrival at local airport, we will drive to Khovsgol Lake, known as “The Dark Blue Pearl”. Lake Khovsgol is the Mongolia’s largest and second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia and 1% of all the fresh water in the world. While we driving towards the Khovsgol Lake, we will see hundreds of grazing livestock and wild life of northern region of Mongolia.
After lunch and check-in at the Ger camp, we will explore the Khovsgol Lake National Park. Relaxing free time offers us the opportunity to explore the surroundings, hiking in the surrounding hills, swimming in the lake and enjoy the natural beauty of the region. The Lake water is crystal clear blue, so that you can see bottom of lake when you are sailing and this lake is surrounded by deep forest and magnificent mountains.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 03 (08 July): Full day at Khovsgol Lake

Khovsgol province is home to the southernmost indigenous reindeer herding people (Tsaatan) in the world. This day tour is not complete without a visiting to reindeer herders family.
In the morning, we will saddle our horses to explore the national park on horseback and ride to meet a reindeer herder family. Depending on your experience, an appropriate horse will be selected for you. Also, it’s available to drive, if you don’t want to do horse riding.
We will meet reindeer herders and explore their life style, custom and sacraments. Reindeer herders practice shamanism and live in teepees. They are the last reindeer herders who survived for thousands of years inhabiting the remotest subarctic taiga, moving between 5 and 10 times a year.
In the afternoon is free time for you to be on your own. There is great opportunity to hiking, kayaking or just enjoy at wild nature to take photos. Also, you can ride motor-boat around the lake.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 04 (09 July): Flight back to Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park

This morning, transfer to the local airport for return flight to Ulaanbaatar. On the way, we will visit Khatgal village and explore the village’s life, market and main port of the lake.
Upon arrival in the city, drive to Terelj National Park, this is one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia which is by its natural beauty, forested alpine mountains and interesting rock formations (Massive woolsack weather conditions) very well known.
In the evening, we will enjoy visiting the local nomad family to experience firsthand how people live in the country side and a lifestyle which has not changed for centuries. Here you can help the herders with their daily tasks to get an idea of how nomadic people alongside of their livestock.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 05 (10 July): Terelj National Park trip - Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex - UB

In the morning, we will explore the national park and to see Turtle Rock - interesting rock formation looking like a turtle and visit Ariyabal meditation temple - surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations and sits at top of the mountain. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park.
After lunch, we will drive to “Genghis Khan Statue Complex” which is currently the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world. There is a recreation area, restaurants, and souvenir shops occupy the base structure. From here, you can ascend to the head of the horse using an elevator. There you have a good panoramic view over the complex area and the scenery beyond.
Return to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*, and Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.


Day 06 (11 July): Ulaanbaatar city tour

After breakfast, we will gather in the hotel lobby at 8.30am and start our guided city tour. Our first stop is “Gandan” Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery including the Mongolian Buddhist University. The highlight of visiting to Gandan is 26-meter-high majestic gilded indoor statue of Megjid Janraisig.
Next, visit Museum of Mongolian National History – the museum presents Mongolian history and culture from prehistoric times to the present day. Then, we will check Sukhbaatar square which is lies at the heart of the city surrounded by important buildings such as government palace, banks and theaters and post office. There is an equestrian statue of Sukhbaatar and a massive Bronze statue of Genghis khan with his four warriors in front of Parliament House.
After lunch, visit Zaisan Memorial Hill is located in the south side of Ulaanbaatar City, right beside the Bogd Khan Mountain having a best view of the city and surrounding hills.
Afterwards, explore Bogd Khan Palace museum - the complex was a residence of 8th Bogd Javzandamba in 19th century, the head of Mongolian religion. The palace consists of seven Summer Prayer temples and the winter palace. Afterwards, transferred to the hotel.
In the evening at 6pm, we will visit “Wonders of Mongolia” folklore show by famous Tumen-Ekh ensemble - is one of the most successful folk art groups to share traditional Mongolian music with the world, having traveled to over 40 countries.
End of day, transferred to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 07 (12 July): Full day at Naadam festival; opening ceremony, wrestling, archery and horse racing at Hui doloon khudag

In the morning at 8.30am-9am, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and joining in naadam tour group. Today we will be attending the opening ceremony of the Festival of Naadam in Ulaanbaatar national stadium. It's Mongolia's biggest, most colorful and most important annual cultural event, focusing on three sports: horse racing, Mongolian-style wrestling, and archery. It's no coincidence that all three skills derive from the capabilities of Genghis Khan's legendary military - a force that conquered and controlled the largest empire the world has ever known.
After opening ceremony, we will visit naadam archery field beside central stadium. The archery field will be filled with men and women archers in colorful ethnic national costumes who shooting arrows from their bows. This kind of contest was in existence in the 13th century and was in use until recently.
In the afternnon, we will drive to “Hui Doloon hudag” (horse racing field of Naadam festival) with Mongolian racers from all corners of Mongolia.. You will experience the brilliant madness of the horse race field and the unsurpassed cultural opportunity to watch the horse racing competition included around 250-300 horses. There are you will have a great opportunity to take photography local horse trainers, peoples with traditional garments and so more contrast.
After explore the Hui Doloon khudag, drive back to the city and we will re-enter into the naadam stadium to watch for Mongolian national wrestling, you’ll see many wrestlers wrestling onto the green field. In the usual 512 wrestler tournament, there will be nine elimination rounds of wrestling over two days. There is no weight category in Mongolian wrestling.
We will wander around outside of Naadam stadium to watch locals who dressed their national costumes, food and trade corners etc.
After farewell dinner, transferred to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Day 08 (13 July): Departure from Ulaanbaatar.

As your memorable trip comes to end, then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to your next destination or home. Meals: Breakfast,

 

Date, Price & FAQ

Tour Date, Price?:

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06 July - 13 July, 2017 US$1,585
Small Group & Big Experience:
Minimum 4 and maximum 8 people in a group.
Possible to customize for private tour!

 


What’s included in the Price?

  • English speaking local guide(s),
  • 7nights accommodations based on twin/double occupancy;
         - Good 4* Hotel in the city – 4nights
         -  Best Ger camps at national parks – 3nights
  • All meals 17 as specified in the itinerary: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 4 Dinners,
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in air-conditioned vehicle + Experienced driver,
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as described in the itinerary,
  • All Internal flights + included all tax, free luggage allowance is 15-20kg,
  • Naadam Festival Opening Ceremony Ticket(s) with best seat(s)
  • Car entry permission to Naadam stadium and horse racing field,
  • “Wonders of Mongolian Art” performance by famous “Tumen Ekh” ensemble,
  • Horse riding at Khovsgol Lake
  • 0.5l * 2-3 bottled water per day during the trip ,
  • All service charge, local and government Taxes,
  • Visa invitation letter, if required.

What’s Not included in the Price?

  • International flights and visa,
  • Travel and medical insurance,
  • Daily personal expenses, additional services & single rooms,
  • Excess luggage charges – 1.5$ per kg for internal flights

 


AMICUS TRAVEL FAQ ...?

Q: When do I need to pay?
A: If your tour departs within 30 days full payment is required, otherwise a deposit of $200 per person will confirm your booking. But this amount is subject to change. It could possibly be higher, or lower depending on itinerary, trip category and duration. Your personal travel consultant will adjust the amount accordingly.
Initial documents will be emailed to you within 48 hours of confirming your booking.
Final & full payment must be made at least 30 days prior to your departure date.

Q: What are my payment options?
A: For your deposit, we accept Visa, MasterCard. For your tour balance we accept only Bank transfer or cash.

Q: What type of accommodation will we be staying in?
A: According to the Mongolian rating system, 2- 5 star hotels are approved to receive foreign guests. 
Our accommodations are carefully chosen, based on our research, our experience, and feedback from clients, to provide the best combination of high-quality accommodations, affordability, and convenient location.
We give clients the opportunity to stay in a wide range of accommodation, depending on tour from 3* to 5* hotels in Ulaanbaatar and best tourist Ger camps in countryside trip.

Q: What is tourist Ger Camp?
A: It’s most popular accommodation type for countryside trip in Mongolia that consists of 20-30 Gers (Mongolian traditional yurt), a restaurant and some entertainment facilities. Each Ger has 2 to 4 beds and furnished with a table, chairs and a wood-stove. Modern toilet and hot shower facilities is separate block. The restaurant mostly serves with Western and Mongolian meals. Most visitors prefer to stay in Ger, which provide an authentic taste of Mongolian culture and adventure, their most enjoyable experience in Mongolia. 

Q: What meal is included? What is the restaurant like?
A: We select restaurants based on our experiences, client satisfaction, location and cuisine. Normally we include three meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) each day during the whole trip.
In Ulaanbaatar, you can expect a good variety of quality restaurants with international foods. Breakfasts usually are served in western style at the hotel where you stay.
We mostly use following restaurants for lunch & dinner in the city trip: “Modern Nomads”, “bd’s Mongolia Barbeque”, “City Nomads”, “Mirrage” and hotel restaurants in Ulaanbaatar. Lunch & dinners are mostly served in Western food, and sometimes Mongolian food, or a combination.
Outside of the city, we generally eat breakfast and dinner in best tourist Ger camp in their region and some day of longer trip take a packed lunch. Your packed lunch will be carried in appropriate containers to prevent spillage or spoiling. Ger camps serve both Mongolian and international foods, and there will usually be a choice of main dish.

Q: I am a vegetarian; will you provide vegetarian meals for me?
A: Sure, we can always make the arrangement according to your requirements. So if you have any special requirements on your food, please let us know so that we can inform the restaurants beforehand to meet your needs.

Q: How about vehicles and road trips?
A: In 2015, roughly 15% of Mongolian 40600km road is paved and the rest is earth-roads. But, almost 35% of main tourist destinations roads are connected with paved roads. Most travel takes place on the earth-roads, which are gravel, dirt roads and sometimes muddy and bumpy.
On overland tours, we use comfortable, 4WD Korean, Russian, Japanese jeeps and vans. These vehicles are ideally suited on Mongolian countryside roads.
Our drivers are highly experienced; they know their way around the Mongolian countryside including many places which have no road sign and networked roads. They are true professionals.

More read: Mongolia Travel FAQ


Testimonials

Reviews & Feedbacks:

 
Kathleen Cheng
Jamaa, thank you for a well thought out itinerary. It seemed as if you read our minds and knew what we were looking for to experience: culture and nature.
A well planned itinerary requires a good team to implement it and you have a great team to make our adventure memorable.
Khulgee is a very knowledgeable guide. He has a passion for history and it shows in his day to day interaction with us talking about his country. He is a great outdoorsman as well and he accompanied us on all our excursions. In addition, Khulgee is very adaptive and flexible. He knows when to adjust the itinerary to make the best out of the circumstance. He is calm and has a good sense of humour and things are always in order.
Bugi is an amazing driver. He is skillful and he is patient. He takes care of the vehicle, always the first to be at the vehicle and the last to leave it to ensure our ride is most comfortable even during off-road.
Overall, between you, Khulgee and Bugi, Amicus has given us a wonderful experience to cherish forever. I will highly recommend my friends who are interested in visiting Mongolia to go with Amicus.
To those who are reading this and thinking of visiting Mongolia, you will have a great time with Amicus.
Kathleen, Vancouver, BC, Canada 2015 August


Deangelo
"Hey Amicus crew! I had a great time traveling with you in the Gobi. The trip was fantastic. My one year stay in Mongolia wouldn’t have been perfect without this incredible journey. I’ll not forget meeting the nomad families, eating the Khuushur(drinking Mongolian vodka) and having a lot of for with you guys. Thank you Davaa, Ulzii, Jargalmaa, Eric, David, Erwan, Jeff, Micke, and Mr Cool!Mash ikh bayarlalaa (Thank you very much)"
Italy, Sep 04, 2014

 

June Dimalanta
“Quite some time passed since we spent a wonderful time in beautiful Mongolia. This tour was extremely well organized. The local guides were often inspirational, and good food and accommodation meant that everything worked smoothly....
USA, Aug 24, 2013

 

Banbas family
Hi Davaa, "I hope you are well. Our trip was fantastic. Thank you so much for your help.
I'd like to give you some feedback.
The guide in Beijing, Tristan, was fantastic. Helpful, well spoken and a lot of fun.
The guides in Mongolia were great too - especially Bogi in the Gobi.
As you might be aware, we had issues with our flights. We missed the connecting flight to Beijing from Shanghai due to a delay with our Sydney flight and we had our return flight from Xian to Beijing cancelled. Hence, we missed 2 nights at Wangfujing Hilton. I am putting a claim in with my travel insurance and need a letter from hotel confirming this happened and also confirming the cost of the two rooms for each of the nights missed. Could you please organize this for me?
Again, thanks for your help in organizing such a great trip.
Kind regards
Conn Banbas
Australia, July 29, 2014

 

Francine and Chris
“We had a wonderful adventure to the Gobi. Saw many animals, enjoyed our walk on the glacier, up the dunes, ride on camel & horse and staying in Gers. Wonderful weather,…….we cannot wait to return.”
Canada, Aug 04, 2014

 

Lewis
We had a fantastic time! I want to let you know that Tour Company were fantastic. Everything went off like clockwork. The guides, hotels, attractions, and itinerary in both Mongolia and China were fantastic. We had no problems what so ever. The guides were there at the airport or docks to meet us every time on time and their attention to detail was great. They all spoke English very well, had great personalities, were well versed in the history and customs of each area and made us feel welcome and safe. They were informed of our upcoming itinerary plans and discussed these with us as well. Flights within Asia also were great. No delays or cancellations. I would not hesitate to recommend or travel with this company in the future.
Australia, Jul 18, 2014

 

Burke & Amy Bradley
Thanks for your inquiry. What a great trip. I must say the accommodations---hotels and ger camps, the meals-- were much better than I had expected. The guides were wonderful and all instructions were carried out--no problems of any kind. Thanks again.
USA, July 16 2014

 

Cindy Edington
I just wanted to let you know how wonderful it was. The people at Amicus Travel were wonderful and accommodating. The tour guide, Bayara was very informative and caring, we were like his little chicks, with "Follow me" he lead us to some amazing places and sights.
Our driver was incredible, the way he drove through narrow, winding roads, I have to admit, I did brake sometimes. Thank you again!!
USA, July 09, 2014

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