NAADAM FESTIVAL 2017 &
NATIONAL PARKS AROUND UB TOUR
Small Group & Big Experience: maximum 12 people.
The trip cover one of the best travel destinations of Mongolia in shortest possible time with peace of mind and experiencing local culture along with natural beauties. This tour takes to the most popular tour destinations, most interesting national parks, Mongolian nomadic culture and much more!
It is best experience of Mongolia and a very natural, cultural and discovery tour. Apart from enjoying the splendid sceneries, national parks and visit nomadic families, you learn a lot from our unique culture and lifestyle.
Also, this trip 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.
Tour Length: 4 Days / 3 nights
Tour date fixed: 11 July - 14 July
Tour PRICE: 640USD per person
Group Size: Minimum 4 and maximum 8-12 travelers!
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Day 01 (11 July): Full at Naadam festival activities; opening ceremony, wrestling and archery
In the morning at 8.30-9am, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and joining in naadam small 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.
Special Naadam lunch will be served at “Crocus Event Hall”
After lunch, return to the Naadam stadium and 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.
We reenter into the naadam stadium watching 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.
Also, we will visit stadium of ankle-bone shooting competition. Even though naadam’s original nickname is “three manly games” meaning wrestling, horse racing and archery, a fourth game came into the naadam’s official agenda in 1998, Mongolian ankle-bone shooting (shagain harvaa), and another UNESCO registered world heritage. Ancle-bone shooting by middle finger is a team game, a sort of miniature version of bowling.
We will wander around outside of Naadam stadium to watch locals who dressed their national costumes, food and trade corners etc.
End of the day, transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation: hotel is not included, and Meals: Lunch
Day 03 (12 July): Naadam, horse racing at Hui doloon khudag - Hustai National Park (Wild horse park)
Be picked up from hotel at 7-7:30 am. This morning we will take 1-1.5 hrs drive to Hui Doloon hudag (horse racing field of Naadam festival) for witness the Naadam horse races, featuring children riding bareback across the steppe. All of these racers from each corners of Mongolia.
You will experience the brilliant madness of the horse race field and the unsurpassed cultural opportunity to watch the “Soyolon” (5-year-old horse) race will start for 25km - Soyolon horse is the fastest and most powerful. Mongolians often say that the one who stands in dust of Soyolon race will be blessed till next Naadam. So don’t be surprised if you see many businessmen, crowds of people wearing fancy traditional garments, as well as the Mongolia ‘strong-men’ that will wait for Mongolian fastest of the Soyolon horses. While you are waiting for next race, you will have a great opportunity to take photography local horse trainers, peoples with traditional garments and so more.
After explore Hui doloon khudag, 1.5hrs drive to the Hustai National Park. The park is home of last wild horses in their natural environment in the world, known as Perzevalski horse (takhi). The National park has over 450 species of vascular plants, 200 of which are medicinal.
Check-in and lunch at Ger camp, rest and relaxing.
There is you can visit a small Ger museum about the national park, wild horses and how they was reintroduced into the wild some years ago now for European zoos.
The best time to observe these wild horses in their natural habitat is around 2-3hrs earlier than sunset, during they come down from mountains for water to stream. We will take short drive and hiking to see the horses.
There is great opportunity to take photo for these endangered horses. If you are lucky, you can see fox, deer, marmot, eagle and more wild animals. Besides of the wild animals you can find here beautiful sceneries of the Mongolian nature that features mountain and steppe.
Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Lunch and Dinner.
Day 03 (13 July): Terelj National Park – visit local Nomadic family
After breakfast, we will drive to Terelj National Park - is one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. You can see the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones; some of them look quite similar to turtles.
We will arrive around 1pm at Ger camp, which is located in the most spectacular spots in the National park.
In the afternoon is rest and relaxation time at the camp. You can hiking around the camp; explore national park, take photos and watching wild flowers.
Before dinner time, we will visit local nomadic family to experience firsthand how people live the country side, 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, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 04 (14 July): Terelj National Park trip - Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex - UB
In the morning, we will explore the national park and take a short drive 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. The distance between the gate and the actual temple is about 1 km and it is only accessible by walking. To get to the top, you would cross the suspension bridge and climb up on 108 stairs, according to Buddhist prayer beads. This small hike is seen as a ritual to cleanse one’s sins. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park.
After lunch, we will drive to visit 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, we use an elevator or walk to the head of the horse through chest and back neck of the horse, where we can have farseeing and good panorama view over the complex area.
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel around 5pm.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.
What’s included in the Price?
- English speaking local guide,
- 2nights accommodations based on twin/double occupancy;
- Best Ger camps in the national parks – 2nights
- All meals 8 as specified in the itinerary: 2 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 2 Dinners,
- All relevant transfers and transportation in air-conditioned vehicle + Experienced driver,
- All sightseeing and entrance fees as described in the itinerary,
- Naadam Festival Opening Ceremony Ticket(s) with best seat(s)
- Car entry permission to Naadam stadium and horse racing field,
- 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 ?
- Hotel/Hostel in Ulaanbaatar
- International flights and visa,
- Travel and medical insurance,
- Daily personal expenses, additional services & single rooms
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Back Info & FAQ?
Tour Destinations & Highlights:
Ulaanbaatar is a city of contrast where modern life comfortably blends with Mongolian traditional lifestyle. Wide streets are flocked by modern cars, while horsemen and cattle are still common scene.
Mongolia Naadam Festival: What are the main highlights?
• Mongolia is country with an ancient culture and antique historical remains of all stages of Human history in Central Asia. Naadam has been registered with the Intangible Heritage Fund of UNESCO just before its start last year elevating Mongolia Naadam to a global festival. The festival consists of Mongolian National wrestling, the horse racing in which participate children 5-10 years old, and archery.
• Opening ceremony: The festival starts most colorful and amazing parades in central stadium of UB.
• Wrestling is one of the traditional sports of the Mongols called "Three manly Games" and a big event of the Mongolian National holiday. Wrestling is not only a test of strength, but also have dexterous tricks, and can be even called as an art. The wrestling are attires in special wearing called zodog(a vest) and shuudag (pants).
• Archery - The rust arrowhead was popular then. As many people as possible could take part in the contest and the winner was the ones who shot their arrows the farthest. This kind of contest was in existence in the 13th century and was in use until recently.
• Horse racing - This sport is also century's old, dating back to the Bronze Age. They are then taken to an adequate pasture separate from the herd and trained. The riders are aged from 5 to 12 Mongolian children of these ages are good riders, as both boys and girls have been riding since infancy.
Around Ulaanbaatar: What are the main highlights?
• Visit to most interesting national parks
• Hustai National Park for world last wild horses Takhi, known as Przewalski's horse
• Terelj National Park – beautiful scenery, interesting rock formations, Meditations temple & Turtle rock
• Genghis Khan’s State Complex – the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world.
• Visit nomadic family - explore their nomadic life and try to drink Airag (fermented horse milk)
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 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 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
Reviews & Feedbacks:
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
"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