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Tour Information

  • Group Tour Code: 7.6G
  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Travel date: 6 July -13 July, 2020
  • Trip from: Ulaanbaatar
  • Price: US$ 1,820 p/p > 10% off
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Mongolia Naadam Festival Tour 8 days travel map

Tour Highlights:

  • This smal group tour cover the Northern Mongolia for Khuvsgul Lakw which is the second largest freshwater lake in Central Asia, making up over 1% of the world’s freshwater storage. It is one of the most beautiful and scenic spots in Mongolia, where high mountain peaks, forests, lush meadows and steppes all form a rich ecosystem and diverse wildlife habitats. Also, possible to visit Tsaatan minority who live in huts and reindeer herding.
  • Explore a beautiful scenery of Terelj National Park and visit Genghis Khan’s State Complex which is the biggest equestrian statue in the world.
  • Plus, attend the amazing Naadam Festival, colorful opening ceremony and witness traditional games including national wrestling, horse racing and archery.

BRIEF ITINERARY

06 Jul – Day 01: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
07 Jul – Day 02: Flight to Northern Mongolia – Khovsgol Lake National Park
08 Jul – Day 03: Full day at Khovsgol Lake
09 Jul – Day 04: Fly back to Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park
10 Jul – Day 05: Terelj National Park trip – Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex – UB
11 Jul – Day 06: Mongolia Naadam Festival – Half day city tour
12 Jul – Day 07: Naadam Festival at Hui Doloon Khudag – Half day city tour
13 Jul – Day 08: Departure

DATE & PRICE

Small Group Tour  – Price 2020

Arrival dateDeparture datePrice: per person (US$)Spaces
Jul 6 (Mon)Jul 13 (Mon)$1820 > $1638 (10% off for early booking until end of March, 2020)Available
  • This is a small group tour with fixed itinerary and guaranteed departures.
  • Prices are based on twin occupancy.
  • Normally 8pax and max 12 passengers in a group.
  • This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan for a private tour!

What’s included in the Price?

  • English-speaking guide at all times,
  • 7 nights’ accommodation based on twin/double (Hotel 4*) and twin share (Tourist camp)
  • All meals as listed: Breakfast – 7, Lunch – 6, Dinner – 4,
  • All Transfers/Transport with comfortable vehicles
  • Domestic flight/airfare to/from the Khovsgol,
  • Naadam Festival Opening Ceremony Ticket(s). Car entry permission to Naadam stadium and horse racing field,
  • All entrance fees are as mentioned in the program
  • A Cultural Show - featuring traditional performances,
  • Horse riding at Khovsgol Lake ~ Half day (2-3hrs),
  • Visit reindeer herder family (Tsaatan),
  • Complementary drink water during the tour
  • All service charge, local and Gov’t tax
  • Visa invitation letter, if required

What’s NOT included in the Price?

  • Visa to Mongolia (Get in advance),
  • International flights &Travels insurance
  • 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

DETAILED ITINERARY

6 Jul - DAY 01

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Welcome to Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by Amicus driver in the arrivals hall at the international airport and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, free at leisure and have a good rest to recover from the jet lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask the hotel receptionist for recommendations.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: None

7 Jul - DAY 02

Flight to Moron, Northern Mongolia – Khovsgol Lake National Park

Today, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the city airport for the flight to Murun, which is the center of the Northern Province.
Upon arrival, meet your local guide and transferred to the Khovsgol Lake, which is known as the Switzerland of Mongolia and second the clearest lake in Central Asia.
Take a 2 hours’ drive to the Khatgal village on the shore of the lake and explore the village’s life, the market and main port of the lake. On the way, we will see hundreds of grazing livestock and wildlife of northern region of Mongolia
Khovsgol province is home to the southernmost indigenous reindeer herding people (Tsaatan) in the world. Some of Tsaatan families came from remote Taiga at the summer camp near to the lake from June until end of August. Reindeer herders practice shamanism and live in teepees and moving around 5 times a year. We will meet reindeer herders and explore their daily life, custom and sacraments.
Check-in and dinner at Tourist camp, which is located near to the lake.
Accommodation: Tourist Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D.

8 Jul - DAY 03

Full day at Khovsgol Lake

This morning, we will explore the national park from horse back. Mongolia is the best destination for horse riding trip and especially Khovsgol Lake is the best recommended place for this experience.
After given preliminary instructions, orientation about horse riding, we will discover around nature from horseback until lunch time.
In the afternoon is free time for you to be on your own. You can explore the surrounding hills and walking along the shore of the lake. The Lake water is well known for crystal clear blue and surrounded by beautiful lash green deep forest and magnificent mountains.
Also, there is a great opportunity to do hiking, kayaking, ride motor moat or just enjoy at wild nature to take photos.
Accommodation: Tourist camp. Meals: B, L, D.

9 Jul - DAY 04

Flight back to Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park

Early this morning, we will drive to the local airport in Murun town and take a return flight to Ulaanbaatar.
On the way, we will visit Uushig ancient Deer Stone Monument as another wonder of the Khuvsgul region. This is most clearly depicted deer stones left behind by bronze-age men. A deer, an arch, a shield, a horse, a knife, the moon, the sun and a mirror figured belt were engraved on the stones.
Upon arrival in the city airport, transferred to Terelj National Park, which is one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia which is by its natural beauty, forested alpine mountains and interesting rock formations 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 see the herders with their daily tasks and get an idea of how nomadic people alongside of their livestock.
Accommodation: Tourist Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D.

10 Jul - DAY 05

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 the Ariyabal meditation temple – surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations and sits on 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*. Meals: B, L.

11 Jul - DAY 06

Mongolia Naadam Festival – Half day city tour

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.

  • At 8am picked up from the hotel lobby, join in Naadam group and visit the central Naadam stadium.
  • The first visit is a stadium of anklebone shooting competition.
  • Next, visit the archery field. The field will be filled with men and women archers in colorful ethnic national costumes who shooting arrows from their bows.
  • We will wander around outside of the Naadam stadium to watch locals who dressed their national costumes, food and trade corners etc.
  • Afterwards, we will enter into the main stadium for the opening ceremony of Naadam Festival.
    Once finish the opening ceremony, we will watch the beginning of 1st part of Mongolian national wrestling. In the usual 512 wrestler tournament, there will be nine elimination rounds of wrestling over two days.

In the afternoon, we will explore the city and visit Zaisan Memorial Hill is located in the south side of Ulaanbaatar City, right beside the Bogd Khan Mountain has a good view of the city and surrounding hills.
Continue to visit Bogd Khan Palace Museum – the complex was a residence of 8th Bogd Javzandamba in the 19th century, the head of Mongolian religion. The palace consists of seven Summer Prayer temples and the winter palace. Afterwards, transferred to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: B, L.

12 Jul - DAY 07

Naadam at Hui Doloon Khudag – Half day city tour

Early this morning at 07.30am, we will drive out of the city for a hour 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 corner 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 150-200 horses. Also, there are you will have a great opportunity to take photography local horse trainers, peoples with traditional garments and so more contrast.
End of these experiences, return to the city.
In the afternoon, continue to explore the city and visit “Gandan” Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery including the Mongolian Buddhist University. The highlight of visiting to Gandan is a 26-meter-high majestic gilded indoor statue of Megjid Janraisig.
Continue to visit the 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 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.
Our next highlight is a famous cultural show in the city, which is featuring traditional performances by singers, dancers and contortionists. It’s a great chance to hear Khццmii (throat singing) and see some fabulous costumes.
After dinner, transferred to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: B, L, D.

13 Jul - DAY 08

Departure

You will be free at leisure in your hotel or wander around on your own until being escorted to the Chinggis Khaan International Airport for your departure flight home. End of service. Meal: Breakfast

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FAQ & HELP

  • If you would like to book this trip, please send us your request.
  • A deposit of 20% of the total tour price is required to book and confirm this trip.
  • The balance must be paid at least 30 days prior to departure.

Deposit:

  • We accept online payments with Master/Visa/AMEX cards only as a deposit to confirm the trip.

Balance payment:

  • You should pay the balance to us by wire transfer. Usually it takes 2-3 working days until payment reach in our account.
  • Western Union is the fastest way to pay us. We can get your payment in a few minutes once you send the money.
  • Cash payment is only accepted in exceptional cases.

You will stay in a good 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar. An upgrade is possible on request!
During the excursion in the countryside, you will stay in Tourist Ger camps.
Tourist Camp is a kind of hotel that serves customers with Ger (Yurt) instead of a hotel room and always located at the best viewing spot. It’s the most popular accommodation type for a countryside trip in Mongolia that consists of 30-40 Gers (Mongolian traditional yurt), a restaurant and some entertainment facilities.
Most visitors happy to stay in Ger, which provide an authentic taste of Mongolian culture and adventure, their most enjoyable experience in Mongolia.
More information and pictures: What is the Tourist camp?

During your trip in Mongolia, you will be served mainly European dishes and sometimes authentic Mongolian foods. Lunch and dinner consist of 3-4 courses (soup and/or salad, main course, dessert) and bottled water.
If you require special meals due to religious, medical limitation and vegetarian food, please inform us so that arrangements can be made in advance.

Car: A good car is an important part of your comfort trip in Mongolia. There will be a good 4×4 car for this trip based on the number of people in your group.


Road:
The asphalted roads are 40% and the unpaved roads are 60%.
During the trip, it takes approximately 2-6 hours driving (80-280km) from one to next destination depending on road and weather condition on each driving day. But it is not nonstop drive! We can take a short stop frequently everywhere along the road for photographs, toilets, stretch and meet with local nomads.

  • 1st best months: June, July and August.
  • 2nd best months: May and September.

More information: The Best time to visit Mongolia

Hiking boots and sandals, waterproof jacket, raincoat, umbrella, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, comfortable shoe, insect repellent, sunscreen, and prescription medication (if required).
Gear: Camera, binoculars, flashlight and travel lamp. Some Tourist camps do not have 24-hour electricity. It is therefore recommended to bring your own travel lamp!

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