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Naadam Festival 2018 | Mongolia, Nomadic by Nature

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Naadam Festival 2018 | Mongolia, Nomadic by Nature
10 days / 09 nights

Price:

from $1,580

Tour code:

ATM-44

Destination:

Ulaanbaatar - Naadam Festival - Bayan Gobi sand dunes - Karakorum & Erdenezuu Monastery - Orkhon waterfall – visit nomad family - Tuvkhun Monastery – Tsenkher hot spring - Ugii Lake – Hustai N.P (Wild horse park) - Terelj National Park - Genghis Khaan’s Statue Complex 

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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.
      Join us to discover the most colorful and amazing festival of Naadam which is 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.
      Our tour combines the Naadam Festival with highlights of Central Mongolia including various landscapes, most interesting national Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Karakorum & Orkhon valley, Central Gobi of Elsen tasarkhai sand dunes and the oldest and most famous Erdene-Zuu monastery - Mongolian Buddhist culture experience and much more!
      Relaxing in wild nature and explore Mongolian culture, history and nomadic life style... camel riding, horse riding, hiking and feel free driving through the wilderness are the main activities of this trip.


Brief Itinerary:

Day 01 (10 July): Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia 
Day 02 (11 July): Full Day at Naadam festival activities; Opening ceremony, wrestling and archery etc
Day 03 (12 July): Naadam & Horse racing – Bayan Gobi sand dunes
Day 04 (13 July): Karakorum & Erdenezuu Monastery - Orkhon waterfall 
Day 05 (14 July): Tsenher Hot Spring, Khangai Mountains 
Day 06 (15 July): Horse riding through Tsenkher valley - Ugii Lake
Day 07 (16 July): Hustai National Park (Wild horse park)

Day 08 (17 July):  Genghis Khan's Statue Complex- Terelj National Park
Day 09 (18 July): Ulaanbaatar & city tour
Day 10 (19 July): Departure


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In Detail

DETAILED ITINERARY:


Day 01 (July 10): Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia

Welcome to Mongolia!
Our driver will be waiting for you at arrival hall for your arrival and transfer to the hotel. He will be holding a greeting board with our logo + your name.
Rest of the day is free for you to be on your own. You may need some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet-lag.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*, Meals: No meals on this day.


Day 02 (July 11): Full Day at Naadam festival activities; Opening ceremony, wrestling and archery etc

In the morning at 9am, your tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and joining in Naadam tour group.
Today we will be attending the opening ceremony of Naadam festival 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 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.
     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 reenter into the naadam stadium 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.
End of the day, transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Day 03 (July 12): Naadam & Horse racing – Bayang Gobi sand dune

Be picked up from hotel at 08:00 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 & horse racing, drive towards to Bayan Gobi magnificent sand dunes - surrounded by hills with willow trees, streams and bushes, and appear as a small desert in the center of the country. This sand dune is 80km long and the widest part of the sand dune is 9-10 km.
     Upon arrival at the sand dunes, we will visit local camel herder family in their Ger, explore their unique nomadic lifestyle. Also, we have lunch with them. Its chance to try drinking Hormog (fermented Mongolian camel milk).
     The sand dunes are the perfect place for camel riding. We will discover this magnificent place on camel back. Mongolia is home to 2/3 of the two-humped Bactrian camels in the world. It is a gentle, calm and extraordinary patient animal and can carry on without water for a month. Bet, you never rode a Bactrian camel, riding a Bactrian camel is much more comfortable than the camel in Sahara, India or anywhere else. Its two humps support you from both sides and easy pace will comfort you so much.
Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 04 (July 13): Karakorum & Erdenezuu Monastery - Orkhon waterfall

In the morning at 9am, we will drive towards to Karakorum. We will visit the museum of Karakorum and the symbolic ruins of ancient city which was the capital city of the Great Mongol Empire founded in the 13th century by Genghis Khan. Visit of the magnificent and oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdene Zuu, built in the 16th century, with 108 stupas. Here you can see interesting listen to monk chanting Buddhist sutras.
      After lunch, we will travel to across vast grassy plains, interspersed with basalt rocks and surrounded by ancient dormant volcanoes. On our side, Orkhon follow-up its banks, furrow between beds of Edelweiss and steep gorges. Our slow progress on the damaged track leaves us plenty of time to observe the different scenes of nomadic life. Unexpectedly we find ourselves at the edge of the famous Orkhon waterfall. A short walk through the canyon to the foot of the waterfall is worth seeing.
Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 05 (July 14): Tsenher Hot Spring, Khangai Mountains

In the morning, drive towards through fertile valleys to a remote countryside spot in the Tsenkher Valley, a journey of around 4 hours. Tsenkher Valley is some of the lushest countryside in Mongolia with green forested mountains and meandering rivers.
There is famous Tsenkher hot spring that reaches +86.5"C, supposed to have curative properties for arthritic joints and other ailments.
After lunch is free time for you to be on your own. There is available to bath at hot s pring and great opportunity to hiking or just enjoy at wild nature to take photos.
Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 06 (July 15): Horse riding through Tsenkher valley - Ugii Lake

In the morning, 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.
Also, we will there, horse riding through the valley for one hour.
    After lunch at the Ger camp, we will take 2.5hrs drive to Ugii Lake - is located up 1337m from the ocean level and it is a pure water steppe lake, which is 7.9km long, 5km wide. There are 14 kinds of fishes in Ugii Lake and there are fishery effective fishes. Also this beautiful lake is home of 144 kinds of birds.
     Check-in at Ger camp on shore of the lake. There is you can travel by motor boat and go for fishing in the lake. Fishing equipment is available to rent from the Ger camp. Or just walking and hiking around the lake.
Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 07 (July 16): Hustai National Park trip (Wild Horse Park)

In the morning at 9am, our trip starts to Hustai National 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. It takes 2hrs drive to west from the city.
     After check-in the Ger camp, we will explore around the camp and visit a small Ger museum about the national park, wild horses and how they were 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: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 08 (July 17): Genghis Khan's Statue Complex- Terelj National Park

Today we drive to Terelj National Park, which is one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. On the way we will 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.
     After lunch at restaurant in the statue complex, we will short drive to Terelj National Park. There are we will 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. Check-in and dinner at Ger camp in the National Park.
Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 09 (July 18): Ulaanbaatar & city trip

In the morning, we return to the city, start guided city tour and visit “Gandan” Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery. Listen to the horns calling lamas and monks to temple, and capture the monks’ daily rituals while visiting the adjoining Megjid Janraisig and Temples. The temple houses feature a 26-meter-high majestic gilded statue of Migjid Janraisig.
     After lunch at “Modern Nomads” restaurant in the city, visit Genghis Khan’s square & Parliament House and National Museum of Mongolia to get an overview of Mongolia’s history and culture. Examine on nomadic life, including Stone and Bronze Age artifacts, traditional costumes, and sacred relics.
     Continue visit Bogd Khaan Palace Museum - The complex was built between 1893 and 1903 dedicated to the 8th Bogd Javzandamba, the head of Mongolian religion. The palace museum consists of seven Summer Prayer temples and the winter palace.
    In the evening at 5.30pm, 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.
At 19.30, farewell dinner will be served at “Bd’s Mongolian Barbeque” international chain restaurant. Transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 10 (19 July): Departure

As your memorable trip comes to end, you will be free at leisure or personal discovery until transferred to the airport for your flight to your next destination or home. Meals: Breakfast.

Date, Price & FAQ

Tour Date, Price?:

           Tour Dates         
       Price from                Inquire this tour          
10- 19 July 2018 US$1,580
Small Group & Big Experience: maximum 12 travellers for this trip. 
  
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What’s included in the Price?

  • English speaking guide at all times
  • 9 nights accommodations based on twin/double occupancy;
         - Good 4star hotel in the city – 3nights
         - Best Ger camps in the countryside – 6nights
  • All meals 24 as specified in the itinerary: Breakfast-9, Lunch-8 & Dinner -7
  • All relevant transfers and transportation + experienced drivers (4-5pax will share a 4WD minivan for countryside trip)
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Naadam Festival Opening Ceremony Ticket,
  • Car entry permission to Naadam stadium and horse racing field,
  • “Wonders of Mongolian Art” performance by “Tumen Ekh” ensemble,
  • Camel riding fee at Bayan Gobi sand dunes (1 hour),
  • Horse riding fee at Tsenkher valley (1 hour),
  • Complementary drink water during the tour,
  • Visa invitation letter, if required,
  • 4% of bank charge of online payment for deposit,
  • Included all taxes

What’s Not included in the Price?

  • International flights & visa fee
  • Travel & medicale insurance 
  • Daily personal expenses
  • Hotel early check-in and late check-out.

 


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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