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Naadam & Nomads

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Tour Brief

  • Duration: 11nights / 12days
  • Activities: Naadam festival, horse riding, trekking, meets nomad people and cultural visits.
  • Distance: 1150kms
  • Group: Min 3 - Max 12
  • Season: July
  • Fitness level:

Price included

Stay in Ger camp (11 nights)
English speaking guide service
Entrance fee to Protected Areas and sightseeing costs
Naadam Festival fee
All transfers by 4WD Japanese minivan in the countryside
Meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner as mentioned per day itinerary.

Price excluded

International transportation to and from Mongolia
Hotel stay in Ulaanbaatar
Travel insurance
Mineral bottled water and alcoholic drinks
Tips and gratuities
Laundry and items of a personal nature.

Highlight

This fantastic trip gives you the opportunity to enjoy the classic event famed as the “Nomad Olympics” and takes you to behind the cultural background of ancient traditions inherited from generations to generations for centuries along. When taking a part in the Naadam festival you will experience the thrill of watching hundreds of racing horses with their remarkable young riders, strong wrestlers performing the “Eagle dance” and traditionally dressed archers drawing their bows and impressive competition of ankle bones shooting. But our tour doesn’t stop there. You will also have the chance to discover the training of the fast horses and to explore more in-depth about the preparation of wrestlers and the traditional technique of archery.

Places to visit

Ulaanbaatar – Khustai National Park -Kharakhorum – Local Naadam Festival Days – Orkhon valley – Tuvkhun temple – Tsenkher hot spring – Ugii lake – Gurvanbulag community – Khognokhaan mountain – Ulaanbaatar.

Tour Route Map
Itinerary

06 Jul Day 1 Travel to Khustai National Park

We will travel to Khustai National Park which will take 100kms. The National Park covers an area of 50.620ha reserve, protecting the wild Mongolian horses famed as Takhi or Przewalski’s horse. We will visit the information center and get more insight about the Takhi horse. We will visit the Khustai National Park and spot the wild horses hiking around the area. We will be staying overnight in ger camp. LD

07 Jul Day 2Travel to Kharakhorum

We will travel to Kharakhorum which will take 270kms to reach. Kharakhorum is the ancient capital of Mongolia where Chinggis Khaan established his capital of his Empire in 1220. In 1235, his son and successor, Ogodei built a Palace protected by walls. You will visit to Erdene Zuu Monastery, the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist temple complex built on the ruins of 16th century Kharakhorum and a newly opened Local Museum. We will also visit a local cooperative felt workshop and witness how they make the felt products in a cool way. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

08-09 Jul Day 3-4 Naadam Festival Days!

Naadam Festival is the only one of its kind and expresses the nomadic culture. It is the honored celebration of a national independence and proudness and it is an outstanding combination of arts and sports. The core of the festivals are the three manly sports which is the wrestling, horseracing and archery. Embrace many elements of arts, such as the performance of throat singing and the folklore dancing. Naadam Festival begins during the middle of July period of time. Therefore everyone takes the opportunity to witness the opening ceremony showing many shows related to Mongolian history and culture. Come travel to Mongolia with us to experience Naadam Festival which is held only in Mongolia and nowhere else. You’ll be staying overnights in ger camp. BLD

10 Jul Day 5 Travel to Orkhon Valley and making a “Ger”

We will travel to Orkhon valley which will take 120km. It is known as the cradle of Mongolian civilization as many of Mongolia’s ancient monuments lie within its borders. Enjoy trekking to deer stone for 7-8kms. In the afternoon you will enjoy activities for dismantling and erecting a Ger. You can learn how to put a Ger and at the same time find out deep meanings, symbols and customs related to “Mongolian Ger” in nomadic culture. You’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

11 Jul Day 6Travel to Tuvkhun temple

We will travel to Tuvkhun temple which will take 50kms. Tuvkhun temple situated in the high mountain marking the northern side of the Orkhon valley. We will visit the site where Mongolian first religious leader Saint Zanabazar founded in 1653 and lived, worked and meditated for over 30 years. Several pilgrimage sites have built around the temple including the hermit’s caves. Inside the cave you can witness the boot imprint of Saint Zanabazar. In the afternoon you will travel for 70kms about two hours to Tsenkher hot spring. You will be staying overnight in a ger camp. BLD

12 Jul Day 7 Travel to Tsenkher hot spring

Today you will hike around the Tsenkher hot spring sightseeing the local landscape. With water issuing at a scalding of +86.5 degree Celsius with the stench of hydrogen sulphide, the hot spring is very popular in the area. Surrounding area is the grassland while some part beside the hills is bit forested. Relax in a hot spring bath chatting about casual topics. You will be staying overnight in a ger camp. BLD

13 Jul Day 8 Travel to Ugii lake

Today we will be travelling to Ugii Lake which will take 150kms. The fresh water lake which surfaces area of 25sq.kms is abundant with water birds and with variety of fish. Walk along the lake shore to view the local bird species and enjoy hearing ambient sounds of a calm waving lake moved by a soft wind mixed up with the singing of birds. You can have a fun swimming in Ugii Lake with your family and tanning your skin. You will be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

14 Jul Day 9 Travel to nomad community

We will travel to Gurvanbulag community which will take 60km. There you can experience how the nomad Mongols living nowadays. The hostess of the family will demonstrate you how to produce the tasty and nutritious dairy products including “aaruul” or dried curds, “byaslag” or Mongolian cheese. You can talk with nomad people and get more familiar with their nature loved unique lifestyle. You’ll be staying overnight in Gurvanbulag community ger camp. BLD

15 Jul Day 10 Experiencing horse based culture

Today you will watch how Mongolian skillful cowboys catch horses by “uurga” or the traditional wooden lasso. Participate in milking process of mare by holding the foals next to their mothers, churning airag or fermented mare’s milk. You would see blending process of Mongolian traditional vodka called “Shimiin arkhi”. No doubt, you’ll be invited to try that vodka, but please do not overdrink it. Enjoy the horse riding trip around the area. In the evening you will involve in the preparation of dinner and enjoy learning how to prepare the Mongolian dish. We’ll be staying overnight in Gurvanbulag community ger camp. BLD

16 Jul Day 11 Move to Khognokhaan & camel riding

We will journey to Khognokhaan Natural Reserve which will take 70km. The area has been protected since 1997 and covering 46900ha of the beautiful granite mountain of Paleozoic age. There’s lot of snakes camouflaged themselves to hunt. So it’s best to be vigilant during the hike. It’s optional visit to Erdenekhamba a local Buddhist temple and an old ruin of Uvgun Monastery. Enjoy camel riding trek along small sand dunes for two hours. You will be staying overnight in a ger camp. BLD

17 Jul Day 12 Travel back to Ulaanbaatar

Today we will travel to Ulaanbaatar which will take 280kms to reach. We will transfer you to your hotel. End of the service. BL

Date
StatusStart dateEnd dateSinglePriceJoin
Open05 July 201916 July 2019330$1990$Book

Note

  • Private departure is available on request.
  • City sightseeing excursion tour is available on request
  • Customize your trip: we are able to make amendments in the program according to our client’s special interest and request. Details would be discussed by emails in advance.
  • Hotel stay and transfer: we are glad to book your hotel and transfer in Ulaanbaatar as well as private transportation for your trip at our discounted rates.

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Single and double occupancy: you can stay in single and double for overnights at Ger camps, tents and hotels. Single occupancy would might not available during Naadam festival period on 5th -15th of July at Ger camps. And for single stay at community based camp and nomad home would be confirmed depending on availability.
Single and twin/double stay at Ger camp requires extra supplement fee as shown per person in above table.

Discounts: Our clients can take an opportunity to get following discount options: Only one time discount is available per client or group.

  • Early bird discount of 10% is applicable for booking made before 01st of April 2019.
  • Last minute discount of 5% is applicable for booking made before 72 hours of the trip start. This is not applicable for daily and short tours.
  • Group discount of 12% is applicable for a group booking with 5 parties and more.
  • Children discount: up to 2 years old is free, 3-8 years old is 40% off and 9-12 years old is 20% off.
  • International and domestic flight and train tickets can be booked with us, depending on availabilities.

Tailoring your tour: we are delighted to create and arrange your special trip according to your specific interests and wishes. Please contact us for details.

More information: info@tourmongolia.com or sales@tourmongolia.com

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Trip information

Joining point
Your guide and driver will pick you up at the location you confirmed with us in advance. It can be your accommodation, airport or train station in Ulaanbaatar. Pick up time will be stated at the confirmation document/or single email we would send you after the booking made.

Joining point instructions
Meet your tour guide who holds a welcoming board with your name(s) shown. It is your responsibility to advise us of your accommodation, number of flight/or train and carriage numbers in advance.

Problems and emergency contact information
In the case of an emergency, or concerns about a missed pick-up please contact us on cell phones: (+976) 9905 9466, (+976) 9909 8467.
For all other enquiries and outback tour services please contact our office team on (+976) 11 35 46 62.

Finishing point

Your guide and driver will drop you off at the location you confirmed with us in advance. It can be your accommodation, airport or train station in Ulaanbaatar.

Passport and visas

All travelers must obtain a visa before traveling to Mongolia. Some nationalities can obtain visa at the airport, however it requires an application through us to the Immigration Authority of Mongolia in advance.
Please check the following website for your nationalities requirements. www.consul.mn

Food and dietary requirements

Travelers with special dietary requirements or food allergies must inform at the time of booking. Due to the nature of our trips, food is basic. We are able to provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten free food to our clients. However religious dietary requirements and specifically sourced foods are unable to be catered for remote trips.
Inclusive meals in your trip as indicated B, L, D with per day itinerary. On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. For expedition trip, your service team will prepare meals. You will have an opportunity to assist with cook and learn how to make Mongolian traditional meal. As well as your help on daily activities such as setting up dining camp, prepare meals and clearing dishes is much appreciated.
It is also available to have and taste traditional dairy products such as yogurt /Mongolian name is tarag/, dried milk curds /aaruul/, milk tea /suutei tsai/, fermented mare’s milk wine /airag/, sour cream /tsotsgii/ and cheese /byaslag/ when you visit nomad herder families.
Generally, in Mongolia water quality is good. But you are advised to buy mineral water with big bottles from shops, food markets and kiosks in capital and many of the provinces centers and tourist Ger camps in the countryside. Mineral or bottled water usually exclude in our offers since we try to produce as less garbage as possible. But in other hand we provide well plenty of drinks like tea and coffee during our trips.

Accommodation

Depending on your trip in countryside, you will have different type of accommodations including tourist Ger camps, community based Eco Ger camp and nomad Ger homes or tents.
Normally, three or four beds are in one Ger and 2 people will share a tent. And the Ger camp provides restaurant/bar, western-style toilet, washing facilities and showers. Low-impact eco, community based Ger camps provide composting toilet and shower where available.
Nomad home condition is very basic, none of shower, a ground hole surrounded with side covers as used for composting toilet.
For expedition trips with tent stays, we provide good quality light spacious tent of 3people for twin occupancy. And as well we provide other gears including foldable mattress, ground sheet tarpaulin, toilet tent, sometimes shower tent and dining tent for groups with more than 5 parties, kitchen equipment, table and chairs depending on the trip conditions.
All travelers in expeditions trips are advised to bring own sleeping bags according to hygienic reasons.

Land transport

Mongolia is a big country! Here in Mongolia we’re used to driving long distances between destinations. An advantage of driving trip you can travel through different zones and enjoy vast open spaces with natural contrasts within several days. During the trip, approximately it takes 5-8 hours driving from one to next destination. Each 1-1.5 hours, we have short stop frequently for photographs, toilets, stretch and meet with local nomads.
In the countryside, we use 4WD vehicles, specially, Russian minivans and Japanese jeep and minivans. Normally, 2-3 people can seat in one jeep with luggage. The Russian minivan has capacity of 6 people with luggage and Japanese minivan can take up to 4 people with luggage.
All vehicles used in our tours are insured and carefully prepared before departures. Our drivers are also good mechanics, have many years of experience for driving through unmarked, unpaved bumpy roads in the countryside.

Money matters

The Mongolian currency is called Tugrug (MNT). Please refer recent rates on
www.bloomberg.com/markets/currencies
Credit and debit cards are accepted in Ulaanbaatar and center of the provinces.
Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are common in central areas.

Important notes

Refill bottle: Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. We encourage our clients not to use small bottled water when traveling in countryside.
Battery: Trips with stays in Ger camps have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. We would like to recommend to bring an extra battery for your camera. For expedition trips, most handy item is solar charger.
Headlamp: A headlamp or torch is useful at night time. Some Ger camps have limited lighting and are powered by generators that switch off at a certain time.
Pack: Please ensure you pack appropriately according to season and temperature. Warm jacket, thermals, underpants, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months. Please refer our “Pre travel advisory” document with detail information regarding temperatures during your travel time.
Luggage: Please pack smart. Due to the domestic flight luggage limitation, a passenger can carry maximum of 15 kg including hand baggage. Excess luggage will be charged according to airlines fee.
Tour guide: The aim of the guide is to help you have the best trip possible. Your guide will provide information on the places you are travelling through, organize things to do and see according to the itinerary, lead the group including travelers and service staff. The guide will provide you all relevant information for options and introduce you to our nomad herders along the way.
Safety: We will provide you relevant information on safety before and during the trip. As well as we would like to recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Travel insurance is compulsory for joining all our trips.
Responsible Travel: Being a responsible tour operator is at the heart of what our company is all about. We committed to offering low-impact tours that benefit traveler and host alike. Thanks to our clients support (who paid for tours) we work with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts. Please find more information: www.tourmongolia.com/who we are/about us
Community projects: We are pleased to combine your trip route to destinations where our local supporting projects run. Please advice us your wish in advance.

Fitness Level

As you will note, all our tours are graded to help you decide whether they’re right for you. The grading is as follows:
EASY: A basic level of fitness is required, the tour is generally easy-paced.
MODERATE: Within the capability of anyone leading a normal active life. However, involves more walking or tiring journey.
ACTIVE: These tours may involve considerable walking and long travel days.
STRENUOS: These tours may include different energetic activities.
CHALLENGING: A high level of fitness is required. It may contains high altitude trek or rope climbing.

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Review

There were many highlights: Seeing “Takhi” horses in the wild and the local Naadam festival. However, the best was interacting with local Nomad families and playing with the children at Gurvanbulag.

Eric Willinscroft & Larraine Willinscroft
ericlarraine@live.co.uk

The experience in the community ger camp and the opening ceremony of Local Naadam festival. A wonderful trip- thanks to the guide and driver. Thank you.

John Gorham
Johnandchris.gorham@btinternet.com
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