Mongolia and the Naadam Festival
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Mongolia and the Naadam Festival

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Discover the rarely visited land of Genghis Khan, with its endless plains and breath-taking landscapes, and drive through the Gobi desert to the amazing Naadam Festival.

tour duration 23 Days from
tour price 4,990pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Ulaanbaatar (8N) - Terelj National Park (1N) - Yolyn Am (2N) - Khongoryn Els (1N) - Bayanzag (1N) - Ongii (1N) - Mt Khogno Khan (1N) - Kharkhorin (1N) - Tsenkher Jighuur Hot Springs (1N) - Great White Lake (1N) - Jargal Jiguur (1N) - Lake Khovsgo (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Sleep in traditional Mongolian Yurts
Look out over the spectacular scenery of the Flaming Cliffs
Explore the surroundings of imposing Mount Khongo Khan
Lounge in the volcanic hot springs of Tshenkher Jiguur
Be inspired by the stunning landscape of Lake Khovsgol
Enjoy the revelry of the traditional Naadam Festival

Days 1-2 Fly to Ulaanbaatar
Fly overnight to Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2 Fly to Ulaanbaatar
Days 3 Ulaanbaatar City Tour
This morning visit the 19th-century built Gandan Monastery and the Sukhbaatar Square. Continue to explore the Museum of Mongolian History and gain an insight in the culture of Mongolia. Later visit the Choijin Lama Temple Museum, a Buddhist monastery in central Ulaanbaatar. Please note that both the museums we visit today will charge extra fees (approximately US$10 or £7) for using a camera in their exhibits. (B,L,D)
Days 3 Ulaanbaatar City Tour
Day 4 Gobi Desert
This morning fly to Dalanzadgad, located on the edge of the Gobi Desert. Upon arrival transfer to the Ger Camp near Gurvansaikhan (Three Beauty) National Park for a two night stay. This afternoon, visit a Mongolian nomadic family where you can experience their unique way of life. Return to your Ger Camp for the evening. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Gobi Desert
Day 5 Yolyn Am
Today you will explore the magnificent national park, viewing the incredible sharp mountains and vast sand dunes. You will also have the opportunity to view the stunning scenery of the famed Eagle's Gorge or Yolyn Am, which is the native name.
Day 5 Yolyn Am
Day 6 Yolyn Am to Khongoryn Els
The Gobi Desert is home to many of Mongolia’s renowned landscapes and consists of the largest sand dunes within Mongolia, located at Khongoryn Els. Today travel by 4WD to Khongoryn Els, and visit these remarkable sand dunes, offering spectacular desert landscapes. Explore this desert countryside on a camel’s back and for the more adventurous, the climb to the top offers spectacular scenery. Upon arrival in Khongoryn Els check into your Ger Camp for an overnight stay.
Day 7 Khongoryn Els to Bayanzag
This morning, continue exploring the magnificent landscapes of the Gobi Desert before enjoying lunch. Afterwards travel by 4WD to Bayanzag, more commonly known as the ‘Flaming Cliffs’. Your overnight stay here will be in a Ger Camp near the Flaming Cliffs.
Day 7 Khongoryn Els to Bayanzag
Day 8 Bayanzag to Ongiin Monastery
Spend the day travelling onwards to the banks of the Ongii River, viewing the ruins of two famed monasteries, the Barlim Khiid to the north and the Khutagt Khiid to the south. Combined they form the complex known as Ongiin Khiid. Enjoy some time walking around the area before proceeding to your Ger Camp.
Day 8 Bayanzag to Ongiin Monastery
Day 9 Ongii to Mt. Khogno Khan
This morning depart Ongii and drive to Mt. Khogno Khan, where you will explore the remains of the 17th-century monastery, the Uvgun Khiids, located at the foot of the mountain. Enjoy some time to explore the monastery and its surrounds before proceeding to your Ger Camp, located near the Mongol Sand Dune.
Day 10 Mt. Khogno Khan to Kharkhorin
Drive to the ancient capital of Kharkhorin, situated on the Orkhon River. Upon arrival, proceed to your Ger Camp where you will check-in for an overnight stay. Later explore Erdene-Zuu Monastery.
Day 11 Kharkhorin to Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs
Enjoy the morning free at leisure to relax at your Ger Camp. After lunch drive to Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs and stay overnight in a Ger Camp. Here you will have time free at your leisure, to relax in the hot springs and take in the surrounding scenery.
Day 11 Kharkhorin to Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs
Day 12 Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs to Great White Lake
Today enjoy the stunning backdrop as you drive a distance of almost 360km west towards the serene Great White Lake (Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur). Upon arrival, check into your Ger Camp for an overnight stay. The camp is located within one of the most beautiful areas of the famous Great White Lake and Khorgo Volcano.
Day 13 Great White Lake to Jargal Jiguur
This morning enjoy a walk around the shores of the lake, which is home to a diverse variety of wildlife and countless birds. You will have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery of this beautiful lake. After lunch we drive to Jargal Jiguur, known as ‘home of the yaks’, due to many local families seen herding yaks. Upon arrival check into your Ger Camp and enjoy time at your leisure.
Day 14 Jargal Jiguur to Lake Khovsgol
Early this morning depart Jargal Jiguur and travel through M?ron to Lake Khovsgol. Upon arrival check into our Ger Camp and stay for the next two nights. The Ger Camp is located on the eastern shore of the lake. This northern tip of Mongolia is perhaps the most picturesque in all of the country, with tall forests, lush meadows and sparkling lakes. There is a variety of activities on offer at Lake Khovsgol, and over the next two days you will have the choice of how you would like to spend your time here.
Day 15 Lake Khovsgol
Today our National Escort will accompany the group on a walk around the lake’s shore and assist you in organising some of the suggested activities on offer. Amazingly 90 rivers flow into the lake, yet only a single river flows out-the Egiin Gol, which ultimately reaches Lake Baikal in Siberia. A ferryboat operates between the two towns. You can explore this vast lake in any way you prefer. Such activities suggested are horse riding into the nearby mountains (at your own expense), rent a speedboat to explore the lake (at your own expense), or take a relaxing walk viewing the beautiful wild flowers that carpet the picturesque valley, witnessing the sharp mountains towering over the lake further north and just simply taking in the magnificent scenery.
Day 16 Lake Khovsgol – M?ron to Ulaanbaatar
This morning drive to M?ron airport to board your flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival you will be transferred to our hotel, where we will stay for the next three nights. This evening the Naadam festivities begin as you view the Naadam Mongol costumes on display within Central Square.
Day 17 Ulaanbaatar – Naadam Festival
One of the special features you will encounter over the next three days is experiencing first-hand the annual Naadam Festival. The highlight of your journey begins here as the group mix with locals and nomads alike to witness the Opening Ceremony of the Naadam Festival, at Central Stadium. Here you can see featured events which include wrestling, horseracing and archery. You will have the chance to view the procession of the athletes, officials and monks, as the first round of competition in the wrestling tournament begins. Enjoy a Naadam Traditional Folk Gala performance, which includes the renowned ‘throat singing’.
Day 17 Ulaanbaatar – Naadam Festival
Day 18 Ulaanbaatar – Naadam Festival
A thrilling day unfolds as you will travel approximately 10km outside the city to view the cross-country horseracing; also known as the ‘tumnii ekh’ (leader of ten thousand), this certainly is sought amongst the younger competitors. You will participate along with the locals in cheering the athletes as they compete and enthral in the carnival-like atmosphere.
Day 18 Ulaanbaatar – Naadam Festival
Day 19 Ulaanbaatar to Terelj National Park
This morning travel approximately 2 hours (80km) to Terelj National Park, where upon arrival check into your Ger Camp for an overnight stay. Spend the afternoon exploring the area, enjoy the alpine scenery and view the Turtle Rock. From here, hike to Aryabal Monastery and later enjoy a visit with a local nomadic family and learn about their lifestyle including the preparation of dairy products.
Day 19 Ulaanbaatar to Terelj National Park
Day 20 Terelj National Park to Ulaanbaatar
This morning travel back to Ulaanbaatar, stopping en route to visit Genghis Khan Statue Complex. Continue to Ulaanbaatar where upon arrival you will check into your hotel for three nights.
Day 21 Ulaanbaatar – City Tour
This morning visit the Bogd King Palace Museum. Spend some time at Hunnu Mall and after lunch enjoy some free time to go shopping.
Day 22 Ulaanbaatar
Today you will have a leisurely day in the city. Visit Zaisan Memorial Hill and have lunch. After lunch, enjoy a shopping trip to Gobi cashmere factory store and a State Department store. This evening enjoy a traditional folklore performance.
Day 23 Depart Ulaanbaatar
Rise early and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

24-Jun > 16-Jul - £4,990
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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £4,290pp (Ulaanbaatar - Ulaanbaatar)
Single supplement from £640 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally US$120pp

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £4,290pp (Ulaanbaatar - Ulaanbaatar)
Single supplement from £640 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally US$120pp

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Chinggis Khaan Hotel
Chinggis Khaan Hotel - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (1 Nights)
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Located a 5-minute drive from the city centre, the 4-star Chinggis Khaan Hotel enjoys a quiet location in a primary residential area. All en-suite rooms are spacious and feature remote lighting controls, a minibar, cable TV, and a tea/coffee maker. The hotel also features an indoor swimming pool, massage and sauna services, karaoke rooms and a variety of superb dining options.



Khan Bogd Ger Camp
Khan Bogd Ger Camp - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (3 Nights)
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The Khan Bogd Ger Camp is situated close to the Eagle Valley among rocky outcrops and overlooking picturesque distant mountains. The traditional Mongolian gers all feature heating and communal bathrooms. Electricity is also available for periods throughout the day.



Khan Gobi Erdene Ger Camp
Khan Gobi Erdene Ger Camp - Khongoryn Els, Mongolia (1 Nights)
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Gobi Erdene Ger Camp is located a short distance from the sand dunes of Khongoryn Els. Providing the best accommodation in Khongoryn Els, the camp comprises of 20 cosy gers, four luxury wooden houses and eight standard wooden houses. Facilities include a spacious communal dining room serving delicious Mongolian and European cuisine and electricity which is available for limited periods throughout the day.



Gobi Tour Ger Camp
Gobi Tour Ger Camp - Bayanzag, Mongolia (1 Nights)
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A clean and comfortable ger camp located where the Gobi and Hangai regions meet, Gobi Tour Ger Camp is an immaculate, modern ger camp deep in the fossil preserving site of Bayanzag. From the camp, guests can walk into the area where it is believed the first dinosaur fossils were found. Other activities available include camel riding, archery, traditional Mongol games, and the chance to visit nomads."



Secret Of Ongi Ger Camp
Secret Of Ongi Ger Camp - Ongii, Mongolia (1 Nights)
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The Secret of Ongi Ger Camp is situated next to the famous Ongi temple in Saikhan Ovoo sum, Dundgobi province. The camp has 45 cosy gers, accommodating up to 100 guests in the comfortable and relaxing traditional nomadic yurts. The camps superb restaurant offers tasty Mongolian and European flavours.



Bayangobi Ger Camp
Bayangobi Ger Camp - Mt Khogno Khan, Mongolia (1 Nights)
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Situated at the edge of the Mongol Els Dune Formations, Bayan Gobi Camp is a well-placed oasis for exploring the area around Khogno Khaan and Kharakorum. The layout and service is superb, and the duneside bar welcomes you for a sundowner drink. The Mongolian gers are well furnished, with shower and toilet facilities in a separate block. Meals are served in an excellent ger restaurant in the centre of the camp.



Munkhtenger Ger Camp
Munkhtenger Ger Camp - Kharkhorin, Mongolia (1 Nights)
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Munkh Tenger Ger Camp is located close to historic Karakorum. Accommodation consists of traditional Mongolian gers, all featuring heating and communal bathrooms. Electricity is also available for periods throughout the day.



Shiveet Mankhan Ger Camp
Shiveet Mankhan Ger Camp - Tsenkher Jighuur Hot Springs, Mongolia (1 Nights)
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Maikhan Tolgoi Ger Camp
Maikhan Tolgoi Ger Camp - Great White Lake, Mongolia (1 Nights)
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The Maikhan Tolgoi Ger Camp is located on the shore of the Great White Lake and 7 km from Khorgo Extinct Volcano, providing traditional cosy gers for guests. The tourist camp also features a ger shaped restaurant serving delicious local cuisine. The camp receives mobile signal, allowing guests to call and connect to the internet.



Jargal Jiguur Ger Camp
Jargal Jiguur Ger Camp - Jargal Jiguur, Mongolia (1 Nights)
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Jargal Jiguur tourist ger camp is located in the valley of Khunjil and Ider Rivers of Khuvsgul province. Jargal Jiguur tourist ger camp is on the main route to famous tourist destinations such as the ruins if the ancient Mongolian capital city Kharkhoru and the erupted volcanic mountain of Khorgo Park. The Mongolian gers provided feature cosy bedding, ensuring that all guests have a very comfortable, pleasant stay.



Alag Tsar Ger Camp
Alag Tsar Ger Camp - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2 Nights)
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Alagtsar tourist camp is located right on the shore of Khuvsgul Lake where the Alagtsar flows into the lake. The Mongolian gers are brightly painted with pine, and feature cosy bedding. A spacious restaurant is also provided serving excellent, fresh, local food.



Juulchin Bayalag Ger Camp
Juulchin Bayalag Ger Camp - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2 Nights)
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Located in one of the most beautiful places of Mongolia, Juulchin Bayalag Ger Camp is surrounded by a spectacular view of mountains and forests, and feature comfortably set traditional gers. Guests are served Mongolian, Asian, and European cuisine at the camp with facilitated showers and restrooms also provided.



A visa is not required for stays under 30 days.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Mongolia is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

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What's Included

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
all meals
entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fees for EU and UK passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those with an extensive period of time and who wish to visit the main sights of Mongolia and experience the famous Nadaam Festival. This tour incorporates four wheel drive travel for a majority of the tour which offers an authentic travel experience in Mongolia. This tour is active and includes longer periods of walking and more outdoor activity.

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