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Mongolia and the Naadam Festival

  • Duration
    21 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Go Beyond
  • Price From
    £6,390pp
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This tour is a journey of discovery through the land of Genghis Khan, traversing the endless plains to explore sites of immeasurable beauty. Meet the local people and get involved in the festivities.
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 18
  • Physical Rating 4Learn More
    X A good level of fitness is required as you can expect to be walking, or taking part in a physical activity like cycling, for longer periods of time on several days throughout the tour, and may be required to tackle some more challenging terrain. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Extended walking. Physical activities on challenging terrain.
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Tour Highlights

Our Mongolia and the Naadam Festival tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Tour Itinerary

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.

  • Days 1-2
    FLY TO ULAANBAATAR
    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.

  • Day 3
    EXPLORE ULAANBAATAR
    DAY 3: EXPLORE ULAANBAATAR

    Start your explorations with a visit to Gandan Monastery, the largest and most important monastery in Mongolia. Later, explore the Museum of Mongolian History giving insight into the culture of Mongolia, you will then visit the Museum of Fine Arts

  • Day 4
    GOBI DESERT
    DAYS 4: GOBI DESERT

    This morning you will fly to Dalanzadgad where you will visit the local market and dinosaur garden before transferring by 4WD to the ger camp near Gurvansaikhan (Three Beauty) National Park. You will then spend the day exploring Vulture Valley and the famed Eagle's Gorge, before driving back to the camp for a visit to a Mongolian family to learn about their lifestyle.

  • Day 5
    KHONGORYN ELS
    DAY 5: KHONGORYN ELS

    After an early start you will be travelling by 4WD to Khongoryn Els to explore the remarkable desert landscapes and beautiful sand dunes.

  • Day 6
    FLAMING CLIFFS
    DAY 6: FLAMING CLIFFS

    This morning is at leisure for you to explore. After lunch, continue to Bayanzag - more commonly known as the ‘Flaming Cliffs’. This afternoon sees a visit to the Gobi Dinosaurs Cemetery and an opportunity to explore the surrounding landscape.

  • Day 7
    ONGIIN KHIID MONASTERY
    DAY 7: ONGIIN KHIID MONASTERY

    Today you will journey to the banks of the Ongii River, travelling through over-dry plains. On arrival, visit 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 Monastery

  • Day 8
    MOUNT KHOGNO KHAN
    DAY 8: MOUNT KHOGNO KHAN

    Depart for Mount Khogno Khan to explore the remains of the 17th-century monastery, the Uvgun Khiids, located at the foot of the mountain. The monastery offers views of the spectacular scenery so enjoy some time to explore the monastery and its surroundings

  • Day 9
    KHARKHORIN
    DAY 9: KHARKHORIN

    Drive to the ancient capital of Kharkhorin, situated on the Orkhon River. Here you will have the chance to explore the ancient sites within Kharkhorin and the memorable Erdene Zuu Monastery.

  • Day 10
    TSENKHER
    DAY 10: TSENKHER

    Enjoy the morning at leisure before continuing to Tsenkher Jiguur. You will have more free time to relax in the hot springs and soak up the spectacular surroundings.

  • Day 11
    KHORGO TERKH
    DAY 11:  KHORGO TERKH

    Today you will be heading towards the serene Great White Lake (Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur) to your ger camp which is located within one of the most beautiful areas of the famous Great White Lake and Khorgo Volcano. Why not take a walk up to the crater of the volcano for wonderful views, or stroll along the lake shore with excellent opportunities for bird and wildlife spotting. You will also visit Zayaiin Huree Monastery in Tsetserleg Town.

  • Day 12
    JARGAL JIGUUR
    DAY 12: JARGAL JIGUUR

    Enjoy a walk around the shores of the lake, which is home to a diverse variety of wildlife and birds and take in the breathtaking scenery. After lunch, continue to Jargal Jiguur known as ‘home of the yaks’, due to many local families seen herding yaks.

  • Day 13
    14 LAKE KHUVSGUL
    DAYS 13 - 14: LAKE KHUVSGUL

    Today is a long drive through Môron to Lake Khovsgol watching plains and glacial peaks pass by. Your ger camp is situated on the eastern shore of the lake. In the afternoon, take a walk to the forest and visit a reindeer breeding family, where you will be introduced to their way of life. You have the next day at leisure to explore freely.

  • Day 15
    ULAANBAATAR CITY TOUR
    DAY 15: ULAANBAATAR CITY TOUR

    This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival you will transfer to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Day 16
    NAADAM EVE
    DAY 16: NAADAM EVE

    This morning visit the Mongol Nomadic Show and Khustai National Park to learn about the nomads and their way of life. After lunch, return to Ulaanbaatar city for the Naadam Eve, visiting Central Square where you can view the Naadam Mongol costumes on display.

  • Day 17
    NAADAM FESTIVAL
    DAY 17: NAADAM FESTIVAL

    Today starts the highlight of your journey as you interact with locals and nomads, witnessing the Opening Ceremony of the Naadam Festival. The featured events you will see are wrestling, horseracing and archery. View the procession of the athletes, officials and monks as the first round of competitions in the wrestling tournament begin.

  • Day 18
    HORSE RACE
    DAY 18 HORSE RACE

    Travel outside the city to enjoy the second day of the Naadam Festival. An exciting day unfolds as you view the cross-country horseracing, also known as ‘tumnii ekh’ (leader of ten thousand). Cheer along with the locals as the athletes compete in a carnival-like atmosphere.

  • Day 19
    GENGHIS KHAN STATUE COMPLEX
    DAY 19: GENGHIS KHAN STATUE COMPLEX

    This morning, travel to Terelj National Park stopping on route to visit the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue Complex. Spend the afternoon exploring the area, enjoying the alpine scenery and seeing Turtle Rock.

  • Day 20
    ULAANBAATAR CITY
    DAY 20: ULAANBAATAR CITY

    You have the day in Ulaanbaatar to explore as you wish. This evening you will enjoy a traditional Mongolian performance followed by dinner

  • Day 21
    DEPART ULAANBAATAR
    DAY 21: DEPART ULAANBAATAR

    Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Night 1
    Chinggis Khaan Hotel
    Chinggis Khaan Hotel
    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.
  • Nights 3
    Khan Bogd Ger Camp
    Khan Bogd Ger Camp
    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.
  • Night 1
    Khan Gobi Erdene Ger Camp
    Khan Gobi Erdene Ger Camp
    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.
  • Night 1
    Gobi Tour Ger Camp
    Gobi Tour Ger Camp
    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."
  • Night 1
    Secret Of Ongi Ger Camp
    Secret Of Ongi Ger Camp
    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.
  • Night 1
    Bayangobi Ger Camp
    Bayangobi Ger Camp
    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.
  • Night 1
    Munkhtenger Ger Camp
    Munkhtenger Ger Camp
    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.
  • Night 1
    Shiveet Mankhan Ger Camp
    Shiveet Mankhan Ger Camp
  • Night 1
    Maikhan Tolgoi Ger Camp
    Maikhan Tolgoi Ger Camp
    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.
  • Night 1
    Jargal Jiguur Ger Camp
    Jargal Jiguur Ger Camp
    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.
  • Nights 2
    Alag Tsar Ger Camp
    Alag Tsar Ger Camp
    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.
  • Nights 2
    Juulchin Bayalag Ger Camp
    Juulchin Bayalag Ger Camp
    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.
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • -21°c
  • 2mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • -19°c
  • 1mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • -16°c
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  • Kharkhorin
  • -17°c
  • 2mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • -7°c
  • 4mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • -8°c
  • 4mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 3°c
  • 10mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • 2°c
  • 11mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 11°c
  • 21mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • 9°c
  • 26mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 16°c
  • 46mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • 14°c
  • 58mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 19°c
  • 64mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • 15°c
  • 94mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 16°c
  • 70mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • 14°c
  • 77mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 10°c
  • 27mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • 8°c
  • 28mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 1°c
  • 10mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • 0°c
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City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • -10°c
  • 6mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • -10°c
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City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • -18°c
  • 4mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • -17°c
  • 2mm
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Mongolia and the Naadam Festival map

Places Visited: Ulaanbaatar - Gobi Desert - Khongoryn Els - Bayanzag - Ongiin Khiid - Mount Khogno Khan - Kharkhorin - Tsenkher - Khorgo Terkh - Jargal Jiguur - Lake Khuvsgul - Ulaanbaatar

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