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GREAT NAADAM
(11 days)

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$1310
DESCTIPTIONS

Naadam Festival is the major highlight of the Mongolian festivals and the most famous national holiday. There are plenty to feast your and attract your attention such as traditional wrestling, archery and open field horse races of different horse age categories, magnificent opening and closing ceremony of the festival and the people themselves feasting proudly in colorful traditional dresses and much more. Combining the festival tour with a visit to the vast expanses of the Gobi provides you a nice escape from the buzzing cities. Leave behind all your modern day frustrations while immersing yourself in the beauty and purity of the Gobi landscape. The Mongolian Gobi is the least populated area in the world but has a lot see and experience ranging from endless steppes edges with the horizon, spotless blue sky during daytime and bright stars at nights, the world rare two-humped camel riding experiences, natural scenery, nomadic life and more. You may know that the Gobi is in the world attention due to its beauty, its uniqueness, its abundant mineral resources, and by dinosaur fossils.

Most exciting experiences of the tour
  • Attend marvelous Naadam Festival
  • Be fascinated vastness, calmness and emptiness of the Gobi
  • Amazed by hidden beauties of the flat Gobi
  • See huge sand dunes and hear its singing
  • Ride two-humped camels
  • Visit nomad families and see their unique life
  • Stay traditional dwelling Mongol ger (felt accommodation)
  • Visit over 400 years old, beautiful monastery
  • Duration: 10 nights/11 days
  • Tour grade: Easy
  • Group size: 2 to 15 people
  • Available: July 10-July 20 with the Naadam at the beginning July 02-July 12 with Naadam at the end of the tour
PLACES VISITED

Attend magnificent Naadam Festivalin Ulaanbaatar, Tsagaan Suvarga mud cliffs, Eagle Valley, Khongor Sand Dunes, Flaming Cliffs, Ongi monastery, Kharkhorin and Erdenezuu Monastery.

GROUP DEPARTURES

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia

Your guide and driver meet you at the airport/ the train station guide and transfer to a hotel (early check in is subject to some additional fee). After some time embark on a city sightseeing tour if the time permits. First, we will visit Gandantegchilen Monastery. The monastery is a favored place for locals as well as foreigners due to its interesting religious artifacts and peacefulness. A 26 m gilded statue of a Buddha (in Megjid Janrasag sum) is another thing of interest. Next, visit the Central Square and attend traditional cultural performance which is one of the most interesting and must see things in Ulaanbaatar.

What’s Included: 3* hotel, airport transfer, city tour
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Participate in the Naadam Festival

After breakfast, we will head to the Naadam Festival stadium. The national holiday Naadam is not only famous among Mongolians but also in the world. Many tourists, guests and journalists come to Mongolia to take part. The Festival starts with a transferring ceremony of the nine white banners from the Government House to the Naadam Stadium followed by a horse parade. Genghis Khaan used to use the nine banners during festive and peaceful times. Next, the magnificent opening ceremony starts. Traditional wrestling, archery and horse race are main highlights of the festival. As well as, you will see anklebone shooting and Naadam trade starting from Naadam main dish Huushuur, souvenirs, traditional clothes and much more.

What’s Included: 3* hotel, Naadam Festival
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The festival continues, see horse race

In the morning, drive to the horse racing area, 30 km west of Ulaanbaatar. The horses race on the open steppes by age category (6 ages): from two-year-old horse to full-grown stallions. The racing distance depends on horses’ age. For example, two-year-old horses race 15 km, while the full-grown horses race 30km in the open field. Today, we can have a choice of 4 years old horses’ race or 2 years old horses’ race. In the afternoon, we will drive south of Bogd Khaan Mountain and have an overnight at a ger camp.

What’s Included: Ger camp, horse race
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Drive to Tsagaan Suvarga, mud cliff

The journey continues to Tsagaan Suvarga driving on paved roads of the Gobi steppes. Tsagaan Suvarga is 20-60 m high, 400 m long colorful clay cliffs. This mud could be found in the bed of the ocean three million years ago. At the sunrise and sunset, the cliffs look wonderfully colorful. Hike through the cliffs.

What’s Included: Ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Yoliin Am ( Eagle Valley)

Eagle Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountain. In the depths of the valley, sheer canyon does not accept sunlight. People are always amazed when they see this beautiful green valley in the Gobi desert. If you are there at the right time, you will have a chance to see wild animals such as ibex, mountain sheep and deer. In the morning, when the upper parts of the canyon accept the sunlight, golden eagles can be seen flying from their nests. The valley was named after these birds. Seeing the Eagle Valley requires us approximately 2.5 hours soft hiking through the beautiful mountain valley.

What’s Included: Ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The largest Sand Dune, Khongor

You will be amazed by the combination of rugged blue mountains, yellow sand mountains and a green shored river while driving to the Khongor Sand Dunes. The Khongor Sand Dunes are the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. Also known as "Singing Dunes," they are up to 300 m high towering above the surrounding area. Total width is 5-35 km and about 100 km long. The tops of the dunes are accessible, and the views of the desert from the top are indescribably beautiful. If you can climb one of the highest tops, you probably find out why the sand dunes called "Singing Dunes." Next, we will visit a nomad family and have some camel riding.

What’s Included: Ger camp, camel riding
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Flaming Cliffs

Our adventure will continue to the Flaming Cliffs, where American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews found the cemetery of dinosaurs and the first dinosaur eggs ever discovered in the world. We will have some hiking through the cliffs and see the Gobi tree grove in Bayanzag. Bayanzag means “rich in saxual trees.” This tree only grows in the Central Asian Gobi. Enjoy 360 degrees views of the steppes, Gobi sunrise and sunset.

What’s Included: Ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Drive to Ongi Monastery on the endless steppes

Ongi monastery was one of the biggest 7 monasteries in Mongolia. There were two monasteries consisted of more than 30 temples on the shores of the Ongi River surrounded by the Gobi mountains. The temples were destroyed during the socialist purge of the 1930s. Now the ruins of the monasteries involve a vast area. Visit a new active temple, a temple museum and hike through the old monastery site.

What’s Included: Ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Erdenezuu monastery and Kharkhorin in the Orkhon River Valley

After breakfast, driving to Kharakhorin located in the vast valley of the Orkhon River. Today’s driving takes place in the transition zone of the Gobi desert to the mountain steppes. In the Orkhon river valley, beautiful monastery Erdenezuu coexists with Kharkhorin village. The monastery was built on the ruins of ancient Mongolian capital Kharakhorum (13th century) using old materials of the destroyed city without using a single nail for the construction. Kharakorum was one of the stops of the famous "Silk Road." Erdenezuu is the first and the largest monastery in Mongolia keeping religious masterpieces of the 17th - 20th centuries. See some valuable religious items in the temple museum and admire its stunning architecture. Also, seeing some remains of the ancient city and visiting the Kharakhorin Museum is a part of our today’s program.

What’s Included: Ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Visit a nomad family, have nomadic lunch, have horseback riding and drive back Ulaanbaatar

On the way, we will stop for short at Elsentasarkhai, a “Mini Gobi” and visit a nomad family. See the unique life of nomads, have nomadic lunch and ride horses.Drive to and arrive in Ulaanbaatar late afternoon. Check in a hotel. Free time to relax or go shopping.

What’s Included: 3* hotel, horse riding
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Departure

Transfer to the airport/railway station. End of the tour.

What’s Included: Airport transfer
Meals: Breakfast

Tour price per person
  • 2 PAX
    1980$
  • 3-5 PAX
    1670$
  • 6-8 PAX
    1490$
    (more attractive price for more than 8 PAX)
Discounts:
  • For children of a family trip
  • One free space for every 16 pax
  • Book 5-6 months ahead
    5-10%
  • Please contact us for more trip details.
The tour includes:
  • 3 nights in *** hotel
  • 7 nights in ger camps
  • 2 days permission and ticket fare of Naadam
  • 4 wheels driving vehicle service
  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • English speaking guide
  • Horse, camel riding
  • Daily bottled water
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Entry Fees
The tour excludes:
  • Items for personal use
  • International travel
  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Optional activities and additional services
  • Single supplements
  • gratuity for the guide and driver
Is this tour suitable for me?

This is a regular tour includes overnight stays in ger camps in the countryside and hotels in Ulaanbaatar. The tour has not included any demanding physical activities. Traveling in Mongolia always requires long driving through changing landscapes and steppes with scenic views. Even though, we tried to plan the trip to have as little driving as possible. Approximate day driving will be 3-7 hours (6-7 hours long driving day will be only two days). The itinerary includes some light activities such as 1-3 hours soft hiking and an hour camel riding. The most challenging experience of the tour could be climbing high sand dunes in the Gobi, which is not mandatory and you can enjoy the sand dunes and yourself while climbing one of the foot sand hills.

Weather in July

July is the hottest month. The Gobi or southern Mongolia is the warmest region in Mongolia. The annual temperature is usually 2-10°C higher than other parts of Mongolia. Average day temperature is +30°C, hottest +40°C and night temperature could drop to +12°C although some nights could be sultriness. It is a month receives a relatively higher prescription than other months. The temperature could dramatically fall if it rains. The rain period starts after Naadam festival when observing annual average, but not constant. The rain could be a temporary shower or drizzling rain. For your pre-departure preparation, you may check packing list of the discovery tours.

Accommodation

In Ulaanbaatar, you will stay in a hotel according to the itinerary or your preferred category of hotel/accommodation, and you will stay at ger camps. For more detailed information on the accommodation, please visit our recommended hotels in Mongolia and Mongolia Ger camps

Guides

The majority of our company's guides are English speaking. We also have some guides who speak German, French, Spanish and Japanese. They are all friendly, helpful and most of them were born and grown in the countryside. Therefore, they have good knowledge about every aspect of Mongolia, and they have at least three years or more years of guiding experience. During the camel riding, a local guide will follow you.

Tour vehicles

Most of our tours were designed with four wheels driving Japanese vans driven by experienced, friendly and good mechanic-drivers. You may check the travel vehicle details at Mongolia transportation

To plan your dream holiday or customize the tour exclusively for you, what to do and see in Mongolia page may help you.

As well as, please check attractions in the Mongolian Gobi and Central Mongolia

Dr. Deborah Mills
Travelers from Australia
I looked at lots of companies when planning the trip and settled on ViewMongolia.com because of the Trip advisor reviews, and the efficiency of Boggie. I like supporting local companies plus it seemed more economical than the big tour companies, but it never felt like a cheap trip – quite the contrary. I strongly commend the super efficiency of Ms Boggie answering my queries in the planning phase - about diet issues, standard of car, length of drives, special requirements for itinerary, visas, money presents for nomad children etc. It is a leap of faith to read reviews on Trip Advisor, pay your money, get off a plane UlaanBaatar (UB) and hope someone is there to meet us. Our driver Chuka was indeed there, with his welcoming sign and off we went - for our two week tour. After our arrival in UB, we spent a day or so looking around. Blue Sky hotel was an impressive building with modern, clean and spacious rooms, good breakfast, and right next to the big city square (especially useful if you are there for Naadam). We loved the Naadam festival, and the opening ceremony for all its colour and costumes and fun – I recommend to go then if you can. The traditional dancing show that ViewMongolia took us to see was the best local culture show I have ever seen (I have seen lots) – impressive throat singers, lovely local string instruments, well rehearsed, good costumes, altogether most enjoyable.
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