Classic: Naadam Festival Mongolia (AMNF)
Countries Visited: Mongolia Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 12
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 10 dinners
Accommodations: Hotels (4 nts), nomad family stay/camping (1 nt), Mongolian gers (9 nts, multi-share).
Watch the opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival, cheer on wrestlers and archers, listen to famous throat singing, sleep in traditional gers, devour Mongolian barbecue in the grasslands
Wander the land that gave the world Genghis Khan and experience the rich pageantry and intense competitions of the legendary Naadam Festival. Witness giants wrestle, archers hit impossible targets and horses race across grasslands to glory. Travel the region's steppes and sand dunes to uncover storied Buddhist monasteries and cultural treasures on this unique adventure. Overnight in gers with local families for extraordinary cultural experiences you won't soon forget.
|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Ulaanbaatar||Day 1 Ulaanbaatar|
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Amarbayasgalant||Day 2 Ulaanbaatar/Amarbayasgalant (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy a bumpy ride out to the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, the second-most important in Mongolia, located in the beautiful Iven Gol Valley. Additional Notes: Gers are traditional Mongolian tents made with wooden frames and layers of felt. The camps we stay at will have 4 beds per ger with mattresses, linens, and extra blankets. They have a central stove to keep the place cozy and a small table and chairs. Included Activities: Amarbayasgalant Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 350km)
|Day 3||Uran Togoo||Day 3 Amarbayasgalant/Uran Togoo (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Continue on to the beautiful Selenge River. Arrive in the afternoon and stretch your legs after the long drive with a hike to the nearby volcanic crater at Pot Mountain. Included Activities: Pot Mountain Hike Transport: Stop for lunch and photos along the way. Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
|Day 4||Selenge||Day 4 Uran Togoo/Selenge (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy free time in this scenic region and learn more about Mongolian nomadic culture. Opt to taste traditional Mongolian barbecue which is made only during ceremonies, or family celebrations.
|Day 5||Khovsgol||Day 5 Selenge/Khovsgol (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Spend the day travelling to scenic Khovsgol Lake. Included Activities: Lake Khovsgol and Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
|Day 6||Khovsgol||Day 6 Khovsgol (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy a free day at Khovsgol lake. Try your hand at archery, go horseback riding, or hiking.
|Day 7||Jargalant||Day 7 Khovsgol/Jargalant (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Travel through the Lake District of Mongolia, looking for wildlife on the way. Spend the evening at a ger camp on Zuun Lake. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake||Day 8 Jargalant/Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Continue on with another long day of scenic driving to reach Great White Lake. With two days to explore, there are plenty of ways to spend time here. Additional Notes: Please note that facilities at this home are very basic, and travellers will use open-air "bush toilets" in nature, or a bush toilet enclosed by a small hut for privacy. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)
|Day 9||Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake||Day 9 Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Spend a full day exploring the area. Climb the crater of a nearby volcano and crawl inside lava tubes. Spend a free afternoon in the area horseback riding, fishing, or mingling with the locals. Included Activities: Khorgo Volcano Visit
|Day 10||Tsenkher||Day 10 Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake/Tsenkher (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Stop en route to Tsenkher in the small town of Tsetserleg to visit the monastery museum. Opt to visit the handicraft shops here or the bakery. Stay in a ger camp nearby with options to visit the springs, go horseback riding, or chat with the locals. Included Activities: Zayain KhUree Monastery Museum Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
|Day 11||Elsen Tasarhai||Day 11 Tsenkher/Elsen Tasarhai (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Drive to Elsen Tasarhai. Enjoy the activities that so called little Gobi sand dunes has to offer- hiking in sand dunes, visit an ancient stone carving, and soak in the desert atmosphere. Included Activities: Elsen Tasarhai Sand Dunes Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 12||Ulaanbaatar||Day 12 Elsen Tasarhai/Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)|
Travel back to Ulaanbaatar in time for the Naadam Festival ceremonies. Over the next few days, enjoy the opening ceremony, wrestling, archery, Naadam horseracing, and the closing ceremony, as well as free time for exploring Ulaanbaatar. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 13||Ulaanbaatar||Day 13 Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)|
Watch the opening ceremony. Observe some of the wrestling matches and also the archery contests. With free time, opt for a wonderful cultural show or souvenir shopping. Included Activities: Nadaam Festival (Eriin Gurvan Naadam)
|Day 14||Ulaanbaatar||Day 14 Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)|
Head out to see the finish line of the Naadam horserace. Enjoy a free afternoon before attending the Festival Closing Ceremony in the evening. Included Activities: Nadaam Festival (Eriin Gurvan Naadam)
|Day 15||Ulaanbaatar||Day 15 Ulaanbaatar (1B)|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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