By Tour Mongolia


Traditional Naadam Festival

  • 10 Jul
  • -
  • 17 Jul
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  • 8 days


per person

Availability: 5 places

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  • Religious

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The 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 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 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 preparation of wrestlers and making of archery bows and arrows.

Day 1

10 July Day 1 Welcoming Day

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Transfer to hotel.  Refreshment in the hotel. Enjoy traditional art performance and Welcome dinner. Stay overnight in the hotel. D

Day 2

11 July Day 2 Naadam Festival

Naadam! Naadam! Mongolian national day is celebrated throughout the country. Naadam festival is opened officially by the President of Mongolia. Soldiers on horseback, sometimes dressed in Chinggis Khan warriors regalia, will get the nine white horsetail banners at the Parliament house where they are normally displayed and will then ride in procession through the city, later to be placed in the center of the National Stadium, from where we will be viewing the Opening Ceremony. At the stadium, a huge procession is held including hundreds of adults and children dressed in costumes representing Mongolia’s numerous ethnic groups. The opening ceremony features a colorful show with folk music and dance, parachute show and more. The first round of wrestling will start immediately thereafter. Usually 512 wrestlers from all across Mongolia will compete in the first round! But sometimes more than 1000! After that you will see the archery competitions where contestants can only rely on his keen eye, firm hand and experience, take aim at a target of fist-sized baskets; and ankle bone shooting competition. Late afternoon we will visit the Bogd Khaan Palace museum. Stay overnight in the hotel. BLD

Naadam festival

Day 3

12 July Day 3 Visit horse racing field

Morning we will travel to Khuu Doloon Khudag, the horse racing field. The horse races continue over the two main Naadam days. Mongol horseracing is part of a living cultural heritage, similar to the equestrian tradition that brought the Mongol armies to faraway places during medieval times. There are seven categories of races depending on the age of a horse. Two or three hundred riders ages 5-12 compete in every age category in a distance of 15 to 35km. We will see the “four year old” horse racing around 11 am. The horse race is actually a bit far from the barriers set up for visitors, so bring binoculars! However, the fun of attending is really seeing the locals. We can visit nomadic tented camps that have sprung up behind the race track and experience a concentration of nomadic Mongolia at one site! Herdsmen have come with their horses and all provisions for the festivities, which include airag (koumiss; fermented mares milk) for the merrymaking. Continue drive to Khustai National Park for 65kms. Stay overnight in Ger camp. BLD

Horse racing

Day 4

13 July Day 4 Travel to nomad community

Morning visit park and to see wild horses. Then travel for 200km to Gurvanbulag community of nomad herders. Upon arrival in the area you will be greeted according to Mongolian tradition and warmly welcomed to nomadic meals and tea. Cultural immersion for nomadic life. Stay  overnight in community based Ger camp. BLD

Day 5

14 July Day 5 Travel to Kharakhorum

Travel to KharaKhorum for 100kms. Visit famous Erdene Zuu (Hundred Treasures) monastery, built on the remains of Kharakhorum city in 1586 by the order of Abtai Sain Khan, descendant of Chinggis Khan. It was the first Buddhist center in Mongolia. Surrounding the monastery there is a wall with 108 stupas, of which 25 are on each side and 2 at every corner of the wall. Each stupa was erected in commemoration of a particular event, related in the inscription on each one. The three temples inside the wall represent the three stages of the Buddha’s life: childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Stay overnight in Ger camp. BLD

Day 6

15 July Day 6 Travel to Khognokhaan & camel riding

Travel to Khognokhaan Natural Reserve, the area is protected since 1997, covers 46900ha of beautiful granite mountain of Paleozoic age and its surroundings. Camelriding trek for 2hours. Optional visit to Erdenekhamba, local Buddhist temple is available. Stay overnight in Ger camp. BLD

Camel riding

Day 7

16 July Day 7 Ulaanbaatar

Travel back to Ulaanbaatar for 280kms. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. Shopping for souvenirs and cashmere. Farewell dinner. Stay overnight in the hotel. BLD 

Day 8

17 July Day 8 Departure

Departure. B