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Mongolia and the Naadam Festival

From $10,139 - 24 Days, fully inclusive from selected Australian cities

The great Khans of Mongolia created the largest land empire the world has ever known. The most famous of all was Genghis Khan, the relentless warrior who forever marked his birthplace on the map. Remote and stunning, Mongolia is still relatively unexplored by modern day travellers and its charm lies firmly in that fact. The country is blessed with endless plains, beautiful backdrops, warm-hearted people with simplistic views of the world and a fascinating history.

One of the many special features you will encounter on this tour is experiencing first-hand the annual Naadam Festival, a local celebration of the Mongolian people and culture. The origins of the festival can be traced to the Mongol Army with horse racing, wrestling and archery competitions favoured by locals and visitors alike.

Tour itinerary

Reverse itinerary

DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO ULAANBAATAR

Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways and Air China to Ulaanbaatar.

DAYS 3-4: ULAANBAATAR

Over the next two days, join the annual festivities of the Naadam Festival, which dates back to the Genghis Khan period. The festival is awash with colours and traditional costumes. Witness events such as wrestling, horse racing and archery.

DAY 5: ULAANBAATAR TO TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

Drive to Terelj National Park, visiting the Genghis Khan Statue Complex en route to the capital. Explore Turtle Rock and enjoy a light hike to Aryabal Monastery. Visit a nomadic family and stay overnight in a Ger camp.

DAY 6: TERELJ NATIONAL PARK TO ULAANBAATAR

Drive back to Ulaanbaatar for a two night stay, Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar continue enjoying the Naadam Festival with a costumes display in the Central Square.

DAY 7: ULAANBAATAR

Visit the 19th century Gandan Monastery, followed by Sukhbaatar Square where a statue stands of Damdin Sukhbaatar, who led the Mongolian Revolution. Next, visit the National Museum of Mongolian History and the Museum of Natural History.

DAY 8-10: ULAANBAATAR TO MÔRON – LAKE

KHOVSGOL Fly to Moron and travel to Lake Khovsgol, known as the ‘dark blue pearl’. Surrounded by forests and meadows, your three days here are includes a visit to a reindeer breeding family and free time to enjoy the amazing scenery.

DAYS 11: LAKE KHOVSGOL TO JARGAL JIGUUR

This morning leave Lake Khovsgol and travel to Jargal Jiguur.

DAY 12: JARGAL JIGUUR TO GREAT WHITE LAKE

This morning leave Jargal Jiguur and continue to Great White Lake in the Khangai Mountains. Hike to Mt. Khorgo situated 900m above the lake.

DAY 13: GREAT WHITE LAKE TO TSENKHER JIGUUR

HOT SPRINGS Travel to Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs and enjoy free time to relax in the hot springs and take in the surrounding scenery.

DAY 14: TSENKHER JIGUUR HOT SPRINGS TO

KHARKHORIN Drive to the ancient capital of Kharkhorin, situated on the Orkhon River, and visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia.

DAY 15: KHARKHORIN TO MT. KHOGNO KHAN

Continue to Mt. Khogno Khan. Explore the remains of the Uvgun Khiid Monastery, located at the foot of the mountain.

DAY 16: MT. KHOGNO KHAN TO ONGII

Travel to Ongii where you will view the ruins of the famed monastic complex Ongiin Khiid.

DAY 17: ONGII TO BAYANZAG

Leave Ongii and drive to Bayanzag, also known as ‘Flaming Cliffs’. Visit the Gobi dinosaur cemetery and trace the footsteps of palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews.

DAY 18: BAYANZAG TO KHONGORYN ELS

Continue to Khongoryn Els, the location of Mongolia’s l argest sand dunes, also known as the ‘Singing Sand Dunes’.

DAYS 19-20: KHONGORYN ELS TO YOLYN AM

Begin your 4WD journey heading to Yolyn Am, a gorge in the Gobi National Park, marvelling at the mountains and vast sand dunes along the way.

DAY 21: YOLYN AM TO ULAANBAATAR

Transfer to Dalanzadgad and fly to Ulaanbaatar. Enjoy the afternoon free at leisure.

DAY 22: ULAANBAATAR

Enjoy a leisurely day visiting Zaisan Memorial Hill for views of the city and Buddha’s Park. This evening watch a folklore performance.

DAY 23: DEPART ULAANBAATAR

Early this morning you will be transferred to Ulaanbaatar airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 24: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Arrive home today.

Normal itinerary

DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO ULAANBAATAR

Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways and Mongolian Airlines to Ulaanbaatar.

DAYS 3-4: ULAANBAATAR TO YOLYN AM

Fly to Dalanzadgad, located on the edge of the Gobi Desert. Begin your 4WD journey heading to Yolyn Am, a gorge in the Gobi National Park, marvelling at the mountains and vast sand dunes along the way.

DAY 5: YOLYN AM TO KHONGORYN ELS

Continue to Khongoryn Els, the location of Mongolia’s largest sand dunes, also known as the ‘Singing Sand Dunes’.

DAY 6: KHONGORYN ELS TO BAYANZAG

Leave Khongoryn Els and drive to Bayanzag, also known as ‘Flaming Cliffs’. Visit the Gobi dinosaur cemetery and trace the footsteps of palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews.

DAY 7: BAYANZAG TO ONGII

Travel to Ongii where you will view the ruins of the famed monastic complex Ongiin Khiid.

DAY 8: ONGII TO MT. KHOGNO KHAN

Continue to Mt. Khogno Khan. Explore the remains of the Uvgun Khiid Monastery, located at the foot of the mountain.

DAY 9: MT. KHOGNO KHAN TO KHARKHORIN

Drive to the ancient capital of Kharkhorin, situated on the Orkhon River, and visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia.

DAY 10: KHARKHORIN TO TSENKHER JIGUUR HOT SPRINGS

Travel to Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs and enjoy free time to relax in the hot springs and take in the surrounding scenery.

DAY 11: TSENKHER JIGUUR HOT SPRINGS TO GREAT WHITE LAKE

Continue to Great White Lake in the Khangai Mountains. Hike to Mt. Khorgo situated 900m above the lake.

DAY 12: GREAT WHITE LAKE TO JARGAL JIGUUR

This morning leave Great White Lake and travel to Jargal Jiguur.

DAYS 13-14: JARGAL JIGUUR TO LAKE Khovsgol

Travel to Lake Khovsgol, known as the ‘dark blue pearl’. Surrounded by forests and meadows, your two days here are free to enjoy the amazing scenery.

DAY 15: LAKE KHOVSGOL – MÔRON TO ULAANBAATAR

Travel to Môron and fly back to Ulaanbaatar for the Naadam Festival on the following day, the biggest annual festival of the people and culture in Mongolia.

DAYS 16-18: ULAANBAATAR

Over the next three days, join the annual festivities of the Naadam Festival, which dates back to the Genghis Khan period. The festival is awash with colours and traditional costumes. Witness events such as wrestling, horse racing and archery.

DAY 19: ULAANBAATAR TO TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

This morning view the costumes on display in the Central Square. Drive to Terelj National Park. Explore Turtle Rock and enjoy a light hike to Aryabal Monastery. Visit a nomadic family and stay overnight in a Ger camp.

DAY 20: TERELJ NATIONAL PARK TO ULAANBAATAR

Drive back to Ulaanbaatar for a three night stay, visiting the Genghis Khan Statue Complex en route to the capital.

DAY 21: ULAANBAATAR

Visit the 19th century Gandan Monastery, followed by Sukhbaatar Square where a statue stands of Damdin Sukhbaatar, who led the Mongolian Revolution. Next, visit the National Museum of Mongolian History and the Museum of Natural History.

DAY 22: ULAANBAATAR

Enjoy a leisurely day visiting Zaisan Memorial Hill for views of the city and Buddha’s Park. This evening watch a folklore performance.

DAY 23: DEPART ULAANBAATAR

Early this morning you will be transferred to Ulaanbaatar airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 24: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Arrive home today.

Tour Reviews

"Bill and I want to thank Wendy Wu Tours"
Reviewed:

Donna our guide kept it running smoothly and efficiently as well as being a lovely young lady. Our 6 drivers knew their job and their vehicles and drove us safely over 2000km of tracks, most of which required total concentration. They all did a mighty job as well as being such nice people. Vehicles well maintained and kept very clean, were very comfortable.

Enjoyed the gers; these were comfortable and clean and the stoves much appreciated. The tour was fast paced and as active as one wanted to make it. The scenery was outstanding, the food was good and more than required. The Naadam Festival was an amazing experience. The colour in the opening ceremony with children, horsemen, warriors, archers, musicians, bands and people from each district marching in their costumes was so memorable. The following day we attended horse racing in the country side. To be part of this picnic of thousands of people spread over a huge area of grasslands; just to watch the finish of a 30k horserace, the riders under 10 years old, this race, plus serious wrestling and archery in the stadiums in Ulaanbaatar is the tradition of the Naadam Festival.

Bill and I want to thank Wendy Wu Tours for having these destinations made so easy for us to experience and to meet fellow travellers who also want an adventure holiday such as we have had. With the excellent agents in these countries we leave home knowing we will be well looked after.

Mr and Mrs W Howland
Queensland
Travelled on: Mongolia and the Naadam Festival
"I thoroughly enjoyed the Mongolia & The Naadam Festival tour"
Reviewed:

I thoroughly enjoyed the Mongolia & The Naadam Festival tour. The scenery throughout the tour was magnificent. The tour was action packed with a variety of activities.

Donna, the national guide, was superb. She was very informative and had a great English vocabulary. Donna also made strategic amendments to the itinerary due to weather and travel conditions which enabled us to see everything under favourable circumstances.

Dobbo and Hurlee, the drivers, were professional in their approach to navigating over rough terrain in the 4WD vehicles. At mealtimes there was plenty of food on the plate and the meals were served individually, unlike China where they are shared dishes. The meals were similar to what we would eat in Australia.

I would recommend this tour

Stephen Taylor
Victoria
Travelled on: Mongolia and the Naadam Festival

Dates & Prices

From $10,139 per person

24 Days, fully inclusive Twin Share

Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways

*Melbourne and Adelaide passengers may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost.

From Price Includes Tour cost $9,936 Cathay Pacific Airways Fuel Surcharge $94 & Tipping $109 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in destination. See Booking Conditions)
From $1,230 Single Hotel Room Option
From $8,850 Land Only including Tipping
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Important Notes:

Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $203. Please note the Tipping amount of USD100 (AUD109) is payable on arrival in Mongolia.

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