Mongolia and the Naadam Festival


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 lovely people and get involved in local festivities. This tour is also offered in reverse. Please enquire for further information.

Places Visited

Australia - Ulaanbaatar (8N) - Yolyn Am (2N) - Khongoryn Els (1N) - Bayanzag (1N) - Ongii (1N) - Mt Khogno Khan (1N) - Kharkhorin (1N) - Tsenkher Jighuur Hot Springs (1N) - Great White Lake (1N) - Jargal Jiguur (1N) - Lake Khovsgo (2N) - Terelj National Park (1N) – Australia

Days 1-2: Fly to Ulaanbaatar
Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways and Mongolian Airlines 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.(D)
Days 1-2: Fly to Ulaanbaatar
Days 3: Ulaanbaatar
Explore Sukhbaatar Square, the Museum of Mongolian History and the Museum of Natural History. Also visit Gandan Monastery the largest and most important in Mongolia.(B,L,D)
Days 3: Ulaanbaatar
Day 4-5: Ulaanbaatar to Gobi Desert
Fly to Dalanzadgad which sits on the edge of the legendary and inhospitable Gobi Desert. Transfer to the ger camp near Gurvansaikhan National Park for two nights. You’ll spend two days immersed in natural beauty amongst jagged mountains and undulating sand dunes. We also visit the magnificent Yolym Am Gorge. (B,L,D)
Day 4-5: Ulaanbaatar to Gobi Desert
Day 6: Khongoryn Els Dunes
Embark on a 4WD adventure to Khongoryn Els and explore Mongolia’s largest sand dunes,also known as the ‘Singing Sand Dunes’. Enjoy the beauty of these stark landscapes and, for those who are feeling adventurous, climb to the top for fantastic views. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Khongoryn Els Dunes
Day 7: Flaming Cliffs
Continue exploring the magnificent landscapes of the Gobi Desert before travelling to Bayanzag. Made up of peaks and canyons in a striking fiery red and orange sandstone, the Flaming Cliffs are a spectacular sight. The area is especially important thanks to the vast number of dinosaur fossils that have been found – even the amateur eye can spot them as you wander through the canyon.(B,L,D)
Day 7: Flaming Cliffs
Day 8: Ongiin Khiid Monastery
Journey to the banks of the Ongii River and view the atmospheric ruins of two monasteries – Barlim Khiid and Khutagt Khiid, comprising Ongiin Khiid, formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Ongiin Khiid Monastery
Day 9: Mt Khongno Khan
Spend the day exploring around the foot of the imposing Mt Khogno Khan. Set in the beautiful surroundings of a Natural Reserve, discover the remains of 17th century Uvgun Khiid Monastery whilst enjoying the resplendent nature and mountain vistas. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Kharkhorin
Mongolia’s former capital Kharkhorin is located in a spot picked by Genghis Khan in 1220. However, the city remained Mongolia’s political, cultural and economic hub for only 40 years before power was transferred to Khanbalik – now modern day Beijing. After the collapse of the Mongolian Empire, the city was abandoned to the elements and destroyed by roving soldiers until its remains were used to build Erdene Zuu Khiid, Mongolia’s first Buddhist monastery – which we will visit today. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs
Lounge in the volcanic hot springs of Tsenkher Jiguur surrounded by stunning alpine scenery. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Great White Lake
Enjoy the scenery of Great White Lake set amongst the extinct volcanoes of the Khangai mountain range. The extinct Khorgo Volcano sits watching over the lake– hike up to the crater for wonderful views, or walk along the lake shore where there are excellent opportunities for bird and wildlife spotting. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Great White Lake
Day 13: Jargal Jiguur
Spend a little more time lingering in the spectacular Great White Lake before driving to Jargal Jiguur ger camp. (B,L,D)
Days 14-15: Lake Khovsgol
The extraordinary Lake Khovsgol is knownas the Blue Pearl of Mongolia, a vast body of water enveloped in dense pine forests and backed by soaring mountains. Spend two days surrounded by nature in this national park, enjoying the flora, fauna and incredible scenery. (B,L,D)
Day 16: Lake Khovsgol to Ulaanbaatar
Travel through more delightful scenery to the city of Moron and fly to Ulaanbaatar. This evening the Naadam festivities begin as you view the Naadam Mongol costumes on display within Central Square. (B,L,D)
Days 17-18: Naadam Festival
Spend three days enjoying the revelry of the traditional Naadam Festival. Dating from the times of Genghis Khan the ‘three manly games’ have locals taking part in Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery. There’s also a wealth of pageantry and ceremony in a festival of raucous fun that you’ll see nowhere else in the world. (B,L,D)
Day 19: Terelj National Park
Soak up the beautiful alpine scenery of the Terelj National Park. Visit Turtle Rock and take an easy hike up to the Aryabal Monastery, perched on the mountainside. Visit a local family to get a glimpse of their nomadic lifestyle. Spend the night in a ger camp. (B,L,D)
Day 20: Ulaanbaatar
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar, visiting the Genghis Khan statue complex en route. (B,L,D)
Day 20: Ulaanbaatar
Day 21 Explore Ulaanbaatar
This morning visit the Bogd King Palace Museum. Spend some time at Hunnu Mall and after lunch enjoy some free time to go shopping.
Day 21 Explore Ulaanbaatar
Day 22 Ulaanbaatar Folklore Performance
Enjoy a leisurely day visiting Zaisan Memorial Hill, Buddha Park and a cashmere factory. This evening sit down to a traditional folklore performance. (B,L,D)
Day 22 Ulaanbaatar Folklore Performance
Day 23 Depart Ulaanbaatar
This morning is at leisure before boarding the overnight flight to Australia. (B)
Day 23 Depart Ulaanbaatar
Day 24 Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.

Tour prices are per person, twin share

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2017

Additional Price Information:

Single Hotel Room Option from $1,500
Land Only (Ulaanbaatar-Ulaanbaatar) 22 days from $8,068 per person (includes tipping)
Adelaide passengers may require stopovers in Hong Kong at an additional cost
Perth passengers may require stopovers in Hong Kong at an additional cost
Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and tipping. Subject to change
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 1300 318 203. Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visa in the price of our tour for Australian passport holders. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in Mongolia and you will find high quality coverage. Mongolia has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Mongolia is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

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Why Book This Tour?

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.

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