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Mongolia & Naadam Festival

  • Duration

    21 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Go Beyond
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    $12,980pp
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Discover the rarely visited land of Genghis Khan, with its endless plains and breath-taking landscapes, and drive through the Gobi desert to the amazing Naadam Festival.

Tour Highlights

Our Mongolia & Naadam Festival tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Mongolia & Naadam Festival Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Ulaanbaatar

    DAY 1: Fly to Ulaanbaatar

    Fly to Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You have the rest of the day at leisure.

    • Dinner
  • Day 2

    Ulaanbaatar City

    DAY 2: Ulaanbaatar City

    Start your explorations with a visit to Gandan Monastery, the largest and most important monastery in Mongolia. Later, explore the Museum of Mongolian History giving insight into the culture of Mongolia, you will then visit the Museum of Fine Arts.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 3

    Gobi Desert

    DAY 3: Gobi Desert

    his morning, you will fly to Dalanzadgad where you will visit the local market and dinosaur garden before transferring by 4WD to the ger camp near Gurvansaikhan (Three Beauty) National Park. You will then spend the day exploring Vulture Valley and the famed Eagle's Gorge, before driving back to the camp for a visit to a Mongolian family to learn about their lifestyle.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4

    Khongoryn Els

    DAY 4: Khongoryn Els

    After an early start you will be travelling by 4WD to Khongoryn Els to explore the remarkable desert landscapes and beautiful sand dunes.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5

    Bayanzag - Flaming Cliffs

    DAY 5: Bayanzag - Flaming Cliffs

    This morning is at leisure for you to explore. After lunch, continue to Bayanzag - more commonly known as the 'Flaming Cliffs'. This afternoon sees a visit to the Gobi Dinosaurs Cemetery and an opportunity to explore the surrounding landscape.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6

    Ongiin khiid

    DAY 6: Ongiin khiid

    Today you will journey to the banks of the Ongii River, travelling through over-dry plains. On arrival, visit the ruins of two famed monasteries, the Barlim Khiid to the north and the Khutagt Khiid to the south. Combined they form the complex known as Ongiin Khiid Monastery.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7

    Mount Khogno Khan

    DAY 7: Mount Khogno Khan

    Depart for Mount Khogno Khan to explore the remains of the 17th-century monastery, the Uvgun Khiids, located at the foot of the mountain. The monastery offers views of the spectacular scenery so enjoy some time to explore the monastery and its surroundings.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8

    Kharkhorin

    DAY 8: Kharkhorin

    Drive to the ancient capital of Kharkhorin, situated on the Orkhon River. Here you will have the chance to explore the ancient sites within Kharkhorin and the memorable Erdene Zuu Monastery.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9

    Tsenkher

    DAY 9: Tsenkher

    Enjoy the morning at leisure before continuing to Tsenkher Jiguur. You will have more free time to relax in the hot springs and soak up the spectacular surroundings

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10

    Khorgo Terkh

    DAY 10: Khorgo Terkh

    Today you will be heading towards the serene Great White Lake (Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur) to your ger camp which is located within one of the most beautiful areas of the famous Great White Lake and Khorgo Volcano. Why not take a walk up to the crater of the volcano for wonderful views, or stroll along the lake shore with excellent opportunities for bird and wildlife spotting. You will also visit Zayaiin Huree Monastery in Tsetserleg Town.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11

    Jargal Jiguur

    DAY 11: Jargal Jiguur

    Enjoy a walk around the shores of the lake, which is home to a diverse variety of wildlife and birds and take in the breathtaking scenery. After lunch, continue to Jargal Jiguur known as 'home of the yaks', due to many local families seen herding yaks.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 12-13

    Lake Khovsgol

    DAYS 12-13: Lake Khovsgol

    Today is a long drive through Môron to Lake Khovsgol watching plains and glacial peaks pass by. Your ger camp is situated on the eastern shore of the lake. In the afternoon, take a walk to the forest and visit a reindeer breeding family, where you will get introduced to their way of life. You have the next day at leisure to explore freely.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14

    Ulaanbaatar City

    DAY 14: Ulaanbaatar City

    This morning, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival you will transfer to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15

    Naadam Eve

    DAY 15: Naadam Eve

    This morning, visit the Mongol Nomadic Show and Khustai National Park to learn about the nomads and their way of life. After lunch, return to Ulaanbaatar city for the Naadam Eve, visiting Central Square where you can view the Naadam Mongol costumes on display.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16

    Naadam Festival

    DAY 16: Naadam Festival

    Today starts the highlight of your journey as you interact with locals and nomads, witnessing the Opening Ceremony of the Naadam Festival. The featured events you will see are wrestling, horseracing and archery. View the procession of the athletes, officials and monks as the first round of competitions in the wrestling tournament begin.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 17

    Horse Race

    DAY 17: Horse Race

    Travel outside the city to enjoy the second day of the Naadam Festival. An exciting day unfolds as you view the cross-country horseracing, also known as 'tumnii ekh' (leader of ten thousand). Cheer along with the locals as the athletes compete in a carnival-like atmosphere.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 18

    Genghis Khan Statue Complex

    DAY 18: Genghis Khan Statue Complex

    This morning, travel to Terelj National Park stopping en route to visit the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue Complex. Spend the afternoon exploring the area, enjoying the alpine scenery and seeing Turtle Rock.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 19

    Ulaanbaatar City

    DAY 19: Ulaanbaatar City

    You have the day in Ulaanbaatar to explore as you wish. This evening you will enjoy a traditional Mongolian performance followed by dinner.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 20-21

    Depart Ulaanbaatar

    DAYS 20-21: Depart Ulaanbaatar

    Fly overnight to Australia, arriving home the following day.

    • Breakfast
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • -21°c
  • 2mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • -19°c
  • 1mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • -16°c
  • 3mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • -17°c
  • 2mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • -7°c
  • 4mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • -8°c
  • 4mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 3°c
  • 10mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • 2°c
  • 11mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 11°c
  • 21mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • 9°c
  • 26mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 16°c
  • 46mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • 14°c
  • 58mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 19°c
  • 64mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • 15°c
  • 94mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 16°c
  • 70mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • 14°c
  • 77mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 10°c
  • 27mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • 8°c
  • 28mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 1°c
  • 10mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • 0°c
  • 10mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • -10°c
  • 6mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • -10°c
  • 4mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • -18°c
  • 4mm
  • Kharkhorin
  • -17°c
  • 2mm
Mongolia & Naadam Festival map

Places Visited: Ulaanbaatar (2N+4N+1N) - Terelj National Park (1N) - Dalanzadgad - Yolyn Am (1N) - Khongoryn Els (1N) - Bayanzag (1N) - Ongii (1N) - Mt Khogno Khan (1N) - Kharkhorin (1N) - Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs (1N) - Great White Lake (1N) - Jargal Jiguur (1N) - Lake Khovsgo (2N) - Moron

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