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The Naadam Festival Tour - BMT 4/3

This tour revolves around the Naadam and the natural wonders in Mongolia. Naadam is the paramount festival of Mongolia held from July 11th to 13th, consisting of wrestling, horse racing and archery. With an abundant history of 800 years, you have a lot to see from Naadam! And before get in the Naadam spirit, have journey to where the history and nature sleeps, that includes the Elsen Tasarkhai, Kharkhorin and the Khustai Nuruu National Park.

Duration: 8 days & 7 nights
Starting time: From 6th of July to 13th of July
Availability: From 6th of July to 13th of July
Tour code: BMT 4/3
Tour cost: from $1800 USA

This tour continues for 8 days in which 2 are spent on Naadam activities. But the best part comes last, hence we prepared some non-Naadam related activities of the best choice to perfect your first 6 days. These include the Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes known for its divergent view of vast desert and lush grassland, the Kharkhorin where the ruins of the Mongol Empire’s capital is, the Erdene Zuu monastery with a survival history of three centuries and the Khustai Nuruu National Park of abundant flora and fauna. In brief, a historic tour and eco-tour in 6 days.

Now to further explain Naadam, is indeed the embodiment of the Mongol’s tradition, culture, history and the way of thinking from long ago. The Naadam can be traced back to the 13th century where it has its origin in activities, such as archery, horse riding and wrestling that served as a way to train soldiers for battle. It is also locally termed "the three games of men" of which are archery, horse racing and wrestling.

 

“The three games of men” was a traditional ceremony held to celebrate the coronation of Genghis Khan. Today, it formally commemorates the 1921 Revolution when Mongolia declared itself independent of China.

 

Wrestling: The prime game of “The three games of men”. A total of 512 or 1024 wrestlers meet in a single-elimination tournament that lasts nine or ten rounds. Mongolian traditional wrestling is an untimed competition in which wrestlers lose if they touch the ground with any part of their body other than their feet or hands.

 

Archery: Archery was the part of Mongols’ everyday life back in the 13th century. Every men and even women were adept archers. According to the Secret History of the Mongols, Yesunge Mergen is said to have shot arrows the farthest at 520 meters. As a proof, this remark was sculptured on a rock.

 

Horse racing: The horse racing continues for two days and approximately 2400 horses, 26000 horses including the Provinces, race at a 15 – 30 km distance. Children from the age of 5 to 13 are chosen as the jockeys. While jockeys are an important component, the main purpose of the races is to test the skill of the horses

 

Brief itinerary

Day 1: Your arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Day 2: Elsen Tasarkhai

Day 3: Kharkhorin & Erdene Zuu monastery

Day 4: Khustai Nuruu National Park

Day 5: Naadam festival

Day 6: Naadam festival

Day 7: Your departure

 

Additional information
Tours can be customized at tourists’ request
The itinerary will be changed in case of unfavorable weather conditions

Day 1: Our team will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the hotel. This day is meant for leisure. Thus, you can rest and relax at the hotel. (L + D)

Day 2: After a breakfast, we will set off to the Elsen Tasarkhai which are 80 km long sand dunes situated in a terrain of 3 Provinces, Tuv, Uvurkhangai and Bulgan. Because there is a river running along the sand dunes, the soil underneath is moist, creating a small oasis. Camelback riding and other nomadic activities are available at the site. The night is spent in a tourist camp. (B + L + D = Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 3: Next, we will head out to the Kharkhorin in Uvurkhangai Province. The ruins nearby Kharkhorin was once served as the capital of the Mongol Empire. Moving along to the Erdene Zuu monastery, after the survival of many unfavorable events, it is now an active Buddhist monastery as well as a museum that is open to tourists. Services, shops and stalls are present at the site. The night is spent in a tourist camp. (B + L + D)

Day 4: After a hearty breakfast, our team will drive you to the Khustai Nuruu National Park known to be the home to around 44 species of mammals, 217 species of birds, 16 species of fish, 2 species of amphibians and 385 species of insects. The site is indeed the ideal spot for ecotourism. The night is spent in a tourist camp. (B + L + D)

Day 5:  End of our non-Naadam related activities. We will return to Ulaanbaatar and have a quick view of the city, including the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, Zaisan Memorial hill and Chinggis Square. The night is spent in the hotel. (B + L + D)

Day 6: Have a breakfast and we will head to the National Sports Stadium where the Naadam is held. The Naadam hence starts with a grand opening ceremony. Outside the stadium are stalls, tents and shops packed with crowds in Naadam spirits. Later in the evening, enjoy the Tumen-Ekh ensemble, featuring traditional song, music, dance and contortion. The night is spent in the hotel. (B + L + D)

Day 7: Continuing the Naadam, visit the Khui Doloon Khudag to see the horse racing. In the afternoon, visit a nomadic family and have a Mongolian cuisine, Khorkhog. The night is spent in the hotel. (B + L + D)

Day 8: After an early breakfast, we will see you off at the airport. Thank you for choosing us and we hope that you had an unforgettable experience with us! (B )

DISCOUNT CONDITIONS

Infants under age of 0-3 years are 100% free of charge

Children under age of 4-12 years have 50% discount

Inclusions

•   Guiding and interpreting service

•   Transportation in a fully-equipped vehicle with a driver.

•   Full-course meals at a tourist camp

•   Entrance fees, tickets and admissions for the above-listed activities

•   Supply of bottled water and snacks, daily

•   Pick-up and drop service /e.g From airport to hotel/

 

Exclusions

•   Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar

•   Flight and train tickets

•   Travel insurances /medical, trip or personal/

•   Personal expenses

 

Additional information

1. Please send your request via our online booking or contact via our email, Begmontour@gmail.com.

2.  For more information, please contact +976 88551155.

3. Our travel consultants will have your booking confirmed within 24 hours.

4. Your booking will be confirmed after 30% of the payment is done in advance. Master and Visa are accepted.

5. You will be notified via email or call when your booking is confirmed.

6. Enjoy your trip in Mongolia. 

2018-07-06 2018-07-13 One person $3200 USA Availability: From 6th of July to 13th of July Book now
Two person $3000 USA
Three person $2600 USA
Four or more people $1800 USA

Accomodations

Worldwide hotel chains and guest houses with three to five stars are always at your service in Ulaanbaatar. Hotel reservations are not included in our service, hence a reservation on your behalf is desired. Nonetheless, we are ready to make hotel reservations on your behalf at your request

Recommended hotels:

  • Shangri-La
  • Holiday inn
  • Grand Hill Hotel
  • Ramada Hotel
  • Kempinski Khan Palace
  • ICHMON Hotel
  • Bayangol Hotel
  • Ulaanbaatar Hotel
  • Flower Hotel

 

Road conditions

The vast majority of Mongolia's official road network are simple cross-country tracks. Therefore, tours to rural areas are made on unmaintained roads. Nevertheless, main roads connecting the center of Provinces have network of surfaced roads

 

Ger

Ger is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes. Individual gers are simple, cozy and comfortable, usually kitted out with two, three or four wooden beds with bedding, table and chairs. Tourists generally stay in Ger camps with a choice of Felt Ger, Wooden house or Block Ger. Most Ger camps are equipped with a toilet and shower block and have electricity running from a central generator

 

Food

Mongolian cuisine is a staple food in Mongolia tours, however, Asian & Europian cuisine is also served at your request. A full-course meal of breakfast, lunch and dinner is served throughout the tour. Takeout meal is also prepared for long-distance touring

 

Baggage allowance

The baggage allowance vary per airline and depend on the class, type of ticket and flight destination. Business class flights generally have baggage allowance of 32kg, while economy class flights have 20 kg and local flights have 10 kg. Hence a maximum weight of 20 kg baggage is recommended