Watch the Camel Races

If you like, you can even bet on the camels that are in the race.

Take Many Pictures

This festival has many things you will want to photograph so remember your camera.

Watch Camel Competitions

There are many different camel competitions during this festival which are fun to watch.

Learn About Bactrian Camels

You can learn about the Bactrian camels and their herders while on the tour.

Learn About Bactrian Camels

You can learn about the Bactrian camels and their herders while on the tour.

3 Days
Starts from: 678 USD
Group size : 2-10 people

Schedule 2016 & 2017

Mar 06 Mar 08
More than 4 Pax: 678 USD 3 Pax: 733 USD
2 Pax: 843 USD 1 Pax: 1173 USD

Price Conditions:
* Free of charge: 0-3 years old child
* 20% discount : 4-11 years old child
* Currency: USD / Per person

After the festivities end, travelers are able to ride the camels and visit some of the Gobi Desert’s unique sights. This includes dinosaur bones. This is a great opportunity to help you learn about nomad camel herders and their loved ones.

One of our most popular festivals is the Bactrian Camel Festival. This takes place in the Gobi Desert and gives you a rare opportunity to interact with the Bactrian camels. You will learn firsthand about these beautiful animals at the festival, which is organized by the camel herders in February. This exciting and fun event includes traditional music, costume competitions, dancing, and camel racing.

Why choose this tour

  • Take Many Pictures
  • Watch Camel Competitions
  • Enjoy Paintings by Children
  • Watch the Camel Races
  • Learn About Bactrian Camels

Full itinerary

Day 1

​(Mar 06) Fly to South Gobi and Camel Festival

After breakfast you will be transfered to the airport for the morning flight to Dalanzadgad, capital of the Southern Gobi province (1.5 hours). Upon arrival, drive to tourist camp (2 hours). The Camel festival begins in Bulgan soum (40 minutes driving) with a “parade” of camel riders. Competitions of the day include “best looking couple on camelback”, most adorable male and female camels as well as a camel polo which takes place in the central square. There’s also an exhibition of paintings by local children who participate in the drawing contest called “Camel– My Friend”. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day 2

​(Mar 07) Camel Festival

The competition begins with a race of mature camels followed by the racing of the two-year-old camels. For your own enjoyment, you may place bets on the camels. The first three camels in each group are awarded the gold, silver and bronze medals. In the afternoon, one of the most awaited competitions begins. This is called "The Camel Relay", a competition consisting of catching, taming, training and, finally, loading a camel with an actual ger. There are several groups with five members, each of which have different roles in the contest. The closing ceremony takes place late in the afternoon when the winners will be presented with their trophies. Overnight in the tourist camp. (B + L + D)

Day 3

​(Mar 08) Flight to Ulaanbaatar

p early for your drive back to South Gobi and your return flight to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to your hotel. End your trip.(B)


B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner


Services included in the price

Domestic flights to Gobi

Accommodation in tourist ger camp

Guiding and interpreting service

Private transfers

Entrance fees

Meals as listed

1 hour camel riding

Services not included in the price

Personal equipments

Optional activity cost

Hotels and meals in Ulaanbaatar


Alcoholic drinks


Travel Insurance

Tour information

​Accommodation:

We believe that comfortable, welcoming accommodation is vital to the enjoyment of your trip. You will be stay in a standard 3-4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar and a tourist ger camp (traditional dwelling) with currency (220V), shower and other useful services (2 or 4 people per ger) in the countryside. All accommodation offered by Discover Mongolia is personally checked by our staff to ensure high standards.

​Meals:

In Ulaanbaatar, you will be dining at fine European and Asian cuisine restaurants. Mutton, beef, rice and noodles form the basis of the Mongolian diet, so your meals will be based around this. However, the trail rations may include vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and sometimes yak! On some days there will be lunchboxes from tourist camps. It is good food and our experience has been that guests are happy with this arrangement. Please let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian. Alcohol is not provided on the trip but tourists are free to bring their own.

​Guide:

An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.

Personal things to bring with you:

Warm thin layers of clothing are the best such as bring a waterproof jacket, sandals and a hat and headscarf to protect you from the sun and winds. Don't forgot insect repellent, sun cream, lip-gloss and first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you ). All your camera equipment.