Schedule 2016 & 2017
|jul 09||jul 16|
Naadam Festival is Mongolian major holiday and a wonderful time to experience the culture and people of this amazing land. The festival has its roots in the nomad wedding assemblies and hunting extravaganzas of the Mongol Army. The opening ceremony features marches and music from soldiers, monks and athletes before the real fun begins! In the Naadam Stadium, the three sporting passions of Mongolians, horse racing, wrestling and archery, are played out over 2 days.
But if you don’t want to watch sports all the time, there’s plenty to see and do outside – food, music, crafts or just watching people and culture. This is the best time to see the Mongolian people and soak up the party atmosphere!
Mongolians consider that there are 33 different Gobi , where sandy desert occupies only 3 percent of the total territory. South Gobi is located 553 km from Ulaanbaatar, average altitude of 1406 meters above sea level. In reality, most part of the Gobi Desert is a land of steppes and it is the home for camel breeders rich with wildlife and vegetation. Khongor- Mongolian largest sand dune reaching a height of 800-meter in some highest areas.
Bayanzag, the red cliffs were on the sea bottom in ancient times and still have petrified bones and eggs of dinosaurs from 60 million years ago. Of the twelve species of predatory dinosaurs, eight of them were found in Mongolia – the most famous discovery being made by Roy Chapman Andrews in the 1920s who dug up the remains of two dinosaurs who had fought each other to death. Our tour takes you to the cliffs and to see the remains found so far – an amazing experience to tell your friends back home.
Why choose this tour
- Enjoy Naadam festival, the 3 manly sports – wrestling, horse racing and archery
- Best time to experience people and culture of Mongolia
- Available with Naadam Festival - UNESCO World Cultural Heritage
- Explore the land of the Dinosaurs, the Flaming cliffs - former nominee of the World 7 Wonders
- Lifetime opportunity to explore Gobi on two humped Bactrian camel
- I have discovered Mongolia! brand t-shirt is yours!
July 09. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
After arriving in Ulaanbaatar, you'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your hotel. Take a city tour to Gandan Monastery where you will see huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival and visit the National Museum of Mongolia, where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present. Excursion to Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get your bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)
The Capital city of Mongolia.
July 10. Mongolia Naadam Festival Preview
After breakfast at the hotel you will go out with your guide to see the preview of the Naadam Festival. You will visit horse-racing site to watch a race of foals and archery, "Shagai" shooters. You can enjoy a national folklore performance. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)
July 11. The Opening Ceremony of Naadam Festival
Today you will watch the inauguration ceremony of Naadam Festival which is opened by the president of Mongolia. The opening ceremony features marches and music from soldiers, monks and athletes and live performance of the national instrument Morin Khuur and a choir concert before the real fun begins! There will be tournament of wrestling and archery in the Central Stadium while horse races take place outside the city center. Overnight in the hotel. (B+L+D)
July 12. Fly to South Gobi and visit Eagle Valley
After an early morning breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Dalanzadgad, the capital of Umnugobi aimag. The flight takes hour and a half and on your arrival at the airstrip in Dalanzadgad, the Discover Mongolia team will be waiting for you. Take a city tour of Dalandzadgad province, South Gobi and visit museum. Drive to Yol Am – a wonderfully picturesque place with ice even in summer, and surrounded by sheer rocky walls, forming incredible canyons. These areas are situated in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park that encompasses the "Three Beauties" peaks and the most easterly points of the Altai Mountains. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)
in South gobi
July 13. Mongolian largest sand dunes
After breakfast, take a trip to Khongor sand dunes. Furthermore, you visit to Dungene valley – a wonderfully picturesque place and surrounded by sheer rocky walls, forming incredible canyons. Enjoy small hiking and photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. You will be riding on camel to explore the Khongor sand dunes. The two-humped Bactrian camels are very comfortable to ride as they walk slowly and gently, and you will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably in between them. Our camel guide will lead you safely through the sand dunes. Plus, you will have an opportunity to visit a camel herdsman family to experience their lifestyle, culture and traditions. These are Mongolia's largest sand dunes, reaching a height of 300 meters in some areas. The sand dunes change color with each hour of the day, from yellow to silver to rose-color at (sunrise or sunset). Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)
Khongor Sand Dunes
Largest sand dune in Asia.
July 14. Bayanzag, land of the Dinosaurs
Today we will drive to Bayanzag, (known as Flaming Cliffs where the first nest of dinosaur eggs ever discovered was found in 1922) a site famous for the remains of the Dinosaurs which lived here 60 million years ago. What a chance to walk around where the Dinosaurs once roamed and also get to know saksaul trees and other classic desert vegetation. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)
in South Go
July 15. Fly back Ulaanbaatar and visit Chinggis Khaan statue, city tour options
After breakfast you will fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Drive to Giant Chinggis Khaan statue. The statues in total is 40m high and see as far sighted Chinggis Khaan holds a golden whip in his right hand. You will be taken to souvenir and cashmere shops before attending a performance concert of national folklore. Overnight in the hotel.(B+L+D).
Giant Chinggis Khaan statue.
Optional tour to Chiggis Khaan statue.
July 16. Departure Mongolia.
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. (B) Or you can take exra tour.
B - Breakfast L - Dinner D - Dinner
Departure from Mongolia
Services included in the price
Tourist Ger camp:
Round way domestic flights from Ulaanbaatar to South Gobi
Private Transfers on each day:
Camel ride trial – 1 hour|
|Note: 1. We advise you to book Naadam tour as early as possible, as the most hotels and domestic flights get booked up.|
Services not included in the price
|International airfare or train tickets:|
Discover Mongolia! offers cheap international airfares and train tickets for our clients upon request.
Mongolia entry visa fee:
Excess luggage charges:
|Single room supplement:|
Single supplement is available at $70 in the hotel
Single ger supplement:
Dear Mr. Tuvshinbat, Thank you for your wonderful arrangement for the Nadaam Festival and Gobi Desert Tour. We had a wonderful time visiting very remote parts of Mongolia and when we compared our experience with others who had gone with other tour companies, we were sure that we had made the right choice. The tour guide and drivers for the Gobi Desert part of the tour were particularly helpful and accommodating to people's special needs. Our last day, the tour guide who was a university student was extremely helpful in explaining the cultural sights of Ulan Bator's museums. The Natural History museum and National Museums should always be included as "must-see" stops of the City tour as well as the Gandan Monastery. Jean KIM , UK. July,2014
The best time to make this trip:
May to September is the best season, with the peak season in July for the Naadam Festival. July and August are also the wettest months of the year, but be assured; our climate is such that you will still have many sunny days at this time.
Discover Mongolia use the highest level, latest model, air-conditioned private vans or 4WD vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days. A day's drive in the countryside will be approx 200-250km.
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.
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.
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.
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