Ice festival opening ceremony

Free hiking by the lake shore and horse sledding

Winter Eagle Festival in Bogd Khan Mountain

“Camel– My Friend”.

This is called “Camel Relay”

6 Days
Starts from: 1550 USD
Group size : 2-10 people

Schedule 2017 & 2018

MAR 02 MAR 07
4 or more Pax: 1550 USD 3 Pax: 1657 USD
2 Pax: 1869USD

Do you want to take part in all Mongolian winter festivals in one tour?

We offer you to join our 7 days “Nomads’ winter - 2017” tour and it is between Mar 02 - 07. Because most Mongolian traditional winter festivals and holidays including Mongolian Eagle festival, Two-humped Bactrian Camel Festival & Ice Festival will be held in four different places: Great Gobi desert in Southern Mongolia, Reindeer Nomads’ Homeland in Northern Mongolia. This is an only opportunity to interest and experience on your own all kinds of Mongolian traditional Cultural heritages just in a week and half while you are visiting to the Mongolian top natural destinations. Please hurry up and do not miss this rare chance!

Why choose this tour

  • EXOTIC AND UNIQUE 3 DIFFERENT EVENTS!
  • INTERESTING RACES! HORSE SLED TO CAMEL RELAY
  • LEARN ABOUT REINDEER & 2 HUMPED CAMELS!
  • AMAZING CHANCE TO MEET THE EAGLE HUNTERS!
  • TAKE PHOTOS WITH THE NOMADS
  • BE LIKE A NOMAD, SLEEP IN A GER!
  • NORTH TO SOUTH! TAIGA TO GOBI DESERT
  • DISCOVER THE CULTURE & CLIMATE DIFFERENCE!
  • TICKETS INCLUDED! DOMESTIC FLIGHTS & ALL ACTIVITIES
  • ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY!

Full itinerary

Day 1

(Mar 02) Flight to the Huvsgul National Park

In the morning, meet at your hotel lobby. Drive to the airport and we will have a flight to Murun, (Approx. on air 560 km, 1.5 hour & dirt road 120 km, 2 hours) Arrival in Murun, a local driver will take you and will drive to Huvsgul National Park. Optional dog sledding. Stay overnight in Ger camp. (L+D)


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Day 2

(Mar 03) Ice festival opening ceremony

After breakfast, attend Ice festival opening ceremony, Ice carving competition, Ice Sumo wrestling, Ankle bone shooting, and Shaman Ceremony and National Folklore concert. You will watch bonfire and sacrificing shamanic ceremony. Free hiking by the lake shore and horse sledding. Overnight in Ger camp. (B+L+D)


Day 3

(Mar 04) Ice festival and International marathon, flight to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, watch a marathon of skaters and a horse sled racing on the lake. After lunch, you will be driven back to Murun for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar. (Approx. on air 560 km, 1.5 hour & dirt road 120 km, 2 hours) Take souvenir and cashmere shopping. Check in your selected hotel. (B+L+D)


Day 4

(Mar 05) Eagle Festival & drive to Mandalgobi province

Meet in your hotel. Today is Hunter Eagle Festival day. Drive to Chinggis Khuree tourist camp. The festival opening ceremony will start at 10.00am the opening ceremony commences, as the participants join the parade on horse ride with their eagles. Then festival begins with each Kazakh displaying his hunting outfit and accessories. The Golden eagles will be released from a cliff and their owner will stand below and signal for them to land upon their arm, as they do during hunting. Then Eagles will be released from a cliff to attack fox skins that will be dragged by their owner on horseback. After lunch, drive to Mandalgobi province. Overnight in tourist camp (B+L+D) (Approx. paved road 270 km, 4-5 hours)


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Day 5

(Mar 06) Drive to South Gobi and Camel festival

Early morning, drive to Dalanzadgad province. The Camel festival begins in Bulgan soum 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 local ger. (B+L+D) (Approx. paved road 280 km, 5 hours & dirt road 65 km, 1 hour)


Local -Camel herder

Day 6

(Mar 07) Camel Festival

The competition begins with the race of mature camels followed by the two-year-old camel race. For your own enjoyment, you may make a bid for the camel you like. The first three camels in the each group are awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals. In the afternoon, one of the most awaited competitions begins. This is called “Camel Relay”, a competition consisted of catching, taming, training and finally loading a camel with an actual ger. There are several groups with 5 members, each of whom execute different roles. The closing ceremony takes place late in the afternoon when the winners will be presented with their trophies. Drive back to Dalanzadgad and overnight in local hotel.
(B+L+D) (Approx. dirt road 65 km, 1 hour)


camel race

Day 7

(Mar 08) Drive back to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, full day drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Lunch at Mandalgobi. End of tour. (B+L) (Approx. paved road 596 km, 8-9 hours

B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner


camel race

Services included in the price

Domestic flights To/From Huvsgul

Accommodation in tourist ger camp

Guiding and interpreting service

Private transfers

Entrance fees

Meals as listed

1 hour camel/horse 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.

​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.