Wander the land that gave the world Genghis Khan and experience the rich pageantry and intense competitions of the legendary Naadam Festival. Witness giants wrestle, archers hit impossible targets and horses race across grasslands to glory. Travel the region’s steppes and sand dunes to uncover storied Buddhist monasteries and cultural treasures on this unique adventure. Overnight in gers with local families for extraordinary cultural experiences you won’t soon forget.
Watch the opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival, cheer on wrestlers and archers, listen to famous throat singing, sleep in traditional gers, devour Mongolian barbecue in the grasslands
Days : 15
Price : From AED 11,096*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Classic
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 3 - Average
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Enjoy a bumpy ride out to the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, the second-most important in Mongolia, located in the beautiful Iven Gol Valley. Additional Notes: Gers are traditional Mongolian tents made with wooden frames and layers of felt. The camps we stay at will have 4 beds per ger with mattresses, linens, and extra blankets. They have a central stove to keep the place cozy and a small table and chairs. Included Activities: Amarbayasgalant Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 350km)
Hike up the volcanic (extinct volcano) crater at Pot Mountain. Stay overnight in a traditional Ger camp. Included Activities: Pot Mountain Hike Transport: Stop for lunch and photos along the way. Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
Enjoy free time in this scenic region and learn more about Mongolian nomadic culture. Opt to taste traditional Mongolian barbecue which is made only during ceremonies, or family celebrations. Overnight with a Nomadic family on the Selenge River.
Spend the day travelling to scenic Khövsgöl Lake. Included Activities: Lake Khövsgöl and Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Enjoy a free day at Khövsgöl lake. Try your hand at archery, go horseback riding, or hiking.
Travel through the Lake District of Mongolia, looking for wildlife on the way. Spend the evening at a ger camp in Jargal Jiguur. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
Continue on with another long day of scenic driving to reach Great White Lake. With two days to explore, there are plenty of ways to spend time here. Additional Notes: Please note that facilities at this home are very basic, and travellers will use open-air "bush toilets" in nature, or a bush toilet enclosed by a small hut for privacy. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)
Spend a full day exploring the area. Climb the crater of a nearby volcano and crawl inside lava tubes. Spend a free afternoon in the area horseback riding, fishing, or mingling with the locals. Included Activities: Khorgo Volcano Visit
Stop en route to Tsenkher in the small town of Tsetserleg to visit the monastery museum. Opt to visit the handicraft shops here or the bakery. Stay in a ger camp nearby with options to visit the springs, go horseback riding, or chat with the locals. Included Activities: Zayain Khüree Monastery Museum Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
Drive to Elsen Tasarhai. Enjoy the activities that so called little Gobi sand dunes has to offer— hiking in sand dunes, visit an ancient stone carving, and soak in the desert atmosphere. Included Activities: Elsen Tasarhai Sand Dunes Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Travel back to Ulaanbaatar in time for the Naadam Festival ceremonies. Over the next few days, enjoy the opening ceremony, wrestling, archery, Naadam horseracing, and the closing ceremony, as well as free time for exploring Ulaanbaatar. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Watch the opening ceremony. Observe some of the wrestling matches and also the archery contests. With free time, opt for a wonderful cultural show or souvenir shopping. Included Activities: Nadaam Festival (Eriin Gurvan Naadam)
Head out to see the finish line of the Naadam horserace. Enjoy a free afternoon before attending the Festival Closing Ceremony in the evening. Included Activities: Nadaam Festival (Eriin Gurvan Naadam)
Depart at any time.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit under the beds when travelling on sleeper trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in homestays, villages or camping then you usually have the opportunity to rent sleeping bags if need be instead of bringing them with you.
Hotels (4 nts), Nomad family stay/camping (1 nt), Mongolian multishare gers (9 nts).
In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers. In predominately Buddhist countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting temples or other holy sites.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Outside Ulaan Baatar, Mongolian diet consists mainly of mutton and few fresh vegetables. Please, be prepared to very limited variety. If you prefer to spice your food, we recommend you to bring your favourite spices and supplies from home (or buy them in Ulaan Baatar). Vegetarian option is possible on Mongolia trips, but again - local died provides almost no variety. Vegetarians may choose to supplement meals with supplies bought from home, i.e. protein bars, bags of dried fruits, etc. Ulaan Baatar has a good selection of imported goods where you can stock up on food such as cereals, UHT milk, chocolate, fruit juice, biscuits, candies & chocolate, rice and pasta. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.
Conservative Dress: • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders) • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits) Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Light Hiking: • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended) Sleep Sheet: • Sleeping bag liner/sleep sheet Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear
|Start Date - End Date||Availability||Price|
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
|2019-06-29 - 2019-07-13||Available||AED 11096|
|2019-07-10 - 2019-07-24||Available||AED 11096|
|2020-06-29 - 2020-07-13||Available||AED 11096|
|2020-07-10 - 2020-07-24||Available||AED 11096|