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Mongolia: Alternative Naadam

Overview:

Join us for the amazing festival of Naadam with a twist…avoiding overcrowded and overwhelming Ulaanbaatar, we will travel instead to the countryside where the real flavour of this epic event can be experienced and enjoyed with the locals.

Mongolia is a destination of many exciting adventures. On this mind-blowing trip you will be visiting some of the most recommended and least travelled places that few travellers are privileged enough to see. Our journey takes us through National Parks, vast landscapes and river valleys, from the Mongol Els Sand Dunes and Kharkhorin (the ancient capital of Mongolia), to the fascinating monastery of Erdene Zuu.

Intrepid adventurers will be rewarded with spectacular scenery and memorable sights, plus the chance to discover Mongolian nomadic culture first-hand, by visiting local families and getting swept up in a fascinating rural version of the famous Naadam Festival in Sukhbaatar. With plenty of good walks, culture, the thriving capital city of Ulaanbaatar and the epic Mongolian scenery, this Naadam trip will be like no other.

PLEASE NOTE THIS ITINERARY SOMETIMES OPERATES IN REVERSE TO FIT WITH THE FESTIVAL DATES. PLEASE REFER TO INDIVIDUAL ITINERARIES FOR THE EXACT RUNNING ORDER.

Highlights:

  • Witness the traditional Naadam Festival featuring Mongolian wrestling, horseracing and archery
  • Enjoy walks and optional horse rides in Gyn Galuut National Park and Terelj National Park
  • Climb to the top of the enormous statue of Genghis Khan for an incredible viewpoint
  • Stay in traditional ger camps and meet with semi-nomadic Mongolian families
  • Visit Erdene Zuu Monastery in Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of Genghis Khan
  • Discover the conservation success story of the wild horses in Hustai National Park

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • All transport, predominantly in 4WD minivans
  • 12 nights' accommodation (4 in hotels, and 8 in Ger camps)
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)

ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.

Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 7

Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 6

You can typically expect a mixture of accommodation with some nights being spent in comfortable and characterful places, and some in more basic places, homestays or camping, especially where choices are limited.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 4

These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 8

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a strong focus on culture. Depending on the trip this could involve exploring ancient sites, medieval architecture, ethnographic museums and/or having tribal encounters.

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