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NAADAM FESTIVAL - CULTURE - NATURE TOUR 

       The Nadaam festival, or eriyn gurvan nadaam, is the biggest festival of the year for Mongolians. Usually occuring in July, it runs for three days in all parts of the country and highlights the greatest athletes in horse racing, archery, and wrestling: Mongolia's most popular sports. Women participate in all but the wrestling category. The word Nadaam means game or competition in Mongolian. Competitions take place days on the first two and merry-making is reserved for the third.

       This festival has been held for centuries as a form of memorial celebration, as an annual sacrificial ritual honoring various mountain gods or to celebrate a community endeavor. The festivities kick off with a colorful parade of athletes, monks, soldiers marching in perfect uniformity, musicians performing powerful military tunes, and Mongolians dressed in Chinggis-style warrior uniforms.

       Our partner NGO the "National Nature Wildlife Conservation Society" works since 2013 on a Joint Project to establish the "Mongolian Nature and Wildlife Photography and Filming Archive". Therefore we make donations from travel Revenue showing Social Responsibility.

     We are glad to announce that by choosing our Agency you will contribute to the Protection and Conservation of the Mongolian Nature and Wildlife for future Generations, raise awareness and improve Education.

Day 1. Arrival in UB. City tour

Day 2. Ugii Lake

Day 3. Tsenkher Hot Spa

Day 4. Orkhon River basin - Kharkhorin

Day 5. Ulaantsutgalan waterfall

Day 6. Tuvkhun monastery

Day 7. ElsenTasarkhai

Day 8. Hustai National Park

Days 9-10. Naadam Festival Days in UB

Day 11. Airport & Departure 

Day 1. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

Check in at the hotel. Unpacking and getting rested. After lunch, visit the Natural History Museum and Gandantegchinlen Monastery. Back to the Hotel.

Day 2. Ugii Lake

Drive to Ugii Lake. Ugii lake is a freshwater lake in central Mongolia. The lake, designated as a Ramsar Site of International Importance, is known for its fish and for birdlife. It is a stopover point for migrating waterbirds of the family Anatidae. Almost half the lake is less than 3 m deep. 

There are several ger tourist camps around the lake, as well an information and training center. Ger camp, rent a boat and fishing.

Day 3. Tsenkher Hot Spa

Drive to Tsenkher hot spa. Mineral and hot springs have been an important part of Mongolian traditional medicine. There are springs that heal and others for relaxation. The Tsenkher hot springs are located in the Arkhangai province at an altitude of 1850 meters above sea level. By the time you count to one, the spa effuses 10 liters of water. The water comes from deep reaching up to 90 degrees Celsius. There are a number of tourist camps in the area. Ger camp and horse riding.

Day 4. Orkhon River basin – Kharkhorin

Drive to ancient city Kharkhorin. Kharkhorin is located at the lower end of the upper valley of the Orkhon River which is included within UNESCO's World Heritage Site Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape. The location marks the easternmost foothills of the Khangai Mountains, where they meet the rolling steppe of central Mongolia.

Nearby are the ruins of the ancient town of Karakorum (also known as Kharkhorum or Qara Qorum) which, for a short time, served as the capital of the Mongol Empire under Ogedei Khan. Another Kharkhorin landmark isErdene Zuu monastery and its famous phallic rock. 

The Erdene Zuu Monastery is probably the earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. Approximately 2 km north-east from the center of Kharkhorin and adjacent to the ancient city of Karakorum.

Abtai Sain Khan, ruler of the Khalkh Mongols and grandfather of Zanabazar, the first Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, ordered construction of the Erdene Zuu monastery in 1585 after his meeting with the 3rd Dalai Lama and the declaration of Tibetan Buddhism as the state religion of Mongolia. Stones from the nearby ruins of the ancient Mongol capital of Karakorum were used in its construction. Planners attempted to create a surrounding wall that resembled a Tibetan Buddhist rosary featuring 108 stupas. The monastery's temple walls were painted, and the Chinese-style roof covered with green tiles. Ger camp.

Day 5. Ulaantsutgalan waterfall

Drive to Mongolian biggest waterfall. The Orkhon Waterfall flows for remarkable 1120 km to the North and lies in the historically significant Orkhon Valley, UNESCO World Heritage site. The waterfall was formed by a combination of volcanic eruption and earthquakes almost 20000 years ago. The cascades run down from a height of 27 meters. Ger camp and rent a boat.

Day 6. Tuvkhun monastery

Drive to Tuvkhun Monastery. The first reincarnation in Mongolian Buddhism, Undur Gegeen Zanabazar, chose this area as a place for meditation because of its uniqueness in 1648 when he was just 10 years old. He ordered the construction of a small, stone house on a 30 meter tall rock hill. In that house he created his sculptures and paintings. This place was forgotten about during the war, but was restored in 1773 as Tuvkhun monastery. Ger camp.

Day 7. Elsen Tasarkhai

Drive to Sand dunes Elsen Tasarkhai.  This 80-km sand dune is situated in a terrain of 3 Soums, Erdenesant of Tuv Aimag, Burd of Uvurkhangai, Gurvanbulag of Bulgan Aimag, starting from west of Mount Batkhaan and stretches along west of Mount Khugnu Khan . The main road separates this sand dune into two parts, Mongol Els on the south and Khugnu Tarnyn Els on the north. The sand is sodden under its surface, so shrubberies such as willow, elm and dogwood, grow in the area. There are many tourist camps around the sight. Elsen Tasarkhai is surrounded by Mount Khugnu Khan on the north and Mount Ikh Mongol on the south. Ger camp and camel riding.

Day 8. Khustai National Park

Drive to Khustai National Park. Hike two three hours at Khustai National Park (HNP) and watch wild horse. The Hustai National Park is a Specially Protected Area since 1993. The HNP extends through the Khentii Mountains and includes the western edge of the Mongolian steppe. The park is about 100 km west from the capital city Ulaanbaatar.

The HNP covers 50,600 ha land and is home to 459 species of vascular plants, 85 species of lichens, 90 species of moss and 33 species of mushrooms. There are 44 species of mammals have, 217 species of birds, 16 species of fish, 2 species of amphibians, and 385 species of insects have been recorded. In 2002, the Man and the Biosphere Reserves organization of UNESCO certified the HNP as a member of the world biosphere network of natural reserves. The HNPT was enrolled as a member of IUCN in 2007. Ger camp.

Days 9-10. Naadam Festival Days in UB

We can see how to celebrate Naadam festival and opening ceremony at Central stadium. Then we can see Horse riding Competition near the Ulaanbaatar. Hotel.

Day 11. Airport & Departure

Drive to airport and help during check in at Airline

 

Tour starting:

 

 Start in Ulaanbaatar from the 1st Jun to the 25th Sep and everyday during 2016

 Tour price:  

  Person number

2-3

4-6

7-up

  Per person

2150$

2050$

1900$

 

 

  Services included in the cost:

 

  Services not included in the cost:

    Accommodation: Hotel, ger camp, tented camp

    International airfare

    Guiding and interpreting service

    Personal equipments

    Full board meals

    Optional activity cost, excess baggage charges

    Transport: vehicle 4x4 or minivan

    Sleeping bag

    Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks

    Single room supplement

    Museums and cultural performance

    Alcoholic drinks

    Horses and Camping equipments

    Travel Insurance

 

    An advantage of this trip is that you can travel through different zones while enjoying the vast open spaces with multiple natural contrasts within several days. It will approximately take 4-7 hours driving from one destination to the next. If requested we will stop on the way and you will be granted enough time for photographs or just a small pause. 4WD vehicles, mostly Russian minivans or Japanese jeeps will be used to take us through the infinite steps. Normally, 2-3 people will be in one jeep with their luggage. 7 people fit in the minivan with their luggage. Self-evidently all of our vehicles are insured and well prepared for the long trip. In the case of any damages on the vehicle, our drivers will prove their excellent mechanical knowledge, based on many years of experience, and do the repairs.

    Overnight we will be staying in tourist camps. It is nice to stay in said camps after hours on the gravel “highways” of the countryside. Most of the tourist camps are equipped with the Mongolian traditional dwelling “Ger” for the guest’s accommodation. The ger is a very convenient dwelling since it is simple to build and easy to dismantle as well. The dome-shaped housing is constructed with a wooden skeleton a felt cover and fabric on the outside. The Gers are heated by a stove and furnished with traditional wooden beds (with full sized mattresses 137x190cm) or hotel standard size beds with clean sheets, comforters, pillows and blankets. Normally, two to three beds are in one Ger. If the client prefers to stay alone in a Ger, there will be additional charges. The camp provides a restaurant/bar, toilets like you know from home and washing facilities such as a shower. The numbers of low-impact eco Ger camps are increasing. Since 2014 many Camp owners started to turn their camps into environmentally friendly concepts. We prefer cooperating with Ger camps that follow these core responsibilities and are able to provide the best services for our clients.

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