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NAADAM FESTIVAL - GOBI DESERT TOUR 

        The meaning of Naadam is celebration and games. 800 years ago these “celebrations – Naadam” were held every time there was something to celebrate. These “festivals” consisted of Mongolian Wrestling, Archery and Horse racing. Nowadays these three Games are still held during the Festival but the Naadam itself is only held once a year in Midsummer. These days are a great opportunity for you to experience the genuine Mongolian Culture and combined with the Trip to one of the greatest Deserts on the world you will have an unforgettable Experience.  

        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. BagaGazriinChuluu

Day 3. Yol Valley of Gobi GurvanSaikhan National Park

Day 4. Naadam Festival Day

Day 5. Khongor Sand Dunes

Day 6. Bayanzag - the Flaming cliffs

Day 7. Ongi Monastery

Day 8. Ulaantsutgalan Waterfall

Day 9. Kharkhorin, ErdeneZuu Monastery

Day 10. Ugii Lake

Day 11. Back in UB. Shopping & Cultural Performance

Day 12. 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. Baga Gazriin Chuluu

Drive to Baga Gazriin Chuluu. Ikh Gazriin Chuluu, a unique rock formation with a sharp top, and Baga Gazriin Chuluu, a formation that looks like a pile of rocks stretching for 300 square meters, are two beauties of the Dundgobi. These sites are amazing places with shimmering mirages and herdsof grazing livestock. Ger camp.

Day 3. Yol Valley of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Drive to South Gobi. Yolyn Am is a deep and narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains of southern Mongolia. The valley is named after the Lammergeier, which is called Yol in Mongolian. The Lammergeier is an Old World vulture, hence the name is often translated to Valley of the Vultures or Valley of the Eagles.

However, Yolyn Am is notable for a deep ice field. The ice field reaches several meters thick by the end of winter, and is several kilometers long. Ger camp.

Day 4. Naadam Festival Day

Naadam festival day. We ca see the local people how to celebrate Naadam festival.

Day 5. Khongor Sand Dunes

Drvie to Khongor Sand Dunes. The Khongor sand dunes lie from northwest to southeast. The dunes are 27 km at its widest covering 965 square km in total reaching 300 meters (984 feet) in height. While the southern part of the dunes is rocky and mountainous, the central part is barren with no plants and the  northern part has several oases. The contrast is amazing. On a windy day, the sand will rise up in a storm and you won’t see anything around you, but on a calm and sunny day it glows magnificently in the sun. It’s truly one of Mother Nature's wondrous creations. The widest section of the Khongor is nicknamed the singing dunes, because when you climb them (which is a challenging hike), the sand will squeak under your feet making a singing-like noise. If you lie down in this part of the dunes, you will hear the sound close to that of a planethat is the sound of hot sand scrolling in the wind. Ger camp and camel riding.

Day 6. Bayanzag - the Flaming cliffs

Drive to Bayanzag. This is the place that made the Gobi desert famous all over the world. During the 1920s, a research expedition led by American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews found dinosaur eggs, a rhino-like huge dinosaur skeleton, and a parrot-nosed dinosaur. Famously the explorer happened upon the find when he fell down a cliff. Bayanzag spreads across 8 km in a valley of the Arts Bogd mountain range. When the sun sets, Bayanzag’s cliffs are breathtaking in their beauty with red clay almost glowing.One might say only gasp, “it’s flaming” - which is how it gets its name. Ger camp.

Day 7. Ongi Monastery

Drive to Ongi Monastery. Ongi Monastery is a sightworthy monastery on Ongi river about 18 km from Saikhan Ovoo. Formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, it was founded in 1660 and consisted of two temples complexes on the North and South of the Ongi Gol river. The older southern complex consisted of various administrative buildings as well as 11 temples. The northern complex, built in the 18th century, consisted of 17 temples - among them one of the largest temples in all of Mongolia. The grounds housed also 4 Buddhist universities. Ger camp.

Day 8. 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 horse riding.

Day 9. Kharkhorin, ErdeneZuu Monastery

Drive to ancient capital 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 10. 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 and boat renting.

Day 11. Back in UB. Shopping & Cultural Performance

Back to Ulaanbaatar. Hotel, shopping and dinner. Before dinner we will watch traditional Folklore concert. Hotel

Day 12. 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

2430$

2300$

2140$

 

 

 

  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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