Naadam festival tour

Naadam Festival Tour

Leave your worries behind and open your heart to the wild, pristine nature that Northern & Central Mongolia has to offer and you will begin a powerful transformation. 
Once you venture beyond the Ulaanbaatar city limits you’ll witness fenceless, expansive land and open nature belonging to a collective community.
19 Day Yoga & Adventure Tour.

8-26 JULY, 2017

See ITINERARY & TOUR COST below

Naadam festival tour enjoy Central and Northern Mongolia’s picturesque sweeping mountain ranges and open grass plains that segue into pined forests and flower fields, and in-between it all, little white gers sprinkled across the landscape.
This action packed nineteen-day adventure features highlights from both the Gobi Desert and Sharman tour PLUS an additional four destinations exclusive to this tour. If you want an experience that combines the spiritual and scenic gems of Mongolia, then this is the journey for you!

Here are just some of the things that await you:

• Practice yoga and meditation out in the open and develop a deeper understanding of your mind and body.
• Visit nomads and witness their daily life and nomadic culture.
• Play traditional games and party with the locals.
• Ride horses and camels on the Mongolian open steppe.
• Experience the taste of fermented mare’s milk
• Learn the history of Shamanism and Buddhism
• Hike along the scenic Orkhon valley, Khorgo Volcano, and Great White Lake shores
• Participate in unique culinary experiences such as Khorkhog (Mongolian BBQ), fermented mare’s milk, dried curd, and Mongolian cheese. The remaining meals on the tour will be mostly vegetarian.
• Attend Mongolia’s biggest traditional festival, Naadam, in a small village (if circumstances permit).
• Gather around the bonfire and exchange stories with your friendly fellow travellers.
• Join in our evening interactive self-development workshops.
• Immerse yourself in Mongolian art by visiting local museums and architecture.
• Enjoy traditional folk music and art performances.

Itinerary

July 8th
This is the official first day of the tour. We’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you on a tour of Ulaanbaatar city. Our first stop is a department store in Ulaanbaatar where you can get money exchanged, buy toiletries and a sim card or relax at one of the metropolitan cafes. Next, you will visit Gandan monastery (the largest in Ulaanbaatar), The National Museum of Mongolia, The Intellectual Museum of Mongolia and Chinggis Main Square. In the evening, you can join our welcoming dinner at a traditional Mongolian restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers and the host.

Overnight in 3-star hotel (B)
July 9th
An exciting time has arrived, today we will drive to Elsen Tasarhai (Mini Gobi sand dunes). Elsen Tasarhai means “an isolated torn-off piece of sand” it is a small section of desert in the midst of green steppes. Later in the day, we will have an opportunity to ride camels along the sand dunes and practice evening yoga.

Overnight in a Mongolian traditional ger home (B/L/D)
July 10th - 11th
After a beautiful nourishing yoga session, we’ll drive 70km to the Orkhon waterfall, the biggest in Mongolia. The amount of water present will be dependent on recent rainfall. The Orhon waterfall area is probably the best place to observe the Mongolian nomadic lifestyle and have the opportunity to learn more about these people. During the evening, we’ll go horse riding and the following day we will embark on a beautiful mountain hike.

Overnight stay in nomad family guest ger. (B/L/D)
July 12th
We’ll start the morning with yoga amid the mini Gobi’s stunning scenery. In the afternoon we’ll drive to Kharkhorin town where the Mongol Empire was once governed. Located at the crossroads of The Silk Road, this ancient city was founded by Chinggis (Genghis) Khaan in 1220. Also in Kharahorin, we’ll visit the impressive Erdene zuu monastery. This Monastery was built in 1586 and is surrounded by a massive 400m x 400m stupa walls. Not a single nail was used in the construction of the ornate temples, it is one of the few in the world that remains standing after the communist purges.

Overnight camping in a tent (B/L/D)
July 13th
Today will begin with yoga in the historical Orkhon valley. After lunch, we’ll drive to the Tsenkher hot springs area (about 162km) to soak into healing qualities of the Tsenkher hot springs. The view on our drive is a picturesque landscape decorated with beautiful green valleys and populated by nomadic gers. The Tsenkher Valley area has some of the lushest green forested mountains and meandering rivers. The Tsenkher hot spring reaches +86.5"C and is claimed to have curative properties for arthritic joints and other ailments. Many local Mongolians stay around the area over week or two to gain healing from the hot springs. We’ll spend a nice evening in the hot spring baths under the blue Mongolian skies surrounded by forest, steppe, and livestock. The hot springs also offer a great opportunity to hike into the forest, take photos, or just relax and enjoy nature.

Overnight in a ger (B/L/D)
July 14th
After our morning routine, we will continue our journey to the picturesque Chuluut river. The drive takes us through gorgeous endless steppe, mountains, and rivers where you will witness peaceful grazing livestock and stunning nature. We’ll have our freshly made lunch amongst friendly livestock in the outdoors.

Overnight camping in a tent (B/L/D)
July 15th - 16th
Today we’ll arrive at Khorgo Terkhiin National Park and visit the clear freshwater of Great White Lake. The Lake is 16 kilometers wide, 20 kilometers in length, and 20 meters in depth. Lunch will be followed by an 8 km hike up a nearby dormant volcano. Along the way, you’ll see wild berries, rare herbs, and a variety of flowers. Arkhangai province is famous for its amazing dairy products. You’ll have the opportunity to hang out with the yaks.

Day two is time to chill out, jump in the lake, and have a long yoga session. This rest day will have you recharged and ready for more adventures.

Overnight in a ger (B/L/D)
July 17th
After morning yoga and breakfast we’ll set off on a challenging drive. Our Russian van will blitz the bumpy road and deliver us to a nomadic haven where the Jargalant community lives. This area is surrounded by mountains, rivers, horses, and friendly locals. At this magical destination you will meet and interact with the locals. 


Overnight in a guest ger (B/L/D)
July 18th
After morning yoga in the Northern Mongolian outdoors, we’ll commence a full day drive to the Shine-Ider village of Khuvsgul province. Further north of our route are the wooded slopes of the Khangai mountain ranges where you will witness jaw-dropping landscapes. Lunch will be served in the beautiful outdoors. This is one of Selenge’s favorite camping spots. 
Tonight is a perfect night to gather around the bonfire and exchange stories with your friendly fellow travellers.

Overnight in a tent (B/L/D)
July 19th - 20th
These two days are often regarded as the highlight of the tour. Khuvsgul lake is known as the “dark blue pearl of Mongolia” and offers some of the best scenery in the country. It is the second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia and holds almost 70% of Mongolia's fresh water and 0.4% of all the fresh water in the world. During our time here we’ll go horseback riding and do some optional activities like hiking, boat hire and kayaking in the spectacular Khuvsgul freshwater lake. While you’re there, you can support local business by purchasing dried fish from the locals and buying handmade souvenirs. There will also be the option to visit shamans and local nomads.

For dinner, our tour chef will treat you to some delicious Mongolian cuisine.

Overnight in a ger (B/L/D)
July 21st
Today we leave behind the idyllic surroundings of Khuvsgul lake and continue our journey through Northern Mongolia. After yoga and breakfast, we’ll head to Ikh Uul town in the Khuvsgul province and camp near a Mongolian nomad family.

Camping (B/L/D)
July 22nd
After a restorative yoga session, we’ll continue our drive back to Ulaanbaatar. The scenery will slowly change from green lush forest landscape to open steppes.

Uran Togoo is an extinct volcano in the western side of Uran-Togoo Tulga Uul Natural Monument in Bulgan province, 80 km west of Bulgan town. The peak contains a crater lake at about 20 m wide and 1.5 m deep. The highest point of the volcano provides unobstructed, panoramic views of distant mountains and luscious green valleys.

Overnight camping in a tent. (B/L/D)
July 23rd
After our morning routine, we’ll head towards the Selenge river, the largest in Mongolia. The pace of the tour starts to wind down here, by now you are already familiar with Mongolia scenery, culture, and people. In the next few days as we travel back to Ulaanbaatar, you will have the opportunity to reflect, relax and soak in the experience. Car travel in Mongolia is different to any other country, wind down your window and take in the fresh country air and witness the pristine environment.

Overnight camping in a tent. (B/L/D)
July 24th
The Amarbayasgalant Monastery is the second largest in Mongolia. It’s located in the beautiful Iven Gol river valley at the foot of Burenkhaan Mountain. This is one of the few monasteries in Mongolia that survived mostly intact from the purges of the 1930s. The beauty, decorations, and construction of the monastery have made it one of the most magnificent architectural monuments in Mongolia.

Overnight in a ger. (B/L/D)
July 25th
After our morning yoga session, we’ll travel back to Ulaanbaatar city. In the evening we’ll enjoy the Mongolian traditional song and dance ensemble performance which includes throat singing, horse fiddle, and contortion performances (modern day yoga ), and a farewell dinner together.

Overnight accommodation in hotel. (B/L)
July 26th
Enjoy a day at your own pace, we can take you to museums, temples, or souvenir shopping if you’re not leaving early in the morning.


Note: Pre and post tour accommodation and tour arrangements are available.  

Costs

Tour group

Between 4-12 people

Tour price

3230 AUD per person
or 2350 USD  per person

or 2255 EUR  per person

See F.A.Q's for more information

What's Included?

Tour Prices Include:


Transportation to your hotel

Ulaanbaatar city tour

Daily yoga and meditation
Camping gear

2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar (twin share)

All accommodation in the countryside (twin or four people share ger)

Camping in a tent (single person tent provided)

A full day horseback riding excursion

1-hour camel riding excursion

National Parks/Museum/Temples Entrance Fees

Cook/Assistant Guide

Driver and all ground transportation for the tour

All meals as specified – Meal codes = (B, L, and D): breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Traditional song and dance ensemble performance entry

Visa support documentation (if needed)

Tour Price Does Not Include:


International train and flights

Travel insurance

Visa

Alcoholic beverages, snack, water