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Classic Naadam Festival

The main highlights of this trip are the traditional Naadam festival and the Central Mongolia and you will take part in hiking, horse & camel riding and many other activities. The Naadam festival is organized on the 11-12th July annually. Naadam is the biggest joy to all Mongols and during the Naadam festival we enjoy the three manly sports: wrestling, archery and horse racing. 

It is impossible to imagine the Mongols without their horses. At Naadam you will see  6 different ages of over 2000 horses will race during three days and the jockeys will be only little children? Also the strongest 512 wrestlers will compete in green field for state titles and female & male archers shoot by traditional methods. Classic Naadam Festival tour allows you to see all of these and it will be a wonderful cultural experience.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and city tour
After arriving in Ulaanbaatar, visit to the Gandan Monastery and National museum of Mongolia. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)

Day 2

The ceremony of Naadam festival
Today you will watch the inauguration ceremony of Naadam which is opened by the president of Mongolia. Tournament of wrestling and archery in the Central Stadium while horse races take place outside the city center. Overnight in the hotel. (B+L+D)

Day 3

Naadam festival & Terelj National Park
Second day of Naadam, including wrestling, archery. Visit the Giant Chinggis Khaan statue. The Terelj National Park & hiking. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)  

Day 4

Drive to Nomadic show & Hustai National Park
Mongol Nomadic Show. Horse ride trial. See Takhi, the Asian wild horse. Photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day 5

Erdenezuu Monastery
Drive to Karakorum, the symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene-Zuu, the oldest monastery. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day 6

Drive to Tsenkher hot spring
Our destination is the to Tsenkher Hot Springs. This afternoon we will be free to enjoy this natural spa, to relax in a hot pool. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D) 

Day 7

Elsen Tasarkhai sand dune and camel ride
There is an opportunity for a camel ride trial through the sand dunes. Visit a nomad family. Real authentic Mongolian barbecue. Overnight in a tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day 8

Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and city tour
Visit Bogd Khan Palace museum and take to souvenir and cashmere shops before enjoying an evening concert of National Folklore. Overnight at the hotel. (B+L+D)

Day 9

Departure from Mongolia
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. (B)


  • Robert

    We just returned home from our delightful trip to Mongolia. We thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciate your organizing it. Our guides: Dawaa in Ulaanbaatar, and Bossy in the Gobi were exceptional and competent. The drivers also were the best.We loved the Naadam Festival and the events and all the sights we saw. The country is beautiful with all the green grass, and the people are very nice.We had a wonderful time and you certainly may use us as a positive reference.Thanks again,

CategoryOverland & Discovery tours
Activity level2

Tour Highlights:

- Naadam Festival
- Mongol Nomad Show
- Terelj National Park
- Hustai National Park
- Erdenezuu monastery
- Mineral hot spring
- Elsen Tasarkhai sand dune

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Have you ever been inside of real nomadic lifestyle and culture? Do you want to discover and stay with people whose ancestors made the biggest empire in the world during medieval period? This trip gives you only one great chance to visit real Mongolian nomadic families and experience their everyday life, custom and tradition.

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