Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads - Nadaam Festival

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5.0 Based on 7 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Festivals and events
  • Natural landmarks sightseeing
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Ends Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • +9
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • The spectacularly varied Mongolian landscape vast rolling steppe, mountains and deserts
  • Sleep in traditional style ger camps (Mongolian tents)Karakorum, the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire
  • The rolling sand dunes and landscape of the Gobi desert
  • One of the last remaining nomadic cultures in the world
The tour "Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads - Nadaam Festival" starts and ends in Ulaanbaatar. It is a festivals and events trip that takes 15 days taking you through Arvaikheer, Khustain Nuruu National Park, Ulaanbaatar and 6 other destinations in Mongolia. "Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads - Nadaam Festival" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Itinerary starting Ulaan Baatar 1 July:Rolling steppe make way to stark desert; small nomadic ger camp pepper this vast land where camels and goats are herded on horseback, fermented mare’s milk is the tipple of choice, sand dunes are known to ‘sing’ and the first intact dinosaur eggs were found. Genghis Khan went forth from here on horseback to conquer the biggest land empire in history and, to this day, Buddhist and Animist traditions mix. In July, all over the country, people come together to compete in wrestling, archery, horse-racing and ankle bone flicking during the Naadam Festival but traditions can be witnessed throughout the year. We travel through steppe, mountain and the Gobi desert exploring the nature and culture of this fascinating, yet little known, country.For the itinerary starting Ulaan Baatar 8 July - click here.
5 - Excellent
Based on 7 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 16 2019
5 - Excellent
Wow! What an amazing adventure!
“Mongolia is a stunningly beautiful country. Miles and miles of vast open vistas, dotted with the occasional ger and nomad herds of animals. The Gobi desert was fascinating, including a visit to the place where the first dinosaur eggs were discovered! We visited many interesting and fabulous places, including several beautiful Buddhist temples. Wherever we went, the people were charming and very hospitable. The Eagle Festival was a spectacle I will never forget, with 120 eagle hunters competing to win the honour of being the champion. Dressed in their finest traditional clothing, riding their sturdy horses at speed, they called their massive golden eagles down from the rocky hillside to land on their arm.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 14 2019
4 - Very Good
Eagle Festival
“Advice given by Exodus regarding the transfer in Beijing was inadequate. Much more detail is needed. Many lost souls were wandering the airport for some time. Perhaps a step-by-step description ? Chinese airport personnel were generaly rude, and less than helpful.The whole trip was generally fine.Exodus were advisied that one of us was gluten-free, but this information was not given to the tour guide beforehand, which Exodus stated it had been. Probably did not make a huge difference in the end as Gluten free food is largely unknown in Mongolia (not entirely unexpected).”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 11 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent trip.
“Just returned from.this Mongolia trip. It was a wonderful holiday. Mongolia is vast and fascinating. The holiday was made more enjoyable and informative by our guide MG. The Eagle Festival was unbelievable. 120 eagle hunters with their beautiful Golden Eagles.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 27 2019
5 - Excellent
Mongolias great.
“Mongolia has been recommended to me by various travelers over the years, also to include the Nadaam Festival....they were right.If you are looking for something different....this is it.The vastness and the ever changing terrain in the Gobi is fascinating.”
  • Day 1: Start Ulaan Baatar.
  • Day 2: To Khustain Nuruu N.P.; trek to see Przewalski's horses; overnight in ger camp.
  • Day 3: To Karakorum; visit Erdene Zuu Monastery.
  • Day 4: Along northern edge of Gobi Desert to Arvaikheer via Shankh Monastery.
  • Day 5: To Bayan Gobi via Mt Ikh Bogd.
  • Day 6: Cross the Gobi via White Cave.
  • Day 7: Visit 'singing' sand dunes, the largest dunes in Mongolia.
  • Day 8: Travel through rocky plains of Gobi Gurvansaikhan N.P.
  • Day 9: Hiking around the 'Flaming Cliffs' of Bayanzag.
  • Day 10: Fly to Ulaan Baatar.
  • Day 11-12: Naadam Festival
  • Day 13: Terelj National Park; Genghis statue; Ulaan Baatar
  • Day 14: Return to Ulaan Baatar.
  • Day 15: End Ulaan Baatar.
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunch and dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Any international flights to/from Ulaanbaatar are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads - Nadaam Festival tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads - Nadaam Festival tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 28 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 28 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads - Nadaam Festival tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads - Nadaam Festival tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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