Mongolia's Naadam Festival

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Ends Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Go behind the scenes of Mongolia's Naadam Festival and visit the athlete's training camps as they prepare to compete in the Naadam Festival.
  • Live the nomad life with a family stay at a horse breeder's camp.
  • Experience the phenomenal landscapes of central Mongolia.
  • Attend the Naadam Opening Ceremony and watch athletes compete for glory in wrestling, horse racing and archery.
Starting and ending in Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolia's Naadam Festival trip is a guided festivals and events trip that takes 15 days. You will travel through Flaming Cliffs, Khongoriin, Baga Gazriin Chuluu and 4 other destinations in Mongolia. Mongolia's Naadam Festival is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

The ancient Greeks may have the Olympics but the Mongols have Naadam. Mongolia’s annual circus-like Naadam Festival is a centuries-old tradition that dates back to the era of the great Khans and their dynasties. Wrestling, archery and horse racing — the three skills that Chingis Khan considered essential for any Mongol warrior — are showcased at the country’s largest celebration of the “three manly sports”. Come behind the scenes as we meet the competitors in the lead up to the festival and discover some of Mongolia’s wild outback, visiting ruined monasteries, flaming cliffs and historic cities.
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ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 2: Archery Training Camp
  • Day 3: Wrestling Training Camp
  • Day 4: Horse Racing Training Camp - Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 5: Baga Gazriin Chuluu
  • Day 6: Tsagaan Suvarga
  • Day 7: Vulture Canyon/Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs
  • Day 8: Khongoriin Sand Dunes
  • Day 9: Khongoriin Sand Dunes
  • Day 10: Ongiin Khiid
  • Day 11: Karakorum
  • Day 12: Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 13: Naadam Festival - Opening Ceremony & Archery Events
  • Day 14: Naadam Festival - Wrestling & Horse Racing Events
  • Day 15: Ulaanbaatar
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Hotel (5 nights), Tourist Ger Camp (8 nights), Family Ger Camp (1 night)
Meals
  • 14 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
Guide
  • An expert tour leader
Included Activities
  • Archery Training Camp
  • Wrestling Training Camp
  • Horse Racing Training Camp
  • Baga Gazriin Chuluu - Hike
  • Tsagaan Suvarga - Hike
  • Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs - Sunset walk
  • Vulture Canyon - Hike
  • Khongoriin Sand Dunes - Sunset walk & camel ride
  • Ongiin Khiid - Ruins
  • Karakorum - Erdenezuu Monastery & Museum
  • Naadam Festival - Opening Ceremony
  • Naadam Festival - Archery events
  • Naadam Festival - Wrestling events
  • Naadam Festival - Horse Racing events
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • 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's Naadam Festival tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Mongolia's Naadam Festival tour. You can cancel the tour up to 24 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 23 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 27 December 2020, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 27 December 2020, a deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 23 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Mongolia's Naadam 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.

Visa

For this Mongolia's Naadam 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.

Is this trip right for you:
  • Staying in various tourist ger camps, you will experience basic conditions which may take some getting used to. Most gers sleep up to six people, with comfortable beds and plenty of blankets.
  • You will have an overnight family stay at a horse breeder's camp and will need a sleeping bag for this night. This is an authentic local experience, so be prepared for basic, but very real conditions.
  • This trip involves long drives across some rough terrain and to remote areas, away from modern facilities and conveniences. As you'll spend a lot of time on the road, it is important to realise that the emphasis on this trip is on the journey. You'll travel through amazing landscapes and stay in some stunning locations.
  • Depending on group size, you may be split into multiple vehicles throughout this trip. The leader will make an effort to rotate travellers through the vehicles so that everyone spends some time together on the drives.
  • Vegetarians can be catered for, though choices may be limited. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements when you book your trip. Some food will be traditional Mongolian style, but as the traditional diet consists solely of meat and dairy products, most meals are less challenging and based more on Russian or Western cuisine, which is now also common in the Mongolian diet.
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 global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Departures will be limited to an average group size of 10 travellers to ensure COVID-19 safety for all travellers.
  • Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this tour. Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing, physical distancing is highly encouraged, and frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
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