Watch the opening ceremony of Naadam Festival, cheer on wrestlers and archers, listen to famous throat singing, sleep in traditional gers, devour Mongolian barbecue in the grasslands
Wander the land that gave the world Genghis Khan and experience the rich pageantry and intense competitions of the legendary Naadam Festival. Witness giants wrestle, archers hit impossible targets and horses race across grasslands to glory. Travel the region’s steppes and sand dunes to uncover storied Buddhist monasteries and cultural treasures on this unique adventure. Overnight in gers with local families for extraordinary cultural experiences you won’t soon forget.
- Naadam Festival ceremonies entrance. Mongolian ger stays. Amarbayasgalant Monastery entrance. Pot Mountain hike. Mongolian barbecue. Khovsgol Lake visit. Mongolian Lake District stay. Tsetserleg Monastery Museum visit. Tsenger Hot Springs stay. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 10 dinners. (Allow USD55-75 for meals not included.)
- Hotels (4 nts), nomad family stay/camping (1 nt), Mongolian gers (9 nts, multi-share).
- Private van
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
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Each departure will visit the same locations for the amount of time but in a different order. See the Trip Details documents for the itinerary for your specific departure date.
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Amarbayasgalant (1B,1L,1D)
Visit Amarbayasgalant Monastery before sleeping in a ger camp. Stargazing takes on a whole new meaning in the Mongolian countryside.
Days 3-4 Selenge River (2B,2L,2D)
Hike up the volcanic crater at Pot Mountain. Stay overnight with a nomadic family on Selenge River and enjoy a traditional Mongolian barbecue dinner.
Days 5-6 Khovsgol Lake (2B,2L,2D)
Opt to try archery, fishing, horseback riding or hiking.
Days 7-9 Shine Ider/Great White Lake (3B,3L,3D)
Look for wildlife in the stunning Lake District of Mongolia before arriving to Great White Lake. Climb the crater of a nearby volcano and crawl inside lava tubes.
Day 10 Tsenger Hot Springs (1B,1L,1D)
Visit the monastery museum of Tsetserleg before continuing on to the Tsenger Hot Springs. Opt to experience the waters' healing powers first hand.
Day 11 Bayan Gobi (1B,1L,1D)
Traditional ger camp stay and meals. Opt to hike to a small oasis lake for birdwatching or visit a nearby ancient stone carving.
Days 12-14 Ulaanbaatar (2B,2L)
Naadam Festival ceremonies include the opening ceremony, wrestling, archery, Naadam horseracing and the closing ceremony. Free time for exploring Ulaanbaatar.
Day 15 Ulaanbaatar (1B)
Depart at any time.
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