Naadam Festival Mongolia

15 days,Ulaanbaatar to Ulaanbaatar

Watch the opening ceremony of the 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.

What's Included

  • Naadam Festival ceremonies entrance
  • Traditional ger stays
  • Amarbayasgalant Monastery entrance
  • Pot Mountain hike
  • Mongolian barbecue meal
  • Khovsgol Lake visit
  • 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.)
  • Private van
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12
  • Hotels (4 nts), nomad family stay/camping (1 nt), Mongolian gers (9 nts, multi-share).

Additions Available on This Tour

Itinerary Notes

Each departure will visit the same locations for the same amount of time but may run in a different order.


Day 1Ulaanbaatar

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Ulaanbaatar/Amar Hiyd(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Amarbayasgalant Monastery before sleeping in a ger camp. Stargazing takes on a whole new meaning in the Mongolian countryside.

Day 3Amar Hiyd/Selenge(1B, 1L, 1D)

Hike up the volcanic crater at Pot Mountain. Stay overnight with a nomadic family on Selenge River and enjoy a traditional Mongolian barbecue dinner.

Day 4Selenge(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy free time in this scenic region and learn more about Mongolian nomadic culture.

Day 5Selenge/Khövsgöl(1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the day travelling to scenic Khövsgöl Lake.

Day 6Khövsgöl(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a free day here to try archery, horseback riding, or hiking.

Day 7Khövsgöl/Shine-Ider Sum(1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel through the Lake District of Mongolia, looking for wildlife on the way. Spend the evening at a ger camp on Zuun Lake.

Day 8Shine-Ider Sum/Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue on with another long day of scenic driving to reach Great White Lake. With two days to explore, there are plenty of ways to spend time here.

Day 9Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake(1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend a full day exploring the area. Climb the crater of a nearby volcano and crawl inside lava tubes. Spend a free afternoon in the area horseback riding, fishing, or mingling with the locals.

Day 10Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake/Tsenher(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit the monastery museum of Tsetserleg before continuing on to the Tsenkher Hot Springs. Opt to experience the waters' healing powers first hand.

Day 11Tsenher/Bayangovĭ(1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive to Khongoriin Els. Enjoy the activities the Gobi Desert has to offer— hiking in sand dunes, visit an ancient stone carving, and soak in the desert atmosphere.

Day 12Bayangovĭ/Ulaanbaatar(1B)

Travel back to Ulaanbaatar in time for the Naadam Festival ceremonies. Over the next few days, enjoy the opening ceremony, wrestling, archery, Naadam horseracing, and the closing ceremony, as well as free time for exploring Ulaanbaatar.

Day 13Ulaanbaatar(1B, 1L)

Watch the opening ceremony. Observe some of the wrestling matches and also the archery contests. With free time, opt for a wonderful cultural show or souvenir shopping.

Day 14Ulaanbaatar(1B, 1L)

Head out to see the finish line of the Naadam horserace. Enjoy a free afternoon before attending the Festival Closing Ceremony in the evening.

Day 15Ulaanbaatar(1B)

Depart at any time.

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