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9 day Great Gobi and Naadam Festival tour

9 day Great Gobi and Naadam Festival tour
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Tour Description

 

Tour name:      9 Day in the Great Gobi and Central Mongolia including Naadam Festival
Start:               UB-back UB
Duration:         9 days, 8 night:
Destination:     Southern, Central & Northern part of Mongolia
Goal:                Explore the naturel wonders of Mongolia and nomadic lifestyle on open steppe
Group size:      Min 1, max 21
Price:            1 person – 2315$,  2-3 person  –2899$,  4-6 person  –  4519$

 

 

Why do we love this trip

 

  • Learn unique Mongolian Culture
  • Discover Nomadic lifstyle
  • Spot Wild and Domestic animals
  • Visit and meet real Nomads
  • Feel real silence and wild nature
  • Enjoy fresh and clean air

    Mongolia is a quite big county -It is important to appreciate the landscape for it's vastness.  Rugged Mongolia is an adventure destination where travellers can see the tradition of the past still practised today by hardy nomads dwelling on the country's vast steppe and deserts. 

    You will take part in the largest festival of Mongolia called Naadam whose biggest one is held in Ulaanbaatar then we'll leave Ulaanbaatar heading to south.

 through this trip you will be amazed by the mongolian highlights, for exemple: Great gobi desert with colossal sand dune, and ice filled canyons. and then the vast steppes of central Mongolia which is the heartland, loaded with both historical sites and natural beauty, with plenty of place to horse trek in forested mountains, camp by pretty lakes or soak in hot spring. so then most exciting site as Khovsgol which is the land of thick forest, rushing rivers, sparkling lakes, rugged mountains, endless taiga and of course Hovsgol Lake itself.

Day 0:  We  will meet you at airport upon your arrival in Ulaanbaatar city/capital of Mongolia/ and take you to the hotel you choose. The rest of day is for you to get rid of fatigue and enjoy a free day. Prepare yourself, on most days of trip, you'll spend several hours driving through diverse landscape.
Overnight: at the Hotel
Meals: B, L, D

Day 2: After having breakfast at the hotel, we'll go to stadium for festival.
Naadam festival / three games of man /
The biggest festival (National Naadam) is held in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar during the National Holiday from July 11 – 13, in the National Sports Stadium. Naadam begins with an elaborate introduction ceremony, featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders, and musicians. After the ceremony, the competitions begin. The competitions are mainly horseback riding. Naadam is the most widely watched festival among Mongols, and is believed to have existed for centuries in one fashion or another. Naadam has its origin in the activities, such as military parades and sporting competitions such as archery, horse riding and wrestling, that followed the celebration of various occasions, including weddings or spiritual gatherings. It later served as a way to train soldiers for battle. Now it formally commemorates the 1921 Revolution when Mongolia declared itself a free country. Naadam also celebrates the achievement of the new state. Naadam was celebrated as a Buddhist/shaman holiday until secularization in the 1930s.The three sports are called "Eriin 3 naadam" which is called three games of man in English. Genghis Khan's nine horse tails, representing the nine tribes of the Mongols, are still ceremonially transported from Sukhbaatar Square to the Stadium to open the Naadam festivities.
Overnight: at the Hotel
Meals: B,L,D

Day 2: After breakfast you will start your wonderful trip in Mongolia, early in the morning we drive to South Gobi. First stop will be at Baga Gazriin Chuluu-located in Delgertsogt soum, Dundgovi province.
Baga Gazriin Chuluu
There will be seen a granite stone-mountains whose tallest one is elevated at 1768m above sea level. And you will visit Bolor Cave, see eye treatment spa, ruins of ancient temple and other sightseeing. The landscape and  rock formation are sacred to the locals. It's pretty spiritual place.  In the n19th-century two important monks lived here and they had left some script and drawing as mark of their passage. There have been a open theatre of national long song of Mongolia. There exists a rich family of plants many wild animals. On the way you will not be bored, a divers landscape will keep you awake and  lovely lunch at Sacred Beautiful Mountain Zorgol will knock your sock off.

Day-3: after breakfast, we depart for the Tsagaan Suvarga /white Stupa/ which is absolutely one of best sights in Mongolia. 

Tsagaan Suvarga
Tsagaan Suvarga is located in Ulziit Soum, in the Dundgobi province. Tsagaan suvarga is the stunning and legendary cliffs formed by deposits of sediment from millions of years. This cliff indicates different times by its colored layers containing 10 million years history. The stunning scenery makes awesome photos and chance to explore the area through the gorges and canyons.
It makes you feel like you are in the time of Giant dinosaur.

Overnight in a Nomad ger

Day 4: After the breakfast we've got another early start today leaving the Baga gazriin chuluu around at 7 am.
Yoliin am /Yol valley/
Yoliin Am is located 45km from province of Dalanzadgad. Altitude is 2800m from sea level. This is one of the best places to encounter wild animals and wander through the majestic canyons.  This is the deep and narrow canyon in the Gobi GurvanSaikhan /Gobi three beauty / mountains. In the narrowest valley is named after Lammergeyer, which is called Yol in Mongolian.  The Lammergeyer is old world Vulture. In there you can see 1-1.5m tick ice in the middle of gorges where it barely gets sunshine during summer time and the sky looks pretty narrow line between canoyns. 
Overnight: at the Ger
Meals: B,L,D

Day 5: This day we drive to Khongor sand dune.
Khongor sand dune
After having breakfast, we will be heading to the Khongor Sand Dunes-situated around 120 km from Yoliin Am.  Often called as the singing dunes and surrounded with mountains. This grand sand dune streches for 180km going from nord-west to south-east. The most width part is 27km on the nord-west section.The site is amazing. Khongor Sand Dunes are some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. Reaching to the top of sand hill will be exhausting and around 40 minutes to one hour. but the views of the desert from the sundy summet are breathtaking. The sand dunes are a great place for riding camel so we take camel ride there. May stay overnight in the tent if weather is fine.
Overnight: at the Ger
Meals: B,L,D

Day 6: This morning we head to Bayan zag /rich saxual/
Bayan zag
Bayanzag, which means ‘rich in saxaul shrubs’, is more commonly known as the ‘Flaming Cliffs’, a name penned by the paleontologist  Roy Chapman Andrews. First excavated in 1922, it is best-known worldwide for the number of dinosaur bones and eggs found in the area, which you can see in museums around the world. Even if you are not a ‘dienophile’, the beauty of the surrounding landscape is a good reason to visit. It’s a classic desert of rock, red sands, scrub, sun and awesome emptiness. Bayanzag is around 90km from Dalanzadgad. Stay overnight may in the tent if the weather is fine
Overnight: at the Ger
Meals: B,L,D

Day 7: After breakfast we drive to the next destination which is the Saikhanovoo and Ongi temple in middle Gobi
Ongi Monastery
This small mountainous area along the river /Ongiin gol/ which is the tenth longest river of Mongolia with an overall length of 435 km. This temple makes a pleasant place to break a trip after long drive from Baynzag.
OngiinKhiid is a sightworthy monastery on Ongiriver about 18 km from SaikhanOvoo. Formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, it was founded in 1660 and consisted of two temples complexes on the North and South of the OngiGolriver. The older southern complex consisted of various administrative buildings as well as 11 temples. The northern complex, built in the 18th century, consisted of 17 temples - among them one of the largest temples in all of Mongolia. The grounds housed also 4 Buddhist universities. It was completely destroyed in 1939 under KhorloogiinChoibalsan, the then president and leader of the Communist Party of Mongolia. Over 200 monks were killed, and many surviving monks were imprisoned or forced to join the Communist controlled army. A large number of ruins including a tall stupa can be seen on the river and on the surrounding hills. In the 1990s, it was decided to rebuild the monastery. At present (2011), 13 monks live in the monastery.
Overnight: at the Ger
Meals: B,L,D

Day 8: Our next destination is the Karakorum and Erdenezuu monastery. After brief stroll along the Ongi river,  we'll head on to capital of the  ancient  Mongolian empire. /13-14th century/
Kharkhorin (Karakorum)
In the mid-13th century, Karakorum was a happening place. ChinggisKhaan established a supply base here and his son Ögedei ordered the construction of a proper capital, a decree that attracted traders, dignitaries and skilled workers from across Asia and even Europe.
The good times lasted around 40 years until Kublai moved the capital to Khanbalik
(later called Bĕijīng), a decision that still incites resentment among some Mongolians. Following the move to Bĕijīng and the subsequent collapse of the Mongol empire, Karakorum was abandoned and then destroyed by vengeful Manchurian soldiers in 1388.
Whatever was left of Karakorum was used to help build, in the 16th century, the enormous monastery, ErdeneZuu monastery, which itself was badly damaged during the Stalinist purges.
The rather nondescript Soviet-built town of  Kharkhorin was built a couple of kilometres away from ErdeneZuuKhiid, and there is little of interest in the town itself 
Overnight: at the Ger
Meals: B,L,D

Day 9:  After a brief visit through some sightseeing and museum in the town, we will hit a road and back to UB/capital/. After fairly boring stretch of route, the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarhai will make you happy. Elsen Tasarhai is something of an oasis. These large dunes strech for some 70km and are worth stopping off at for those who are not planning to visit the much more spectacular Khongoryn Els in the Gobi Desert. On the way the local restaurants and cafes will be the places where you will be eating. Then we carry on route back to UB seeing some natural beauty such as Khogno Khan Nature Reserve and countryside.
 

Things included in the tour

Things no included in the tour

All meals during the travel

Travel insurance

All entrance fee

Beverages

Sightseeing as per itinerary

Extra activity cost

Accommodation in hotels

Excess baggage charge

Transportation from airport /to airport

Single room supplement

English speaking guide [other language guide on request]

International airfare

Daily supply of bottled water

Any other things  which are not mentioned above

Ger camps

 

Occasional local /cultural show

 

 

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