Naadam Festival Travel (12 days)

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Marvel at incredible displays of horsemanship, archery and wrestling from your seat at Mongolia’s National Naadam Festival. Enjoy an exclusive stay in traditional felt gers in the Gobi Desert. The opening ceremony of Naadam Festival, cheer wrestlers and archers, listen to famous throat singing, camp with a nomadic family, sleep in ensuite private bathroom exclusive lodge and resort

Region: Central and Southern part of Mongolia
Available time: 5-16 July, 2016/2017
Price: 7955 $ for per person
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Outline itinerary

July 5 -Day 1 Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

July 6 - Day 2 Cultural tour of Ulaanbaatar

July 7 - Day 3 Flight to Gobi Desert for 1.2 hours

July 8 - Day 4 Day trip to Flaming Cliffs and Sand Dune

July 9 - Day 5 Flight back to Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park

July 10 - Day 6 Drive to Hustai National Park

July 11 - Day 7 Naadam Festival, Opening Ceremony

July 12 - Day 8 Naadam Festival

July 13 - Day 9 Take a flight to Khuvsgul Lake for 1.2 hours

July 14 - Day 10 Explore Khuvsgul Lake

July 15 - Day 11 Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

July 16 - Day 12 Departure

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Great choices for places to visit, routes with the best views, places to stay. Very professional services from Mongolian Luxury Tours personal and from ger camp staffs. Excellent guide and driver in all places. We nominate our traveling guide for an award star of five. Our guide was a superbly qualified, highly enthusiastic woman for great athletic skill and a delightful personality. She obviously has a deep love of her country, its people, culture and traditions. She made our trip very enjoyable. Her singing was very pretty and gave us a taste of Mongolian culture. We nominate her as “Guide of The Year”

Jeffrey Carr

Detailed tour itinerary

July – 5 Day 1 Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival at Chinggis Khan International Airport, you are met by tour guide and transferred to the hotel in the city center.
Blue Sky Hotel:
The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower is an elegant luxury hotel with specious and exquisitely designed guestrooms, complete with five restaurants presenting delectable Western and Asian Cuisin, perfect with specialized one and only service philosophy, and startegically located at heart of Ulaanbaatar's bustling shopping and business district, commanding spectacular views.

Overnight in Blue Sky hotel or similar

Meals: Dinner

July – 6 Day 2 Cultural tour

After breakfast at hotel, you will go on a sightseeing city tour. The first stop is at Sukhbaatar Square, which is the central square named after the revolutionary hero of 1921 Damdiny Sukhbaatar whom declared independence from China. You will visit the Gandan Monastery that is the largest and most famous functioning monastery in Mongolia; here you may experience the monks in worship and see the impressive Golden Buddha Statue of Migjid Janraisig. Time permitting you can visit the Natural History Museum which is famous for its authentic dinosaur skeletons and also visit the Zaisan memorial hill to get a fantastic view of whole city. You will have a welcome dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Blue Sky Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July – 7 Day 3 Flight to Gobi Desert, Yol Valley

This morning you fly over the vast steppe to the Gobi Desert, Mongolia’s southernmost province of semi-arid desert. Meet your driver upon arrival and then transfer by a 4WD vehicle to the Yol Valley in Gurvansaikhan National Park, situated in the lap of the Altai Mountains. On the way to the lodge, you will stop to visit the local Natural History Museum for an insight into the flora and fauna of the area. This valley is nestled deep within the hills and is a safe haven to get away from the desert heat. Some areas of the valley are continually sheltered from the hot sun and house huge, blocks of ice that gradually melt away during the summer. It is very wide at the entrance and narrows gradually into a remarkable gorge. You will get to see wild animals such as ibex and wild sheep, and the vulture. You can hike on foot or go horseback or camel riding around the area to the gorge.

Check into the Three Camels Lodge which is among the TOP ECO LODGES OF THE WORLD. The lodge is solar powered and stands ground on a stunning landscape with sweeping views of the Gobi-Altai been built using all local sustainable materials.

Overnight in Three Camel Lodge, deluxe ger
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July – 8 Day 4 Day trip to Flaming Cliffs and Moltsog Sand Dune

Following breakfast at tourist camp then we will drive to Bayan Zag(Approximately 5 hours driving), popularly called “The Flaming Cliffs” for its glowing orange rocks. It was here, in 1922, that paleontologists made an astounding discovery. This area got international name as Roy Chapman Andrews after  his exploration team from the American Museum of Natural History discovered the first nest of dinosaur eggs here. The area is haven for the natural history scientists as the area is rich in dinosaur fossils. After Bayanzag zag we head to Moltsog Els, is one of the few regions of the Gobi covered by sand dunes. Smaller than Hongoryn Els, these sand dunes are much closer to the Three Camel Lodge, You can visit a camel herder’s family and will have an opportunity to ride a Bactrian camel.

Overnight in Three Camel Lodge, deluxe ger
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July 9 - Day 5 Take flight back to Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park

We will drive to airport for flight back to Ulaanbaatar and you are transferred to Terelj National park. This unforgettable excursion will take you to features such as unique rock formations, scenic valleys, a winding river, and restful groves of trees. Many nomads live in the park itself, where they find lush grazing land for their animals. You will take a tour in the park and visit the notable rocks called "The Turtle rock", and "Monk reading a book". You will visit the Aryabal meditation center located inside the mountains to learn more about Mongolian Buddhism.

A scenic upcountry drive from Ulaanbaatar transports you to the Terelj Hotel and Spa, one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Nestled in an almost untouched corner of the earth – Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, part of the vast Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area – this palatial yet intimate hotel is a destination in itself.
Discover serenity and renewal in the Tereljmaa Spa, with its array of massages and treatments. Share family time in the heated pool and Jacuzzi. Or let the children play in their own club – while you enjoy time as a couple over fine cuisine and a fine Cuban cigar. Then relax in luxurious rooms and suites designed for comfort, and accented by Mongolian antiques and contemporary art.

Overnight in Terelj Luxury hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July – 10 Day 6  Travel to Hustai National Park

After arrive in ULN we drive to Hustai National Park Hustai National Park is the site of a unique re-introduction scheme of Przewalskii’s horse (Equus przewalskii), called "takhi" by Mongolians. It became extinct in the wild in 1969 and, since 1992, has been successfully re-introduced to Hustai from zoos around the world. This has been an international effort monitored by The Foundation for the Przewalskii Horse, based in the Netherlands and MACNE (Mongolian Association for Conservation of Nature and the Environment). The national park is rolling Steppe Mountains with rather large patches of birch and aspen forests. There are also visible remains of Neolithic graves. In addition, red deer (Cervus elaphus) and wolf (Canis lupus) have increased quite a bit during the last few years, as well as Mongolian gazelle. Species present in Hustai but usually not seen include Lynx, Argali Sheep and Roe Deer. The Hustai National Park in Mongolia is world famous for the successful reintroduction of the Prezwalski horse. After lunch at tourist camp, we will drive to HS Luxury Resort for a night.
 Become one with nature in our luxurious resort. Our hotel provides first-class cottages with a view across the open prairie and the silhouette of the mountains visible on the far end. We provide executive suites only, a 120m2 comfortable space with Glass Ocean Front.

Stay overnight in HS Luxury Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July 11-12 Day 7-8 Naadam Festival, Openning Ceremony

During whole lovely days you enjoy watch Naadam festival or three manly sports such as wrestling, archery and horse racing. Visit opening ceremony of Naadam festival at the national stadium. And you will see archery, wrestling and horse racing during Naadam festival. Naadam festival is of the victory of the People’s Revolution. Naadam festival is celebrated every year at 11-13th July in Central stadium. Mongolia celebrates its independence and its rich cultural heritage with a festival of sports and revelry in Ulaanbaatar. The distinctly Mongolian feel and flair of the Naadam Festival make it a wonderful spectacle, a joyous time, and an intriguing cultural event. Colorful ceremonies and parading soldiers kick off the celebrations. The ancient game of wrestling follows, with men competing in many rounds of competition. Both men and women compete in the archery games, using the traditional Mongolian compound bow that terrorized Europe when Genghis Khan and his Golden Horde moved their empire west. The quintessentially Mongolian art of horse racing follows, where up to 800 horses compete, jockeyed by children so that the skill of the horse, and not the rider, is tested.

Overnight in Blue Sky Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July 13 - Day 9 Take a flight to Khuvsgul Lake

Following breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your 1.2 hour flight to Muron in the north. Muron is the headquarters of the Khuvsgul Province. You will meet your local guide at the airport and then transfer by a 4WD vehicle through the vast Mongolian prairieland into the forested mountains until finally arriving at Lake Khuvsgul (4 hour drive). It is Mongolia's largest fresh water lake, also known as the "Dark Blue Pearl" of Mongolia is situated amidst pristine nature, beautiful forests, mountains, meadows, abundant with bird species, and orchids.

Overnight at Alagtsar Tourist camp, Deluxe villa
ls: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July 14 - Day 10 Explore pristine Khuvsgul Lake

After breakfast at the camp you will have a full day to explore the breathtaking shores of this beautiful lake.  There is ample opportunity to discover the local nomadic lifestyle. You can plan hiking and photo ventures along the shorelines, which are excellent habitats for wildlife and birds. 

Walking and hiking in the lake shores, Horse riding trek near the lake, visiting yak breeding family and experience their unique lifestyle.

Overnight at Alagtsar Tourist camp, Deluxe villa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July 15 - Day 11 Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

In the morning, we drive to airport for flight to Ulaanbaatar and there is more to see here upon arrival if you are interested, such as a visit to the Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum, a residence of Bodg Jabzan Damba Hutagt VIII whom was Mongolia's last theocrat. Or take a leisurely stroll through the town center. In the evening perhaps you can enjoy a farewell dinner and attend the local folklore dance shows.

Overnight in Blue Sky Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July 16 - Day 12 Departure

Check out from the hotel and transfer to the “Chinggis Khan” International airport for departure.

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