Mongolian Classic Tour With Local Naadam Festival 03 Jul - 18 Jul

Mongolian Classic Tour With Local Naadam Festival

Overview
our customer during local Naadam Festival in North Mongolia
our customer during local Naadam Festival in North Mongolia

Are you dreaming the most wonderful and nicest trip? Then this tour is for you. Such as chance to discover largest sand dune, dinosaur’s homeland, visit Erdene-Zuu Monastery, once one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, the ancient capital at Karakorum and crystal clear Lake Khuvsgul at the beautiful Mount Horidol Saridag and the Tsaatan – Reindeer riders. Dating from the Genghis Khan era, the Naadam Festival is a showcase for traditional sporting events and a summer celebration enjoyed throughout Mongolia from 11-13 July. The most spectacular events for visitors take place at the National Stadium in Ulaan Bataar where nomads compete in wrestling, archery and horsemanship.

– Participate & enjoy locals’ authentic Naadam Festival in closer atmosphere 
– Explore most famous sights of Gobi Desert
– Discover Erdene Zuu, built from the rubble of Genghis Khan’s capital Karakorum
– Take a very scenic hike across a lava field of Khorgo Extinct Volcano and get to know a bunch of stuff about volcanoes and volcanic activity
– Discover Khuvsgul Lake, one of nature’s miracles – Blue Pearl Of Asia

Length: 16 days
Type:
 Group Scheduled Tour
Area:
 Gobi desert, Central and Northern Mongolia
Distance: driving: 3553 km
Group size: min 4pax – max 12pax
Age requirement: 12+ All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: 03 Jul – 18 Jul

Personal Departure: this tour is not possible for personal departure.
Trip grading: moderate
Tour route:

By days:  Day1. 03 Jul. Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff
Day2. 04 Jul. Yol Valley
Day3. 05 Jul. Khongor Sand Dune
Day4. 06 Jul. Bayanzag
Day5. 07 Jul. Ongi Monastery Ruin
Day6. 08 Jul. Karakorum
Day7. 09 Jul. Naadam Festival
Day8. 10 Jul. Naadam Festival
Day9. 11 Jul. Tuvkhun Monastery & Orkhon Waterfall
Day10.
 12 Jul. Taikhar Rock
Day11. 13 Jul. Khorgo-Terkh National Park
Day12. 14 Jul. Jargal Hot Spring
Day13. 15 Jul. Khuvsgul Lake National Park
Day14. 16 Jul. Khuvsgul Lake National Park
Day15. 17 Jul. Uran Extinct Volcano
Day16. 18 Jul. Back to Ulaanbaatar
Prices
2400 USD for solo traveler 2200 USD p.p for more than 2pax
Single supplement: 280 usd
Included: 14 nights in tourist ger camp, food service, land transportation, English speaking guide service, mineral water, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs
Not included: gratuities for staffs, personal expenses, travel insurance

Child policy: 0 – 3 years old baby free of charge, 4 – 12 years old child: 30% discount (counted as 1pax)
Group policy: Up from 6pax please see our Group Service
Discount policy: We always try to lower the our service prices by looking better solution for our customers. Here is several Discounts you can save until 10% that we can do on our best for our customers.

Detailed Itinerary

Day1. 03 Jul. Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff – colorful earth wall

In the morning, we will pick you up from your accommodation and drive to Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff (480 km) on the paved road. It is sheer slope and was an old seabed with sedimentary structure created by millions years and the different colors of the ground represent different times. The formation is over 50 m in its highest point and continues 400 m and looks like a ancient ghost city form a distance. There is no clear date of geography research work and it is good spot take rest and overnight place driving to South Gobi. Around the site, there is Khevtee Bosoo Cave. We will do some hiking around the site and see the cave. Overnight there.

Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff view from a distance
Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff view from a distance
Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff view from the bottom
Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff view from the bottom

Day2. 04 Jul. Yol Valley – horse ride and natural museum

After breakfast time, we will drive to Yol Valley (205). Yol means vulture in Mongolian and the valley begins from Zuun Saikhan Mountain, a branch of the Gurvan Saikhan Mountain range, and stretches over 10 km. The narrowest part, only 3 or 4 person can pass in same time, of the valley is completely shaded from the direct sun shine by high cliff walls. Also, the valley is famous for the fact that there is ice created in winter by small stream of the valley present there even during the hot summer months until end of Jul. The beauty of the valley, combined with the smell of juniper creates an atmosphere of awe and wonder – this is an experience not to be missed! There we will ride horse through the valley. An hour hiking is also a nice activity there if you not like horse ride. As well, we visit to local natural museum of Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Overnight there.

view of Yol Valley
view of Yol Valley
horse riding in Yol Valley
horse riding in Yol Valley
before mid of Jul there is ice glacier in the Yol Valley
before mid of Jul there is ice glacier in the Yol Valley

Day3. 05 Jul. Khongor Sand Dune – camel ride

After breakfast time, we will drive to Khongor Sand Dune (190 km). Khongor is second biggest sand dune in the country that extend along the northern side of Sevrei and Zoolun mountain ranges. It range from 5 to 10 km in width, nearly 100 km long, with crests rising 80 to 300m above the surrounding landscape. The booming sound produced by the masses of moving sand can be heard from afar when occurs windy day. Hence locals called it as Singing Sands. Near Khongor River at the northern edge of the dunes, there is an oasis. We will ride camels today to explore these massive sand-dunes and explore the area where climbing one of the dunes affords the energetic traveler with an unforgettable experience of endless vistas across a sea of daffodil-colored sand. Overnight there.

Khongor Sand Dune view from a distance
Khongor Sand Dune view from a distance
camel riding in Gobi Desert
camel riding in Gobi Desert
tourists usually climb up to the Khongor Sand Dune
tourists usually climb up to the Khongor Sand Dune

Day4. 06 Jul. Bayanzag – dinosaur site

After breakfast time, we will drive to Bayanzag (150 km). Bayanzag means saxual forest in English and area of red cliffs “Bayanzag” which have been formed from the erosion of the water and wind over many millions of years. A lot of dinosaurs’ findings such as Protoceratops & dinosaur’ eggs have been found there in first time. American zoologist Roy Chapman Andrews discovered this place and named as Flaming Cliffs. The red colored cliffs themselves are very imposing from a distance, and are particularly fiery in the light of the setting sun. It is an interesting place to wander about to get a closer look at one of the world’s most famous paleontological sites. In the evening we will walk around the site. Overnight there.

Dinosaur eggs were found from Bayanzag first time
Dinosaur eggs were found from Bayanzag first time
view of Bayanzag
view of Bayanzag
tourists usually do short hike around Bayanzag in the evening
tourists usually do short hike around Bayanzag in the evening

Day4. 07 Jul. Ongi Monastery Ruin – hiking

After breakfast time, we will drive to Ongi Monastery Ruin (299 km). Ongi Monastery Ruin is the ruins of a Buddhist monastery founded in 1760 and destroyed in 1937 by communist purges. Located on the shore of the Ongi River, the monastery was formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia. Raw violence of the destruction at the site was still visible, still palpable, even though it happened over years ago. It is a good place for overnight of traveling between Central Mongolia and Gobi. We will hike to the ruins for visiting to local ger museum displayed survived objects of destroyed monastery and a small lovely and active Buddhist temple. Overnight there.

Ongi Monastery Ruins view
Ongi Monastery Ruins view
Ongi River
Ongi River
our tourists listen interesting history of the Ongi
our tourists listen interesting history of the Ongi

Day5. 08 Jul. Visit to nomadic family & Karakorum – former capital city of Genghis Khan

After breakfast time, we will drive to a nomadic family in Central Mongolia (217 km). Enjoy the joyful atmosphere and learn the clever nomads’ way of life by taking every chance of taking part in the nomadic life activities like a nomad. Experience the milking cows or goats. Watch how they produce tasty and nutritious dairy products. Taste their drink Airag (horse milk). Then, participate in the nomads’ daily chores – prepare dried dung from a nearby mountain for the family’s household use for making fire. After lunch time, we will drive to Karakorum (44 km). Karakorum, the capital of Great Mongolian State where today there is a small local township. The city of Karakorum was founded in 1220 in Orkhon River Valley by order of Genghis Khan and after collapse of Yuan dynasty of Khuvilai Khan, Min state’s invaders sacked the city in 1388 and ruined it. After 200 years in 1586, Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery have been built there by remained ruin of Karakorum as construction materials. In the 18th century, the complex of ornate gardens and 62 temples were home to over 1000 lamas. But in 1937, the most monasteries destroyed by communist purges. We will visit to Karakorum Museum, Karakorum Open Museum and Erdene Zuu Monastery respectively. Overnight there.

Turtle Rock at Erdene Zuu Monastery
Turtle Rock at Erdene Zuu Monastery
our customers are entering to Erdene Zuu Monastery
our customers are entering to Erdene Zuu Monastery
Imperial Map at Karakorum
Imperial Map at Karakorum

Day6. 09 Jul. Local Naadam Festival

local horse racing in Karakorum
local horse racing in Karakorum

After breakfast, we will go for seeing Mongols’ most favorite activity of Naadam festival, horseracing, featuring  children  riding  bareback  across the steppe. Overnight there.

Day7. 10 Jul. Local Naadam Festival

local wresting competition of Naadam Festival
local wresting competition of Naadam Festival

After breakfast, we will go to alloted place of naadam. There we will see Opening ceremony of the Naadam festival and first round of traditional wrestling competition in main stadium. Our lunch will be a traditional meal “Khuushuur” which is considered among the Mongolian people must eat food of Naadam festival.

Mongolian archery is aiming the target during Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar
Mongolian archery is aiming the target during Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar

Then, we will see a competition of Mongolian traditional archery at the allotted place. Overnight there.

Day8. 11 Jul. Tuvkhun Monastery – hike in the larch forest & Orkhon Waterfall – horse ride

view of Tuvkhun Temple
view of Tuvkhun Temple

After breakfast time, we will drive to Tuvkhun Monastery (65 km). The monastery is located on the peak of the densely forested and picturesque mountain Shiveet at the elevation of 2000m. Mongolian first bogd (head of the Buddhism) Zanabazar’s followers built the temple in 1653 for meditation and art studio purpose. There is several interesting things to see. Meditation caves, foot print of Zanabazar on the rock, first drawn version of soyombe, independence symbol, etc. We will hike from the bottom of the mountain to the top or the monastery. After lunch time, we will drive to Orkhon Waterfall (54 km).

view of Orkhon Waterfall
view of Orkhon Waterfall

Over 25 m high and 10 m wide Orkhon Waterfall is the biggest waterfall in the country and one of the most attractive destination in Orkhon River Valley, UNISCO World heritage site. The surrounding areas of the waterfall was formed by volcanic activities dated back approximately 20,000 years and covered by over 10 m thick lava layer with interesting shapes of bubbles which created smaller waterfalls with 4-5 m heights. After dinner time, we will ride horses and walk for seeing the big and small waterfalls. Overnight there.

Day9. 12 Jul. Taikhar Rock – null granite rock on the steppe

view of Taikhar Rock
view of Taikhar Rock

After breakfast, we will drive to Taikhar Rock (146 km). Taikhar Rock is a large granite over 18 m high rock formation. Geologically, the rock was separated by Tamir river systems in millions years from north side of the mountain. The rock has a large number of inscriptions, over 150, in various scripts including Turkish, Uighar, Mongolian, Tibetan, Manchu, Sogda and Chinese too.  Unfortunately, most of them seem to have barely appeared as time passes. Overnight in the tourist ger camp.

Day10. 13 Jul. Khorgo-Terkh National Park – study volcanic activities

After breakfast time, we will drive to Khorgo-Terkh National Park (161 km). On the way, we will see Chuluut River Canyon. The volcano erupted in the Quaternary Period and its lava closed the water stream of a river and result of this meeting has created a truly incredible landscape, Khorgo Extinct Volcano and Terkh Lake, large placid lake is ringed by sandy beaches. There is a number of small or big circuit gorges, Shar Nokhoin Tam & Solo Person’s Cave etc, and complete or not complete erupted 13 volcanoes and rock formations with fast flowing rivers and cascades. From the top of the volcano panoramic view is superb. We will climb up to the top of the volcano and walk discover the circuit gorges. Overnight there.

view of Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake
view of Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake
view of Khorgo Extinct Volcano
view of Khorgo Extinct Volcano

Day11. 14 Jul. Jargal Hot Spring – relax and enjoy

Jargal Jiguur tourist ger camp
Jargal Jiguur tourist ger camp

After breakfast, we will drive to Jargal Hot Spring (90 km). On the way, we will see picturesque and high Orookh Mountain Pass. Khunjil (mostly known Jargal) is a natural hot spring flows out whole year from the ground at 70 Celsius degree in mountainous North Mongolia. The spring comes out from 150 m of the ground and its water is not mixed with soil waters because it is hot. The water has high mineral content and containing everything from simple calcium, sodium to sulphuric.

relaxing in open hot spring bath
relaxing in open hot spring bath

Folklore claimed medical value some of this springs have, they are often popular tourist destinations for Mongolian people. The spring produce water that is good for health reasons and water is effect for joints, nerve system and considered good for many other diseases. Sometimes, people drink the water for diabetes and stomach ulcer and disabilities. Overnight in the tourist ger camp.

Day12. 15 Jul. Uushig Deer Stones – ancient burial site & Khuvsgul Lake – reindeer people

Today, we will drive to Uushig Deer Stones (109 km). A complex of 30 deer stones of Uushig Valley and its burial mounts belong to the ancient Huns period and over 3000 years ago. The Bronze Age funeral practice, sacrificial ritual and ideology and animal style art, which were spread among ancient nomads, are all together represented through deer stones made by long block of granite. Highly artistic illustrations of deers and other images are symbol of Shamanism. Especially, statues with images of human face draw attentions of many scientists and considered one of the rarest statues. We will walk and explore the site. Then we will drive to Khuvsgul Lake National Park (132 km). About midway along border between Mongolia and Russian Siberia, in a gigantic stone bowl nearly 110km long and almost 40km wide, lies 3% of the all the fresh water on earth – Lake Khusgul. The lake region is home to an enormous variety of plants and animals. Since 1990s Lake Khuvsgul and the entire surrounding area have been designated as a national park, and Khuvsgul is today a naturalist’s paradise and an idyllic holiday destination. The water in the lake is so clean and clear that one can easily catch sight of ground. After dinner time, we will do small leisure hike along the shore of the lake. After dinner time, we will visit  to the reindeer herders. They are Tuvan people who migrated to the northern most edge of Mongolian territory from Russian Tuvan Republic around 1920s by the variuos reason. Dukha (another name) are one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders and about 40 families left. Their living place is Ulaan Taiga and Darkhad Valley area but few  reindeer people move to south to the lake area in touristic season for selling hand made souviner to tourists and brought their reindeers for photo. Overnight there.

Uushig Deer Stone
Uushig Deer Stone
Khuvsgul Lake National Park
Khuvsgul Lake National Park
Our customer with a reindeer
Our customer with a reindeer

Day13. 16 Jul. Khuvsgul Lake National Park – full day horse trek

After lunch time, we will enjoy an exhilarating horseback pack trip through untamed wilderness and panoramic scenery. The horseback riding enthusiast will experience an unforgettable excursion through timbered ridges and mountain meadows. We offer horse pack trips suited for all ages and abilities with rides varying in length . Horse pack trips allow you to reach deep into the southern Siberian wilderness. Horseback riding and fun are the main objectives on horse pack trips combined with good nomad’s Mongolian hospitality. Saddle up the whole family for an unforgettable horseback riding adventure. Overnight there.

our guide is standing with a customer during Khuvsgul Lake trek
our guide is standing with a customer during Khuvsgul Lake trek
horse riding in the Khovsgol Lake
horse riding in the Khovsgol Lake

Day14. 17 Jul. Uran Extinct Voclano

view of Uran Extinct Volcano
view of Uran Extinct Volcano

After breakfast time, we will drive to Uran Extinct Volcano (423 km). On the way, we will see picturesque Ikh-Uu Mountain. Uran means “Artistic”,  Mongols named it so because its ridge of the crater is one of many examples of circles that arise in nature resembled a nice creature of a craftsman.

the tourists usually do shorter hiking to the top edge of the crater 
the tourists usually do shorter hiking to the top edge of the crater

A circle-shaped ridge about 500 m across that contains a crater lake at about 20 m wide and 1.5 m deep. There is  also another recognizable volcanoes with broken craters such as Tulga, Jalavch and Togoo. We will climb up to the top of the volcano. Overnight there.

Day15. 18 Jul. Back to Ulaanbaatar.

We head back to Ulaanbaatar (561 km) on the paved road. On the way we pass Erdenet and Darkhan industrial cities. Once back in UB you will be transferred to your accommodation.

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