Dates: 05th – 12th July
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Group size: Min- 3 pax, Max- 24 pax
Highlights: Chinggis Khaan Statue complex, Turtle rock, Aryabal temple, Mongol els/Elsen Tasarkhai sands, Erdenezuu Monastery, Karakorum, Wild horses, Naadam Festival,
Accommodation: Tourist standard ger camps / 4 nights
Total driving distance: 900 km
Price per person: 1 pax 1100 USD
Naadam festival, one of the main events in Mongolia has been organized since the times of great Khans. During the Naadam festival, all good sportsmen and women of the country compete in one of the three National sport competitions that are: archery, horse racing and wrestling. This is a rare opportunity to dip in to magnificent Mongolian culture. In addition, you will have an opportunity to see Chinggis Khaan statue complex – the tallest horseman statue in the world, wild horses called Takhi – the only living ancestor of horses of modern world, Karakorum – ancient capital of Mongol Empire, and other cultural sights.
Day 1. Arrival
Upon your arrival in Ulaanbaatar, our guide will warmly welcome you, and check-in to your preferred hotel for the overnight rest (hotel stay not included).
Day 2. Chinggis Khaan Statue complex -Terelj National Park (120 km)
After breakfast, transfer to “Tsonjin Boldog”, where the world’s biggest equestrian statue – Chinggis Khan Statue complex is located. Here you can enjoy wide steppe with panoramic view from the head of Chinggis Khan’s horse. Visit two museums inside the complex: one exhibiting bronze age findings, other themed 13th century Mongolia. After exploration transfer to Terelj National Park and visit the giant Turtle Rock, and see other unique rock formations that are highlights of this park. Try a short horse riding activity for cultural experience. Then hiking to Aryabal meditation temple will take around an hour hiking in the fresh air. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp in Terelj National Park. (B, L, D)
Day 3. Ulaanbaatar – Bayangobi (330 km)
After breakfast at the camp, the tour starts in direction of “Elsen Tasarkhai” sand dune in Uvurkhangai province. After driving through Mongolian beautiful countryside, arrive in Bayangobi camp. Check-in to camp and have lunch. Then visit a local herder family to get to know more about nomadic culture, and taste home-made dairy products. Explore the Sandy dunes with properly applied sunscreen oil and hat + scarf. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 4. Bayangobi – Karakorum (110 km)
After breakfast at the camp, transfer to Karakorum which was the capital city of Mongolia in ancient times. Visit the symbolic ruins, and visit Erdenezuu Monastery, rock turtle, museum of Karakorum and Khaadiin Khaad hill. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 5. Karakorum – Hustai Nature Reserve (280 km)
Have breakfast in the ger camp, and transfer to Hustai Nature Reserve – where the endangered Mongolian “takhi” wild horses are re-introduced to the nature. Lunch is on the way. Upon arrival watch short documentary film about these wild horses, then around dinnertime go look for the last true wild Takhi/Przewalski horses in the field. Dinner and vernight in a ger camp near Hustai Nature reserve. (B, L, D)
Day 6. Hustai Nature reserve – Nomadic show – Horse racing (80 km)
After breakfast, drive in direction of “Khui Doloon Khudag” horse racing site of Naadam festival. On the way, enjoy “Nomadic show” from 10:00-12:00 pm. It is an interesting show that introduces the ways of Mongolian Nomads’ life, through for example assembling a ger and loading it in an ox cart to illustrate moving – which is a rare occasion to witness. After the show have local lunch and get to horse racing site to watch horse race competition of Naadam. After the race, explore the surrounding area that present souvenir shopping and photographing opportunities. Then transfer back to a ger camp for dinner and overnight rest. (B, L, D)
Day 7. Ulaanbaatar – Naadam Festival (40 km)
After breakfast, transfer to Ulaanbaatar. Enjoy the Naadam Festival Opening ceremony followed by two of three manly game competitions which are wrestling, and archery. In the evening attend a traditional art performance to see Mongolian dances, short and long songs, contortions, and “Huumii” throat singing. After show, have dinner and spend some time shopping. Lunch and dinner in a city restaurant. (B, L, D)
Day 8. Departure
Today we transfer you to your international departure point and conclude the tour.
Price does not include accommodation in UB.
Please contact us for prices of children (3-12 years old).
Package price includes:
- Airport or train station transfers in Ulaanbaatar
- Accommodation in ger camps * – twin sharing
- English speaking professional local guide
- Chauffeured tour couch during the tour
- Entrance fees to National Parks and protected areas
- Tickets to museums and art performances
- Meals as mentioned in itinerary
- Two bottles of 0,5 litre drinking water per day
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
Package price excludes:
- Hotel in Ulaanbaatar;
- Ger camp single supplement 25 USD per person/per night;
- Visa application fee;
- International airfare;
- Travel insurance;
- Hotel extras (phone calls, laundry, minibar,. etc);
- Personal toiletries;
- Gratuity to local guides and drivers;
- Optional excursions unless stated in the itinerary;
How to get a visa?
If you are a citizen of one of the 46 countries that has been granted “visa-free access” to Mongolia, or 41 countries covered in a 30 day visa-free visit regime until 31st December 2016, you do not need to present a visa when entering Mongolia for tourism purposes. With exception of those, visitors are required to have a valid visa issued by Mongolian diplomatic missions or honorary consuls abroad. The following materials are required to obtain a visa under grounds of tourism:
- Passport, valid for at least six months from the end of intended period of stay in Mongolia
- One passport size photo
- Completed and signed Visa Application Form for Tourists
- Invitation from Mongolia (Either an invitation of the receiving entity, or an official request of the sending country and the organization).
- Transit visa processing requires visa for next destination, and copy of onward tickets.
How to get to Mongolia?
By airways: Providing you with comfort flights, Mongolian national flag carrier MIAT – Mongolian airlines operate scheduled and chartered flights to Ulaanbaatar from Berlin, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka and Beijing. The Chinggis Khaan international airport, conveniently located 18 km southwest of the capital, hosts following carriers apart from MIAT:
- Hunnu Air
- Aeroflot Air
- Korean Air
- Turkish Airlines
We will always be happy to help arrange your international flights to Mongolia. By railways: If your holiday duration and plan allows, another great way to get to Mongolia is via trans-Mongolian train. This is possible either from Moscow or Beijing. The journey takes 4 nights and 5 days from Moscow, and 1 night and 2 days from Beijing. It is a magical journey which takes you from the heart of buzzing downtowns of metropolises into nomadic Mongolia, past the Great Wall of China through the Gobi desert, or Russian countryside villages through the Baikal Lake. Also trains to border cities run every day, as the cities of Ulaan-Ude (Russia) and Erlian (China) are both popular get-away destinations for locals, for a little cultural sightseeing and a bit of shopping. You can let us handle your international railway tickets, to make your travel plan even smoother.
What to bring? What to wear?
Yes, you would want to pack a few additional things to make your travel more comfortable.
- Your personal toiletries
- Summer hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Earplugs to use when camping in the countryside
- Small headlamp or a flashlight
- Portable battery charger for your phone, tablet, camera etc.,
Small first aid bag including following:
- Small adhesive bands
- Blister plasters
- Medicine to treat occasional diarrhea
- Lip balm
- Wet tissue
- Mosquito repellent cream
- Sleeping bag or sleeping sack
- Mosquito net
- After sun cream when possible
- Trekking shoes
- Weatherproof jacket
- Wool hat, gloves, scarf
- Spare pairs of socks and underwear
- Bathing or swimming suit
- Other casual clothing
Foreign currency can be exchanged at . commercial banks and Mongolian national currency “Tugrug” are in notes of 1, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000. The US dollar is preferred currency. Credit cards are also accepted at major hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. UB and major cities have ATMs.
Mongolian nationwide electricity output is 220V/50HZ in a European style plug. Most likely all the wall sockets will feature 2 widely spaced round pins. But no worries if your device is different, because universal plug converter is commonly found at relatively cheap price here in Mongolia.
Mongolians have several national holidays and celebrations, and when we talk about celebrating holidays, we mean to do it nationwide. Believe us, celebrations take festive forms in most cases, and some certain are