Mongolia's Naadam Festival

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The ancient Greeks may have the Olympics but the Mongols have Naadam. Mongolia’s annual circus-like Naadam Festival is a centuries-old tradition that dates back to the era of the great Khans and their dynasties. Wrestling, archery and horse racing — the three skills that Genghis Khan considered essential for any Mongol warrior — are showcased at the country’s...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Go behind the scenes of Mongolia's Naadam Festival and visit the athlete's training camps as they prepare to compete in the Naadam Festival.
    • Live the nomad life with a family stay at a horse breeder's camp.
    • Experience the phenomenal landscapes of central Mongolia.
    • Attend the Naadam Opening Ceremony and watch athletes compete for glory in wrestling, horse racing and archery.
    • Encounter Mongolia's stunning natural landscape with visits to places such as the Flaming Cliffs and sand dunes of Khongor.

What's this trip about?

    The ancient Greeks may have the Olympics but the Mongols have Naadam. Mongolia’s annual circus-like Naadam Festival is a centuries-old tradition that dates back to the era of the great Khans and their dynasties. Wrestling, archery and horse racing — the three skills that Genghis Khan considered essential for any Mongol warrior — are showcased at the country’s largest celebration of the “three manly sports”. Come behind the scenes as we meet the competitors in the lead up to the festival and discover some of Mongolia’s wild outback, visiting ruined monasteries, flaming cliffs and historic cities.

Details

Itinerary focusActive and Outdoor Sports
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 16 people
Age range15 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityUlaanbaatar
End CityUlaanbaatar

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • High Adventure
  • Festivals & Special Events

Destinations

  • Asia
  • Mongolia

Attractions

  • Ulaanbaatar

Activities

  • Festivals & Special Events

Trip includes

    • Archery Training Camp
    • Wrestling Training Camp
    • Horse Racing Training Camp
    • Baga Gazriin Chuluu - Hike
    • Tsagaan Suvarga - Hike
    • Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs - Hike
    • Vulture Canyon - Hike
    • Khongor Sand Dunes - Dune Hike & Camel Ride
    • Ongiin Khiid - Ruins
    • Karakorum - Erdenezuu Monastery
    • Naadam Festival - Opening Ceremony
    • Naadam Festival - Archery events
    • Naadam Festival - Wrestling events
    • Naadam Festival - Horse Racing events

Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1 Ulaanbaatar

Sainbainuu! Welcome to Mongolia. You can arrive at any time before your group meeting at 6pm. The location of this meeting can be found at the hotel reception. Please have your passport, insurance and next of kin information ready to give to your leader at this meetin...

Day 2 Archery & Wrestling Training Camp

Mongolia’s annual Naadam Festival is a centuries-old tradition that dates back to the era of the great Khans and their dynasties. Wrestling, archery and horse racing — the three skills that Genghis Khan considered essential for any Mongol warrior — are showcased today...

Day 3 HorseTraining Camp

Wake up at the crack of dawn as the campsite comes alive and drive to another camp where the horse trainers and riders live during their Naadam preparations. Spend the day watching the horses and jockeys train. You'll be amazed at the skill and strength on display in ...

Day 4 Ulaanbaatar

Return to Ulaanbaatar today depending on the group's wish to depart from the horse training camp. Enjoy some free time after arriving back to the capital and maybe take up the chance to stock up on some snacks for your road travel for the next few days before returning to Ulaanbaatar for the big event - the Nadaam Festival!

Day 5 Baga Gazriin Chuluu

Today drive around six hours from Ulaanbataar to Baga Gazriin Chuluu a series of granitic formations located in the Middle Gobi province. Ruggedly beautiful, the rocks are worshipped by locals, who are known to make pilgrimages here, and it is rumoured that Genghis Kh...

Day 6 Tsagaan Suvarga

Drive to Tsagaan Suvarga today (approximately 5 hours). Also known as the "white stupa”, the region is well known for its formation of rocky cliffs that are composed of different ores. When exposed to oxygen, the rock turns different shades of pink, red and orange. Th...

Day 7 Vulture Canyon/Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs

Pay a visit to Yoliin Am, a deep and narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains of southern Mongolia more commonly known as the Vulture Canyon. Enjoy a two hour walk through the narrow gorges, with soaring cliffs on either side and bearded vultures sailing high abov...

Day 8-9 Khongor Sand Dunes

Today you will drive to the giant sand dunes known as Khongor, Mongolia's largest and called the ‘singing sands’ by the locals (approx 4 hours). These monster dunes stretch for over 100km and can reach up to 300 meters in height. This is the quintessential landscape t...

Day 10 Ongiin Khiid

A long travel day today. Drive to the Ongiin Khiid (approximately 8 hours). Ongiin Khiid refers to two ruined monasteries: Bari Lam Khiid, which was built in 1810 on the north bank of the river near the tourist ger camps, and Khutagt Lam Khiid, which was built in 1760...

Day 11 Karakorum

Drive to the ancient city of Karakorum (approximately 8 hours). The city twice served as a capital during the reign of the Mongol Empire and at the creation of the Northern Yuan province. We will stop in Övörkhangai Province and visit Erdenezuu Monastery, which is one...

Day 12 Ulaanbaatar

Return to Ulaanbaatar today (approximately 6 hours) and make the most of a restful night, for tomorrow marks the beginning of the Naadam Festival! If you're feeling restless for the rest of the day, perhaps pay a visit to the Choijin Lama Temple Museum, a complex of f...

Day 13 Naadam Festival - Opening Ceremony & Archery Events

The Naadam Festival begins today and the group will get the opportunity to witness the opening ceremony, which features extravagantly costumed parades, traditional music, dance and historical reenactments. Truly a sight to behold! The archery competition also takes pl...

Day 14 Naadam Festival - Wrestling & Horse Racing Events

Watch horse racing and wrestling today on the second day of the Naadam Festival. Cheer for your favourites as you watch them wrestle and ride for glory! After a big day at the festival head out for an optional final night dinner with your group.

Day 15 Ulaanbaatar

Say 'bayartai' to your group as your adventure draws to a close. There are no activities planned for the day. If you'd like to stay longer in Ulaanbaatar, it's recommended that you book additional accommodation well in advance due to it being peak season.

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Last Updated: 6/7/2024
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Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights),Tourist Ger Camp (8 nights),Family Ger Camp (1 night),

Transportation & Flights

Private Vehicle,

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Age Requirements
15 years and up
Additional Information

Finish point

  • Guide Hotel
  • 9/3 University Street 9/3 Их сургуулийн гудамж
  • Sukhbaatar District
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • 14201
  • MONGOLIA
  • Phone: +976 11353887

Alternate Finish point

  • For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.
  • 29 Jun 2024 (CBSOS240629), 29 Jun 2024 (CBSOS2406292), 29 Jun 2024 (CBSOS2406293)
  • Sant Asar Hotel
  • #14 Seoul Street Хаяг: Сөүлийн гудамжны 14-р байшин, Сант Асар зочид буудал. Оросын элчин сайдын урд, Нацагдоржийн номын сангийн зүүн талд байдаг
  • Sukhbaatar
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • MONGOLIA
  • Phone: +976 11 31 5152
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