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Great Mongolian Discovery with Naadam: Ulan Bator, National Parks, Gobi, Naadam (MN-02)

Group size
2-12 people
15 days
As per schedule
Ulaanbaatar, Hustain Nuruu National Park, Tsagaan Suvarga, Yol Valley (The Valley of the Eagles), Khongor Sand Dunes (Singing Dunes), Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs), Ongi Monastery (South Gobi), Lake Ugii, Erdene Zuu, Baga Gazriin Chuluu (Middle Gobi), Tsenkher Hot Springs
from 309,950
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Discover the best of Mongolia on a 15-day tour that blends modern and historical traditions. Explore Ulan Bator, Erdene-Zuu, and Karakorum's remnants, while also experiencing nature in Terelj, Hustain Nuruu, Khongor's sand dunes, and South Gobi. Don't miss the captivating Naadam festival with unique sports, gala dinner, and folk concert. This tour is truly exceptional!

This tour offers the flexibility to be arranged around two remarkable festivals: the Naadam Festival and the Danshig Naadam-Khuree Tsam Festival. The Naadam Festival is Mongolia's most celebrated event, featuring the "Three Manly Games" of wrestling, horse racing, and archery, showcasing the country's rich sporting heritage and nomadic culture. On the other hand, the Danshig Naadam-Khuree Tsam Festival is a unique Buddhist celebration with vibrant mask dances, rituals, and colourful ceremonies, providing a captivating glimpse into Mongolia's spiritual traditions and history. These two festivals allow travelers to experience the diverse cultural tapestry of Mongolia while exploring its breathtaking landscapes.

The tour can be scheduled on three different dates:
  • with the Naadam festival at the end, as displayed below, departure on 29 June 2024;
  • with the Naadam festival at the beginning of the tour, departure on 09 July 2024;
  • with the Danshig Naadam-Khuree Tsam festival, departure on 01 August 2024.
You can view the day-by-day summary programme for more details.


IncludedServices included in the package price.
  • International flights
  • Accommodation
  • Full board meals
  • English – speaking guides
  • Guided tours & entrance fees
  • Airport transfers
Not includedServices not included in the package price.
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Ulan Bator
Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Ulan Bator City Tour
Upon arrival in Ulan Bator, you will be met by your guide and a driver who will transfer you to your hotel in the capital. (D)
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Baga Gazriin Chuluu (Middle Gobi)
Day 2
Transfer by car / minibus: Ulaanbaatar - Baga Gazriin Chuluu (Middle Gobi)
Visit Baga Gazriin Chuluu Lake and the ruins of Sum Khukh Burd Temple
Your adventure begins in the early morning with a journey to Baga Gazriin Chuluu, a captivating and vivid natural rock formation. Nearby, we'll explore the remnants of an ancient temple and relish a picnic lunch in the midst of the wilderness. As the day transitions into night, you'll indulge in dinner and spend the night in a traditional and enchanting ger camp. The journey spans 220 km (135 miles). (B/L/D)
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Tsagaan Suvarga
Day 3
Drive to Tsagaan Suvarga Rock
Today, following breakfast, we'll set our course for Tsagaan Suvarga, an intriguing white limestone cliff resembling a traditional Buddhist Stupa. Embracing the remote wilderness, we'll savor an open-air picnic lunch. As the day progresses into night, you'll enjoy dinner and stay for the night at a ger camp. The journey spans 280 km (175 miles). (B/L/D)
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Yol (Eagle) Valley
Day 4
Yol Valley (Eagle Valley) National Park
Today's programme unfolds with an extended yet exhilarating journey to Yoliin Am (Eagle Valley) National Park, offering exciting hiking opportunities and the chance to capture the breathtaking scenery with your camera. A delightful picnic lunch is on the agenda. In the afternoon, you can choose to continue hiking or simply relax in this pristine natural setting. We'll make our way back to the camp for a tranquil overnight stay. The day's drive covers 280 km (175 miles). (B/L/D)
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Khongor Sand Dunes
Day 5
Visit Mongolia’s Largest Sand Dunes
This morning, after enjoying a hearty breakfast, we'll set out for the mesmerizing Khongor Sand Dunes, renowned as the Singing Dunes, where the shifting sands produce an enchanting melodic sound. We'll relish a nomadic-style picnic lunch amidst the wilderness. Our adventure includes a climb up the sand dunes, where a vast panoramic vista awaits. As the sun sets, be sure to have your camera ready to capture the breathtaking spectacle. For dinner and a peaceful night's rest, we'll retreat to a ger camp. The day's drive covers a distance of 200 km (125 miles). (B/L/D)
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Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs)
Day 6
Explore Flaming Cliffs (Bayan Zag) - the Gobi Dinosaurs Cemetery
Today, our primary focus will be on the remarkable Flaming Cliffs (Bayanzag) and the unique saxaul trees of the Gobi. We'll explore the historic site of Mongolia's earliest paleontological discoveries, famously associated with Roy Chapman Andrews. Our journey also includes an informative session about the captivating hump-backed creatures, camels, as we visit a nomadic camel-breeding family. You'll have the opportunity to experience the warm hospitality of Mongolian nomads and even take a camel ride to fully immerse in the unique experience. The day encompasses lunch, dinner, and an overnight stay at a ger camp, with a driving distance of 150 km (94 miles). (B/L/D)
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Ongi Monastery
Day 7
Visit “Ongi Khiid” Monastery
Today, we set our course to the north with the aim of exploring the remnants of the once-mighty Ongi Monastery. We'll also visit a beautifully restored local temple and take a leisurely stroll in the nearby surroundings. As the day comes to an end, we'll gather for dinner and retire for the night at a ger camp. The distance covered on the road is 150 km (94 miles). (B/L/D)
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Day 8
Visit Erdene-Zuu Monastery & Karakorum Museum
Following breakfast, our journey leads us to Karakorum, the illustrious 13th-century capital of the Great Mongol Empire. This historical site provides an opportunity to explore the grand Erdene-Zuu Monastery, Mongolia's first and largest monastery. We'll embark on a comprehensive tour of the monastery, visiting various temples adorned with magnificent Buddhist Thangka paintings dating back to the 16th century. Our itinerary also includes a visit to the Karakorum Museum. For dinner and a peaceful night's rest, we'll be accommodated in a ger camp. The day's drive covers a distance of 300 km (187 miles). (B/L/D)
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Tsenkher Hot Springs
Day 9
Enjoy Tsenkher Hot Springs
Today's programme is all about unwinding in the picturesque Mongolian countryside. We'll make our way to the Tsenkher hot spring, dedicating the day to relaxation in this natural spa. For those who desire, there's an opportunity for a peaceful walk in the nearby forest. Don't forget to pack your swimwear, as the hot spring invites you for a soothing dip. For an added layer of relaxation, optional massage and beauty services are available for your indulgence. After dinner, you have the option to return to the spa for a complete chill-out experience. The day includes lunch, dinner, and an overnight stay at a ger camp, with a driving distance of 150 km (94 miles). (B/L/D)
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Lake Ugii
Day 10
Drive to Lake Ugii. Enjoy Bird-Watching
Today, we set out on a scenic drive to Lake Ugii in Arkhangai province, celebrated as one of Mongolia's premier bird-watching destinations. Our accommodations for the night will be in a ger camp. The journey encompasses a distance of 240 km (150 miles). (B/L/D)
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Khustai National Park
Day 11
Hustai Nuruu Natural Reserve Guided Tour
Today, our adventure leads us to Khustai National Park, a place celebrated for its remarkable success in preserving Przewalski's wild horses and reintroducing them into their natural habitat. This National Park is not only known for these extraordinary wild horses but also for its rich biodiversity, which includes a wide variety of wildlife, plant species, and unique ecosystems. As the day progresses and night descends, we'll find comfort and rest at a nearby ger camp, where both lunch and dinner are thoughtfully provided for your convenience. The driving distance for the day is approximately 230 kilometers (144 miles). (B/L/D)
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Ulan Bator
Day 12
Naadam Horse-Racing Event
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, our next destination is the National Horse Race. A leisurely stroll will guide us to the horses' finish line, where you'll have the opportunity to witness a truly exceptional and heartwarming spectacle. The young horse jockeys, aged between 5 and 12 years, have been riding since they were as young as 1 to 3 years old. It's a remarkable experience to observe these skilled young riders and their faithful steeds as they embark on a challenging 20-kilometer race, competing against over 300 other horse and jockey pairs.

Following the race, we'll indulge in a traditional Mongolian lunch featuring Huushuur, a delightful culinary delight. In the afternoon, we'll make our way back to the city, where you can fully immerse yourself in the festive ambiance of the Naadam festival's eve. Your overnight stay will be at a comfortable hotel, and you can rest assured that all your meals for the day, encompassing breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are generously provided. The day's travel distance will encompass approximately 120 kilometers (75 miles). (B/L/D)
Day 13
Naadam Festival Ceremony
Today promises to be an extraordinary experience as we immerse ourselves in the grand opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival. To add to the excitement, we'll enjoy a Naadam Gala Dinner and an enchanting Folk Concert in the evening. The Naadam Festival, a pinnacle of Mongolia's festival calendar, boasts a rich historical heritage and takes place annually from July 11 to 13. Initially designed as a test of a nomad's skills, it requires strength, endurance, precise marksmanship, and a range of equestrian talents. Horses hold a central role in Mongolian culture, making horse races of immense significance. Herdsmen from various regions, including cities and towns, come together to participate. Remarkably, these races unfold on the vast steppe itself, spanning nearly 20 miles. Our overnight accommodations will be in a hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 14
Chinggis Khaan Statue & Terelj National Park
Get ready to escape the city for an exhilarating day of adventure and breathtaking scenery. Our first destination is the renowned Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex, where you'll witness a truly extraordinary sight. This colossal and gleaming statue stands as the world's largest equestrian monument dedicated to Chinggis Khaan, an iconic historical figure. After this captivating visit, our journey continues to Terelj National Park.

Deep within Terelj, we'll delight in a sumptuous lunch at a ger camp, and then we'll set out to explore the park's natural marvels. Our initial stop within the park will be at Turtle Rock, an intriguing rock formation, and Ariyabala Temple, which provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire park.

As the day draws to a close, we'll head back to the city, and you'll be conveniently transferred back to your hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all considerately included, ensuring a day filled with exploration and culinary delights. The total driving distance for the day will be approximately 200 kilometers (125 miles). (B/L/D)
Day 15
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. Your designated driver will be ready to meet you in the hotel lobby, ensuring a smooth transfer to the airport for your return flight back home. (B)
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Dates and prices
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Travel package
Comfort - 3*
Year of travel
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single supplement Book
29/06/2024 - 13/07/2024 339,950 / 399,950 39,950 book now
09/07/2024 - 23/07/2024 339,950 / 399,950 39,950 book now
01/08/2024 - 15/08/2024 309,950 / 369,950 39,950 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in Indian rupees. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Including flight" is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
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