Celebrate like the Mongols

From € 3,400 plus flights
17 days
  • Tour group size: 4-14
  • 28.06.2020 - 14.07.2020

Gobi Tour – Naadam Festival

It is summer and we are in Mongolia! This great Gobi tour leads from the steppe across the Gobi Desert to the hilly mountains of the Hangai. There is so much to discover and experience: clear lakes and hot springs, bizarre rock formations and singing dunes, camel rides and archery.

It is only on this trip that we hike in the unique Terelj National Park, visit a medieval village and, as a highlight, attend the Mongolian national festival, Naadam – not in the main stadium, but in its original provincial setting.

We overnight in yurts and tents during the tour, and in a hotel in Ulaanbaatar at the beginning and end of the tour. Since the Naadam festival only takes place once a year, we offer this tour only once per season.

Well suited for

Mongolian beginners

Active people

Nature lovers

Culture lovers

Itinerary

Day 1-3
Flights with MIAT from Berlin-Tegel and arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar. Welcome by your tour guide and transfer to the hotel. After your arrival, you can enjoy a city tour with a visit to the Mongolian Natural History Museum and Sukhbaatar, the central square of the city. In the evening, we enjoy a typical welcome dinner and overnight in the hotel.

The following day the tour begins with a southwards journey to Baga Gazriin Chuluu National Park, (“stone of the little place”). Our first overnight stay is in a typical Mongolian yurt camp, the traditional and comfortable accommodation of the nomads.
Day 4-7
We continue southwards to an extraordinary natural spectacle: Tsagaan Suvarga, a bizarre limestone rock formation. There are great hiking opportunities around this natural work of art. Overnight in a yurt camp.

On the following day, our destination is Dalanzadgad. In the largest town in the southern Gobi you can watch the hustle and bustle and go for a stroll. Overnight in a yurt camp.

On day six we visit the famous Lammergeier Valley (valley of the bearded vulture), Yolyn Am and the largest and finest sand dunes in Mongolia, Khongoryn Els, spanning a length of 180 km and with a height of up to 300 m. Overnight in a yurt camp.
Day 8-9
One of the highlights of our tour is Bayanzag, the “Flaming Cliffs”, an El Dorado for paleontologists due to the numerous dinosaur skeletons found here. Overnight in a yurt camp.

The next day we cross the large Ongi steppe to the ruins of the Ongi Monastery, one of the most important Gobi temple complexes from the 17th century. After exploring the area we overnight in a yurt camp.
Day 10-11
We then head to Khujirt through the hilly mountains of the Hangai where we make several stops to observe yaks in their natural environment. Overnight in a yurt camp.

Relaxation is the order of the following day, and the hot springs of Tsenkher, beautifully situated between the steppe and forested hills, invite you to bathe in the open air. Overnight in a yurt camp.
Day 12-14
We travel through the valley of the Orkhon, home of the legendary old capital Karakorum, and visit the Buddhist Erdene Zuu Monastery. Overnight in a yurt camp.

Another highlight is on our program for the following day: the Naadam festival. These traditional horse riding, wrestling and archery competitions are held against the picturesque mountain and river backdrop of Karakorum. Overnight in a yurt camp.

After breakfast we travel from Karakorum to the holy mountain Khogno Khan and the monastery ruins of Ovgon Hiid. There is a possibility to hike in the area around the monastery. Overnight in a yurt camp.
Day 15-17
Return to Ulaanbaatar with several stops along the way to enjoy the vast steppe landscape. Overnight in a yurt camp.

After breakfast, we visit a historic village in the mountain steppe from the 13th century where we can see original costumes and dwellings from medieval Mongolia. Overnight in a yurt camp in the Terelj National Park.

The following morning, we visit the Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar. Then, if you wish, you can visit the “Black Market” to buy souvenirs. In the evening we enjoy a folk concert and a farewell dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

Transfer to the airport the following morning after breakfast.

All our tours include:

  • English-speaking tour guides from arrival in Ulaanbaatar
  • All transfers within Ulaanbaatar in a minibus or across the steppe in a robust off-road bus or car, each with experienced, local drivers
  • All meals (cooking service if you are staying in a tent) and mineral water
  • Entrance fees to sights, concerts and other performances
  • Conservation fees
  • Equipment and support for camel rides and fishing trips (horseback rides are charged extra)
  • Travel security certificate according to § 651 k BGB

Flights are usually not included, except for tours with the option “incl. scheduled flight”.
Travel insurance is not included.

Our tip: book scheduled flights with the Mongolian airline MIAT and take out Travelsafe travel cancellation insurance.​

„I had seen the Naadam festival a few years ago on the national stage in Ulaanbaatar and was excited to see what it would be like in the country. In short, it was great! The riders, the wrestlers, the traditional costumes – in the middle of the vast landscape and in front of the peaks of the Karakoram Mountains. You can't get more Mongolia.“
Barbara (63)
Munich

Ulan Bator

Baga Gazriin Chuluu

Tsagaan Suvarga

Dalanzadgad

Khongorin Els

Bayan Zag

Ongi-Tempel

Khujirt

Heißen Quellen von Tsenkher

Taikhar-Felsen

Kharakhorum und Erdene Zuu

Klosterruinen von Uwgun-Hiid

13. Jahrhundert Museum

Terelj Nationalpark

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