Gobi desert & Naadam festival - 10 days 9 nights
Khongor sand dunes is the most tourist attraction and famous for Singing sands. It is located in Gurvan Saikhan national park in Mongolia. The sand dunes long are 180 km and wide are 6-12 km. The northern border of the dunes is skirted by a small river, the Khongoryn Gol where green pastures are noted. Ranchland is surrounded by camels and horses of the nomadic families on this area. It is home for Saker falcons, Pallas’s sand grouse, and Saxaul sparrow, corsac fox and red fox.
Naadam is a traditional festival in Mongolia held on 10-15th July in Mongolia. The festival is locally termed “Eriin Gurvan Naadam” means “The Three games of men” with Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery. Women have started participating in the archery and girls in the horse – racing games, but not in Mongolian wrestling. Naadam festival was registered to Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO in 2010.
NUMBER OF PAX & PRICE:
1-2 pax:1603 USD per person,
3-4 pax: 1320 USD per person,
DURATION: 10 days 9 nights
DATE: 2nd of July - 11th of July, 2020
Day 01: ARRIVAL IN ULAANBAATAR
Whenever your international flight landed in Ulaanbaatar, meet your driver and transfer to the hotel. The hotel will selected by you.
Day 02: TSAGAAN SUVARGA
After breakfast, we will drive to Tsagaan Suvarga which is located in the south west of the Dundgobi province. This place was ancient seabed that features a sedimentary structure that was created over 100 million years. The lunch will be local restaurant. Have dinner and stay in a guest house. (L, D)
Day 03: YOL VALLEY
We will drive to Yol valley by paved road. The valley is narrow and only two persons can pass in some place. Water is fresh as a small waterfall. It is covered by thick ice. Until July, it will melt. We will have lunch at local restaurant, near the valley. We will hike around the national park. Have dinner and stay in a guest house. (B, L, D)
Day 04: KHONGOR SAND DUNES
After breakfast, we will drive to Khongor sand dunes. It is biggest sand dunes in the Gobi. When we reach to Khongor sand dunes, we will have lunch and relax till hot temperature getting degrease. Then, we will visit to camel herder family and taste a Khorkhog (fermented camel milk) and ride a camel on sand dunes. Next, we will climb to Duut Mankhan which is 300m. Return to guest house, have dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 05: BAYANZAG
After breakfast, we will drive to Bayanzag. It is famous area for the first discover of dinosaur eggs, bones and skeleton. American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrew was discovered the world paleontological history in 1920. After lunch, we will relax. After hiking to red hills, we will back to guest house have dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 06: ONGI MONASTARY
After lunch, our trips continue to ruins of Ongi monastery. It was destructed by the communist repression of the 1930s. Simple lunch will be at local restaurant. Have dinner and stay in a guest house. (B+L+D)
Day 07: KARAKORUM & ERDENE ZUU MONASTERY
After breakfast, we will drive to Karakorum and Erdene Zuu monastery. Karakorum was ancient capital of Mongol Empire in the 1235-1260 and founded Genghis khan. We will have lunch at local restaurant. Visit to Erdene Zuu monastery was created by Abtai Khan in the 16th century. Surrounded by 108 stupas that number is sacred for Buddha. Have dinner and stay in a guest house. (B, L, D)
Day 08: HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we will drive to Hustai national park by paved road. The lunch will be at local restaurant near the Elsen Tasarkhai. Elsen Tasarkhai is sand dunes which is 80 km long 9km wide. Surrounding by river, small lake, sand dunes, Mountain and Burch etc. When we reach to Hustai national park, we will relax. In the evening, we will short drive to mountain to see the wild horses when they come down to drink water from stream. Return to Guest house and have dinner and overnigth. (B, L, D)
Day 09: BACK TO ULAANBAATAR- NAADAM FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES: NATIONAL WRESTLING AND ARCHERY
When we arrival in Ulaanbaatar, we will go to Naadam festival in national stadium. It is Mongolian biggest and traditional holiday including : horse racing, Mongolian wrestling and archery.
- After lunch, archery field,
-Then, we will watch the Mongolian national wrestling,
- Next, we will drive to for hour to Khui Doloon Khudag for watch the horse racing field of Naadam festival. Return to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel. The hotel will selected by you. (L)
Day 10: DEPARTURE
Your driver will transfer to International airport. Have a nice journey!
Guest house in countryside – 7 nights on twin shares,
Foods: Breakfasts, Lunches & Dinners,
Fuel + car + experienced driver,
All entrance fees are described in the program,
Bottle of water during the trip,
Naadam festival entrance ticket,
Camel trail on sand dunes,
International flights and visa,
Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar city,
Travel and medical insurance,
Daily personal expenses, additional services & single rooms,
Tips for others,
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.