Naadam Festival - 8 days 7 nights
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.
A total of 512 or 1024 wrestlers meet in a single –elimination tournament that lasts 9 or 10 rounds. Wrestlers wear two-piece costumes consisting of a tight shoulder vest means Zoodog and short means Shuudag. Each wrestler has an "encourager" called a zasuul. The zasuul sings a song of praise for the winning wrestler after rounds 3, 5, and 7. The winner of the 9th or 10th stage is called arslan, "lion". Two-time arslans are called the titans / giants, or avraga
Unlike Western horse racing, which consists of short sprints generally not much longer than 2 km, Mongolian horse racing as featured in Naadam is a cross-country event, with races 15–30 km long. The length of each race is determined by age class. For example, two-year-old horses race for ten miles and -year-olds for teen miles. Up to 1000 horses from any part of Mongolia can be chosen to participate. Before the races begin, the audience sings traditional songs and the jockeys sing a song called Gingo. Prizes are awarded to horses and jockeys. The top five horses in each class earn the title of airgiyn tav and the top three are given gold, silver, and bronze medals. The winning jockey is praised with the title of tumny ekh or leader of ten thousand. The horse that finishes last in the Daaga race (two-year-old horses race) is called bayan khodood (meaning "full stomach").
In this competition both men and women may participate. It is played by teams of ten. Each archer is given four arrows; the team must hit 33 "surs". Men shoot their arrows from 75 meters away while women shoot theirs from 65 meters away. Mongolian archery is unique for having dozens of surs as targets. They are placed on top of each other forming a wall three-high, which is approximately 8 inches high by 5 feet wide. When the archer hits the target, the judge says uuhai which means "hooray". After each hit, an official repairs the damaged wall and makes it ready for the next attempt. The winners of the contest are granted the titles of "national marksman" and "national markswoman"
NUMBER OF PAX & PRICE:
1-3 pax: 1220 USD per person,
4-6 pax: 1120 USD per person,
DURATION: 8 days 7 nights
DATE: 10 July- 17 July 2020,
11 July - 18 July, 2020
12 July- 19 July, 2020
Day 01: ARRIVAL IN ULAANBAATAR
Whenever, you landed in Ulaanbaatar, the driver will meet you at airport and transfer to the hotel. The hotel will selected by you.
Day 02: FULL DAYS IN NAADAM FESTIVAL – WRESTLING, ARCHERY AND HORSE RACING
In the morning, we will go to Naadam festival in national stadium. It is Mongolian biggest and most important traditional holiday including three sports: horse racing, Mongolian-style wrestling and archery.
First visit to national stadium of ankle-bone shooting competition,
Next, archery field,
Afterwards, we will enter to national stadium for the opening ceremony,
After finish, we will watch the first part of wrestling,
After lunch, we will drive to for one hour to Khui Doloon Khudag for watch the horse racing field of Naadam festival. In the evening, return to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel. The hotel will selected by you. (L)
Day 03: KHOGNO KHAN NATURE RESERVE
After breakfast, will drive to Khogno khan Nature reserve. The lunch will be at local restaurant. Then, we will do short hikes to Erdene Khamba monastery, which was destroyed in 1930 by communist purge. There are old temples to explore, both ruined and active. There are just 5 monks are working in summer time. Overnight stay in a guest house. (L+D)
Day 04: KARAKORUM & ERDENE ZUU MONASTERY
After breakfast, we will drive to Karakorum ancient capital of Mongolia founded in 1235-1260 by Genghis khan. After lunch at Ger camp restaurant, we will visit to Erdene Zuu monastery built in 16th century by Abtai khan with 108 stupas. We will have dinner and overnight stay in a guest house. (B+L+D)
Day 05: UGII LAKE
After breakfast, we will drive to Ugii Lake. Long is 7.9km width is 5.3 km and max depth is 15.3m. The fresh water lake is located in eastern Arkhangai, in central Mongolia. The Lake is registered as a Ramsar Site of International Importance is known for its fish and for birdlife. It is a stopover point for migrating of the family Anatidae. After lunch, it is free time, you can hike, swim and motor boat is possibility. We will have dinner and overnigth stay in a guest house. (B+L+D)
Day 06: HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we will drive to Hustai National park which is home for wild horse and well-known for Przhewaliski horse. After lunch, we will relax. In the evening, we will short drive to mountain to see the wild horse when they comes down for drink water from stream. If you lucky, you can see fox, Asian roe deer, hare and marmots are easy to see. We will have dinner and and overnight stay in a guest house. (B+L+D)
Day 07: BACK DRIVE TO ULAANBAATAR CITY
After breakfast, we will back drive to Ulaanbaatar city. In the afternoon, it is free time, we will shopping to Mongolian cashmere store. The hotel will be selected by you. Transfer to the hotel. (B, L)
Day 08: DEPARTURE
In the morning, your driver will transfer to the international airport. Have a nice journey!
Guest house in countryside – 5 nights on twin shares,
Included - B, L ,D
Air conditioned vehicle+ fuel + experienced driver ,
Entrance fees are mentioned as program,
Bottle of water during the trip
International flights &Travels insurance
Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar city,
Tipping and other personal expenses
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.