Naadam & Sand dunes - 4 days 3 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 AND PRICE:
2 -4pax: 890 USD per person,
5-8 pax: 760 USD per person,
FIXED DATE: 11 July- 14 July, 2020
12 July -15 July, 2020
10 July -13 July, 2020
ACTIVITY: visit to Nomadic family, go to national stadium for Naadam, Hustai national park and camel trail on sand dunes.
Day 01: NAADAM FESTIVAL
After breakfast, we will go to national stadium for National park. The lunch will be at local restaurant. (L)
- Opening ceremony of Naadam festival,
- Watch first part of national wrestling,
- Go to archery,
- At 3 pm, we will drive to Khui Doloon Khudag which is horse racing field. You can see lots of children are riding on bareback. Return to Ulaanbaatar city. He will transfer to the hotel. The hotel will selected by you.
Day 02: BAYAN GOBI SAND DUNES
After breakfast, we will drive to Bayan Gob sand dunes, which is 80 km long and 6 km wide. It was surrounded by Burch, sand dunes, small lake, clear rapid and mountains. After lunch, we will visit to camel herder family and taste Khormog (fermented camel milk). Then, we will ride a camel on sand dunes. Have dinner and overnight stay in a camel herder family. (L,D)
Day 03: HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we will drive to Hustai national park also called wild horse park. Total there are 350 wild horses. After lunch, we will relax till evening. Around 5 pm we will short drive to Mountain to see the wild horses, when the come down to drink water from stream. If you lucky, you can see fox, hare, deer and marmots are easy to see. Have dinner and overnight stay in a nomadic family. For dinner Khorkhog (Mongolian barbeque). (B, L, D)
Day 04: MONGOL NOMADIC SHOW – BACK TO ULAANBAATAR
After breakfast, we will short drive to Mongol nomadic show. They show us ancient Mongolian culture, ride a horse and camel loading luggage on yak etc. After lunch at Mongol Nomadic Ger camp restaurant, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. He will transfer to the hotel. The hotel will selected by you. (B, L)
Nomadic family in countryside- 2 nights on double/twin shares,
Included: Breakfasts, Lunches & Dinners,
Best driver + air-conditioned vehicle,
Entrance fees and Naadam festival ticket,
All service charge, local and government Taxes,
Camel riding for 1 hour,
Bottle of water during the trip
International flights and visa,
Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar,
Tipping for others,
Drinking vodka and beer,
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.