Naadam Festival Tour Western Mongolia Taste of Altai, 9 days

During this tour we will explore beautiful Mongolian Altai and visit to Kazakh, Mongolian and Tuvan nomads, explore glaciers, get introduced with nomadic way of life, Eagle hunters of Mongolian Kazakhs and you can attend to  Mongolian national ‘Naadam’ festival . Naadam is the most famous, interesting festival and national holiday of Mongolia attracts worldwide attention. Origin of the festival dates back to the great warriors’ period or great Genghis Khaan’s period of the 13th century. Naadam means “Festival or feast of sports”. As well as, the festival is locally termed “Eriin Gurvan Naadam” means “Three manly sports”(Horse racing, wrestling and archer). 


Travel time: 7th July-15th July

Duration: 9 days 


Day 1, Fly to Ulgii( Western Mongolia ) and directly drive from airport to the Eagle Hunters family.The Mongolian Kazakhs use for hunting female eagles as far they are bigger mail ones and more aggressive. These eagles are trained to hunt foxes, wolves, rabbit and wild cat. Every day going side by side with eaglehunter to hunt mostly fox we learn and enjoy this unique customs of the Mongolian Kazakhs. B+L+D 

Day 2, Drive to Tsagaan Gol valley and meet the Tuvan people who are also nomads and small ethnic group of Mongolia. This place surrounded by beautiful snow capped mountains and on the way will see petroglihs from the time of Huns and Turkic invasions. B+L+D

Day 3,Horse ride towards the Base camp of Great Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains. ( 18 km up and down in one day) Tavan Bogd means “The Holy Five", referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul is the highest in Mongolia, 4374 meters above sea level. There we see 20km long Potanina glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai.  Overnight in Kazakh or Mongolian ger. B+L+D

Day 4Drive back to Ulgii and came to another nomadic family and stay with them in the yurts(gers). B+L+D

Day 5Naadam Festival in Ulgii: We will see opening ceremony of the festival which is the first day of Naadam and  more interesting than the next day. At the evening you will enjoy small Kazakh instrumental concert. ( Only for our group ) B+L+D

Day 6Drive to Syrgaali area( Twin lakes: Hoton and Hurgan lakes ). We will pitch our camp near to Nomadic family. We are now only 10km from the China border. Overnight in Kazakh ger or camp. B+L+D

Day 7Day with nomads. You will see the real nomadic way of life of Mongolian nomads. Also, we see the snowcapped mountains with forest, which make the wall between China and Mongolia and some beautiful waterfalls. B+L+D 

Day 8Drive back to Ulgii  and city tour. B+L+D

Day 9, Fly back to UB and transfer to hotel. If we have time we will do city tour. 

Number of days: 9
Covered regions:
Central Mongolia
Gobi Desert
Western Mongolia
Northern Mongolia
Eastern Mongolia
Included services:
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: International transportation, Visa to Mongolia, Departure tax, Alcoholic drinks, Items of a personal nature, Gratuities, Any expenses paid due to any change in itinerary, Travel, medical & evacuation insurance or any expenses associated with medical and evacuation expenses if any.
What to bring: Good walking boots, water and wind proof clothes, small gifts for the nomad kids(balloon, lolly pops), sunglasses, sun cream, warm clothes etc
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
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Short tours
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Payment Method

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.

Cancellation Policy

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.