We have been looking for something different and exciting for our Solo Travellers and the team at Travel with Me has suggested Mongolia during the exciting Nadaam Festival. Based on our recent survey results it looks like we have picked a winner. This will be a private Travel with Me group with a maximum number of 16. This tour is being operated by G Adventures in conjunction with National Geographic and incorporates the incredible Nadaam Festiva;
Asia’s last untamed frontier
A land of nomadic horsemen and arid steppes that stretch to either jagged mountains or the massive Gobi Desert, Mongolia’s cold, windy landscape evokes images of Genghis Khan and Mongol hordes. Traditional and exotic, Mongolian culture still revolves around a nomadic heritage with the family ger(yurt) at the centre, and horses the only transport. In the capital of Ulaanbaatar, Russian, Chinese, and Tibetan influences mix, and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries are infused with Mongolian Shamanism. Every year the capital hosts the colourful Naadam festival, where thousands flock to compete in the “three manly games” of wrestling, archery, and cross-country horse racing, said to be tests of a warrior’s courage and strength.
In Mongolia, the biggest festival (National Naadam) is held in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar during the National Holiday from July 11 – 13, in the National Sports Stadium. Naadam begins with an elaborate introduction ceremony featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders, and musicians. After the ceremony, the competitions begin. The competitions are mainly horseback riding. Naadam is also organized in different regions of Mongolia and Inner Mongolia in July and August. In the Tuva Republic, Naadam is held officially in 15 August.
The three sports are called “Danshig” games. They became the great celebration of the new nation, where the nobility got together to dedicate to the Jabzundamba Khutugtu, the new head of state.
Genghis Khan’s nine horse tails, representing the nine tribes of the Mongols, are still ceremonially transported from Sukhbaatar Square to the Stadium to open the Naadam festivities. At these opening and closing ceremonies, there are impressive parades of mounted cavalry, athletes and monks.
Price from $6349 pp Twin Share and from $7880 SOLO
- National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Dinosaur Museum Visit, Ulaanbaatar
- National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Erdene Zhu Buddhist Monastery Visit, Kharkhorin
- National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Yak Family Farm Experience, Orkhon Valley
- National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Nomadic family Experience, Khongoryn Els
- Recharge: Tsenkher Hot Springs Visit, Tsenkher
- Arrival transfer
- Nadaam Festival Tickets
- Ulaanbaatar city tour
- Visit Khustai National Park
- Visit the archaeological museum
- Soak in hot springs
- Hike to Tuvkhun Monastery
- Orkhon waterfall hike
- Visit Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries
- Flaming Cliffs excursion
- Gobi desert excursion and dune hike
- Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park excursion
- Folklore show with dinner
- Internal flights
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Hotels (4 nts), Ger camps (11 nts).
15 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
Private vehicles, 4×4, walking, hiking, plane.
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Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Based on departure 10 July 2019
- Price based on minimum of 8 participants and maximum of 16
- Price is based on twin share (Travel with Me will alternate twin share participants at each change of hotel)
- Single rooms are available at additional charge
- Deposit of $800 is required after 7 days of booking
- Subject to availability and subject to change without notice
- Please ask your Travel with Me Consultant for a competitive Travel Insurance quote as insurance is compulsory on all Travel with Me Exclusive and Private tours