Wander the land that gave the world Genghis Khan and experience the rich pageantry and intense competitions of the legendary Naadam Festival. Witness giants wrestle, archers hit impossible targets, and horses race€ross grasslands to glory. Travel the region’s steppes and sand dunes to uncover storied Buddhist monasteries and cultural treasures on this unique adventure. Overnight in gers with local families for extraordinary cultural experiences you won’t soon forget.
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Ulaanbaatar/Amarbayasgalant (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit Amarbayasgalant Monastery before sleeping in a ger camp. Stargazing takes on a whole new meaning in the Mongolian countryside.
Day 3 Amarbayasgalant/Uran Togoo (1B, 1L, 1D)
Hike up the volcanic (extinct volcano) crater at Pot Mountain. Stay overnight in a traditional Ger camp.
Day 4 Uran Togoo/Selenge (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy free time in this scenic region and learn more about Mongolian nomadic culture. Opt to taste traditional Mongolian barbecue which is made only during ceremonies, or family celebrations. Overnight with a Nomadic family on the Selenge River.
Day 5 Selenge/KhÖvsgÖl (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend the day travelling to scenic KhÖvsgÖl Lake.
Day 6 KhÖvsgÖl (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a free day at KhÖvsgÖl lake. Try your hand at archery, go horseback riding, or hiking.
Day 7 KhÖvsgÖl/Jargalant (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel through the Lake District of Mongolia, looking for wildlife on the way. Spend the evening at a ger camp in Jargal Jiguur.
Day 8 Jargalant/Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue on with another long day of scenic driving to reach Great White Lake. With two days to explore, there are plenty of ways to spend time here.
Day 9 Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend a full day exploring the area. Climb the crater of a nearby volcano and crawl inside lava tubes. Spend a free afternoon in the area horseback riding, fishing, or mingling with the locals.
Day 10 Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake/Tsenkher (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit the monastery museum of Tsetserleg before continuing on to the Tsenkher Hot Springs. Opt to experience the waters’ healing powers first hand.
Day 11 Tsenkher/Elsen Tasarhai (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to Elsen Tasarhai. Enjoy the€tivities that so called little Gobi sand dunes has to offer— hiking in sand dunes, visit an ancient stone carving, and soak in the desert atmosphere.
Day 12 Elsen Tasarhai/Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)
Travel back to Ulaanbaatar in time for the Naadam Festival ceremonies. Over the next few days, enjoy the opening ceremony, wrestling, archery, Naadam horseracing, and the closing ceremony, as well as free time for exploring Ulaanbaatar.
Day 13 Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)
Watch the opening ceremony. Observe some of the wrestling matches and also the archery contests. With free time, opt for a wonderful cultural show or souvenir shopping.
Day 14 Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)
Head out to see the finish line of the Naadam horserace. Enjoy a free afternoon before attending the Festival Closing Ceremony in the evening.
Day 15 Ulaanbaatar (1B)
Depart at any time.
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