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Gobi & Karakorum Overland Tour + Naadam Festival

- Participate & enjoy Naadam Festival, biggest event of Mongolian nomads
- Explore most famous sights of Gobi Desert
- Discover Erdene Zuu, built from the rubble of Genghis Khan's capital Karakorum 

Dating from the Genghis Khan era, the Naadam Festival is a showcase for traditional sporting events and a summer celebration enjoyed throughout Mongolia from 11-12 July. The most spectacular events for visitors take place at the National Stadium in Ulaanbataar where nomads compete in wrestling, archery and horsemanship. Naadam Festival combined with Gobi and Central Mongolian highlights, this tour is one of the best tour itinerary.

Length: 8 days
Type:
Group Scheduled Tour
Area:
Gobi desert & Central Mongolia
Distance: driving: 3500 km
Group size: min 4pax - max 12pax
Age requirement: 12+ All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: 04 Jul - 11 Jul  

Personal Departure: this tour is not possible for personal departure.
Trip grading: moderate
Tour route:

Day1. 04 Jul. Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff
Day2. 05 Jul. Yol Valley & Bayanzag Cliff
Day3. 06 Jul. Khongor Sand Dune
Day4. 07 Jul. Ongi Monastery Ruin

Day5. 08 Jul. Karakorum
Day6.
09 Jul. Back to UB
Day7. 10 Jul. Naadam festival
Day8. 11 Jul. Naadam festival

Prices

1450 USD for solo traveler 1350 USD p.p for more than 2pax
Single supplement: 260 usd
Included:
5 nights in Tourist Ger Camp (twin/double share), 2 nights in the touristic 3 star hotel (twin/double share), food service (B-8, L-8, D-6), land transportation, English speaking guide service, mineral water, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs, sleeping bag
Not included: gratuities for staffs, personal expenses, travel insurance

Child policy: 0 - 3 years old baby free of charge, 4 - 12 years old child: 30% discount (counted as 1pax)
Group policy: Up from 6pax please see our Group Service
Discount policy: We always try to lower the our service prices by looking better solution for our customers. Here is several Discounts you can save until 10% that we can do on our best for our customers.

Detailed Itinerary

Day1. 04 Jul. Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff - colorful earth wall

In the morning, we will pick you up from your accommodation and drive to Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff (470 km) on the paved road. It is sheer slope and was an old seabed with sedimentary structure created by millions years and the different colors of the ground represent different times. The formation is over 50 m in its highest point and continues 400 m and looks like a ancient ghost city form a distance. There is no clear date of geography research work and it is good spot take rest and overnight place driving to South Gobi. Around the site, there is Khevtee Bosoo Cave. We will do some hiking around the site and see the cave. Overnight there.

Day2. 05 Jul.Yol Valley - horse ride & Bayanzag - famous dinosaur site

After breakfast time, we drive to Yol Valley (195 km) on the paved road. Yol means vulture in Mongolian and the valley begins from Zuun Saikhan Mountain and stretches over 10 km. The narrowest part, only 3 or 4 person can pass in same time, of the valley is completely shaded from the direct sun shine by high cliff walls. Also, the valley is famous for the fact that there is ice created in winter by small stream of the valley present there even during the hot summer months until end of July. The beauty of the valley, combined with the smell of juniper creates an atmosphere of awe and wonder. There we will ride horse through the valley. An hour hiking is also a nice activity there if you not like horse ride. As well, we visit to local natural museum of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park.

Then we will drive to Bayanzag (101 km). Bayanzag means saxual forest in English and area of red cliffs “Bayanzag” which have been formed from the erosion of the water and wind over many millions of years. A lot of dinosaurs’ findings such as Protoceratops & dinosaur’ eggs have been found there in first time. American zoologist Roy Chapman Andrews discovered this place and named as Flaming Cliffs. The red colored cliffs themselves are very imposing from a distance, and are particularly fiery in the light of the setting sun. It is an interesting place to wander about to get a closer look at one of the world’s most famous paleontological sites. In the evening we will walk around the site. Overnight there.
 
Day3. 06 Jul. Khongor Sand Dune - oasis tour & climb up

After breakfast time, we will drive to Khongor Sand Dune (152 km). Khongor is second biggest sand dune in the country that extend along the northern side of Sevrei and Zoolun mountain ranges. It range from 5 to 10 km in width, nearly 100 km long, with crests rising 80 to 300m above the surrounding landscape. The booming sound produced by the masses of moving sand can be heard from afar when occurs windy day. Hence locals called it as Singing Sands. Near Khongor River at the northern edge of the dunes, there is Khongor Oasis. Walk on the meadow and taste mineral water from the sand foot. Overnight there.

Day4. 07 Jul. Ongi Monastery Ruin - hiking

After breakfast time, we will drive to Ongi Monastery Ruin (299 km). Ongi Monastery Ruin is the ruins of a Buddhist monastery founded in 1760 and destroyed in 1937 by communist purges. Located on the shore of the Ongi River, the monastery was formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia. Raw violence of the destruction at the site was still visible, still palpable, even though it happened over years ago. It is a good place for overnight of traveling between Central Mongolia and Gobi. We will hike to the ruins for visiting to local ger museum displayed survived objects of destroyed monastery and a small lovely and active Buddhist temple. Overnight there.

Day5. 08 Jul. Visit to nomadic family & Karakorum - former capital city of Genghis Khan

After breakfast time, we will drive to a nomadic family in Central Mongolia (217 km). Enjoy the joyful atmosphere and learn the clever nomads' way of life by taking every chance of taking part in the nomadic life activities like a nomad. Experience the milking cows or goats. Watch how they produce tasty and nutritious dairy products. Taste their drink Airag (horse milk). Then, participate in the nomads’ daily chores - prepare dried dung from a nearby mountain for the family’s household use for making fire.

After lunch time, we will drive to Karakorum (44 km). Karakorum, the capital of Great Mongolian State where today there is a small local township. The city of Karakorum was founded in 1220 in Orkhon River Valley by order of Genghis Khan and after collapse of Yuan dynasty of Khuvilai Khan, Min state’s invaders sacked the city in 1388 and ruined it. After 200 years in 1586, Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery have been built there by remained ruin of Karakorum as construction materials. In the 18th century, the complex of ornate gardens and 62 temples were home to over 1000 lamas. But in 1937, the most monasteries destroyed by communist purges. We will visit to Karakorum Museum, Karakorum Open Museum and Erdene Zuu Monastery respectively. Overnight there.

Day6. 09 Jul. Drive to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast time, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar and transfer you to the hotel and free time.

Day7. 10 Jul. Naadam Festival

After breakfast time, we will pick you up from the hotel and drive to Khui Doloon Khudag Valley for seeing Mongols’ most favorite activity of Naadam festival, horseracing, featuring  children  riding  bareback  across the steppe. After the races, return to Ulaanbaatar in time for lunch in the city.

Day8. 11 Jul. Naadam Festival

We will pick you early morning from your accommodation and go to main stadium. There we will see Opening ceremony of the Naadam festival and first round of traditional wrestling competition in main stadium. Our lunch will be a traditional meal "Khuushuur" which is considered among the Mongolian people must eat food of Naadam festival. Then, we will see a competition of Mongolian traditional archery at the allotted place. In the evening, we will transfer you to your accommodation.

 

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