Naadam Festival 2019 with Gobi 13 days - The Great Mongolian Adventures

Naadam Festival 2019 with Gobi 13 days

Experience the state Naadam festival up close and personal. Visit the wonderful Gobi's highlighted places with your incredible Naadam energy. Simply, you can't ask for more ultimate yet comfortable experience than this 13 days trip.

Mongolian Traditional Festival

The Mongolian Naadam has known also as Eriin Gurvan Naadam (or Three Manly Games). Has a long history and been celebrated with respects among Mongolian ethnic groups for centuries. Mongolian Naadam is inseparably connected to the nomadic civilization of the Mongols, who have long practised pastoralism on Central Asia's vast steppe. Oral traditions, performing arts, national cuisine, craftsmanship, and cultural forms such as the long song, Khuumei overtone singing, Bie Biyelgee dance and Morin khuur fiddle also feature prominently during Naadam. The Mongolian Naadam is a national festival consisting of three sporting games of Wrestling, Horse race, and Archery, each of them has unique features of folk ritual, oral traditions, folk performing arts, social practices, traditional knowledge, and craftsmanship.
Mongolians follow special rituals and practices inherited from ancient times while they wear unique costumes, use distinctive attires and gears, and sing special praise songs and rhymes. Moreover, winning wrestlers, archers and racehorses are praised with praise songs and rewarded special titles. Mongolian Naadam was originated among Mongols and it is confined to the Mongolian nationality. Thus, Mongolian traditional festival is very unique and doesn’t exist in other nations and ethnic people.

Wrestling: During Naadam there are more than 1000 wrestlers compete every year. There are 9 rounds of matches in Naadam, only winning wrestlers will compete in the next round. From the fourth round winning wrestlers starting to earn titles, starting from Hawk - Falcon - Elephant - Garuda and Lion to Champion. The champion title requires winning at least 2 years of Naadam festival. Wrestlers will try to make the competitor fall on the ground with his elbows, knees or buttocks touch to the ground. They practice strength, techniques, tricks, and tactics.

Wrestling requires special customs including a hat, zodog( or shirt without front side), shuudag (or shorts) and Boots. Every ritual, wrestlers info and traditions will be explained by our guide.
Archery: Mongolian traditional archery is Extremely ancient heritage. Bows and arrows were used originally as hunting implements, later military weapons and more recently as kind of a sport. More than a thousand archers will compete at Naadam, to shoot targets from 75 metres (Men) women from 65 metres.  Who won the Naadam will award the title of Mergen (or Sharp sited). Mongolian traditional Bows are made from birch as the main part lined with horn stripes.

Horse racing: Rituals and traditions of organizing horse race competition during Naadam have unique features and orders. Horse trainers choose potential racehorses among horse herds. Train with techniques and tactics every day for a year. Horses have age-specific categories, such as stallions, adults, 4 years old,  3 years old,  2 years old and 1-year-old, that they race in different distance categories. The horse race has distant ritual oral heritage as urology praising the winning horse's Racehorse title singing.


Day 1.
Ulaanbaatar to Archery training camp

Today drive approximately 3 hours to an archery training camp, where you will observe Mongolian archers lining up their shots. Learn how precision and technique play a key role in successful archery and have a go at using the traditional bow and arrow yourself.

Day 2.
Wrestlers training camp

Take a two-hour drive to a wrestling camp and spend the day watching the athletes practice. Your leader will explain the rules of Mongolia wrestling and the various techniques and tricks. Some of these wrestlers are huge national celebrities! Learn to cook a Mongolian BBQ and share it with the wrestlers for lunch or dinner.
Tonight we drive to another camp where the horse trainers and riders live during their Naadam preparations. This is truly authentic experience and we will be staying with locals in their Gers. The conditions will be basic, but you will get a very real insight into a nomadic Mongolian life.

Day 3.
Horse racing training camp

Wake up at the crack of dawn as the campsite comes alive with preparations for the horse racing events of Naadam. Spend the day watching the horses and jockeys train. All of the jockeys are children as young as 7 and you'll be amazed at the skills and strength on display in handling their animals. Your leader will tell you about why horses are so treasured by the Mongolian people. Mongolian nomads have developed deep relationships with animals over thousands of years and you will witness some of this during your time here today.

Day 4.
Naadam festival: Opening ceremony & Archery event

The Naadam Festival begins today and the group will get the opportunity to witness the opening ceremony, which features extravagantly costumed parades, traditional music, dance and historical reenactments. Truly a sight to behold!
The archery competition also takes place today. You might recognise some of the competitors from visiting their training camps at the start of the trip. Who will be crowned champion?

Day 5.
Naadam festival: Wrestling and Horse racing

Watch horse racing and wrestling today on the second day of the Naadam Festival. Cheer for your favourites as you watch them wrestle and ride for glory!
Watch an incredible Tumen Ekh Ensemble:  the unique, vibrant and astonishing arts of Mongolia. After a big day at the festival and concert head out for a farewell dinner with your group in Mongolian Barbeque restaurant.

Day 6.
Ulaanbaatar to Ikh Gazriin Chuluu

Distance: 370 км
Driving duration: 7 hours

Ikh Gazriin Chuluu:
Ikh Gazriin Chuluu mountain is Mongolian biggest granite area. Sharp pointed peaks, an interestingly detailed forest of giant granite cliffs create a remarkably beautiful place. There are two different parts in Ikh Gazriin Chuluu. They are combined north to south 20km long, tallest peak is 1706m Yerlug mountain. In the granite forest many interesting caves called Toonot, Aguit, Mother’s womb, and Holy water etc, combined 40+ caves are here to explore. As well as interesting shaped rocks called Mount rock, Penis rock, Merman, King and Queen, Fishmouth, and much more.

Activities: Photograph, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Horse riding, Cycling.
Accommodation: Tourist camp

Day 7.
Ikh Gazriin Chuluu to Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa) via Mandalgobi

Distance: 240 км
Driving time: 6 hours

Mandalgobi city is the capital of Dundgobi province.

Tsagaan Suvarga:
Dundgobi province’s Luus soum’s area, nature’s unique formation - arch-shaped huge abrupt cliff looks like ancient buildings or a town from a distance.
Cliff’s height is 60m and it’s 400m long. After the rain, water falling from Tsagaan Suvarga makes a huge temporary waterfall. Around the cliff, there are many dome-like shaped colourful hills that you can hike around and explore.

Activities: Photograph, Hiking, Trekking, Horse riding, Cycling
Accommodation: Tourist camp

Day 8. 
Tsagaan Suvarga to Yolyn am gorge via Dalanzadgad

Distance: 210 км
Driving duration: 5 hours

Dalanzadgad is the capital of Umnugobi province.

Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, Yolyn am gorge:
Umnugobi province’s West, Middle and East Beauty, 3 separate mountains make 100km long Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park at nearly 27,000 square kilometres, is the largest national park in Mongolia. The tallest peak is located near Dalanzadgad city 2800 m a.s.l.  In East Beauty mountain. Here lies the famous Yolyn am gorge. Mountain brook breaks the Mountain in half, with its narrow cliff used to always had ice in between. Now global warming is melting the ice in August until the end of September since 2010. Three Beauty mountain has almost all kinds of animals and plants of gobi that you can discover.

Activities: Photograph, Hiking, Horse riding, cycling, Yak cart riding
Accommodation: Tourist camp

Day 9.
Yolyn am gorge to Khongoryn Els sand dune via Dungenee canyon

Distance: 190 км
Driving hours: 5 hours

Dungenee canyon:
Dungenee canyon is located in Bayandalai soum south-west side of East Beauty mountain. Rocky cliff, caves and 12 km long brook is breathtakingly beautiful to hike around. Around the canyon wild sheep, ibex, carnivorous birds, as well as lots of other tiny animals, are easy to spot. Every venturer's favourite place to hike.

Activities: Photograph, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Horse riding, Cycling

Khongoryn Els:
Umnugobi province’s Sevrei soum, Gobi Three Beauty protected area, north side of Grand Sevrey Mountain and Zuulun mountain, in front of Bayan bor mountain the Khongoryn Els sand dune stands northwest to southeast 130 km long, depth is around 3-5 km and some area reaches 20+ km. It’s Mongolian longest sand dune. The highest peak is 195 m. West side of the dune is the tallest, and when the sand shifts, dune makes an aeroplane like sound, and locals named the peak “Singing dune”. Right beside the dune, there is a river called Khongor. Khongor river is 10 km long, and have 2 branches. The river is surrounded by green grasses, animals, and plants. Echo pond, grazing animals and amazing sands will give you the perfect Oasis feelings.

Activities: Photograph, Dune climbing, Hiking, Camel riding
Accommodation: Tourist camp


Day 10.
Khongoryn els to Bayanzag

Distance: 160 км
Driving hours: 4 hours

Bayanzag is a very special place for world’s natural history, archaeology and science. People have discovered and still discovering Important remains, remnants and fossil findings that are very good preserved for millions of years. Importance of Bayanzag is limitless to many sectors, for that, it is named considered one of the Mongolian 7 wonders. About 40,000+ years old people’s remnants, stone and bronze age equipment are still being found by visitors.
American adventurer Roy Chapman Andrews’ team found the world’s first Dinosaur egg at Bayanzag. American natural history museum’s 2 main big dinosaurs came from Bayanzag. Mongolian rarest birds live around this area. Such as Henderson's ground-Jay, Great bustard and Desert Warbler(whitethroat) etc.

Activities: Photograph, Hiking, Cycling, Paleontology research, Wildlife observation
Accommodation: Tourist camp

Day 11.
Bayanzag to Ongi Monastery

Distance: 170 км
Driving hours: 4 hours

Ongi monastery:
Dundgobi province, Saikhan-Ovoo soum’s area, Ongi river’s east bank, on Saikhan-Ovoo mountain’s slope there are remains of a Monastic city Ongi, founded in 1660. it was once a town that populated one thousand monks.
Bases of the buildings were built on mini-cliffs. Buildings were the true art of sculptures. It was devastated by the Soviet purges of the 1930s. Only a few traces remain in the mini-museum. Here you can see the remnants of the artistic walls equipment, and reconstructed Ongi Monastery.

Activities: Photograph, Hiking, cycling, Paleontology research, swimming
Accommodation: Tourist camp

Day 12.
Ongi Monastery to the Karakorum

Founded by Chinggis Khaan in 1200, became Mongol empire’s capital in 1220 by Ugudei Khaan son of Chinggis Khaan. Every religion in the world existed together for centuries in the Karakorum. Historically and archaeologically important place in the world. Kharkhorin is UNESCO world heritage site. Here is the famous Erdenezuu the Buddhist monastery is open to the public. Surrounding 108 stupas creates one magnificent big fence, inside there are 3 remaining ancient monastery buildings which are now a big Buddhist museum. Museum staffs are famous for their good education on the details of the exhibits. Next to the museum actual working monasteries are open to the public. Famous Karakorum’s Turtle rock and Phallic rock are located around Erdenezuu monastery.

Activities: Photography, hiking, archaeological tours, Museum, Religious tour
Accommodation: Tourist camp

Day 13.
The Karakorum to Ulaanbaatar via Elsen Tasarkhai & Khugnu Khan

Distance: 370 km
Driving duration: 5 hours

Khugnu Khan mountain:
Bulgan province’s Rashaant soum area Incredibly beautiful sacred mountain full of exotic animals and medicinal plants. There are Uvgun, and Zaluu 2 Khalkha monastery’s ruins are there to tell the tale. Here we can hike around the Mountain see the beautiful view of  Elsen Tasarkhai the Sand dune. There are 17 very rare types of plants and combined 399 types of plants. 100 of them are medicinal plants.

Activities: Photography, Hiking, Trekking, Wildlife observation and Sightseeing

Elsen Tasarkhai:
Elsen Tasarkhai sand dune is just 10kms away from Khugnu Khan Mountain. It stretches north to south 80 km. Chinggis Khaan’s army crossed this sand dune and made a cut through the sand, that’s why this place is called Sand Cut in English. Camel riding on the sand dune and local foods are highlights of this place.

Activities: Hiking, Photograph, Camel tour or Horse tour around the dune

We will be leaving in the morning and head back to Ulaanbaatar. Goes back to the hotel and have some refreshment time. City tour with museums and do some cashmere shopping. The traditional folk art Concert with the great Tumen Ekh ensemble. And have a farewell dinner with all the travel crew members.
And until next time, Bayartai.

Activities: Tumen Ekh ensemble concert, Shopping
Museums:  Natural History Museum, Zanabazar fine art museum, Bogd Khaan’s palace museum, Choijin Lama museum
Accommodation: Hotel



Naadam festival

Wrestling Matches

Archery range

Horse racing field

Wrestling training field

Archery training field

Horse racing training field


Baga Gazriin Chuluu

Ikh Gazriin Chuluu

Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Khongoryn Els

Bayanzag or Flaming cliffs

What’s included in the Price?

English speaking guide at all times
10 nights accommodations based on twin/double occupancy;
     - 4-5 star hotel in the city – 2 nights
     - Best Ger camps in the countryside – 8 nights
All meals 24 as specified in the itinerary: Breakfast-13, Lunch-13 & Dinner -13
All relevant transfers and transportation + experienced drivers (4-5 pax will share a 4WD minivan or Jeep for countryside trip)
Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
National park and Attraction complex tickets
“Wonders of Mongolian Art” performance by “Tumen Ekh” ensemble
Visa invitation letter, if required
Included all taxes

What’s Not included in the Price?

International flights & visa fee
Travel & medical insurance 
Daily personal expenses


  1. Ulan Bator
  2. Ikh Gazriin Chuluu
  3. Tsagaan Suvarga
  4. Yolin Am Ice Field
  5. Khongoryn Els
  6. Flaming Cliffs
  7. MN
  8. MN
  9. Kharkhorin
  10. Ulaanbaatar