Travel to Mongolia and discover the iconic Naadam Festival.
The ancient Greeks may have the Olympics but the Mongols have Naadam. Mongolia’s annual circus-like Naadam Festival is a centuries-old tradition that dates back to the era of the great Khans and their dynasties. Wrestling, archery and horse racing — the three skills that Chingis Khan considered essential for any Mongol warrior — are showcased at the country’s largest celebration of the “three manly sports”. Come behind the scenes as we meet the athletes in the lead up to the festival and discover some of Mongolia’s wild outback, visiting ruined monasteries, flaming cliffs and historic cities.
Go behind the scenes of Mongolia's Naadam Festival and visit the athlete's training camps as they prepare to compete in the 2017 Naadam Festival.
Live the nomad life with a family stay at a horse breeder's camp.
Experience the phenomenal landscapes of central Mongolia.
Attend the Naadam Opening Ceremony and watch athletes compete for glory in wrestling, horse racing and archery.
Encounter Mongolia's stunning natural landscape with visits to places such as the Flaming Cliffs and sand dunes of Khongoriin.
Staying in various tourist ger camps, you will experience basic conditions which may take some getting used to. Most gers sleep up to six people, with comfortable beds and plenty of blankets.
You will have an overnight family stay at a horse breeder's camp and will need a sleeping bag for this night. This is an authentic local experience, so be prepared for basic, but very real conditions.
This trip involves long drives across some rough terrain and to remote areas, away from modern facilities and conveniences. As you'll spend a lot of time on the road, it is important to realise that the emphasis on this trip is on the journey. You'll travel through amazing landscapes and stay in some stunning locations.
Depending on group size, you may be split into multiple vehicles throughout this trip. The leader will make an effort to rotate travellers through the vehicles so that everyone spends some time together on the drives.
Vegetarians can be catered for, though choices may be limited. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements when you book your trip. Some food will be traditional Mongolian style, but as the traditional diet consists solely of meat and dairy products, most meals are less challenging and based more on Russian or Western cuisine, which is now also common in the Mongolian diet.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip for hotel nights in Ulaanbaatar only.
2. In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Ulaanbaatar Office can be reached on Tel: +976 991 83751, +976 990 86929 or +976 99764509.
3. A sleeping bag is required for the family stay.
Our Mongolia's Naadam Festival trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.
The 3 days in the training camps were worth the whole trip! The desert changed landscape every day, sometime twice a day - beautiful! The festival was eye-opening and great fun! Read up on history, culture and politics before you go. Prepare yourself to go without wifi for 8 days.
Review submitted 15 Aug 2017