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 competitors 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.
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1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip for hotel nights in Ulaanbaatar only.
2. A sleeping bag may be required for the family ger camp stays - please check at time of booking.
3. Please provide your full passport details to your booking agent no later than 40 day prior to departure. This is required for booking Nadaam festival tickets.
Our Mongolia's Naadam Festival trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.
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Review submitted 16 Jul 2018
There doesn't seem to be an opportunity to tell you about the quality of our guide, which is a shame. He was the worst I have travelled with so far. He spent much of the trip drunk/hungover, shared very little information, had to be prompted to share arrangements, and frequently moaned about how much he disliked his job.
Review submitted 14 Jul 2018