Naadam, is a distinctive Mongolian festival, comprising a
religious, secular, political or social ceremony followed by the three traditional
competitions of wrestling, archery and horseracing. The festival is believed to have existed for
centuries in one fashion or another, and to originate from a simple hunting
ritual. Naadam is celebrated during summer across the whole country. The biggest and
most splendours event takes place in Ulaanbaatar from July 11 and July 13. Naadam
begins with an elaborate introduction ceremony featuring dancers, athletes,
horse riders, and musicians. After the ceremony, the competitions begin. In
2010, Naadam was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible
Cultural Heritage of Humanity UNESCO.
the morning you will meet your guide and driver and drive to the National Sports
Stadium to watch the inauguration ceremony of Naadam Festival. The ceremony is
opened by the president of Mongolia, features a colourful parade of soldiers,
monks and athletes, and several live performances. After the ceremony you will
stay few more minutes at the stadium to see the beginning of wrestling and
archery competitions, and then drive to Khui Doloon Khutag, a specious valley
located over 50 km away from Ulaanbaatar, where Naadam's horse races take part.
Together with your guide you will explore the area, watch horseracing
competition and eat lunch in form of traditional Mongolian dumplings called
khushuur. Later your guide will take you for a 2-3 hours long horse ride along
the valley. To Ulaanbaatar you will go back in the late evening.
of the whole trip: 225 USD per person
The price includes:
Naadam entrance fee,
Costs of a car rental; drivers salary and fuel included,
Activities, which are optional or not
mentioned in the itinerary.