Tours Special Tours Naadam Tour

Price: 225 USD pp/per day ( 1 day (July 11) )

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.

Day 1 (July 11). Naadam

In 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.

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Cost of the whole trip: 225 USD per person

The price includes:

  • Naadam entrance fee,
  • Costs of a car rental; drivers salary and fuel included,
  • Lunch,
  • Guide,
  • Drinking water,
  • Horse riding.

The price doesn't include:

  • Personal shopping,
  • Insurance,
  • Alcoholic drinks,
  • Activities, which are optional or not mentioned in the itinerary.
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