Tours Special Tours Khovsgol Ice Festival (Feb/Mar)

Price: ( 4 Days or 8 Days )

Known as the Blue Pearl of Mongolia, the Khuvsgul Lake stretches 136 kilometers into the Siberian taiga. Covering 2760 square kilometers, the Khuvsgul Lake is Mongolia's second-largest, but deepest, lake reaching as far as 262 meters deep. With so much to give, this lake is the world's 14th-largest source of fresh water. The lake is full of fish, such as lenok, salomon grayling and sturgeon. It is also home to more than 200 bird species, including the Baikal teal, black stork, and Altai snowcock. The surrounding taiga and mountains boast argali sheep, ibex, bear, sable, reindeer, and moose.

The Khuvsgul Lake is really just one part the Khuvsgul Lake National Park. It is also connected to Lake Baikal (found in Siberia) by a single river.

You will find three unique cultures coexisting in this area: Darkhad, Buriat, and Tsaatan. Each of these people claim shamanism instead of Buddhism. 

Option 1: Fly from Ulaanbaatar to Murun. Drive from Murun to Lake Khuvsgul. Return via the same route. (4 Days)

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar to Khuvsgul Lake

In the morning you will head to the Chinggis Khaan International Airport for the flight to Murun (the capital of the Khuvsgul province). At the airport in Murun, you will meet your guide and driver. Together we will drive to Khatgal, a village at southern tip of the lake. From Khatgal we will visit the ger camp where we will be staying during the festival.

Stay overnight in a ger camp. Lunch and Dinner

Day 2. Opening Ceremonies

In the morning, we will drive to the main site of the festival for the opening ceremony. Later you will observe, or even participate, in a variety of competitions such as ice sculpting, sumo wrestling, ankle bone shooting, and, of course, a skating race. You will also have a great opportunity to see a shaman worshiping ceremony and a national folklore concert.

Stay overnight in a ger camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3. Horse Trip and Closing Ceremony
Today you will experience the rest of the festivities including a horse sledding competition. After lunch, you will go on a horse trip along the frozen shore of Lake Khuvsgul. Later you will visit a nomadic family and see how herders deal with the harsh Mongolian winters. Finally, you will participate in the closing ceremony of the Ice Festival and warm up by a huge bonfire.

Stay overnight in a ger camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4. Return to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, you will drive back to Murun and fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Once back to Ulaanbaatar, you will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel.

 

Option 2:  Drive from Ulaanbaatar to the Khuvsgul Lake (8 Days)

Day 1. Bulgan

We will meet at a gathering point and drive to Bulgan, the capital of the Bulgan province. While here, we will be able to enjoy the views of one of Mongolia's prettiest cities. On our way to Bulgan, we will pass Darkhan and Erdenet, two of Mongolia's industrial centers. In Bulgan, we will stay at a local hotel. 

Lunch and Dinner Distance : 467 km on paved road

Day 2. Uran Togoo Tulga Uul Volcanoes

In the morning, we will leave Bulgan and drive to Murun, the capital of the Khuvsgul province. On our way we will stop to visit the Uran Togoo Tulga Uul Natural Monument, a nationally protected area located about 60 kilometers directly west of Bulgan. The monument is surrounded by the extinct volcanoes Uran Togoo, Tulga Togoo, and Jalavch Uul. From there we will drive straight to Murun, where we will stay overnight in a hotel. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Distance: 353km

Day 3. Arrive at the Festival 

After breakfast we will leave Murun and drive to Khatgal, the Ice Festival's host city on the banks of Khuvsgul Lake. From there we will head to the ger camp where we will stay during the festival. After lunch you will be able to go ice skating, horseback riding, and explore the area.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Distance: 120 km

Day 4. Let the Games Begin

After breakfast we will go to the opening ceremony of the Ice Festival. Afterwards, we will see ice wrestling, ankle bone shooting, and a skating race. We will also have the opportunity to see traditional Mongolian clothing and watch a folklore concert.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5. Finishing Up

Today you will be able to enjoy second round of skating competition, reindeer and horse sledding race, rope pulling competition among many others. After dinner you will attend the festival’s closing ceremony with shamanistic performance fallowed by bonfire. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 6. Back to Bulgan

After breakfast, we will drive from the lake back to Bulgan. 

Stay overnight in a hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Distance: 480 km

Day 7. See Amarbayasgalant

Leave Bulgan and drive to the Amarbayasgalant Monastery located in the Iven Valley. This remote Buddhist monastery is home to traditional monks and their daily rituals. We will have the chance to explore the monastery and then stay overnight in a local family's ger. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Distance: 200 km

Day 8. Back to UB

Drive back to the gathering point in Ulaanbaatar. 

Breakfast and Lunch Distance: 361 km  

Option 1: Fly

6 people: 410 USD pp + air fare

5 people: 430 USD pp + air fare

4 people: 490 USD pp + air fare

3 people: 570 USD pp + air fare

2 people: 710 USD pp + air fare

1 person: 1130 USD + air fare

Included:

  • Transportation to and from airports

  • Accommodations and meals* (as specified)

  • Activities at the Ice Festival**

 

 

Option 2: Drive

6 or 12 people: 510 USD pp

5 or 10 people: 540 USD pp

4 or 8 people: 580 USD pp

Price per person depends on total number of vehicles, total number of travelers, and meals*: 

Included:

  • Accommodations and meals* (as specified)

  • Transportation

  • Activities at the Ice Festival**

*Vehicles can hold a maximum of 6 travelers. If more than 6 people sign up, additional vehicles will be necessary.

**In addition to the Ice Festival, you will have the opportunity to visit other sites in the Khuvsgul area, such as the monumental deer stone complex 18 km outside of Murun

 

*Price per person may be reduced if travelers prepare some or all of their meals*

**Activities during the festival include: opening ceremonies, horse-drawn sleigh ride, ice wrestling, horse racing on the lake, and reindeer-drawn sleigh ride.

 

Included:

·Transportation and driver

·English speaking guide

·Sleep in a Traditional Mongolian ger

·Meals

·Clean Drinking Water

·Entrance fees to national parks and monasteries

·1 hour of horseback riding

·National park entrance fees

Not Included:

·Personal shopping

·Travel insurance

·Alcohol

·Additional Activities

*We also offer the cheapest international air fare to Ulaanbaatar*

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