Khovsgol Ice Festival

Tours - Special Tours
Price: $410
4 Days / 3 Nights
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Description

 
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, salmon 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 just one amazing site of Khuvsgul Lake National Park. It is also connected to Lake Baikal (found in Siberia) by a single river.

 

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Fare

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

Option 1 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

Option 2 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

Festival Activities:

Opening ceremonies, horse-drawn sleigh ride, ice wrestling, horse racing on the lake, and reindeer-drawn sleigh ride.

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

Overall 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

Option 3:

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

Highlights

Perfect introduction to Mongolia for first time visitors
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Get up close to native wildlife
Lunch included

 

Itinerary

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.

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