Trans Mongolian Adventure with Naadam Festival
Small group tour
16 days -
Mongolia is a wild and rugged land with grassy plains and alpine mountains. Few tourists travel to Mongolia, and even fewer spend time at the Naadam Festival. Start in Beijing before a two-day trip on the legendary Trans-Mongolian Railway. Meet nomadic families, swim in alpine lakes, and ride rare camels through endless dunes.
- 4 nights hotel accommodation
- 10 nights Ger camp
- 1 overnight train (soft sleeper
- 4-berth cabin)
- breakfast daily
- 11 lunches and 12 dinners
- 1 internal flight within Asia
- transport in air-conditioned vehicles
- small group touring
- entrance fees
- Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travellers
- local English-speaking guides
- return transfers
Prices and Departures
Small Group Tour Itinerary
DAYS 1-3: BEIJING
On arrival in Beijing, transfer to your hotel and meet your small group of fellow adventurers and tour leader for a welcome drink. Visit the Great Wall at the lesser-visited Jinshanling for an extraordinary experience away from the crowds. A stop at a small village gives you an insight into the daily lives of the locals. This evening, you may choose to sample an array of exotic delicacies at the famous Wangfujing Night Markets. Board the Trans-Mongolian Express train early in the morning for an overnight adventure across the border.
Hotel: Novotel Beijing Xinqiao
Hotel: Overnight train
DAYS 4-6: ULAAN BAATAR, KUSTAI & KARAKORUM
Your train arrives in the Mongolian capital, Ulaan Baatar in the early afternoon, where you transfer to your hotel before visiting the National History Museum. The next morning drive to Khustai National Park - home of Mongolia's wild horses or Takhi. Once extinct in the wild, these endangered horses are being reintroduced and protected here. Visit the local project which oversees this work, and uncover the Turkic stone monuments in the park. Travel to the seemingly endless sand dunes of Mongol Els, which stretch all the way from the Gobi Desert to Central Mongolia. Here, take an exciting ride through the desert on rare two-humped camels. Travel to Karakorum, ancient capital of the great Genghis Khan, where you will find Erdene Zuu Monastery, Mongolia’s first Buddhist monastery.
Hotel: Bayangol Hotel
Hotel: Kustai Ger Camp
Hotel: Munkh Tenger Ger Camp
DAYS 7-9: TSETSERLEG, TSENKHERIIN HOT SPRINGS & NAADAM FESTIVAL
Passing through grassed steppes, travel to charming Tsetserleg to join in the excitement of the Naadam Festival, the most important event in the Mongolian calendar. Experiencing the festival in an intimate rural setting allows you to get much closer to the action. Competitions consist of horse racing, archery and wrestling, with even the children participating. Continue to Tsenkheriin hot springs with time to relax in the therapeutic waters.
Hotel: Khavtgai Mod Ger Camp
Hotel: Shiveet Mankhan Ger Camp
DAYS 10-12: TERKHIIN TSAGAAN NUUR & ZUUN NUUR
Head to Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, a lake nestled in a valley and surrounded by volcanic rock and grassy slopes. Here, spend some time discovering this magical landscape on an optional hike or horse ride, ascending to an extinct volcanic crater, or swimming in the refreshing waters of the lake. Witness spectacular views on the drive along steep mountain roads towards Zuun Nuur where you spend the night on the shores of a picturesque lake.
Hotel: Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur Ger Camp
Hotel: Zuun Nuur Ger Camp
DAYS 13-16: LAKE KHUVSGUL & ULAAN BAATAR
Continue to the stunning vistas of Khuvsgul Lake. Here you are surrounded by rolling hills covered in alpine forest, with rivers flowing between them. Enjoy free time exploring this magnificent terrain or relax in your traditional Ger accommodation. You may choose to take a boat trip on the glistening lake in the morning. A flight from nearby Moron brings you back to Ulaan Baatar. Visit the Gandan Monastery, considered the centre of Buddhism in Mongolia, and enjoy a farewell dinner and cultural show. Enjoy free time before your departure transfer.
Hotel: Alag Tsar Ger Camp
Hotel: Bayangol Hotel
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