Mongolia's Naadam Festival

05/24/2020 through 06/26/2021
05/24/2020 through 07/13/2021
Intrepid Travel

Mongolia’s Naadam Festival

The ancient Greeks may have the Olympics but the Mongols have Naadam. Mongolia’s annual circus-like Naadam Festival is a centuries-old tradition that dates back to the era of the great Khans and their dynasties. Wrestling, archery and horse racing – the three skills that Chingis Khan considered essential for any Mongol warrior – are showcased at the country’s largest celebration of the “three manly sports”. Come behind the scenes as we meet the competitors in the lead up to the festival and discover some of Mongolia’s wild outback, visiting ruined monasteries, flaming cliffs and historic cities.

Activities

  • Archery Training Camp
  • Wrestling Training Camp
  • Horse Racing Training Camp
  • Baga Gazriin Chuluu – Hike
  • Tsagaan Suvarga – Hike
  • Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs – Sunset walk
  • Vulture Canyon – Hike
  • Khongoriin Sand Dunes – Sunset walk & camel ride
  • Ongiin Khiid – Ruins
  • Karakorum – Erdenezuu Monastery & Museum
  • Naadam Festival – Opening Ceremony
  • Naadam Festival – Archery events
  • Naadam Festival – Wrestling events
  • Naadam Festival – Horse Racing events

Highlights

  • Go behind the scenes of Mongolia’s Naadam Festival and visit the athlete’s training camps as they prepare to compete in the 2017 Naadam Festival.
  • Live the nomad life with a family stay at a horse breeder’s camp.
  • Experience the phenomenal landscapes of central Mongolia.
  • Attend the Naadam Opening Ceremony and watch athletes compete for glory in wrestling, horse racing and archery.
  • Encounter Mongolia’s stunning natural landscape with visits to places such as the Flaming Cliffs and sand dunes of Khongoriin.

Itinerary

Day 1 Ulaanbaatar
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Day 2 Archery Training Camp
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Day 3 Wrestling Training Camp
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Day 4 Horse Racing Training Camp - Ulaanbaatar
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Day 5 Baga Gazriin Chuluu
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Day 6 Tsagaan Suvarga
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Day 7 Vulture Canyon/Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs
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Day 8 Khongoriin Sand Dunes
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Day 9 Khongoriin Sand Dunes
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Day 10 Ongiin Khiid
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Day 11 Karakorum
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Day 12 Ulaanbaatar
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Day 13 Naadam Festival - Opening Ceremony & Archery Events
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Day 14 Naadam Festival - Wrestling & Horse Racing Events
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Day 15 Ulaanbaatar
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