Nomad’s Winter Festival 2019
Nomad’s winter festival offers you opportunity to witness with the Mongolian winter festivals in this package trip including “Ice Festival Event” in Khuvsgul Lake in the Northern Mongolia, “Eagle festival” near in Ulaanbaatar city and “Camel festival” in Southgobi province. These festivities are well-known for local people, also they always welcome for visitors.
- Travel destinations: Ulaanbaatar – Murun – Khuvsgul lake – Murun – Ulaanbaatar – Dalanzadgad – Bulgan soum – Dalanzadgad – Ulaanbaatar
- Activities: Eagle festival, Winter festival and Skating event, Camel Festival
- Duration: 6nights / 7days
- Covering distance: 3250kms
- Season: March
02 Mar Day 1 Travel to Khuvsgul Lake
We will pick you up from your hotel and transfer to airport which will take a flight to the main city of Murun the center of Khuvsgul province. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our driver and a guide at the local airport and travel 2hours by a Russian minivan to yurt (ger) camps near Khatgal village which is located at the south east shore of the lake. Optional activities available like: horse riding, horse sledding and a cultural visit to nomads. You will be staying overnight in a tourist camp. LD
03 Mar Day 2 The Ice Festival Day
Grand Opening Ceremony of the Ice Festival and 8th International Skating Event will take a place. We will attend the traditional performance of local singers and dancers. Enjoying the competition of horse sleighs for 12kms which is driven by a local nomads and witness the traditional game called “Ice-Shagai”. Before the start, horses will exhibit in front of the tourists and guests can have the possibilities to bet on the horses. You can witness the thrill of horse sleigh drivers contesting for the first place while showing of their skills. You can also enjoy the contest for a “Beautiful Mongolian costume” held among the participants and more fun and bizarre activities you can enjoy. You will be staying overnight in a tourist camp. BLD
04 Mar Day 3 The Ice Festival Day
Today you will observe the competition of skaters for short distances which is 2km, sumo wrestling on the ice and rope pulling competition to check your strength. Other optional activities like enjoying horse sleigh or a dog sled, horse riding and a trip to visit local nomad family. The closing ceremony and the winners of the competitions will be announced and awarded. After the dinner you will drive back to Murun city for 110kms then transfer to airport to take a flight to Ulaanbaatar city. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar city the driver will pick you up from the airport and will escort you to the designated hotel. BLD
05 Mar Day 4 Eagle Festival
In the morning you will be taken to the area where Eagle Festival will take a place. At 10.00am the opening ceremony will start, as the participants join the parade on a horseback with their eagles. Then festival will begin with each Kazakh displaying his hunting outfit and accessories. The Golden eagles will be released from a cliff and their owners will stand below and signal them to land upon their forearm, as they do during the hunting session. Then eagles will be released from a cliff to attack fox skins which will be dragged by their owner on a horseback. After finishing the event we will travel back to Ulaanbaatar and the driver will transfer you to your hotel. BL
06-07 Mar Day 5-6 Camel Festival days
In the morning you will be transferred to the airport and take a flight to Dalanzadgad the center of Umnugobi province. We will pick you up upon arrival to the airport and travel for 1.5 hours by a Russian minivan to our camp. It is time to enjoy the Camel Festival in the Gobi! This event will be organized by “Tumen Temee” or (“Ten Thousand Camels”) – by the association in order to protect two humped Bactrian camels and reproduce camel herders increasing their productivity, which is the perfect time for camel herders to gain some extra income and a fame from this event. In these days we will “breathe” by camels. You will enjoy authentic festival program including, camels racing, children’s concert, camel wool product exhibition, camel polo, parade on camels and charming couple competition. Also you will enjoy relay competition with camel. It’s an entertaining competition which shows camel training methods and customs of “Heroes of great Gobi” people, overcomes severe climate and tough dry condition of Gobi by their resiliency to adapt in a harsh arid climate with shear durability. Teams each having 5 members to participate in it and show many methods and techniques of catching camel with lasso, tying and bringing down, putting wooden peg into camel’s nose and loading a camel. Optional camel riding is available. We will stay overnight in a local guest house. BLD
08 Mar Day 7 Flight back to Ulaanbaatar
Early in the morning we will transfer to local airport and flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival to Ulaanbaatar city we will escort you to your hotel. Thus ends the journey. B
Tour starting (ex in Ulaanbaatar) 2019:
NW01 02 March
Included: All activities described in the itinerary, stay at tourist camp (2 nights) and at local guest house stay (2 nights) in a countryside, English speaking guide service, sightseeing cost and entrance fee to Protected Area, Festival fees, RT domestic flights, all transfers by bus in the city and by 4WD Russian minivan in the countryside. Meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner as mentioned per day itinerary.
Excluded: International transportation to and from Mongolia, hotel stay in Ulaanbaatar, travel insurance, mineral (bottled) water and alcoholic drinks, tips and gratuities, laundry and items of a personal nature.
• We are happy to arrange your hotel and transfers in Ulaanbaatar, private car transportation to our destinations at discounted rate.
• International and domestic flight and train tickets would be arranged due to the client requests and wishes with our pleasures.
• City sightseeing tours are offered as optional.
• Private departures are available on request.