Festivals of Mongolia: National Naadam Festival

  • Naadam Festival, a multiday celebration with archery, horse racing, and wrestling competitions
  • Explore Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's surprisingly cosmopolitan capital city
  • Visit nomads, Flaming Cliffs, and singing sand dunes in the Gobi Desert
Mongolia Naadam
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure
Trip Length: 11 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour
Trip Extensions: Mongolia & Siberia
Mongolia & Siberia Extensions

We've been under Mongolia's spell for a long time, dating to the days when it appeared in musty atlases as “Outer Mongolia.” So, it’s with great joy that we introduce people to this magnificent land and its festivals.

On this journey centered around the biggest of Mongolia’s festivals—Naadam—we explore the cosmopolitan capital, Ulaanbaatar; venture into the heart of the Gobi Desert, where we enjoy the boisterous Naadam celebration; and visit Karakorum, one-time capital of the vast Mongol Empire. Beyond relishing Mongolia’s ethereal landscapes, we have a chance to look for dinosaur bones, ride the two-humped Bactrian camel, visit the Buddhist monasteries of Gandan and Erdene Zuu, and enjoy an excursion to the sublime Yol Valley of the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains (part of the vast Altai Range).

Please note that Mongolia & Siberia can serve as a superb extension to this trip. We'd be more than happy to elaborate if you're interested.

Mongolia tour map - Naadam Festival

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 2: Ulaanbaatar sightseeing, drive to Khustain Nuruu National Park
  • Day 3: drive to Karakorum; visit Erdene Zhuu Monastery
  • Day 4: drive to Khogno Khan
  • Day 5: drive back to Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 6: fly to South Gobi, explore Yol Valley, visit Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs)
  • Day 7: Naadam festival
  • Day 8: drive to Khongoriin Els (Singing Sand Dunes); camel riding in the dunes
  • Day 9: visit nomad family, camel riding in the dunes---cut "camel riding in the dunes" from this day
  • Day 10: fly to Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 11: depart Ulaanbaatar.