The Great Naadam Festival 2023 & Gobi desert tour

Naadam is one of the Mongolian traditional annual festivals that have been celebrated in Mongolia over millennia. The festival have become the cultural sanctity of nomads on the great steppe, keeps tradition and customs alive from ancient times. This cultural & nature sightseeing Mongolia tour with fixed date gives you opportunity to visit the famous Gobi desert, Terelj national park and to see beautiful Naadam festival in Nalaikh town. Book with us and get 10% discount for your direct booking!

No of Days: 8           People: 2 - 8 people

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Naadam Festival and the Gobi Desert of Mongolia

Mongolia is a country of cultural and natural wonders, where its’ people practice their ancient traditions and cherish the Mother Nature every day. And the Naadam Festival is the biggest celebration of the Mongols, which the nation has been celebrating since time immemorial. It’s said that nomadic tribes gathered to test whose tribe has the best wrestlers, finest archers, and fastest horses; and the winners were acclaimed extensively. Naadam, hence, was named as “Three Manly Games of the Mongols”, nevertheless women also can participate in archery and horse racing. During the Great Mongol Empire time, Naadam was also an important event for the Golden Horde as the Mongol princes held the Khuraldai (assembly) at the same time.

Since 1921, the Mongols started celebrating Naadam in July to commemorate the People’s Revolution of Mongolia, and the State Naadam in Ulaanbaatar is on 11-12 July fixed, and provincial and regional Naadams taking place on 8-15 July usually (depends on the summer & pasture). Now the festival is celebrated nationwide in Mongolia and is a public holiday. And Naadam-goers and competitors from far and near wear their best traditional costumes and head out to Naadam – all happy. Plus, there’s lots of music and dances to complete the jolly atmosphere. 

On this exciting 8-day tour you won’t only attend the Naadam Festival but also will visit the highlights of the Gobi Desert. You will admire the sunrise over the Bayanzag – Flaming Cliffs, enjoy a short camel ride at the Khongor sand dunes & oasis, and walk the glacial Yoliin Am Gorge during your stay in the Gobi. Besides, Mongolia’s the home of hearty nomadic people, whose lifestyle has not been changed a lot since the days of Genghis Khan and his empire. You might have heard many stories of travellers being dazed by the sincere hospitality of the nomads. However, if you look deeper into their spirit, you will witness how strong, stern nomadic men can be moved to tears by their racehorses rushing to a finish line. Their lifestyle, religion, and philosophy are shaped by the Mother Nature to a great degree; and nomadic customs, music, literature, and costumes have been passed through centuries. And in this hectic 21st century only Mongolian nomads welcome strangers with unlocked doors. There will be plenty of occasions you will meet real nomadic people and enjoy their heart-warming hospitality during the journey.

Premium Travel Mongolia tour guides are knowledgeable, experienced, and are happy to be the ambassadors of their country. Plus, travelling extensively in remote Mongolia and discovering the wonders doesn’t mean rough travel conditions. We utilize comfortable 4×4 vehicles with AC, clean and comfy Ger camps (en-suite upgrade available) to complete your wonderful Mongolia stay with us. 

Daily Itinerary

Day 1. Jul 05. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 50min drive
Day 2. Jul 06. Ulaanbaatar: City sightseeing tour. 8hr excursion.
Day 3. Jul 07. Ulaanbaatar – the Gobi flight. Visits to Yoliin Am Gorge & Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs (90min flight + 2hr drive)
Day 4. Jul 08. A day excursion to the Khongor Sand Dunes. 3hr drive oneway.
Day 5. Jul 09. The Gobi Desert – Terelj national park via Giant Genghis Statue. (90min flight, ~2hr drive)
Day 6.Jul 10. Naadam Festival horse races, Ulaanbaatar. 3hr drive
Day 7. Jul 11. Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar
Day 8. Jul 12. Departure/extension. 50min drive.

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Tour Date & Price

US$3360 p.p

Tour date: 05 – 12 Jul 2023

Group Size: 2-3 people

With **** hotel 

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US$2995 p.p

Tour date: 05 – 12 Jul 2023

Group Size: 4-5 people

With ***** hotel 

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US$2850 p.p

Tour date: 05 – 12 Jul 2023

Group Size: 6-8 people

With ***** hotel 

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Single Supplement: US$580 

The minimum number of people in a group is 2pax, maximum is 8pax


Included services:

  • Full-time services of your excellent English-speaking local guide (Day 2-7)
  • Sightseeing admissions and excursion per the program
  • Private transfers (Land Cruisers: 3 passengers + 1 driver I each vehicle) + fuel, road taxes
  • Airport transfers & transportation in Ulaanbaatar & around (minivan/saloon car)
  • Twin/double share accommodation throughout the tour: (4 nights in Ulaanbaatar at 5* hotel; 3 nights in en-suite Ger camps.)
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • 2hr of camel riding fee in Gobi + camel keeper
  • The Gobi to Ulaanbaatar flight + Tax (15+5kg free luggage)
  • Naadam festival ticket & arrangements
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day/pax
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive Mongolia tour souvenir!

Not included in the price:

  • International Airfare/train ticket + Tax
  • Travel insurance.
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
  • Optional activities such as horseback riding, archery, fishing etc


Naadam festival & the Gobi tour photos

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