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16 days / 15 nights

For 7 days, you will live in the desert, to the rhythm of everyday life of the pastors of Central Asia, almost self-sufficient. You will stay in a nomadic family by participating in all the work of breeders: care to the flock, fuel preparation, ropes, diary products, and deel making, etc. After horseback riding, you will learn to play at dice or dominoes in the Mongolian way.
This trip will give you a great opportunity to learn Mongolian culture, tradition and nomadic lifestyle. It’s optional with all destination.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9

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  • Day 1

    Fly to Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 2

    Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. After meeting with local team, directly depart by vehicle to the northwest, passing through a beautiful steppe landscape. Along the way, we will have a breakfast break. Resuming the journey, and arrived at around nomads. Meeting with the family, walking in the area, and enter the yurt where you will spend your stay. Lunch is at 13h. The afternoon will be devoted to meet high beasts, to take care of the herd with the nomads. The evening meal is taken early in the steppe, around 18h-18h 30.
  • Day 3

    After having a breakfast at 9am, you will get through with the nomadic life! Lunch is served around 13h and then resumed pastoral activity by occupying you from the flock of sheep. To 18.30h, dinner and it’s free in the evening, you will spend for example playing traditional Mongolian games (bones, dominoes).
  • Day 4

    Exceptionally, the sunrise is pretty early, around 6: 30 to get an accurate picture of life in the desert! Make fire, fetch water, prepare tea (crumble to boil, season, filter), breakfast, etc. Around 8 am, everyone takes breakfast together. Before lunch, walk in the vicinity of the camp to search for and prepare the wood, pick up the argal (cow dung which is used as fuel), etc. In the afternoon, traditional work with the nomads by learning how it's done the strings cowhide straps, an ancestral activity! The evening meal is at 18.30h.
  • Day 5

    After the breakfast, depart for an excursion on horseback and on foot. In the afternoon, you will visit to the other nomads to know each other. Dinner will be at 18h 30. After the dinner, there will be interesting sequence to make Mongolian vodka 'Shimiin arkhi'.
  • Day 6

    After breakfast, you will learn wood chore! After lunch, there will be a room for needlework. You can view and participate in the preparation of a deel (national costume) or felt mats to be placed under the saddle of the horse. Dinner at 18h 30 and board games (chess, bones, etc.)
  • Day 7

    After breakfast, we will learn how to make cheese! Under the guidance of the master yurt, you will participate in the preparation of aruul (dried curd), churned milk and air dried to become hard as stone, and also the preparation of yogurt, the urum (thick skin of boiled milk), collected with a spatula. A delight! Today is the last day with nomads.
  • Day 8

    In the morning, we head back to Ulaanbaatar. Today is free day for shopping, having dinner with team and watch traditional performance. Night in hotel.
  • Day 9

    Fly back.
Single supplement charge US$300   


Included Services

  • Full-time services of your local guides.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Private transfers and transports
  • Twin/double share accommodation: Centrally located, good 3* hotel in Ulaanbaatar, good tourist camps at each destination
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Naadam Festival tickets and arrangements
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive Great Naadam festival souvenir!


Not included in the price


  • International Airfare/train tickets + Tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary). 


  • For children of a family (0 – 3 years old) is 100% free of charge
  • For children of a family (4 – 12 years old) is 40% free of charge
  • Courier bringing min 4 pax
  • More attractive prices for groups of 12 and more people!
  • 1 free space for every 16 PAX

Accommodation on Mongolie Voyages tour 

Ulaanbaatar: Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia has many hotels ranging from basic 1* to high-end 5*. Some international hotel chains have opened such as Kempinski, Ramada, and Best Western to name a few. Some of Mongolie Voyages tours do not include hotel accommodation in Ulaanbaatar, where clients are advised to take care of their own accommodation in Ulaanbaatar. Please refer to your tour program (Included services and Exclusions section) for more details. Your Mongolie Voyages travel advisor is happy to assist you with hotel booking on your request. Below you will find some suggested hotels in Ulaanbaatar: 

  • Best Western Gobi Kelso ***
  • Springs hotel ***
  • Ramada hotel ****
  • Kempinski Khan Palace ****
  • Best Western Premier *****

Outside Ulaanbaatar: Please take in mind that traveling in the countryside of Mongolia is often tough, a trip is conducted in remote areas where there’s no hotel and paved roads exist.

Outside of Ulaanbaatar, tourist Ger camps are the best accommodation for travelers. A Ger is Mongolian traditional dwelling made of felt layers and wooden construction, and the Mongols have lived in Gers since the time immemorial. Tourist Ger camps offer comfortable Gers with 1-4 beds with good bedding, and also have western style showers and WCs (mostly shared). A few Ger camps offer en-suite Gers at additional charge (please ask your Mongolie Voyages travel advisor for this). Due to remoteness some tourist Ger camps may not excel in service, so travelers may not always expect high pressure showers, bubble baths or gourmet food etc. 


Food on Mongolie Voyages tour 

During your tour in Mongolia you will be eating in good restaurants in Ulaanbaatar, we have a great variety in restaurants in the capital city. Once you are outside the capital, Ger restaurants in Ger camps and local cafes in the small towns and villages will be the places where you will be eating. Ger restaurants often have set menu, but their food is usually very good (Ger camps provide mostly continental breakfast, lunches consist of salad, soup, main course and dessert, whilst, dinners are usually salad, main course and dessert).

During your longer driving days you will take packed lunch from Ger camps (often vegetable salad, main course such as fried chicken/noodles/dumplings and a chocolate bar etc). Vegetarians are well taken care of both in Ulaanbaatar restaurants and tourist Ger camps.


Luggage allowance on Mongolie Voyages tour 

When you travelling overland in a vehicle (minivan & jeep), it would be suitable if you have 20kg luggage per person (max). However, please kindly note that domestic flight luggage allowance per person is 15 kg (10 kg for the check in luggage and 5 for the carry on luggage). For 1kg extra luggage you pay US$2 - 5. 



The Naadam festival is the biggest and most joyful celebration of the Mongols. It takes place on the 11-12th July annually. 

The festival itself originated from the era of Hunnu Empire (209 BD) and was originally organized as a competition to test the skills of Mongol warriors between tribes. The festival comprises the "Three Manly Sports": wrestling, horse racing and archery. A fascinating and interesting event for all is where the 9 White Flags of Chinghis Khan are carried in a ceremonial parade from the State Parliament House to the Central Stadium and many other events to name a few.

512-1024 wrestlers compete on the green field of the State Central Stadium-there is no time limit, no weight category and the arena is not fixed. They have the most number of tricks and the Mongolian national wrestling is the most challenging wrestling in the world. Mongolian wrestlers wear traditional Mongolian boots and special clothes for wrestling, Zodog - a small open-fronted vest.

It's impossible to imagine the Mongols without their horses. Mongol horse is small in body but as strong as rocks! There are 6 different categories of Mongol national horse racing depending on the age of horses. The riders, both boys and girls are aged between 5-12 and the distance of the race ranges from 15-30 km. Horses race on natural track and natural barriers. The racers train their horses for a month on a strict diet and everyday training.

There's no need to argue on that the Mongols are the best archers in the world. Archery, originating from time immemorial, is the oldest sport of the Mongols. Traditionally, this was only men's sport but nowadays both men and women compete in separate divisions. Male archers shoot on a 75m range while female archers shoot on a 60 m range.

Why to take a Naadam festival tour? Naadam festival tour includes the Mongolia Great Naadam Festival Holiday that takes place in mid July once a year. Naadam festival tours are the highlight of Mongolia and the Naadam festival itself is a fantastic event. We invite you to our Naadam festival trips in Mongolia.

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