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Overview

One of the biggest events in Mongolia is a Camel Festival. The Camel Festival is an annual event and we have been organizing it since 1997. Its goal is to create sustainable tourism, help the local community to increase the population and protect the Bactrian camels. The camel is a large even-toed ungulate native to the steppes of eastern Asia. The Bactrian camel has two humps on its back, in contrast to the dromedary camel which has one and is rugged cold-climate camels. Bactrain Camels have two coats, the warm inner coat of down and a rough outer coat which is long and hairy. Mongolians domesticated camels 50000 years ago. We use camel wool to make clothes and it is very warm. There was the largest camel race in the world in 2016 in Gobi. 1108 jockeys take to their saddles for a history-making race. The race was just 15 kilometers long with fastest camel finishing in 35 minutes 12 seconds. The race was organized with purpose of increasing the population and usage of domestic camels in Mongolia. It was registered Guiness record as the largest camel race ever.  This tour gives you a great opportunity to explore the beautiful Gobi and enjoy the camel festival.

Departure & Return Location

Ulaanbaatar

Departure Time

In the morning

Price Includes

  • Private English speaking guide and driver
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Accommodation at the ger camps
  • All entrance fees of all national parks
  • Bottled drinking water (unlimited)
  • Road and toll fees
  • Petrol and fuel
  • Visa support invitation letter
  • All meals (B+L+D)
  • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar (if requested with additional charge)

Price Excludes

  • Daily personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees etc.
  • Tips for your driver and guide (discretionary)
  • Travel insurance
Itinerary

Day 1Nomadic Life and Wild Nature

Mongolians are the last nomads in the world. Therefore this lifestyle makes us unique on the earth. We will visit a true nomadic family. The purpose of the stay at a local family is to experience the true culture of Mongolian nomads. You will see how they herd their livestock; make dairy products, and traditional clothes. You are welcome to play traditional games, have Mongolian supper and interact with the nomads and ask any question you have.

Day 2Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs) and Camel Festival

Their name means “rich in saxaul”, an endangered Central Asian tree 2 to 9 m high, whose roots are precious to protect soil from erosion. Significant paleontological discoveries have been made there, especially by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews in 1920: fossilized dinosaur eggs and specimens of Velociraptor. Its nickname of “Flaming Cliffs” is due to the orange-red rock the mountain is made of. Today is the first day of the camel festival and we will see the opening ceremony, camel parade, camel polo and the 2-year old camel race.

Day 3Camel Festival

Today we will see the adult camel race, camel polo, the most beautiful camel on the camel competition, camel training and closing ceremony.

Day 4Khongor Sand Dune

Khongor Sand Dunes are the largest and most spectacular sand dunes situated in Sevrei soum. Also known as the “singing dunes”, they are up to 300 m high, 20 km wide and about 100 km long. The spectacular dunes are bordered by lush green vegetation supported by a small river Khongor, which is fed by underground sources from surrounding mountains.

Day 5Yol Valley

Yol valley is situated in east north part of Zuun Saikhan mountain. This area has been main attraction of tourists for many decades. Very wide at the entrance, it narrows gradually into a remarkable gorge. In spring two or three kilometers long winds its way through the defile and in July, freezing into a thick corridor of ice that stretches along a considerable distance.
Also you will see the “Mukhar shivert” canyon where you will see the frozen waterfall. That stands there for whole year around.

Day 6Del Mountain Petroglyph

Del mountain is located in Ulziit soum, Dundgobi province. It is a big open area gallery. There are about 3000 ancient rock paintings and 4 Runic scripts on the rocks. Also they have 20 rectangular tombs from that area. Mostly these rock paintings belong to the Bronze and iron ages. They have depicted wolves, ibexes, foxes, group of people riding horses, camels and gers. Welcome to the natural gallery.

Day 7Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa) and Ulaanbaatar

The scarp of Tsagaan Suvarga is located in Ulziit soum of Dundgovi province. It is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from a distance seems to be the ruins of the ancient city. The cliff is 30 meters high and 100 meters wide. Over thousands of years the wind has created this amazing structure.It is sheer slope and was an old seabed with sedimentary structure created by millions years and the different colors of the ground represent different times.

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