Ever imagined living in a winter wonderland, walking through sculptures of ice on a lake that looks as if it was made of the purest glass? If this is your dream, then come and join us this March for the world-Famous Lake Khuvsgul Ice festival. When Mongolia’s biggest lake and one of the largest in the world freezes over it is truly a spectacle! Join in for the ice competitions, witness the spectacular traditional dress and take in all the natural beauty of this breathtaking frozen wonderland!
Bactrian (Two Hump) Camels are some of the most unique and truly remarkable domesticated creatures in the world. Mongolia is famous for its use of these two humped beasts, using them for transport, wool and milk. Once every year in the wilds of the Gobi the camel herders of Mongolia come together to show of the best of the best. Join us to watch the annual Gobi Camel Festival; experience camel races, camel polo, feats of agility and control as well as the beauty of Mongolian culture. You will be shown first the care and attention these men and women give these animals as they are crucial to life out in the desert. You will also get to witness the beautiful simplicity of Mongolian herder culture; the slow and melodic beat of the desert dictates the day to day actions of these incredible people. Traditional costumes, food, music, and tradition will be at your fingertips! Join us and come on this adventure of a lifetime to one of the most unique festivals in the entire world. Kasakh minority still practice an ancient tradition of hunting of Golden Eagles.
Tour departure times can be flexible but 8 am on the morning of departure is recommended.
The driver and guide can pick you up from the airport, train station, or your accommodation.
Russian Van: Steel Russian vans with seats facing each other,
ideal for adventure seeking travelers (max 6 people)
During your time in Ulaanbaatar you will stay at Meg’s Guesthouse in dorm room accommodation. Meg’s Guesthouse is located centrally in Ulaanbaatar, walking distance from many attractions and amenities. As a Mongolian company we prefer to support Nomadic families financially and help support their livelihoods. We are sure this resonates with our travellers who enjoy engaging with their culture on The Steppe. It is therefore our preference to stay with these families if they have an extra Ger. As well as directly supporting local herders, you can experience this rich traditional way of life first hand.
| Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park
|| Camel & Horse riding
|Meet reindeer herding Tsaatan people|| Hiking
|Khuvsgul Lake||Historical sites|
| Cultural experiences
| Geological & Archaeological sites
|Total people in Group||Cost per Person|
|1 person||US$ 1,900|
|2 people||US$ 1,800|
|3-4 people||US$ 1,500|
|4 or more people||US$ 1,300|
|Transport (Tour Distance covered – 800 km)||Alcoholic drinks|
| Tour Guide
||Hot Springs service Fee|
|Accommodation (8 nights)||Any other personal expenses|
|3 Meals a day (Breakfast – 9, Lunch – 8, Dinner – 7)||Additional services|
|Entrance fees / Local Taxes|
|Horse & camel riding 1 hour each|
|Camping & Cooking equipment|
|Mineral water / Tea / coffee|
We will organise a driver to meet you the airport and drive you back to Meg’s Guest House in central Ulaanbaatar where you will spend your first night in dorm room accommodation. You can spend the day doing as you wish; recovering from your flight or doing some exploring around central Ulaanbaatar. No meals included on this day.
After Breakfast, transfer to the domestic flight transfer. Flight takes 1.5 hour.
Khuvsgul Nuur- is known as Dark Blue Pearl among beautiful mountains. This is the perfect place to have vacation, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and horse trekking. Located in the northernmost province, it is the largest tributary stream of Lake Baikal in Russia, 96 rivers and streams flow out of the lake, among them the Egiin River , which then joins the Selenge along its eventual path to Lake Baikal. Lake Khuvsgul is 136km long, water beneath 100 meters & 36 km wide, 262 meters deep and is located at an altitude of 1645 m above sea level. Taiga Fauna and Flora, Tsaatan, practicing reindeer breeding are the main attractions.The lake is the important migration route for birds from Siberia , thus facilitating marvelous opportunities for bird watching.
Organized yearly on frozen Khovsgol Lake by National park rangers, local residents and businesses, the Ice Festival has been held five years running. A respite from the confinement of the winter months, the Ice Festival is a time to get outdoors and play games.
The festival features a gathering of local residents and nomadic reindeer herders, and performances by shamans, musicians, and sportsmen. Competitions include ice sumo, a horse-drawn sleigh race, ice skating races, tug-of- war between local teams, and a Russian Jeep race on the ice. Many traditional games are played on the sidelines, and this is an ideal venue for visitors to join in the fun and games with local people. The festival is held at Khar-Us on Khovsgol Lake, a short drive north of Khatgal across the frozen lake ice.
Early morning flight to Ulaanbaatar. Have breakfast in the town’s finest breakfast place.
Eagle Hunting starts at 11am, is one of the most noble and awe-inspiring unions of beast and man. Get an inside look at this truly ancient and wonderful art. Kazakhs have a tradition of hunting on horseback with trained steppe eagles. The trainer wears a heavy padded glove on the right arm on which a hooded eagle perches, until its little leather hood (tomega) is removed and it sees its quarry, a fox or squirrel, and within moments it plummets and seizes it. A well-trained eagle flies back to his masters saddle when other horses approach. Accommodation at Meg’s Guesthouse
After Breakfast, transfer to the domestic flight transfer. Flight takes 1.5 hour.
Attend the opening ceremony of the festival and parade of camel riders. The day’s competitions include “best looking couple on camelback” and “most adorable male and female camels,” as well as a camel polo match that takes place in the central square. There’s also an exhibition of paintings by local children who participate in the drawing contest called “Camel– My Friend”
After the festival, drive to Tugrugiin Shire, steep with around 30 meters high formation. Dinosaur bones appear on the wall. Rare remains such as baby dinosaurs’ skeletons in fossilized eggs and 2 dinosaurs’ skeletons that died in combat were found in Tugrugiin Shiee by explorers.
The competition begins with a race of mature camels followed by the racing of the two-year-old camels. For your own enjoyment, you may place bets on the camels. The first three camels in each group are awarded the gold, silver and bronze medals. In the afternoon, one of the most awaited competitions begins. This is called “The Camel Relay”, a competition consisting of catching, taming, training and, finally, loading a camel with an actual ger. There are several groups with five members, each of which have different roles in the contest. The closing ceremony takes place late in the afternoon when the winners will be presented with their trophies. Visit Bayanzag “Flaming Cliffs”. This place is famous for its dinosaur fossils, eggs and the special Gobi tree, the “saxaul”. In 1922 American explorer Roy Chaipman Andrews and his expedition members found the first dinosaur eggs as well as numerous fossil skeletons of dinosaurs that lived 70-80 million years ago.
After early breakfast, head to Dalanzadgad airport to depart for UB. Exploring the wonderful city of Ulaanbaatar and the surrounding area unique to Ulaanbaatar.
You will visit following places:
– Gandan Monastery
– Sukhabaatar Square
– National History Museum
– Tour Guide will take you to the Mongolia Traditional food restaurant which included in the tour price. – Bogd Khaan winter palace – Zaisan Memorial – Gobi Cashmere Factory – Ger district (rural area outside of city) Your city tour will finish around 6pm. We suggest you also attend the National Music and Dance Ensemble which starts at 6pm.
You will spend the night at Meg’s Guest
Breakfast and Lunch included on this day.
We can organize a driver to pick you up from Meg’s Guesthouse and drop you off at the airport or train station in time for your departing flight or train.