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Mongolia: Naadam Festival & the Gobi Desert (2017)

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Limited to 18 guests
Days: 12  |  From: $7,895


Venture into the far-flung wilds of Mongolia as you uncover hauntingly beautiful landscapes, the vivid spectacle of a centuries-old festival and an enduringly rural way of life rarely glimpsed by Western eyes.

A&K Advantages

  • Journey through landscapes of rugged beauty, witnessing a deeply rooted local festival, meeting with a Buddhist lama, and riding a camel in the Gobi along the way
  • Witness one of the world's oldest spectacles of skill, strength and daring at the annual Naadam Festival
  • Share perspectives with a Buddhist lama at Ulaanbaatar's Gandan Khiid Monastery
  • Discover Khustain Nuruu National Park, haven for the last truly wild horse species on earth
  • Ride a Bactrian (two-humped) camel through the vast dunes of Moltsog Els
  • Explore the shifting sands of the fossil-rich Flaming Cliffs, a site of groundbreaking paleontological discovery


Itinerary at a Glance

Mongolia: Naadam Festival & the Gobi Desert

Day 1: Arrive Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar | Mongolia’s Capital

Day 3: Ulaanbaatar | Life of Genghis Khan

Day 4: Naadam Festival | The Three Games of Men

Day 5: Kharakhorum | 13th-Century Capital

Day 6: Kharakhorum | Museum & Monastery Visits

Day 7: Khustain Nuruu National Park | Wild Horse Haven

Day 8: Gobi | Dunes, Canyons & Verdant Oases

Day 9: Yol Valley National Park | Valley of the Eagles

Day 10: Moltsog Els Sand Dunes | The Flaming Cliffs

Day 11: Ulaanbaatar | Past Meets Present

Day 12: Depart Ulaanbaatar

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Learn More about the Nadaam Festival | A brief look at five of the world's greatest cultural festivals. Read more on A&K's blog.



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