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Naadam Festival - A day tour for the festival

Naadam Festival is one of the biggest holidays in Mongolia. One thousand twenty-four wrestlers compete on the green wrestling field. Matches happen without a time limit for the match and no weight division to pair same size wrestlers. Mongolian wrestlers wear the traditional Mongolian boots and special clothes for wrestling.  The Zodog-a small open-fronted vest that looks too short and tight Shuudag-shorts.

There are 6 different categories of horse racing depending on the age of the horses. The riders, both boys and girls are aged from 8 to 13. They ride the distance of the race which ranges from 15-30kms. Archery, originating from the era of Genghis Khan is the oldest sport in Mongolia. Traditionally, this was only a men’s sport but archery is now a contemporary sport for both men and women  who compete in separate divisions. Male archers shoot for a target on a 75m range while female archers shoot for a target on a 60m range.

Event Naadam Festival tour

Tour details

Total distance: 90kms

Tour length:  One day

Route:  Sukhbaatar square, Stadium, Khui Doloon Khudag, Ulan Bator

Activities:  See Naadam Festival opening Ceremony, see wrestling, archery, and horse racing.  Try typical local food and fermented mare’s milk.

 Difficulty:  Easy

What to bring:  Sunglasses, suns cream, hat or cap, rain coat if it’s rainy, wet and dry tissues.

Tour price: $120 US per person.   Please contact us before you book the tour

Included:

  • Transportation
  • Fuel
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Breakfast
  • Snack for lunch
  • Opening Ceremony tickets
  • Drinking water

Excluded: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Personal toiletries
  • Tips for the driver and the guide
  • Visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcohol drinks

Naadam Festival - a day tour program

7:30 am  

Breakfast in a nice restaurant.

9:00 am  

See a parade of mounted cavalry, athletes and monk transporting nine white banners which represent of Chinggis Khaan’s nine horsetails from Sukhbaatar Square to the Stadium to open the Naadam festival. 

11:00 am 

Naadam Festival opening ceremony

1:00 pm

A quick visit outside the stadium to see archery, and ankle bone shooting game.

2pm

Drive to Khui Doloon Khudag to see the horse race.  One the way, we’ll have a snack on the bus.  And around 4 pm we’ll see the horse race.  We’ll have some time to try some Khuushuur (deep-fried meat pie which is symbolic food for the Naadam Festival) while we’re waiting for the horse race to arrive in the finishing line. 

6pm

Drive back to Ulan Bator.

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