Adventure holidays in Mongolia
Description of Adventure holidays in Mongolia
Taking place throughout Mongolia during early July, the Naadam Festival is an immensely popular celebration of nomadic culture, where teams compete in archery, horse racing and Mongolian wrestling – an event encouraged by no less a supporter than Genghis Khan himself. This two-week tour leaves behind the crowds of Ulaanbaatar (after a visit to the Winter Palace Museum and a colourful evening of folk dance and music), heading instead to the more laidback location of Bulgan.
You’ll join the vocql supporters cheering on the participants as they take part in dramatic horse races, or show off their strength and endurance in displays of traditional wrestling – Naadam is a colourful and extremely exciting two day festival. Mongolians really know how to throw a party.
Both before and after the festival itself, you’ll explore parts of Mongolia that many tours miss. Explore Hustai National Park to see the only truly wild horses in the world; visit ancient and beautifully preserved monasteries, and stay overnight in a fantastic ger camp where your hosts will be happy to share details of their nomadic lifestyle.
Other highlights of this thrilling adventure into Mongolia include seeing the largest statue of Genghis Khan, a stop at his ancient capital, Kharkhorin, and the vast stretch of sand dunes at the foot of the Khogno Mountain.
Mongolia has a deserved reputation as a destination for adventure and cultural travel – this small group tour with the Naadam Festival as its centrepiece will show you what all the fuss is about.
Planet and peopleIn Central Asia we have developed unique relationships with many of the semi-nomadic peoples of the region and as tourism is becoming one of the main economical sectors of Mongolia, we are committed to making sure that the tourist economy benefits the local people. We work with Mongolian owned hotels and tourist Ger camps directly – these camps in the countryside hire local staff, creating thousands of employment opportunities and ensuring that money goes directly into the community.
Although the tourist season is limited, this income allows country dwellers enough food and supplies to survive the harsh winters. To put this into perspective; Our drivers earns 250, 000 tugrik for one trip - these wages are equal to the cost of educating one child for a year or to feed his family for 1 month. In each part of the trip we employ local guides in addition to our Western guides, such as Bat-Erdene, Tulga and Munkhbat, which again places funds directly in the pockets of local families.
We train our staff (both local and Western) to be responsible travelers in the countryside and to respect local community and environment. Also we have trainers for Leave No Trace Ethic. For our Mongolian staff we organize training of “Leave No Trace”, a program supported by the Mongolian Tour Guides Association.
We also support several NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.
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