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Gobi and Naadam Festival


    The Gobi in description; One of the famous tours in Mongolia is traveling to Gobi. The Gobi desert, one of the world's great deserts, covers much of the southern part of Mongolia. Unlike the Sahara there are few sand dunes in the Gobi; rather you'll find large barren expenses of gravel plains and rocky outcrops. The climate here is extreme. Temperatures reach +40° C. in summer, and -40 in winters. Precipitation averages less than 100 mm per year, while some areas only get rain once every two or three years. Strong winds up to 140 km/h make travel dangerous in spring and fall. Great Gobi National Park is one of the largest World Biospheres, with an area larger than Switzerland. It contains the last remaining wild Bactrian (two-humped) camels, wild ass, and a small population of Gobi bears, the only desert-inhabiting bear.

    Activities: learning and exploring Gobi,ancient capital`s site,custom/culture and country.

    Places: Ulaanbaatar-Terelj National Park- Eagle valley-Khongor sand dune-Bayanzag flaming cliffs-Ongi river-ancient capital Kharakhorum town-Hustai National Park-Ulaanbaatar.

    Duration: 13n/14d

    Season: 29June-12July.

    DAY:01 Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

    Upon arrival you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
    Stay overnight in hotel****Best Western Premier

     DAY:02 City sightseeing tour 

    A.M. City tour including visits of Chinggis khaan square and National History Museum of Mongolia. Lunch in Mongolian restaurant. Visit to Zaisan Memorial Hill (dedicated to former Russia and communist Mongolian friendship) and Bogd Khaan Winter Palace (Bogd means sacred monk) who was last king of Mongolia and had both power of state and religion end of the XIX and  early XX century. Traditional folklore followed by dinner.
    Meals; Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
    Stay overnight in hotel****Best Western Premier

    DAY:03 Terelj National Park

    Travel to Terelj NP and on the way, we will visit to Chinggis Khaan statue which is made of about 50 tons of stainless steel a giant horseman that looking at his birth land northeast of the country. Lunch in Ger camp`s restaurant and visit to Turtle rock and Meditation temple.
    Meals; Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
    Stay overnight in Ger camp in Terelj National Park

    DAY: 04 Terelj National Park

    At leisure. Optional activities of hiking,horse back riding 
    Meals;Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
    Stay overnight in Ger camp in Terelj National Park

    DAY:05 Fly to Yol valley & Trekking

    A.M. Get up early in the morning drive to city and fly out to Dalanzadgad town of Southgobi province.Meet driver at the airport and drive for half an hour to Ger camp.Check in and change off and then visit to local museum in Eagle valley.This picturesque place is nestled between the beautiful peaks of the Gurvan Saikhan Mountain and shelters rich wildlife. Trekking through the narrow canyon to reach ice glaier.
    Meals;Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
    Stay overnight in Ger camp in Yol valley. 

    DAY:06 Khongor Sand Dune & Camel riding

    Travel to the Khongor sand dunes with a stretch of 110miles are a unique location where high sand dunes are falling against the green pastures, rugged hills and stream. You will climb up the Golden Sand dunes before the sun sets and to watch how darkness engulfs the desert area. You will also to meet a nomad family from Gobi Desert area and have a chance to see their daily chores and to experience the unique lifestyle of the Gobi area. Don’t forget to ride double hump Bactrian camel in Gobi desert.
    Meals;Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
    Stay overnight in Ger camp in nearby Khongor Sand Dune.

    DAY:07 Bayanzag /Flamming Cliffs /

    Travel to Bayanzag, is the type location for dinosaurs findings which is about 105miles north of Khongor sand dune where you will see saksaul forest, red flaming cliffs and pedestal rocks formed by the Aeolian effect on the sand and rock over millions of years.This is the place where dinosaurs were lived 70 million years ago, and is internationally famous for its dinosaur remains of complete skeletons, eggs and hatchlings of the Cretaceous Period.
    Meals;Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
    Stay overnight in Ger camp in nearby Flamming Cliffs.

    DAY:08 Ongi River & ruins of Monastery

    Travel to Ongi river for 85miles.Here, you will find ruins of Monastaries along side of the river Ongi on foot which was completely destroyed by Stalin`s purges in 1930`s in Mongolia. The Ger camp you are staying is one of the bests in the country.
    Meals;Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
    Stay overnight in Ger camp in nearby Ongi river. 

    DAY:09 Ancient capital Karakhorum

    Travel to Kharakhorum is the ancient capital of Mongolia where Chinggis Khaan established his headquarters in 1220. In 1235, his son and successor, Ogodei built a palace enclosed by walls. You will visit newly built Kharakhorum Museum and ErdeneZuu monastery, the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist temple complex which built on the remains of Kharakhorum city by Zanabazar who was descentent of Chinggis Khaan in XVI century.
    Meals;Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
    Stay overnight in Ger camp in Karakhorum. 

    DAY:10 Local Naadam in Karakhorum

    Full day of discovering what Naadam is by Nomads.
    Meals;Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
    Stay overnight in Ger camp in Karakhorum.

    DAY:11 Hustai Nuruu National Park

    Travel  to Hustai Nuruu National Park. The area of 50.620ha reserve protects wild horses famed as Takhi or known as Przewalski`s horse that sucsessfully re-introduced back its original home land of Mongolia by great supportings of Holland Foundation in 1992.
    Meals;Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
    Stay overnight in Ger camp in Hustai Nuruu National Park.

    DAY:12 Ulaanbaatar

    Travel back to capital Ulaanbaatar. On the way, visit to nomad family where you will be experienced daily lifestyle show and demonstration. You will be in the afternoon on your own for shopping and other interests.
    Meals;Breakfast 
    Stay overnight in hotel**** Best Western Preimer 

    DAY:13 Opening ceremony of Naadam Festival 

    A.M. Toward to Chinggis khaan square on foot to see official 9 banners carried by state honored soldiers on horseback to Central stadium from Parliament House. To watch opening ceremony of Naadam Festival in stadium and other tournaments of archery and ankle bone shooting in outside arenas.
    Meals; Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
    Stay overnight in hotel****Best Western Premier

    DAY:14 Departure

    Transfer to departure. End of the tour. 
    Meal;Breakfast

    Dates 2016

    - 29June-12July

    Price;

     

    Includes;

    - Hotel **** in UB /twin-double bases/
    - One way domestic flight
    - Ticket for opening ceremony  
    - Transportations of mini bus in city and 4WD in countryside
    - Ger camps
    - Entrance fees tp museums and monasteries 
    - Meals as mentioned in per day itinerary
    - English speaking guide
    - Protected Area & Nature Reserve fees 
    - Pick up & Drop off

    Excludes;

    - International flight
    - Insurance
    - Visa fee
    - Tips
    - Personal expanses as laundry,drink etc.,

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    1. What are the passport and visa requirements for Mongolia?

    All travelers require a valid passport in order to visit Mongolia. Your passport must remain valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your visit. Please be sure your passport has been signed and has adequate space remaining for entry and exit stamps.
    U.S citizens do not require a visa to enter Mongolia. However if your transit time in China exceeds 24 hours, it is imperative that you obtain a double- entry Chinese visa in advance. For most other nationalities including Canadian and European, DO require a visa to enter Mongolia.
    Please contact us for more information or you may also check with U.S Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) or the closest consulate before departure to see if any special requirements apply to your case.

    2. Do I require any vaccinations prior to traveling?

    Wild Nature Travel is not qualified to provide any medical advice and we highly recommend that you consult your personal physician to determine your particular needs.
    According to the Center for Disease Control, no immunizations are required for entry in to Mongolia from the United States or for reentry into United States for Mongolia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends Tetanus/ Diphtheria and polio inoculations be up to date for all international travel and that you consider an immunization against Hepatitis A and rabies.
    If you are arriving in Mongolia via China, please note that China requires that you have a yellow fever vaccination if you are entering the country from, or have recently been in certain countries in Africa and South America. An International Certificate of Vaccination must be validated b the center that administers the vaccine and carried with you on your trip.
    Please plan ahead as some inoculations must be given in sequence and the entire immunization process could take as long as eight weeks.

    3. What is the best time to visit Mongolia?

    Mongolia has a relatively cool climate with short, mild summers and long severe winters lasting from November through April. Average temperatures are as follows:
    Early May to Mid May: 35-65 degrees Fahrenheit
    Late May to Early August: 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit
    Mid August to Early September: 45-75 degrees Fahrenheit
    Mid-September to Early October: 30-70 degrees Fahrenheit

    4. What kind of clothing and shoes do you recommend for packing?

    Since temperatures in Mongolia can vary widely during the day, it is best to carry casual clothing that can be layered. Dress is informal and jeans or similar attire is appropriate. For those traveling to the mountain regions, particularly in spring and autumn, warm hats and gloves are recommended as well as a jacket appropriate for cold and windy conditions. You should bring a waterproof jacket or other rain gear such as a poncho or an umbrella. A broad brimmed hat is useful for sun protection.
    Proper footwear is essential; be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots. Rubber Beach sandals will prove useful when using the bath and toilets at the ger camps. You may also wish to bring something that can be used as a cover-up while using centralized facilities.
    Due to International airlines imposing baggage weight restrictions, we suggest you plan your wardrobe around items that can serve several purposes.

    5. Can you accommodate my dietary restrictions?

    We can accommodate those with special dietary needs, such as vegetarian or low-fat diets. However food choices may not be as plentiful or flavorful as you are used to. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary needs.

    6. What kind of food is served during the tours?

    Staying true to Mongolian traditional cuisine – meals are typically meat based and include noodles, rice and/or breads. Most meals are likely to include potatoes, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers or tomatoes. Fruit may be available but is typically canned. Breakfast usually includes eggs, sausages, toast, tea and instant tea/coffee. Lunch is the main meal of the day and includes salad, a bowl of soup and meat with rice and potatoes. Dinner usually consists of a salad and meat with rice or noodles and vegetables.

    7. Is bottled water available during the tour?

    Yes, bottled and boiled water is available in all places you will visit as part of our tour.

    8. I suffer from motion sickness. Are these tours suitable for me?

    Mongolia being a vast country, certain itineraries might necessitate drives on unpaved and bumpy roads. The roads can also be dusty and you may find a scarf or handkerchief helpful. If you think you may be prone to motion sickness, please bring your own medication to alleviate possible discomfort.

    9. What should I do in case of a medical emergency?

    Pack ample supply of basic health and first-aid needs, including any prescription drugs and vitamins. Medical facilities are available in Mongolia, however since standards and methods of treatments are not the same as ours, the prospect of illness or hospitalization should not be taken lightly. If you have a serious medical problem or a medical condition that might be adversely affected by strenuous travel, please contact us so we may provide more precise information. The Wild Nature Travel strongly recommends the purchase of a comprehensive travel and medical insurance including medical evacuation coverage.

    10.  Are your tours suitable for all age groups?

    Mongolia has something to offer to everyone. We have trips that cater to families with kids as young as 3 years old and there is no upper age limit for most of our tours. More important than age, our tours are designed for those who share our enthusiasm for discovering out-of –the-ordinary destinations.

    11. I cannot ride a horse? Can I still join your tours?

    For most of our tours, the horse riding adventure is completely optional and if you choose to ride it is suitable for beginners. The treks normally last for an average of about 1-3 hours. However, certain tours such as the Steppe Ride????? on Horseback and Horse trek to Hagiin Har Lake require some prior experience in horse riding.

    12. What are Gers?

    Gers are traditional dome-like felt tents made by latticed wood walls covered by felt and canvas and supported by poles. This is the traditional home of the herdsmen who must move with their animals and therefore need an easily transportable dwelling that will withstand harsh winters. Ger camps offer an authentic experience of Mongolian culture and provide the unique opportunity to visit areas which otherwise lack visitor accommodations.

    13. How is the accommodation in a traditional Ger camp?

    Cozy, quaint and homelike, the gers consist of single/ twin comfortable mattresses on elevated wooden frames. Clean sheets, pillows and blankets are provided. The gers are heated by wood stoves with a chimney through a hole in the center of the roof.

    14.  Are there attached bathrooms?

    Normally not- the most Ger camps offer western style shower and toilet facilities in their central building.

    15. Is hot water available throughout the day?

    Hot water is available only at certain times during the day; your Mongolian guide will let you know when to expect hot water so you can plan when to shower.

    16. Are toiletries provided?

    No, toiletries are not provided at traditional Ger camps. You will need to bring your own soap and washcloth for your stay. Towels provided in each ger are small; you may therefore prefer to bring a larger towel of your own.

    17. Are there electrical outlets in Gers? Is electricity available throughout the day?

    Although there is electricity available at ger camps, it is often turned off during the daylight hours and during the middle of the night in order to conserve energy. Please be sure to bring a flashlight for those occasions when electricity is turned off and you need a light source.

    18. Are there ATM’s available throughout the country?

    ATM machines are not widely available in remote areas. Your best option would be to withdraw cash in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar prior to commencement of your tour. There are ATM machines available at the main branch of the Trade & Developmen Bank and State Department Store.  If you plan on using an ATM facility, please contact your bank prior to arrival to ensure there are no international restrictions.

    19. How can I exchange currency?

    US Dollars are accepted in most places along with Mongolian currency, the togrog. Mongolian currency can be readily obtained from hotels as well as major banks. It is advisable to carry the majority of your money in cash, preferably large and smaller denominations (tens, twenties and fifties). You should also bring a selection of ones and fives ($20 in ones and $50 in fives) for purchasing small souvenirs. Please ensure that all bills are relatively new and in good condition. Old, faded or ripped bills will not be accepted, nor will fifties and hundreds that are not the new issue.

    20.  Are there restrooms/ bathroom facilities available during our daily excursions?

    During many of your daily excursions in the countryside there will not be any bathroom facilities available. Bring small packs of tissue or towelettes for any “wilderness rest stops”. We ask that you carry your used tissues in a personal ziplock bag that can be disposed of at the ger camp or the capital city.

    21.  Is there a luggage limit?

    Domestic airlines in Mongolia have strict luggage limitations of 33-44 lb check in bags and 11 lb for carry on. So, plan to carry on small duffel bag for the excursions in the countryside and a backpack. You can leave your luggage at the hotel.





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