Thousand Camel Festival in Gobi Desert

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Day 1: Yoliin and Dungenee Am

Today we will drive to South Gobi province town Dalanzadgad. The Gobi Desert measures over 1,610 km from southwest to northeast and 800 km from north to south and stretches over Mongolia and China. It occupies an arc of land 1,295,000 km2 in area, making it fifth largest in the world and Asia’s largest. Much of the Gobi is not sandy but is covered with bare rock.The Gobi is a cold desert, with frost snow on its dunes during the winter months. Besides being quite far north, it is also located on a plateau roughly 910–1,520 meters above sea level, which further contributes to its low temperatures. An average of approximately 194 millimetres of rain falls per year in the Gobi. Additional moisture reaches parts of the Gobi in winter as snow is blown by the wind from the Siberian Steppes. These winds cause the Gobi to reach extremes of temperature ranging from –40°C in winter to +50°C in summer.
We will arrive Gobi Desert province town Dalanzadgad early evening.
(Hotel L, D)


Day 2: Bayanzag, Flaming Cliff

Today our drive will take us to Bayanzag also known as the “Flaming Cliffs” is the worldwide renowned place where palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews found dinosaur bones and eggs. The surrounding landscape is a beautiful combination of rocks, red sand and scrubs. Here we will spend some time exploring the cliffs. We will arrive in Bulgan village at our host family. You will see & feel the excitement of whole village getting prepared for 2 days’ festivals: nomads arriving majestically on camels with their families in their winter clothes to village. Wolf, fox, marmot and hare fur clothes are everywhere to be seen. Enjoy evening next to fire over hot drinks and few shots of vodka as locals do and witness the hot topic such as whose camels will win race etc…
(Family stay B, L, D)


Day 3: Camel Festival

After breakfast we will go to the opening ceremony in front of village administration house where herders with their camels gather and the mayor of village will launch the festival. Attend opening ceremony. Camel parade. In village school little stands selling handcrafts and camel wool products are operated by nomad ladies. Perfect place to shop souvenirs to bring back home memories of camel festivals and Mongolia in winter time.
(Family stay B, L, D)


Day 4: Camel Festival

Activities and competition will unfold today with camel races, camel polo and different tasks where herders and camels get challenged: loading whole Ger on camels and unload etc… Experienced camel men will compete catching and mounting never before mounted young male camels. Awards will be given to the most beautiful camel rider couples and beautiful camel. In the evening village school children will held a concert for guests. Not to miss they are cute.
(Family stay B, L, D)


Day 5: Khongoryn Els

After a good morning breakfast, we will drive 150 km westwards to the Khongoryn Els. These are Mongolia’s largest sand dunes. Those impressive dunes of 275 meters high in some places, stretch from East to West over more than 100 km. behind the sand dunes we will see the impressive black rocky mass of the Sevrey Mountain. Here we will arrive at two humped camel breeding family and get introduced to their simple, humble, hard yet amazing way of life. Gobi Desert being the coldest desert of the world with cold wind blowing pretty much throughout whole autumn, winter and spring without any shelter exposed in plains demands extreme survival method of living. Gobi nomads are well-known for their hard working quality in whole Mongolia. Time to taste camel milk products. Spend evening with our hosts tasting fermented camel milk & local brewed vodka from camel milk and share their incredible life story.
(Family stay B, L, D)


Day 6: Drive to Dalanzadgad

After breakfast once morning cold and chill over, we will spend some time riding camels along the dunes. Afternoon we will drive back to Dalanzadgad. We will drive through Gobi Gurvan Saikhan national park, the beautiful gorges of the imposing Altai Mountain Chain. We will pass through the Yoliin Am and the Dungenee Am both located in the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. Ancient rivers carved those green valleys.
We may catch a glimpse of the wild Argali sheep, the Ibex, the desert gazelles or the Golden Eagles. We will also pay a visit to the little museum of the park where you can admire a collection of dinosaur bones and local flora and fauna.
(Hotel B, L, D)


Day 7: Drive to Ulaanbaatar

Today we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. You may enjoy late free afternoon to catch up all the places you haven’t visited yet and explore further the town and to shop for souvenirs.
(B, L)

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Land transportation
• Hotel stay
• Family stay
• Meals 6B, 7L, 6D
• Tour guides/Camel guide/Packing and Riding camels
• Camping and kitchen equipment
• National park entrance fees/Museum and Monasteries entrance tickets

not included

Hotel in Ulaanbaatar
• City touring
• International transport
• Passport and visa costs
• Medical, trip insurance and evacuation costs
• International airport taxes, excess baggage charges.
• Alcoholic and soft drinks
• Meals not included in the itinerary
• Laundry
• Telephone calls
• Items of personal nature
• Other items not specifically mentioned as included

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