Naadam festival - Karakorum tour


Experience the fascinating nomadic culture of Mongolia, enjoying the summer Naadam festival with horse racing, wrestling and archery competitions. Naadam, literally means “games” and takes place from 11th to 13th July every year. It’s believed to be celebrated since the early Middle Ages, being already held during Chinggis Khaan times, presumably with a different format than it’s now. Its origins probably come from the ancient military parades, wedding assemblies, hunting competitions and old sporting activities. Now, the dates have been fixed to celebrate the 1921 revolution, which marked the independence of Mongolia.
The biggest celebration is held in capital of Mongolia - Ulaanbaatar, in the National Sports Stadium and its surroundings, but most of the cities and towns across Mongolia have their own Naadam celebrations, evidently smaller. It’s a time when Mongols get dressed with their finest deel, their traditional colorful silken robe, the typical boots and the touch of a hat. Like all the valued festivities, it all begins with a ceremony. Dancers and musicians make the delights of the public while athletes and horse riders march across the National Sports Stadium in Ulaanbaatar, something like the Olimpic Games Opening Ceremony, but in the genuine to Mongol style. And after the ceremony, the competitions begin. 

Naadam was inscribed on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO in 2010.


Naadam tour




7 Days / 6 Nights


Central Mongolia

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Karakorum - Erdene Zuu Monastery

Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes

Hustai National Park - see Asian wild horses

Terelj National Park

Naadam festival - Opening Ceremony

horse and camel riding

nomadic family visit

real Mongolian barbecue - Khorkhog


DAY 1. July 10 – Khui Doloon Khudag – Horse racing
Khui Doloon Khudag

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