The Lunar New Year Celebration

The festival of the lunar New Year, Tsagaan Sar, is celebrated in or around February depending on the Mongolian lunar calendar. Tsagaan Sar, meaning White Month or Moon, is one of the main two big public annual events, next to the Nadaam. It marks the end of Winter and the beginning of spring and the new year´s cycle. The short excursion to the ancient capital of Karakorum will give you a new perspective on the nature of the Mongol Empire. You will experience the unique setting of Karakorum, located on one of the major trading routes of the ancient Silk Road, and visit nearby places that will give you further insight into the natural and human history of Mongolia. The Mongolian Government declared Hustai National Park as a Specially Protected Area in 1993, one year after the initiation of the reintroduction project of the Takhi to the Hustain Nuruu.

Day 1

“Karakorum” Ancient capital of Mongolia

At a pre-arranged time in the morning you will be met by your driver and guide and driven to the west. The scenery is wide open steppe with rolling hills in the background. You will stop and have a packed lunch on the way. In the afternoon we will reach Karakorum the ancient capital of Mongolia where there is now a small township. On arrival, the first and most obvious landmarks are the massive walls of the Erdene-Zuu Monastery. This Monastery was built in 1586 and is surrounded by a massive 400m x 400m wall. Only a few temples remain standing after the communist purges. In previous times the grounds held over 60 temples with 10,000 monks using them for their daily worship. Dinner and overnight will be at the ger camp or local hotel.

Day 2

Khustai National park – Wild horses “Takhi”

Today’s drive will take about 5 hours until you reach Khustai National Park where re-introduction of the wild Przewalski horses has taken place since 1992. On arrival you will have lunch at the gercamp. There is an interesting information center where you will be supplied with all the necessary facts and data. After lunch you will drive towards the ancient, so-called Turkic graves, which are the remains of an ancient tribe which existed in this area during the 6th-9th centuries. On the way we will visit to the wild horses and red deers. Dinner and overnight at the gercamp.

Day 3

Mongolian Lunar New Year “Tsagaan Sar”

Experience Tsagaan Sar in the countryside. This morning you will drive to the Manzushir Monastery in the Bogd Khaan National park. After our visit we will continue drive to the Terelj National park via Aryapala Meditation centre at the foothill of rocky mountain of Terelj. Dinner and overnight at the gercamp.

Day 4

Nomadic herders family

After breakfast you will visit a nomadic herders family, and learn about their lifestyles. On arrival in Ulaanbaatar you will be taken to your hotel.

Day 5

Winter Horse Race

In the morning you will drive to the winter horse race place. Watch the ‘new Mongols’ showing best samples of traditional clothing. In the afternoon we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar.

Departure code and date:
NCA-005, 7 February -11 February, 2016

Price per person for a group more than 9 people:
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Single Supplement: USD ...
Prices include the following:

Transportation within Mongolia. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost. Tented accommodation while on trek, three meals a day, English-speaking guide,transfers, camel or horse hire where specified, support staff including drivers, horse/camel men and camp assistants.

Prices do not include:

International transportation, travel insurance, visas, departure tax, alcoholic drinks, gratuities, items of a personal nature.

It is the responsibility of the client to be fully covered with travel and medical insurance while traveling in Mongolia.

Please note:

Upon request single supplement in the countryside can be provided at the additional cost. In case single accommodation in ger camps was not provided the amount would be calculated based on the missing nights and reimbursed. Nomads cannot be held responsible for over bookings, as long as the company can prove with sufficient documentation that overbooking has been the error of the third party.

Should circumstances beyond our control, such as the imposition of quarantine restrictions, any changes of domestic flight or train schedules, require a change of itinerary, we will inform your agent and propose an equivalent itinerary. Again, Nomads cannot take over the responsibility for the Airlines or the National Train Company. The traveler is responsible for having proper travel documents, such as a valid passport, proper visa and the necessary passport pictures.


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