Tours in Mongolia - All Winter Festivals in mongolia

3-5 pers 2290 $
All Winter Festivals
Khuvsgul, Eagle hunting, Gobi
 
08 days / 07 nights

All activities described in the itinerary, stay Ger camp (5 nights) in countryside, English speaking guide service, sightseeing cost and entrance fee to Protected Area, RT domestic flights, all transfers by bus in the city and by 4WD Russian minivan in the countryside. Meals of breakfast, lunch /special meal during the skating event days/ and dinner as mentioned per day itinerary.
International transportation to and from Mongolia, travel insurance, hotel stay in Ulaanbaatar, mineral (bottled) water and alcoholic drinks, tips and gratuities, laundry and items of a personal nature. Meals in Ulaanbaatar.  
 
Note: additional arrangements  
• 5 nights in the hotel in Ulaanbaatar 250 USD.  
• Airport transfers from and to Ulaanbaatar (2) 160 USD.  
• City sightseeing tours are offered as optional. Programme with prices.
01-08 Mars 2014

01 Mar. Day 1. Travel to Khuvsgul Lake  
Pick up at your hotel and transfer to airport, take a flight to Murun, the center of Khuvsgul province. We will be met with our drivers at local airport and travel (3-3.5hours by Russian minivan) to Ger camps near Khatgal village, is located at the south east shore of the lake. Skaters are invited to prepare for skating and warming up skate on the thick black ice of the lake. Non skating spectators would have a chance to see skaters or involve optional activities of horseriding, horse sledding, dog sledding and cultural visits to nomads. Stay overnight in Ger camp. LD  
 
02 Mar. Day 2. The Ice Festival & Skating Event Day !  
10.30 Grand Opening Ceremony of the Ice Festival and 4th International Skating Event will take place. We will attend traditional performance of local singers and dancers.  
11.30 Skaters will start the race for the first 50km.  
11.00-13.00 Non skating spectators can enjoy competition of horses' sleighs for 12kms, driven by local nomads and traditional game "Ice-Shagai". Before the start, horses will exhibit in front of tourists and guests can have possibilities to bet on the winner.  
14.30-16.30 Competition of skilled drivers on the ice will be held and Contest for "Beautiful Mongolian costume" among participants other.  
20.00 Bonfire and sacrificing shamanic ceremony. Stay overnight in Ger camp. BLD  
 
03 Mar. Day 3. The Ice Festival & Skating Marathon  
10.30-12.00 Competition of skaters for short distances /2km/  
10.30-14.30 Sumo wrestling on the ice and rope pulling competition. Other optional activities, enjoying horse sleigh or dog sled, horse riding, a trip to visit nomadic are available.  
16.00 Closing Ceremony and winners of competitions will be announced and awarded. Stay overnight in Ger camp. BLD  
Note: Non skating spectators can enjoy of competition of horses' sleighs for 12kms, with local nomads and traditional game of "Ice-Shagai" other optional activities, enjoying horse sleigh or horse riding, a trip to visit nomadic family are available.  
04 Mar Day 4 Flight back to Ulaanbaatar  
Travel back to Murun town, take a flight to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to the your hotel. B  
 
05 Mar. Day 5. Eagle Festival  
Pick up at your hotel and you will be taken to the area where Eagle Festival will be held. At 10.00am the opening ceremony commences, as the participants join the parade on horse ride with their eagles. Then festival begins with each Kazakh displaying his hunting outfit and accessories. The Golden eagles will be released from a cliff and their owner will stand below and signal for them to land upon their arm, as they do during hunting. Then eagles will be released from a cliff to attack fox skins that will be dragged by their owner on horseback. Travel back to Ulaanbaatar.L  
 
06-07 Mar. Day 6-7. Camel Festival days  
In the morning transfer to airport, take a flight to Dalanzadgad, the center of Umnugobi province. We will be met with our drivers at local airport and travel for 1.5hours by Russian minivan to our camp. Enjoy Camel Festival in the Gobi! This event will be organized by "Tumen Temee" ("Ten Thousand Camels") - association in order to protect two humped Bactrian camels and reproduce camel herders, to increase their productivity, to increase herder's income by tourism. In these days we will "breathe" by camels. You will enjoy authentic festival program including, camels racing, children's concert, camel wool product exhibition, camel polo, parade on camels and nice couple competition. Also you will enjoy relay competition with camel. An entertaining competition which shows camel training methods and customs of "Heroes of great Gobi" people, overcomes severe climate and harsh condition of Gobi by their effort and endurance. Teams each having 5 members participate in it and show many methods and techniques of catching camel with lasso, tying and bringing down, putting wooden peg into camel's nose and loading camel. Optional camel riding is available. Stay overnights in Ger camp. BLD  
 
08 Mar. Day 8. Flight back to Ulaanbaatar  
Transfer to local airport and flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to your hotel. End of the service.