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YAK AND felt festival tour

Overview

Following the felt and yak festivals we’ll ride further out into the countryside to explore the beautiful and seldom-visited National Park.

Felt is a dense material of lamb wool, which for centuries played a major role in the everyday life of the Mongol people. The secrets of felt making art and decoration with ornaments were handed down from generation to generation.

The yak has a great value for nomadic breeders, as the animal has many uses and plays a necessary role in the development of a farm, and the festival highlights this kind of domesticated animal.

The Yaks Festival is one of the most important festivals in Mongolia. It's held each year on the 23rd of July, in Orkhon Valley, in Bat Ulzii sum, province of Uvurkhangai.The program of the entire day focuses on the animal : rodeos, milking trials, beauty contest, polo on yak back, and races!

From €1090* 

/person/

9
days

*prices vary according to group size

Itinerary

Day 1 Visit Ulaanbaatar /20 July/

Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver and guide. Transfer to hotel, settling in, and rest. Let's immerse ourselves in the heart of the Mongolian history, in the wonderful National History Museum. Discovery of Gengis Khan Square and the House of Parliament.  Welcome dinner in Mongolian style restaurant. Overnight we will stay in Hotel. B/L/D

Day 2 Khogno Khan /21 July/

Up early morning we will drive to the splendid rocky formations of Khogno Khan. Discovery of the park: semi desert, steppes, taiga, stunning rocky formations, 80 km long sand dunes, are characteristic of this arid area nicknamed "Mini-Gobi". Walk until Erdene Khambiin Monastery. 

Camelback trek along the sand dunes of Elsen tasarkhai. Overnight will stay with a nomadic family in Ger . B/L/D

Day 3 Felt Festival /22 July/

Early morning, we will drive to Orkhon Valley and arrived in Khujirt for the felt festival. This is your chance to witness the making of traditional mongolian felt from scratch. At the festival you’ll see how felt is made in the traditional way. Traditional techniques including combing and laying-out will be demonstrated; followed by “dragging” which involves a horse-drawn roller compressing the felt. This is how the material for gers is created.

Overnight stay in ger camp near river "Orkhon". B/L/D

Day 4 Yak festival /23 July/

Today we’ll drive to Öndör Hyasaa for the Yak Festival. During the festival, yak-related activities include yak parade, the best decorated yak, the best yak bull, yak milking contest, yak wool clothing fashion show and local cultural performances as well as the main and last event, a yak race across and the polo in  yak back.

Overnight stay in ger camp near river "Orkhon". B/L/D

Day5 Visit Orkhon waterfall /24 July/ 

After breakfast we will hike or horse riding to Ulaan Tsutgalan, white flood flowing on the black stone, transformed in rainbow by a short sunray and the largest waterfall of Mongolia, 7 km away from the camp. Once at the camp, you can do some fishing, play archery, rafting, pétanque, or just relax.

Overnigth in the ger camp. B/L/D

Day 6 Visit of nomad family /25 July/ 

 Toady we wiil spend time  with the nomads and discovery of the activities bound to yacks breeding and horse riding. We'll participate in making dairy products, we'll attend the making of a Mongolian barbecue and we'll enjoy it for dinne. It is real authentic, prepared in the traditional style with hot stones. We’ll be staying overnight in with local family.

Day 7 Travel to Kharkhorin /26 July/ 

Today we will drive to long distance for 3 hours about 130 kms. Journey to Kharkhorin, the former capital of Mongolia. The legendary city of Genghis Khan was founded in 1220 and was one of the stages of the silk road. Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586 by a nomad prince. The Chinese and Tibetaninspired buildings are surrounded with 108 sacred stupas. Visit of the Museum of Kharkhorin. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. B/D/L

Day 8 Back to Ulaanbaatar /27 July/

Today we will drive to Ulaanbaatar for 6 hours 370kms. Last herds of wild horses crossing the road outside our dumbfounded eyes, last yurts smoking far away, the steppe will be with us until the last moment. Arrival in town and settling in at your hotel, where you can rest a few moments. Rest of the day free. With our guide, you can go and shop in the center of the city. Optional: Ulaanbaatar by night (night club or pub)

Day 9 Departure /28 July/

 Have a nice journey. Breakfast at the hotel. We go with you to the international airport of Ulaanbaatar. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight.

TOUR BRIEF

Duration: 8 nights / 9 days

Activities: Visiting cultural heritage sites, experiencing nomad culture, exploring varied natural landscapes. 

Distance: 1380kms 

Group: Min 2 - Max 10

Date: 20/07-29/07 2020

PRICE

2       pax       1400

3-4    pax       1300€

5-8    pax       1200€

9-12  pax       1090€

PRICE INCLUDES

PRICE NOT INCLUDES

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport

  • 2 nights in 3* or 4* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included

  • Full pension during the tour 

  • Water

  • 4 nights in comfortable yurts camps with warm shower

  • 2 nights in ger with a host family,

  • Journeys in Japanese or Russian 4WD jeep or minibus with Air con + Driver 

  • Petrol

  • English or French speaking guide

  • Camel and horse trek

  • Local guides for the treks 

  • Entrance fees for parks and museum indicated in the program

  • International transport 

  • Passport and visa fees

  • Repatriation insurance 

  • Travel insurance 

  • Drinks / alcohols extras

  • Any excursion that is not indicated in the program

  • Single room supplement: Single supplement is available at 50 euros in the hotel (for 1 nights) Single ger supplement: Single supplement is available at 20 euros per night at ger camps

OUR PARTNERS:

OTGOODOR LLC

Residence-41, Bayangol district

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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