Ice festival is one of the most attractive and biggest winter events in Mongolia which offers unique chance to sense and explore one of the fascinating and mysterious corners of the earth in the winter. You can enjoy and experience the race of skating marathon on the natural black ice of most magnificent Lake Khuvsgul, as sacrificed as Mother Lake by Mongols
Travel south to the Gobi Desert to attend the renowned “Thousand Camel Festival,” organized by a local non-governmental organization working to protect and preserve the Bactrian camel population. Highlights of the festival include camel races, performances by traditional Mongolian musicians and dancers, and visits to significant paleontological and cultural sites of the Gobi.
Day 1. Ulaanbaatar /March 1/
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to hotel. Optional full and half day tours are available.
Day 2. Ulaanbaatar Khuvsgul Lake/March 2/
Drive to Chinggis Khaan Airport with our team. After flight arrive in Murun, center of Khuvsgul province. Drive to the lake Khuvsgul. Spend the night in a ger camp on the lake shore.
Day 3. Ice Festival /March 3/
After breakfast, enjoy the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Ice Festival. Watch a Mongolian traditional folk music concert and a shamanic ritual. Today will mark the beginning of the first round of the Ice Marathon. Ice skaters will be participated in a 100km race. Visitors can enjoy competition of horse sledge for 12 kms, driven by local nomads and traditional ice game. “MONGOLIAN KHUVSGUL ICE BIKE CHALLANGE”- (271км) Before competition you can bet for winner. Foreigner with the “Beautiful Mongolian costume” will be elected and awarded with a medal and a certificate by the province governor’s office.
Day 4. Ice Festival /March 4/
Ice Marathon 2 kms short distanced competition will take today. Ice sumo wrestling, dog and horse sledding, horse riding, visit to a nomadic family, and many other activities are available for you. After the dinner closing ceremony will be celebrated with fireworks. Spend over night Ger Camp.
Day 5. Ulaanbaatar /March 5/
Breakfast at the ger camp and drive back to Murun for the flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to a hotel.
Day 6. Camel Festival /March 6/
Travel to the airport for the morning flight to Dalanzadgad (1.5 hours), the capital of Umnugobi province. Umnugobi (South Gobi), a semi-arid desert zone and southernmost province of Mongolia. Drive to Flaming Cliffs.
Day 7. Camel Festival /March 7/
The competition begins with the race of adult camels. It is followed by the two-year-old camels race. It is possible to place a bet and back the camel of your liking. The camels will be judged on their speed during 12km and 15km races. The first three camels to cross the finishing line fastest in each age category are awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals. Enjoy lunch in Bulgan soum. In the afternoon, the most anticipated competition begins. This competition is the “Camel Relay;” It consists of catching, taming, training, and finally loading a camel with an actual ger (on the camel’s back). There are several teams with 5 members. Each member of the team performs a different task. The closing ceremony takes place later in the afternoon, where the winners are presented with trophies. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 8. Ulaanbaatar /March 8/
After an early breakfast, drive to Dalanzadgad for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to your hotel.
Day 9. /March 9/
Breakfast at the hotel and travel to airport for international departure.
Accommodation during the trip
Driver + 4WD vehicle + Petrol
English Speaking guide
Three meals (B,L,D)
Bottled water supply for 1.5 l pp for every day
Entrance fees for National Parks and Museums
The tour price does not include the following services
Optional activity costs