A major national holiday and a traditional celebration of the nomads, held annually on July 11-13 throughout the country. The three “manly games” take place during Naadam are horse racing, wrestling and archery. In Ulaanbaatar, the games take place at National Sports Stadium (3km south of hotel site). The festival attracts both locals and tourists, with hotels fully booked.
A ger, or yurt in Turkish language, is a circular felt covered dwelling with lattice walls that can be erected and dismantled within an hour, meeting the needs of a nomad’s life.
Khustai National Park (also known as Hustai National Park)
The park features the endangered species of Mongolian wild horse and other animals such as deer and gazelle, and landscape ranges from grassland steppe to forest steppe. (100km west)
Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park
The largest national park in Mongolia lies on the northern edge of Gobi Desert. It features desert landscape, mountain valleys, and rare plants and animals such as snow leopard and the Gobi Camel. (620km southwest)
It is the largest lake in Mongolia and the second largest freshwater lake in the world. The area is a National Park and is home to wildlife such as ibex, argali, elk, reindeer, musk deer, brown bear, lynx, marten, beaver, wolf, moose, a wide variety of birds and plants. (580km northwest)