Mongolia’s Naadam Festival: Why Go?
Mongolia is about open space, with its boundless grassy steppe and great red Gobi Desert; about a place in history, with Genghis Khan and his mounted warriors leaving their mark on two continents; and about the culture of the nomad, who created a coherent and organic life revolving around four-legged creatures. It is said that in Mongolia livestock outnumber people thirteen to one.
Travelers to Ulaanbaatar join local people to cheer on the horses with their school-age riders, admire the stately wrestlers in their eagle costumes, and marvel at the long archery bows, based on the same design that Genghis’ warriors used.
Travel to the Naadam Festival with MIR
Learn more about MIR tours that travel to Mongolia, where you can experience the Naadam Festival for yourself. You can also book a custom private journey. MIR offers several trips that coincide with Naadam:
- The above-mentioned luxury rail journey by private train from Mongolia to Moscow that includes three nights in Ulaanbaatar for the festival
- NEW for 2018! A rail journey by private train that travels Trans-Siberian BAM Explorer with Naadam Festival route
- A small group tour in July aboard a regularly scheduled train, Mongolia to Moscow: A Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure
- Siberia and Mongolia small group cultural tour, Siberia & Mongolia: Spirits & Nomads, where you can experience an intimate local Naadam Festival
- An in-depth adventurous small group tour, Mongolian Explorer: The Gobi & Beyond with Naadam Festival, that surveys much of Mongolia, from the capital to Kara Korum, Lake Hovsgol and into the Gobi Desert
(Top photo credit: Helge Pedersen)
PUBLISHED: June 9, 2014