Winter celebrations

Discover the nomadic life in Winter, on the occasion of the celebrations held for the Ice Festival and the Eagles Festival.

We leave for Lake Khovsgol, become a hugeness of ice surrounded with virgin nature ; we'll stay with a family for 5 days and attend the Ice Festival.
After these first celebrations, we'll attend the Eagles Festival before going to Terelj National Park and spending a few days among nomads.

Day 1. Arrival in Ulan Bator and visit of the city

  • Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver. Transfer to your hotel, settling in, and rest.
  • Appointment at 12 o'clock at your hotel with your guide. He will take you in the restaurant of your choice.
  • Let's immerse ourselves in the heart of the Mongolian history, in the wonderful National History Museum. Three floors of a rich, glorious, violent and noble past, from prehistory to Soviet period, including the creation of the great Mongolian Empire by Genghis Khan.
  • Walk in the centre of Ulan-Bator. Discovery of Gengis Khan Square and the House of Parliament.
  • At 18 o' clock, Mongolian traditional show at Tumen Ekh : folkloric dances, contortion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing.

Day 2. Towards Khovsgol Lake

Ulan Bator - Erdenet
  • Visit of Gandantegchinlen Monastery. In the morning, lamas get together to pray. They will answer your questions at the Mongolian Buddhist Centre.
  • We cut across wheat fields and large cultures and reach Erdenet. It's one of the most important economic centres of the country. It has one of the largest open-air mines of the world (copper mine).

Day 3-4. Among nomads by the frozen lake

Erdenet - Moron
  • Early in the morning, we hit back the road towards Bulgan province before reaching Mörön, the capital city of Khövsgöl province.
Day 3
  • We arrive at Lake Khövsgöl, one of the natural wonders of the world. This mountain covers an area of 2760 square kilometres, and its water is so pure that we can drink it ! It's surrounded with many peaks culminating at more than 2000 metres and covered with forests of pines and lush meadows where yaks and horses graze !
Day 4
  • Today you'll enjoy 4 or 5 hours on a sledge pulled by a horse, on the frozen lake. Let you slide in this magical experience on the lake. In Winter, the lake is covered with a 2-metres (6,56 feet) and more thick layer of ice.
  • Those who wish can horseride in the forests and on the banks of Lake Khovsgol.
3, 4Stay 5 nights with a nomadic family living in the Western part of the lake. You'll discover their way of life in the heart of the Mongolian winter.

Day 5-6. Ice Festival

5, 6Stay 5 nights with a nomadic family living in the Western part of the lake. You'll discover their way of life in the heart of the Mongolian winter.
5, 6During two days, we attend the Ice Festival of Lake Khovsgol, during which many trials are organized, such as horse sledge racing, ice skating, or trials of a kind of curling called shagain naadam. Sculptures on ice are shown.

Day 7. Return flight to the capital

Khuvsgul NP - Moron
Moron - Ulan Bator
  • We reach Mörön, the capital of province, and embark for our back flight to Ulan-Bator.
  • Arrival in town and transfer to your hotel where you can rest a few moments.

Day 8-10. Eagles Festival and stay among nomads

Ulan Bator - Terelj national park
  • We attend the Eagles Festival held near the Mongolian capital. Discovery and meeting with Kazakhs living generally in West Mongolia. The festival begins at 11 o' clock with a parade of the best eagles, discovery of traditional costumes and best horses.
  • Journey to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, a real gorgeous green setting at the gates of the capital : rocky formations sculpted by erosion, mountains tree-filled with pines, plains scattered with wild flowers and edelweiss, rivers and lakes.
Day 10
  • Those who wish can horse ride along the Tuul River to go deeper in the park. You'll discover a contrasted landscape with rivers, steppes and forests.
8, 9, 10We stay 3 days with a breeders family living on the banks of the Tuul River. You'll discover wonderful winter landscapes and take part in the daily activities of the family.

Day 11. Last monastery before going back to Ulan Bator

Terelj national park - Ulan Bator
  • Stop at turtle rock, from where we walk until Aryaval Monastery.
  • Back to Ulan-Bator. 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 centre of the city.

Day 12. Have a nice journey and see you soon !

  • Breakfast at the hotel. We go with you to the international airport of Ulan Bator. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight.

Departure dates - 2017

Start date End date Available Status Price
February 27 March 10 10 Available 1300€ Enquire

Individual price per person



  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport
  • Flight Moron / Ulan Bator
  • 3 nights in 3* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included
  • 1 night at a local hotel in Erdenet
  • Full pension during the tour
  • Water
  • 7 nights in a host family, in guest yurt
  • Journeys in jeep or minibus + driver
  • Petrol
  • English-speaking guide
  • Assistant for groups > 8 persons
  • Pony treks
  • Troika trip on the frozen lake
  • Local guides for the treks
  • Entrance fee for the Ice Festival
  • Entrance fees for the parks and museums indicated in the program
  • Traditional show
  • Equipment for meals (camping tables and chairs) and nights (sleeping bag)

Not included

  • International transport
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Repatriation insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks / alcohols extras
  • Meals in Ulan Bator
  • Phone calls
  • Any excursion that is not indicated in the program
  • Additional charges for luggage exceeding 15kg (total weight for both carry-on checked luggage) on the domestic flight

12 days from 1300€ per person. Flight not included.

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