SATURDAY AUGUST 3RD—HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK
We pick you up from your hotel after breakfast and leave Ulaanbaatar in westerly direction to Hustai National Park. We drive for about two hours. We have lunch with a local herding family, who live on the fringes of Hustai with their herds of livestock. Here we have the chance to learn about the Hustai bufferzone program. After lunch, you may join the everyday activities of the nomad family. In the afternoon, we explore the interior of the park by vehicle. We can also go on a small hike up on one of the ridges to catch fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. After an early dinner at the Hustai Ger Camp Restaurant we go on an evening game drive to see the Przewalski’s horses (Equus Ferus Przewalskii), that roam the park in small herds. During the day they are usually hiding from the heat at higher altitudes, but chances are quite good to see them at close range, when they come down to drink and graze before sunset. We drive to Hustai Ger Camp and check into our gers.
SUNDAY AUGUST 4TH – DANSHIG NAADAM AT HUI DOLOON HUDAG
After breakfast we will see the horse races, wrestling and archery competitions, as well as the Lamaist ritual mask dances, called Tsam in Mongolian. Danshig actually is the more traditional Naadam, drawing on the yearly gatherings of the seven Mongol princes of the Khalkha province. It is a symbolic demonstration of unity as well as a religious and political event for the Khalkha Mongols. After the People’s Revolution of 1921, the religious elements of this festival were discontinued and the name was changed from Danshig Naadam to simply ‘Naadam’. There are many stalls set up, offering a variety of local snacks and dishes. Different monasteries from throughout Mongolia have their own tents, where the monks meet the public. In the late afternoon, we drive back to Ulaanbaatar and drop you off at your hotel.
PRICE 2018 EX ULAANBAATAR:
USD 380 per person (min 2members)
Guide. Lunch and dinner on the first day at Hustai National Park. Accommodation and breakfast at Hustai Ger Camp. Transfer to / from Hustai National Park and the Danshig Naadam Festival grounds.
Imported drinks. Lunch on the 2nd day.
The gers at Hustai Ger Camp has 2-4 beds in each, and they are furnished with beds, stools and a table. WC and showers are in communal shower blocks.
It is possible to stay at Hustai Ger Camp for an additional night. Chinggis Khan international airport is a 50 minutes drive away. We also offer Danshig Naadam as a day trip. Please enquire!