Mongolians have a tradition to climb up to the nearest sacred hill or mountain the first morning of New Year. Enjoy horseback riding in the steppe and ride into the first day of the New Year to present your offerings and create a good year for yourself.
The ice festival takes place on the Khuvsgul Lake where ice sculptors from around the country complete with their ice creations. During festival visitors can enjoy visiting an ice ger, tasting Mongolian food, listening to traditional music, visiting Tsaatan reindeer breeders, witnessing a Shamanistic ritual, and participating in dog or horse sledding competition.
The thousand Camel Festival, held in the middle of the dazzling scenery of the Gobi Desert, is a celebration of the endangered two humped Bactrian camel and the important role it plays in the lives of the Gobi region nomads. Camel races of more than 1,000 camels, camel polo, and competition for the title of the most handsome nomadic coupled with performances of traditional Mongolian music are just a few of the highlights of this exciting event. Sightseeing tours to well-known fossil deposit areas and sand dunes of Gobi conclude the festival.
Festival of live music takes place annually in the open air to a back drop of beautiful natural scenery. International and Mongolian musicians and amateurs perform a diverse array of music.
The National Costume festival is a bright example of Mongolian culture that introduces the audience to the marvels of national costumes and fold performances of Mongolia. During the festival guests are introduced to customs of various Mongolian ethnic groups and the religious “Tsam” dance coupled with khoomii (throat singing).
Tsaatan festival held in Khuvsgul aimag provides a great opportunity to see the Tsaatan reindeer breeders’ ancestral culture. For generations, the Tsaatan herded their reindeers high in the mountains and worshiped spirits of nature and practiced shamanism. The festival unfolds the Tsaatan culture from many exciting angels such as a concert of Darkhad folklore songs, marching of reindeer herds, bonfire festival, and shamanistic rituals performed among the teepees.
The “Mongolian horses” event celebrates the nomads’ horsemanship skills passed down through generations shown by catching horses with uurga (a lasso – like pole) and taming them or snatching the uurga from the ground while galloping. Visitors can participate in making airag (fermented mare’s milk), dried curds and other products derived from a nomadic lifestyle of herders. Airag honoring ceremony, wrestling, Dembee (airag drinking contest), awarding best airag maker and the horse with most beautiful accessories are just some of the highlights.
The Grand orchestra of the Mongolian national song and dance consists of stringed, wind, and percussion instruments. The Grand Orchestra will perform outdoors amongst the green landscape of beautiful Gorkhi Terelj National Park. You will hear spectacular masterpieces of classical music and the best of Mongolian melodies at the same time. The Grand Orchestra is composed of nearly 80 musicians performing on traditional Mongolian musical instruments.
This Festival is specifically organized to introduce foreign guests to the life, culture and history of Mongolians including the Great Chinggis Khaan, other kings, queens, nobles, warriors and nomadic people that lived in the 13th century. This festival includes events such as sporting games, cultural performances, and introduction to nomadic traditions, an offering ceremony to ovoo and “Open Fire Feast”. As one of the specific features of the festival nearly 100 warriors on horseback along with about 200 additional specialists will participate.
This international marathon takes annually in South Gobi where participants have the opportunity to complete on a distance of 42 km in a backdrop of dramatic landscape of cliffs and valleys and sand dunes of the wide open desert interchanging along the marathon course.