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Festival time in Mongolia

Festival time in Mongolia ( 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.

The annual Naadam Festival is the country's favorite festival, showcasing Mongolia's best in wrestling, horse racing, and archery, as well as uniquely Mongolian sports such as “ankle-bone shooting." It originated many centuries ago, but in the 20th century, this celebration of the nomad’s courage, strength, dexterity, and marksmanship now commemorates July 11, the anniversary of Mongolia's independence from China.

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 bows based on the same design that Genghis’ warriors used.

In July of 2008, MIR travelers, Helge Pedersen and Karen Ofsthus, blogged their way along the Trans-Siberian tracks and down to UlaanBaatar for Naadam aboard the luxury Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express private train. Take a look at Karen's story and Helge's photos and slideshow of the 2008 Naadam Festival.

MIR offers three trips that coincide with Naadam: the above-mentioned luxury private train journey from Moscow to Mongolia that includes three nights in UlaanBaatar for the festival; a 21-day Siberia and Mongolia small group cultural tour; and a 14-day, in-depth adventurous small group tour that surveys much of Mongolia, from the capital to Kara Korum, Lake Hovsgol, and into the Gobi Desert.

The Trans-Siberian Mongolia Route by Private Train
From Moscow to UlaanBaatar, featuring Mongolia’s Naadam Festival
June 30 – July 12
13 days

Other small group tours featuring Naadam:

Siberia&Mongolia: Spirits&Nomads
The Trans-Siberian Railway, Lake Baikal, the Gobi, Naadam Festival
June 27-July 17
21 Days
View a photo slideshow at:

Mongolian Explorer: The Gobi Desert&Beyond
Overland Expedition Across the Land of Nomads
June 29-July 12 (Naadam Festival)
14 days
View a photo slideshow at:

Space is limited. Call 1-800-424-7289 or email Charity Shaller at href=""> for availability and reservations.

Liz Riley MIR Corporation 85 South Washington Street, Suite 210 Seattle, WA USA 98104 Phone: 800-424-7289 or 206-624-7289 Ext. 109 Fax: 206-624-7360 Email:

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