Each summer, Mongolians partake in the ancient Naadam festival, which includes horse racing as one of its main events. Nomads spend weeks preparing their fastest horses for the competition, with young jockeys aged 8-16 riding them daily to help shed any extra weight. These jockeys also chant a special warlike song called Giingoo, known as the horse song, during training and the race itself, creating an atmosphere of excitement and reverence across the grasslands.
Visitors can experience this tradition by starting their journey at Lake Hovsgol, where they can ride and camp under the stars, then continue to Central Mongolia for an inside look at how horses are trained for the Naadam Festival. The journey concludes in the Gobi Desert, where children can enjoy camel riding and search for dinosaur fossils at the legendary Flaming Cliffs.
The price displayed is for groups 6-9 people. 3-5 participants: $3,650 pp, 2 participants: $3,840 pp.