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Mongolia Winter Tours - Festival & Nomads' Festivals
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horse sledding in khovsgol lake

Mongolia Winter Tours

Mongolia winter tours offer a unique opportunity to visit Mongolia in one of the most special times ; snow topped mountain and steppe.

Mongolia has been rightly referred to as “The country of Blue Skies for all four seasons”. There are 257 sunny days in a year. You can see clear cloudless skies and experience continental climate weather conditions with chilling, long and dry winters and relatively short, mild and wet summers.

Mongolia temperature in winter slips sharply and ranges from -14 degrees to -30°. Prepare your Mongolia winter tours with extra warm jackets, thick jeans sweaters, hats, gloves, and long johns. December, January, and February make the winter season. Make sure you are fully equipped with the gears and the accessories.

To be part of unique winter festivals such as the winter ice festival and the camel racing, you need to visit the country during the winter season. Winters offer the bluest skies and the freshest air in the country. The largest cultural festival Tsagaan Sar (Lunar New Year) is held in February. Enjoy the rarest cultural activities and the cuisine delicacies then. Go for winter sports including dogs sledding adventure and have a glimpse of winter horse festival that features a parade of unique and rare horses with horsemen performing traditional singing and dancing. A horse race is also held during this time.

Mongolians celebrate the arrival of spring organizing three important festivals in the first days of March including “Ice Festival & Skating Event” in Lake Khovsgol in the Northern Mongolia, “Eagle festival” near Ulaanbaatar city and “Camel festival” in Southgobi province. These festivities are well-known to local people and always welcome visitors.

mongolia winter toursThe first festival – “Ice Festival & Skating Event” that is held in Khatgal, Khovsgol province, which is located on the shore of one of the deepest freshwater lakes in Central Asia. Spectators can enjoy horse riding and an exciting marathon roller skating on the frozen waters. Also there will be sleigh rides pulled by reindeer or dogs and ice sculptors improvises or wrestlers.

 

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The next fascinating festival is “Eagle festival” which is held in Bogd Mountain, Ulaanbaatar. It opens with the parade of the participants’ parade on horseback with their eagles. It continues with Eagle hunting competition, including Kazakh traditional games such as Kokbar, archery and traditional horse racing. The hunters come from Bayan-Olgii province, far west of Mongolia and Nalaikh district of Ulaanbaatar.

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The last festival of Mongolia winter festivals is “Camel Festival” which takes a place in a capital of the region of the Gobi. The festival has been held in Bulgan since 1997 with the aim of preserving and protecting Bactrian camels and also increasing the production of wool. The festival begins with a parade of camels and “most beautiful couple on Camel” a traditional costume competition. It continues with an adult camel race over a distance of 12-15 km. The race takes about two hours, on which you can bet.  The young camel race that covers a distance of 5-7 km.

Each festival is exciting in its own way! Visitors are always happy and satisfied at the end of the journey despite of its cold weather  To find out more → Winter Tours

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