15th Feb 2018 LUNAR NEW YEAR EVE
Early in the morning our guide and driver will pick you up from a designated spot and take you to our Mongolian Secret History complex which is about an hour and a half away from Ulaanbaatar city. The camp is located in a beautiful spot surrounded by forest in the valley of Noyon Mountain. Mongolian nomads move from one location to another depending on the season and there are few herder families who move near the camp in a winter for better shelter for their livestock. The 2 days event will take a place partially at the camp and partially at the herder family's gers.
Once you are settled at the camp your guide will take you to our ger museum to introduce you about Mongolian music instruments and brief introduction of Mongolian culture to give you background information on the activities of the event. Afterwards enjoy the following performances by Mongolian artists:
- Traditional music concert
- Mongolian traditional dress show
Then visit herder’s family to take part in preparing traditional food and enjoy local culture on “Lunar New year’s Eve. The most important tradition of the new year's eve for Mongolian nomads is cleaning their ger and surroundings and preparing feast for themselves and friends and families who will come by on the new year's day. With help of your guide learn how to make Mongolian traditional dumpling "buuz" and have traditional cuisine for dinner. Afterwards join the herder family for some new year's eve tradition of playing sheep ankle bone games /shagai/ such as:
- “Colored turtle” (sheep or goat knuckle bones arranged into turtle shape)
-“Horse racing” (win the race with your knucklebones
-"Ankle bone catch” (test your speed and skill in this exciting game
-“Ankle bone flicking” (show off your aim by flicking knuckle bones)
16th Feb 2018 THE FIRST DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR
Today take your predetermined, personal first steps of the New Year before the sun rises according to Mongolian traditions relating to your individual birthday and year. You will be given individual instructions on which directions to head out and come back and what rituals to do (e.g. lighting a small fire or breaking small peace of wood etc) depending of your date of birth.
After taking the first step of a new year, have a delicious breakfast to fuel you for a full day of activities with the local herders to welcome the Dog year of 2018 on a right note. Today's activities include
- Visit a herder’s family on the first day of the Lunar New Year
- Learn traditional greeting, “Zolgoh”
- Prepare and eat traditional meals
- See the new calves
- Give and receive your new year present
- Ride horses and camels
- Try your hand at archery
- Photos with traditional dress
- Learn Mongolian traditional ballroom dances “Zadgai tsagaan”, “Khumuun turlukhtun”
- Enjoy watching a winter horse race
In the evening retire to one of our comfortable deluxe or standard rooms or if you wish to complete the event in true Mongolian style, stay at one of our winter gers.
1. Package price does not include accommodations in Ulaanbaatar
From 568 USD per person
2. Tour dates:
15th of February – 17st of February/
3. Group size
4. Single Supplement in Ger camp
Single occupancy in ger camps; 40 USD per person
5. Tour includes:
·Transfers on arrival and departure
·English speaking guide at all time.
·In the country side all lodging will be in ger camps.
·All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary.
·Ground transportation: in the country side by a chauffeured 4WD jeep, bus in the city area.
·Park Entrance Fees
·Sightseeing as per itinerary
6. All package price DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar, hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills and laundry services, travel insurance, medical insurance, visa application fees, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses such as items of a personal nature, gratuity to local guides and drivers, airfare or train ticket, airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 33pound / 15kilo), changes of arrival/departure flights, additional services, any charges of force majeure beyond our control (e.g. imposition, quarantine restrictions, etc.), optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc…
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Payment of the price of your tour is due:
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