Events & Naadam
New Year and First Sunrise
Special tour of the new year to greet the first sunrise of the year! Enjoy the train journey, breakfast, concert and the performances.
Ulaanbaatar-Khangai Train Station-Terelj
3 nights /4 days
Ulaanbaatar, New Year’s event, First sunrise
Romantic early morning train journey with breakfast and champagne on the way to the site. Greeting the first sunrise of the year from the scenic site while watching religious and spiritual performances and practice of fire worshipping. Managing to greet the first sunrise and receive its energies said to revive the person’s himori (wind horse, traditional Mongol idea of wellbeing and fortune represented by a horse which accompanies the person). Also on this tour there is a city sightseeing and a visit to Terelj national park to experience the beauty of Mongolian winter.
- Day 1. Dec 30 (Sun)
- Day 2. Dec 31 (Mon) New Year’s Event. (L/D)
- Day 3. Jan 01 (Tue Greeting first sunrise of the New Year. (B/L)
- Day 4. Jan 02 (Wed) Departure.
Day 1/ Dec 30 (Sun) Ulaanbaatar
Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to a hotel. Optional half- and all-day tours are available. Stay overnight in a hotel.
Day 2/ Dec 31 (Mon). New Year’s Event
Morning city tour including Gandan Monastery, National Museum of Mongolia and Chinggis (Sukhbaatar) Square with the monument to Chinggis Khaan. After lunch, prepare for New Year’s Event. After participating in the event, walk around Sukhbaatar Square, stroll along with locals celebrating the New Year. Transfer to your hotel after midnight (L/D).
Day 3/ Jan 01 (Tue). Greeting the First Sunrise of the Year
Early morning transfer to train station for departure at 5:55am. This railway is part of the trans-Siberian railway. Breakfast on the train and celebrate on the way with champagne and hot wine. Arrive at Khangai – one of the most scenic spots in Mongolia. First, we will make a campfire and wait for the sun to rise (at ~8:40am). The train departs for Ulaanbaatar at 9am and arrives at 11:20am. Pick up from the train station and drive to Terelj National Park which is 80km northeast of the city. After lunch, visit Turtle rock and a local family. Explore their unique lifestyle during winter time. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and overnight stay in a hotel (B/L).
Day 4/ Jan 02 (Wed). Departure
Transfer to the airport or train station for international departure.
Tour available dates:
30th of December – 2nd of January/ 2019
- Transfers on arrival and departure
- Tax for event on 31st of December
- Train ticket for sunrise
- English-speaking guide at all times
- All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary
- Ground transportation: in the countryside by a chauffeured 4WD jeep, minivan or bus in the city area
- Park Entrance Fees
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
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 personal nature, gratuity to local guides and drivers, airfare or train tickets, airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 33 pounds / 15 kilograms), changes of arrival/departure flights, additional services, any charges of force majeure beyond our control (e.g. imposition of quarantine restrictions, etc.), optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc.
This is a suggested packing list, which you should feel free to adjust to suit your needs. Please refer to our travel guide for more detailed information.
- backpack or soft bag
- spare batteries/bulb
- personal medications
- winter coat
- winter boots
- fleece jacket or wool jumper
- cotton t-shirts
- long sleeve shirts
- winter long johns
- winter socks
- sun glasses
- resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
- watch/ alarm clock
- money belt/ pouch
- insurance confirmation copy
- emergency contact number
- winter mittens
- winter woolly hat