Fun 2 days Ice Festival is held over at magnificent Lake Khovsgol surrounded by frosted and icy mountains. In winter the lake freezes over and with ice around 1.5m thick. Snow and Ice Festival is celebrated by local residents of Huvsgul Lake. The festival is enriched with a variety of activities and competitions; including art of ice, ice skating, sleigh rides and wrestling on the beautiful Huvsgul Lake. Also we have an opportunity to see shamanist ceremony and explore Tsaatan people's life and culture. Temperatures are below -20°c during the day and drops to up to -40°c at night. We will stay overnights in warm Mongolian ger at the tourist camp.
Day 1: March 01.Fly to Murun and drive to Huvsgul National park
Early morning, we will pick up at your hotel and transfer to airport and take a flight to Murun town of the Huvsgul province. The flight takes one and a half hours and on arrival in the Murun, we will meet with our drivers at local airport who will take us to Huvsgul lake National Park. Overnight in tourist ger camp.
Day 2: March 02. Ice Festival Day
After breakfast, we will attend Ice festival.
10.30 Grand Opening Ceremony of the Ice Festival and 4th International Skating Event will take place. We will attend traditional performance of local singers and dancers.
11.30 Skaters will start the race for the first 50km.
11.00-13.00 Non skating spectators can enjoy competition of horses’ sleighs for 12kms, driven by local nomads and traditional game “Ice-Shagai”. Before the start, horses will exhibit in front of tourists and guests can have possibilities to bet on the winner.
14.30-16.30 Competition of skilled drivers on the ice will be held and Contest for “Beautiful Mongolian costume” among participants other.
20.00 Bonfire and sacrificing shamanic ceremony. Stay overnight in Ger camp.
Day 3: March 03. Ice Festival Day
10.30-12.00 Competition of skaters for short distances /2km/
10.30-14.30 Sumo wrestling on the ice and rope pulling competition. Other optional activities, enjoying horse sleigh or dog sled, horse riding, a trip to visit nomadic are available.
16.00 Closing Ceremony and winners of competitions will be announced and awarded. Note: Non skating spectators can enjoy of competition of horses’ sleighs for 12kms, with local nomads and traditional game of “Ice-Shagai” other optional activities, enjoying horse sleigh or horse riding, a trip to visit nomadic family are available.
Day 4: March 04. Drive to Murun and return Ulaanbaatar
Up early, we will drive back to Murun and take return flight to Ulaanbaatar.
US$ 1080 pp for 2-3 pax
US$ 960 pp for 4-12 pax
01-04 March, 2014
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