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Mongolian Winter - Snow & Ice Festival 2018

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.

Trip itinerary

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.

Tour Extension To:
A Day Winter Golden Eagle Festival 2016 (05 Mar)
Mongolia Winter-Camel Festival 2016 (06-07 Mar)


Tour cost: 

US$ 1080 pp for 2-3 pax

US$ 960 pp for 4-12 pax


Departure date:

01-04 March, 2014


Tour prices included:
English speaking guide
All entrance fees
3 nights at tourist camp+Breakfast
+Lunch +Dinner
Camel Trekking
National foreklore concert ticket


Tour prices not included:
Lunch and Dinner in UB



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Client's comment

Just a quick email to thank you and all your people for a well organised and enjoyable tour. We arrived back on Saturday and have just finished unpacking. We are pleased with our photos of Mongolia and will forward some pictures of birds for you to identify.
Thanks again........
Terry Briggs
Dr S Subba Rao (England,UK)

Hi Ganaa and Buyant
I can confirm that Hovd Tour organised a fantastic
Mongolian adventure for me. From the greeting at the airport I was filled with confidence that I was in capable hands and my feelings were proved correct.
At no time did I ever feel uneasy whilst such a long way from home, my guides were always on hand and their English is excellent, there was never a dull moment from start to finish.
I would not hesitate to recommend Hovd Tour too you, they are a very capable and reputable organisation who can tailor any kind of holiday you desire. I will most certainly be using their services again....
James Singlehurst  (Uk)


Dear Hovd Tour Team, 

We had a wonderful time with our tour guide Biba and driver Hosoo. Thank you so much for organizing the trip. I hope we can visit again in the future and we would love to go with Hovd Tour again. 


Caroline and Vincent

Hey Everyone !!!
How is everyone after this great adventure in Bayan Olgii ???
Here back to Tokyo daily life was a bit hard at the beginning , everything so stressful and speedy... one minute is one minute  can never be  late .... aaaaaaa too much !!!
I really really enjoyed this trip with your company all, really great time and a lot's of Fun and many laugh, I think I haven't laugh that much since long time !! Thank you very much for Hovd Tour.
Julien &Alexandra (France & Japan) 

Hi Buyant and Ganaa
Greetings from Sydney, wishing you all well and an enjoyable summer full of sunshine. Once again, thank you very much for a great trip around Mongolia.
Deryn and Jo (Australia)


Many thanks for the warm welcome at the camp. We really enjoyed our travels in Mongolia and looking forward to returning in the future.
All the best....
David (UK)

Thanks Ganaa,
It was a great trip and your camp really made us feel at home after a long day on the road.
Thanks for your hospitality.
All the best....
Steve (UK)

Ganaa my friend for life
I would like to thank you for organising our tour of UB and the
neighboring countryside last year. Thanks to you we saw some great sights
in the city - some of historical interest and others of great beauty! I
particularly enjoyed our trip to the market, where your local knowledge and
humor proved invaluable. Without your help, I would never have had the
opportunity to experience a night out in the 'Countryside' with a
traditional Mongolian family.
The horse riding will forever
remain in my memory......
Chris and Ramsay

Hi Hovd Tour
We had amazing time in Mongolia. We enjoyed the horse trek very much in the nice countryside around Valley of Orkhon River.
Ingram & Katerin (Sweden)