Location: East of Ulaanbaatar by 2 1/2 hours
Community Fee: $282 USD for 4 days/ 3 nights
Additional In-Country Travel Expenses
Rural jeep to first ger and pickup (approx.): $130
Rural Bus to village (one way approx.): $2
Booking & travel orientation w/ handbook: $25 USD
Celebrate Lunar Festival with nomadic herder families, White Month is Mongolia’s biggest nationally celebrated festival! It is customary to celebrate the first day of the new spring - when old and new years change according to lunar calendar. The festival celebrates the passing of the harsh winter and the welcoming spring. Preperation for this day means to have everything cleaned, tables set with traditional dishes - lots of meat dumplings, and families wears their best traditional garmets before visiting relatives to exchange greetings and gifts.
Day One - Eve /Bituun/: Herder guide will take you to a family which you will celebrate White Month, herder Battsetseg`s family. After welcomed with lunch, you will join in preparation for Tsagaan Sar (White Month).On this day, you will make a buuz and cook some dishes with the herder family for coming visitors. On this day, Mongolians get up early in the morning, clean everything and prepare traditional dishes to be abundant in the coming year. After cleaned home, they boil meat for a last day of the year- Bituun. Within this period, you can set table for Tsagaan Sar with family members. (Standing for being abundant during the next year, everybody tries to set big table).
Day Two - First day of the New year: Getting up at 7o`clock in the morning, everybody will take their first steps of the year in order to have good health and happiness in the new year. After the first steps are taken, all family member re-enter their home.At this point, the traditional Tsagaan Sar greetings will begin. Then, they will go to nearest Ovoo worship to offer the best for the heaven and entrust their lives to God. You will have buuz for lunch, and entertain how Mongolians greet with each other. On this day, younger people will visit. Have dinner and sleep.
Day Three - Second day of the New year: This day,the family will greet their visitors and they will visit to their neighbors. IN the evening time you will have a dinner with a family.
Day Four - Third day of the New Year: This day, you can sleep more if you want. After farewell lunch, the family will give you a present of the New Year and take you to the bus stop.
All nomadic breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary
Home stay at family’s extra Ger
Boiled water on route
White Month celebration activities according to itinerary
Horse riding to herder family
|Mongolian Cultural Travel Tips & Information
Mongolia's Nomadic Fireplace "Gal Golomt"
Mongolians consider the fireplace to be the root of life and the most important place in a nomadic ger – the center of their earth. A nomadic fireplace is considered to be a wholly source that sustains the life of family with its ability to produce heat, food, and warmth – fostering an environment for family to share their experiences for the children to listen too. Since early human history, Mongolians have traditionally worshiped ‘fire’. Its Mongolan custom that the youngest male child will inherit the families ‘gal golomt’ fireplace that also symbolizes all the families wealth, property, livestock, etc.
In early Mongolian history the 4th son of Chinggis Khan known as Tului spent his entire life next to his father. After the passing of Chinggis Khan, Tului had received all Khan Father’s property, fireplace and almost all of his army.
It has also been historically recorded that Chinggis Khan had decided to execute Mr. Daridai Otchig (Daridai was the youngest brother of Chinggis Khan’s father Esuhei) owing to his betrayal of the Country. However, one of Chinggis Khan’s ministers reminded him that he is the sole remaining surviving Elder of the Esuhei Era and by executing him would be the extinction of his Father’s Era. Owing to the wise minister’s words, Chinggis spared Daridai’s life out of respect to the Esuhei lineage.