Ice Festival is Each March, residents of Khuvsgul Lake area celebrate the Festival of Ice. The festival involves a great variety of activities and competitions, including Ice Sumo, ice sculptures, ice skating and sleigh rides, all on or by the shores of the beautiful Lake Khuvsgul. This two-day event is also a shamanist ceremony of offering and provides a fascinating insight into the Tsaatan people’s way of life. For a trip with a difference.
We will pick you up from your Hotel before 3 hours scheduled flight time.
Take a flight to known as the Blue Pearl of North Mongolia, Lake Khovsgol is surrounded by mountains covered with pine forests and lush meadows. Containing between 1% and 2% of the world's fresh water it is the second largest lake in Central Asia. It is 136 kilometres long and 36 kilometres wide and at 1645m above sea level it's whole length is frozen from January to May. After arrival in Murun town, your driver and guide will pick you up and drive to the Ger camp where you will be staying during Ice festival of Lake Khovsgol.
Overnight in Ger Camp. ( Lunch + Dinner )
Enjoy and witness amazing Ice festival in Khovsgol lake. The Ice Festival is held over 2 days at Lake Khovsgol. In winter the lake freezes over, with ice around 1.5m thick, and forms the venue for the festival's events, including ice skating races, ice sumo, tug-o-war, ice rally-driving, and horse sled races. Temperatures below -20°c are common, dropping to up to -40°c at night, so a warm Mongolian deel (coat) comes in handy! Dress up warm for frosty festivities on the ice - watch the horse-sleds charge across the frozen waters, grit your teeth at the tug-o-war tussles, cheer on the sliding rally cars and get your gloves around a drink at the ice ger bar. Simultaneously to the festival, there is a 100km Ice Marathon split into 2 sections over the 2 days - so you will have an opportunity to watch some of the action.There will also be evening entertainment - a traditional music performance, and a shaman demonstration and bonfire.
Overnight in Ger Camp. (B+L+D)
After breakfast, watch a marathon of skaters and a horse sled racing on the lake. After lunch, we will be drive back to Murun town ( on paved road 120 km, approx 2 hours, then flight back to UB city around 1.5 hours). We will pick you up from Airport and drop off you to place where you were staying in UB city. Check in your selected Hotel. (B+L)
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