Thousand Camel Festival in Gobi Desert Tour 2024

5 days from $598

Travel south to the Gobi Desert to attend the renowned "Thousand Camel Festival," organized by a local non-governmental organization working to protect and preserve the Bactrian camel population, which has been steadily declining over the past twelve years. This extraordinary festival allows travelers a rare opportunity to interact with and learn first-hand about these amazing animals and the camel herders' nomadic lifestyle. 

Highlights of the festival include camel races, performances by traditional Mongolian musicians and dancers, and visits to significant paleontological and cultural sites of the Gobi. Attend the camel races at the Thousand Camel Festival, a unique opportunity to witness the speed and agility of Bactrian camels.


  •  Visit an nomad family
  •  Camel racing game
  •  Beautiful Gobi Desert

Key Info

Physical level: Easy Physical level: Easy
Overlanding & Discovering Overlanding & Discovering

Tour Itinerary


Day 1.

(05 March) Drive to South Gobi Province

We will drive to the southern part of Mongolia on a paved road to South Gobi Province. Overnight in a local hotel in Dalanzadgad city. (L/D)

in the hotel

Day 2.

(06 March) Enjoy Camel Festival (Day 1)

Drive to the small village where the festival is held. The festival is organized by the "Ten Thousand Camels" association in order to protect two-humped Bactrian camels and reproduce camel herders, to increase their productivity, to increase herder's income by tourism. (B/L/D)

  • The opening ceremony starts with a “camel parade“
  • Most beautiful couple with beautiful couple camels.
  • “Camel polo” competition
  • Introduce to the action of “Save Nature” with the art of children in Bulgan village, craftwork, and mare`s milk, all kind of dairy products.
  • Exhibition of wool products
in the camp 1 hour

Day 3.

(07 March) Camel Festival (Day 2)
  • Camel racing
  • Competition of shows camel training methods and customs of Gobi people.

Each team must have 5 members to participate and show techniques of catching camel with lasso tying into camel's nose and learning to ride and load.

  • Camel loading competition
  • Rewarding and Closing Ceremony

Visitors get the chance to interact with and learn about these intriguing animals and the camel herders' nomadic way of life. Drive back to Umnugobi. Have dinner and overnight stay in the local hotel. (B/L/D)

in the camp

Day 4.

(08 March) Back to Ulaanbaatar

Drive back to Ulaanbaatar after breakfast. Have lunch on the way. Transfer to the hotel in Ulaanbaatar and rest. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 5.

(09 March) Departure

Transfer to Chinggis Khaan International Airport or Train station and depart Mongolia. (B)

Prices & Inclusions

Prices & Inclusions
Group size Price/Per person
2 PAX 898$
3-4 pax 798$
5-8 PAX 698$
9-12 PAX 648$


Accommodation: Hotel****,* ger camp
Guiding and interpreting service
Full board meals
Transport: 4x4 vehicle or minivan
Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks
Museums and cultural performance
Camel riding

Not Includes

International airfare 
Personal equipment
Optional activity cost 
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement 
Alcoholic drinks 
Travel Insurance
The extra cost for photography in museums
Tip for a tour guide, driver, etc


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