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Yak Festival "2012"
"Yak Festival 2012"In Mongolia, the yak plays an important part in supporting local livelihoods. Yaks are used to transport people and cargo, warm clothes are made from their wool, their milk, and meat provides food, and even their dung is used for fuel. While yaks are dependable domesticated animal, they are also surprisingly fast runner, especially in sprints. In Mongolia, yaks races are popular form of local entertainment. These races are an indispensable part of festival, such as the Yak Festival that takes place in Uvurkhangai In July. Apart from yak races, there are yak rodeos, milking competitions and even a yak beauty contest.Tens of hundreds people, in colorful attire, gather in the center of the steppes. The pitch tents and enjoy the joyous market atmosphere and the excitement of the competitions. Yaks have not been domesticated to such an extent as horses, so they can be quite unpredictable. Many yak races have ended at places other than the finish line, since a yak can decide to stop and eat or go off in a completely different direction. But these surprises are what make the yak races so interesting. The point after all, is to have fun anf winning isn’t the main priority at all.This festivity which will takes place in the central region of Mongolia, also offers us all the opportunity to discover authentic Mongolia, as you imagine. You evolve through the vast luxuriant steppes where can observe the numerous scenes of the rural life. Between yurts and herds, canyon and waterfalls, you progress in the discovery of the heritage of this region considered as the real cradle of Mongolian Steppe.PROGRAMMEDay 1 (22th july) : Ulan-bator – Orkhon Valley07:00 Departure from the front square of National assembly of traditional son and dance. We leave to the west in order to reach Orkhon Valley, where will held the Yak festival. On the road we will stop in the Elsen Tasarkhai sand dune, in the Khugnu Khan Natural Reserve, for a lunch time. We will arrive at our destination in late evening. Overnight in tent or in yurt of nomadic host family.Day 2 (23 july): Yak festivalGathering at Undur Khyasaa, where will held the Yak festival. The event will start at 12:00. Apart from seeing yak races, yak rodeos and yak polo, you can even participate in competitions intended for the tourists. For example: the competition to memorize the color of the yaks and name it, various traditional games of ankle bones etc. Overnight in tent or in yurt of nomadic host family.Day 3 (24 july) : Orkhon valley – Oulan-BatorEarly morning the bus will pick you up from the place where you are stayed. Lunch pause near the Sansar village, in a highway restaurant. Arrival in Ulan-bator in late evening.Price: 120$/persIt includes:- Transport Ulan-Bator – Orkhon valley – Ulan-Bator- English speaking translator (only on the bus transportation)- Park entrance feeDoesn’t include:- All meals- Accommodations- For those who wish to stay in a nomadic family during the event, the extra-cost of 10$/night will be applied. Otherwise please, bring your own tent- All meals are not included in the price, even if while staying in a nomadic family
- If you wish, you can rent a horse from herders for a price of 10-12$/ day.