CAMEL FEST IN BULGAN (GOBI DESERT)
From 2012 the camel feast in Bulgan (100km from Dalanzagad, Gobi desert) will be beginning of march 8ask for exact date firstname.lastname@example.org) Before this event will be on Kosgol lake the Ice festival (4 days), then in UB a mini eagle festival (1 day) where are invited the 20 best eagles from Bayan Olgy festival.
How to go?: the camel festival starts on the afternoon of the 1st day to permit to tourists to arrive by plane from UB.
From Dalanzagad no regular busses to Bulgan. You must ask on market if a vehicle can drive you to this small village, or you can pay for a whole taxi. This will be same problem for the return.
UB- Dalanzagad by bus: around 14 hours trip, the bus arrive at evening and you will have to sleep on Dalanzagad before to leave for Bulgan.
Hotel in Bulgan: the village is small and now no hotel are open. You can sk to local people or to the tourist camp (15km far) or contact email@example.com (English) as he can reserve for you a guest ger to the biggest camel owner of the sun (20km far and 5 euro/night/person). The owner participate every year to camel festival and win many medals; he has some relatives and friends in the village who can maybe help you to lodge.
Restaurant: the small guantz is open only during summer! You can find some small shops where is possible to buy basic food.
Weather: March is still a cold month and temperature are negative night and day (average -20 night and -5 day). You must have warm clothes and a real good sleeping bag. The cold is dry and when not windy you can enjoy this climate. Across Gobi desert full of snow and ice is an unfortegeable experience (according years Gobi desert can have more or less snow, can be more or less cold and can be easy to go or not)
Camel feast: 1day and half with different competitions and race. You can bet on camel races.the rpices to the winners are given at the end of the second day. You have an excellent contact with local people and the best is to arrive one day before the competition and if possible to have own vehicle as difficult to find a hotel and to move. Entrance: 50$ (2012) per person , the fee will help Bactrian camel race, this help a lot the local community.
CAMEL TREKING DESERT GOBI
During our last trip in Mongolia (March 2012) we met on the small sun of Bulgan (Gobi desert 100km from Dalazangad) a nomad family who can organize camel treks.
All flexible :
- number of persons (departure from 1 person)
- number of days (from 1 to infinity)
- flexible trek (if you arrive with your own jeep , your driver can met you in another point of the desert, you can return at the start point, the same trek will not be propose to all groups…)
if you arrive by bus UB- Dalanzagad (+/-550km – 14 hours trip) the family have a contact in this town to pick you and where you can stay for night, buy the food (for the camel trek, Bulgan is a real small village but shops are small and it can be difficult to find all you need for the trek) and also to find on the market a vehicle to drive you to Bulgan. No regular bus for Bulgan so you might find a taxi and maybe pay for all the taxi if no vehicle is going to Bulgan when you will be there.
Price: the price is according how many camels you will need for your camel trek. 12 euro per day and per camel +12 euro day for the guide. You pay directly to the family! According how many people is your group and how long will be the trek you might take some camels more to transport food and luggage. If your jeep will pick you in another point in the desert you might pay the way back of the caravan. It will be always 12 euro per day and per camel, but without luggage camels walk faster (+/- half time will be necessary to return respect the trek) a camel walk during a trek around 20km per day.
You need only to take with you your sleeping bag, your food and your tent (a small ger can be rent)
The family have also some guest ger (5 euro/night/person) where before or after the trek you can rest or make a nomadic home stay.
More information? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org who will help to prepare your camel trek in Gobi Desert.
Film camel race Gobi desert/course chameaux désert de Gobi / corsa cammelli deserto del Gobi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSnqA-IJVtM
Film spot of camel feast in Gobi / capture d'un chamelon durant la fête des chameaux dans le désert de Gobi / cattura di un cammello durante la festa dei cammelli nel deserto del Gobi:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnGbvmhN-4E
Film camel feast in Gobi / fête des chameaux dans le désert de Gobi / festa dei cammelli nel deserto del Gobi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IgMb6gHClM