Horse racing & wrestling in Mongolia
Naadam has been a Mongolian tradition for a long time, and during the festival competitions in horse racing and wrestling are arranged. Read about our travelers' visit to the annual festival below!
Mongolia is truly one of the most beautiful places one can visit, and this year we also had the opportunity to attend at the annual Naadam festival. After a little bit of research, I found out that traditional competitions in horse racing and wrestling were arranged on our way to Ik nart. As I had promised the guests a surprise, we turned off the road and out onto the steppe about halfway to Ik nart. The first thing we see ahead of us is a cloud of dust in the horizon, but as we approach, we see people riding and on camel carts.
There are people everywhere and everyone are dressed in their traditional clothes. We are the only tourists here, and the Mongolians are just as curious about us as we are of them. We stay for over three hours and everyone are thrilled afterwards. Some of the guests talk about how they have been invited to the regional board's ger (tents) for airag (traditional horse milk), while others have ended up in sponsor tents and are quite giddy after a few glasses of the local vodka. The cameras have gone off warm and we all agree that this will be a memory of a lifetime.