Mongolian two-humped Bacterian camel is nicknamed
the "Gobi Ship" by local people, and
inhabits the Gobi Desert area in the southern
part of Mongolia. As an inseparable part of
the life of nomadic Mongolians, it has become
a tradition in Mongolia to organize a Camel
The Thousand Camel Festival is celebrated right
after the Mongolian Lunar New Year celebration
each year from late January to late February.
Camel Festival program in brief
3-4 March 2009 Camel Racing / Competition
The festival begins at around 2:00pm in Bulgan
soum (40 minutes driving) with a “parade”
of camel riders. The parade is open for visitors
to participate and if you wish, you will have
an opportunity to join them on a camelback.(to
participate in the camel parade, reservation
should be made about seven working days in advance)
Competitions of the day include “best
looking couple on camelback”, most adorable
male and female camels as well as a camel polo
which takes place in the central square. There’s
also an exhibition of paintings by local children
who participate in the drawing contest called
“Camel– My Friend”. In the
late afternoon, enjoy a performance by “Altai
Snowcock”, a local youth organization
for preservation and conservation of the surrounding
area. The entrance fees proceed to the funding
of the club’s activities.
Day 2. Camel Racing / Competition Day
The competition begins with the race of mature
camels followed by the two-year-old camel race.
For your own enjoyment, you may make a bid for
the camel you like.
The camels will be judged on their speed during
the 15K and 12K races. The first three camels
in the each group are awarded with gold, silver
and bronze medals.
In the afternoon, one of the most awaited competitions
begins. This is called “Camel Relay”,
a competition consisted of catching, taming,
training and finally loading a camel with an
actual ger. There are several groups with 5
members, each of whom execute different roles.
The closing ceremony takes place late in the
afternoon when the winners will be presented
with their trophies. Return to the Three Camel
Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Mongolia camel festival is unique?
Because, Mongolia is a country of Bactrian camels
and the camels graze in the Gobi Desert. So
Mongolia camel riding trek is famous and people
love camel trekking tour in Mongolian gobi desert.
The Camel Festival is one big camel tour in
Mongolia. Camel is a wonderful animal.
More info about Camel and camel treks:
The camel is the main source of survival of
nomadic people in a hostile desert environment
over centuries. Mongolia Camel Riding tour is
one of the most fun adventures that one can
experience. It's widely taken in Mongolia, Africa
and Australia. And among these countries, Mongolia
is the only country that offers the exciting
Bactrian camel riding trek. But unlike a horse's
reins which are attached to a bit hold in the
mouth, a camel's reins are attached to a peg
inserted in the nose. Bits aren't used with
a camel because they are a cud-chewing animal.
Mongolia's is the place of camel riding adventures
and a great place for camel riding trips, camel
trekking tours and camel herding holidays. All
our treks let you experience the real meaning
of "beyond time and space". No need
for your watch, the sun will wake you up. No
concrete boundaries limit your sight just incredibly
magnificent mountains of always changing colors
and shapes. The nomadic Mongolians used to travel
on camel back and now they still use camels
for their near and far travels and moves. You
will enjoy exploring the Gobi Desert of Mongolia
by camel riding, namely 2 humped Bactrian camels.
We use beautifully decorated comfortable saddles
for the camel ride and guests love enjoying
the Gobi views while traveling by camel. Bactrian
camels are gentle animals and walk gently when
you are on a camel back. Camel back trekking
is an exciting adventure for those adventurous.
Selena Travel offers excellent long and short
camel riding tours in the famous Gobi Desert
or in the amazing Gun-Galuut nature reserve,
we organize the best camel treks in Mongolia
and will make your lifetime camel trekking experience.