Camel Festival

Camel festival takes place in the South Gobi at the beginning of March. The event is organised by a local non-governmental organisation with the aim to protect the declining Bactrian camel population. This extraordinary festival allows travellers a unique opportunity to learn more about camels and interact with their nomadic herders.

The competition begins with the race of adult camels and is followed by the two-year-old camels race. The camels are judged on their speed during 12 and 15 km races. In the afternoon the most anticipated competition begins, consisting of catching, taming, training and finally loading a camel with a ger on the camel’s back. There are several teams of five members participating in the competition.

During the festival the visitor can also enjoy performances by traditional Mongolian musicians and dancers. The closing ceremony takes place in the late afternoon.