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Ulaanbataar is a city of contrasts: a skyline dotted with gers (nomadic tents), Soviet brutalist buildings and towering skyscrapers.

Walking down the busy streets are herders in traditional tunics and fancy hats, Armani-suited businessmen and women, and mohawked punks. You might find a horse cart bouncing down the central avenue alongside a Mercedes Benz, or a market selling both livestock and designer clothing. The high point of tradition is the Nadaam Festival. Join in the carnival atmosphere of the elaborate opening ceremony of the annual ‘Mongolian Olympics’.

Highlights include:

  • Visit Ulaanbataar
  • 7 nights in Mongolia
  • Experience the opening ceremony of the Nadaam Festival
  • Be immersed in the Mongolian culture
  • Watch Traditional Mongolian Wrestling
  • Explore the temples and land

Academic Program.

Mongolia and the Silk Road – Medical conference program

  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Men’s Health
  • Renal Medicine
  • Sexual Health
  • Practice management

Main Conference.

Dates

Ulaanbataar is a city of contrasts: a skyline dotted with gers (nomadic tents), Soviet brutalist buildings and towering skyscrapers. Walking down the busy streets are herders in traditional tunics and fancy hats, Armani-suited businessmen and women, and mohawked punks. You might find a horse cart bouncing down the central avenue alongside a Mercedes Benz, or a market selling both livestock and designer clothing.

The high point of tradition is the Nadaam Festival. Join in the carnival atmosphere of the elaborate opening ceremony of the annual ‘Mongolian Olympics’ – see brightly costumed riders, musicians and dancers; enjoy the thrill of the 35-kilometre horse race where the child jockeys under twelve displaying the equestrian skills of Genghis Khan; observe the brute force and finesse of sturdy wrestlers, resplendent in knotted caps; and watch the elegant ritual of the archery competition where the judges sing the scores!

Pre Conference Tour.

Dates

This tour in the Gobi Desert in southern Mongolia takes you to one of the last wilderness frontiers – truly spectacular scenery, wonderful wildlife and fascinating people. Ride a camel across golden sand dunes lulled by the eerie singing of the wind; be awed by flaming red sandstone cliffs; view some of the most remarkable fossil sites in the world and try your hand at fossil hunting; seek out Gobi bears, gazelle, and a plethora of birdlife; and, above all, meet the incredibly friendly and hospitable nomadic herders of Mongolia. Just call out “Nokhoi Khori!” (“Hold your dog!”) and you are welcomed into their ger to become part of an ancient traditional world.

Post Conference Tour.

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Follow in the footsteps of the merchants of old on this tour of the western China highlights of the ancient Silk Road. Experience the transition of cultures from the Buddhist influences in China to the Islamic city of Urumqi. Cross through the vast desert and visit the life-saving outposts where traders revived and shared tales of art, religion, culture and philosophy. An epic journey (made somewhat easier for us by planes and bullet trains!).

Dr Gary Kilov (1:42)
Dr Asha Nair (1:31)
Dr Ralph Audehm (1:11)
Dr Diana Hart & Dr Roger Scurr (1:39)