Dead goat polo, belt wrestling and eagle hunting – the Nomad Games are exactly what they sound like. Beginning in 2014 with only ten sports, this is the third time the event will be held on the shores of Lake Issyk Kol, and this year there will be thirty-seven sports, with 3,000 athletes from 80 countries taking part. There are all the countries you’d expect to be involved like Kazakhstan and Mongolia, but you might be surprised to see teams from the USA, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, France and Switzerland, competing in archery, horse racing, falconry, and taigan hunting, just to name a few.
Not only can you see some of the most obscure sports you’ll ever have come across, but there’ll also be a traditional nomadic village built nearby in the picturesque Kyrrchyn Gorge. A large yurt village will be set up, based on the times of Genghis Khan, with hundreds of yurts and wooden constructions and loads of people in national dress. Various customs and traditions will be displayed – from the birth of a child and his first steps to a spectacular equestrian show.
Day 1 – Wednesday September 5th
Day 2 & 3 – Thursday September 6th & Friday September 7th
Day 4 – Saturday September 8th
Day 5 – Sunday September 9th
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• Twin/double accommodation in Cholpon Ata, 4 nights
• English speaking guide
• Lunch on Day 1
• Transport during the itinerary
• Entrance fee to the Closing Ceremony
• Meals other than those stipulated
• Single supplement ($120 per person)
• Entrance fees to any other events (most events are free)
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.