Yak Festival in Central Mongolia

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Don’t miss out this year’s Yaks Festival, which will kick off on July 23 at 9:00 a.m. with a 20-minutes yak racing, one of the world’s slowest mounted racing.

By the time the yaks arrive at the finish line, most of them will be walking or barely trotting.

The Yak Festival is one of the most important festivals in Mongolia and is held every year on July 23 in Orkhon Valley of Bat-Ulzii soum in Uvurkhangai Province.

Tons of activities focused on the yak are in store for the festival, including rodeos, milking competitions, beauty contest, polo on yak back, and races. Mongolia has the second highest yak population in the world after Tibet.

The yak has a great value for nomadic breeders in Mongolia, primarily for their milk, skin, and meat. The domesticated wild animal is mostly used for plowing and threshing. Its wool is used for making clothes, and their dung is used for fuel by their domesticators.

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