Essential Mongolia

Join a scheduled departure or let us customize this itinerary as a private departure that fits your dates. Our scheduled dates include Naadam in Tsetserleg. The adventure will start from the capital city Ulaan Baatar, then Chingis Khan's capital at Kharkhorin, Erdenzuu Monastery, the central steppes of Arhangay, White Lake and the Khorgo Volcano and crystal clear Lake Khovsgol. We'll stay in ger camps and comfortable hotels, traveling by minivan or jeep, experience a nomadic lifestyle.

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Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Ulaan Baatar (UB), the capital of Mongolia. Drive to Khustai National Park home for the wild horses.

Day 2:  Drive to Karakorum and Erdene Zuu Monastery. After lunch, we will visit the museum of Karakorum, the symbolic ruins of the ancient city of the Mongol Empire, and the oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdene Zuu.

Day 3: Drive to Tsenkher hot springs. Located in west-central Mongolia, Arhangay is called the  "Switzerland of Mongolia" for its beautiful scenery.

 Day 4: Drive to Arhangay province. Spend all day at the Naadam Festival in Tsetserleg. Naadam Festival is an annual summer celebration with horse racing, wrestling, and archery. 

Day 5: Drive to Jargalant, along the way visit Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. Climb to the top of the Khorgo, the dormant volcano.

Day 6: Drive into the northern part of the country, crossing the Selenge River heading for Khatgal, the gateway to Lake Khovsgol.

Day 7: A full day of exploring, hiking and relaxing at the lake. Famed as the “Blue Pearl” of Mongolia and heart of Khovsgol National Park also, it holds 2% of the world’s fresh water reserve.

Day 8: Drive to Muren for the flight to UB.

Day 9: A full day of guided sightseeing and shopping in UB.

Day 10: Departure.

Glossary: 

Khustai National park: Equus ferus przewalskii Groves, 1986 is considered to be the last and only remaining wild horse species in the world. However, it was extinct in the wild by 1969 and was reintroduced back into the wild in Mongolia, China, and Kazakhstan in the 1990s. Reintroduction started only in 1992 by the import of 16 Przewalski´s horses from the Netherlands to Hustain nuruu in Mongolia in association with the Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalski Horse and the Mongolian Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment. During 1992-2000 at five times 84 wild horses from European countries were reintroduced in Hustai National Park. Presently 335 individuals of Przewalski’s horses exist and, it is the highest number of Przewalski’s horse in the World.

The Karakorum: Originally established in the 8th century and named as Khar Khorum (The Black Fortress) as a military training and weapons production unit, this town was taken over by Chinghis Khan and made a capital for its strategically important location to launch military campaign and boost trade. Later on, it was moved to Khanbalig (modern Beijing) by Kublai Khan, greatest of the successors of Genghis Khan and founder of the Mongol (Yuan) dynasty in China.

Erdenezuu Monastery: The oldest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, which was built in the 16th century, with 108 stupas. Erdene Zuu monastery originally made as a prototype of the ancient capital. Built on the site and constructed using the ruins of the ancient capital some 300 years ago, this monastery was the seat of Buddhism in Mongolia which also succumbed to purges. Now there is a museum and restored, active temple functioning at the site.

The Naadam Festival: is Mongolia’s annual summer celebration with horse races, wrestling and archery also called “Three manly games”. Naadam, or “festival”, has occurred for centuries in Mongolia as an exhibition of horse racing (racers are generally ages 7-11 and race 15-30 kilometers), wrestling (men only) and archery (women and men). July 11th is the official date of Naadam established by the Mongolian government.

Lake Khovsgol: is the largest freshwater lake in Mongolia by mass and the deepest. Its watershed is relatively small, and it only has small tributaries. It is drained at the south end by the Egiin Gol, which connects to the Selenge and ultimately into Lake Baikal. The surface of the lake freezes over completely in winter. The ice cover in winter is strong enough to carry heavy trucks; transport routes were installed on its surface as shortcuts to the normal roads. 

Number of days: 10
Covered regions:
Central Mongolia
Gobi Desert
Western Mongolia
Northern Mongolia
Eastern Mongolia
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: Roundtrip international airfare to/from UB, boat rental in Lake Khovsgol, evacuation coverage, airport taxes, gratuities, excess baggage fees, alcohol/soft drinks.
What to bring: your own personal water bottle, camera, power bank, general medications etc.
Transport: Minivan
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Tour categories:
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Languages:
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Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.