18 day Discover Mongolia tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

 

  • Gobi Desert experience
  • Two-humped Bactrian camel riding experience on the dunes
  • Visit Flaming Cliffs, a dinosaur site
  • UNESCO’s world heritage site Orkhon Valley
  • An authentic cultural experience with Nomadic family
  • Staying at Mongolian traditional ger
  • Daily hiking in the wilderness

 

Join us on this epic Mongolia tour through this wonderful country of ancient history, unique Mongolian nomadic culture, and rare wildlife species, untouched beautiful landscape, Gobi Desert and hospitable Mongolian people whose lives are not changed in many ways since the days of mighty Genghis Khan and his empire. This fantastic Mongolia trip is specially designed to bring you all these unique features nowhere else to be experienced.

 

 

TOUR PRICE

  • Price:                          2850 USD per person
  • Single supplement:     300 USD 

 

TOUR DATE

  • June 7-24, 2020
  • July 13-30, 2020
  • Aug 4-21, 2020

 

DAY BY DAY DETAILED ITINERARY

 

DAY 1.  ULAANBAATAR CITY TOUR (L)

Meet your English-speaking local guide at 9.00 in the morning in the hotel lobby and start the city tour. The city tour of Ulaanbaatar takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26-meter-high gilded statue of the Buddha. Short visit to Ger district near Gandan where you will see part of rural lifestyle. Your tour also takes you to the Genghis Khan monument on the square and the National Museum, which has a number of fascinating displays of traditional Mongolian clothing and weaponry, as well as exhibits charting the course of Chinggis Khan's empire-building. Welcome lunch in a Mongolian restaurant. In the afternoon we visit Narantuul black market, the biggest open-air market of Mongolia. Proceed to Zaisan Memorial located on a pretty hill south of the city for a panoramic view of the nomadic capital and finally the visit to Cashmere factory where you will see one of the main industrial products from its very beginning of raw wool producing to the soft cashmere product. Transfer to the hotel by 6 pm. Free time for dinner.

 


DAY 2. GUN GALUUT NATURE RESERVE (L+D)

Meet at the hotel lobby at 9 am and we start our Mongolia discovery tour. We’ll visit to Gun Galuut Nature Reserve with 3-4-hour drive with a visit to Giant Chinggis Khan’s monument on the way. Arrive at Gun Galuut and set our tents at a scenic spot in the Kherlen river valley. Afternoon, visit to nomadic family to get an orientation of their lifestyle. Short hiking to the badland for to spot endangered White Napped Crane (only 3000 left in the world). Return to the campsite, enjoy dinner cooked by tour chief and overnight at tent.

 

 

DAY 3. A DAY IN GUN GALUUT NATURE RESERVE (B+L+D)

Gun-Galuut is a home to many endangered species including the Argali wild mountain sheep and many more. In the morning, we hike through the Baits Mountain or optional horse ride to try viewing Argali wild sheep. Lunch at our new campsite, south of Baits Mountain. Free time for leisure- optional hiking, fishing etc. In the evening, enjoy cooking session from our chief and learn to make Mongolian feast for dinner. Overnight at tent.

 

 

DAY 4. IKH GAZARYN CHULUU MOUNTAIN (B+L+D)

Breakfast at 7 am and we continue our travel to Gobi Desert. Our today’s destination is Ikh Gazaryn Chuluu, a picturesque and legendary granite mountain with a picnic lunch along the way. Arrive at Ikh Gazaryn Chuluu Mountain in the afternoon and transfer to the tourist ger camp where you stay overnight today. Discover the area and take a tour around to visit open natural Theatre, Energy rock, Prayers’ rock, Toonot cave. Return to the ger camp, dinner and overnight.

 


DAY 5. TSAGAAN SUVARGA (B+L+D)

Today we travel to Tsagaan Suvarga, a sedimentary structure which is considered as ancient seabed. Arrive at our next tourist ger camp and lunch. In the afternoon, we take a tour around and visit to Khevtee Bosoo cave. The cave has wider entrance and it gets narrow as it is closer to the other end. Continue to Tsagaan Suvarga scarps and enjoy hiking around the colourful cliffs as you make your way toward the top. Return to the ger camp, dinner and overnight.

 

 

DAY 6. YOLIN AM GORGE, GOBI DESERT (B+L+D)

Today we travel to Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Park in a drive that takes four to five hours, stopping for photography along the way. Our drive passes by Dalanzadgad, a Gobi town where we can stop for groceries or other necessities if you wish. Arrive at our next tourist ger camp (2050 m above the sea level) in Gurvan Saikhan Mountain. In the afternoon, we visit Yolyn Am gorge and enjoy hiking in the beautiful gorge for 1-2 hours. Visit local natural history museum for the information of its flora and fauna. Transfer to ger camp, dinner and overnight there.

 


DAY 7. KHONGOR SAND DUNES, CAMEL RIDE (B+L+D)

In the morning, we check out from the ger camp and travel to Khongor sand dunes. The road runs alongside the Khongor dunes after sometime as we make our way to Khongor river valley, bounded by last of Altai Mountain Range. Visit the beautiful sand dunes by the Khongor river streaming through the sands. Check in at the ger camp and lunch. In the afternoon, we take a tour to Seruun Bulag, a natural cool spring originates in between Khongor river and sand dunes. Then we visit Gobi family and camel ride (1 hour) through Singing dunes. Optional climbing to the dunes by the sunset and one will enjoy breath-taking scenery of the dunes and its surrounding landscape. Dinner and overnight at the ger camp.

 


DAY 8. BAYANZAG, THE FLAMING CLIFFS (B+L+D) 

The drive to the Bayanzag takes between 3 and 4 hours, passing through vast desert badlands that span out into the furthest distances, where remote mountains line the horizon. Lone gers and nomads on camel or horseback hang suspended in the mirages, whilst the desert floor is strewn with a range of colourful rocks and unusual minerals. This is the Gobi at its stark best - there are many opportunities to stop and take photographs of the landscapes and people. Arrive at the ger camp and lunch. Enjoy the wilderness and unique nature formations and explore the home to ancient dinosaur and walking in the rich saxaul forest. Enjoy the view of sunset over the Flaming Cliffs.

 


DAY 9.  ONGI MONASTERY (B+L+D) 

Breakfast and we drive north to Ongi Monastery ruins by the Ongi river. Our drive takes 4-5 hour passing through wide open Ongi steppe. Arrive at our ger camp and lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the ruins of historical Ongi Monastery (18th century) with some short hiking. Return to the ger camp and rest. Optional sauna or massage available. Dinner and overnight at the ger camp.

 


DAY 10. NOMADIC FAMILY IN KHUJIRT (B+L+D)

Travel more north toward central Mongolia today. Today we overnight at Mongolian nomadic family ger for the authentic experience. Our drive takes 4-5 hour through the Gobi steppes to central Mongolia steppe. Arrive at our host family and enjoy typical Mongolian lunch. The rest of the day is spent with nomads taking part in their daily chores including, cooking, cheese and curd making, milking mares, making Airag, herding and many more. Enjoy your stay overnight at the nomads’ summer campsite.

 


DAY 11. TSENKHER HOT SPRINGS VIA KARAKORUM (B+L+D)

Farewell to our host family and we drive to ancient capital Karakorum. We visit legendary monastery Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia founded in 1586 and its surroundings the Turtle Rock and the Phallic stone etc. In the afternoon we will visit the newly established Museum of Karakorum which gives a good introduction to Central Mongolia, its’ history and the UNESCO world heritage site Orkhon river valley. Continue our travel to Tsenkher hot springs where we stay overnight. Arrive at our ger camp after 3-4-hour travel. Enjoy relaxing in the natural curative hot spa.

 

 

DAY 12. KHORGO TERKH NATIONAL PARK (B+L+D)

Check out from our camp and we continue our journey to the north west. Visit historical Zayiin Gegeen temple museum at Tsetserleg town. Next stop at mythical Taikhar rock which keeps around 150 inscriptions engraved on the cliff written in Turkic, Uyghur, Mongolian, Tibetan, Manchu and Chinese, but most of them are barely appeared now. Picnic lunch along the way. Our afternoon drive brings you into the volcanic surrounds of Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan - the 'Great White Lake'. The lake lies calmly in the arms of tall hills, its water extremely clear and lined with long sand beaches. The road winds along the shoreline, past Shamanic piles of black lava, before it cuts a short distance inland towards the Khorgo Volcano. At around 10,000 feet up, the volcano is now extinct, but still revered by the nomads of the region. A short walk takes you to the crater rim, where red-stained rock descends into a deep chasm surrounded by sacred Ovoo mounds. Look back towards Lake Terkh Tsagaan - there is an excellent view over the lake through a small hill pass. Dinner and overnight at the ger camp by the lake shore.

 


DAY 13. FIVE RIVERS VALLEY (B+L+D)

Today we drive a path northward, passing Orookh pass and continuing into the astounding Huvsgul Mountains. The mountains themselves vary in character, from stark outcroppings of dun-colored rock to steep green slopes that rise far over the river valleys and isolated ger encampments. The drive takes 6-7 hours with picnic lunch along our way. Our next stop is beautiful five river valley, a confluence of 5 rivers: Delgermurun, Bugsei, Chuluut, and Ider river combines into Selenge river. Arrive at our ger camp by the riverside. Short hiking toward to Borivt mountain where you will have panoramic view of the surrounding including the view of the river confluence. Optional fishing or kayaking on the river. Dinner and overnight at the ger camp.

 


DAY 14. LAKE KHUVSGUL (B+L+D)

Breakfasts, we drive toward Lake Huvsgul. We visit Uushig Deer Stones before heading to Lake Huvsgul. Lunch at the ger restaurant and in the afternoon, we continue our journey toward the lake. The drive from Murun to Lake Huvsgul covers slightly more than 150 kilometers, passing across a landscape of green hills studded by rock outcroppings, river valleys with braided channels which crisscross the lush valley floors and skies filled with hunting birds-of-prey. The road can get bumpy as it passes the settlement of Khatgal and enters the forests surrounding the lake, before emerging on the banks of Lake Huvsgul itself with your ger camp close at hand. Remainder of the day at leisure on Lake Huvsgul.

 


DAY 15. LEISURE DAY IN LAKE HUVSGUL (B+L+D)

In the morning, enjoy 2-hour horseback riding along the lake shore. The rest of the day is spent in leisurely activities and sightseeing on Lake Huvsgul and its surroundings - there are a number of ways to spend the day, including optional boat journeys, gentle walking, visit to Darkhad family and a visit to the Tsaatan nomads – the 'Reindeer People'. Enjoy 2-hour kayaking on the lake.

 


DAY 16. URAN TOGOO (B+L+D)

We depart from Lake Huvsgul and start our journey toward the Khangai region of Mongolia; here one will definitely admire the nature beauty. Khangai region is beautiful mountainous area that is rich in wood, wildlife and rivers. Picnic lunch along the way and optional nomadic family visit. We arrive at our ger camp near Uran Togoo Mountain. Short drive to Uran Togoo and enjoy hiking into the ancient volcano that was active 20-25 thousand years ago. Return to the ger camp, dinner and overnight.

 


DAY 17. AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY (B+L+D)

Today we head to the east to magnificent Amart monastery located in Baruun Buren, Selenge. Our road trip, passes by Bulgan town as well as industrial town Erdenet which has one of Mongolia’s largest copper mines. Arrive at our ger camp and lunch. In the afternoon, we visit renowned Amat established between 1727 and 1736. The monastery was dedicated to dedicated to Undur Gegeen Zanabazar. Return to the ger camp, dinner and overnight.

 

 

DAY 18. ULAANBAATAR (B+L+D) 

Today we drive toward Ulaanbaatar with the early start from the ger camp. Our drive takes 7-8 hours with lunch along the way at the local restaurant. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar in the late afternoon and check in at the hotel. Optional shopping for souvenir if time allows. Enjoy traditional folklore concert at Tumen Ekh ensemble. Farewell dinner.

 

 

 

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide(s) throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Ticket to the Giant Genghis Monument Complex
  • Private transfers (4WD Japanese minivans + Experienced driver) – 4 tourists in 1 van
  • Twin share in traditional Mongolia ger at good tourist ger camps – 13 nights
  • Twin shared good tents during tented camping nights – 2 nights
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • 1-hour Camel riding fees in the Gobi
  • 2-hour Horse riding fees in Gun-Galuut
  • 2-hour kayaking fees in Huvsgul
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable

 

EXCLUSIONS

  • International Airfare/train tickets + Tax
  • Travel insurance & Visa fees
  • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
  • Airport Transfer
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
  • Optional activities (additional horse riding, camel riding, kayaking etc)
Number of days: 18
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: Everything which is not mentioned in the itinerary
What to bring: Walking sandals, walking shoes, Sunglasses and Sun cream etc
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Tour categories:
Private tours
Cultural tours
Adventure tours
Offroad tours
Sightseeing tours
Winter tours
Special Event tours
Wildlife tours
Highlight tours
Photo tours
Hiking tours
Horseback riding tours
Circle tours
Short tours
Budget tours
Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Russian
Other
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.