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Central & Northern Mongolian Golden circuit 11day tour

The tour takes 11 days to cover one of the best travel destinations Center & Northern Mongolia in shorts possible time with experiencing local culture along with natural beauties. This tour takes to the most popular tourist destinations including UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Karakorum city, Orkhon valley), Karakorum ruins and the museum of ancient Mongolian capital and oldest famous Erdene Zuu monastery. Much more beautiful is a Khuvsgul Lake is the world’s freshest lake that is located in amazingly beautiful virgin nature in the territory of Mongolia in Central Asia. And dormant volcano is an Uran Togoo Uul as well as more interesting Terelj National Park. It is the best experience of Mongolia and a very educational tour.

Brief itinerary:

Day1. Karakorum

Day2. Tsenher hot spring

Day3. Khorgo & Terkh National Park

Day4. Murun city

Day5. Khuvsgul Lake

Day6. Khuvsgul Lake

Day7. Uran crater

Day8. Ugii Lake

Day9. Elsen tasarhai

Day10. Terelj National park

Day11. Ulaanbaatar

Full itinerary

Day1. Karakorum

In the morning, our guide and a driver will pick up from your hotel or guesthouse and start our tour. We leave the city before we pass some shops. After shops directly driving towards to Karakorum city & Erdenezuu monastery for 340 km. Lunch served on the way some and then after toward our next destination is a Karakorum ancient city. The most prominent historical site in Orkhon Valley is the Karakorum, ancient capital of the Mongol empire. The Karakorum, founded in 1220 by Genghis khan, was not only the capital of the vast Mongolian Empire but the epic center of trade along Silk Road. However, the Karakorum of today is a small settlement with little focus on tourism. Upon arrival in the village, we will visit the museum of Karakorum and learn about the beautiful ancient Karakorum. Then we will visit the magnificent and the oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdenezuu, built in the 16th century, with 108 stupas. After returning to the vehicle, head to tonight’s Ger guesthouse. B+L+D.

Day2. Tsenher hot spring

After breakfast, we will drive to Tsenher hot spring for 240 km. On the way, first stopping Tsetserleg town is famous for its many old volcanoes, have lunch and then continue for 45 km to the Tsenher hot spring. These volcanoes explain the presence of the springs natural hot water that flows all year long at 1860 meters above the sea level and its water is not mixed with soil waters because it is hot. They transfer the hot water via tubes from and built some pools. Curative water and amazing nature featured by wooden mountains make this an excellent place to relax. A night bath is great. Sitting in the pool drinking while seeing stars in the dark is one of the favorite active here. Overnight tourist camp. B+L+D.

Day3. Khorgo & Terkh National Park

After breakfast, we will drive to Khorgo Dormant Volcano is the youngest volcano in Mongolia for 200 km. First stopping at Tsetserleg town, have lunch and then continue for 140 km to the Khorgo & Terkh N.P. Khorgo volcano is only one which has no soil somewhere and no water inside the crater because Khorgo exploded much later that those volcanos. After returning to the vehicle, head to Terkh White Lake, the lake 16 km long from west to east and 6 km wide from north to south. The lake 10 species of fish such as Taimen, perch, lenok and pike and including swan, shelduck, duck, gull, common heron and great white egret gather here. You can go short hiking a lake. Overnight Ger guesthouse. B+L+D.

Day4. Murun city

After breakfast, we will drive to (off-road) Murun city (Khuvsgul province) for 300 km. Around 200 km, we will stop for lunch served on the way and then continue at around 100 km to the Murun city. Murun city (Khuvsgul province) is the northernmost of the 21 aimags (provinces) of Mongolia. The name is derived from Lake Khuvsgul. This city a transport hub in northern Mongolia that's also the center of civilization in this part of the country. It comes alive in the summer when tourists pass through on their way to Khuvsgul Lake. Usually, we will arrive in Murun city at around 18:00 p.m. Dinner will be served in the restaurant. After returning to the vehicle, head to tonight’s Ger guesthouse. B+L+D.

Day5. Khuvsgul Lake

After breakfast, we will drive to the Khuvsgul lake for 140 km. This lake is 136 km long and 36 km wide at 1645 m above sea level. It is the second-largest lake in Mongolia. Khuvsgul lake has a volume of 380 km3 and it is the second in Asia and the 14th largest in the world. Khuvsgul lake contains 93.6% of total surface freshwater of Mongolia and 1% of world freshwater. Khuvsgul Lake is surrounded by beautiful high mountains of the Khoridol-Saridag and the Bayan Mountain Ranges, along the west shore. At noon, we stop for lunch in Khatgal town. After continuing for 45 km to the Khuvsgul Lake. There is a great opportunity to hiking, kayaking or just enjoy at wild nature to take photos. Also, you can ride a motor-boat around the lake. Overnight tourist camp. B+L+D.

Day6. Khuvsgul Lake (horseback riding)

After a relaxing morning breakfast, we will meet our local horse guide. You will be briefed by the horse guide about the rules for horse riding and sightseeing opportunities in the area. We will make a horseback riding trip alongside the shore lake and the surrounding with forest mountains to have a better look at the beautiful Blue Pearl Lake Khuvsgul and visit Reindeer nomadic family. Lunch served on the way. Overnight tourist camp B+L+D.

Day7. Uran crater

After breakfast, we will drive to Uran crater for 350 km. Uran crater or know as Urantogoo Uul the biggest volcano in Mongolia. This volcano was active in the 3rd to 4th geological periods and was exploded 20-25 thousand years ago. This mountain is unevenly covered by larch trees and the larch forest is still increasing in recent years. Lunch served on the way (name of Jargalant town) and then after continue to the Uran crater. You can go short climbing to the Uran crater. After returning to the vehicle, head to tonight’s Ger guesthouse. B+L+D.

Day8. Ugii Lake

After breakfast, we will head to Ugii Lake for 200 km. Lunch served on the way and then after continue to the Ugii Lake. This freshwater lake has herbaceous grasses and is surrounded by steppes. Around this lake, there are many swamps, ponds, flood plains, pastures, and sandy areas. The lake is 5 km wide and 7 km long, and approximately 40% of the lake is not deeper than 3 m. Ugii lake has lots of water birds and fish including perches and pikes for fishing. Ugii lake has lots of water birds and fish including perches and pikes for fishing. You can go hiking shore of the lake. Overnight Ger guesthouse. B+L+D.

Day9. Elsen tasarhai

After breakfast, drive towards to Elsen Tasarhai knows as well Mongolian Sand Dune for 150 km. lunch served on the way. The area is surrounded by sand dunes, hills covered with rare bushes and a small forest near a river. Together this presents a unique combination of Mongolian mountains, forests and Gobi-type landscape in one location. These stays among locals will give you the opportunity to share the daily life of your hosts and taking part in their tasks. You will be led to help to make dairy products, to take part in milking the animals or to help to round up the herd. We will ride camels along sand dunes and enjoy the incredible contrasting view. Overnight Ger guesthouse /nomad family/. B+L+D.

Day10. Terelj National Park

After breakfast, we will drive towards to Terelj National Park for 350 km. Lunch served on the way, and then continue driving to Terelj N.P. Terelj is considered one of the most scenic areas in all of Mongolia and is a short drive outside of the capital. It's a rather mountainous area with a beautiful river, forests and some interestingly shaped rocks and It is a landscape of transition from Siberian taiga forest to grass steppe. Overnight in Ger guesthouse /nomad family/. Tonight's special dinner (Khorkhog is a barbecue dish in Mongolian cuisine). B+L+D.

Day11. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar “Genghis khan Equestrian Statue”

After breakfast, we will head to Ulaanbaatar for 70 km. On the way, visit  “Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue ” which is currently the biggest (40 meters high) equestrian statue in the world. There is a recreation area, restaurants, and souvenir shops occupy the base structure. From here, you can ascend to the head of the horse using an elevator. There you have a good panoramic view of the complex area and the scenery beyond. Lunch served on the way, after heading to Ulaanbaatar. In the evening we will attend an amazing performance (18:00 P.M) of Mongolian traditional music and dance. Overnight hotel or guesthouse. B+L.

Tour Info

Accommodation: During your countryside stay we provide Ger guesthouse accommodations, most of the guesthouse supply the Mongolian traditional dwelling Ger as guest’s accommodation. Normally, 4 or 5 beds are in one Ger. Ger guesthouse means: Some nomadic people who live within a national park area have their own small business for Ger accommodation for backpackers. Staying there gives you a chance to get closely acquainted with the way of life and culture of the Mongolian people.

● Some local guesthouses offer food service for their customers. Usually, it serves Mongolian meals and Russian styled meals. 

● Shower & toilet most of the local Ger guesthouse does not have formal toilets.

● Electricity: There is no electricity at the same local Ger guesthouses specially located far away from the village or town.

Meals: During your travels with us, guides for cooking you. Most of the Mongolian traditional meal is based on meat, choices of beef, mutton, goat, chicken and, even vegetables. So, please let us know if you have a special request (vegan). It is also available to have and taste traditional dairy products when you visit to nomad families. Someday will be picnic lunch as well as on the way we will pass local restaurants or cuisine.

Transportation: In the countryside, we mostly use Russian minivan, Japanese or Korean minivans as well as Japanese Jeeps.

Guide & Drivers: We offer you the best ones in our industry by their knowledge, customer care, personality. All our tour guides are highly experienced (minimum of 3 years) and have an excellent level of language, knowledge of our Mongolian culture and custom & tradition. About tour drivers, they know their duty, road, and vehicles as well as how to make you comfortable in a long ride.

Number of days: 11
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
Transport: Minivan
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.