Mongolia Express Tour - 5 Days

Route: Mini Gobi – Orkhon Valley – Kharkhorin – Ulan Bator 1100km

• Region: Central Mongolia

• Tour highlights: Horse and camel ride, hiking, Erdene zuu monastery

• Available: Available throughout the year

• Length of tour: 4 nights / 5 Days 

• Travel Style: Leisure, comfort

Travel to the heart of Mongolia for one week of discovery, in the Orkhon Valley where you will live as closely as possible to the nomads. Discover Przewalski's wild horses, visit the former capital of Mongolia and Erdene Zuu Monastery and ride a camel along the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarkhai.

Day1. Discovering wild horses

Ulan Bator - Khustai National Park 120km

Journey to Khustai Reserve that houses the Przewalski horses (takh). Twilight is the best moment to observe them. We will walk to the river where they drink, and observe them with no fear to bother.

On the road to Mini-Gobi 160km

We arrive at the beautiful rock formations of Khogno Khan. Discovery of the park: semi-desert steppes, taiga, stunning rocky formations, 80-kilometres (49,71 miles) long sand dunes, are characteristic of this arid area nicknamed "Mini-Gobi".

Walk until Erdene Khambiin Monastery. "Monk Erdene's Monastery" dates from 17th century and was built on the mountain. Zanabazar built it in honour of his teacher, monk Erdene.

Camel ride and hike along the sand dunes of Elsen tasarkhai. 

You will discover their way of life, and you will be proposed many activities, such as milking, making traditional dairy products, or rounding up the animals with a horse.

Stay overnight: Nomadic family’s ger or tourist camp

Day2. Orkhon waterfalls

Khogno Khan – Orkhon Valley 250km

Journey to Orkhon Valley. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Valley is a land of nomadism, and many breeders set their summer camp there.

Visit of Ulan Tsutgalaan falls, white flood flowing on the black stone, transformed in the rainbow by a little sunray... These 16-metres (52,49 feet) falls just magic! They formed 20.000 years ago, as a result of a unique combination of earthquakes and volcano eruptions.

Stay overnight: Nomadic family’s ger or tourist camp

Day3. Stay among nomads in Orkhon

Those who wish will go horse trekking along Orkhon Valley, from the camp until Orkhon waterfalls.

Stay overnight: Nomadic family’s ger or tourist camp

Day4. Kharkhorin ancient capital city 

Orkhon Valley – Kharkhorin 150km

Journey to Kharkhorin, the former capital of Mongolia. The legendary city of Genghis Khan was founded in 1220 and was one of the stages of the silk road. The Mongolian Empire was governed from this town until Kubilai Khan set up the capital in Beijing. Today, there are only a few vestiges left of the former capital.

Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586 by a nomad prince. The Chinese and Tibetan-inspired buildings are surrounded with 108 sacred stupas.  Visit the Museum of Kharkhorin.

Stay overnight: Gaya ger guesthouse or tourist camp.

Day5. Back to the Mongolian capital

Back to Ulan-Bator. Last herds of wild horses are crossing the road outside our astonished eyes, last yurts smoking far away, the steppe will be with us until the last moment. Arrival in town and settling in at your accommodation, where you can rest a few minutes.

Rest of the day free. With our guide, you can go and shop in the centre of the city.

 

 

Discounts: 30% off for children under 2-6 years old 

Included

• Transfers upon arrival and departure

• English speaking guide at all times.

• In the countryside, all lodging will be in ger camps and nomadic family’s Ger.

• All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary.

• Ground transportation: in the countryside by driven 4WD van, bus in the city area.

• Park entrance fees

• Horse and Camel ride

• Sightseeing as per itinerary

• 1.5 liter of drinking water per day per person

Not included

• Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar

• Hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills, and laundry services

• Travel insurance, medical insurance

• Visa application fees

• Alcoholic beverages

• Personal expenses such as IDD call, the internet, laundry, items of a personal nature

• Gratuity to local guides and drivers

• Airfare or train ticket

• Airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 44pound / 20kilo)

• Changes of arrival/departure flights

• Additional services

• Any charges of major force beyond our control (e.g. imposition, quarantine restrictions, etc…)

Packing list

This is a suggested packing list, which you should feel free to adjust to suit your needs. Please refer to our travel guide for more detailed information. 

• backpack or soft bag

• waterproof bag cover

• day pack

• headlamp/flashlight

• spare batteries/bulb

• personal medications

• waterproof hiking boots

• waterproof jacket with hood

• waterproof over pants

• fleece jacket or wool jumper

• cotton t-shirts

• long sleeve shirts

• lightweight trousers

• shorts

• socks

• underwear

• sun hat

• sandals

• sunglasses

• sun cream

• insect repellent

• resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags

• binoculars/camera

• watch/ alarm clock

• money belt/ pouch

• insurance confirmation copy

• emergency contact number

 

Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch/Dinner
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Entrance fees (i.e. parks, events)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Accommodation (Hotel)
Transport: Bus/Minibus
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