Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Group Size: 1-24
Overland Tour: Distance 1050 km
Tour Operator: Tours
Activities: Horse and camel riding, hiking, visiting Erdenezuu temple and Kharkhorin museum and Khustai National park to see wild horses.
Provide more than 2pax
30% off for children under 2-6 years old
Travel to the heart of Mongolia for one week of discovery, in the Orkhon Valley where you'll 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. Kharkhorin ancient capital city
Ulaanbaatar – Kharhorin 365km. A morning drive will take us to Kharhorin, the former capital of Great Mongolian Empire in the 13th century. Although considered as an ancient capital, there are very few remains left from this historic place. We will visit the one of the largest and oldest Buddhist monastery named “Erdene Zuu” which was built upon the ruins and foundations of capital Kharhorin in 1586. Luckily it has survived communist purges in 1937 and was re-opened as a museum. Excursion to the local museum of Kharhorin city where you will explore traces of Mongolian history dating from early Stone Age to Great Mongolian Empire. The museum offers great collections of items that were found from various excavation and expeditions around Kharhorin and Orkhon Valley. Following the museum we will stopover by other sites such as phallic rock and Turtle rocks. Overnight optional: Tourist ger camp / ger guesthouse. (L+D) OPTIONAL: On the way to Kharkhorin optional stopover by a Mongol Nomadic show which is a classic cultural show that demonstrated every and each bit of a nomadic lifestyle.
Additional cost: 40USD p/p
- Day2. Orkhon valley
Kharhorin- Orkhon valley 200km Today we will see Orkhon waterfall which is on the confluence of Ulaan and Orkhon rivers. Therefore occasionally locals would refer the Waterfall as Ulaan Tsutgalan, meaning Red Fall. The Orkhon waterfall is counted as the biggest waterfall in Mongolia due to its h and width. In the years of bountiful rainfalls, waterfall becomes majestic creating rainbows over its currents. You will have the opportunity to ride a horse in the valley Overnight optional: Tourist ger camp / nomadic family ger (B+L+D)
- Day3. Tsenkher hot spring
Orkhon Valley –Tsenkher hot spring 150km Tsenkher is one of the biggest natural hot springs found in the area with temperature of 86´C degrees. It’s popular for its healing properties and high flow rate, high alkalinity and huge content of fluoride and sulphur. The hot spring is mostly used for relaxing and restoring your health. Here we will have a hot tub outside and enjoy cold beer and beautiful scenery. Optional hiking and a great place for wild flower observers You will be given a plentiful time to soak yourself in the hot pool. Overnight at the tourist ger camp “Altan Nutag” (B+L+D)
- Day4. Khugnu Khaan Nature Reserve
Tsenkher hot spring – KhugnuKhaan Natural Reserve 220km We will carry onto Khugnu Khaan Nature Reserve today which is a combination of all kinds of natural settings such as mountains, forest, steppe, desert, small lake and mineral water spring all in same location forming unique scenery and representation different natural zones. The area is perfect for hiking, climbing. Experience Mongolian hospitality with locals. Camel riding on the dunes Overnight optional: tourist ger camp / nomadic family ger. (B+L+D)
- Day5. Khustai National Park and Ulaanbaatar
KhugnuKhaan Natural Reserve – Ulaanbaatar 280km On the way to Ulaanbaatar, we will stopover at Khustai National Park which is known as being a home of Przewalski wild horses. Named as “Takhi” in Mongolian, these are the last and only breed of wild horses in the world. Since its re-introduction, today in the Park, there are some 300 wild horses. The equality of the various ecosystems within the park assures abundant wildlife. 46 mammals, 172 birds, 2 amphibians, 3 reptiles, 16 fish, and over 289 insect species have been recorded. Back to Ulaanbaatar (B+L)
- 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
- 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, 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…)
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
- head lamp/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
- lightw trousers
- sun hat
- sun glasses
- sun cream
- insect repellent
- resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
- watch/ alarm clock
- money belt/ pouch
- insurance confirmation copy
- emergency contact number
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.
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.