HORSE TREKKING TO EIGHT LAKE and GOBI DESERT
Duration: 14 days, 13 nights
Group Size: 1-24
Overland Tour: Distance 2200kms by car, 60 kms by horses
Activities: Horse and camel riding, hiking, see eagle visiting Erdenezuu temple and Kharkhorin museum and Khustai National park to see wild horses.
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30% off for children under 2-6 years old
this wonderful overland driving and horse trekking trip takes you to natural and cultural wonders in the Central Mongolia: the hidden pristine lake Terkh and the stunning Khorgo volcano, the legendary capital city Kharkhorin, Khogno Khan and amazing 8 lakes. You’ll experience how landscape and cultural sightseeing blend easily in Mongolia – you will have the chance to visit families of nomads, remote Buddhist monasteries and to take part in horse-riding and hiking and Gobi desert. There are also endless opportunities for photography.
Day 1. Baga gazriin chuluu
We will start our trip with a full day driving to the Baga Gazariin Chuluu Ruins 1768 m high granite Stone Mountain in the territory of Adaatsag soum, Dundgobi aimag. They are not only rich in mineral and crystals, but also eye spring, old stone temple ruins related with 17th century. We will hike around mountain. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.
Day 2. Tsagaan suvraga
After breakfast, we will drive to Tsagaan suvraga (WhiteStupa). It is located junction of middle Gobi and south Gobi provinces. Tsagaan Suvraga (White Stupa) is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from a distance seems to be the ruins of the ancient city. Hiking is very good point. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.
Day 3. ”Three beauty mountains” National Park
The mountains here are the highest in the Gobi Desert and the rocky scenery is quite interesting, especially until mid-July while the ice in a gorge remains. Some wildlife viewing. We’ll walk 3kms through a narrow valley, then 3 kms back to the minivan. Stay overnight in camping out.
Day 4. “Khongoryn Els” sand dunes
In the morning, we will drive to “Khongoryn Els” sand dunes. The Khongoryn Els is some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. We will see beautiful views, huge sand dunes and a cold water spring with a river that leads to two small ponds. Stay overnight in a
nomadic family’s Ger.
Day 5.” Khongoryn Els” sand dunes
We will climb and hike to the top of the highest sand dunes. There is an oasis near Khongor creek at the northern edge of the sand dune. The dunes make sound like plane engine in a windy day so it’s named as “Singing Dunes”. 1 hour camel ride trial. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger. Have Mongolian traditional BBQ for dinner (upon your request).
Day 6. Bayan Zag
In the morning, we will drive to Bayan Zag. It means “rich in saxual shrubs” is more commonly known as the “Flaming Cliffs”. It was formed 60-70 million years ago. The area is most famous for the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Flaming Cliffs was discovered in 1922 by the explorer Roy Chapman Andrew, who visited in Mongolia. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.
Day 7. Ongyn Hiid
We will drive to Ongyn hiid, where you can see the ruins of a big monastery on the bank of the Ongiin River. This monastery has 28 temples and other buildings on the south slope of the Rocky Mountain like Balsa country and stupa which are not broken. This monastery had about 1000 lamas and it was destroyed during the Stalinist purges in 1930s. The Ongyn hiid was one of the biggest temples in Gobi’s area of Mongolia. Stay overnight in a camping out.
Day 8. Orkhon valley
In the morning drive to Orkhon valley. We’ll visit the local museum and visit the market to explore the local life style. We’ll drive to the “Ulaan Tsutgalan” which means “Waterfall”. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.
Day 9. Eight lakes
On this day we will start our four day trek around the lakes. Here we will leave our vehicles and load our luggage and food on pack horses. Before the horse trek your guide will explain how to ride a Mongolian horse. Then start horse riding to Bodongiin am valley.. Picnic lunch in the forest. Stay overnight in a camping out.
Day 10. Eight lakes
After breakfast we will pack luggage. We will ride our horse to Khuist Lake. This lake is ted with a large rock island. We will pass a high mountain from where we will be able to see two lakes. We will stay nomadic family. Explore the yak herder family lifestyle. You can help family. For example to bring animals, chop wood, clean the animal areas, and make dairy products. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.
Day 11. Eight lakes
Ride your horse to Shireet Lake which is the biggest lake in the valley. On the way we can see four more lakes. Explore the flora and fauna of the valley. Stay overnight in a camping out.
Day 12. Tsenher hot spring
At the lunch, we will drive to Tsenkher hot spring. You’ll be able to relax taking natural hot bath in the hot spring water. Stay overnight in tourist ger camp.
Day 13. Karakorum city and Khogno Khaan National Reserve
The symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdenezuu, the oldest monastery, with 108 stupas, built in 1586. Then visit Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Ancient state period halls. After. Drive to Khongo Khaan Mountains. On reaching the mountain after 4-5 hours you will arrive at a nomadic family Ger in front of this beautifully forested and rocky mountain. The mountain is home to hundreds of birds, deer, and gazelle. You’ll be able to go hiking to the temple ruin. Stay overnight in nomadic family Ger.
Day 14. Hustai National Park and Back Ulaanbaatar
We will see Takhi, the Asian wild horse. If you have a chance, see wolf, argali sheep and deer. Enjoy small hiking and photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. Finally, we’ll drive back to Ulaanbaatar.
- 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 in 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.
- 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 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.