NORTHERN, WESTERN and CENTRAL MONGOLIA
Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Group Size: 1-10
Overland Tour: Distance 3100 km
Activities: Horse and camel riding, hiking, visiting Amarbayasgalant monastery, Khustai National park to see wild horses.
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North Mongolia is especially known for its famous Lake Khovsgol, the smaller brother of the nearby Lake Baikal to the north in Russia. The clear crystal blue lake reflects the soaring mountains and sky, surrounded on all sides by massive green plains. Western Mongolia is famous for being the home for a dozen ethnic groups of Mongolia and the Kazakh people and is the least traveled area of the country.
Day 1. Amarbayasgalant monastery
This is one of the most well-known and largest monasteries of Mongolia, it is located in the beautiful Iven Gol River valley on the foot of Burenkhan Mountain in Baruunburen village of Selenge province. Visitors especially enjoy the magnificent art and architectural construction. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.
Day 2. Uran Togoo Mountain
It is Volcano Mountain in Bulgan province. We will see ruins which was Uyghur city ruin Baibalik is situated 14km west from the center of Khutag-Under Small town. Stay overnight in camping out.
Day 3. Khuvsgul Lake
In the morning drive to Khuvsgul Lake. It is the second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia. 99 springs and rivers flow into the lake and just one river flows out of the Khuvsgul which is Eg River. Also the lake surrounded by alpine mountains, which are covered with thick taiga. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.
Day 4. Khuvsgul Lake
You will ride horse or hike along shore of the lake. On the way we will visit Tsaatan family, breed reindeers. Some families bring their reindeer to the Shore of Khuvsgul Lake each summer, to partake in the tourist in industry. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger. Have Mongolia traditional barbecue for dinner.
Day 5. Jugnayn Lake
We will drive to Jugnayn Lake, which is located near Tsetseleg village in the Khovsgol province. You can see Rock drawings and Men stone near that area. You can go fishing and hiking. Stay overnight in camping out.
Day 6. Telmen Lake
We will drive to Telmen Lake which is a saltwater lake in Zavkhan, Mongolia. There are three islands in the lake, where many migratory birds gather. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s ger.
Day 7-8. Khyargas Lake
We will drive to Khyargas Lake, one of the largest lakes in Mongolia and top attractions in western Mongolia. The basic attraction of the lake is Khetsuu Khad (Hard Rock) an enormous rock sticking out of the water that attracts migratory cormorant birds. The birds arrive in April and hatch their young in large nests built on the rock. Stay overnight in camping out.
Then drive to Buurug del sand dunes which are direct continues of Gobi desert and the most northern edge of desert zone in the world. The dunes and surrounding mountains are designated wilderness; this is a great place to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty in a variety of ways. Here you can climb up to the dunes. Stay overnight in nomadic family’s Ger.
Day 9. Senjit had
The rocky formations of Senjit Khad have a very interesting shape. In effects, the often violent wind coming from Gobi Desert drilled the rock in several places and in the middle of the rock. This rocky formation is located on top of a hill from where you’ll enjoy an amazing view on the whole area, with its desert-type landscapes typical of Gobi. Stay overnight in camping out.
Day 10. Otgontenger Mountain
Otgontenger means “youngest sky” is the highest peak in the Khangai Mountains in Mongolia. It is 4021m high. The mountain is located in Zavkhan Province and is the only peak in the Khangai range that is capped with a permanent glacier. The south face of Mount Otgontenger is the most extensive granite wall in Mongolia. Since the introduction of Buddhism, traditional Mongolian beliefs have held that wrathful deities inhabit many of Mongolia’s sacred mountains. Ochirvaani is particularly associated with Otgontenger. Stay overnight in camping out.
Day 11. Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake National Park
We will drive to Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake National Park. Extinct volcanic craters, pine-clad lava fields, the occasional herd of grazing yaks and the Great White Lake, as it’s known in English, are the natural highlights of the Arkhangai province. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.
Day 12. Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake National Park
On this day we will take it easy and rest. Some of the activities which can be done are horse riding and hiking. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s ger.
Day 13. Tsenkher hot spring
We will drive to the Tsenkher hot springs. It is one of the biggest hot springs in Mongolia with a temperature of 86 degree hot, a high flow rate, high alkalinity and relatively high amounts of fluoride. The hot spring is mostly used for relaxing and restoring your health. Stay overnight in a tourist ger camp.
Day 14. Orkhon valley
We’ll drive to waterfall “Orkhon”, which is great place for taking photos and go hiking through the gorge. 1 hour horse ride trail. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.
Day 15. Khogno Khan Nature Reserve
We’ll to drive to Mount Khogno Khan Nature Reserve in the afternoon. On reaching the mountain after a couple of hours you will arrive at a nomadic family ger in front of this beautifully forested rocky mountain. The mountain is home to hundreds of birds, deer, and gazelle. You’ll be able to go hiking around the area or to the small sand dunes nearby called “Elsen tasarkhai”. 1 hour camel ride trail. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.
Day 16. Khustai National Park and 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
- lightweight trousers
- sun hat
- sun cream
- insect repellent
- resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
- watch/ alarm clock
- money belt/ pouch
- insurance confirmation copy
- emergency contact number