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Travel Buddies- A Leading Mongolia Tour Company
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
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Availability : June to September
Activity level: Active Adventure
Price: from $1960
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  • TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

    • Trek to Altai Taivan Bogd National Park

    • Walk on Potanian ice glacier

    • Meet with Eagle hunters

    • Explore man stone and rock painting arts

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    The Mongolian Altais are known for their high snow-capped mountains, glaciers, ancient archeological sites, and the unique nomadic customs of the local people including Kazakhs and Tuvans. The Altais with their eternal snow, glaciers, and traces of ancient ice covers have been well preserved due to the constantly cold climate and strong winds. The area is inhabited by some endangered animals (such as the Argali sheep, Ibex, Snow Leopard, Rock Ptarmigan and Altai Snowcock) and plants (such as the Dwarf Siberian Pine and White Gentiana). The Altais also contain Potanin, the largest glacier in the country.

    ACTIVITIES –  Easy trek /horse riding / Wildlife

    ACTIVITY LEVEL –  Active Adventure

    DURATION / DISTANCE 10 days / 9 nights / 1050 km with car

    PLACES VISITED –  Khovd town / Tsambagarav mountain / Khoton Khurgan lake / Altai Tavan Bogd National Park / Tsagaan Salaa / Altantsugts / Ulgii

    GROUP SIZE
    Minimum group size 2 people
    Average size of group 2-4 people

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    • Day 0: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia

      ulaanbaatar smallArrival at the Chinggis Khaan International Airport and transfer to the hotel for check in. Enjoy the rest of today at leisure to relax or begin exploring the treasures of Mongolia. Hotel in Ulaanbaatar is not included in the package.

    • DAY 1: FLY TO KHOVD TOWN AND DO CITY TOUR (2 HOURS)(D)

      Take a domestic flight to Khovd aimag, western Mongolia where our local driver and guide will pick you up. Visit a local museum and craft shop. Overnight in a local hotel.

       

    • DAY 2 – TSAMBARAV UUL NATIONAL PARK (160KM )(B,L,D)

      After breakfast, drive to Tsambgarav national park. Meet our host Kazakh family and get a glimpse of their life style. Drive to the Tsats Uul (Tsats Mountain) for hiking and visit 7m high waterfall & small glacial lake. After a half-day trek, head back to our host family. Stay overnight with a host Kazakh nomad family.

    • DAY 3 & 4 – TREKKING HOTON & HURGAN LAKESIDE (280KM )(B,L,D)

      We will spend two days for trekking and horseback riding here. Lake Hoton and Hurgan is twin and it is perfect for trekking with beautiful scenery and several archaeological and historical sites to explore. The more west you conquer from here, the more beautiful places you get to see. This place is also a good spot to relax as there are around 35 hot springs on the northwest where you can take a warm bath. Stay overnights in camping tent.

    • DAY 5 & 6 – HORSE TREK TO POTANIAN GLACIER (180KM)(B,L,D)

      Altai Tavan Bogd Mountain national park is a great place for trekking and horse riding. There are many big and small glaciers that stay throughout the year. Potanian is the biggest glacier in Mongolia and one of the biggest in central Asia. You can walk on the ice with trekking shoes. We will ride horse /hike to the Potanian glacier; Ice River starts from Altai Tavan Bogd snow peak. Ride back to base camp and stay overnights in tent. Trekking for 22kms.

    • DAY 7 – TSAGAAN SALAA (180KM)(B,L,D)

      After breakfast, drive to the north to Tsagaan Salaa to explore some of the best petro glyphs not only in Mongolia but in central Asia. There are around 10000 petro glyphs that cover an area of around 15 km and explored best on foot. Lunch here and will be prepared by guide. Overnight with a nomad family.

       

    • DAY 8 – ALTANTSOGTS (150KM)(B,L,D)

      Today we will head to Altantsugts soum to meet eagle hunter family and learn from the ancient eagle hunting practice. The hunter will share the ancient practice of finding, training and hunting with bird of prey. Stay overnight with the family.

       

    • DAY 9 : DRIVE TO ULGII (60KM-2 HOURS)(B,L,D)

      After breakfast drive to Ulgii to visit local museum and bazaar (local art craft and market). Enjoy traditional Kazakh concert in the evening. Overnight at local hotel.

       

    • DAY 10 : RETURN TO ULAANBAATAR (3.5 hours with domestic flight)(B,L)

      Take a flight to Ulaanbaatar.

       

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  • DEPARTURE FOR PRIVATE & SMALL GROUP FOR 2017:
    June to September. Dates are flexible and able to customise.

    CREATE YOUR OWN GROUP WITH FLEXIBLE DATE:

    1420 USD per person based on 4 people
    1630 USD per person based on 3 people
    1960 USD per person based on 2 people

    PRICE INCLUDES:

    • 4 nights at camping tent, 2 nights at local hotel and 3 nights home stay
    • Return domestic flight ticket (UB-Khovd and Ulgii-UB)
    • All transport throughout tour in 4WD vehicles Russian van
    • English speaking guide , local horse riding guides
    • Sightseeing, camel and horse riding fee, entrance fees and museum tickets
    • Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
    • Bottled water – 1 liter per day
    • Camping facilities, tent and sleeping bags with sheets
     

    PRICE NOT INCLUDES:

    • International airfares
    • Visa application & fees
    • Tipping(optional)
    • Travel insurance (recommended)
    • Personal expenses
    • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar-Travel Buddies can arrange all types of accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
    • Meals/beverages not stated in itinerary
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  • FORESEE THE COUNTRY

    Mongolia is developing country with vast landscapes and road transportation projects are still on going but it has many opportunities to experience adventure travel. From doing outdoor activities, immersing nomad culture and local communities. Experiencing authentic Mongolia may require a spirit of adventure, flexibility, basic comfort of accommodation and facilities. Luxuries are only found around Ulaanbaatar. Travelling through the countryside can involve hours driving in a 4wd vehicle over the dusty and bumpy road; most roads are unpaved.Toilets during the drive over the vast steppe may not find but the rule of nature applies as you can toilet anywhere you feel alright.

    ACCOMMODATION

    Accommodations are clean and traditional. Mongolian traditional house (Yurt) called Ger is provided for the entire trip. Traditional dwelling; one room round tent made of a latticed wood structure covered with layers of felt and canvas, heated by a wood stove and furnished with wood-framed 1-4 beds. The camp restaurant and western-style toilet and shower facilities are located in a central building or big Ger found  a few hundred feet from the Gers. We use fine tourist camps but not the best so if you require finest accommodation (e.x Ger with en-suite bathroom or) there is surcharge.

    Traditional Nomadic homes: Overnight in nomad family’s extra Ger that built next to their’s. You will immerse in nomad lifestyle visiting and having closer insight of them. The toilet there is dry and shower is not available.

    SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

    Single supplement assurance single accommodations in Gers. If single traveller wishes to share accommodations, no single supplement surcharge – only if you require your own Ger accommodation. Make sure to send us your request at least 30 days prior to the tour start.

    MEALS

    Food during the tour can be found many varieties of a typical meat-based dish with vegetable and rice/pasta/noodle. Fortunately, vegetarian foods are available and can be requested. Some of the lunch meals are picnic. Bringing some snacks with you is recommended.

    VEHICLE

    Road in Mongolia is tough and it requires excellent vehicles with experienced drivers. We ensure reliable and excellent vehicle including 4WD Land cruiser, Japanese mini-van and Russian van.

    INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE
    There are several flights per week to the capital, Ulan Bator (ULN), from Beijing, Seoul, Moscow and Turkey.

    VISA REQUIREMENTS

    Visa is required for most travellers, and must be obtained in advance of entry. The only exception is US citizens, who can enter the country as a tourist for up to 90 days. It is your responsibility to organise a visa for Mongolia. Please contact us if you need a Mongolian visa support letter and further assistance.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE IS RECOMMENDED

    Insurance fee /expenses to cancel travel, health insurance/ is not included in travel payment. We hereby recommend you to involve in travel insurance by Insurance Authorities in host country and under conditions and terms proposed by them.

    It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return to your country, with at least 2 blank pages at the time of travel.

    KNOW WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

    Bring your warm clothes, the weather in the evening and early morning is cold in the countryside though it is summer. Raincoat-August is only raining season in Mongolia. First aid kit, flashlight, insect repellent, cap, sunglasses, scarf, sun cream, lip balm, backpack and own towel. Definitely, your camera and its equipment.

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