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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: Leisurely
Group size: min 1
Price: $1021
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  • TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

      DETAILED DESCRIPTION

      There is truly something magical about the sprawling lands of Mongolia. From soaring white granite formations, to rolling velvet smooth sand dunes, the Mongolian landscape is a patchwork of mind blowing natural beauty. Featuring the very best of the stunning Gobi desert and the traditional, heart warming Mongolian culture, this unique experience will take your breath away.

      With this package not just discover Gobi Desert but also explore beautiful national parks including Terelj; popular for its giant granite form mountains and Hustai national park where the only wild horses were re-introduced. Full of activity and adventure is waiting for you !

      ACTIVITIES – Cultural Activities / Walking Tours / Camel riding / Horse riding /Wildlife

      ACTIVITY LEVEL – Leisurely

      DURATION / DISTANCE10 days / 9 nights / 2100km with the car

      PLACES VISITED – Baga Gazryn Chuluu / Yolyn am / Khongoryn Els / Bayanzag / Ongiin Khiid / Kharkhorin (Karakorum ruins and Erdene Zuu Khiid) / Hustai National Park / Terelj National Park

      GROUP SIZE

          • Minimum group size 3 person

          • Maximum group size size 8 people

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    • DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ULAANBAATAR, CAPITAL OF MONGOLIA

      You can arrive anytime and start exploring the city. Attractions to suggest for city tour – Gandan monastery, Main square, Bogd khan palace museum and Zaisan memorial hill. Overnight in hotel***.

       

       

       

       

      DAY 2: ULAANBAATAR – TERELJ NATIONAL PARK VIA CHINGGIS KHAN STATUE COMPLEX (120KM-3 HOURS) (B,L,D)

      Drive out to the eastern Mongolia where there is a massive stainless steel equestrian statue of Chinggis khan sitting in the steppe. Visit the statue complex consisting of souvenir shops and museums. Get to the horse neck by elevator that offers you fascinating view of the statue and surrounding area. Continue the journey traversing through iconic Turtle rock and Buddhist Meditation center in the mountainside. Explore the center with a stunning hike from crossing the short trail bridge to 108 stairs. Experience riding Mongolian pony horse with local guide and have a breathtaking time. First night in tourist Ger camp (2 to 4 people share Yurt with single beds, shower/bathroom in a separate building).

      DAY 3: ARRIVE IN MIDDLE GOBI, BAGA GAZRYN CHULUU (300KM-6 HOURS) (B,L,D)

      Surrender to this magical land today with the first taste of Mongolia’s fascinating Gobi landscape. Venturing into the Middle Gobi, a semi-arid steppe full of rare wildlife, stop for lunch along the way. Continuing journey to Baga Gazriin Chuluu ; iconic granite formation. The first night meets a nomadic family in the steppe zone sleep in their guest Ger (basic facilities but with no shower) next to their Ger. 

       

      DAY 4: HIKING IN THE ICE VALLEY (YOLYN AM) (400KM-7 HOURS) (B,L,D)

      Breathe in the crisp, cool air of Vulture Valley (Yolyn Am) with a stunning hike along a flowing stream. Following the stream, end up at an ice-filled gorge and marvel at the meters thick ice that lines the valley. Visit a small museum displaying a collection of dinosaur eggs, bones and exotic stuffed animals. Tonight is the first night in a tourist Ger camp.

       

       
       

      DAY 5: WANDER KHONGOR SAND DUNE (180KM-5 HOURS) (B,L,D)

      Leaving Vulture Valley this morning, prepare for an incredible journey through the Gobi Desert to Khongor Sand Dune. Let the mind wander as you travel through the spectacular landscape full of extremes. From the 300m high sand dunes and tropical oasis to luscious grasslands, the varied climates are home to camels. Do an hour camel riding. Overnight in tourist Ger camp (2 to 4 people share Yurt with single beds, shower/bathroom in a separate building).

       
       
       

      DAY 6: DISCOVER LAND OF DINOSAUR BAYANZAG VIA KHAVTSGAIT ROCK PAINTING MOUNTAIN (180KM-4 HOURS) (B,L,D)

      Travel to Khavtsgait, mountain with ancient rock paintings depicted ibex, camel, hunter and animals dated back to Bronze Age. Climbing the rock painting area offers mind-blowing view of endless steppe and lowland area. Head to Bayanzag to discover and learn about the incredible site known as Flaming Cliff. First excavated in 1922 the area is renowned worldwide for the dinosaur eggs and bones discovered in the classic desert of rock and red sand. Overnight in tourist Ger camp (2 to 4 people share Yurt with single beds, shower/bathroom in a separate building).

       

      DAY 7: HIKE THROUGH ONGI MONASTERY (170KM-4 HOURS) (B,L,D)

      Travel to the heart of the desert today and marvel at the Ongi monastery. Formerly one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia, Ongi was ruined during a period of political repression. Hike through the fascinating ruins and enjoy the scenery of the Ongi River that runs past the ancient site. Overnight in tourist Ger camp (2 to 4 people share Yurt with single beds, shower/bathroom in a separate building).

       
       
       

      DAY 8: TRAVERSE KARAKORUM RUINS AND ERDENE ZUU MONASTERY (280KM-6 HOURS) (B,L,D)

      After breakfast this morning drive to Karakorum, the site of the 13th century Mongolian capital. Take a tour through the ancient city before moving on the beautiful ruins of Erdene Zuu Monastery. Surrounded by huge 400m x 400m walls built from the ruins of Karakorum, the Erdene zuu was the first and the biggest Buddhist monastery of the 16th century. Overnight in tourist Ger camp (2 to 4 people share Yurt with single beds, shower/bathroom in a separate building).

       
       

      DAY 9: SEE WILD HORSE IN KHUSTAI NATIONAL PARK AND RETURN TO ULAANBAATAR (350KM-7 HOURS) (B,L)

      Travel to the Khustai national park and visit a small museum displaying a collection of photos and videos about the wild horse. Take a stunning hike to bring you closer discovering the wild horses of total about 400 adopting the re-introduced landscapes and wildlife. Drive to Ulaanbaatar city. Stay overnight in hotel***. Dinner is not arranged but you can enjoy many options available in Ulaanbaatar.

       

      DAY 10: DEPARTURE (B)

      Transfer to the airport.

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    • DEPARTURE FOR SMALL GROUP FOR 2018:

      05 June 2018 – 14 June 2018
      20 June 2018 – 29 June 2018
      14 July 2018 – 23 July 2018
      20 July 2018 – 29 July 2018
      02 August 2018 – 11 August 2018
      16 August 2018 – 25 August 2018
      30 August 2018 – 08 September 2018
      20 September 2018 – 29 September 2018

      TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:
      1021 USD per person
      120 USD for single supplement

      PRICE INCLUDES:

      • 2 nights in hotel***, 6 nights in tourist Ger camp and 1 night in extra nomad family’s Ger.
      • All transport throughout tour in 4WD vehicles (Japanese van)
      • English speaking guide
      • Sightseeing, camel and horse riding fee, entrance fees and museum tickets
      • Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
      • Airport pick-up & drop-off service
      • Bottled water – 1.5 liter per day
      • Sleeping bags with sheets

      PRICE NOT INCLUDES:

      • International airfares
      • Visa application & fees
      • Tipping(optional)
      • Travel insurance (recommended)
      • Personal expenses
      • 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.

      PACKING LIST

      • Large backpacks and bags

      Large backpacks and bags are always better than hard suitcase to be left in the luggage compartment, yurt and load it to cars multiple times. You need another small bag to accompany more often and to store your valuables like your wallet and travel documents.

      ELECTRONICS

      • Camera, and camera accessories

      Abundant wildlife, different landscapes and nomad indigenous people are such scenic that you definitely want to take your camera. Take a few spare memory cards and charger. Mongolia is on 220V power and uses European-style 2-pin plugs. Good batteries are hard to find in the countryside.

      IPod is handy to hear your own music when you bounce around in a Russian van.  Charger/radio player which plugs in a car cigarette lighter is useful.

      E-book reader is priceless if you love reading. Paper-back books are also great for those who prefer them. The only places you’ll be connected to Wi-Fi networks are in the cities.

      • LED Head torch

      Head torch is handy at nights when reading and going to toilet as electricity is unreliable in the countryside except in town, where coverage is still somewhat unpredictable.

      CLOTHES

      • Warm coat/jacket and layers

      Although June to September is summer in Mongolia, the weather is unpredictable, and nights have been known to dip below freezing even in the summer in some regions. Therefore, multiple layers are always recommended: remember, you can always take layers off or put them back on. Raincoats and ponchos are not only a must for occasional rainy weather, but they can be good insulators when placed outside your sleeping bag. Take waterproof shell layer to protect from the wind and the rain.

      Bring swimsuit for hot spa, enough spare pair of socks, sunglass, scarf, hat for protecting your face and gloves for warmth.

      • Trekking shoes

      All terrains from Gobi Desert to the Altai Mountain are wild and contain their own difficulties, wildlife and plant life. Trekking shoes make the daily trekking easy.

      • Rubber slippers

      Rubber slippers are useful for using shower in most Ger camps.

      • Swimsuit

      If you are going to bathe in Tsenkher hot spring, make sure to bring your swimsuit.

      • Standard toiletries

      Bring soap, shampoo, sun cream, skin creams, towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, perfumes, avoid bulky aerosol cans: use roll-on deodorant, and get shaving cream in a hard stick or a tube. Take plenty of razor blades. Wet wipes/dry wipes can be bought in Mongolian cities. They are very good for maintaining hygiene essential when you’re unable to wash for day. Lip balm for moistening because the weather is so dry. Toilet paper is important to have near as Mongolian toilets are very basic, and lack toilet paper.

      • Other items

      You may bring with you these items including sewing kit, hiking stick, cigarette for smoker and nail clipper if thought to be necessary.

      • Travel Medicines

      It is recommended to bring your own medications based on you traveling experiences and personal knowledge of your current health. Travel kit can have disinfectant, bandages, and sterile gloves, syringes, anti-diarrheal, a few band-aids, some antibiotic, a few aspirin or paracetamol at hand, for headaches and hangovers; paracetamol is also handy for lowering your temperature if you’re experiencing a low fever. Allergy safety and hand sanitizer. Good insect repellent is essential in Mongolia -mosquitoes and sand flies can be annoying.

      • Documents

      Take a photocopy of my passport, birth certificate, visas, and insurance details, and ‘lost credit card’ call numbers.

      • Money exchange – Cash

      You can exchange currency at any closest bank to you in Ulaanbaatar city. Also you can cash up with your debit card on Mongolian Togrogs at ATMS. ATMs are in Ulaanbaatar and most province capitals these days. Make sure to check the current exchange rate before you go in. It is always better to have cash on tour for buying alcohol drinks, snacks and souvenirs.

      • Items for Yurt visits

      It is always great to have a gift to exchange for any hospitality received when staying in nomad’s yurt. They appreciate handy stuff like headlamp, AA batteries, notepads, pencils, sewing kit and soap. You can a take photo of them with permission and send them once you get home through Travel Buddies address. Photos mean a lot to them.

      WELCOME TO MONGOLIA 

      HAPPY TRAVELS !

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    • BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

      Travel Buddies Co., Ltd accepts bookings subject to the following

      BOOKING AND PAYMENT

      Book your tour completing our Booking Form and submitting it to Travel Buddies Co., Ltd with a minimum deposit of 30% of tour payment per person. Once we receive your Booking Form and deposit, we will send you written confirmation of your booking along with details for the payment of the balance. The balance payment should be made prior to the departure date, or may be paid upon your arrival in Mongolia. Payment can be made by bank transfer, international money transfer services or VISA and MasterCard.

      PRICES
      The prices for private/custom tours are accurate as quoted in the tour proposal. There will be surcharge for upgrading accommodations and other services. The prices of small group tours are accurate and based on the number of clients in the party as indicated on the website. The minimum number of our small group tours are 3 to 4 people as described in tour description. In event of not reaching minimum numbers, we can still operate the tour with minimum number of 2 people charging extra $150 to 300 per person depending on tour program.

      CANCELLATION BY CLIENT
      Due to all reasons to cancel the tour, a written confirmation is required to be sent to info@travelbuddies.info. A $100.00 administration fee will be charged on cancellations received at least sixty days prior to departure. If you cancel your booking after you have paid in full the following cancellation charges will be made:

      CANCELLATION CHARGES
      59-45 days 20% of the tour price
      44-30 days 25% of the tour price
      29-15 days 30% of the tour price
      14-0 days 50% of the tour price

      If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, you will be responsible to pay the extra cost incurred to join the tour.

      CANCELLATION BY TRAVEL BUDDIES
      On rare occasions, we cancel a tour due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside of the reasonable control of Travel Buddies and inform you as soon as reasonably possible. In these circumstances, we will offer you an alternative tour of equivalent or closely similar standard and price at no extra cost, or a less expensive tour, in which case we will refund the difference in price. If you do not wish to take the alternative we offer you, you can choose another offered for sale by us and pay, or receive a full refund of, any price difference. Or, if you prefer, you can receive a full refund of any money you have paid to us, except for any amendment charges. Travel Buddies is not responsible for any incidental expenses or consequential losses that the Client may have incurred as a result of the cancelled booking such as visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights or rail, non refundable car parking or other fees, loss of earnings, or loss of enjoyment, etc. Travel Buddies is also entitled to cancel the tour in case of it lacks a sufficient number of participants applied for the specific package tour. Travel Buddies is obliged to notify all travelers of the cancellations at least 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour and reimburse the full amount of the paid service.

      PASSPORT, VISA, CUSTOM, CURRENCY, VACCINE, HEALTH REGULATIONS
      Client must independently follow the rules and regulations required for travel continuity. Client is responsible for having enough information about passport, visa, custom, currency, vaccine, and healthy regulations. Client is responsible for related expenses by him/herself.

      INSURANCE
      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. Travel Buddies reserves the right to deny booking for travelers who have no insurance or sufficiently covered.

      YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES
      The client acknowledges that there may be a significant degree of personal risk involved in travel and there are dangers inherent in adventure travel generally and considered such risk to health and safety and are willing to assume it, by confirming their booking tour.

      OUR RESPONSIBILITIES
      Travel Buddies’s responsibility starts at the designated meeting point and time, i.e. when you meet the tour manager or guide in Ulaanbaatar. Travel Buddies is not responsible for any damages, expenses, losses, or claims that are due to the fault of any traveler, unforeseeable risks, or a force majeure event.

      CHANGES MADE BY TRAVEL BUDDIES
      Reasonable changes in the itinerary of the tour may be made where deemed necessary or advisable for operational reason by Travel Buddies while we try our best to operate all tours as advertised. Travel Buddies Tour Operator takes responsibility for informing client about travel cancellation or many changes in travel program as soon as possible.

      CHANGES MADE BY THE CLIENT
      Client may request any changes that will depend on availability and subject to Travel Buddies approval. Any extra costs incurred in making the change will be charged to the client along with an Administrative Fee. No changes are permitted to any booking within 14 days of departure of the tour to depart.

      COMPLAINTS
      Any complaints regarding a tour to Travel Buddies agreed to bring at your earliest possible in order to provide Travel Buddies with the opportunity to address such compliant properly. Client agrees to inform the tour guide/leader at the earliest opportunity and they endeavor to solve the problem primarily. In case of no possibility addressing compliant with the tour team, client agrees to contact Travel Buddies office directly. Any complaint made after the tour end must be received in writing directly at info@travelbuddies.info within 30 days of the end of the tour. Travel Buddies will not accept any liability for claims received after this period. The claims and complaints will be processed in accordance with the Mongolian laws and regulations.

      COMPANY DETAILS
      “Travel Buddies” is a private limited company incorporated in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with Company Registration No. 5256682

      Ulaanbaatar Office registered address: 27-139 #, Altai Street, 11th khoroo, Sukhbaatar district, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

      M: +(976)9501 2698, +(976)9959 1766
      E: info@travelbuddies.info
      Website: www.travelbuddies.info
      Address: 27-139 # Altai Street, 11th khoroo
      Sukhbaatar district, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia