Discover the wildlife and ecosystem of the Gobi desert and Khangai
Take guided hiking trails in the most scenic destinations
Enjoy wilderness camping experience
Learn the culture meeting with nomads and visiting monasteries
Are you looking for a more customized tour, and interested mainly in the wilderness experiences (hiking, fishing, wildlife), but also enjoy the cultural aspects (some monasteries , the people, and the history ? If so, this tour suits you the best.
With this tour, see the wildlife, particularly the Argali wild sheep, ibex, wild horses that require some hiking and wilderness camping to see. Also, visit some monasteries and hot springs.
You will not feel rushed, or drive every day for hundreds of kilometres. Instead, take your time to see the country, the wildlife, and experience the people who still live a nomadic life.
ACTIVITIES – Cultural Activities / Walking Tours /Jeep tour / Wildlife
ACTIVITY LEVEL – Active wilderness & soft adventure
DURATION / DISTANCE – 14 days / 13 nights / 2750km with car
PLACES VISITED – Gun Galuut Nature Reserve- Ikh nart- Ikh Gazriin Chuluu-Tsagaan suvarga-, National Park Gobi Gurvan Saikhan – Natural beauty Yolyn Am – Sand dunes Khongor – dinosaur site Bayanzag – Khavtsgait petroglyphs – Ongi monastery ruins – Kharakhorum ancient capital – Tsenkher hot springs – Khustai National Park
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Day 0: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia
Arrival 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: Gun Galuut Nature Reserve (130km – 2 hours) (L,D)
Meet in the morning, drive out of the town to Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve. Then we will hike and drive to the mountain Baits. See the wild sheep Argali, ibex and other wild animals including marmot, steppe fox, ground squirrel and many more (If lucky, wolf…). Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
Day 2: Ikh Nart (370km – 6 hours) (B,L,D)
We will go to the Ikh Nart upland on foot, trekking through interesting rocky areas and to see wild sheep, ibex and other wild animals. There are Argali Sheep (Ovis ammon), which are the most likely to be seen, but there is also Siberian Ibex (Capra sibirica) and a variety of bird life. Herders come and go in the Ikh Nart area, as they rely on pastures and sufficient precipitation. Being Gobi herders, they migrate often to find food for their animals and are interesting, hospitable and hardy people. Overnight stay in camping.
Day 3: Ikh Gazriin Chuluu (120km – 2 hours) (B,L,D)
Today we drive to the Ikh Gazriin Chuluu and hiking around rock formations. Ikh Gazriin Chuluu is a mountain of granite rock in the Gobi desert with a peak of 1706m high. There are many interesting stories about local historic people who had lived or had been hidden in caves from the royalties of that time in Ikh Gazriin Chuluu. It has a rich family of plants and is a home to many wild animals. Overnight in tent.
Day 4: Explore Limestone cliff (210km-3.5 hours(B,L,D)
Journey through Tsagaan Suvarga, an area full of 30m high white limestone formations, and feast the eyes on the mind blowing colors of the desert floor below. Enjoy first unique night with a friendly nomadic family.
Day 5: Hiking in the Ice Valley (Yolyn Am) (270km-6 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 6: Wander Khongor sand dune (200km-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. Enjoy a camel ride. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
DAY 7: Khavtsgait Petroglyph (180km-5 hours)(B,L,D)
Spend the next day exploring the ancient artwork of Mongolia’s ancestral people at Khavtsgait. See petroglyphs depicting wildlife and human figures on the mountain slope. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
Day 8: Discover Land of dinosaur Bayanzag (100km-2.5 hours) (B,L,D)
Head to Bayanzag today to discover and learn about the incredible site known as Flaming Cliff. First excavated in 1922 the area is renown worldwide for the dinosaur eggs and bones discovered in the classic desert of rock and red sand. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
Day 9: 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.
Day 10: Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery (300km-6 hours) (B,L,D)
After breakfast this morning drive to Karakorum, the site of the 13th century Mongolian capital.Visit Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Ancient state period halls. 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 Kharakhorum, the Erdenezuu was the first and the biggest Buddhist monastery of the 16th century. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
DAY 11, 12: Tsenkher hot springs and hiking (150km – 3 hours) (B,L,D)
Take the chance to unwind today with a trip to the Tsenkher Hot Springs. Settle in to the tourist Ger camp and enjoy a natural hot spring bath. After day we will hiking around Tsenkher Hot Springs. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
Day 13: wild horse in Khustai National Park (440km – 7 hours) (B,L,D)
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 300 adopting the re-introduced landscapes and wildlife. Enjoy horse riding. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
Day 14: Return to Ulaanbaatar – UB (130 km – 2 hours) (B, L)
After breakfast at the camp, hike in the park. Take in every last bit of the unique scenery and savor the last traditional lunch before ending this incredible adventure in Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to the hotel.
DEPARTURE FOR PRIVATE & SMALL GROUP FOR 2017:
June to September. Dates for private tour are flexible and able to customise.
CREATE YOUR OWN GROUP WITH FLEXIBLE DATE:
1570 USD per person based on 4 people
1845 USD per person based on 3 people
2310 USD per person based on 2 people
- 10 nights in tourist Ger camp, 2 nights in camping tent, 1 night in Ger next to a nomad family
- All ground transport in 4WD vehicles Japanese mini-van/ jeep with A/C
- English speaking guide
- Camel and horse riding fee for an hour each
- Camping facilities /sleeping bags with sheets and tent/
- Sightseeing, entrance fees and museum tickets
- Bottled water
- Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
PRICE NOT INCLUDES:
- International airfares
- Visa application & fees
- Travel insurance (recommended)
- Personal expenses
- Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar-Travel Buddies can arrange all types of accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
- Meals/beverages not stated in itinerary
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
There are several flights per week to the capital, Ulan Bator (ULN), from Beijing, Seoul, Moscow and Turkey.
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.