Slow travel – Spend less time on road
Hike in the different landscapes
Recommended to family and immersion experience seekers
Experience nomad home stay and relax in tourist Ger camps
Travel in an easy way with no rush and hassle. Discover wildlife – animals in general, dinosaurs, rural life, beautiful landscapes, grasslands, deserts, off the beaten track travel and more !
ACTIVITIES – Easy hikes /Short horse & camel riding / Wildlife
ACTIVITY LEVEL – Soft Adventure
DURATION / DISTANCE – 17 days / 16 nights / 2450km with car
PLACES VISITED – Gun Galuut nature reserve/ Genghis Khan statue complex/ Terelj N.P/ Baga Gazriin Chuluu/ Ikh Gazriin Chuluu/ Tsagaan Suvarga / Yol Valley / Khongor sand dune/ Flaming cliff/ Ongi monastery/ Orkhon waterfall/Kharkhorin (Karakorum ruins and Erdene Zuu Khiid)/ Khugnu Khan natural reserve / Khustai N.P
Minimum group size 2 people
Average size of group 2-6 people
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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. See the wild sheep Argali, ibex and other wild animals including marmot, steppe fox, ground squirrel and many more (If lucky, wolf…). Enjoy to kayaking in the river. Overnight in Steppe Nomads Eco Resort tourist Ger camp.
DAY 2: GENGHIS KHAN STATUE & TERELJ N.P (120KM – 2 HOURS) (B,L,D)
Take a drive to the Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue Complex, 40m tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback. Have a fascinating panoramic view with walking to head of horse. Visit two small museums displaying a private collection of archaeologist’s. Drive to the Terelj NP. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
DAY 3: TERELJ NATIONAL PARK (LOCAL DRIVING) (B,L,D)
Take a scenic drive through alpine magnificent mountains and arrive in nomad family. Experience riding Mongolian pony horse with local guide and have a breathtaking time. Traverse through iconic Turtle rock, Thousand Monks cave and drive to Buddhist Meditation center in the mountainside. Explore the center with a stunning hike from crossing the short trail bridge to stepping 108 stairs. Overnight in a tourist Ger camp.
DAY 4: MIDDLE GOBI, BAGA GAZRYN CHULUU (320KM – 7 HOURS) (B,L,D)
Surrender to this magical land today taste of Mongolia’s fascinating landscape. Venturing into the Middle Gobi, a semi-arid steppe full of rare wildlife, stop for lunch at the stunning mountainside granite rock formation of Zorgol Khairkhan. Continuing on to Baga Gazriin Chuluu /approximately 5-6 hours driving/ another iconic granite formation, pass by the pristine waters of Lake Hairhan. Tonight be completely immersed in the Mongolian culture, enjoying a traditional meal and spending the night with a nomadic family in the steppe zone. Overnight in Private Ger Nomadic Family.
DAY 5: IKH GAZRIIN CHULUU (130KM – 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 tourist Ger camp.
DAY 6: LIMESTONE CLIFF TSAGAAN SUVARGA (180KM – 4 HOURS) (B,L,D)
Journey through Tsagaan Suvarga, an area full of 30m high white limestone formations, and feast the eyes of the mind blowing colors of the desert floor below. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
DAY 7: HIKING IN THE ICE VALLEY (YOLYN AM) (170KM – 4.5 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. Overnight in tourist Ger camp. Activities: Yolin Am, Dinosaur Museum.
DAY 8, 9: WANDER KHONGOR SAND DUNE (180KM – 5 HOURS) (B,L,D)
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 10: DISCOVER LAND OF DINOSAUR BAYANZAG (180KM – 4 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 renowned worldwide for the dinosaur eggs and bones discovered in the classic desert of rock and red sand. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
DAY 11: 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 12, 13 : ORKHON WATERFALL (400KM – 8 HOURS) (B,L,D)
The waterfall formed by volcanic eruptions about 20.000 years ago, the waterfall cascades from a height of 20m. It is scenic, tranquil spot and surrounding nature is undisturbed, as such there are opportunities for good walking and riding in the area. The Orkhon River is pristine drink water river and also it is teemed with a lot species fish such as taimen, lenok and so on. Visit yak breeder nomads in near the waterfall. Next day we will visit local family and experience riding Mongolian pony horse with local guide. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
DAY 14: KARAKORUM & ERDENE ZUU MONASTERY (120KM – 3 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. 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 Kharakhorum, the Erdenezuu was the first and the biggest Buddhist monastery of the 16th century. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
DAY 15: KHUGNU KHAN NATURAL RESERVE (120KM – 2 HOURS) (B,L,D)
Surrender to this magical land today of Mongolia’s fascinating landscape. Hiking to the Mongol sand dunes and venture into the Khugnu Khan Mountain, a granite rock formation with a semi-arid steppe full of rare wildlife. Traverse through the ruin of the temple with the rock formation, ruined in the 13th century and sacred mountainside. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
DAY 16: KHUSTAI NATIONAL PARK (100KM – 2 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 350 adopting the re-introduced landscapes and wildlife. Overnight in Private Ger Nomadic Family.
DAY 17: RETURN TO ULAANBAATAR(B,L)
DEPARTURE FOR SMALL GROUP FOR 2017:
Dates for private tour & own created groups are flexible and able to customise.
CREATE YOUR OWN GROUP WITH FLEXIBLE DATE:
1790 USD per person based on 4 people
2095 USD per person based on 3 people
2610 USD per person based on 2 people
- 14 nights in tourist Ger camp, 2 nights in private Ger nomadic family
- All transport throughout tour in 4WD vehicles Japanese mini-van with A/C
- English speaking guide
- All meals as indicated above (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Full board as indicated above (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Sleeping bags with sheets/
- Bottled water – 1 liter per day
- All sightseeing, entrance fees and museum tickets National Parks, Museums, Tourist Sites and Attractions en route
- Camel & horse riding for one hour each
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.