Tour through ancient city, Karakorum
Multi-day horse trekking in Eight Lakes Nature Reserve
Traverse stunning landscapes on horseback
Visit hospitable nomad families along the trek
Experience Mongolian wilderness with camping
Relax in natural hot bathe after long trek
The tour is great for those who seek adventure in one of the mountain ranges in Mongolia and trek in wilderness surrounded by lakes. With this program, you will trek in Khuisiin Naiman Nuur nature reserve and to Orkhon waterfall. The nature reserve is rich in flora and fauna. Spend 12 nights in traditional accommodation, including three special nights welcomed into the warm homes of beautiful nomadic families. Camp under the countless star clear sky.
ACTIVITIES – Horse Trekking / Camel riding / Wildlife
ACTIVITY LEVEL – Active Adventure
DURATION / DISTANCE – 9 days / 8 nights / 1270 km with the car
Minimum group size 2 people
Average group size 3-4 people
Suitable for ages 18 years old and over
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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 : Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery (360KM-7 HOURS)(L,D)
Today we drive to Semi Gobi where the short camel ride through the sand dune is available. After the ride, head 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 Karakorum, the Erdenezuu was the first and the biggest Buddhist monastery of the 16th century. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
Day 2: Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Natural Reserve (180KM – 6 HOURS)(B,L,D)
Today, we drive to Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Natural Reserve. “Naiman Nuur” /Eight Lake/ which was created by volcanic eruptions century ago now is part of the 11.500 hectare the Natural Reserve through Uvurkhangai province. Overnight in eco lodge.
Day 3: Start The Trekking (15KM)(B,L,D)
The natural reserve has eight lakes but two of the smaller lakes are completely dried up, the second largest lake Khuis Nuur is dried up to ten percent. Saddle up for a horse trek to Shireet Lake ; the largest and most picturesque lake over 3000 meters above sea level. Pack the camping gear& equipment on yak card and local horse guide will lead the trek.
Day 4: Trek To Lake Huis (15KM)(B,L,D)
Start the trek to Lake Huis. We will see four lakes including Khaliut, Bugat, Haya and Shana crossing alpine pass. After lunch, get to see Lake Huis, Duruu and Bayan. The lakes are close to each other from 500meters–3 kms. Experience a starry night with camping.
Day 5: Trek To Lake Tsagaan Azarga- Deed Hurded (20KM)(B,L,D)
This morning we head to Hurded Mountain leaving the Naiman nuur nature reserve. On the way, we cross alpine passes, trek through the forest and volcanic lava area. Have picnic lunch in the shoreline of Lake Tsagaan Azarga. Afterward, cross another pass and arrive in camping spot nearby Hurded Mountain.
Day 6: Trek To Buurug Mountain (18KM)(B,L,D)
Today’s destination is Buurug Mountain. We will trek through forest, stream and lakes. Camp overnight in Buurug Mountain valley. This area is environmentally fragile because vehicles attempt to make the trip end up tearing new tracks through the grasslands so local communities are working on ways to prevent cars from coming here.
Day 7: Trek To Orkhon Waterfall (20KM)(B,L,D)
We will head to the beautiful Orkhon waterfall; formed by a unique combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes about 20,000 years ago. The falls are most impressive after a heavy rain. To reach the end of the trekking point, we will trek through Lake Tsagaan and lunch in a nomad family. We will meet our driver and stay overnight in tourist Ger camp with hot shower and bathroom facilities.
Day 8: Enjoy Tsenkher Hot Springs (280KM-6 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.
Day 9: Khustai National Park & Ulaanbaatar (470 KM – 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 350 adopting the re-introduced landscapes and wildlife. Drive to Ulaanbaatar city.
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 :
1300 USD per person based on 4 people
1580 USD per person based on 3 people
1785 USD per person based on 2 people
- 4 nights in tourist Ger camp & 4 nights in camping tent
- All transport throughout tour in 4WD vehicles /Japanese jeep or mini-van with A/C/
- English speaking guide & local horse trekking guide
- Horseback riding, packing yak, guides’ horse fee for the trekking
- Camping tent, facilities, sleeping bags with sheets
- Sightseeing, entrance fees and museum tickets, camel riding fee
- Bottled water – 1 liter per day
- 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 Ulaanbatar– 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.