WhatsApp : (+976) 9959 1766, (+976) 9501 2698
Travel Buddies- A Leading Mongolia Tour Company
Duration: 18 days / 17 nights
Brochure: Download
Availability : June to early September
Activity level: Active Adventurous
Group size: min 2
Price: from $2700
Send Enquiry!


  • TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

    • Discover the bests – Western, Central Mongolia, Gobi Desert and national parks

    • Meet with Eagle hunters, nomad families

    • Trekking in Altai Tavan Bogd national park, Horse riding in Orkhon waterfall, Hiking in dinosaur cemetery

    • Experience nomad home stay, tourist Ger camp and camping in wilderness

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    Do experience the Mongolia’s besties ! Spectacular landscapes from steppe to mountain range, diverse culture eagle hunters and nomad, multi-activities, rock paintings gallery and dinosaur cemetery are all packaged into this expedition. Prepare yourself for this grand adventure!

    ACTIVITIES –  Trekking tours /Horse riding / Wildlife

    ACTIVITY LEVEL – Active Adventure

    DURATION / DISTANCE 18 days / 17 nights 

    PLACES VISITED –  Baga gazriin chuluu / Tsagaan suvarga/ Yol Valley / Flaming cliff/ Khongor sand dune/Orkhon waterfall/ Kharkhorin (Karakorum ruins and Erdene Zuu Khiid)/Shiveet mountain/ Altai tavan bogd mountain

    PRIVATE TOUR
    Minimum 2 people

    VIEW MAP (click map pins to see photos)


    Book Now!Customize It


  • DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ULAANBAATAR & CITY TOUR

    Arrival at the Chinggis Khaan International Airport and transfer to the hotel you chose in Ulaanbaatar. Begin exploring the treasures of Ulaanbaatar from Gandan monastery, Main Square Chinggis khan and Zaisan memorial hill. Overnight in hotel ***.

     
     
     
     

    DAY 2: ULAANBAATAR – ARRIVE IN MIDDLE GOBI, BAGA GAZRYN CHULUU (260KM-6 HOURS)(B,L,D)

    This morning we will drive out to the Middle Gobi. Leaving the city you will start seeing landscape dramatically changing from mountain to green grassland, steppe to granite rock formations. The first dirt road will lead us to the stunning granite mountain called Zorgol where we will have picnic lunch. From Zorgol mountain we head to the Baga gazriin chuluu and hike (1 hour) to natural beauty of granite rock formation and ruins of a small Buddhist monastery from the 17th century. Overnight in tourist Ger camp (2 to 4 people share Yurt with single beds, shower/bathroom in a separate building).

     

    DAY 3: EXPLORE LIMESTONE CLIFF TSAGAAN SUVARGA (240KM-5 HOURS)

    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. Hike in the bottom area. Overnight in tourist Ger camp (2 to 4 people share Yurt with single beds, shower/bathroom in a separate building).

     
     
     
     

    DAY 4: HIKING IN THE ICE VALLEY (YOLYN AM) (270KM-6 HOURS) (B,L,D)

    Today we will drive to the heart of Gobi desert and discover Three beauties national park. 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 collection of dinosaur eggs, bones and exotic stuffed animals. Overnight in tourist Ger camp (2 to 4 people share Yurt with single beds, shower/bathroom in a separate building).

     

    DAY 5: WANDER KHONGOR SAND DUNE (280KM-6 HOURS) (B,L,D)

    Time to drive across the Gobi desert; a vast open area with animals roaming around. The most spectacular and largest sand dune in western Gobi is awaiting us to explore. The dunes have curves which end in a sharp edge, making them look like ocean waves. See oasis and Gobi tree forest at the foot of the sand dunes to make our way to the sand dune with active climbing. We will ride camel from a nomad family nearby for an hour. 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 (180KM-4 HOURS) (B,L,D)

    Head to Bayanzag (rich in Gobi forest) known as Flaming Cliff. The area was home for late Cretaceous dinosaurs from 65 million years ago and became famous for yielding the first discovery of dinosaur eggs by American paleontologist in 1921. We will wander around the top of the cliff and around the base seeing other red rocks. 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)

    Leaving the heart of Gobi, drive out to the last region of Gobi desert through desert and steppe.  Discover Ongi monastery; formerly one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia was built in bank of Ongi River destroyed by the communist purges and restored by the residing monks. We will hike through the fascinating ruins and river Ongi. Overnight in tourist Ger camp (2 to 4 people share Yurt with single beds, shower/bathroom in a separate building).

     

    DAY 8, 9: NOMADIC HOMESTAY & ORKHON WATERFALL (360KM-7 HOURS)

    Continue the adventure to Orkhon valley; the UNESCO World Heritage site. Today meet our yak breeder nomad family in Orkhon river valley sleep in their guest Ger (basic facilities but with no shower) next to their home. We will discover their way of life involving daily activities like milking cow, cooking traditional dishes, herding livestock and making dairy products. You can even play knuckle-bone with their kids. The next morning, we ride horse with our host family to get to see Orkhon waterfall and surrounding area. The waterfall formed by volcanic eruptions about 20.000 years ago, the waterfall cascades from a height of 20m. It is scenic and tranquil spot with beautiful nature. It will be half day horse riding and coming back we will see cooking traditional meal and spending time with the family. Another night in guest Ger (basic facilities but with no shower available) next to them home.

    DAY 10: TRAVERSE KARAKORUM RUINS AND ERDENE ZUU MONASTERY (130KM-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. 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 Kharkhorum, 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 11: DRIVE TO ULAANBAATAR (360KM-7 HOURS) (B,L)

    Today we will drive to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to the hotel you chose. Enjoy a traditional Mongolian concert at 6 p.m. Overnight in hotel ***.

     

     

     
     
     

    DAY 12: FLIGHT TO WESTERN MONGOLIA (3,5 HOURS FLIGHT) (60KM-2 HOURS) (B,L,D)

    Take a flight to Bayan-Olgii, western Mongolia. Our local driver and guide will pick you up and explore the town. After sightseeing, venture into a small town called Altantsogts where eagle hunters live in. Truly immerse in indigenous Kazakh people’s culture and lifestyle, visit their traditional house. Experience lifting Golden Eagle on your arm and share their story. Overnight home stay with Kazakh family (basic facilities but with no shower available).

     
     

    DAY 13: VISIT LARGEST PETROGLYPHS IN SHIVEET MOUNTAIN (6 HOURS) (B,L,D)
    Today we will drive further to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park and visit Shiveet Khairkhan sacred mountain to see the biggest rock painting site belong to the period of Huns, 200 B.C. Every one sets up his/ her own tent and overnight in tents.

     

     
     
     

    DAY 14, 15: HORSE TREK TO POTANIAN GLACIER (11kms per day for 2 days) (B,L,D)

    We pack everything on horse and start the horse trekking to the Potanina glacier; Ice River starts from Altai tavan bogd snow peak. You can hike too. Every one sets up his/ her own tent and overnight in tents.

     
     
     
     

    DAY 16: RETURN TO ULGII TOWN (6 HOURS) (B,L,D)

    Today we drive back to Ulgii town via Ulaanhus town with unique landscape and snow-capped mountain Sogoog. Overnight in a local hotel.

     
     
     

    DAY 17: RETURN TO ULAANBAATAR (3,5 HOURS FLIGHT) (B,L) 

    Take a return flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon landing in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to the hotel you chose in Ulaanbaatar. Overnight in a hotel***.

    DAY 18: DEPARTURE (B) 

    Transfer to the airport.

    Book Now! Customize It


  • DEPARTURE :
    June to September. Dates are flexible and customizable.

    TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:
    3000 USD per person based on 2 people
    2700 USD per person based on 3-4 people
    165 USD for single supplement

    PRICE INCLUDES:

    • 7 nights in tourist Ger camp / twin share/, 2 nights in nomad’s guest Ger, 3 nights for camping (a private tent for 2-4 people’s size), 1 night for Kazakh family home stay, 1 night in a local hotel and 3 nights in hotel*** in Ulaanbaatar
    • Domestic return flight ticket (UB-Olgii-UB) + Tax (15kg free luggage), taxes
    • All transport throughout tour in 4WD vehicles /Japanese van and Russian van in western Mongolia/
    • English speaking guide
    • Camel riding and horse trekking fee
    • Sightseeing, entrance fees and museum tickets
    • Sleeping bags with sheets, camping gear and tent
    • Meals as indicated above (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
    • Bottled water – 1.5 liter per day
    • Airport pick-up & drop-off service
     

    PRICE NOT INCLUDES:

    • International airfares
    • Visa application & fees
    • Tipping(optional)
    • Travel insurance (recommended)
    • Personal expenses
    • Meals/beverages not stated in itinerary
    Book Now! Customize It


  • 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 !

  • 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