Discover Mongolia from its amazing landscapes and cultural sights to the friendly locals. Set off for Semi Gobi where to see Elsen tasarkhai, ruin of Uvgun monastery and head to Central Mongolia where to traverse through ancient capital of Mongolia and first Buddhist Monastery Erdenezuu. Unwind in hot natural stone bath and navigate the Lake Ogii with boat. Meet hospitable nomad family and do homestay for one night. Make a most out of Mongolia with this short tour.
ACTIVITIES – Cultural Activities / Walking Tours /Boat tour / Wildlife
ACTIVITY LEVEL – Leisurely
DURATION / DISTANCE – 6 days / 5 nights / 1150km with car PLACES VISITED – Elsen Tasarkhai- Semi Gobi / Kharkhorin (Karakorum ruins and Erdene Zuu Khiid) / Tsenkher hot springs / Ogii Lake /Chinggis Khan Statue Complex & Terelj National Park
GROUP SIZE Minimum group size 2 people Average group size 2-4 people
Day 1:TERELJ NATIONAL PARK & GENGHIS KHAN STATUE (90KM-2 HOURS)(L,D)
Set off for central Mongolia, first drive to the largest Equestrian Chinggis khan statue to visit the museums and complex. Afterwards, head to Terelj national park and ride a horse for an hour. Continue the journey to the Turtle rock and hike to Meditation center. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
DAY 2: SAND DUNE – ELSEN TASARKHAI /320KM-7 HOURS/ (B,L,D)
Head to Mongol sand dune, extended 80km displaying a taste of the Gobi Desert. Visit ruin of the temple called Erdenekhamba in Khugnu Khan nature reserve. The sand dune Elsen tasarkhai is part of the nature reserve. It is green Gobi that offers food for camel so that the place is rich in camel. We will stay overnight in Ger next to a nomad family.
Day 3: Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery (100km-2 hours) (B,L,D)
After breakfast this morning drive to Karakorum, the site of the 13th century Mongolian capital. 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 4: Tsenkher Hotwater Springs and Baths(150km-3 hours) (B,L,D)
Take the chance to unwind today with a trip to the Tsenkher Hot Springs. Settle in tourist Ger camp and enjoy a natural hot spring bath.
Day 5: TRAVEL TO OGII LAKE (130KM-3 HOURS) (B,L,D)
After driving to the Arkhangai province this morning, set up camp on the shores of the breathtaking Lake Ogii. Take the time to watch the amazing bird life that fill the lake with sound and color. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
Day 6: KHUSTAI NATIONAL PARK & ULAANBAATAR (360KM – 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 350 adopting the re-introduced landscapes and wildlife. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel in Ulaanbaatar.
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.
INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE 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.