Explore ancient capital ruin Karakorum and first Buddhist monastery
Get close to the wild nature and horse
Visit nomad family
Experience Mongolian centuries old Naadam festival and pride three manly sports including horse racing, archery and wrestling. Enjoy the best time of the year with pleasant weather and beautiful landscape. Immerse yourself in Mongolia’s wilderness and spectacular landscapes with this short tour. Explore the heart of Mongolia as you tour through sacred mountain, ancient city and discover wild horse. Spend five nights in Mongolian traditional Ger and immerse in nomad culture.
ACTIVITIES – Naadam festival opening / Horse racing/ Cultural Activities / Walking Tours / Camel riding / Wildlife
ACTIVITY LEVEL – Leisurely
DURATION / DISTANCE – 6 days/ 5 nights / 1100km with car
July 11 – Day 1: Naadam Festival Opening /80 km- 3 hours/ (L,D)
Transfer to the National Stadium to watch the opening ceremony of Naadam festival that will be opened by the president of Mongolia. Colorful parade of athlete, ancient warriors kick off the festival and the best traditional concert is presented. Afterwards, drive to the horse racing place out of the city center for an hour. Cheer on fast horses and child jockeys. Transfer to hotel in Ulaanbaatar. (hotel is not included in the package)
July 12-Day 2: Travel to Khugnu Khan Mountain /250km-5 hours/ (B,L,D)
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 in mountainside.
Head to Mongol sand dune, extended 80km displaying a taste of the Gobi Desert. There are grasses grow in the sand that offers food for camel so that the place is rich in camel. Experience riding two humped camels over the dune. Continue on adventure, 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.
July 14 –Day 4: Tsenkher Hot Springs (150km-3 hours) (B,L,D)
Take the chance to unwind today with a trip to the Tsenkher Hot Springs. Settle in to the Ger camp and enjoy a natural hot spring bath. Ride a horse and look out over the panoramic landscapes of hills. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
July 15 – Day 5: 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 birdlife that fill the lake with sound and color. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
July 16 – Day 6: Ulaanbaatar (350km-7 hours) (B,L)
After breakfast at the camp, set off for Ulaanbaatar. Take in every last bit of the unique scenery and savor the last traditional lunch before ending this incredible adventure in Ulaanbaatar. Hotel in Ulaanbaatar is not included in the package.
Ideas for customization : Add on six more days to the Gobi Desert
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 traveler 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.