Trekking in green steppe and mountain, Orkhon valley
Horse riding & pack horse
Tour through ancient capital Kharkhorin
Discover the oldest Buddhist monastery Erdenezuu
This tour is great for those who seek adventure in one of the mountain ranges in Mongolia and trek in one of the untouched nature in wilderness surrounded by lakes. With this program, you will have the opportunity to do trekking to the Eight Lake which was formed by volcano eruption. About attractions, we will visit first Buddhist monastery called Erdene-Zuu and visit ancient capital city Karakorum.
ACTIVITIES – Trekking tours /Horse riding / Wildlife
ACTIVITY LEVEL – Soft Adventure
DURATION / DISTANCE – 7 days / 6 nights / 1800km with car
PLACES VISITED – Orkhon waterfall/ Tuvkhun temple/ Eight Lakes / Kharkhorin (Karakorum ruins and Erdene Zuu Khiid) / Khugnu Khan natural reserve / Elsen Tasarkhai
Minimum group size 2 people
Average size of group 2-4 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: Ancient capital Karakorum & Erdenezuu monastery (370km) (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 Karakorum, the Erdenezuu was the first and the biggest Buddhist monastery of the 16th century. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
Day 2: Pilgrimage centre (100km) (B,L,D)
We will visit Tuvkhun temple, which is located on top of the mountain in Khangai range. Hike 10 kms to the temple. The monastery is placed in a unique natural rocky landscape where there is a small cave named “Mother’s abdomen”. There is a legend that if one goes through the “Mother’s abdomen” the one gets free of all the sin. There are also many historical monuments related to the king such as finger and foot prints, branch for rest, horse tie etc. Overnight in nomad family’s extra Ger next to them.
DAY 3: Orkhon waterfall (70km) (B,L,D)
Drive to Orkhon waterfall which is located in Orkhon river valley. 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. These day’s yak breeder nomads are living in near the waterfall. We will visit nomadic family.
Day 4: Khuishyn Naiman Nuur Natural Reserve (20km) (B,L,D)
Today, we start hiking to Khyusin Naiman Nuur Natural Reserve. “Naiman Nuur” /eight lake/ which was created by volcanic eruptions century ago now is part of the 11.500 hectare Khuishyn Naiman Nuur Natural Reserve through Uvurkhangai province. Overnight in tent.
Day 5: Trekking to the Eight Lake (20km) (B,L,D)
Today we hike to one of the Eight Lakes which is located on over 2,400 meter above sea level. The lakes are named Shireet, Khaliut, Bugat, Khaya, Khuis, Onon, Doroo and Bayan-Uul. Two of the smaller lakes are completely dried up, the second largest lake Khuis Nuur is dried up to ten percent. The mean air temperature is minus 8 to minus 6 degree Celsius. Overnight in tent.
Day 6: Horseback tour (20km) (B,L,D)
We will see another two lakes along the hiking and end the tour arriving in our nomadic family. Overnight in nomad family’s extra Ger.
Day 7: Granite Mountain Hugnu Khan (300km) (B,L,D)
We will pass by small sand dune called Mongol which is located in between mountain ranges. This is a good place for camel trekking and hiking. We will hike there. Afterward drive to Granite Hugnu Khan Granite Mountain that locals worship. There are many fountains, rare animals and plants in the protected area. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
Day 8: Visit ruin of Uvgun temple & Ulaanbaatar (260km) (B,L)
The ruins of Uvgun Temple are hidden behind rocky ridges and cliffs of Hugnukhaan Mountain in one of its numerous valleys in the southern slope. We will hike to the temple. Afterward, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Hope you enjoyed all about Mongolia, its people, nature and activities you made. We believe you share about this beautiful hidden gem country, Mongolia to everyone whom you meet and review your unforgettable memory with us.
DEPARTURE FOR PRIVATE & SMALL GROUP:
June to September. Dates for private tour are flexible and able to customise.
CREATE YOUR OWN GROUP WITH FLEXIBLE DATE:
765 USD per person based on 4 people
915 USD per person based on 3 people
1172 USD per person based on 2 people
- 2 nights in tourist Ger camp, 3 nights in nomad family’s Ger and 2 nights in tent
- All transport throughout tour in 4WD vehicles /Japanese jeep or mini-van with A/C
- English speaking guide, local horse riding guides
- Horse riding fee
- Sleeping bags with sheets, camping gear and tent
- Sightseeing, entrance fees and museum tickets
- Bottled water- 1 liter per day
- All meals as indicated above (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
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.