Exploring Mongolia 550 400

Overview

The Altai Mountains, the largest chain in Central Asia, guard the farthest western reaches of Mongolia, at the point where China, Russia and Mongolia meet. The Tavan Bogd or ‘Five King Peaks’ are the highest peaks in the Mongolian Altai range, the highest reaching over 4000 meters. In the summertime, the region is full of colorful wildflowers. Kazakh and Uriankhai nomads roam the plains with their flocks of sheep and herd of horses, camels and sometimes even yaks, living in their traditional yurts, called gers in Mongolia. The Muslim Kazakhs are famed worldwide for hunting with their Golden Eagles. The Uriankhai are Buddhist, and hunt in a more traditional way with bows and arrows.

A. Itinerary in Detail (16 Days)

Region: Southern and Central part of Mongolia 

Tour name: Exploring Mongolia 

Tour length: 16days, 15 nights

Available: June 01-October 01 

Highlights: Gobi Desert, flaming cliffs, Khongor Sand dune, Earth stone, Tsagaan suvarga, Karakorum, Erdene zuu monastery, Hot spring, Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake Ugii Lake, Hustai national park and visit nomad families and much more!

Day 1 Ulaanbaatar (City tour)

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar the capital of Mongolia.  Depending on time of arrival transfer to hotel after a meal enjoy a city tour including: Gandan monastery and visit to the biggest square Sukhbaatar which is located in the center of Ulaanbaatar. Have lunch in Mongolian Traditional Restaurant. then visit the Natural History Museum which is famous for its authentic dinosaur skeletons and fossils.Visit Zaisan memorial hill for a view of the whole city. Welcome dinner at restaurant,stay overnight in hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar to Baga Gazriin Chuluu (Earth stone)

After breakfast early morning leave Ulaanbaatar and drive to Middle Gobi is known as Baga Gazriin chuluu (earth stone). You will be reached in the early afternoon, lunch at the camp. There are some interesting granite rock formations, also there eye spa which supposed to be good for sights. There is ruin of ancient small temple, located middle of the roc. Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp (ger means Mongolian traditional felt accommodation) (B, L, D)

Day 3 Baga Gazriin Chuluu (Earth stone) to Yol valley (Gobi three beauties)

Breakfast at the camp and early morning drive to Yol valley which is located 62 km far from the South-Gobi province in the MT Zuun Saikhan. On the way visit the ruin of ancient small temple known as Sum Khuh Burd. Very wide at the entrance, it narrows gradually into a remarkable gorge. You will have chance to see wild animals and of course see the vulture. Packed lunch on the way continue to drive and transfer to the camp nearby at the Gobi three beauties. Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Yol valley-Khongor sand dunes (Singing sand dune)

Early morning drive to and visit Gobi three beauties national park. Riding a horse or a camel and trekking to the gorge. Packed lunch on the way and visit nomadic family, continue driving to Khongor sand dune which the length of approximately 180 kilometers and 3-15 kilometers wide. From distance it looks like a fin of huge gold fish. After arriving take a shower and welcome dinner. Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp (B, L, D)

Day 5 camel riding tour to Sand dune

Free day! Visiting camel breeding family to learn about their traditional nomadic lifestyle and take some photo. You have chance for camel riding tour is available at the area nearby the sand dunes. The shifting sand blown by the wind or someone makes sound so it is called Singing Sand Dunes. There is beautiful green oasis known as Seruun bulag near the Khongor River. Return to the camp for lunch and enjoy feeling silence and a peaceful in the beautiful surroundings Gobi Deserts. Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp (B, L, D)

Day 6 Khongor sand dunes to Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs)

Drive to Bayanzag which is located 20 kilometers far from Bulgan soum, where 70 million years ago a lot of Paleontological findings have been discovered. The place is known as Flaming Cliffs so named by Roy Chapman Andrews American explorer who had visited Mongolia in 1922. During two years he searched through the Mongolian Gobi Desert and he found dinosaur fossils and dinosaur eggs about 10-15 cm from the Bayanzag for the first time in the world. Visiting and exploring native land of dinosaurs and taking some photos for beautiful surroundings. Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp (B, L, D)

Day 7 Bayanzag to Ongi temple

Drive to Ongi temple. The ruins of Ongi Temple are found in Saikhan Ovoo soum of Dundgobi (Middle Gobi) province. It used to be a big Buddhist monastery compound built by Bari Yonzon Khamba at the bank of Ongi River. Transfer to the camp before the lunch. Visit the ruins of temple also there is small ger museum signifies ancient things. Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp (B, L, D)

Day 8 Ongi temple to Karakorum (Erdenezuu monastery)

Early morning drive to Karakorum and arrive late afternoon, on the way picnic.  Ancient capital of Mongolia Karakorum city was located on the right bank of Orkhon River and on the north-eastern slopes of the Khangai Mountain and founded by Chinggis khan in 1220, was not only the capital of the vast Mongolian Empire but the epicentre of trade along the Silk Road. At that time the inhabitants of city were mostly Merchants craftsmen who came to karakorum from all over the world. Khubilai khan moved to the capital of the Mongolian Empire to China, establishing the Yuan Dynasty, began losing its importance.  In 1379 much of the city was badly damaged during an attack by the army of the Min Dynasty. Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp (B, L, D)

Erdene Zuu monastery

Erdene zuu monastery was built by Avtai Sain Khan on the ruin of the Mongolian capital Karakorum in 1586. It was the first great Buddhist Monastery of Mongolia. It is part of the World Heritage Site entitled Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape. Stones from the ruins of Karakorum were used in construction. It is surrounded by a wall featuring 108 stupas, 108 being a sacred number in Buddhism, and the number of beads in a Buddhist rosary. The monastery was damaged by warfare in the 1680s, but was rebuilt in the 18th century and by 1872 had a full 62 temples inside. The Erdene Zuu Monastery was taken to state protection and became museum in 1944.

Day 9 Karakorum (Erdenezuu monastery) to Tuwhun Monastery and Orkhon waterfall

In the morning we will drive to Orkhon Waterfall. Water falls from a height of 20 meters at Orkhon Waterfall, which is locally known as Ulaan Tsutgalan. Have a lunch on the way then continue to drive to Tuwkhun monastery which is founded by Zanabazar. This attractive landscape is registered as WORLD HERITAGE PLACE from UNESCO.  Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp (B, L, D)

Day 10 Tuwhun Monastery to Tsenkher Hot Spa

Drive to Tsenkher hot spa through a beautiful landscapes and transfer to tourist camp. There is horse trip is available. Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp (B, L, D)

Day 11 Exploring Tsenkher Hot Spring 

This day you will have opportunity to ride horse and trekking for exploring and taking pictures of flora and fauna of this area. For whole days have hot spa bathing. Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp (B, L, D)

Day 12 Tsenkher Hot Spring to Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake 

We travel to Terkhiin Tsagaan National Park and Khorgo volcano. The lake, birdlife and mountains are now protected within the 77,267 hectare Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park. The lake, which was formed by lava flows from a volcanic eruption many millennia ago, is excellent for swimming, though a bit cold in the morning – try the late afternoon, after the sun has warmed it. There is a horse trips and trekking is available to Khorgo Volcano and trekking. Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp (B, L, D)

Day 13 Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake to Ugii Lake 

In the morning drive to Ugii Lake. On the way we will be visiting two monuments of Turkish and about 60 kilometers from the imperial town of Karakorin. There are two important monoliths located near another one. The first monument is dedicated to the Turkish prince Kul-Tegin (638-731), and the other to his brother Bilge-Khan (716-734). In the afternoon take some rest and short hiking by lakeshore. Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Ugii Lake to Hustai National park

Drive to Hustai National Park to see the wild horses or Prezwalski horses and re-introduced back to Mongolia. The Hustai National Park in Mongolia is world famous for the successful reintroduction of the Prezwalski horse. In 2008, there are 20 groups of Prezwalski horses and their total number is reached over 230. Arrive to the Hustai National Park in the alte afternoon. You observe for wild horses and feel silence at the preservation area.Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp. (B, L, D)

Day 15 Hustai National park to Ulaanbaatar

Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to the hotel and lunch at the finest restaurant in Ulaanbaatar. In the afternoon free time do shopping for cashmere shop, souvenir shop and State Department Store. Enjoy watch national folklore performance by “Tumen Ekh” national song, throat singing, tsam mask dance and so on. A farewell dinner and stay overnight in hotel.

Day 16 Departure

Transfer to the “Chinggis Khan” International Airport or Ulaanbaatar Train Station for departure.

Cost: Please contact us for a quote

(The cost varies with the number of trekkers in the group. Please contact us with the number of trekkers for the exact quote)

Cost Includes

  • Shared accommodation in ger camp
  • All meals as listed in itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 4 starts hotel in Ulaanbaatar (twin standard room double occupancy)
  • Transportations by 4WD vehicles
  • English speaking guide (other language guide on request)
  • Daily supply of bottled water

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Optional activity cost
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Single room supplement
  • Any additional things which are not mentioned above
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