- Personal medication
- Warm coat/jacket and layers
- Trekking shoes
- Long pants or long socks for riding horse and camel
- Headlamp recommended
- Walking sticks
- Rain jacket
Do you have less than only 2 weeks to explore Mongolia, but want to travel the Must-see destinations? This trip will suit your wish perfectly. Wandering around from the Central beauty to the Jewel of North, and finishing with Gobi desert will let you learn and discover Mongolia fully.
Soft hiking through wonderful landscapes, horseback riding with Mongolian horses, riding of two-humped Bactrian camel, visiting a horse breeding family, visiting reindeer family, experiencing and learning about Buddhism and Shaman people in Mongolia, visiting a camel breeding family, and much more…
Our team will meet you at the “Chinggis Khan” international airport and transfer to the hotel in the city. After rest, we will start our city tour starting from the Sukhbaatar square. This square is a spirit of the capital and famous for its surroundings including Parliament House, National Opera Theatre, Cultural Palace and House of City Council. Visit in the Museum of National history museum which has many colorful exhibits; historical findings, traditional handicrafts and dressing. Then we will visit Zaisan Hill that provides wide open view of the Ulaanbaatar. We will end our day with traditional performance of folk songs, throat singing, horse-headed fiddle, ethnic dances and arty contortion.
After breakfast, we will visit Gandan Monastery a centre of Mongolian yellow sect Buddhism. We will see the outstanding 24m golden plated statue of Buddha; Megjid Janraiseg. This monastery is the largest and most important monastery of Mongolia with 500 monks. We will drive to the Gorkhi Terelj National Park, located in the Khentii Mountain range. On the way, we stop by Nalaikh town to visit local Kazakh family and learn about their daily life while having home-hosted lunch with them.
This morning, we will explore the Gorkhi Terelj national park, a natural reserve set in a deep valley between forested hillsides, granite boulders, and mountain streams. Nomads roam the surrounding hills, which are home to some 250 different bird species, rare brown bears, and a wealth of scenic hiking trails. We embark on a short ride to Turtle Rock, a massive rock formation within the park that resembles a turtle. From the Turtle Rock, we will have about two hours hiking—to Aryabal, a Buddhist temple that local people worship as a holy place. This is the highest Temple located in upper part of the hill. Then, our spirits should be lifted for the downhill hike back to our car.
We will drive to Genghis Khan Statue, a rather remarkable monument. The people of Mongolia decided to honor Genghis Khan in a big way—by erecting a statue of Khan astride his horse that stands 131 feet high atop a 33-foot-high coliseum. Built at the site where legend has it Khan found a golden whip that inspired his future conquests, it is said to be the world’s largest equestrian statue. After some walking tour in the statue area including a small museum, we drive back to our camp. After lunch, we visit a nomadic horse-breeding family to improve our understanding of the nomadic lifestyle. Nomads learn to ride horses as soon as they can walk, and spend much of their lives in search of stray animals – for there are almost no fences in the entire country. We will have chance to sample fermented mare’s milk. Afterwards, we return to our camp for a lesson on how to set up a traditional Mongolian ger.
After breakfast at camp, we drive to Ulaanbaatar. Our first stop will be a visit to Shaman in his home and participating in a shamanistic ritual. This will help us to experience and understand more about Mongolian religion and the belief of Mongolian people. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit to Naran tuul market, often called Black Market. You will find clothing, bags, leather boots, Mongolian antiques, a variety of local food and more. Most importantly it is a chance to mingle with locals and experience life in bustling capital.
We will fly to Murun, a capital of Khuvsgul province and drive to Khuvsgul lake, second largest freshwater lake in the Central Asia with 262m depth. This gorgeous lake is fed by 96 rivers and streams but only Egiin River flows out from the lake. Khuvsgul lake is inhabited by 9 species of fish, while the nearby taiga forest, forest steppe, mountains and the lake provide habitat for 68 species of mammals. The lake is surrounded by dozens of stunning mountains, thick pine forests and lush meadows with grazing yaks and horses. Overnight in the ger camp near the lake.
In the morning we will hike in the surrounding forest mountains to have a better look of the crystal blue lake. There are horse riding and fishing opportunities around the lake. In the afternoon, we will drive to the north to visit Reindeer village where we can experience Tsaatan; reindeer breeders’ unique everyday life and traditional tent dwelling “Urts”. Return to the ger camp.
After breakfast we will drive back to Murun to catch a flight to Ulaanbaatar.
Early morning breakfast and we will fly to Dalanzadgad; a provincial capital of South Gobi. The Gobi Desert is called “Golden Gobi” the mystical place that captivates the imagination. It is an extreme area with high temperature changes, sparse vegetation and small community of local nomads. The Gobi is also unique for its fauna; homeland of “Prince of the Gobi” the two humped Bacterian camel and world’s only desert bear, the Gobi bear. Relaxing afternoon at our desert camp.
Breakfast we will drive to the majestic Gobi Gurvan Saikhan (Three Beauties of the Gobi) National Park where we will enjoy incredible “Yol Valley”. The valley is the unusual narrow canyon of a river that flows through the Zuun Saikhan Mountain. The sheer rock walls stand 200m and the canyon has stunning green meadows with thick glacier layer that is deeply set between the walls. During the summer rainfall water runs from the top of the walls forming waterfalls.
Breakfast at the camp, we will drive to the Bayanzag known as a Flamming Cliffs to the world. We will see the ancient red rock creation, Bayanzag formed 60-70 million years ago, famous as Flamming Cliffs named by Roy Andrew Chapman, an American explorer who visited Mongolia in 1920s. The wonderful red Bayanzag cliffs have dinosaur fossils, eggs and bones all over the place and neighbored by bushy Saxual tree forests. We will visit Moltsog Els sand dunes to visit camel breeding family and do camel riding. We will drive back to the ger camp.
Fly back to Ulaanbaatar. In the afternoon, we will spend our time relaxing in Soyol wellness Spa and Sauna. Farewell dinner.
Code: Classic - 01
Type: Classic tours
Total distance: 1090km
May to September
4 nights at hotel in UB /twin/
8 Ger camps
• International flights
• Airport tax
• Excess baggage charges
• Passport and visa fees
• Comprehensive medical and travel insurance
• Gifts, including alcoholic beverages
• Items for personal use
• Laundry service and phone calls
• All other services that are not expressly included in the tour price, and all expenses of a personal nature.
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