Discover True Mongolia (10 Days / 9 Nights)
Mongolia, this mysterious country is well known to the world for its glorious ancient histroy, unique culture and arts, indigenous species of wildlife, untouched beautiful landscapes of diverse terrain: foresty mountains, hilly steppes, the Gobi Desert and the hospitable nomadic people. This fantastic trip is specially designed to bring you all these unique Mongolian features.
Start from the magnificent Amarbayasgalant monastery, the crystal clear Lake Huvsgul at the beautiful Horidol saridag mountains and the Tsaatan people, picturesque Khorgo-Terkh National Park and the ancient capital at Karakorum. The next half of the tour takes you to the Gobi Desert and its wonderful sites: Ongi monastery ruins, Bayanzag the Flaming Cliffs, the Khongor sand dunes and the Yoliin Am. And from the Gobi we drive to the north through the steppes to visit the hyge petroglyph gallery at Tsagaan Suvarga, and Ikh Gazar mountains and reach amazing Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve - a home to endangered wildlife and other sites on the way.
Landscape and cultural sightseeing blend easily in Mongolia - you will have the chance to visit families of nomads, remote Buddhist monasteries and traditional events, and to take part in horse-riding or guided walking if you wish - there are also endless opportunities for photography. Discover the true Mongolia!
Day 1: Ulaanbaatar
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - Sunday, November 26, 2017
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, our guide and driver will meet us at the airport and aid with check-in at the central hotel. We take a tour of the city, including the Gandan Buddhist Monastery, Mongolian National Museum and Genghis Monument on the Sukhbaatar Square.
This morning we drive to the north toward Lake Huvsgul, break our journey in magnificent Amarbayasgalant monastery and the picturesque Bulgan province in the northern Mongolia. On Day 4 we continue the drive through the forest mountains of northern Mongolia to Moren, a small town in the north
Day 3: Moren - Lake Huvsgul
Monday, November 27, 2017 - Tuesday, November 28, 2017
3.5 hour drive north with a stop at the famous Uushig Deer Stones from time immemorial takes us to the shores of Lake Huvsgul, called “Mother Ocean” by the locals, enjoy hiking etc. We spend the night at friendly Toilogt ger camp by the lake. Day 6 is spent in leisurely activities and sightseeing on Lake Huvsgul and its surroundings - admire the inspiring beauty of Lake Huvsgul on a panoramic drive to Mt.Khyasaa, visit the Tsaatans "Reindeer people" and enjoy a 2 hour kayaking.
Day 4: Lake Huvsgul - Moren - Jargalant
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Wednesday, November 29, 2017
This morning we rise early to take one last look at the beautiful Lake Huvsgul and then drive to the south toward Karakorum, the ancient capital. We break our journey in Jargalant Hot Springs in the ardent Khangai mountains.
Day 5: Jargalant - Khorgo Terkh - Karakorum - Tuvkhun monastery
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - Thursday, November 30, 2017
A drive south takes us to the stunning Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan, surrounded by volcanoes and home to many species of wild bird. We hike to the Khorgo Volcano and other interesting sites in the park. On Day 9 we reach the lost capital of Genghis Khan at Karakorum via lovely Tsetserleg town to visit the sites. On Day 10 we visit the legendary Tuvkhun monastery in the Orkhon river valley.
Day 6: Tuvkhun - Ongi - Bayanzag
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - Friday, December 1, 2017
We visit the magnificent Erdene Zuu Monastery and its surroundings then drive to the Great Gobi desert. Visit the Ongi monastery ruins and then reach Bayanzag the Flaming Cliffs - the world famous red cliffs that is a great site for dinosaur remains.
Day 7: Bayanzag - Khongor - Yoliin Am - Tsagaan Suvarga
Friday, December 1, 2017 - Saturday, December 2, 2017
After spending a full leisure day at Bayanzag enjoying some camel ride and visit to a real nomadic camel breeders we continue our journey to the Khongor sand dunes, the largest and the most beautiful sand dunes of Mongolia, where we have the chance to climb to the top for excellent views of the Gobi, or to walk through the green oasis at the base. Then we visit the stunning Yoliin Am Gorge in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan national park and hike on the Gobi glacier and view wildlife. Then we drive to the north and stop at the fascinating Tsagaan Suvarga - an ancient inland sea bottom.
We drive through the beautiful Gobi deserts capes to the north and reach Ikh Gazariin Chuluu - an interesting granite rock formation in the Middle Gobi. On Day 18 we have a great leisure day in amazing Gun-Galuut, which is located in the valley of the Kherlen River. We hike to Mt. Baits to view the gorgeous Argali mountain sheep and the White Napped Crane, Whooper Swan and other birds. Visit a nomadic family and learn their ways to tend their livestock. Optional fishing or kayaking on the river Kherlen.
Day 9: Gun Galuut - Ulaanbaatar
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - Monday, December 4, 2017
This morning we drive to Ulaanbaatar with a stop at Giant Genghis Monument and transfer to the hotel. Then we visit the Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum – the residence of the last king of Mongolia and the Buddha Park. Enjoy a traditional folklore concert and farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 10: Ulaanbaatar
Monday, December 4, 2017 - Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Transfer to the airport after breakfast.