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The Essence of Mongolia – 5 Days

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An activity-packed journey into Central Mongolia, an area of diverse landscapes and the nomadic heartland of the country. See the Khogno Khaan Mountain, the dunes at Elsen Tasarkhai before venturing to the Hustai National park for the wild takhi horses and a plethora of wildlife. This condensed trip is a great introduction to the rich diversity of Mongolia’s culture and landscapes, with authentic homestays in guest gers next to local nomadic families. Spend time with your hosts and also use these fabulous wilderness locations as a base to explore the surrounding area on foot, by horse, and by vehicle. You will experience a range of cultural traditions – music, cookery, ankle-bone games, archery, felt-making, ger building may all feature at some stage along your way. 

Tour Departures:

Daily, Year Round

Duration:

5 Days

Group Size:

1-8 Pax

Highlights

Gandan Monastery - Gurvanbulag - Ger Stay - Horse Riding - Khogno Khan - Kharakhorum - Erdene Zuu Monastery - Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes - Camel Riding - Hustai National Park - Wild Takhi Horses - Manzushir Ruins - Mt. Bogd Khan Climb

Fitness Level

- ACTIVE: This tour involves considerable walking and long travel days.

Meeting point

Good news! You can get picked up from a hotel or train station, just email us the details. Don't worry if you don't have the address yet, you can pass it onto us later.

Transport

On the dust of the desert and mud of the steppe, the Japanese off-road MPV provides comfort and safety for your trip. These 4x4 vehicles are specifically tuned for the rough off-roading that's inevitable when traveling in the wilds of Mongolia. They provide ample space, air conditioning and are well maintained, while offering good luggage space, seat belts and speed.

Guide

At Tour Mongolia we believe that a good guide is essential to the enjoyment of any trip. Your guide will be English speaking and hand picked by us to suit your itinerary and requirements. Each guide is personally briefed on all elements of the trip. You will be sent guide details in the confirmation document prior to your tour.

Accommodation

During your journey you will be staying at authentic guest gers alongside nomadic families and in a ger camp in Hustai Gers are equipped with beds, linen, stove, table and chairs and have electric lightning. Loos, showers are only available at the ger camp, with homestay facilities being more basic.

ROUTE MAP

ITINERARY

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

GANDAN MONASTERY – GURVANBULAG – GER HOMESTAY – HORSE RIDE
You will be picked up from a pre-arranged Ulaanbaatar location at a time to suit you – we suggest leaving around 9:00 am to make the most of the day. Jump in the vehicle with your guide and stop off at Gandan Monastery – enter the temples, including that of the Migjid Janraisig with its huge golden Buddha statue. In the old temple complex listen to the chanting ceremonies which happen mid-morning. Afterwards, board the vehicle again and head west to the northern part of Gobi. On the way, you will stop briefly to visit Khar Bukhiin Balgas, interesting remains of an ancient fort used by nomadic tribes dating back to 10th century. Then it’s onto Gurvanbulag, where you will be staying at a guest ger alongside a nomadic family. Enter the ger and experience the hospitality and traditional nomadic way of life – you can help make and drink milk tea, plus try homemade produce such as yogurt and dried curds. In the afternoon you will have a chance to do some horse riding in the surrounding hills, and visit the sand dunes nearby. Or, if you are up for it, hop onto one of our mountain bikes and head with your guide to the nearby sand dunes. In the evening enjoy a traditional feast of khorkhog – mutton and vegetables seared and steamed with red-hot stones from the fire.

Travel details: 4hr/280km to Gurvanbulag
Accommodation: Guest ger alongside nomadic family
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

KHOGNO KHAAN – ELSEN TASARKHAI DUNES – CAMEL RIDING
Today you head to the nature reserve of Khogno Khaan, where you can explore the lower temple complex of Uvguun Khiid, see the reconstructed temples, prayer-wheel and look around the ruins. Then we recommend taking the 45-minute hike up to the older ruined temple complex in the hills – the scenery is fantastic, and depending on the time of year, wildflowers may be in abundance. Head back down to the valley floor, and onto the sand dunes at Elsen Tasarkhai, a 30-minute drive away. Tonight you will stay alongside a family of camel herders – settle into your gers and head off on a Bactrian ride across the dunes for an hour, then enjoy a home-cooked dinner.

Travel details: 1.5hr/50km to Khogno Khaan; 45min/20km to Elsen Tasarkhai
Accommodation: Guest ger alongside nomadic family
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

KHARAKHORUM – ERDENE ZUU MONASTERY – MONUMENT OF 3 KINGS
In the morning drive to Kharakhorum First visit Erdene Zuu Monastery in time to hear the monks chanting, which takes place from 10 am. Take a walk around the main temples, and stroll around the grounds. Afterwards take a guided tour of the interesting local museum and have lunch either in the ger camp (summer) or at a local eatery. In the afternoon visit the Monument of the 3 Kings overlooking the Orkhon River, and the fertility stone on the edge of town. You will also have a chance to stroll around in the local market. In the evening we hope you will be able to enjoy a performance of traditional music and dance (summer only) – either at the ger camp where you are staying or at a nearby camp down the road.

Travel details: 1.5hr/150km to Kharakhorum
Accommodation: Munkh Tenger ger camp (summer) / Zaya Guesthouse
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK – WILD ‘TAKHI’ HORSES – HIKING – ULAANBAATARAfter a leisurely breakfast say goodbye to your nomadic hosts and jump in the vehicles for the journey back east to Hustai. You should arrive in your ger camp in time for lunch. The camp is located at the entrance to the Hustai National Park, and you will have some time to rest, then in the afternoon drive from your camp to see the Takhi – this is the time when they gather to drink at streams so you have a better chance of seeing them up close, and in the accessible areas. You may want to combine the trip with a longer walk in the park – in which case you should leave a little earlier. Discuss your preference with your guide. Afterwards head back to camp for dinner and your last night in a ger.

Travel details: 3hr/190km drive to Hustai
Accommodation: Standard ger; Hustai Ger Camp
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

MANZUSHIR MONASTERY – BOGD KHAN – ULAANBAATAR
Today you head to Bogd Khaan Mountain, perhaps taking the scenic back route from Hustai, along the Tuul River. You can discuss timings and preference with your guide. On arrival at the park entrance, visit Manzushir Monastery – see the restored temple museum, and wander around the ruins. Afterwards head up on the hill trails to the summit. Once back down, board the vehicle and drive back to Ulaanbaatar where you will be dropped at a location to suit you (we can do multiple drop-offs if required).

Travel details: 2hrs/110km to Manzushir; 4-5hrs round hike; 1hr/52 km to UB
Accommodation:
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

COSTINGS

Cost Per Person: 1 Pax $1190 €1045
  2 Pax $735 €645
  3-4 Pax $595 €525
  5-8 Pax $545 €480
  9+ Pax $495 €435
Single Supplement: 1 Pax $45 €40

Included:

Surface transportation - Road taxes - Accommodation as specified - Local Guide - Sightseeing and activities as specified - Museum & park entrance fees - Meals as specified

Excluded:

International flights - Tips - Laundry - Bar bills - Items of a personal nature - Visas - Photography/filming charges at e.g. museums and monasteries

NOTES:

Private tour: This is a private tour, and you can book it on any day of your choice.

Occupancy: you can stay in a single, twin or double room/ger/tent (where applicable). Single occupancy may not be possible during the Naadam festival (July 5th -15th) at ger camps. At community-based camps and ger homestays, single occupancy is subject to availability. Single and twin/double occupancy at ger camps require an extra supplement as shown in the above table.

Discounts*: Our clients can take an opportunity to get following discount options:

  • Early bird discount of 10% is applicable for bookings made 6 months in advance.
  • Children up to 2 years old travel free, 3-8 years old get 40% off and 9-12 years old get 20% off. Age as on the last day of the tour.

*Discounts are not cumulative, only one discount is available per client/group.

Travel arrangements: We are happy to book your international or domestic flight/train tickets or accommodation in Ulaanbaatar at discount prices, please contact us for availability.

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