The Essence of Mongolia is an activity-packed tour into central Mongolia. Visit the Khogno Khan Reserve, the dunes at Elsen Tasarkhai before venturing to the Hustai National park to see the wild Takhi horses and plenty of other wildlife. This condensed trip lets you experience as much of Mongolia as possible in the short time of five days. Overnight, stay at authentic guest gers next to local nomadic families and in a comfortable ger camp one night. Learn about your hosts’ culture and traditions, socialize with them, ride horses and Bactrian camels, hike and visit hilltop temples. This all-encompassing trip contains most of what Mongolia offers, including must do’s and must see’s and is perfect for those with limited time in the country.
VISIT THE GANDAN MONASTERY, TRAVEL TO GURVANBULAG, RIDE A HORSE AND STAY IN A GER
After meeting your guide at 09:00 am in your hotel or another Ulaanbaatar location of your choice board the vehicle for a morning visit at the Gandan Monastery in the western part of the city. Take the guided tour of the temples and see the monks chanting. Then head west to the northern part of Gobi onto Gurvanbulag, where you will be staying at a guest ger alongside a nomadic family. The drive is mostly on paved road and should take 4 hours (280km). On arrival, enter the family ger and experience nomadic hospitality – sample milk tea, homemade yogurts and curds, learning about the nomadic way of life and your hosts’ traditions. In the afternoon, if you are up for it, ride a horse to the nearby sand dunes – or you can walk if you prefer. The distance is not long, just 3km each way. In the evening enjoy a traditional nomadic meal of Buuz (steamed dumplings) or khorkhog (mutton seared with hot stones) – you can also help with cooking if you want.
Overnight stay at a guest ger next to nomadic family. Lunch and dinner are included.
EXPLORE KHARAKHORUM AND VISIT ERDENE ZUU MONASTERY
After an early breakfast drive to the ancient Mongol capital of Kharakhorum. Upon arrival, enter the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the most important monastery complex in the country, built in 1586 by Altai Khan. Take a guided tour of the temples and hear the monks chanting, which takes place from 10 am. After that have lunch at the ger camp where you will be staying tonight (summer) or at a local eatery (winter), and visit an interesting local museum which showcases Mongolian past. In the afternoon take a stroll along the Orkhon river or explore the local maket. There will also be time to visit the Monument of the 3 Kings on top of a hill.
Overnight stay in a characterful Munkh Tenger ger camp (summer) or at Zaya Hotel (winter). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
TRAVEL TO KHOGNO KHAAN, ELSEN TASARKHAI DUNES AND RIDE A BACTRIAN CAMEL
After a home cooked breakfast say goodbye to your hosts and drive for 1.5 hours (55km) to Khogno Khaan nature reserve – the site of Uvguun temple complex. Khogno Khan is an area where taiga meets rolling steppes and north Gobi’s sand dunes. Hike a short distance to the Ungun temples which were built in the 17th century by Zanabazar but destroyed in the 1930’s during communist purges. After coming down to the vehicle drive 25km to the Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes, where you will stay next to a family of camel herders. Settle into your ger and once your camels are ready, mount up for a 1-hour Bactrian ride into the dunes, taking time for photographs from the camelback. In the evening return to your hosts and enjoy a home-cooked dinner, socializing in the evening over fermented mare’s milk with the family.
Overnight stay at a guest ger next to a family of camel herders. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
WILDLIFE TRACKING AND TAKHI HORSES IN HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK
After leisurely breakfast board the vehicle for the journey back east to Hustai. The drive will take 3 hours (190km) and on arrival visit first the park’s information center where you will learn about the plethora of wildlife roaming the National Park. Have lunch in the ger camp where you will be staying tonight, located right at the park’s entrance, then venture into the park to see the wild Takhi horses. Your guide will be in contact with the park rangers who will relay the animals’ location, and you have high chances of seeing them close. You can also venture deeper into the park on foot if you wish, perhaps to track wild deer or foxes – Hustai offers wonderful wilderness hiking opportunities. In the late afternoon return by vehicle to the camp, take hot shower and enjoy hearty dinner.
Overnight stay in a standard ger at Hustai ger camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
HIKE IN THE BOGD KHAN RESERVE, AMONG THE MANZUSHIR RUINS AND CLIMB MT. BOGD KHAN
After breakfast travel on a scenic off-road route to the Bogd Khan reserve. The drive will take approximately 2 hours and you will have a chance to stop for photography. At the entrance to the park stroll around the ruins of the Manzushir Monastery, visit the small temple museum (if open), and then hike the trails to the peak of Mt. Bogd Khan behind the temple. The hike up normally takes 2-3 hours and picnic lunch will be served on top. After lunch, come back down to the vehicle and return to Ulaanbaatar (1hr/40km), where you will be dropped at a location of your choice.
Breakfast and lunch are included.
|Price Per Person:||1 Pax||$1190||€1045|
|Single Supplement:||1 Pax||$45||€40|
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.
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