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Tour Brief

  • Duration: 12 nights / 13 days
  • Activities: Visiting cultural heritage sites, experiencing nomad culture, exploring varied natural landscapes, hiking.
  • Distance: 2100kms
  • Group: Min 2 - Max 12
  • Season: June – September
  • Fitness level:

Price included

Stay in Ger camp (10 nights)
Stay in community based Ger Camp (2 nights)
English speaking guide service
Entrance fees to Protected Areas and sightseeing costs
All transfers by 4WD Japanese minivan in the countryside
Meals breakfast, lunch and dinner as mentioned in the program.

Price excluded

International transportation to and from Mongolia
Hotel stay in Ulaanbaatar
Travel insurance
Mineral bottled water and alcoholic drinks
Tips and gratuities
Laundry and items of a personal nature

Highlight

This tour takes you through the Great Gobi desert, exploring some of the most remarkable and untouched parts of the globe. By picking this trip you will witness the central and southern parts of Mongolia which you will explore many natural attractions like Baga Gazriin Chuluu, Yol Valley, Khongor Sand Dunes. You will also able to visit the historical sites such as the Old capital city of Kharakhorum and the largest Buddhist Temple complex called Erdene Zuu and many more other places awaits your arrival.

Places to visit

Ulaanbaatar – Baga Gazriin Chuluu – Tsagaan Suvarga – Yol Valley – Khongor sand dunes – Bayanzag – Ongi temple ruin – Orkhon Valley – Kharakhorum – Gurvanbulag community – Khustai National Park – Ulaanbaatar.

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Itinerary

Day 1Travel to Baga Gazriin Chuluu

We will pick you up from your hotel and travel to Baga Gazriin Chuluu which will take 240kms 5-6hours with drive distance of 240kms. Baga Gazriin Chuluu is a picturesque mountain in elevation of 1,751 meters which is the Granite Belt of Mongolia. We will do the hiking session of 2-3hours. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. LD

Day 2Travel to Tsagaan Suvarga

We will continue travel to Tsagaan Suvarga about 240kms for 5-6hours. Tsagaan Suvarga or White Stupa is 30 meters high white limestone formation which was created by the power of the winds sculpting this place for over thousands of years. We’ll sight see the surrounding area and hike around the place taking a suitable photos. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 3Travel to Yol valley & trekking

In the morning we will drive to Yol Valley or Lammergeier’s Gorge about 220kms. It has a distance of 40kms from the tourist camp. The valley itself is over 10kms long and due to the splendid high cliff walls. Some parts of Yol valley are completely shaded from the sun. We will hike along this delightful valley, nestled between the beautiful peaks of the Gurvan Saikhan Mountain and exploring the wildlife of the area. We will first visit the local Gobi museum then trek through the Yol valley to feel the fresh breeze to refresh ourselves. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 4Travel to Khongor Sand Dune

We will travel to Khongor sand dunes which will take 180kms. Known as Singing sand dunes, the Khongor dunes are up to 300ms high, 15kms wide, and 180kms long. Afternoon we will walk through the Golden sand dunes viewing the surrounding area. The view is incredible from top of the dunes. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 5Visit to nomad family & camel riding

Today we will be visiting a local nomad family conversing about their unique lifestyle of the local area. They’re very hospitable friendly hosts which they will offer a traditional delicacy made of camel’s milk. You can also free to taste other traditional dairy products made of cow’s milk. It is optional to hire a camel riding. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 6Travel to Bayanzag

We will continue travel to Bayanzag which will take 170kms. . It is a remarkable site of Mongolia where you will able to see a rare saxaul forest, red flaming cliffs and pedestal rocks formed by the Aeolian effects on the sand and rock over millions of years. This is the place where dinosaurs used to lived 70 million years ago, and internationally famous for its archaeological discovery of dinosaur fossils, eggs and hatchling which belonged to Cretaceous Period. There’s much to explore the flaming cliffs while taking a cool selfie and photos. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 7Travel to temple ruin of Ongi & trekking

Today we will travel to Ongi temple ruin which will take 140km. We will visit the local museum and take a hike around the ruins. The guide will tell you the whole story of the ruins of Ongi Monastery. We will be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 8Drive from desert to steppe

Today we will drive to Orkhon valley for 5-6hours about 240kms. We’ll be leaving the Gobi region and enter the steppe zone rich with greenery compare to the Gobi golden soils. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 9Travel to Kharakhorum

We will travel to Kharakhorum which will take 100kms to reach. Kharakhorum is the ancient capital of Mongolia where Chinggis Khaan established his capital of his Empire in 1220. In 1235, his son and successor, Ogodei built a Palace protected by walls. You will visit to Erdene Zuu Monastery, the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist temple complex built on the ruins of 16th century Kharakhorum city, and we will visit the newly built Kharakhorum Museum. After visiting the museum we will also visit a local cooperative felt workshop and witness how they make the felt products in a cool way. We’ll be staying overnight in a ger camp. BLD

Day 10Travel to Nomad community

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel then we will travel to Gurvanbulag soum (a local administration unit) in Bulgan province which will take 100kms. The area has an amazing view. On the way we will visit to Khar Bukhiin Balgas which is the 10th century ruins of fortress. During that time Kitans used it as defensive position against their rivals. In the afternoon you will mount a horse to explore the nearby places with a guide. In the evening you will attend the lesson of “Shagai”. It’s the game where you use anklebones of sheep to play different type of games. No doubt you will have fun playing the Shagai game with local nomad people. Experience the Mongolian archery shooting on a target to check your accuracy. You will be staying overnight in Gurvanbulag community ger camp. BLD

Day 11Experiencing nomad culture

In the morning we will visit the nomad family and enjoy their traditional hospitality and learn about their culture. They offer unconventional home-made special dairy products, such as “aaruul” or dried curds, Mongolian salty milk tea or Suutei tsai and so on. You can interact with nomad people and get more knowledge from their nature hugging lifestyle. After visiting the nomad family we will have a short hike to neighboring sand dunes for 5-8kms. For dinner you will taste “Khorkhog” which is the unique Mongolian barbeque grilled with hot stones. In the evening we will watch how Mongolian skillful cowboys catch horses by “uurga” or traditional wooden lasso and taming an untamed horse that has never been ridden before. You will be staying overnight in Gurvanbulag community ger camp. BLD

Day 12Travel to Khustai National park

We will travel to Khustai National Park which will take 200kms. On the way we will visit to Khar Bukhiin Balgas, is an interesting ruin of ancient town of nomad tribes dated back to 10th century. Then we will continue to drive to Khustai National Park. The National Park covers an area of 50.620ha reserve, protecting the wild Mongolian horses famed as Takhi or Przewalski’s horse. We will visit the information center and get more insight about the Takhi horse. We will visit the Khustai National Park and spot the wild horses hiking around the area. We will be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 13Travel back to Ulaanbaatar

Today you will travel for 100kms to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar city we will transfer you to your hotel. End of the service. B

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Note

  • Private departure is available on request.
  • City sightseeing excursion tour is available on request
  • Customize your trip: we are able to make amendments in the program according to our client’s special interest and request. Details would be discussed by emails in advance.
  • Hotel stay and transfer: we are glad to book your hotel and transfer in Ulaanbaatar as well as private transportation for your trip at our discounted rates.

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Single and double occupancy: you can stay in single and double for overnights at Ger camps, tents and hotels. Single occupancy would might not available during Naadam festival period on 5th -15th of July at Ger camps. And for single stay at community based camp and nomad home would be confirmed depending on availability.
Single and twin/double stay at Ger camp requires extra supplement fee as shown per person in above table.

Discounts: Our clients can take an opportunity to get following discount options: Only one time discount is available per client or group.

  • Early bird discount of 10% is applicable for booking made before 01st of April 2018.
  • Last minute discount of 5% is applicable for booking made before 72 hours of the trip start. This is not applicable for daily and short tours.
  • Group discount of 12% is applicable for a group booking with 5 parties and more.
  • Children discount: up to 2 years old is free, 3-8 years old is 40% off and 9-12 years old is 20% off.
  • International and domestic flight and train tickets can be booked with us, depending on availabilities.

Tailoring your tour: we are delighted to create and arrange your special trip according to your specific interests and wishes. Please contact us for details.

More information: info@tourmongolia.com or sales@tourmongolia.com

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Trip information

Joining point
Your guide and driver will pick you up at the location you confirmed with us in advance. It can be your accommodation, airport or train station in Ulaanbaatar. Pick up time will be stated at the confirmation document/or single email we would send you after the booking made.

Joining point instructions
Meet your tour guide who holds a welcoming board with your name(s) shown. It is your responsibility to advise us of your accommodation, number of flight/or train and carriage numbers in advance.

Problems and emergency contact information
In the case of an emergency, or concerns about a missed pick-up please contact us on cell phones: (+976) 9905 9466, (+976) 9909 8467.
For all other enquiries and outback tour services please contact our office team on (+976) 11 35 46 62.

Finishing point

Your guide and driver will drop you off at the location you confirmed with us in advance. It can be your accommodation, airport or train station in Ulaanbaatar.

Passport and visas

All travelers must obtain a visa before traveling to Mongolia. Some nationalities can obtain visa at the airport, however it requires an application through us to the Immigration Authority of Mongolia in advance.
Please check the following website for your nationalities requirements. www.consul.mn

Food and dietary requirements

Travelers with special dietary requirements or food allergies must inform at the time of booking. Due to the nature of our trips, food is basic. We are able to provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten free food to our clients. However religious dietary requirements and specifically sourced foods are unable to be catered for remote trips.
Inclusive meals in your trip as indicated B, L, D with per day itinerary. On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. For expedition trip, your service team will prepare meals. You will have an opportunity to assist with cook and learn how to make Mongolian traditional meal. As well as your help on daily activities such as setting up dining camp, prepare meals and clearing dishes is much appreciated.
It is also available to have and taste traditional dairy products such as yogurt /Mongolian name is tarag/, dried milk curds /aaruul/, milk tea /suutei tsai/, fermented mare’s milk wine /airag/, sour cream /tsotsgii/ and cheese /byaslag/ when you visit nomad herder families.
Generally, in Mongolia water quality is good. But you are advised to buy mineral water with big bottles from shops, food markets and kiosks in capital and many of the provinces centers and tourist Ger camps in the countryside. Mineral or bottled water usually exclude in our offers since we try to produce as less garbage as possible. But in other hand we provide well plenty of drinks like tea and coffee during our trips.

Accommodation

Depending on your trip in countryside, you will have different type of accommodations including tourist Ger camps, community based Eco Ger camp and nomad Ger homes or tents.
Normally, three or four beds are in one Ger and 2 people will share a tent. And the Ger camp provides restaurant/bar, western-style toilet, washing facilities and showers. Low-impact eco, community based Ger camps provide composting toilet and shower where available.
Nomad home condition is very basic, none of shower, a ground hole surrounded with side covers as used for composting toilet.
For expedition trips with tent stays, we provide good quality light spacious tent of 3people for twin occupancy. And as well we provide other gears including foldable mattress, ground sheet tarpaulin, toilet tent, sometimes shower tent and dining tent for groups with more than 5 parties, kitchen equipment, table and chairs depending on the trip conditions.
All travelers in expeditions trips are advised to bring own sleeping bags according to hygienic reasons.

Land transport

Mongolia is a big country! Here in Mongolia we’re used to driving long distances between destinations. An advantage of driving trip you can travel through different zones and enjoy vast open spaces with natural contrasts within several days. During the trip, approximately it takes 5-8 hours driving from one to next destination. Each 1-1.5 hours, we have short stop frequently for photographs, toilets, stretch and meet with local nomads.
In the countryside, we use 4WD vehicles, specially, Russian minivans and Japanese jeep and minivans. Normally, 2-3 people can seat in one jeep with luggage. The Russian minivan has capacity of 6 people with luggage and Japanese minivan can take up to 4 people with luggage.
All vehicles used in our tours are insured and carefully prepared before departures. Our drivers are also good mechanics, have many years of experience for driving through unmarked, unpaved bumpy roads in the countryside.

Money matters

The Mongolian currency is called Tugrug (MNT). Please refer recent rates on
www.bloomberg.com/markets/currencies
Credit and debit cards are accepted in Ulaanbaatar and center of the provinces.
Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are common in central areas.

Important notes

Refill bottle: Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. We encourage our clients not to use small bottled water when traveling in countryside.
Battery: Trips with stays in Ger camps have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. We would like to recommend to bring an extra battery for your camera. For expedition trips, most handy item is solar charger.
Headlamp: A headlamp or torch is useful at night time. Some Ger camps have limited lighting and are powered by generators that switch off at a certain time.
Pack: Please ensure you pack appropriately according to season and temperature. Warm jacket, thermals, underpants, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months. Please refer our “Pre travel advisory” document with detail information regarding temperatures during your travel time.
Luggage: Please pack smart. Due to the domestic flight luggage limitation, a passenger can carry maximum of 15 kg including hand baggage. Excess luggage will be charged according to airlines fee.
Tour guide: The aim of the guide is to help you have the best trip possible. Your guide will provide information on the places you are travelling through, organize things to do and see according to the itinerary, lead the group including travelers and service staff. The guide will provide you all relevant information for options and introduce you to our nomad herders along the way.
Safety: We will provide you relevant information on safety before and during the trip. As well as we would like to recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Travel insurance is compulsory for joining all our trips.
Responsible Travel: Being a responsible tour operator is at the heart of what our company is all about. We committed to offering low-impact tours that benefit traveler and host alike. Thanks to our clients support (who paid for tours) we work with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts. Please find more information: www.tourmongolia.com/who we are/about us
Community projects: We are pleased to combine your trip route to destinations where our local supporting projects run. Please advice us your wish in advance.

Fitness Level

As you will note, all our tours are graded to help you decide whether they’re right for you. The grading is as follows:
EASY: A basic level of fitness is required, the tour is generally easy-paced.
MODERATE: Within the capability of anyone leading a normal active life. However, involves more walking or tiring journey.
ACTIVE: These tours may involve considerable walking and long travel days.
STRENUOS: These tours may include different energetic activities.
CHALLENGING: A high level of fitness is required. It may contains high altitude trek or rope climbing.

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Review

Every day had its beauty. But the night at Ursa Major ger camp with lots of stars and the Ongi temple visit, there were wonderful.

Florescu Simin Aysel
Siminflorescu@yahoo.com

The highlight of the trip was visiting the Gobi and meeting local families.

Heather Parris
heatherparris@mac.com
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