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The Heritage of the Sacred Land

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Tour Brief

  • Duration: 5nights / 6days
  • Activities: Learning unique traditions and herders, exploring the lifestyle of nomad family
  • Distance: 850kms
  • Group: Min 2 - Max 12
  • Season: June – mid September
  • Fitness level:

Price included

Stay in Ger camp (5 nights)
English speaking guide service
Entrance fee to Protected Area and sightseeing costs
Transfer by 4WD Japanese minivan in the countryside
Meals breakfast, lunch /picnic while driving/ 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

On this well-paced trip you will follow the footsteps of Chinggis Khan and experience the unique nomadic culture, while surrounded by natural wonders of the Khentii mountain range. This tour takes you to Mongolia’s most sacred and honored lake, Khar Zurkhnii Khukh, where Temuujin was enthroned as Chinggis Khan by the Ikh Khuraldai, or Great Council, in 1189. Later, we will explore the Uglugch Wall – a famous cultural and archaeological site where ancient tribes buried their nobles.  Another highlight of this tour is the Gun Galuut Reserve, an excellent place for wildlife spotting, particularly the argali sheep and rare birds.

Places to visits

Ulaanbaatar – Khar Zurkhnii Khukh Lake – Baldan Bereeven Monastery – Uglugch Wall – Gun Galuut Nature Reserve – Ulaanbaatar.

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Itinerary

Day 1The Land of Chinggis Khan

Meet your guide and driver at your Ulaanbaatar hotel and travel 240km east to the Khar Zurkhnii Khukh Lake, passing a coal mining town, Baganuur. Have picnic lunch on the way or stop at a local eatery. Upon arrival at the Lake, visit the place where Temuujin was enthroned as the leader of united Mongol tribes and took the title of “Chinggis Khan” in 1189. The Secret History of Mongols, a chronicle book of Chinggis Khaan’s life, mentions Lake Khukh and Khar Zurkh Mountain as places where a number of important events took place. Explore both areas, learning from your guide about the history of medieval Mongols and the events that took place in both locations. Then drive 40km to the Bayangol camp where you will have dinner and enjoy your first night in a ger. LD

Wilderness of the East

After leisurely breakfast journey east to the birth place of Chinggis Khan in Batshireet, Khentii Province. Stop en-route at an interesting Baldan Bereeven monastery where you may be see the monks chanting, which takes place mid-morning. Batshireet is situated at the place where where the easternmost part of Siberian taiga forest meet the great plains and steppes of Mongolia. Drive today will take about 3 hours. Arrive at the characterful Steppe Eco-Camp by late afternoon and stay in a Mongolian ger. After having the dinner enjoy some have a private time in the evening.BLD

Day 3Meet the Nomads

In the morning we hike 8km to the Khurkh steppe where the nomadic people set up their encampents during summer. You will have a chance to visit one of the nomadic families – enter their ger and experience the local hospitality. Taste traditional dairy products, such as dried milk curd, salty milk tea, or homemade butter biscuits. You will have plenty of ways to experience first hand the nomadic way of life, whether having a conversation with the family members with the assistance of your guide, participating in cooking, tending to animals and observing the customs. One of the family ladies will be happy to show you how to prepare the tasty and nutritious Mongolian cheese called “aaruul”. and the traditional liquor “byaslag”. After the home-cooked lunch saddle up for a horse ride if you wish or hike to the surrounding hills. Then it’s back to the Steppe Eco-Camp in time for dinner. BLD

Day 4Explore Archaeological Sites

Today explore famous cultural and archaeological sites belonging to the ancient history of Mongols. After breakfast at the camp, hike a short distance to the Uglugch Wall. Explore this archaeological wonder for 2-3 hours. After having a picnic lunch continue to Rashaant Khad, where you will see a number of interesting Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic remains, such as deer statues dating to early Bronze Age, or excavated ancient grave sites. After exploring the area return to the Eco Camp. In the evening for dinner enjoy the traditional feast of “Khorkhog” – the native Mongolian barbecue of meat and vegetables cooked with hot stones. BLD

Day 5Wildlife at Gun Galuut Nature Reserve

This morning hop into vehicle and drive about 6 hours (280km) to the Gun Galuut Nature Reserve – home to the protected wild mountain sheep (argali). Arrive at the camp and enjoy a bit of rest after the long drive, then in the afternoon hike through the mountains to spot the wild animals. Evening is the best time to see them as they gather to drink water. Return to the camp for dinner. You will be staying overnight in the Steppe Nomads camp. BLD

Day 6 Drive to Ulaanbaatar

After leisurely breakfast journey back to Ulaanbaatar, which should take about 2 hours (130kms). where you will be dropped of at a location of your choice (multiple drop offs are also possible). B

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Trip Notes

  • Private departure is available on request.
  • Ulaanbaatar City Tour extension is available on request.
  • Customize your trip: Any amendments to the tour as well as special requests can be easily accommodated.  Please discuss details with us by email in advance.
  • Hotel stay and transfer: Take advantage of the low rates we negotiated with many Ulaanbaatar hotels. Let us arrange your accommodation and transfers in the city for seamless travel experience.

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Single and double occupancy: At Ger camps, hotels and when camping you may opt to stay in a single or double occupancy. Single occupancy is subject to availability during Naadam festival period (July 5th -15th) at Ger camps. At ger homestays occupancy arrangements depend on the group size and availability.
Single supplement fee applies for trips that include ger camp and hotel stays and is shown in the table above.

Discounts: Booking early or last minute? Traveling in a larger group or with children? We have a number of discounts available so see below if any are applicable to your trip. NB: Only one discount per trip / group.

  • Early bird discount of 10% is applicable for bookings made more than 6 months in advance of travel.
  • Last minute discount of 5% is applicable for bookings made within 72 hours of the tour start. Exlcuding day trips and trips of total length less than 5 days.
  • Group discount of 12% is applicable for group bookings for groups of 5 and more pax.
  • Children discount: infants up to 2 years old travel free. Children 3-8 years old get 40% off and 9-12 years old enjoy 20% off.
  • Discounted international and domestic flights and train tickets for travel originating in Mongolia can be booked with us, subject to availability.

Tailoring your tour: we are always delighted to craft a journey in Mongolia 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

Meeting point
Your guide and driver will pick you up at a pre-arranged Ulaanbaatar city locaion, confirmed with you in advance. It can be your accommodation, Chinggis Khan airport or the train station. Meeting time is will be confirmed in the tour booking confirmation that you will receive by email after the booking has been made.

How to locate your guide / driver?
Your guide or driver will hold a welcoming board with your name(s) and Tour Mongolia logo shown for ease of identification. Don’t forget to let us know your hotel name, accommodation address, flight or train number and carriage numbers (if train) in advance, so we know when and where to pick you up!

Problems and emergency contact information
In case of an emergency, or if you are unable to locate your guide or driver, please call (+976) 9905 9466 or (+976) 9909 8467. (24h)
For all other enquiries and tour services please contact our office team on (+976) 11 35 46 62.

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Finishing point

Your guide and driver will drop you off at the location of your choice that has been confirmed with us in advance. It can be your accommodation, airport or train station in Ulaanbaatar. Multiple drop-offs are possible if required.

Passports and visas

Mongolia is a country that requires many foreign citizens to have obtained a visa in advance of travel. A Mongolian tourist
visa is usually valid for a stay of up to 30 days, with entry within three months from the date of issue. It is guests’ responsibility
to ensure they have a valid visa to travel to Mongolia, if required, according to nationality. Please note that all UK, Australian and most European citizens (excluding Germans) DO require a visa to travel to Mongolia, and this must be applied for in advance at any Mongolian consular mission. Only in exceptional circumstances may it sometimes be possible to pre-arrange a visa on arrival. The list of visa exempt countries include: USA, Canada, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Brazil, Israel, Philippines, Cuba, Hong Kong and Singapore – but these countries do have rules and regulations associated with length
of visit etc., so please check before travel.

Application Process: Obtaining a visa is a straightforward process, and usually very quick – especially if you are able to apply in person. Most embassies will return the visas within 2-3 days for a standard service, and some of them offer a same day express
service. Most embassies require minimal documentation – the 2-page application form; passport valid for at least 6 months after date of entry and with at least 1 blank page for the visa; fee payment; passport photo. Some embassies ask for additional documentation – an itinerary, flight reservation, a letter of invitation from your tour company (i.e. us) – so please
check. We can usually help provide all additional documentation. Some embassies have an online application form on their website, and sometimes the functionality is poor or confusing – so please be aware that embassies also accept
hand-written forms, and there is one standard form worldwide. If you can’t find it online, ask us for a copy and we will send one to you.

Visa on Arrival: If you are living in a country without a Mongolian Consulate/Embassy then we may be able to organize a Visa on Arrival. As this requires a fair bit of work on our part we have to charge a $120 administration fee for this service. The process involves us lodging a request on your behalf to the Immigration Authorities. If the application is successful they issue an official approval letter to us which will be scanned and sent to you. You will need to print it off and show this to anyone en route when asked about visa, e.g. airline check-in staff. On arrival in Mongolia, there is a customs office in the immigration hall where you will need to go and get the visa on arrival. It costs 108,000 MNT and $3 per person – all payable in USD using their exchange rate of the day, so it works out at around $50-$60 per person.

Food and dietary requirements

Please let us know your dietary requirements at the time of booking. Food choices tend to be limited in Mongolian countryside, but we are usually able to provide vegetarian, vegan, dairy or gluten free food. However, religious dietary requirements and exotic foods are often impossible to source, particularly on trips to more remote areas of the country.
Meals included in your trip are indicated B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner) under each day of the itinerary. On most days, all meals are included. When camping, your service team will prepare meals using provisions we source prior to departure and send with you.

Generally, water quality in Mongolia is good. But as a precaution we advise our guests to drink bottled water that can be purchased in shops, food markets and kiosks in the capital and many of the provincial centers as well as in tourist Ger camps in the countryside. Mineral water is usually not included in our trips as we aim to produce as little plastic waste as possible. But we do provide plenty of warm drinks such as tea and coffee during our trips.

Accommodation

We believe that swapping a generic bedroom for a cozy ger is one of the very best things about travel in Mongolia. It is in gers, particularly when visiting local families or staying with them at homestays, where you will have your most memorable insights into nomadic life; and for those tucking themselves up in traditional canvas tents on outward bound adventures and treks, you will stay in some truly magical locations. If your trip includes nights in ger camps, then you will combine authentic gers with the relative luxury of a few home comforts along the way.

Depending on your trip, you will be staying in ger camps, community based eco-camps, ger homestays alongside nomadic families or in a tent. Normally, there are three or four beds in each Ger and 2 people will share a tent. ger camp provides restaurant / bar, western-style toilet, washing facilities and showers. Low-impact eco, community based camps provide composting toilet and shower.
At homestays the facilities are very basic, with no showers, and a a ground hole surrounded with wooden walls used for composting toilets.
For expedition trips with tent stays, we provide good quality and spacious triple tents for twin occupancy. Among other equipment that we send are foldable mattresses, ground sheet tarpaulin, a toilet tent, sometimes a shower tent and a dining tent for groups of over 5 travelers. Additionally, kitchen equipment, foldable tables and chairs are often sent depending on the trip conditions.
We recommend bringing our own sleeping bag if your trip involves camping or ger homestays for hygiene 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.

Review

Its was great trip. Wonderful clear lakes and the Buddhist monasteries. By the way Deer Stone was awesome. Thank’s to our guide Tungaa and Driver Shinee.

Joe William
joe_0305@gmail.com

Historical site Khar Zurehnii Lake is beautiful and memorable. Our kids was very happy to discovering nomadic culture. Was good choice of choosing Tour Mongolia.

Jenny Walker
j_walker@hotmaol.com
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