This private 3-day tour is fabulous for those with limited time to enjoy the best of Mongolia’s nature and culture. An unforgettable adventure, the trip features hikes to temples and ruins, Mt. Bogd Khan summit, horseback riding practice, spectacular wildlife, hiking in the scenic surroundings and the remarkable Chinggis Khaan statue. Your nights are spent away from the city in guest gers next to authentic nomadic families, giving you the best chance of experiencing the Mongolian culture and traditions first hand, meeting and socializing with the nomads over the home-made meals and fermented mare’s milk.
Spend a full day in each of the three of the national parks conveniently located within a short drive from Ulaanbaatar: Gorkhi-Terelj, Hustai, and Bogd Khan.
TERELJ NATIONAL PARK – ARYABAL TEMPLE – HORSE RIDE – GER STAY
Your guide and driver will meet you at a pre-arranged Ulaanbaatar location at 09:30 am, hop into vehicle and journey east to Terelj National Park, stopping en-route at the sacred Turtle Rock which you can climb up and hike to the nearby Aryabal Meditation Temple set on a hill. The National Park yields some great scenery which makes it a very popular weekend getaway for both locals and tourists alike. However, you will now pass through the main valley to get away from other travelers and near Terelj village cross over the river – or rather, drive on top of the frozen! A few kilometers further on you will stop at a family’s ger – step inside and experience local hospitality, drink milk tea, and enjoy homemade lunch, while the horses are being prepared outside. Then saddle up for a 1-hour horseback ride up into the valley towards Jalman Mountain and along the east side of the Saikhan Saridag range of hills. No horse riding experience is necessary – Mongolian horses are small and we match horses to riders – you should be comfortable quickly and your guide will be there to assist. Return to your ger and in the evening enjoy a nomadic feast of khorkhog or similar countryside fare – you can help with food preparation if you wish. In the evening there will be time to socialize with your nomadic hosts over homemade vodka made of fermented mare’s milk, or alternatively for some incredible stargazing of the clear, Mongolian sky.
|Travel details:||2hrs/60km to Terelj|
|Accommodation:||Guest ger next to a nomadic family|
|Meals included:||Lunch; Dinner|
CHINGGIS STATUE – HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK – TAKHI HORSES
After breakfast, say goodbye to your Mongolian hosts and set off to the remarkable Chinggis Statue complex near Erdene. Once you arrive, climb up inside until you reach the exterior staircase which runs up the mane of the horse to a viewpoint overlooking the Tuul River, Terelj & the hills of Khan Khentii – Chinggis’ homeland. Then jump in the vehicle again for the journey east to Hustai stopping for lunch in a local eatery on the way. You should arrive in Hustai National Park in the afternoon, and tonight you will be staying with another nomadic family that lives near to the park. Enter the family ger and experience the local hospitality and rest a bit, then venture into the park to see the Takhi. They often gather to feed and drink at streams in the evening and you have a good chance of seeing them up close. You may want to combine the trip with a longer walk in the park – in which case you should leave a little earlier in the morning. Discuss your preference with your guide. Afterwards return to your ger and settle in for the night.
|Travel details:||1hr/30km to Chinggis Statue; 3.5hrs/170km to Hustai|
|Accommodation:||Guest ger next to a nomadic family|
|Meals included:||Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner|
BOGD KHAN NATIONAL PARK – MANZUSHIR RUINS – MT. BOGD KHAN HIKE – ULAANBAATAR
Today you head to Bogd Khaan Mountain, perhaps taking the scenic back route from Khustai, 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 round 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|
|Meals included:||Breakfast; Lunch|
|Cost Per Person:||1 Pax||$595||€520|
|Single Supplement:||1 Pax||$60||€50|
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:
*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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