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Treasures of Mongolia

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The beauty of Mother Nature meets nomadic culture in this 12-day tour of Mongolia! Spend your days exploring the Singing Dunes of the Gobi desert, dining al-fresco at the Flaming Cliffs, exploring the ancient Mongol capital of Kharakhorum, staying next to a yak herder family in the UNESCO listed nomadic heartlands of the Orkhon Valley, and surveying the majestic landscapes of the southern and central Mongolia. This tour takes you to the best and most spectacular locations in the country and includes accommodation in our hand-picked, characterful ger camps. The Treasures of Mongolia is a tour that is well-paced with plenty of free time in the afternoons for walks, interaction with the locals and relaxation and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Tour Departures:

Jun 13, Jul 25, Aug 15

Duration:

12 Days

Group Size:

4-12 Pax

Highlights

Rock Formations of Baga Gazriin Chuluu & Tsagaan Suvarga - Gobi Desert - Yol Valley Ice Field - Dugenir Pass - Khongor Els (Singing Dunes) - Camel Herder Family Visit - Bactrian Camel Ride - Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs - Ongii Ruins - Orkhon Valley - Ger Stay next to yak herders - Horse Riding - Orkhon Waterfall - Kharakhorum - Erdene Zuu Monastery - Hustai National Park - Wildlife Tracking - Manzushir - Mt. Bogd Khan Climb

Fitness Level

- MODERATE: This tour is suitable for most people in good condition and for all ages.

Meeting point

Good news! You can be picked up from your hotel, just email us the details. Don't worry if you haven't booked the accommodation yet, you can email it to 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 ample 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 this journey you will be staying at our hand-picked ger camps and a guest ger next to a nomadic family in Orkhon Valley. Gers are equipped with beds, linen, stove, table and chairs and have electric lightning. Loos, showers are only available at the ger camps, with the homestay facilities being naturally basic.

ROUTE MAP

ITINERARY

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

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BAGA GAZRIIN CHULUU – HIKING
Meet your guide at 08:30 at your hotel or a pre-arranged Ulaanbaatar location, jump into the vehicle and the drive south to Baga Gazriin Chuluu. You will be staying in the countryside a few kilometers from the rock formations in a ger camp. Experience your first taste of traditional local hospitality and enjoy a delicious traditional Mongolian meal on arrival for lunch. Settle into your gers, and in the afternoon there will be time to drive the 10mins into the rock formations of Baga Gazriin Chuluu and take short walks and ‘rock scrambles’ to see various specific sites of interest, such as caves, and places that are sacred to Mongolians including small stone shrines and the spring/well within the granite rock, said to cure all manner of ailments. Return back to the camp before dinner and enjoy your first night sleeping in a ger.

 

Travel details: 4-5hrs/300kms to Baga Gazriin Chulu
Accommodation: Simple guest Ger next to a nomadic family
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

GOBI DESERT – MANDALGOBI – TSAGAAN SUVARGA – NOMADIC FAMILY VISIT
After breakfast head south to Omngobi province. You will stay tonight at a ger camp near the impressive rock formations of Tsagaan Suvarga where you can also explore the area on foot. You will also be able to visit a local family in their ger and experience traditional nomadic hospitality.

Travel details: 4hrs/210kms to Tsagaan Suvarga via Mandalgobi
Accommodation: Standard Ger – Tsagaan Suvarga Ger Camp
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DALANZADGAD – YOL AM (VULTURE VALLEY) – ICE FIELD
Up early for the trip to Yol Am, stopping at the provincial town of Dalanzadgad for lunch and to pick up supplies. Continue driving for an hour and en-route to the gorge, stop at the small museum and craft gers at the park entrance, before continuing to the head of the valley where you will leave the cars and continue on foot. Keep a lookout for birds of prey and ibex on top of the rocky outcrops above you as you wander down the lush valley. The walk here typically lasts around 1-2hrs depending on distance ventured and one’s individual pace. As you walk further down the valley into the gorge the steep rock faces close in and the stream that crisscrosses the path disappears under sheets of ice. There may be less ice in later summer months, but there still should be some. If you have suitable shoes and competent fitness, you can walk over these thick sheets of ice – otherwise, you may wish simply to observe and to turn back at this point. In the afternoon drive to the ger camp, an hour west on the edge of the Gurvan Saikhan National Park, where there are horses and camels for hire and enjoy the night in your ger.

Travel details: 2hrs/150km to Yol Am; 1hr/50km to ger camp
Accommodation: Standard Ger – Gobi Mirage Ger Camp
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

GURVAN SAIKHAN – KHONGOR ELS (SINGING DUNES) – DUNE CLIMBING
Today drive through the rocky tracks through the Gurvan Saikhan hills via the Dungenir Pass, and onto Khongoryn Els via the scenic southern route. As you drive, look out for herds of white-tailed gazelles and demoiselle or white-naped cranes, there will also be stops for rest and photography. Have lunch at the ger camp near the dunes and if the forecast is good, take the short drive to the Singing Dunes, and climb up for a spectacular view. Afterwards return to the ger camp for dinner.

Travel details: 5h/180km to Khongor Els
Accommodation: Standard Ger – Gobi Erdene Ger Camp
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

KHONGOR ELS – CAMEL HERDER FAMILY VISIT – CAMEL RIDE
If you are an early bird, you may like a dawn climb of the dunes – especially if you didn’t experience the sunset the previous evening. After breakfast at camp, visit a camel herding family who spend the summers near the water springs close to the dunes – enter one of the gers of local nomads and experience the hospitality and traditional way of life – you can help make and drink milk tea and camel milk, try homemade produce such as yogurt and dried curds and have homemade lunch (you can help with the preparation if you want), while your camels are prepared outside. In the afternoon saddle up for an hour long camel ride alongside the dunes. Then return to your characterful ger camp and enjoy the night in the calm Gobi desert.

Travel details: No long drives today
Accommodation: Standard Ger – Gobi Erdene Ger Camp
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

KHAVSGAIT PETROGLYPHS – BAYANZAG – AL-FRESCO DINNER
Today driving back east across the plains, picnicking en-route. Stop at Khavtsgait to explore the petroglyphs. Walk up a rocky outcrop and search the surrounding rocks for ancient engravings that dot the area. You will be surprised by how many there are one can spend a good half an hour exploring and discovering. From this vantage point, there is a fantastic view over the surrounding plains. Then continue to Bayanzag for an exploratory walk around the spectacular sandstone formations, known as the Flaming Cliffs due to their deep red hue. We advise spending up to an hour and a half strolling around this paleontological wonder – both atop the cliffs and down on the valley floor. It is here that Roy Chapman Andrews discovered the fossilized dinosaur eggs and where a skeleton of a Velociraptor was found. In the evening, weather conditions permitting, enjoy al-fresco dinner with wine at the foothills of the Flaming Cliffs and enjoy the spectacular sunset bringing out the red hues from the rocks.

Travel details: 4h/120km to Khavsgait; 1hr/50km to Bayanzag
Accommodation: Standard Ger – Mongolian Gobi Ger Camp
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

 

BULGAN VILLAGE – ONGII TEMPLE RUINS
Today begin your long drive north towards the pasturelands of central Mongolia. You will take a diversion en-route to the village of Bulgan – perhaps even stop there for lunch. This might also be useful if you would like to pick up provisions (beer, snacks, chocolate etc.), and there is also an organic vegetable farming project here that is worth a look. Then continue the journey north towards the heartland of Mongolia, whilst still remaining in the middle Gobi. The temple complex of Ongiin Khiid is a noteworthy and convenient stop point mid-way. Arrive and settle into your ger camp in late-afternoon before taking a stroll around the Ongiin temple complex. Enter the reconstructed temple, see the stupa engraved with the names of the victims of the purges, and meet the monks who run the monastery.

Travel details: 6h/350km drive to Ongii Temple
Accommodation: Standard Ger – Ongiin Nuuts Ger Camp
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

TEMEEN CHULUU – ORKHON VALLEY – NOMADIC FAMILY HOMESTAY
After breakfast, continue north. As you drive you will see the open flat plains give way to greener undulating countryside, with more families and livestock. Pass through the village of Khujirt where you may stop for supplies and maybe lunch, and see the Temeen Chuluu – ancient Bronze Age burial stones. Continue up the Orkhon Valley, which is a UNESCO listed site – the scenery is beautiful but the roads rough! It will take over 5 hrs to reach your final destination. Arrive at a local yak herder family where you will be staying tonight in an authentic guest ger a just mile from to the Orkhon Waterfall. Enter the gers and experience the nomadic hospitality – you will have the opportunity to try your hand at traditional Mongolian cooking, learn how to prepare Buuz (steamed dumplings) or Huushuur (fried meat-filled pastry), then enjoy the fruits of your labors for dinner.

Travel details: 5hrs/250km to Orkhon Valley
Accommodation: Simple guest ger next to a nomadic family
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

ORKHON VALLEY – ORKHON WATERFALL – HORSE RIDING
Have a leisurely breakfast while your horses are prepared outside. Then saddle up for a 30-minute ride the Orkhon Waterfall. Walk around the area, perhaps hiking down to the trees at the foot of the waterfall, where you will have a good location for photos. Return to the family encampment in time for lunch. The plan for the afternoon is very flexible and will allow for you to get fully involved in the day to day life of your nomadic hosts. This is a yak herding country, so there will be opportunities to help with milking the yaks and seeing how the milk is made into a variety of foods. You will also have time to explore and relax in the beautiful surroundings. During your time with the family, you will also get a chance to erect a ger – with a little help from the locals, of course! In the evening, enjoy a nomadic feast of khorkhog, a dish of slow-cooked mutton and vegetables braised with red-hot stones from the stove.

Travel details: No long drives today
Accommodation: Simple guest ger next to a nomadic family
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

KHARAKHORUM – ERDENE ZUU – KHARKHORIN MUSEUM
After a home cooked breakfast, say goodbye to your nomadic hosts and head to the ancient Mongol capital of Kharakhorum. Have lunch at the ger camp before venturing to the famous Erdene Zuu Monastery. Take a guided tour around the main temples, and walk around the grounds. You can then visit the town’s interesting local museum and the local market. There will also be an opportunity to visit the Monument of the 3 Kings overlooking the Orkhon River, and the fertility stone on the edge of town. Or you could do this tomorrow.

Travel details: 3hrs/100km to Kharakhorum
Accommodation: Standard Ger; Monkh Tenger Ger Camp
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK – WILD ‘TAKHI’ HORSES – WILDLIFE TRACKING
After a leisurely breakfast jump in the vehicle for the journey back east to Hustai, where you will be staying at a ger camp located at the park’s entrance. Have lunch at the ger camp’s restaurant and drive in to see the Takhi horses, herds of deer and other wildlife. You may want to combine the trip with a longer walk in the park – discuss your preference with your guide. Return to the camp for dinner and settle for your last night in a ger.

Travel details: 4hrs/200km to Hustai
Accommodation: Standard Ger; Hustai Resort Ger Camp
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

MANZUSHIR RUINS – MT. BOGD KHAN CLIMB – ULAANBAATAR
Today you head to Bogd Khan Mountain Reserve, the oldest nature reserve in the world, taking the scenic back route from Hustai, along the Tuul River. On arrival at the park entrance, visit Manzushir ruins – see the restored temple museum, and wander around the ruins. Afterwards, head up on the hill trails to the summit and have picnic lunch there It takes good 2-3 hours of climbing and another 2 hours to come back. Once back down, board the vehicle and head back to Ulaanbaatar, where you will be dropped at a location of your choice.

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

COSTINGS

Cost Per Person:   $1,595 €1,410
Single Supplement:   $245 €215

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 trip is available as a private tour too, and you can book it on any day of your choice for you and your family or friends. Just email us with your proposed dates and your group size for pricing.

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.

More information: info@tourmongolia.com