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Winter Adventure with Eagle Festival

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Experience the magical Mongolian winter first hand on this activity-filled, week-long trip exploring Mongolian culture and traditions that starts off with the Golden Eagle Festival. Admire the impressive birds in action when hunting and their Kazakh owners, stay in cozy and warm ger resorts and lodges, enjoy dog sledding being pulled by a team of huskies and relax on a horse sleighing trip on the ice. Try your hand at Mongolian archery, fly in an autogyro over the majestic Chiggis Statue, visit rural locals, and track the wild horses and plethora of other wildlife on this winter adventure into the nomadic lands of Mongolia.

Tour Departure:

Mon, Mar. 4, 2019

Duration:

7 Days

Group Size:

2-12 pax

Highlights

Ulaanbaatar city tour - Winter Melody Show - Golden Eagle Hunting festival - Terelj National Park - Aryabal Meditation Temple - Nomadic Family Visit - Horse Riding - Dog Sledding on the Frozen Terelj River - Horse Sleighing - Off Road Driving - Chinggis Statue - Autogyro Flight - Hustai National Park - Wild Takhi Horses - Manzushir Ruins - Mt. Bogd Khan Climb

Fitness Level

- ACTIVE: This tour involves considerable walking, riding and sledding.

Meeting point

Good news! You can get picked up from the airport or your hotel, just give us the details at the time of booking. Don't worry if you haven't booked your flights yet, you can email the details later.

Transport

On the dust of the desert and snow 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, climate control 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 your journey you will be staying at a luxury lodge, a ger camp in Hustai and in a centrally located Ulaanbaatar hotel. Gers are equipped with beds, linen, stove, table and chairs and have electric lightning, while lodge features hotel-standard rooms and huts.

ROUTE MAP

ITINERARY

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

MAR 4
MAR 5
MAR 6
MAR 7
MAR 8
MAR 9
MAR 10

ARRIVE ULAANBAATAR – WINTER MELODY ART PERFORMANCE
Your guide and driver will meet you in the morning at a pre-arranged location in Ulaanbaatar, it can be the airport if you arrive today or your hotel. First, there will be a morning visit to the Gandan Monastery – enter the temples, including that of the Migjid Janraisig with its huge golden Buddha statue. In the old temple complex listen to the chanting ceremonies which happen mid-morning. Have lunch and check-in to your hotel room, then meet your guide again at 14:30 go for a leisurely walk across the impressive Sukhbaatar Square to visit the National History Museum with its well-laid out informative displays showcasing the country’s fascinating past. Afterwards, walk west towards the State Department Store, and enjoy an intimate performance of Winter Melody music and dance art group at. A welcome dinner at one of our favorite Mongolian restaurants rounds off your day.

Travel details: Short drives around UB
Accommodation: Deluxe Twin Room; Best Western Tuushin Hotel
Meals included: Lunch; Dinner

GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL
Today enjoy the sights and sounds of the annual eagle festival that takes place near in Jargalantiin Am of Chinggisiin Khuree, near Ulaanbaatar. The celebrations begin with a colorful opening parade of Kazakh falconers, followed by the demonstration of eagle hunting skills. The competitions then begin in earnest – eagles and their owners are judged on various qualities, including the ability of the eagle to fly from the top of the adjacent hill down to its owner and also to catch the ‘prey’ (usually a fox skin) that is pulled behind a horse. There are also prizes for the best turned-out bird, and best dressed hunter. In addition to these eagle-related competitions, there are horsemanship competitions, goat carcass tug-o-war, and archery. Enjoy lunch at the festival site – huushuur (fried dumplings) are the typical fare at festivals. You will be also able to try your hand at traditional Mongolian archery if some of bows and arrows are available. After the closing ceremony in the afternoon return to Ulaanbaatar in time for dinner.

Travel details: 20km/45mins to Festival Site.
Accommodation: Twin Room; Best Western Tuushin Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

TERELJ – ARYABAL TEMPLE – NOMADIC FAMILY VISIT – HORSE RIDE
After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel’s lobby at 08:30, hop into the vehicle and journey east to Terelj National Park, stopping quickly 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, and after Terelj village cross over the frozen river, where 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 an hour 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. Then drive to your lodge in time for dinner, and if you are not afraid of cold – enjoy some incredible stargazing of the clear, Mongolian sky.

 

Travel details: 2h/60km to Terelj
Accommodation: Twin Room – Ayanchin Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DOG SLEDDING – HORSE SLEIGHING
After breakfast, drive a short distance to the dog sledding starting point where your musher will make the preparation for your 1-hour ride. Then enjoy the scenery of the frozen Terelj River and the national park while being pulled by a team of huskies. You should be able to cover at least 5km. Afterwards, have lunch at a nomadic family’s ger, and experience the nomadic life – early spring is the time animals are being born, also cashmere is being combed from goats. Your hosts will prepare the horses, then hop onto the sleigh and enjoy horse sleighing in the area for another hour. You will then return to your lodge for a well deserved dinner.

Travel details: Short drives and rides in the Terelj National Park
Accommodation: Twin Room – Ayanchin Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

OFF-ROAD DRIVING – CHINGGIS STATUE – GYROCOPTER FLIGHT
After breakfast set of for some great off-road vehicle excursion 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, visit the nearby Gyrocopter pad and take a 10-minute flight over the Chinggis Statue and enjoy the panoramic views from above Mongolia.

Upon landing back on the ground it’s back to Ulaanbaatar – arrive on time for dinner and settle in your hotel room for the night.

Travel details: 2h/50km to Chinggis Statue; 1.5h/55km to Ulaanbaatar
Accommodation: Deluxe Twin Room; Best Western Tuushin Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK – WILD ‘TAKHI’ HORSES
After a leisurely breakfast jump in the vehicle for the journey west to Hustai. You should arrive at your ger camp in time for lunch. The camp is located at the entrance to the Hustai National Park, and you will have some time to rest before venturing inside. In the afternoon drive from your camp to see the Takhi – this is the time when they gather to feed so you have a better chance of seeing them up close and in the accessible areas. You may want to combine the trip with a longer walk in the park – in which case you should leave a little earlier. Discuss your preference with your guide. Afterwards head back to camp for dinner and your night in a real Mongolian ger.

Travel details: 3.5h/170km to Hustai
Accommodation: Standard Ger; Hustai Ger Camp
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

MANZUSHIR RUINS – MT. BOGD KHAN – ULAANBAATAR
Today you head to Bogd Khaan Mountain, perhaps taking the scenic back route from Hustai, along the Tuul River. You can discuss timings and preference with your guide. On arrival at the park entrance, visit Manzushir ruins – see the restored temple museum, and wander around the monastery. Afterwards, head up on the hill trails to the summit. Once back down, board the vehicle and drive back to Ulaanbaatar where you will have farewell dinner.

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

COSTINGS

USD

EUR

Cost Per Person:

$1,795

€1,590

Single Supplement:

$355

€315

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 is available on request.

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 before January 1st, 2019.
  • Group discount of 10% is applicable for groups of 5 or more when booking together.
  • 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.

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