This program concentrates on meeting with nomads and learning their nomadic lifestyle as well as exploring local heritage sites. Enjoy the varied landscapes and wildlife. There is opportunity to ride camels over sand dunes, horses and even a yak.
Travel to Ugii Lake, then visit a nomad family and enjoy their unique traditional hospitality. You can interact with the nomad people, Enjoy their hospitality and taste unconventional, home-made dairy products.
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Day 1: Welcome to Ulaanbaatar
Met on arrival at Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, then transferred to your hotel. At leisure to rest, freshen up and relax. This evening enjoy a traditional art performance and a Welcome Dinner.
Day 2: Ulaanbaatar
Today we take a city sightseeing tour including a visit to the Gandan Monastery, the centre of Mongolian Buddhists where you can see the statue of the biggest standing Buddha in Mongolia. We also experience a ritual by the monks. Then move to the Central Square and National Museum. This evening enjoy an optional visit to the Ulaanbaatar Opera House. If an opera or ballet is scheduled during the time you are visiting Ulaanbaatar, don’t miss a good opportunity of being introduced to Mongolian classic arts. The scheduled performance is to be checked, according to the date of travel.
Day 3: Khustai National Park
This morning we travel to Khustai National Park for 2hours, about 100kms. After a brief presentation at the Information Center, we explore the reservation area and look for wild horses – Takhi, better known as Przjevalski horses.
Day 4: Khustai National Park
Day to learn more about the wildlife of the Mongolian steppe. Enjoy about 3hours walk along the mountain valley to hilly terrain and encounter wild deer, gazelles, marmots and pray birds. The Khustai National Park covers 50620ha reserve area to protect not only wild horses, also many species of wild animals and birds. After a open air picnic lunch move to Ungut, a cultural heritage site where you can see statues of ancient nomad tribes.
Day 5: Khognokhaan Nature Reserve
Travel for 200kms to Khognokhaan Nature reserve. Check-in at the Ger camp then this afternoon we visit a camel breeder nomad family. Enjoy an hour of camel riding through the sand dunes of the Gobi landscape.
Day 6: Kharakhorum
Travel to Kharakhorum about an hour for 90kms. Visit the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist monastery Erdenezuu, built on the ruins of ancient capital city of Great Mongolian Empire. Explore interesting cultural sites around Kharakhorum. Visit local historical museum and marketplace.
Day 7: Orkhon Valley
Travel to Ulaan Tsutgalan for 130kms, known as Orkhon Waterfall it lies in the historically significant Orkhon Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The waterfall was formed by a combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes some 20000 years ago and cascades down from a height 27 meters. Visit a yak breeder nomad family and enjoy yak back riding.
Day 8: Tsenkher Hot Springs
Continue your trip to Tsenkher hot springs for 120kms. The hot springs with water at +86.5 degree Celsius is very popular in the area. Afternoon we take a short hike to forest mountain. In the evening enjoy taking a hot spring bath.
Day 9: Ugii Lake
Travel to Ugii Lake for 140kms, drive about 3.5hours. The fresh water lake has a surface area of 25000ha and is abundant with water birds and fishes. Walk along the lake shore for viewing bird species or enjoy swimming in the lake. Optional boat trip is available.
Day 10: Gurvanbulag
Travel to nomad community in Gurvanbulag county of Bulgan province for 60kms. Arrival and welcomed at the community based Ger camp. Afternoon, visit a nomad family and enjoy their unique traditional hospitality. You can taste unconventional home-made dairy products. Interact with nomad people and get more intimate with their nature hugging lifestyle. Enjoy a lesson on “Shagai”, traditional game which use ankle bones of sheep and goats and play different games by Shagai.
Day 11: Gurvanbulag
Today you will experience more in depth the traditional lifestyle and culture of the nomadic families. Try your hand at milking cows or mares and learn how to process traditional dairy products such as “Aaruul” – dried curds, “Byaslag” – Mongolian cheese. This afternoon we enjoy a short hike to a neighboring mountain for panoramic views over the valley. For dinner, you will have a special meal, “Khorkhog”, which is a real Mongolian barbecue, meat (mutton) and vegetables are grilled with hot stones.
Day 12: Gurvanbulag
Today is for learning more about Mongolian horsemanship and the horse based culture of nomads. Visit horse breeder family/fast horse trainer and horseback riding. You will have instruction on riding Mongolian horses, then ride /learn to ride/ through wide open steppe. Afternoon you will enjoy nomad community’s horse show, how nomads catch horses with their handmade “Lasso” and train an untamed horse.
Day 13: Ulaanbaatar
Travel to Ulaanbaatar city for 280kms. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. Time to visit city shops and malls. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Day 14: Depart Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast at leisure until transfer to airport for your departure flight.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|Departs daily from Ulaanbaatar:||Price on Application||Price on Application|
|Meals:||13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & Minibus, 4WD Japanese Minivan|
|Accommodation:||3 nights in Hotels & 10 nights Ger Camp Stay|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking Guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.