The Silk Road – On the Trail of Nomad Herders

Ride camels over sand dunes, trek through beautiful green valleys to the nomads. Learn to tame wild Prezawalski horses, before actually riding with the locals. Trek through Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Nature reserve, include Orkhon valley and even Khustai National Park and its wild horses. Also trek in the Khustai National Park. An amazing “soft adventure”.

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Day 1: Arrive Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia then transfer to your hotel. After a refreshment break, start a sightseeing tour to visit the Central Square of Ulaanbaatar and National Museum. Enjoy a traditional art performance and Welcome dinner.

Day 2: Khognokhaan

This morning travel approx. 280kms to Khognokhaan mountain Nature reserve. Afternoon arrival and meet with your local guide who is a camel breeder. You are welcomed and invited to his Ger/Yurt for offering of nomadic drinks and dairy products. This is followed by a brief instruction for riding Mongolian two humped Bactrian camels. You will get acquainted with the camels and tacks. Enjoy 2hours warm up ride in the valley through the natural trail along the mountain.

Day 3: Khognokhaan

After a hearty breakfast, pack up and continue the camel trek. Enjoy a day camel riding for about 5-6hours along the sand dunes and mountain valleys for 25-28kms. This evening our camel men and camels will leave the camp and go back to Khognokhan mountain. Tonight we marvel at the night stars.

Day 4: Gurvanbulag

Today continue your trekking adventure on foot to the nomad community in the valley of Gurvanbulag county. Here the landscape is incredibly beautiful with rolling steppe surrounded by sand dunes and rocky mountains. The trek will take about 3-4hours for 15-18kms. Afternoon arrival at a community based Ger camp where we take a rest and refreshments. Evening enjoy and practice traditional games and archery. For dinner, you will have “Khorkhog”, which is a real Mongolian barbeque with meat and vegetables grilled with hot stones then singing and dancing around a bonfire.

Day 5: Kharakhorum

This morning you will have an opportunity to visit a nomad family and learn more in depth about the nomad lifestyle. Then enjoy a demonstration by horsemen to realize how Mongolian skillful cowboys catch horses by “uurga” – traditional wooden lasso and training an untamed horse that has never been ridden before. Attend a brief instruction on riding Mongolian horses, enjoy horseback riding for 1 hour. Afternoon we will continue travelling about 95kms to Kharakhorum. This city was founded in 1220 by the third son of Chinggis Khaan and destroyed in the 14th century. Later it rebuilt as a first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. We will visit the Buddhist temple complex of Erdene Zuu and Historical museum.

Day 6: Orkhon Valley

This morning we travel to Orkhon valley for 120kms. On the way, we will see Orkhon waterfall which was formed by a combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes some 20000 years ago. It cascades down from a height 27 meters. The Orkhon River is the longest in Mongolia and begins at the state worshipped mountain of Suvraga Khairkhan in the Khangai mountain range. Continue your drive to Tsagaannuur valley for 15-20kms. In the afternoon meet with your local assistants for trekking. They will take care our luggage, camping equipment and food provisions for transporting by pack yaks. No vehicle will be supporting our trip for next four days. Then trek about 3hours until arriving at the campsite nearby to Khurdet Mountain.

Day 7: Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Nature Reserve – Khukh Davaa Valley

After another hearty breakfast in the morning, we will trek through the Khuisiin Naiman nuur area for 18kms. Trek to the Amgalan mountain pass then continue through the Tsagaan Azarga valley. On the way, we will cross the river with our horses. Camp nearby Khukh Davaa.

Day 8: Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Nature Reserve – Shireet Tsagaan Lake

Today we will be trekking to Shireet Tsagaan Lake for 15-16km. Shireet Tsagaan is the largest lake of Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Nature reserve. Tonight camp north side of the lake.

Day 9: Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Nature Reserve – Shuranga Rock

Today we will trek for 12kms around the lake and surrounding area. Cross over the Shireet mountain pass then meet with our drivers. After packing up our luggage onto vehicles, we move for 10kms to a community camp. Arrive at the community camp and enjoy a rest.

Day 10: Khujirt

Travel for 280kms to our next destination in Orkhon valley where we stay at eco Ger camp nearby to Khujirt resort. On the way, we will pass the center of Uyanga and Zuunbayan counties. Late afternoon rest then take a short hike.

Day 11: Khustai National Park

This morning we drive for 310kms to Khustai National Park which covers about a 50,620 sq km area for the preservation of wild horses (known as the Prezawalski horse) and other wild animals, pray birds and rich flora of the steppe zone. Visit the Information Center for an introductory presentation of the National Park.

Day 12: Khustai National Park

Today you will enjoy a full day trekking at the park, along the valley and cross over hills and forested mountain. You have plenty of opportunities to encounter wild horses and other animals such as herds of deer and marmots. At the end of your trek you will be taken by car to Ungut, a cultural site with ancient statues.

Day 13: Ulaanbaatar

In the morning, we will travel for 100kms to Ulaanbaatar. Later afternoon we will visit Zanabazar’s Fine Art museum, shop for souvenirs and cashmere. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Day 14: Depart Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast at leisure until transfer to airport for your departure flight.

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Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Minibus, 4WD Japanese Minivan
Accommodation: 2 nights in Hotels, 2 nights in Tents, 7 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.

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