Beauties of Eastern Mongolia

In May 2003 an exploration team from Nomads visited the far east of the country and made a discovery: a wealth of thrilling landscapes, untouched nature, wildlife and the essence of nomadic hospitality. It is more than a pleasure to share our discoveries with travelers and adventurers!

This new Nomad's trip is in one of the least explored parts of Mongolia, namely that of the eastern steppe. In this vast and extensive area you will camp next to lakes and rivers and we will immerse you into the recent and ancient history of the area.

The highlight of the trip is the hidden valley called “Sleeping Beauty” , which is all but inaccessible due to its remoteness. Our team members that explored the area were probably amongst only a few visitors that the valley has seen in the last few decades.

A rich spectrum of wildlife ranging from steppe gazelles and wolves to otters and elk expect you. This is where you can observe thousands of gazelles crossing your way or hundreds of cranes and other rare birds flocking before they migrate to warmer places. Local rangers will guide you to spot elks and otters.

A traditional homeland of nomadic tribes since Hun times, the area has preserved the best traditions of nomadic hospitality already forgotten in Central Mongolian areas which is a striking surprise even to the Mongols themselves. You will learn about the lifestyles of the local people by riding horses together, visiting their homes as well as learning about how the local communities are striving to preserve their traditions in this new era and environment. Bee farmers, and herb planters will introduce you to their new challenges.

Finally there will be a day for your disposal in the city of Ulaanbaatar with some sightseeing and shopping.

Day 1

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar – sightseeing & shopping – dinner

Today you will arrive in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. This city, once the Buddhist and spiritual heartland of the nomadic peoples of Mongolia, is now a thriving commercial and industrial centre. The monasteries still remain, even after the communist purges, yet they now rest alongside Internet cafes, nightclubs and streets teeming with rush hour traffic. However, Ulaanbaatar is still a capital where a grazing cow, a traditionally dressed nomad or a truck loaded with produce from the country can be found. It is amongst these fascinating juxtapositions that our journey begins. After arriving in Ulaanbaatar, you will be met at the airport and transferred to a 3-star hotel. After a light lunch in the hotel, there will be a program of sightseeing in the afternoon. This will include the Bogd Khan Palace, which is a series of beautiful traditional buildings, where the last religious King of Mongolia resided. We will have dinner at a local restaurant and return to the hotel for a well-earned rest.


Day 2

Fly to Choibalsan, drive to the western shore of Lake Buir

You are transferred to the airport for the morning or afternoon flight to Choibalsan, in Dornod Province. The time depends on the domestic flight schedule. On arrival, you will be met and driven about 260 km to the western shore of Lake Buir. We will camp overnight.

Day 3

Drive to Khalkh Gol River -Yalalt Baug. Yalalt Baug is like an oasis and rich with bird life: geese, herons, ducks, magpies, falcon, etc. Beautiful green meadows and 3 different types of iris are found along the banks of the river. Here you will have an opportunity to visit a inner Mongolian family who has an interesting personal history and also visit their greenhouse.

Day 4

Ride to Khukh Underiin ovoo and drive to Sumber and Khudagiin Ukhaa. Sumber is famous for being Mongolia's honey pot.

Day 5

A morning ride through savanna steppe and an afternoon drive to Nomrog National Park. This area is the home to an interesting number of endangered species, such as moose, crane, bear and otter. It is a relatively wet area and some areas are dotted with small groves of trees. Camp after crossing the Nomrog River.

Day 6

Hike or ride the plateau and descend into the “Sleeping Beauty Valley". This valley is wide open with high cliff walls and birch forests and is the home to the River Nomrog.

Day 7

A guided hike to spot wild animals. Search for lynx, wild boar, hooded cranes, black-naped orioles, houbaru bustards, and the other 40 mammals and 230 species of birds that call this area home.

Day 8

A rest day in the “Sleeping Beauty Valley."

Day 9

Drive back to Dashgain Five Lakes. This is found in the Buffer Zone of the Strictly Protected Area.

Day 10

A morning visit to nomadic herdsmen. Continue driving to camp at the southern shore of Lake Buir. Found at an altitude of 580 metres, makes it one of the lowest elevations in Mongolia. The northern section of the lake is actually situated is China. The area is home to a large number of migratory bird species, many of which are found on the endangered list.

Day 11

Drive to Choibalsan town. Overnight at a local hotel.

Day 12

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar. There will be a program of sightseeing in the afternoon, including the National History museum, folklore performance followed by a farewell dinner. Overnight at a 3-star hotel.


Day 13

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure.

Departure code and date:
NSA-010, 3-15 Sep, 2018

Price per person for a group more than 9 people: USD3.024

Single Supplement: USD200
Prices include the following:

Transportation within Mongolia, twin accommodation in a 4 star hotel. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost. Tented accommodation while on trek, three meals a day, English-speaking guide, all sightseeing costs, transfers, camel or horse hire where specified, support staff including drivers, horse (camel) men and camp assistants.

Prices do not include:

International transportation, travel insurance, visas, departure tax, alcoholic drinks, gratuities, items of a personal nature.

It is the responsibility of the client to be fully covered with travel and medical insurance while traveling in Mongolia.

Please note:

Upon request, single supplement in the countryside can be provided at the additional cost. In case single accommodation in ger camps was not provided the amount would be calculated based on the missing nights and reimbursed.

Nomads cannot be held responsible for over bookings, as long as the company can prove with sufficient documentation that overbooking has been the error of the third party.

Should circumstances beyond our control, such as the imposition of quarantine restrictions, any changes of domestic flight or train schedules, require a change of itinerary, we will inform your agent and propose an equivalent itinerary. Again, Nomads cannot take over the responsibility for the Airlines or the National Train Company. The traveler is responsible for having proper travel documents, such as a valid passport, proper visa and the necessary passport pictures.

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