Riding the Nomadic Trail in Zavkhan Province

This is an exciting ride in the heart of the Khangai mountains, an area that is renowned for its abundance of wildlife and generosity of the nature. For the people of the Khangai, generosity is natural and is never questioned. A visitor is just asked to bring his vessels and have them filled up with mare's milk, the most adorned beverage of the Mongols.

Riding through mountains and green forested valleys you will visit pristine lakes, freshwater lakes, and experience this immensely rich and beautiful country.

Day 1

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to a 4 star hotel.

After lunch you will have city sightseeing including visits to Gandan Tegchilen Monastery, the Bogd Khaan Winter Palace Museum and the National History Museum. Welcome dinner and overnight.


Day 2

Ulaanbaatar- Tosontsengel- Ider River 

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Tosontsengel. Your guide will accompany you on board and after an hour and a half you will land in this jewel of the Khangai Mountains. On arrival we will meet the rest of our staff and drive to Ider river via Mergen Pass. The Ider River is fed by the Khangai mountain range. We will set our tented camp on the bank of the Ider river.

Day 3

Ider river- Ider village- Darkhan Uul village

After breakfast we head to Darkhan Uul village via Ider village. Our campsite will be on the banks of Ider river next to the Darkhan Uul village. We will reach the bank of the Ider river early in the afternoon. Our horsemen will be awaiting our arrival at the campsite. Dinner and tented camp overnight.

Day 4

Darkhan Uul village

Today will be dedicated to familiarizing yourselves with the horses and tack. We will have meals and overnight in our previous camp. Those not wanting to ride the the whole day can just relax.

Day 5

Ider Valley-Rashaanii Pass

Today we will start our linear horse ride. We will start up the Ider valley and reach the foothills of Rashaanii Pass. Our vehicles will go ahead and set up our camp, so by the time we reach there, the showers will be set up and dinner will be ready. Total riding is 25km.

Day 6

Otgon Hot Spring Resort-Bogd River Valley-Uujim Corner

Today we will continue riding, and we will pass by the Otgon Hot Spring Resort and descend into the Bogd River Valley, a wide lush valley with larch forests on the higher slopes, until we reach the place called Uujim Corner. If you wish you can take a hot bath in the spring. Later we will continue until we reach a pass called “Hot Spring Pass" and we will camp overlooking Mount Baga Bogd.

Day 7

Lake Nart

We will ride further south to reach Lake Nart at the lower reaches of Mount Otgontenger. The lake lays at the northern edge of the Dayan Mountain Range, and it is a pretty spot surrounded by larch forest. From here we can see the majestic and snowy dome of Mount Otgontenger. We will stay overnight next to the lake.

Day 8

Nomadic families around Lake Blue-Mount Otgontenger

Riding further we will visit nomadic families scattered around Lake Blue. Nomadic hospitality is a crucial factor in surviving this harsh and remote area, and hosts will offer ‘airag’ or fermented mare's milk, the beverage adorned by all Mongols for its nutritious and healthy qualities. After that we ride upstream along the Bogd River and make our camp at the northern foothills of Mount Otgontenger. It is 4031m high and is considered to be a sacred mountain by the local people. It really is the acme of the Khangai Mountain Range.

Day 9

Lake Badar Khundag

Today we will explore the surroundings of the sacred mountain. We will ride around it and visit Lake Badar Khundag, one of the 8 beautiful freshwater lakes scattered around it. After visiting the lake and having our packed lunch we will return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 10

White Lake-Lake Nart

Today we ride to White (Tsagaan) Lake. Descending along the northern bank of the Bogd river we will cross at Lake Nart and set up our camp near the northern edge of the lake.

Day 11

Doloogiin Pass-Shireegiin river

Ride southwards along the eastern shore of White Lake and on reaching Doloogiin Pass we will have our lunch. In the afternoon we will descend to the Shireegiin river and set up our camp.

Day 12

Ride through the hills of Shireegiin river

Today we will have a relaxed day with some gentle riding through the forested hills surrounding the Shireegiin river. From the top of the hills there will be a beautiful vista of Myangan and Mount Otgontenger. Lunch will be served in the camp. In the afternoon you are free to ride, rest, or hike. This is our last day with the horses.

Day 13

Drive to Uliastai for flight to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast we drive into Uliastai and catch a flight to UB. On arrival you will be transfered to your hotel. Welcome dinner will be at Hazara restaurant, with delicious North Indian cuisine.

Day 14

 Transport to airport for flight 

 You will be transferred for your international departure.

This tour can be organized as an individual request.
Prices include the following: 

2 domestic flights, transportation within Mongolia. 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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