SHORT TRIPS

These short programs allow you to make the most of your stopover or short stay in Mongolia . They feature some of the most interesting and popular destinations in the country. Additionally, they allow you to extend a departure to one region of Mongolia or combine a selection of them so that you will experience the large variety of culture and landscapes of Mongolia .


Western Mongolia Home for Minorities

(6 Days)

This trip takes us to Khovd province in the Mongol Altai Mountain Range in the far West of Mongolia. Our purpose is to visit several nomadic camel-herding minority groups still living their traditional nomadic lifestyle. Generally the nomadic families of the west of Mongolia live on the steppe area in the winter months when it is cold and then move into the mountains for the warm summer months. Our trip is specifically planned for the end of the summer season when most people are busy with preparations for the long winter months ahead. 

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Western Frontiers and Twin Lake

(6 Days)

The far west of Mongolia is a remote and unique geographical area with a population of nomadic people equally as interesting and diverse as the land they inhabit. The landscape includes high glacial mountain peaks, large lake basins, steppe grassland and desert sand-dunes. One of the main minority groups in this area is the Kazakh minority, who are as well the largest one in Mongolia, inhabiting the province of Bayan Ulgii since the mid 1800s. Still maintaining their traditional customs and traditions, they live in large felt gers and hunt with the aid of huge, golden eagles in the winter months to supply themselves with fur from the prey. 

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Khovd Province and Lake Khar-Us

(6 Days)

This part of Mongolia is home to several ethnic minorities and you may well wander upon Khalkh, Myangad, Durvud, Tuva, Oold or Zakchin families. Rest, ride, hike, visit local families, or search for more birds. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the rivers, lakes, and Altai mountains of the far west of Mongolia.

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Trekking in the Altai Mountains

(5 Days)

Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the rivers, lakes, and mountains of the far west of Mongolia. Hike across the peaks of the Altai Mountain range, looking out across the stunning landscape of snow-capped mountains with green meadows at their bases. Meet Kazakh eagle hunters and their families. Dare yourself to pick your way across the 20km long Potanin glacier, before returning to Mongolia’s capital city for a day of sightseeing and cultural activities.

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Burkhan Khaldun

(3 Days)

We organize special retreat trip from mid of August all throughout the year, from Friday to Sunday to Burkhan Khaldun Mountain where, according to legend, Genghis Khaan went to pray for guidance.

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Tuul Riverside Lodge

The Tuul Riverside Lodge is a small, fully sustainable, traditional Mongolian camp surrounded by a sea of grass and rolling hills, which stretch down to the nearby River Tuul and beyond. Situated within an hour’s drive east of Mongolia’s bustling capital Ulaanbaatar, a warm, and peaceful welcome awaits you. You will stay in beautifully decorated traditional dwellings, known locally as gers, with the added advantage of en suite facilities. At the Tuul Riverside Lodge there is something for everyone, regardless of age, experience or ability. We offer a wide range of both adventure and cultural activities, allowing you to enjoy and learn about Mongolia to the fullest. Relax around a roaring campfire and marvel as the Milky Way passes overhead. Enjoy the solitude and freedom that is Mongolia, and let your worries fade away. 

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Terelj

(3 Days)

Terelj National park is recognized as a part of the huge Khan Khentii reserve and was established as a Strictly Protected Area in 1992. The park's most spectacular features are its huge granite blocks and cliffs as well as meadows rich in wild flowers. Terelj offers fascinating rock formations against a background of pine covered mountains. The average elevation is about 1600 m., with peaks reaching 2900 m. The park is rich in flora and fauna and reminds of beautiful Alpine valleys. Its green meadows carpeted with Edelweiss and a dazzling variety of other wild flowers attract nature lovers. Typical round rock masses determine the look of the overwhelming nature. It is a wonderful hiking and horse riding area. You can visit a nomad's family or just let yourself be absorbed in the silence of nature.

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Khuvsgul Lake

(5 Days)

Known as “The Dark Blue Pearl”, Lake Khovsgol is Mongolia’s largest and deepest lake. Located in the northern province, it is the largest tributary stream of Lake Baikal in Russia. Lake Khuvsgul is 136 km long,36 km wide, 262 metres deep and is located at an altitude of 1645 m above sea level and is frozen from January until April or May. It's the second largest fresh water lake in Central Asia. It's inhabited by nine species of fish including the Siberian grayling and lenok. Taiga Fauna and Flora, Tsaatan, practicing reindeer breeding are the main attractions in the area. Different ethnic groups live in the area: Khalkha and Darhadt. Tsaatans are reindeer herders. Lake Khovsgol is on the important migration route for birds from Siberia, thus facilitating marvelous opportunities for birdwatching.

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Karakorum

(3 Days)

This short excursion to the ancient capital of Karakorun will give you a new perspective on the nature of the Mongol Empire. Not much remains today of Karakorum, as it was destroyed by clan infighting and it’s materials were used to build the Erdene Zuu Monastery. In an empire of nomads, very few permanent structures were ever erected, and the impermanence of cities and monuments was of little significance to these warriors of the steppe. You will experience the unique setting of Karakorum, located on one of the major trading routes of the ancient Silk Road, and visit nearby places that will give you further insight into the natural and human history of Mongolia.

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Karakorum, Orkhon Waterfalls

(5 Days)

This short excursion to the ancient capital of Karakorum will give you a new perspective on the nature of the Mongol Empire. Not much remains today of Karakorum, as it was destroyed by clan infighting and it’s materials were used to build the Erdene Zuu Monastery. In an empire of nomads, very few permanent structures were ever erected, and the impermanence of cities and monuments was of little significance to these warriors of the steppe. You will experience the unique setting of Karakorum, located on one of the major trading routes of the ancient Silk Road, and visit nearby places that will give you further insight into the natural and human history of Mongolia. Mongolia signed the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO in February of 1992 and until recently only had one site inscribed on the World Heritage List. One of the most important suggestions for the list was the 'Cultural Landscape of the Orkhon Valley'. Archaeological finds document continued occupation of the Orkhon Valley during the last 100,000 years. It is considered the cradle of central Asian nomadic civilizations. Different ancient people, like the Huns and the Uighur, settled here commencing in the 3rd century B.C.

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South Gobi

(4 Days)

We head into the Gobi area. The sites of the Gobi are varied and unique, like the valley at Yoliin Am, known as Eagle Valley, whose depths support huge glacial sheets that remain until the hot summer months, or the massive sand dunes. Of great interest to foreign travelers and scientists alike are the dinosaur remains scattered throughout the Gobi.

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South Gobi & Singing Dunes

(5 Days)

We head into the Gobi area. The sites of the Gobi are varied and unique, like the valley at Yoliin Am, known as Eagle Valley, whose depths support huge glacial sheets that remain until the hot summer months, or the massive sand dunes. Of great interest to foreign travelers and scientists alike are the dinosaur remains scattered throughout the Gobi.

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Khustai National Park

(4 Days)

The Mongolian Government declared Hustai National Park as a Specially Protected Area in 1993, one year after the initiation of the reintroduction project of the Takhi to the Hustain Nuruu. The Hustai NP extends through the Khentii Mountains and includes the western edge of the Mongolian steppe at the boundaries of Altanbulag, Argalant and Bayankhangai Soums of Tov province. The park is about 100 km from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to the west. The Hustai NP covers 50.6 ha land which is home to 459 species of vascular plants, 85 species of lichens, 90 species of moss and 33 species of mushrooms. 44 species of mammals have been recorded, including Red deer,Mongolian gazelle, Roe deer, Wild boar, Wild sheep, Ibex, Mongolian marmots, Grey wolves, Lynx, Pallas’ cat, Red fox, Corsac fox and Eurasian badger. The 217 species of birds include Golden eagle, Lammergeier, Great bustard, Whooper swan, Black stork, Daurian partridge and Little owl. There are 16 species of fish, 2 species of amphibians, and 385 species of insects (including 21 species of ants, 55 species of butterflies, 10 species of bush crickets and 29 species of grasshoppers). A new species of soil insect has been found in the Hustai and given the scientific name of Epidamaeus khustaiensis. In 2002, the Man and the Biosphere Reserves organization of UNESCO certified the Hustai NP as a member of the world biosphere network of natural reserves.

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Bogd Oldest National Park

(4 Days)

Bogd Khan has been a sacred mountain range since the 12th century. Itshighest point is a bare rock peak (Tse Tse Gun), which reaches to a height of 2,256m and has one of the biggest Ovoo in Mongolia. The mountains are covered with birch, larch, cedar and pine forest and surrounded by secluded valleys and grassland. Various hiking routes criss-cross the area. The park is located directly south of Ulaanbaatar, just north of Zuunmod and therefore easily reached by any means of transport.

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Karakorum & Tsenkher Hotsprings

(5 Days)

This short excursion to the ancient capital of Karakorum will give you a new perspective on the nature of the Mongol Empire. Not much remains today of Karakorum, as it was destroyed by clan infighting and it’s materials were used to build the Erdene Zuu Monastery. In an empire of nomads, very few permanent structures were ever erected, and the impermanence of cities and monuments was of little significance to these warriors of the steppe. You will experience the unique setting of Karakorum, located on one of the major trading routes of the ancient Silk Road, and visit nearby places that will give you further insight into the natural and human history of Mongolia. Mongolia signed the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO in February of 1992 and until recently only had one site inscribed on the World Heritage List. One of the most important suggestions for the list was the 'Cultural Landscape of the Orkhon Valley'. Archaeological finds document continued occupation of the Orkhon Valley during the last 100,000 years. It is considered the cradle of central Asian nomadic civilizations. Different ancient people, like the Huns and the Uighur, settled here commencing in the 3rd century B.C. Tsenher is hot spring, which emerges from the ground at 85 Celsius degree. The waters of the spring contain hydrogen sulfide. This health spa offers for tourists indoor and outdoor baths.

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