The Great Lakes of Mongolia (Naadam)

Venture into the mountainous countryside of central Mongolia. Visit Khorgo Volcano and the ruins of Erdenezuu Monastery at Karakorum, Mongolia’s ancient capital. Hike through the stunning landscapes of the west, before unwinding at the stunning Lake Khuvsgul. Enter into the spirit of the traditional Naadam Festival at Moron.

After a relaxed day of sightseeing and shopping topped off with a concert of traditional song and dance we will drive out into the wide-open steppe, with rolling hills in the background, to reach the peaceful Erdenezuu Monastery, the main Buddhist centre of Mongolia. Next we will continue driving into Arkhangai, a province of green forests and swift streams, and camp at the Terkhiin White Lake, where once-active volcanoes have formed some beautiful terrain suitable for hiking. Back on the road and driving past Moron, we come to a series of so-called deer stones, a gravesite of nomadic warriors of the 7th century AD. The next destination is Lake Khuvsgul. Spend an idyllic day by the lake, swimming, horse riding, hiking, or just gazing out over the vast expanse of water. We will stay in gers, the traditional circular, white felt tents in which the majority of Mongolians still live.

Drive back to Moron to witness the Naadam Festival where the culture and traditions of nomadic Mongols explode into their full colour and richness. The three ‘manly’ games of horse riding, wrestling, and archery are the highlights of this annual event.

Day 1

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar – sightseeing & shopping – cultural show and dinner

On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your 4-star hotel. There will be plenty time for sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar, including Gandan Monastery and the Bogd Khan Palace, which is a series of beautiful traditional buildings in which the last religious King of Mongolia resided. Also visit the National History Museum. There will be some time for shopping before an evening concert of Mongolian traditional music and dance. Lunch and dinner at local restaurants, overnight at a 4-star hotel.

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Day 2

Mount Khogno Khan

You will be met at your hotel at a pre-arranged time by your guide and driver and will head west into the countryside. The scenery is wide-open steppe with rolling hills in the background. We will stop for a packed lunch along the way and reach the mountain called ‘Khogno Khan’ in the late afternoon. It is about a 6 hour drive from Ulaanbaatar. This mountain, at an elevation of 1967m, is perfect for some afternoon hiking and there are some remains of an ancient monastery that should be explored. Dinner and overnight will be at a ger camp. 


Day 3

Karakorum – Erdenezuu Monastery

After breakfast we will drive on to Karakorum the ancient capital of Mongolia, where there is now a small township. This is about 2 hours drive from Mount Khogno Khan. On arrival, the first and most obvious landmark is that of the massive walls of Erdenezuu Monastery. This Monastery was built in 1586 and is surrounded by a vast 400m x 400m wall. Not a single nail was used in the construction of the ornate temples, only a few of which remain standing after the communist purges. We will visit this monastery and then head on to the Karakorum ger camp. Lunch, dinner and the night will be at the ger camp.


Day 4

Arkhangai Province– Chuluut River Gorge

Drive into Arkhangai Province and to the Khorgo Volcano crater. This is an extinct volcano crater surrounded by interesting rock formations. This is a long drive, but we will be driving through beautiful green valleys dotted with nomadic gers and herds. We will see the Chuluut River Gorge via the “Tree with 32 branches." We will have a packed lunch and reach the ger camp late in the afternoon. Dinner and the night will be at the ger camp.


Day 5

Khorgo Volcano crater

Today we will visit the volcano in the morning and then hike to the Terkhiin White Lake. There will be an opportunity to visit a local nomadic family today. The vehicles will drive ahead to the White Lake and wait there for us. Meals and the night will be at the ger camp at the lake.


Day 6

Khangai Mountain range – drive towards Lake Khuvsgul

We will drive north towards Lake Khuvsgul . This is a long driving day through the Khangai Mountain range. We will come to a mountainous valley with forest and a river. We will have a packed lunch and reach the ger camp in the evening. On the way you will have an opportunity to visit nomadic families of this remote area. Dinner and the night will be at the ger camp.


Day 7

Visit nomadic families preparing for Naadam -Lake Khuvsgul 

Today we will continue driving to Lake Khuvsgul. En route, we will visit local families and see the nomadic herdsmen preparing for the Naadam Festival they hold for the National Holiday. We will arrive in the center of the aimag in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight will be at a ger camp.


Day 8

Lake Khuvsgul

After an early breakfast we continue to drive towards the pearl of Mongolia, Lake Khuvsgul. There will be ample time for hiking in the surrounding hills, swimming in the lake, or just gazing out over the vast blue expanse of water. Those who want to ride horses can do so here, riding with Mongolian saddles, which are beautifully handcrafted, but are made of wood, so can make for tough riding! Meals and overnight stay at the ger camp by the lake.


Day 9

Moron – visit ancient burial site

Today after lunch we drive towards Moron to visit an ancient burial site with Reindeer Stone monuments. On the way you will have a packed lunch. Dinner and overnight will be at the ger camp in Moron.


Day 10

Moron Naadam 

After breakfast you will witness the local Naadam Festival. Naadam is the most colourful and enjoyable of all Mongolian celebrations. It is a time when all the country celebrates the three manly sports of horse racing, archery, and wrestling. Horse racing can be spotted before the official opening ceremony takes place at 12:00.Children as young as four years old ride the horses, and the races are run over distances as long as 30km. The real pride of Mongolia is the wrestler. Much skill and training goes into this sport and the winner is revered as a hero by all Mongolians and hence awarded the most prestigious title of the ‘Lion.’ We will have our meals and stay the night at the Dol hotel or a local ger camp in Moron.


Day 11

Return to Ulaanbaatar

Today we fly back to Ulaanbaatar. The flight from Moron to Ulaanbaatar will take one-and-a-half hours and your guide will accompany you. We will have packed lunch at the airport of Moron. On arrival in Ulaanbaatar you will be taken to your 3-star hotel. A farewell dinner will be held at a local restaurant.

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Day 12

Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to the airport for your international departure.

Departure code and date:
NCA-006, 2-13 July, 2017

Price per person for a group more than 9 people:USD 2,211.00
Single Supplement: USD310


Prices include the following:

2 domestic flights, 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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