Highlights of Mongolia

The journey begins with a 2 day visit to the smaller brother of Baikal, Lake Khuvsgul. There will be ample time for hiking, swimming and kayaking in the lake, or you can just relax and rest your eyes gazing over the blue expanse of water and listen to birds’ singing. Khuvsgul is the deepest lake in Central Asia, and is full of lenok and sturgeon. The surrounding area is home to bear, sable and moose, as well as over 200 species of birds. We will then return to Ulaanbaatar, where you can experience the blend of traditional and modern in the rapidly developing city.

After this adventure, return to Ulaanbaatar for sightseeing, before heading to the east to Maikhan Tolgoi, where you will spend two days riding Mongolian horses and hiking the surrounding area of taiga forest mountains with spectacular granite rock formations. The next destination is the Gobi desert. There are thirty-three varieties of desert landscape in the Gobi, and you will have time to note many of these during the five days spent here. After walking through the ice gorge at Yolyn Am, you will explore Mongolia’s largest sand dunes, firstly on foot, and then on camel back, led by a nomad camel herder. Then, you can follow in the footsteps of Roy Chapman Andrews an American who the first ever dinosaur eggs.

And finally we return to Ulaanbaatar for the Naadam festival. Naadam is the most colourful festival of the Mongols and you will be able to see the best of traditions, costumes, songs and dances. The main events of wrestling, horse racing and archery contests will give you a feeling of who the Mongols really are.

Day 1             

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

On arrival, you will be transferred to a 4 star hotel for the night. A welcome dinner will be held at a local restaurant.


Day 2

Fly to Khuvsgul Province – drive to Lake Khuvsgul – 140km

Today you are transferred to the airport for the flight to Moron, either in morning or afternoon depending on the domestic flight schedule. The flight from Ulaanbaatar to the capital of the Khuvsgul Province will take one and a half hours, and your guide will accompany you. On arrival at Moron you will be met by a local driver and jeep and, after a light lunch, you will be driven north towards Lake Khuvsgul. The drive is about 140 km and will take about 5-6 hours. The highest altitude is 2300m. On arrival at the lake you will be taken to your ger camp for dinner and the night.


Days 3-4

2 days by Lake Khuvsgul – hike, swim, kayak, relax

Spend two idyllic days by the lake. There will be time for hiking in the surrounding hills, swimming or kayaking in the lake, or just gazing out over the vast blue expanse of water. You will be staying at the ger camp and all meals will be at the camp. For lunch there will be the option of taking a packed lunch out with you.


Day 5

Return to Ulaanbaatar

Today will have an early start in order to get back to Moron in time for the flight to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival in Ulaanbaatar you will be met by a driver and vehicle and taken back to your hotel. 


Day 6

Ulaanbaatar – riding & hiking in Baga Khentii Mountains

After breakfast you will have some time for shopping and a trip to the Fine Arts Museum. You will be met by your driver in the early afternoon, and head east of the capital to Maikhan Tolgoi. These hills are situated at the border of the Terelj National Park. The drive is about 1 hour from the capital. On arrival you will be taken to a small ger camp for lunch. It is located in a beautiful spot, and is close to a nomadic family. The afternoon is at your leisure for riding and hiking in the mountains. We will have dinner at the ger camp, and spend the night at the tented camp.


Day 7

Horseback trek

In the morning, there will be an organized trek on horseback for three or four hours. A nomadic horseman will accompany you and you will have time to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. There are a lot of mountain flowers, especially edelweiss, and you can spend time hiking alone through the forested hillsides, among beautiful streams with crystal flowing waters, observing and visiting the nomadic families in the vicinity. In the afternoon you will be transferred back to your hotel in Ulaanbaatar for dinner and the night.


Day 8

Fly to South Gobi – Yolyn Am ice gorge

Today you are transferred to the airport for the flight to the South Gobi Province, either in the morning or the afternoon depending on the domestic flight schedule. The flight takes one and a half hours, and on arrival at the airstrip in the Gobi a local driver will meet you and will take you to Yolyn Am, or ‘Eagle Valley’. This is about 40km from your ger camp and will take about one hour’s drive. The valley is about 10km long and is completely shaded from the sun in some parts by high cliff walls. It is possible to walk through the valley and out the other side. You may be lucky enough to spot wild sheep and goats grazing high on the cliff walls. The valley is also full of soaring eagles hunting for prey. At the opening of the valley is a Natural History Museum displaying interesting information about the animals in the area. We will have dinner and stay for the night at the ger camp.


Day 9

Khongoriin Els sand-dunes – 220km

Today we will make an early start to the Khongoriin Els sand-dunes. They are about 220km from the provincial center, and the drive will take 7-8 hours. These are Mongolia’s largest sand-dunes. You will have a packed lunch on the way. After a long day of driving, we will have dinner and set up tented camp by the sand dunes.


Day 10

Camel ride through sand dunes

Today we will be riding on camels to explore these massive sand-dunes, which rise to a height of 800 meters in some places. The two-humped Bactrian camels are very comfortable to ride as they walk slowly and gently, and we will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them. Our camel man will lead the way through the sand dunes. We will take lunch with us and ride back to the camp in the evening.


Day 11

‘Flaming Cliffs’ of Bayanzag

Today we will be driven back to the Gobi ger camp, near Dalanzadgad, for dinner and the night. We will make an early start and on the way back we will visit the “Flaming Cliffs” of Bayanzag. Bayanzag is an area of red cliffs, which were formed by the erosion of the sand and rock over many thousands of years. It is also the site of several successful dinosaur excavations. The drive to Bayanzag from the ger camp will take about one hour and you will see some wide, open desert scenery on the way. Packed lunch on the way.


Day 12

Sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar 

After a relaxed, late breakfast you will be driven to the desert airstrip with your guide for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar. At the airport in Ulaanbaatar you will be met by our vehicle and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, there will be guided sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar, including the Bogd Khaan Palace, which is a series of beautiful traditional buildings in which the last religious King of Mongolia resided, followed by dinner.


Day 13

Naadam Festival – evening program of folk song and dance

Spend a full day at the Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar. In the morning we will see the Flag ceremony on the main square, and then go to the stadium to see the opening ceremony, and the wrestling and archery competitions. In the afternoon we will see the horse racing in the surrounding countryside. The evening program will be a performance of Mongolian folk song and dance. A guide and vehicle will accompany you at all times. Breakfast and lunch will be at the hotel and dinner will be at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 14                       

Departure

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

Departure code and date:
NSA-003, 29 June-12 July, 2017

Price per person for a group more than 9 people: USD 3736

Single Supplement: USD 490
Prices include the following:

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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