Trekking in the Footsteps of the Great Khaan

Explore Mongolia’s modern capital, Ulaanbaatar. Trek through the stunning Baga Khentii Mountain range where Chinggis Khaan grew up. Camp amidst mountains, trees, flowers and abundant wildlife. Return to Ulaanbaatar for a well-deserved reflexology foot massage!

Chinggis Khaan, one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known, spent much of his youth in the forested foothills of the Khentii Mountains. Chinggis Khaan had his humble beginnings as a small boy called Temuujin, living on the banks of the Onon River in the area of present day Khentii province. Temuujin spent his days in Khentii herding, riding, and looking after his family. He worshipped Tenger, the blue sky and ruler of heaven. Today Chinggis is known as the unifier of the tribes of Mongolia and hero of the Mongolian people. Myths about the great man are plentiful amongst the local people.

This journey takes us deep into the valleys, hills and meadows of what is known as the Baga Khentii Mountain Range – Baga meaning small, as this range is the smaller sister of the mightier range of Khentii Mountains found further to the north. The trek will be within the boundaries of the Gorkhi Terelj National Park. This Park encompasses some of the most spectacular mountains in Mongolia, with a landscape of pine and birch and a proliferation of wildflowers in the summer months. In autumn the trees produce an amazing display of coloured leaves. On this journey we will also visit the Gunjiin Monastery, an ancient monastery left largely in ruins, yet retaining its own unique charm and mystery.

Day 1 Arrival in Mongolia 

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to a 4 star hotel. After lunch at a local restaurant we will spend sometime for sightseeing in the capital, including Bogd King Palace, which is a series of beautiful traditional buildings where the last religious King of Mongolia resided. It is now a museum displaying fascinating artifacts and costumes associated with the King, as well as his collection of Europian furniture and stuffed animals. Dinner will be at a local restaurant, followed by an overnight stay at the Chinggis Khaan Hotel.

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Day-2 Terelj National Park

Today we will depart in our expedition vehicles for the Khentii Mountains. The drive will take us into the Gorkhi Terelj National Park and past the small township of Terelj. We will cross the Terelj River and camp overnight on its banks.


Days 3-6  4 days hiking the mountains of the Khentii range

Today we will begin our linear hike along the banks of the Terelj River. Each day we will hike about 15 km. A yak cart will carry all camping equipment and kitchen supplies. There will also be two yak carts available for those who wish to just sit and watch the scenery or have a short break from hiking. The scenery is picturesque: the valleys are carpeted with a huge range of different wildflowers; the meadows are green; and there is an abundance of bird life. Our final destination is the mountain known as Altan Olgii, the second highest mountain in the Khentii Mountain Range. We will set up a base camp for the next 3 nights on top of Zuugiin Tsagaan Khotol mountain ridge.


Note: 
Day 2 15km Hike along Terelj River and turn right into the valley of the Khurkhree River.
Day 3 15km Hike to Mount Ereenii Saridag.
Day 4 26km Hike to Zuugiin Tsagaan Khutul.
Day 5 10km Hike to Altan Olgii. Stay overnight in the same camp

Day 7 Relaxation – optional hike to Mount Ust Oroi

Today we will have a well-earned rest at our base camp after being on the move for several days. The wildlife in this area is varied and includes musk deer, moose, brown bear, roe, and elk. It is also a paradise for bird lovers who may be lucky enough to spot whopper swans, spoonbills, great white egrets and numerous raptors. We will lead an optional hike excursion to Mount Ust Oroi.


Day 8  Hike to Gunjin Monastery

Today we will continue hiking over hills until we reach the ruins of the Gunjiin Monastery. We will have plenty of time to explore the quaint old Manchurian monastery, which was named after a Princess. We will camp overnight close the Monastery.


Day 9 Day free for you to spend as you wish, in Terelj

This will be our final day in the mountains, and can be used as you choose. You can do more hiking and exploring, or ride horses along the Tuul River, or simply relax at the camp.


Day 10  Return to Ulaanbaatar

After a leisurely morning at the camp, we will return to the capital in the vehicles, have dinner, and stay overnight at the hotel. 

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Day 11 Sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar 

Today will be a full day of sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar. We will visit the capital's largest functioning monastery - Gandan Monastery. We will also visit the Fine Arts Museum and the fascinating National History Museum with its impressive display of Mongolian costums. There will also be time for shopping in the afternoon. 

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Day 12  Departure

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departure. 

Departure codes and dates:
NTM-001, 14-25 June, 2017
NTM-007, 14-25 Aug, 2017

Price per person for a group more than 9 people: USD1.911

Single supplement: USD220
Prices include the following

Transportation within Mongolia. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost. Tented accommodation while on trek, three meals a day, English-speaking guide, 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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