MONGOLIA
12 Days Highlights of Mongolia
Mongolia - Ulaanbaatar, Lake Khuvsgul, South Gobi
Tour price is available upon request
12 Days

This fantastic trip will take you to the historic sites from the Great Mongolian Empire (13-15th century AD) in the heart of the world. It will be our pleasure to introduce these sites to you from their historical and cultural perspective and share our glorious histories with you. You will visit the first center of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia - the Erdene Zuu monastery and the ruins of the capital city from the ancient empire and will also enjoy the beautiful marble monuments from the Turkic state 5-7 Century AD and its stories. On the way back to Ulaanbaatar we will stop at beautiful Hustai National Park to see the only living wild horse in the world- the Takhi aka Przewalski horse.

Day 1
Ulaanbaatar , Mongolia - Arrival

Take flight to Ulaanbaatar.

Meet representative and transfer to check in at hotel.

Stay overnight in Ulaanbaatar.

 

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.

Day 3
Lake Khuvsgul - hike, swim, kayak, relax      

Spend one full day 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 4
Return to Ulaanbaatar       

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

Stay overnight in Ulaanbaatar

Day 5
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 6
Ulaanbaatar: 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.

Stay overnight in Ulaanbaatar

Day 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
‘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 11
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. Stay overnight in Ulaanbaatar

Day 12
Ulaanbaatar - Departure

After breakfast, day free until transfer directly to Ulaanbaatar Airport.

Take flight back home

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