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Long after the reign of Genghis Khan, nomadism remains a way of life in modern Mongolia. However with so much to see and do here, it’s only natural that people would want to move about and explore. This adventure taps into the nomadic lifestyle embraced by almost 40% of the local population, travelling through ruggedly beautiful gorges and sandstone mountains in search of golden eagles, desert gazelles, and the Mongolian horse. And when you’re not moving, you’ll experience local customs up close, exploring rural villages and sleeping in traditional ger tents.
- Style: Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
- Duration: 14 days/13 nights
- Starts in: Ulaanbaatar
Guide Price £1614
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- Khongoryn Els
- Khustai National Park
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. Relax before meeting your fellow travellers and tour leader this evening.
Day 2 Ulaanbaatar
Today is a free day to explore this fascinating city, perhaps visit the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace and Zaisan Hill.
Day 3 Ulaanbaatar to Baga Gadzrïn Chuluu
Leave Ulaanbaatar behind and head south through the steppe to the Middle Gobi. En route visit the Choir Monastery before continuing on to a small ger camp not far from Mandalgovi, the regional centre and your home for the night
Day 4 Baga Gadzrïn Chuluu to Yolyn Am
Arrive at Yolyn Am - a narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikan Mountains. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you hike around the area before arriving at your ger camp.
Day 5 Yolyn Am to Khongoryn Els
Drive to Khongoryn Els, where you will find the biggest sand dunes in the western Gobi, also known as “singing sands” because the sand makes a musical noise as it moves with the winds. There will be some free time to explore the sand dunes, visit a local family or ride a camel.
Day 6 Khongoryn Els to Bayanzag
Visit the archaeological site of the Flaming Cliffs renowned for the vast amount of dinosaur bones and eggs found here. Spend some time exploring the area and enjoy breathtaking scenery.
Day 7 Bayanzag to Ongiin Khiid
Journey through the western parts of the Gobi Desert, visit the ruins of the Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries built in the 17th Century, Ongiin Khiid was among the largest temples in the country.
Day 8 Ongiin Khiid to Nomad Camp
Leave the Gobi Desert behind as you drive through the Mongolian grasslands. Spend the day with a local nomadic family and observe their way of life. In the evening enjoy dinner with the family at their home. Perhaps try the famous Mongolian barbecue.
Day 9 Nomad Camp to Tsenkher
Head to the Tsenkher Hot Springs located 30km from the Karakorum, the springs are popular with both locals and travellers.
Day 10 Tsenkher
Spend a day at leisure, take a soak in the Hot springs or opt to go horse riding or just simply relax and enjoy the scenic area and hang out with the locals
Day 11 Tsenkher to Karakorum
Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia. Visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the first centre of Lama Buddhism in Mongolia.
Day 12 Karakorum to Khustai NP
Stay in Khustai National Park, home to the last of the truly wild horses in the world, the park is a wonderful chance to see the Takhi horses in their natural environment.
Day 13 Khustai NP to Ulaanbaatar
Return back to Ulaanbaatar and spend some time at leisure, in the evening enjoy a Mongolian Cultural Show & dinner with your fellow travellers.
Day 14 Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast your tour comes to an end.
Departs:Frequent departures May to Sep 2020.
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- 3 nights simple hotels, 9 nights ger camps (shared facilities) and 1 night family stay or guesthouse (multi-share, no facilities)
- Journey by private van, 4WD and on foot
- 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 10 dinners
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