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Hidden Treasures of Nomadic Mongolia

Duration of this Trip 11 Days Priced From $3,530 per person

Endless steppe sky and vast desert horizons bordered by remote, pristine mountain ranges have lured outdoor adventurers to Mongolia for centuries. The land of Chinggis and Kublai Khan, the Mongolian Empire once extended as far east as Korea, south to Vietnam, and west to Hungary. Formerly inaccessible to the outside world, travelers are only recently discovering the gifts that this amazing country of rosy-cheeked smiles has to offer: unparalleled star gazing, horseback and camel riding, fossil hunting, and overnights in traditional gers. Let the beauty of Mongolia's ancient culture envelope you!

At a Glance

Duration

11 Days

Priced From

$3,530 per person

Departures

  • June 11-21, 2016
  • July 2- 12, 2016
  • August 19-29, 2016

Itinerary

Days 01-02: Ulaan Baatar
Day 03: Yol Valley, Gobi Desert,
Day 04: Hongoryn Els
Day 05: Bayanzag- Flaming Cliffs
Day 06: Ulaanbaatar - Hustai National Park
Day 07: Ulan-Baator-Karakorum
Day 08: Karakorum -Ugii Lake-Elsensen Tasarkhai
Day 09: Elsensen Tasarkhai-Terelj National Park
Day 10: Terelj National Park-Ulaanbaatar
Day 11: Departure

Itinerary

Day 01 Ulaan Baatar

You will be met by our representatives at the Genghis Khan International Airport and will be transferred to the hotel.

Day 02 Ulaan Baatar

Today we shall explore Mongolian Capital Ulaanbaatar. Visit the Gandan Monastery, Mongolia's most revered religious sites which has more than 100 Buddhist monks with beautiful chapels, courtyards and a giant 75-foot gold gilded Buddha statue. Then we shall enjoy our visit in the Natural History Museum that showcases the spectacular fossils found in the Gobi desert. We shall also visit the National Museum of Mongolian History. Interaction with local people in Ulaan Baatar.

Day 03 Ulaan Baatar-Gobi Desert

Take the flight from the capital to Gobi Desert (1.2 hours). Meet your local guide and driver and then transfer by 4WD vehicle to the Yol Valley in Gurvansaikhan National Park, situated in the lap of Altai Mountains. On the way to our lodge, we stop by the local Natural History Museum for an insight to the flora and fauna of the area.
Overnight in Ger Camp, Sand Dune Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 04 Hongoryn Els (Gobi)

Drive to Hongoryn Els (Approximately 4 hours by 4WD) Following breakfast, we set out on our 4WD vehicle to the towering sand dunes of Hongoryn Els, which run for 60 miles alongside the Gobi-Altai Mountain range. These "Singing Sands," which stand upto 2,500 feet, are probably the Gobi's most impressive sand dunes. Isolated from the rest of the country, the Singing Sands are the best kept secret for thousand years in the history of Mongolia. We will visit camel breeding family near the sand dune and will ride camel to the sand dune. The dunes seem to stretch on forever like a soft ribbon of sand draped over the desert. The shifting sand blown by the wind or someone makes sound so it is called Singing Sand Dunes. There is a beautiful green oasis known as Seruun bulag near the Khongor River. Return to the camp for lunch and enjoy feeling silence and a peaceful in the beautiful surroundings Gobi Deserts. Today, we sleep in the traditional Ger Camp Overnight in Ger Camp, Gobi Desert Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 05 Bayanzag- Flaming Cliffs (Approximately 3 hours driving)

After morning activities to have a lunch at the Ger area. After lunch we drive to Bayan Zag, popularly called as "The Flaming Cliffs" for its glowing orange rock. It was here, in 1922, that Dr. This area got international name as Roy Chapman Andrews and his exploration team from the American Museum of Natural History discovered the first nest of dinosaur eggs here. The area is haven for the natural history scientists as the area is rich in dinosaur fossils.
Overnight in Ger Camp, Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 06 Ulaanbaatar - Hustai National Park

After arrive in Ulaanbaator we drive to Hustai National Park. Hustai National Park is the site of a unique re-introduction scheme of Przewalskii's horse (Equus przewalskii), called "takhi" by Mongolians. It became extinct in the wild in 1969 and, since 1992, has been successfully re-introduced to Hustai from zoos around the world. This has been an international effort monitored by The Foundation for the Przewalskii Horse, based in the Netherlands and MACNE (Mongolian Association for Conservation of Nature and the Environment). The national park is rolling Steppe Mountains with rather large patches of birch and aspen forests. There are also visible remains of Neolithic graves. In addition, red deer (Cervus elaphus) and wolf (Canis lupus) have increased quite a bit during the last few years, as well as Mongolian gazelle. Species present in Hustai but usually not seen include Lynx, Argali Sheep and Roe Deer. The Hustai National Park in Mongolia is world famous for the successful reintroduction of the Prezwalski horse. Stay
overnight in Ger Camp, Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 07 Ulan-Baator-Karakorum

Early morning drive to Karakorum and arrive late afternoon. Picnic lunch. Ancient capital of Mongolia Karakorum city was located on the right bank of Orkhon River and on the north-eastern slopes of the Khangai Mountain and founded by Chinggis khan in 1220, was not only the capital of the vast Mongolian Empire but the epicentre of trade along the Silk Road. At that time the inhabitants of city were mostly Merchants craftsmen who came to Karakorum from all over the world. Khubilai khan moved to the capital of the Mongolian Empire to China, establishing the Yuan Dynasty, began losing its importance. In 1379 much of the city was badly damaged during an attack by the army of the Min Dynasty. Explore the World Heritage Site Erdene Zuu monastery which was built by Avtai Sain Khan on the ruin of the Mongolian capital Karakorum in 1586. It was the first great Buddhist Monastery of Mongolia. It is surrounded by a wall featuring 108 stupas, 108 being a sacred number in Buddhism, and the number of beads in a Buddhist rosary. The monastery was damaged by warfare in the 1680s, but was rebuilt in the 18th century.Overnight in Ger Camp, Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 08 Karakorum -Ugii Lake-Elsensen Tasarkhai

In the morning drive to Ugii Lake. On the way explore two monuments (Kul-Tegin and Bilge-Khan sites) of Turkig people and the imperial town of Karakorin. There are two important monoliths located near another one. After lunch, we drive to Elsen tasarkhai. Stop by the nomadic families and interact with them and enjoy discover how do they live in yurt, how do they make diary product, photo opportunities and drink the fermented mare's milk.

Day 09 Elsensen Tasarkhai-Terelj National Park

Drive to Terelj, the one of the most popular destination in the third biggest protected area in Mongolia, the Khan Khentii Protected Area. Three major rivers systems of Mongolia have their sources in this protected area. Over 1,500 species of plants, characteristic of both taiga and steppe, have been identified in the area. Over 50 mammal species, 253 species of birds and 34 species of fish make their home in the Khan Khentii Protected area. Situated 50 miles northeast of Ulaanbaatar, Terelj is famous for its unique granite rock formations and pristine alpine scenery. Excursion to Turtle Rock and visit locals to explore the lifestyle of nomads. Horseback riding
Overnight in Ger Camp, Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 Terelj National Park-Ulaanbaatar

Drive to the statue of Mongolian Khan Genghiz khan located 40 km. It has been completed in 2008 on the banks of the Tuul River. We will climb to the top of the statue, and will enjoy the marvelous landscape of the wide steppes surrounding it. Drive to Ulaanbaatar. Visit the Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum-residence of Bodg Jabzan Damba Hutagt VIII-Mongolia's last theocrat. Take leisurely stroll in the town center. In the evening, enjoy farewell dinner with loal folklore dance shows.

Day 11 Ulaan Baatar

Departure

Land Tour Costs

From $3,530 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$800

Scheduled Departures

  • June 11-21, 2016
  • July 2- 12, 2016
  • August 19-29, 2016

Trip Highlights

  • Stay in an authentic Mongolian traditional ger camp
  • Experience some of the best horse riding in the world
  • Join a guided dig for dinosaur bones at the world-famous Flaming Cliffs of the Legendary Gobi desert
  • Visit with a nomadic family in the fabled Gobi desert
  • Uncover Karakorum, the 13th century capital of the Mongolian Empire, in the middle of the vast Mongolian steppe!

Visited Countries

Mongolia

Visited Cities & Places

Ulaan Baatar-Gobi Desert - Hongoryn Els -Bayanzag- Flaming Cliffs -Hustai National Park - Karakorum -Ugii Lake-Elsensen Tasarkhai - Terelj National Park

Suggested Extensions

Wonders of the China Silk Road, Silk Road Outdoor Adventures to Central Asia, Treasures of two Russia Capitals

Reading Lists

Lonely Planet, Michael Kohn, Mongolia (2011)
Nathan Chamberlain, Lesley Chamberlain, Ashlee Christian and Andrew Gullen, Mongolia (2012)
Stanley Stewart "In the Empire of Genghis Khan, A Journey Among Nomads(2004)

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Experienced guides
  • Transport throughout the tour
  • Picnic and Bottle of water every day
  • Entrance fees to all museums, sites, parks and mountains (based on the itinerary)
  • Folklore show
  • All airport Transfers
  • Welcome gifts and pre departure Travel Package
  • Domestic Flights

What's Not Included

International flights

Visited Countries

Mongolia

Visited Cities & Places

Ulaan Baatar-Gobi Desert - Hongoryn Els -Bayanzag- Flaming Cliffs -Hustai National Park - Karakorum -Ugii Lake-Elsensen Tasarkhai - Terelj National Park

Suggested Extentions

Wonders of the China Silk Road, Silk Road Outdoor Adventures to Central Asia, Treasures of two Russia Capitals

Reading Lists

Lonely Planet, Michael Kohn, Mongolia (2011)
Nathan Chamberlain, Lesley Chamberlain, Ashlee Christian and Andrew Gullen, Mongolia (2012)
Stanley Stewart "In the Empire of Genghis Khan, A Journey Among Nomads(2004)

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Hidden Treasures of Nomadic Mongolia Tour

An 11 day tour available as scheduled group tour or as custom private tour

Scheduled Departures

  • June 11-21, 2016
  • July 2- 12, 2016
  • August 19-29, 2016

Land Tour Costs

From $3,530 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$800