Nomadic Mongolia

Classic, Ulaanbaatar to Ulaanbaatar

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Long after the reign of Genghis Khan, nomadism remains a way of life in modern Mongolia. But 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.

What’s included

  • Yolyn Am National Park stay
  • Gobi Desert stay
  • Ongiin Khiid Monastery entrance
  • Mongolian Grasslands stay
  • Karakorum monument entrance
  • Khustai National Park entrance
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Contemplate the soviet architecture and influence in ulaanbaatar
  • Explore the ruins of remote monasteries
  • Share a ger with a nomadic family
  • Soak in the tsenger hot springs
  • Visit mongolia's ancient capital
  • See the wild horses in khustai national park

Itinerary

Day 1 Ulaanbaatar There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Ulaanbaatar (1B) Spend a free day exploring this fascinating capital city. Enjoy the sights of UB and opt to visit to the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace, and Zaisan Hill.
Day 3 Ulaanbaatar/Baga Gadzrïn Chuluu (1B, 1L, 1D) Leave the capital and head south through the steppe to the Middle Gobi. Visit the Choir Monastery before continuing on to a small ger camp not far from Mandalgovi, the regional centre. Additional Notes: Gers are traditional Mongolian tents made with wooden frames and layers of felt. The camps we stay at will have 4 beds per ger with mattresses, linens, and extra blankets. They have a central stove to keep the place cozy and a small table and chairs. Included Activities: Choir Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Baga Gadzrïn Chuluu/Yolyn Am (1B, 1L, 1D) Arrive at Yolyn Am — a narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikan mountains. It's an amazing place for hiking. Bring stable shoes and warm clothes, as some places are covered in thick ice year round. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Yolyn Am/Khongoryn Els (1B, 1L, 1D) Drive to Khongoriin Els. Enjoy the activities the Gobi Desert has to offer— hiking in sand dunes, visit a nomadic camel-herding family and try riding camels. Included Activities: Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Khongoryn Els/Bayanzag (1B, 1L, 1D) Made of red sandstone, these cliffs and canyons offer visitors a scene of breathtaking beauty. Take some time to explore. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Bayanzag/Ongiin Hiid (1B, 1L, 1D) Drive to the Delger Khangai Mountains area. Explore the ruins of the monasteries in the area. Included Activities: Ongiin Khiid and Hoshuu Monasteries Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Ongiin Hiid/Nomad Camp (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a long drive northwest, leaving the Gobi desert area and heading into the Mongolian steppe. The nomads here live simple lives and move their cattle along the same routes their great-grandparents travelled hundreds of years ago. In the evening, have dinner together with your hosts. One of the best things to try is the famous Mongolian barbecue. Additional Notes: Depending on the size of the nomadic family and their gers, accommodations can be very basic, with minimal to no facilities. In case if nomads can’t provide enough space for our group, we will camp nearby (camping gear is provided). Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 9 Nomad Camp/Tsenkher (1B, 1L, 1D) The hot springs are about 30km (18.6 mi) from the Karakorum and are very popular with both locals and travellers. Stay in a ger camp nearby with options to visit the springs, go horseback riding, or chat with the locals. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Tsenkher (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a relaxing time at the ger camp at Tsenkher Hot Springs. Visit the springs and soak in their healing powers. Opt to go horseback riding or hang out with the locals.
Day 11 Tsenkher/Kharkhorin (1B, 1L, 1D) Journey to Karakorum, stopping at the beautiful Erdene Zuu Monastery. Destroyed during the Communist era, this monastery is slowly being rebuilt. Included Activities: Erdene Zuu Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Kharkhorin/Khustai National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Stay in Khustai National Park—home of Mongolian wild horses. Here, look for Takhi horses in their natural habitat. Included Activities: Khustai National Park (Khustain Nuruu) Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Khustai National Park/Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L) Drive back to the capital for last minute sightseeing. Opt to see a local cultural show, an excellent display of dancing and Mongolian throat singing. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 14 Ulaanbaatar (1B) Depart at any time.
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