Nomadic Mongolia

Classic, Ulaanbaatar to Ulaanbaatar
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Tour description

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

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • 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
  • Visit mongolia's ancient capital
  • See the wild horses in khustai national park

Itinerary

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar Enjoy a free day exploring the city. Opt to take a morning city tour including visits to Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace, and Zaisan Hill.

Day 3: Ulaanbaatar/Baga Gadzrïn Chuluu Drive to the Dungobi Aimag region – Middle Gobi – stopping at the Choir Monastery on the way. Spend the night at the first Mongolian ger camp.

Day 4: Baga Gadzrïn Chuluu/Yolyn Am 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.

Day 5: Yolyn Am/Khongoryn Els Drive to Khongoryn Els. En route, stop by a local natural history museum. Enjoy the unique activities the Gobi Desert has to offer.

Day 6: Khongoryn Els Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Gobi Desert. This morning, visit the biggest sand dunes in the western Gobi, then meet a nomadic camel-herding family. Opt to hike along other nearby sand dunes, and try riding a camel.

Day 7: Khongoryn Els/Bayanzag Explore the Flaming Cliffs - a world renowned archaeological site for the vast amount of dinosaur bones and eggs found here.

Day 8: Bayanzag/Ongiin Hiid Drive through western parts of the Gobi Desert. In the surrounding mountains, visit the ruins of the Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries.

Day 9: Ongiin Hiid/Nomad Camp Leave the Gobi Desert and drive through the Mongolian grasslands. Spend the next two nights with a local nomadic family, observing how they live. Enjoy a traditional meal with them.

Day 10: Nomad Camp Learn more about nomadic life in the steppes. Get to know your hosts and opt to participate in traditional activities such as milking a yak and preparing fresh dairy products. Discover what it takes to handle a Mongolian horse, and if the season is right, try airag (fermented mare's milk) - long important to cultures across Central Asia.

Day 11: Nomad Camp/Kharkhorin Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia. Visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the first centre of Lama Buddhism in Mongolia. En route to tonight's ger camp, stop by the Karakorum Museum.

Day 12: Kharkhorin/Khustai National Park Stay in Khustai National Park—home of Mongolian wild horses. Here, look for Takhi horses in their natural habitat.

Day 13: Khustai National Park/Ulaanbaatar 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.

Day 14: Ulaanbaatar Depart at any time.