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EXPLORE MONGOLIA TOUR (15 days)

For most travelers it is not easy to decide which part of wide open, beautiful Mongolian countryside to travel. The general picture of Mongolia is beautiful nature, blue sky and nomadic culture. Even though people can find this picture in every part of Mongolia, they wish to see the most scenic places of Mongolian distinctive natural zones and have as much cultural experience as possible in one arrival.
"Explore Mongolia" tour was designed to let people explore vast-open Gobi desert, beauty and historical artifacts of central Mongolian rolled hills, crystal clear water rivers, lakes and national parks of forested northern Mongolia on one holiday. Exploring the distinctive way of nomadic life is an inseparable part of this tour. People, living really close to nature and has been growing their millions of livestock dependant on natural condition are only in Mongolia. Even though, they encounter some heavy losses of animals in some harsh winters, their traditional animal husbandry and nomadic way of life which inherited from generation to generation are still in its origin.
Every day you will drive by countless animals of nomads and drive on endless steppes and through lush green valleys dotted with nomads' ger dwelling. During "Explore Mongolia" tour, you can completely be out of modernization, will be fascinated by virgin nature and learn a lot about the nomadic life.

Duration:
14 nights/15 days
Tour grade:
Standard
Group size:
2 to 15 people
Availa ble:
May 1-September 20
Scheduled, everyday will be interesting and has a lot to explore. See Yoliin Am/Eagle Valley, Khongor sand dunes, Flaming Cliff (dinosaur excavation site), ruins of Ongi Monastery, Erdenezuu monastery, Tenkher hot spa, Khorgo Terkhiin Tagaan National Park, see complex of deer stones, Hovsgol Lake, horse and camel riding and explore nomad life.

01

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, city tour
Our guide and driver will greet you at the airport/railway station. Depends on time of your arrival, you will be taken on a city sightseeing tour including a visit to the central square followed by a visit the National History Museum and Gandantegchilen monastery which is the center of Mongolian Buddhism. Accommodation: ***hotel. (L+D).

02

Flight to Dalanzadgad, provincial center of Southgobi province
Take an early flight to Dalanzadgad. Meet the team of Virgin Nature at Dalanzadgad airport and drive to a ger camp. After lunch, drive to Yoliin Am/ Eagle Valley, one of the beautiful valleys of Gobi Gurban Saikhan Mountains (Gogi Gurban Saikhan strictly protected area) possible to approach by car. Main habitats of the valley are golden eagles and very shy mountain sheep and ibexes. The valley was named after the golden eagles. Approximately, 3-4 km hiking into depths of the beautiful valley and back the parking area. Accommodation: ger camp. (B+L+D).

03

Khongor Sand Dunes
The tour will continue to Khongor, the largest sand dunes in Mongolia. First, we will get a ger camp and after some relaxing, we will drive to the sand dunes. After reaching the sand dunes, go hiking along the green river shore, climb sand dunes and have an hour camel riding. If you can climb one of the tallest sand dunes, don’t forget to spread the sand northward from the top against wind to find out why the sand dunes are called “Singing dunes” by locals.
Accommodation: ger camp. (B+L+D)

04

Flaming Cliffs
Our adventure will continue to the Flaming Cliffs, where American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews found cemetery of dinosaurs and the first dinosaur eggs ever disovered in the world. We will have some hiking through the cliffs and see the Gobi tree grove named “Bayanzag”. Bayanzag, literally means “rich in saxual trees”. This tree only grows in central Asian Gobi. 
Accommodation: ger camp. (B+L+D).

05

Drive to Ongi Monastery on the endless steppes
Ongi monastery was one of the biggest 7 monasteries in Mongolia. There were two monasteries consisted of more than 30 temples on the shores of the Ongi river surrounded by Gobi mountains. The temples were destroyed during socialist purge of 1930s. Now the ruins of the monasteries involve a huge area. Visit a new active temple and a temple museum.
Accommodation: ger camp. (B+L+D)

06

Karkhorin, Erdenezuu Monastery
Our today’s tour takes place on the transition zone from the Gobi desert to mountain steppes. Kharkhorin, formerly known as Karakorum, once was a capital of Genghis Khaan's Great Mongol Empire in the 13th century. After the move of Mongolian capital to Beijing, and the fall of the empire, Karakorum was abandoned and then destroyed by vengeful Manchurian soldiers in 1388. Today, in the wide valley of the Orkhon River, awe-inspiring ancient monastery Erdenezuu coexists with Kharkhorin town.  See some valuable religious items in the monastery museum and admire its stunning architecture.  Accommodation: ger camp. (B+L+D)

07

Tsenkher hot spa
Today again is one of the days you will be fascinated by natural beauty as we continue the tour to forested steppe. The Tsenkher hot spa ger camp is located among forested mountains. There you can relax in hot spa pool and hike to the beginning of the hot spring.
Accommodation: hot spa ger camp.(B+L+D).   

08

KhorgoTerhiinTsagaan National Park
Along the way to the National Park, we will stop off at the Chuluut River. A rapid current river flows between 30-50 m high lava canyon is the best area for fishing, specially taimen, the largest fish of fresh water. The Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan national park was established to protect the spectacular mountain scenery and endangered species of flora & fauna. There are several extinct volcanoes within the national park area. The most spectacular and the most accessible one is Khorgo volcano. Astonishingly beautiful clear water lake Terkhiin Tsagaan (known as Great White Lake)was formed after lava flows from the volcanoes blocked the north and south Terkh Rivers. The lake is renowned for its fish and birdlife, including the Ruddy Shell duck and Great Cormorant. Rare species of flowers and pine trees grow in the black volcanic soil and ancient lava flows streak out across the meadow are home to alpine wildlife. After arrived in the national park, you can discover its surrounding as you wish. Accommodation: ger camp. (B+L+D).  

09

Explore Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan National Park
Today we will drive 12 km between the volcano and the lake on the two ways. You can climb and walk around the volcano crater if you wish. Explore some caves such as “Yellow Dog’s cave” and “Ice cave”. Watch birds while walking along the shore of Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. In the afternoon, we will visit a yak herding nomad family and have an hour horse riding. Accommodation: ger camp. (B+L+D).   

10

Jargalant hot spa
We will have an overnight stop at Jargalant hot spa. One third of today’s driving will take place along beautiful Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan with the views of water birds. We also pass high mountain pass of a forested mountain. Hike through the forest and river shore or just relax in hot spa pool. Accommodation: hot spa ger camp. (B+L+D).

11

See deer stones
The deer stones spread widely in Central Asia. 600 deer stones were found in Central Asia.  500 of them were found in the territory of Mongolia. Deer stone is the first monuments of human. The earliest of them belong to XIII-IX century BC while most of them belong to the Bronze Age. On repaired standing stones, the sun, the moon, belt, knife and deer those are jumping up sky are carved fantastically. The deer stones we will see today are renowned the most clearly and well kept ones among central Asian over 600 deer stones.  
Accommodation: ger camp. (B+L+D).  

12

Hovsgol Lake
Hovsgol is the second largest fresh water lake in Central Asia after famous Russian Baikal Lake. The beautiful, clear water lake lies 1600 m above sea level bordering with Siberian Taiga and majestic sheer rock mountains. The lake and its surrounding area have much to offer its guests. Options are hiking, bird watching, climb mountain, flower watching or just relax and enjoy the nature. Motor boating, kayaking and horse riding are available at the base of additional payment. After being settled in a ger camp conveniently located on the western shore of the lake, you enjoy relaxing time in the refreshing settings of the beautiful lake. Accommodation: ger camp. (B+L+D).

13

Visit reindeer family and horse riding tour at Hovsgol lake
The Reindeer/Tsaatan people live in the depths of the taiga forest.  Few reindeer are the main resource of their livelihood. In summer months, mostly in July and August, few reindeer families move down from mountain close to the lake to increase their livelihood. After breakfast, we will drive to the reindeer people.  Rest of the day we will spend exploring beauty of the lake's surrounding.
Accommodation: ger camp. (B+L+D)

14

Drive to Murun to catch flight to Ulaanbaatar
You will arrive in Ulaanbaatar after one and half hour flight. Check in a hotel. In the evening, see traditional dance and music performance. Accommodation: *** hotel. (B+L+D).

15

Transfer to the airport/railway station.
End of the tour. (B).
Price:

Tour price per person
2 pax 3520$
3-5 pax 2820$
6-8 pax 2580$
(more attractive price for more than 8 pax)

Discounts:
For children of a family trip
One free space for every 16 pax
Low season discount: 5-10% (May, September)
Please contact us for more discounts and trip details
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The tour includes:
2 nights in *** hotel
12 nights in ger camps
four wheel driving Vehicle
1 hour camel and 1 hour horse riding with support of local guides
English speaking guide
entry fees
daily water supply
domestic flights and meals as indicated in the itinerary.
The tour excludes:
items for personal use
international travel
alcoholic drinks
beverages
travel insurance
visa fee
excessive baggage charge
single supplements.
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