EXPLORE MONGOLIA TOUR (15 days) Check group departures
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 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 dwellings. 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
Available:
23 May to 14 September
Scheduled, everyday will be interesting and has a lot to explore. Hiking in Yoliin Am/Eagle Valley, largest sand dunes Khongor, 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 visit as many nomad families as you wish.

01

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

02

Flight to Dalanzadgad, hiking in Eagle Valley
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) available 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 the reason 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 in Bayanzag. Bayanzag, literally means “rich in saxual trees”. This tree only grows in central Asian Gobi. Enjoy 360 degrees views of the steppes, Gobi sunrise and sunset. 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 move of Mongolian capital to Beijing, and 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 areas. The Tsenkher hot spa ger camp is located among forested mountains where 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

Khorgo TerhiinTsagaan 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 2 hours 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 freshest water and pristine surrounding lake in the world. 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. Next, hiking to a higher elevated area to see the lake from up. 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 cultural performance wich is one of the most interesting and must see things in Ulaanbaatar. Accommodation: **** hotel. (B/L/D).

15

Transfer to the airport/railway station.
We will transfer you to the airport/railway station. (B).
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Price:

Tour price per person
2 pax 3175$
3-5 pax 2580$
6-8 pax 2380$ (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 trip details
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The tour includes:

2 nights in **** Hotel
12 nights in ger camps
Four wheels driving vehicle
1 hour camel and 2 hours horse riding with support of local guides
English speaking guide
Entry fees to national parks and museums
0.5*2 bottles of water per day
Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
Domestic flights
The tour excludes:

Items of personal use
International travel
Alcoholic drinks & beverages
Bar bills, laundry, telephone calls
Travel & medical insurance
Visa fee
Excessive baggage charge in internal flights (5kg hand bag, 10 kg baggage)
Optional activities & additional services
Single supplements
Gratiuty for guides and drivers
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Most exiting experiences of the tour

  • Travel much of Mongolian beautiful countryside starting from wide open, unique and interesting Gobi through central Mongolian hilly steppes to Siberian Taiga in the north.
  • See huge sand dunes and hear its singing in the Gobi
  • Hiking through a lush green mountain valley of the arid Gobi desert
  • Explore ancient historical remains such as rock drawings, burial mounds, tombs and beautiful deer stones dating back to the Bronze Age and visit over 400 years old, beautiful monastery
  • Visit nomad families and see their unique life
  • Stay famous Mongol ger (felt accommodation)
  • Ride two humped camels and strong Mongol horses
  • See awe-inspiring views while standing on extinct volcano Khorgo
  • Enjoy and stay at Hovsgol, the world’s most clear water beautiful lake

Is this tour suitable for me?

This is a standard tour to explore most interesting attractions and scenic places within relatively short period of 15 days with a help of two domestic flights: fly to the Gobi, travel overland all the way to far north and fly Ulaanbaatar from northern Mongolia. During the tour, you will stay in ger camps in the countryside and in a hotel in Ulaanbaatar. The tour has not included any demanding physical activities. Traveling in Mongolia always requires long driving through changing landscapes and steppes with scenic views. Even though, we tried to plan the trip to have as little driving as possible. Approximate day driving will be 3-6 hours (6 hours long driving day will be only two days; on the Day 6 and Day 11). The itinerary includes some light activities such as 1-3 hours soft hiking, an hour camel riding and 1-2 hours horse riding with supports of your guide and local guides. The most challenging experience of the tour could be climbing high sand dunes in the Gobi, which is not mandatory and you can enjoy the sand dunes and yourself while climbing one of the foot sand hills. Climbing Khorgo volcano on the Day 9 could be bit strenuous for some people because the area itself is elevated above 2000 m and the mountain is higher although the climbing is not straight and difficult.

Meals

The tour meals are included according to the itinerary. In the countryside, ger camps serve with some European and Mongolian meals. Meat is main recipe of the meals and serves for lunch and dinner except there are some vegetables, salads and soups. There will be more meat in traditional Mongolian meals. Example menu of the meals are: tea, coffee, bread, jam, butter, eggs and sausage for breakfast. There are some cookies, cheese, cereals, pancakes and more will be served at some of the ger camps for breakfast. Some salads, cream/vegetable/ Mongolian soups and main course (pasta, rice, vegetables, beef/mutton/chicken/fish near lakes/rivers), dessert and tea for lunch. Salad, main course, dessert and tea will be served for dinner. With nomads, you will try authentic Mongolian meals. Different courses of meals at once are not a way of Mongolian tradition. If you are a vegetarian or have diet etc. please inform us in advance. We will book the meals accordingly. We will supply with 2 bottles of 0.5 liter water a day. Putting one big bottle (1.5 liter) water instead of 2 small bottles of water is available upon request.

Accommodation

Mongolian tourism depends highly on season and seasonal accommodation ger camps are fully open between 20 May and 20 September. During other shoulder months, the ger camps are partially open and closed in winter. For more detailed information of accommodation, please visit Our recommended hotels of Mongolia, Mongolia ger camps and Mongolia nomad family

Guides

Most of our company's guides are English speaking. We also have some guides who speak German, French, Spanish and Japanese. They are all friendly, helpful and most of them were born and grown in the countryside. Therefore, they have good knowledge about every aspect of Mongolia and they have at least three years or more years of guiding experience. During the camel riding, a local guide will follow you.

Transportation

The tour specializes two domestic flights; to the Gobi and back Ulaanbaatar from northern Mongolia, which saves a lot of time and helps you to discover much of Mongolia in shorter period. The domestic flights run daily between 1 of June and 31 of August and run on certain days in May and September. About the land transport, most of our tours were designed with four wheel driving Japanese vans driven by experienced, friendly and good mechanic drivers. You may check the travel vehicle details at Mongolia transportation.

When to travel the Gobi

The most suitable time to travel is between 23 May and 14 September. During this period, the weather will be warm and enjoyable. As well as, due to domestic flight schedules and accommodation availabilities in the countryside (accommodations in the countryside are seasonal). The tour covers huge territory of Mongolia and you should expect big fluctuation in weather and altitude. Gobi or southern Mongolia is elevated relatively low (1050 m to 1350 m where we travel) compared to other parts and warmest region in Mongolia. The annual temperature is usually 2-10 degrees higher than other parts of Mongolia. However, you should not expect warm weather during the trip either you travel in summer or in certain periods as Mongolia is elevated at least 700 m high above surrounding Siberian plateau and Chinese territory. Dominant altitude in central and northern Mongolia lies 1400 m to 1780 m above sea level. Even though, few areas elevated above 2100 m. Therefore, the weather fluctuates a lot hourly, daytime and at night. The temperature drops 10-20 degrees in the evening and at nights. Chill wind is common in May, September and October and the temperature drops below zero during occasional snows in those months. Particularly, in the north and northern part of central Mongolia. Average monthly temperatures in the Gobi are +20 degrees, highest 30 degrees daytime and night temperature may drop into +8 degrees in end of May, June and end of August and in September. July could be hottest or be humidity. Average day temperature is +25 degrees, hottest +40 degrees and night temperature could drop into +12 degrees although some nights could be sultriness. The temperature could dramatically fall if it rains. When you travel more to north, you should expect the temperature drops down and becomes cooler in mornings, evenings and nights.
For your pre-departure preparation, you may check detailed packing list.
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As well as, please check attractions in Mongolian Gobi, Central Mongolia and Northern Mongolia.

Family discount

If you are planning to travel Mongolia with your children, your children’s tour price will be discounted as below: Children between 0 and 2 years FREE Children between 3 and 8 years 50% OFF Children between 9 and 12 years 40% OFF

Low season discount

May, September and October are considered low season. If you travel with us during the low season, you will enjoy 5-10% discount depends on the group size.

Early booking discount

We offer 8 -10 % early booking discount, if you confirm the tour 5-6 months prior to your arrival in Mongolia. Special booking terms and conditions will be followed for the early booking. For more information, please contact us.

Discount when the numbers of participants in the tour increase

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Rebooking discount

Are you taking tour from us second or third times? Then your tour will be discounted 10-20 % depends on how many times you traveled with us and depends on number of participants in the tour.

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