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Explore Mongolia Tour
(15 days)

Private tours available everyday
Main Price chevron_right$2530


until April 15, 2017 chevron_right
$2360
TOUR DESCRIPTION

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 the 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 the nomadic life is an inseparable part of this tour. People, living close to nature and has been growing their millions of livestock dependent on natural condition are only in Mongolia. Some heavy losses of animals in some harsh winters cannot interrupt their traditional animal herding, 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, drive on endless steppes and through lush green valleys dotted with nomads' ger dwellings. During "Explore Mongolia" tour, you can completely be out of the modernization, will be fascinated by virgin nature and learn a lot about the nomadic culture.

Most exciting experiences of the tour
  • Travel much of beautiful Mongolian countryside starting from wide open, unique and awe-inspiring Gobi through central Mongolian hilly steppes to Siberian Taiga in the north.
  • See massive 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, deer stones date back to the Bronze Age and visit over 400 years old, beautiful monastery
  • Visit nomad families and see their unique life
  • Stay traditional felt accommodation Mongol ger
  • Ride two humped camels and strong Mongol horses
  • See fantastic views while standing on extinct volcano Khorgo
  • Enjoy and stay at Hovsgol, the world’s freshest water, beautiful lake
  • Duration: 14 nights/15 days
  • Tour grade: Standard
  • Group size: 1 to 15 people
  • Available: 15 May to 14 September
PLACES VISITED

Hiking in Eagle Valley, the largest Sand Dunes Khongor, Flaming Cliffs, Bayanzag, Ongi Monastery, ruins of ancient capital Kharakhorun and Erdenezuu Monastery, Tsenker hot spa, Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan National Park, tour of different provincial center towns, Hovsgol Lake, visit reindeer family and nomad families.

GROUP DEPARTURES

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, city tour

Our guide and driver will greet you at the airport/railway station. Taken on a city sightseeing tour depends on the time of your arrival. First, we will visit Gandantegchilen Monastery. The monastery is a favored place for locals as well as foreigners due to its interesting religious artifacts and peacefulness. A 26 m gilded statue of a Buddha (in Megjid Janrasag sum) is another thing of interest. Next, visit National Museum of Mongolia followed by a visit to the central square and drive to Zaisan Memorial to see the panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar

What’s Included: 4* hotel, airport transfer, city tour
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Flight to Dalanzadgad, hiking in Eagle Valley

Take an early flight to Dalanzadgad. Our team will greet you at Dalanzadgad airport (a central town of Southgobi/Umnugobi province). The flight takes one and half-hour. Have little driving to a ger camp. After lunch, the tour continues to Gobi Gurban Saikhan National Park. The "Gobi Gurban Saikhan" literally means "Three beautiful mountains in the Gobi.” The national park is one of the biggest and unique national parks in Mongolia. Also end of the Altai mountain range. There are many scenic places in the national park. Among them, Yoliin Am/Eagle Valley is the accessible one by a vehicle. After our car parks at an allowed area, we will walk through the beautiful valley into depths of sheer rock canyon. Bottom of the canyon does not accept sunlight. Therefore, it has ice until the end of June. People are always amazed when they see such lush green valley in the Gobi. Golden eagles, very shy wild sheep and ibexes are indigenous to the valley. The hiking takes 2.5 hours on the two ways. The driving continues to a ger camp located on steppes of 360° views. Accommodation: Ger camp. (B/L/D).

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Khongor Sand Dunes

Our journey will continue to Khongor, the largest sand dunes. After reaching the sand dunes, go hiking along the green river shore, climb sand dunes, visit a nomad family and have an hour camel riding. If you can climb one of the tallest sand dunes, don't forget to spread the sand northwards against the wind to find the reason why locals call the sand dunes "Singing Sand.” The views are fantastic from the top of the sand dunes. Accommodation: Ger camp. (B/L/D)

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Flaming Cliffs

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

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Drive to Ongi Monastery on the endless steppes

Drive first through slate mountains and next on 80 km Ongi steppes heading Ongi Monastery. Ongi Monastery was one of the biggest seven monasteries in Mongolia. There were two separate monasteries consisted of more than 30 temples on the shores of the Ongi River surrounded by the Gobi mountains. The temples were destroyed during the socialist purge of the 1930s. Now the ruins of the monasteries involve a huge area. Visit a new active temple, a ger museum, explore the monastery ruins and climb a nearby mountain to have views of the surrounding areas from up and. Accommodation: Ger camp. (B/L/D)

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Karkhorin, ancient Monastery Erdenezuu

Our today’s tour takes place in the transition zone from the Gobi desert to mountain steppes. Kharkhorin, formerly known as Karakorum, was once 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 Manchurian soldiers in 1388. Today, in the vast valley of the Orkhon River, awe-inspiring ancient monastery Erdenezuu coexists with Kharkhorin town. See some valuable religious articles in the monastery museum, admire its stunning architecture and the Kharakhorum Museum display remnants of the ancient city. Accommodation: Ger camp. (B/L/D)

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Tsenkher hot spa

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

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Khorgo Terhiin Tsagaan National Park

Along the way to the National Park, we will visit an interesting market of dairy products at Tsetserleg, a central town of Arkhangai and have a break at the Chuluut River. The Chuluut River flows between 30-50 m high lava canyons. The Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan National Park was established to protect the spectacular mountain scenery and endangered species of its 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) 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 Shellduck 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. Have a lunch in a local area on the way. Arrival at the national park late afternoon and discover the beautiful National Park your own or free time to be refreshed from the long ride. Accommodation: Ger camp. (B/L/D).

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Explore Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan National Park

Today, we will visit a yak herding nomad family. As well as, climb the Khorgo volcano. The Khorgo volcano extinguished 8000-6000 years ago. Its surrounding area has plenty of caves and hides outs. That are why the volcano was named Khorgo. “Khorgo” means “shelter.” Khorgo is not only extinct volcano in the vicinity. There are some more, but Khorgo is youngest and the most accessible one. Here, you will see much of the National Park's territory is covered with thick basalt. Climb the volcano on stairs and trails. Once you are on the volcano, walk along the volcano rim with outstanding views of surrounding areas, a small village by the volcano and view of the Terhkiin Tsagaan Lake. In the afternoon, tour to fresh water Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan. Accommodation: Ger camp. (B/L/D)

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Overnight near Shine Ider

Today, we watch birds while driving and walking along the shore of Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. The driving will be scenic through flower-carpeted mountain valley have some ancient historical remnants and as well as pass a high mountain pass. Accommodation: Ger camp. (B/L/D)

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: See deer stones and Murun town tour

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 the 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 were carved fantastically. The deer stones we will see today are renowned as well-kept ones among Central Asian over 600 deer stones. In the afternoon, we will visit a local museum to get some information about the local area, its flora, fauna, and geography. Visiting a domestic market is available. Accommodation: Ger camp. (B/L/D).

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Hovsgol Lake

The journey continues to beautiful and the world's freshest water Lake Hovsgol. This 136 km long, 38 km wide lake lies 1600 m above sea level in the middle of Siberian taiga forest and among majestic sheer rock mountains. The lake and its surrounding area are pristine and have much to offer its guests. Options are hiking, bird watching, climb mountains, flower watching or just relax and enjoy the nature. Motor boating and kayaking are available at the base of additional payment. After being settled in a ger camp conveniently located on the western shore of the lake, we will have a lunch and drive and hike up a mountain to see views of the lake and its surrounding area from up. Accommodation: Ger camp. (B/L/D).

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 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 primary resource of their livelihood. In summer months, few reindeer families move down from the Taiga mountains close to the lake to increase their livelihood. After breakfast, we will visit the reindeer people and take pictures with reindeer. Drive back ger camp, lunch and rest of the day we will spend riding horses along the lake’s shore. Accommodation: Ger camp. (B/L/D)

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Drive to Murun, fly to Ulaanbaatar

You will arrive in Ulaanbaatar after one and half hour flight. Check in a hotel. In the evening, attend traditional cultural performance which is one of the most exciting and must see things in Ulaanbaatar. Accommodation: **** hotel. (B/L/D).

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Transfer to the airport/railway station.

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

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.
The tour includes:
  • 2 Nights In **** Hotel
  • 12 Nights In Ger Camps
  • Four Wheels Driving Vehicle
  • 1 Hour Camel And 2 Hours Horse Riding
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Entry Fees To National Parks And The Museums
  • 0.5 L *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 Handbag, 10 Kg Baggage)
  • Optional Activities & Additional Services
  • Single Supplements
  • Gratiuty For The Guides And Drivers
Is this tour suitable for me?

It is a regular tour to explore most exciting attractions and scenic places within a relatively short period of 15 days with the help of two domestic flights: fly to the Gobi, travel overland all the way to the far north and fly Ulaanbaatar from northern Mongolia. During the tour, you will stay in ger camps in the countryside and a hotel in Ulaanbaatar. The tour has not included any demanding physical activities. Traveling in Mongolia always requires long driving through changing landscapes, through scenic views on endless steppes. 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: 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 lower sand hills. Climbing Khorgo volcano on the Day 9 could be a bit strenuous for some people because the area elevated above 2000 m above sea level and the mountain is higher although the climbing is not straight and difficult.

Meals

The tour meals included according to the itinerary. In the countryside, ger camps serve with some European and Mongolian meals. Meat is the main recipe for 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 is 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 dietary etc. please inform us in advance. We will book the meals accordingly. We will supply with two bottles of 0.5-liter water a day. Putting one big bottle (1.5 liters) water instead of 2 small bottles of water is available upon request.

Accommodation

Mongolian tourism depends highly on the 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 about accommodation, please visit our recommended hotels in Mongolia and Mongolia Ger camps

Guides

Majority 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 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 a 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 wheels driving Japanese vans driven by experienced, friendly and good mechanic-drivers. You may check the travel vehicle details at Mongolia transportation.

When to take the tour?

The most suitable time to visit Mongolia 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 a huge territory of Mongolia. You should expect significant fluctuation in weather and altitude. The 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°C higher than other areas of Mongolia. However, you should not expect warm weather during the trip either you travel in summer or 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. Few areas of route elevated above 2100 m. Therefore, the weather fluctuates a lot hourly, daytime and at night. The temperature drops 10-20°C in the evening and at nights. The chill wind is common in May, September, and October and the temperature drops below zero during occasional snows in those months. Notably, in the north and northern part of central Mongolia. Average monthly temperatures in the Gobi are +20°C, highest 30°C daytime and night temperature may drop to +8°C at the end of May, June, late August and in September. July could be hottest or be humidity. In July and at the beginning of August, average day temperature is +25°C, the hottest +40°C and night temperature could drop to +12°C although some nights could be sultriness. The temperature could dramatically fall if it rains. When you travel more to the north, you will feel the temperature is dropping and becomes cooler in the mornings, in the evenings and at nights. For your pre-departure preparation, you may check detailed packing list of the discovery tours.

To plan your dream holiday or customize the tour exclusively for you, what to do and see in Mongolia page may help you.

As well as, please check attractions in the Mongolian Gobi, Central Mongolia, and Northern Mongolia.

Mrs. Sandra Osborne
Travelers from Australia
"My friend and I started planning our trip to Mongolia last year and right from the first email enquiry Boggie was prompt with her replies. Boggie was able to work with us to plan a trip to suit our time frame, flights and activities that we wanted to do. We couldn't have been happier with the outcome. We combined two tours - 'Explore Mongolia Private Tour extended with Yak Cart Supported Trekking' - 21 days. By including two domestic flights we were able to cover a lot of the country. Boggie organised sightseeing tours in Ulaanbaatar and a tour to see the wild horses in Hustai National Park. We flew to the Gobi where we were met by our guide Sony and driver Denzka. We spent two weeks with Sony and Denzka and they were fantastic. Most of the roads were 4 wheel drive tracks so it was important to have a confident and capable driver. Sony's English was excellent and we felt well supported at all times throughout the tour.
Mrs. Martha Baba
Travelers from USA
"Yesterday we came back from a 16 day tour to Mongolia! My husband and I chose to visit Mongolia to celebrate our 31st Wedding Anniversary from May 21 through June 6, 2015. We would like to thank viewmongolia.com for making our trip to Mongolia the most unforgettable and amazing experience ever. We chose the Explore Mongolia Private Tour with an added extra day. I came in contact through email with viewmongolia.com and from the very beginning Ms Boggie replied to my emails very quickly. She answered all of my questions and addressed all of my concerns. She was always there to help plan and help coordinate every step of the way. The package tour we chose is packed with daily activities that included the city tour in Ulaanbaatar and a visit to the Gandan Monastery and the Saizan Memorial that sits on a hill and you have a great view of Ulaanbaatar. We chose to include a day trip to the Chinggis Khan statue and that was worth every penny and I recommend going if you have the time.
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