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Taste of Mongolian Winter Tour
(6 days)

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7% OFF
TOUR DESCRIPTION

A mix of old and modern; Ulaanbaatar is one of the coldest cities in the world. Skyscraping tall buildings and nomadic dwelling “gers” coexist in Ulaanbaatar. With residents one-third of the country, Ulaanbaatar is bit crowded, foggy and smoky from stove heating gers in winter. Even though, it is still interesting to see, experience and have the city sightseeing. Once you get out of the city, a completely different picture is awaiting. The six-day Taste of Mongolian Winter tour is exclusively devoted to travelers wish to have real experience of Mongolia. Mongolian winter is harsh and cold, but not extremely cold due to dryness. You will have a warm feeling of the cold winter with the heartwarming hospitality of the nomads and the tour team. You will see how beautiful the Mongolian winter is when traveling through snow covered hills, wide open steppes, forested mountains and sand dunes in cooling fresh air. The tour was carefully developed including all those breathtaking features of the various Mongolian landscapes and incorporates large territory. As well as, climbing bowl like extinct black volcanoes and playing on frozen Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake is fun. Due to harshness and coldness of Mongolian winter, there are few tourists travel Mongolia. Seasonally work ger camps closed and ones traveling will discover themselves the way our ancestors did while staying with nomad families and enjoy winter quietness and beauty.

Most exciting experiences of the tour
  • Stay at fire heating traditional dwelling “Ger” of nomads and experience the authentic nomadic life
  • See traditional meals being cooked and taste Mongolian barbecue
  • Visit over 400 years old, beautiful monastery Erdenezuu
  • Climb Khorgo extinct volcano
  • Hike and play on frozen Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan
  • See wild horses and other wild creatures
  • See a deer stone dates back to The Bronze Age
  • Climb Khorgo extinct volcano
  • Duration: 5 nights/6 days
  • Tour grade: Moderate
  • Group size: At your request
  • Available: 15 October to 31 April
PLACES VISITED

Hustai Natinal Park, Elsentasarkhai (northern edge of the Gobi), Erdenezuu Monastery in the Orkhon River Valley, Tsetserleg town tour, Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan Narional Park

GROUP DEPARTURES

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: Start the countryside tour to Kharkhorin

Meet your guide and driver at the airport/ the railway station/ your accommodation. The tour will start with driving on narrow black roads of breathtaking snow covered mountain steppes. Kharkhorin, formerly known as the 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 Manchurian soldiers in 1388. Today, in the broad valley of the Orkhon River, awe-inspiring ancient monastery Erdenezuu coexists with Kharkhorin town. Arrive at Kharkhorin late afternoon, visit and see some valuable religious items in the Erdenezuu Monastery Museum and admire its stunning architecture. This over 400 years old, stunning architectural monastery is one of the few monasteries remained from Mongolian 700 monasteries after the communist purge.

What’s Included: Local hotel
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2-3: Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan National Park.

Our today's destination is beautiful Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan National Park known as "Legendary Khorgo Area" by locals. The landscapes change into more mountainous areas, and you will see more yaks than the past day you saw flocks of sheep, goats, horses and cows. On the way, see a deer stone date back to The Bronze Age and have a break at lava canyon of the frozen River Chuluut. Lunch in a local area. Continue the tour and arrive at the national park late afternoon and have nomadic dinner with nomads. Next day, discover the beautiful national park. Walk and play a traditional game on frozen Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan, explore caves and climb Khorgo volcano, which looks like a black bowl on snow white sheet. Today will be a day to discover more about nomadic life except for the outdoor activities.

What’s Included: Nomad family
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Tsetserleg, a central town of Arkhangai Province

Another day of eye-fascinating driving on paved roads of snow covered mountain valleys. Arrive at Tsetserleg town of Arkhangai province. Visit the local market and climb a hill with a tall standing statue of a Buddha to see views of the town and surrounding areas.

What’s Included: Local hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Elsentasarkhai (northern edge of the Gobi).

After breakfast, drive and arrive at Elsentasarkhai, known as the Mini Gobi. Winter picture of Elsentasarkhai is a combination of rugged mountains, snow-covered steppes, and snowless sand dunes. Climb the snow covered sand dunes. Visit a nomad family and spend rest of the day experiencing nomad life. Visiting a nomad family in winter bring happiness for them as there are fewer people visit each other during winter time. In the evening, have a Mongolian barbecue for dinner.

What’s Included: Nomad family, horse, camel riding
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: See wild horses in Hustai National Park and arrive at Ulaanbaatar

Today is the last day drive through and be in the beautiful countryside, breathes winter cool and fresh air. On the way to Ulaanbaatar, visit Hustai National Park to see the last survival of the earth’s wild horses roaming free in the wild. As well as, see some other wild creatures. A project to reintroduce the wild horses in their native land has been implementing successfully since the beginning of 1990 in Hustai National Park. Now there are more than 270 Takhi or Przewalski horses in the national park. Continue the tour to Ulaanbaatar. End of the tour dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour price per person
  • 2 PAX
    840$
  • 3 PAX
    655$
  • 4 PAX
    540$
    (more attractive price for more than 4 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 local hotels (Double/twin share)
  • 3 days with nomad families
  • English speaking guide
  • Four wheels driving vehicle
  • Horse and camel riding
  • 2*0.5 liter bottled water per person per day
  • Entry fees to the museums and the national parks
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
The tour excludes:
  • Items of personal nature
  • Bar bills, laundry, telephone calls
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Visa Fee
  • International transportation
  • Optional activities and additional services
  • Single supplements
  • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
  • Gratiuty for the guides and drivers
Is this tour suitable for me?

This is a moderate tour suitable for cultural and adventure travelers. Either the tour has not included any physical or demanding activities, staying at fire heating gers of nomads put on the snowy steppes where western WC, shower, and electricity not available makes the tour unusual. Except for the winter nomadic life experience, visiting no heating monastery and having some outdoor activities such as hiking, extinct volcano climbing, play of a traditional game on a frozen lake and walk in search of wild horses at -15°C to -30°C requires you some patience and makes the tour adventurous. Your memory of this exotic experience lasts long and is a something to tell your friend, family, and colleagues proudly. Either the climate is harsh or cold, you feel warm with heartwarming hospitalities of nomads, care of our travel team and finally in fire heating traditional dwelling gers. To keep you warm and as comfortable as possible, we will make fire frequently in the gers and supply traditional warm garment “Deel” for added warmth is available on request. Please contact us for more information about the tour, inquiries, additional requests. For a preparation of your winter vacation, you may check our winter tour packing list.

Accommodation

Mongolian tourism depends highly on the season and the seasonal accommodation ger camps. The majority of the ger camps closed during off season (1 October through 1 May), and only few ger camps near Ulaanbaatar are partially open in winter. On tour, we will have two nights in local hotels and three nights’ nomad family stays. We can include hotel nights in Ulaanbaaatar or book your preferred category of hotel in Ulaanbaatar upon request. For more detailed information on the accommodation, please visit Mongolia nomad family.

Guides

The majority of our guides are English speaking. We also have some guides who speak German, French, Spanish and Japanese. They are all professionally trained, and most of them were born and grown in the countryside. Therefore, they have good knowledge about their motherland’s culture, tradition, history, and geography. Our guides have minimum three years and more years of guiding experience. Being sensitive, flexible, friendly and helpful is untrained nature of our guides except for guiding, introducing and interpreting

Transportation

Four wheels driving Japanese vans (have five passenger seats except for a driver) driven by experienced, friendly and good mechanic-drivers will serve you. Different car types are available upon request, and you may check the tour vehicles at Mongolia transportation.

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

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