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Western Mongolian Adventure Tour
(17 days)

Private tours available everyday
Main Price chevron_right $2320

until April 15, 2017 chevron_right
$2158
TOUR DESCRIPTION

Far western part of Mongolia is the most beautiful. As well as the least traveled destination. It is home to the world rare wild species, numerous ethnic groups and snow capped majestic mountains. The Altai Mountains are the highest among Mongolian mountains and the richest in endangered wild animals such as ibexes, snow leopards, Altai snowcock and Argali wild sheep those are considered the biggest in body size in the world. In the Altai Mountains, you will see 20 km long, 5 km wide Potanina glacier and hike up a mountain to see views of surrounding stunning mountains. Majestic mountains of China and Russia will be visible after 3 hours climbing. On the way to western Mongolia, you will discover the most scenic places of Mongolian three distinct natural zones such as arid, vast-open Gobi desert, forested mountains of Khangai mountain range and central Mongolian rolled hills. As the tour covers a vast territory of Mongolia, you can also discover a distinctive way of different nomadic ethics. Their custom and tradition differ from each other depend on where they live and which ethnic group they belong to. Cultural and historical remnants are an inseparable part of the tour.

Most exciting experiences of the tour
  • Visit as many nomad families of different ethnic as you wish and experience authentic nomadic life while staying with nomads
  • Meet Eagle training Kazaks
  • Activities at beautiful Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan national park and climb Khorgo extinct volcano
  • Ride strong Mongolia horses in the wilderness
  • Snowcapped Mountain Otgontenger and its surrounding least traveled areas
  • Discover wide open Gobi desert, forests and western Mongolian rugged mountains
  • Stay traditional mobile dwelling Mongol ger (felt accommodation)
  • Discover rock drawings dates back 25000-15000 years ago in Gurvan Tsenkher cave
  • Trekking in Altai Tavan Bogd Mountain National Park
  • Duration: 16 nights/17 days
  • Tour grade: Moderate
  • Group size: 2 and more PAX
  • Available: 20 May to 15 September
PLACES VISITED

City tour, ruins of ancient capital Kharakhorun, Erdenezuu Monastery, Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan National Park, snowcapped mountain Otgontenger and explore some ancient historical items such as deer stones, rock drawings in Gurban Tsenkher Cave, meet with Eagle Hunting Kazaks, tours of different towns of Western Mongolia, Botanin glacier and snowcapped Altai Mountains)

GROUP DEPARTURES

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: Day 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and city tour.

Our guide and driver will greet you at the airport/railway station. If the time permits, taken on a city sightseeing tour. 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 is another thing of interest. Next, visit National Museum of Mongolia followed by a visit to the Central Square. In the evening, attend traditional cultural performance which is one of the most interesting and must see things in Ulaanbaatar.

What’s Included: 3* hotel in Ulaanbaatar, airport pickup, city sightseeing.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Karkhorin, Erdenezuu Monastery

Start the tour to Kharkhorin, formerly known as the 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 vengeful Manchurian soldiers in 1388. Today, in the broad 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.

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

Day 3-4: Khorgo TerhiinTsagaan National Park

Along the way to the National Park, we will visit the interesting market of dairy products at Tsetserleg, a central town of Arkhangai and have a break at the Chuluut River flows between 30-50 m lava canyons. 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 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. Arrive at the national park in the afternoon and visit nomad family to see their unique life. Next day, we will 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. Spend afternoon riding horses in fenceless nature and continue to discover the nomadic life.

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

Day 5: Drive to Otgontenger Mountain

Today, we first drive through wooded mountains of Arkhangai and next, drive through bared mountains of Khangai Mountain Range and along the Buyant River passing the highest mountain pass of our route. At the mountain pass, you can have some nice photo shootings of surrounding areas and see snowcapped peak of the Otgontenger Mountain in the distance. The peak of snow-capped Mt. Otgontenger is 4031 m above sea level. It is the highest peak of Khangai mountain range. Moreover, you can spot and visit nomad families of the less traveled remote area. Arrive at a ger camp in the vicinity of the mountain.

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

Day 6: Short drive to the mountain, hiking to Badar Hundaga Lake and the snow edge.

Badar Hundaga is a beautiful small lake lies just below the permanent snow cover of the Otgontenger Mountain. The mountain has been worshiped since 1779 and protected since 1992. Short driving and hiking to Badar Khundaga Lake. If you are an active traveler, hiking to the permanent snow edge of the mountain, but do not walk on snow. You also see the huge deity of Ochirvaani Buddha in nature and worshiped presidential ovoo “pile of stones, a ritual area with some shrines.”

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

Day 7: Drive to Altai town

Altai is a central town of Mongolian second largest province Gobi Altai and isolated in the distance. Altai is the main supplying area of travelers heading to the far western provinces. The province was named after the Altai Mountains and the Gobi desert as the marvelous Mongol Altai Mountains and an arid, vast-open Gobi desert dominates in the area. While driving to the town, we will see changes in the landscapes from wooded Khangai Mountains to the rugged Altai Mountains and flat steppes of the Gobi desert. Altai town lies 1281 m above sea level. After arrival in the town, visit a local museum.

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

Day 8: Explore rock drawing in Gurvan Tsenkher Cave

The journey continues further west. Scientists believe that the drawings in the Gurvan Tsenkher Cave date back 25000-15000 years ago. Many figures of different animals such as lions, elephants, argali sheep, ibexes, ostriches, antelopes, camels as well as symbols were drawn with mineral-based paints (red and brown lead) on the ceilings and walls of the cave. Explore twin chambers of the cave. If we are lucky, we may spot some saiga antelopes near the cave.

What’s Included: camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Drive to Hovd Town

Today, we will drive to Hovd the most modern provincial center among Mongolian 21 provincial centers. As well as, it is a homeland of many different ethnic groups. While touring, your eyes will be fascinated by beautiful sceneries of lakes, vast river valley and snowcapped Tsambagarav and Tsast mountains. Visit a nomad family and experience bit different way of life of western Mongolian ethnic group.

What’s Included: camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Drive to Ulgii town, visit Kazak family

Kazaks, national minority and only Muslim people in Mongolia dominate in Bayan-Ulgii province. Even a Mongolian who visited the central town Ulgii feels like he is in a foreign country. Visit the most interesting local museum of Ulgii town. We also visit a colorful home of a Kazak family. Mongolian Kazaks are famed that they have been preserving their tradition and custom in its origin for centuries compared to Kazaks of different countries. As well as, they are well known about their trained eagles for hunting. We also see balbal stones.

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

Day 11: Shiveet Hairhan Mountain in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Drive to the national park along the Tsaagan Gol (White River). After the driving of 6-7 hours, we will arrive at Shiveet Hairhan Mountain in Altai Tavanbogd National Park where many Tuvan nomads live. Shiveet Hairhan Mountain is holy for them, so there is no hunting allowed. There, you can have a chance to see Siberian Ibexes early morning. Visit a Tuvan family.

What’s Included: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Adventures in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park.

Tavanbogd means “The Holy Five.” They are the Mongolian highest peak Huiten 4374 m above sea level, Naran, Ulgii, Burget and Nairamdal peaks. All snowcapped. With the supports of camels, we will trek for 16 km to the base camp area close to the 20 km long Potanina glacier. We will camp in a field which allows us to have breathtaking views of the stunning, eye capturing peaks of the snow-capped mountains.

What’s Included: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: The adventure continues

We will remain in the same camp and make a day hike up to the non-technical heights of a mountain. We also can climb a smaller hill where we can have views of majestic mountains of Russia and China from a distance.

What’s Included: camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Trek back

Trek down the mountain. Tented camping by Shiveet Hairhan Mountain.

What’s Included: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Drive back the ger camp near Ulgii town

Drive back the ger camp and will be refreshed.

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

Day 16: Drive back the ger camp and will be refreshed.

We will take a morning flight to Ulaanbaatar. After your arrival in Ulaanbaatar have lunch. Shopping for cashmere and souvenir if you want. Check in a hotel and free time to discover the city your own.

What’s Included: 3* hotel, airport transfer
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17: Departure

We will transfer you to the airport and end of the tour.

What’s Included: airport transfer
Meals: Breakfast

Tour price per person
  • 2 PAX
    3320$
  • 3 PAX
    2678$
  • 4 PAX
    2320$
    (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 a 3* hotel (Double/twin share)
  • 7 nights in ger camps (Double/twin share)
  • 2 nights with nomad families (Double/twin share)
  • 4 nights in the tent
  • English speaking guide
  • Four Wheels driving vehicle
  • Arrival and departure transfe/li>
  • 2*0.5 liter bottled water per person per day
  • Entry fees to the museums and the national parks
  • Camping and cooking gears
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Horse riding
  • Luggage horses/camels
The tour excludes:
  • Items of personal nature
  • Alcoholic drinks, beverages and bar bills
  • Bar Bills, Laundry, Telephone Calls
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Visa Fee
  • International transportation
  • Optional activities and additional services
  • Single supplements
  • Gratiuty for the guides and drivers
Is this tour suitable for me?

This is a moderate tour covers wide open Gobi desert and central Mongolian rugged and forested mountains heading remotest the western Altai Mountains exploring most interesting attractions and scenic places on the way. We drive over 2500 km in total within 16 days. The tour will start overland by four wheels driving vehicle all the way to far western Altai Mountains and take 2.5 hours domestic flight back Ulaanbaatar. About 660 km of the 2500 km road is paved. Average daily driving time is 5 - 6.5 hours. During the tour, we will have half day horse riding and three days trekking in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. Average altitude in Altai Tavan Bogd is 2500- 3000 m above sea level. There will be 4 overnights in a tent in the Altai Tavan Bogd Mountain national park and bringing your warm clothes, cold weather sleeping bags, hiking sticks, warm, hiking shoes, the wind and waterproof clothes including hats and gloves are recommended. For your pre-departure preparation and an idea to prepare the tour, you may check our detailed packing list of the discovery tours.

Accommodation

Due to the weather condition, tourism season in Mongolia is short. Mongolian tourism depends highly on the season and seasonal accommodation ger camps are fully open between 1 June and 10 September in western and northern Mongolia. During other shoulder months, the ger camps are partially open and closed in winter. Some of the ger camps accept their clients from 20 May, and the ger camps are still in the opening phase assembling gers. In Ulaanbaatar, you will stay in fine tourist class hotels located in the downtown. We can change the hotel category on request. When you travel further to remote western part, you will find the ger camps are more authentic run by local people. We will carry camping equipment for the tented camping, but bring your cold weather sleeping bags. For more detailed information about accommodation, please visit our recommended hotels in Mongolia and Mongolia Ger camps

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, friendly, helpful, 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. Local guides will support you.during the horse riding.

Transportation

Four wheels driving Japanese vans or Russian vans 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.

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 of the meals and serves for lunch and dinner except there are some vegetables, salads and soups. There will be more meat in the 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. You will have some local food and authentic Mongolian dishes when staying with nomads and on your way. The meals of nomads tend to be one main dish rather than different courses. If you are a vegetarian or have dietary 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 liters) water instead of 2 small bottles of water is available upon request.

When is the best time to take the tour?

The most suitable time to travel is between 1 June and 15 September. The tour is available in May, September and October accommodating in local hotels, nomads families and some ger camps where available. During this period, the weather will be warm and enjoyable. The tour covers the huge territory of the Gobi desert and mountainous area, and you should expect big fluctuation in weather and altitude. Moreover, it gets warm late and gets cold early in western part of Mongolia compared to other regions. 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. Therefore, the weather fluctuates a lot hourly, daytime and at night. Receiving snow falls is common in May, end of August and September. Rain falls turn into snow falls in high elevated areas either in summer months of June, July and August. Weather differentiates a lot due to altitude and geographical location. While days in the Gobi will be warm and temperature reaches upper +30°C in summer months, evening and night temperature in the western Altai Mountains drops down +5°C and even below zero in summer months. Therefore, be ready for the fluctuatable weather.

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.

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