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Nomad to Nomad Cultural Tour
(7 days)

Private tours available everyday
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TOUR DESCRIPTION

Our seven-day Nomad to Nomad Tour through Central Mongolia is dedicated to everybody who wants to be distant from modern noisy and stressful cities while captured by the natural beauty and discovering uniqueness of the nomadic culture. During the tour, you will stay at different nomad families. "You will stay at Different nomad families" means that you will not stay with nomads those live in the same area. The nomad families live close to or in the way of most famous attractions of Central Mongolia. For you, choosing this tour will be the best cultural and heart-to-heart long lasting experience and memories together with the nomads’ natural acceptance and hospitality to accept anybody same as their family member and your desire to discover and contribute nomad life. Supporting the nomads to improve their livelihood and further keep this distinctive way of life in our modernizing world is a voluntary responsibility of View Mongolia. You can visit as many nomad families as you wish in your way except for our main hosts. Mongolia could be the only destination you could knock somebody’s door to visit and sleep with them without informing in advance.

Most exciting experiences of the tour
  • Travel through richest in flora green part of Mongolia populated by most numerous pastoral nomads and their countless animals
  • Visit as many nomad families as you wish and experience authentic nomadic life while staying with them
  • Ride strong Mongol horses on fenceless steppes and camel riding
  • Relax at a hot spa pool
  • Stay traditional dwelling Mongol ger (felt accommodation)
  • World Cultural Heritage Site Orkhon River Valley and the oldest monastery Erdenezuu
  • Visit Tovhon monastery on a mountain top and have awe-inspiring panoramic views of the surrounding areas
  • Elsentasarkhai, most northern edge of the Gobi
  • Duration: 6 nights/7 days
  • Tour grade: Moderate
  • Group size: At your request
  • Available: May 15 to October 1
PLACES VISITED

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

GROUP DEPARTURES

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: Visit nomads in Elsentasarkhai (northern edge of the Gobi), horse and camel riding

Meet at your accommodation and our countryside travel will start with 280 km driving on the paved roads of mountain steppes to a nomad family live in an area called Elsentasarhai. Elsentasarhai is a unique place represents different natural features in the single area. Those are sand dunes, mountain steppes, rocky mountains, green shored streams, and grasslands. Arrive in Elsentasarkhai by lunch time. After lunch, horse and camel riding. Spend rest of the day seeing and if you want to practice what nomads do daily, changing information (nomads like to hear news from strangers) and playing traditional games. Overnight in an extra ger of the nomad family.

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

Day 2: Hiking to Tovkhon Monastery

Arrive at a ger camp near Shiveet Ulaan Mountain and refreshed from the nomadic adventures. Next, hiking to Tovkhon Monastery. The Tovkhon Monastery was built on 2312 m rocky top of a forested Shiveet Ulaan Mountain as a creation house and a meditation center. Except for the monastery, there is much to see such as mother's womb cave, meditation caves, strange prints on the rocks, wells on the top of the mountain and the vista is amazing from the mountaintop.

What’s Included: Hot Spa Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ulaantsutgalan waterfall and Tsenkher hot spa

In the morning, we drive to Ulaantsutgalan waterfall falls from 24 m lava cliff. Hiking through the Orkhon River canyon and the journey continues with a bumpy driving crossing rivers and passing mountains. Our way will be scenic and be full of nomads and their countless animals. Arrive at Tsenkher hot spa late afternoon. We spend rest of the day hiking around and enjoying an outdoor hot spa bath.

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

Day 4: Arkhangai province and experience more about the nomadic life

Today we will have a bumpy driving crossing rivers and passing mountains. Our way will be scenic and be full of nomads and their countless animals. We arrive at Tsetserleg, a central town of Arkhangai province by lunch time. Have a lunch, visit an interesting local market and continue the journey to a nomad family. The nomads we visit today have more yaks, process yak milk products and live in a mountainous area. Explore more about the nomadic life and have an overnight in an extra ger of the nomads.

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

Day 5: Day tour to Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan 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 lava canyons. 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. We will climb the extinct volcano, walk along its rim and see the Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. Arrive back the same nomad family in the evening.

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

Day 6: Visit Erdenezuu monastery and the Orkhon River Valley

In the broad valley of the Orkhon River, several Mongol States previously established their capitals. One of them was Kharkhorum, a capital of the 13th century Great Mongol Empire. 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. We also visit the Kharakhorum Museum display items of the ancient city Kharakhorum.

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

Day 7: Drive back Ulaanbaatar

Today is the last day to be in the beautiful countryside of Mongolia. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar after 7 hours driving and transfer to an accommodation of your own booking. The tour ends.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour price per person
  • 2 PAX
    1019$
  • 3 PAX
    792$
  • 4 PAX
    683$
    (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:
  • 3 nights in ger camp (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 to experience nomadic life while staying at their one room, traditional felt dwelling ger and explore most interesting attractions, scenic places, cultural and historical remnants of central Mongolia in a short period. The tour will be guided by an English or your preferred language speaking guides entirely and served by four wheels driving vehicles. We developed the tour to have more activities rather than driving car. Less than one-third of the driving will be on off the beaten tracks while the rest will be easier driving of the paved roads. During the tour, you will stay 3 nights at a ger camp and 3 nights with nomad families in the countryside. During the nomad family stays, you will not have any access to modern WC, bathroom, standard table and chairs to sit and eat on and no single supplement available. The nomadic life itself exists with share and support of each other. The tour has not included any demanding physical activities, but some soft hiking of 3-4 hours to a monastery on a mountaintop which is not exhausting and could be optional for some travelers. To see and experience more while traveling in Mongolia always require long driving through changing landscapes and steppes with scenic views. Approximate day driving will be 3-6 hours. The itinerary includes some horse riding with supports of your guide and local guides.

When is the best time to take the tour?

The most suitable time to take the tour is between 1 June and 10 September. During this period, the weather will be warm and enjoyable. However, you should not expect warm weather during the trip either you travel in summer or certain times as vast Mongolian territory differentiates in altitude and earth surface. Overall, Mongolia is elevated at least 700 m high above surrounding Siberian plateau and Chinese territory. Therefore, the weather is extreme and 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. Average monthly temperatures are +20°C, highest 28°C daytime in May, first half of June, last half of August and in September. +25°C, highest + 32 to +38°C daytime in June, July and early August. The temperature drops 10-20°C in the evening and at nights. The tour is available either in off seasons and winter accommodating in local hotels and staying with nomad families. For your pre-departure preparation and an idea to prepare this inflexible weather and unique tour, you may check our discovery tour packing list.

Accommodation

We will stay two nights in ger camps where you can have access to a shower, bathroom, and a local restaurant. About the Nomad to Nomad Tour, we will stay with nomad families rather than ger camps and the tour is available either in off seasons. For more information about the accommodation, please visit Mongolia ger camps and 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, 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. During the horse riding, local equestrian will support you.

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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