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Erdenezuu and Nomad Family Tour
(3 days)

Private tours available everyday
Main Price chevron_right$410


until April 15, 2017 chevron_right
$382
TOUR DESCRIPTION

This is short, but the most experiential tour to discover remnants of ancient city Kharakhorum, visit a beautiful and over 400 years-old monastery Erdenezuu in the Orkhon River Valley Cultural Heritage Site. We also visit and stay with a nomad family to learn more about their unique life and to have a close contact with these hospitable people of the steppe. Tasting a local food made by locals is what real travelers wish and we include the experience in the itinerary. The nomad family we visit moves around and live in an area called Elsentasarkhai, known as the mini Gobi or the most northern edge of the Gobi desert. Riding horses in the fenceless nature with views of sand dunes, mountains, and grasslands are another highlights of the tour.

Most exciting experiences of the tour
  • Over 400 years old monastery Erdenezuu and its valuable items on display
  • Elsentasarkhai, northern edge of the Gobi
  • Experience uniqueness of the nomadic life while staying with them an overnight
  • Horse riding without time and space limit
  • Try authentic Mongolian meals
  • Stay at traditional dwelling Mongol ger (felt accommodation)
  • Duration: 2 nights/3 days
  • Tour Grade: Moderate
  • Group Size: 2 to 16 PAX
  • Available: May 1 - October 10
PLACES VISITED

Erdenezuu monastery and Kharkhorin in the Orkhon River Valley, Elsentasarkai (northern edge of the Gobi)

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: The Orkhon River Valley and remnants of ancient city Kharakhorum

Meet with your guide and driver and start the adventure driving on the paved roads of central Mongolian hilly steppes and through dome-shaped mountain valleys. We arrive in Kharkhorin, a modern town built on a site of the ancient city Kharakhorum in the broad valley of the Orkhon River. Check in a Ger camp, visit the Kharakhorum Museum display items of ancient city Kharkhorun, drive and hike up a hill where we will see a turtle stone that used to mark a boundary of the old city. From the hilltop, we also see how vast the Orkhon River Valley is and view of the Erdenezuu monastery from up.

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

Day 2: Visit Erdenezuu monastery, experience nomadic life

After breakfast, visit Erdenezuu monastery where you will see some valuable religious items, monks’ chanting and admire its stunning architecture. Erdenezuu is the largest, the first and the most beautiful monastery in Mongolia. Next, drive to an area called Elsentasarkhai. Elsentasarkhai is known as the mini Gobi in central Mongolia or the most northern edge of the Gobi. Visit a nomad family, experience nomadic life, try local food, ride horses and camels on the steppes without time and space limit. Overnight in an extra Ger of the nomad family.

What’s Included: nomadic homestay, horse riding
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Drive back Ulaanbaatar

The driving takes 4-4.5 hours. Drop off at your accommodation and end of the tour.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour price per person
  • 2 PAX
    410$
  • 3-5 PAX
    310$
  • 6-10 PAX
    276$
  • 11-12 PAX
    235$
    (more attractive price for more than 12 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:
  • 1 night in a ger camp (Double/twin share)
  • 1 night with a nomad family
  • English speaking guide
  • Four wheels driving vehicle
  • 2*0.5 liter bottled water per person per day
  • Entry fees to the museums and national parks
  • Camel riding
  • Horse riding
  • 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
Is this tour suitable for me?

This is a moderate tour includes an overnight stay in a ger camp and another day in an extra ger of a nomad family. You will taste local foods made by nomads. The feel will be more authentic with the nomad family as there is no electricity, western style bathrooms, standard chairs, and tables. The ger camp is more western friendly and offers you more comfort. The feel at the ger camp will be cozy and authentic as well. No demanding physical or challenging activities has included in the tour. We will have up to half day horse riding with a support of your guide and a local equestrian. People who have no previous horse riding experience may enjoy gentle walking of the horses while led by the equestrian. Traveling in Mongolia always requires long driving through changing landscapes and scenic views. Erdenezuu monastery is located 360 km from Ulaanbaatar. Luckily, all the driving takes place on the paved roads of the beautiful countryside.

Accommodation

Mongolian tourism depends highly on the season and seasonal accommodation ger camps are fully open between 20 May and 30 September. During other shoulder months, the ger camps are partially open and closed in winter. Even though, the tour is available with locally run small hotels in other periods. For more detailed information on accommodation, please visit Mongolia ger camps and nomad family.

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.

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. A local guide will follow you during the horse and camel riding. The tour has not included an accommodation and sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar and we are available to arrange them upon your request.

Tour vehicles

The tour specializes two ways domestic flights to and from the Gobi which saves a lot of time and helps you to travel the interesting, famous and new emerging destination Gobi within a short period. The domestic flights run every day between 1 June and 31 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. Different car types are available upon request and you may check the travel vehicle details at Mongolia transportation page.

When to take the tour?

The most suitable time to take the tour is between 20 May and 5 October. During this period, the weather will be warm and enjoyable. However, the weather in May and September could be chilly. As well as, the rural accommodation ger camps operate during this period. The tour is available with nomad family stays in October and during off seasons when the ger camps are closed. Average day temperature of summer is +28 °C and highest +38°C (June, July, August). Average day temperature of May and September is +23°C and highest 32°C. Expect the temperature drop 15 to 20°C down in the evenings and at nights. The temperature dramatically falls if it rains. In Mongolia, the weather fluctuates a lot; hourly, daytime and at nights. You may have occasional chill wind and snow falls in May, September, and October. For your pre-departure preparation, you may check detailed packing list of the discovery tour. The listed items are just giving you an idea, not mandatory.

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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