10 days, 9 nights
Overview: Mongolians take pride in being one of last nomadic people who kept their unique culture and traditions alive for centuries. Although modern age has caught up with them to some degree, the core elements of being a nomad remains the same as thousand years ago which is inseparable bond with nature and the land they live upon. This tour will give you an opportunity to travel through beautiful and diverse lands of central Mongolia while interacting closely with modern nomadic families and their distinctive life style.
Upon arrival your arrival our professional team will welcome you and transfer to Ulaanbaatar city for welcome dinner. Then check-in to hotel and rest for the day. Overnight at hotel in Ulaanbaatar. (D)
Following breakfast at the hotel transfer to Mongol Nomadic camp and enjoy Nomadic show where you will be introduced very traditional nomadic culture and life style. Lunch at the camp after the show. Then you will be transferred to the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarhai also known as Small gobi. Here we will visit local camel herder’s family and learn about their unique lifestyle and spend the day with the hospitable family. You will have close interaction with their daily life and even try participating in milking the camels, making ropes from camel wool, making dairy products from camel milk etc. You will also have an opportunity to have an interesting conversation with the family to learn in depth about their life. For dinner enjoy authentic local meals prepared by the host family. In the evening play traditional ankle bone games or walk among the sands and enjoy beautiful sunset. At night stargazing opportunity will be presented if the sky is clear. Dinner and overnight stay with the local nomads. (B/L/D)
Following breakfast, ride a Bactrian camel for about an hour to the nearby sand dunes, enjoying tranquility of the morning. Then transfer to Karakorum, an ancient capital city of Great Mongol Empire. After arriving in Karakorum check-in to ger camp for refreshment and have lunch. After the lunch visit Karakorum museum which displays interesting artifacts from the times of Ancient Mongolian States to Great Mongol Empire and Erdene-Zuu, one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia. Dinner is served at the camp. Overnight at the ger camp. (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit “Khaadiin Khad” Monument located on the small hill where you will have a panoramic view of the Orkhon river Valley and learn in depth about the historic importance of this particular valley.Then transfer to Tsenkher hot springs, driving through scenic valleys. Upon arrival have lunch at the ger camp. Spend the day relaxing in natural hot springs in an open pool, walk around its surrounding forest and visit the source of the hot springs. Please pack your swimsuit for this day. Optional massage and beauty services are available. Enjoy the hot springs again after dinner. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Following breakfast and some more relaxing time in the pools, we will visit yak herder’s family who lives nearby in the lush green valley as this area is famous for yak breeding and its delicious dairy products. We will spend some time with the family to learn about another unique nomadic life style. Yak milk is thicker and more nutritious than cow’s thus the dairy products made with the yak milk is very delicious and we will see how they are made. For lunch we will once again enjoy nomadic hospitality and try some home- made local meal. After the visit we take a short drive to start of a hiking trails which will take you through enchanting mountain river side to the top of a hill for an amazing view of the surrounding green valleys. After the hike we will drive back to the camp and enjoy another evening relaxing in the hot spring pools. (B/L/D)
Following breakfast, we continue the tour towards Lake Ugii. Ugii is a small freshwater lake known for its abundant fish and migrating waterbirds. Have lunch in a camp located on the lake shores. In the afternoon you may ride around the lake or have some fishing activities if you have the equipment. /fishing equipment rental available/. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
After having breakfast at the camp transfer to Khustai Nature Reserve. This reserve is inhabited by various kinds of wild lives including takhi otherwise known as Prezwalski horse, one of the remaining wild horse species. We will arrive at the camp around the time for lunch. After lunch, watch a documentary about the Reserve and reintroduction of takhi horses back into the wild. Then we are off to have a close look at these magnificent horses. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
After an early breakfast transfer to Terelj National Park. Upon arrival visit Giant Turtle Rock, one of the highlights of the National Park. Have lunch in a ger camp. After the lunch, visit local nomadic family. You will be greeted by the hospitality of the house lady and learn about the nomads who live in the central parts of Mongolia. Their main livestock are cattle and sheep, which is different from camel herders. You will have an opportunity to see how to produce Mongolian milk vodka and Mongolian cheese. After having warm and memorable visit for about an hour, transfer to local horse breeder’s home and ride a horse for about 1 hour. In the evening you could have some free time for yourself. The guide will recommend several activities such as trying Mongolian archery, hiking to the nearby mountain or trying on traditional Mongolian clothes. Dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp. Also, good star gazing opportunity if the sky is clear. (B/L/D)
In the morning, transfer back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, guided tours to city highlights such as Bogd Khaan’s Winter Palace Museum, Zaisan Memorial Hill, Gandan Monastery, Sukhbaatar Square and National History Museum. Lunch and dinner in a city restaurant. Enjoy traditional folk concert in the evening. Overnight in a centrally located hotel. (B/L/D)
Following breakfast, transfer to the international departure point and conclude the tour. (B)
If you are a citizen of one of the 46 countries that has been granted “visa-free access” to Mongolia, or 41 countries covered in a 30 day visa-free visit regime until 31st December 2016, you do not need to present a visa when entering Mongolia for tourism purposes. With exception of those, visitors are required to have a valid visa issued by Mongolian diplomatic missions or honorary consuls abroad. The following materials are required to obtain a visa under grounds of tourism: 1. Passport, valid for at least six months from the end of intended period of stay in Mongolia 2. One passport size photo 3. Completed and signed Visa Application Form for Tourists 4. Invitation from Mongolia (Either an invitation of the receiving entity, or an official request of the sending country and the organization). 5. Transit visa processing requires visa for next destination, and copy of onward tickets
By airways: Providing you with comfort flights, Mongolian national flag carrier MIAT – Mongolian airlines operate scheduled and chartered flights to Ulaanbaatar from Berlin, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka and Beijing. The Chinggis Khaan international airport, conveniently located 18 km southwest of the capital, hosts following carriers apart from MIAT: - Aeromongolia - Hunnu Air - Aeroflot Air - China - Korean Air - Turkish Airlines We will always be happy to help arrange your international flights to Mongolia. By railways: If your holiday duration and plan allows, another great way to get to Mongolia is via trans-Mongolian train. This is possible either from Moscow or Beijing. The journey takes 4 nights and 5 days from Moscow, and 1 night and 2 days from Beijing. It is a magical journey which takes you from the heart of buzzing downtowns of metropolises into nomadic Mongolia, past the Great Wall of China through the Gobi desert, or Russian countryside villages through the Baikal Lake. Also trains to border cities run every day, as the cities of Ulaan-Ude (Russia) and Erlian (China) are both popular get-away destinations for locals, for a little cultural sightseeing and a bit of shopping. You can let us handle your international railway tickets, to make your travel plan even smoother.
Yes, you would want to pack a few additional things to make your travel more comfortable.Those are: -Your personal toiletries - Summer hat, sunglasses and sunscreen - Earplugs to use when camping in the countryside - Small headlamp or a flashlight - Portable battery charger for your phone, tablet, camera etc.,Small first aid bag including following: - Small adhesive bands - Blister plasters - Painkillers - Medicine to treat occasional diarrhea - Lip balm - Wet tissue - Mosquito repellent creamOther optional: - Sleeping bag or sleeping sack - Mosquito net - After sun cream when possibleClothing: - Trekking shoes - Weatherproof jacket - Wool hat, gloves, scarf - Pajamas - Spare pairs of socks and underwear - Bathing or swimming suit - Other casual clothing
Foreign currency can be exchanged at . commercial banks and Mongolian national currency “Tugrug” are in notes of 1, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000. The US dollar is preferred currency. Credit cards are also accepted at major hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. UB and major cities have ATMs.
Mongolian nationwide electricity output is 220V/50HZ in a European style plug. Most likely all the wall sockets will feature 2 widely spaced round pins. But no worries if your device is different, because universal plug converter is commonly found at relatively cheap price here in Mongolia.
Mongolians have several national holidays and celebrations, and when we talk about celebrating holidays, we mean to do it nationwide. Believe us, celebrations take festive forms in most cases, and some certain are
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