Best of Mongolia 15 days (with Danshig Naadam at the BEGINNING)

Classic tour through Central and Southern Mongolia which includes the best you can see and experience in those areas including visit to nomadic family and horse riding. In this classic tour through Central and Southern Mongolia we have included the best attractions and most scenic spots. This well balanced tour will include history, adventure, education, enjoyment and activities.    

Route:

Ulaanbaatar- Khui Doloo Hudag-Middle Gobi-South Gobi-Karakorum-Tsenher hot spring-Lake Ugii- Hustain Nuruu-Ulaanbaatar

Duration:

14 nights / 15 days

Price From:

US$ 2,498+ $100 (Danshig Naadam Package)

Region:

Central and Southern Mongolia  

Tour highlights:

Terelj, Gobi, Yol valley, Khongor sand dunes, Karakorum, Tsenher hot spring, Lake Ugii, Wild takhi horses at Hustain Nuruu national park 

In this classic tour through Central and Southern Mongolia we have included the best attractions and most scenic spots. This well balanced tour will include history, adventure, education, enjoyment and activities.

  • Day 1. Ulaanbaatar.
  • Day 2. Hustain Nuruu. 135km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 3. DANSHIG NAADAM. 115km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 4. Ulaanbaatar - Baga Gazariin Chuluu. 220 km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 5. Tsagaan Suvarga. 280km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 6. Yol valley(B/L/D)
  • Day 7. Khongor Sand Dunes. 200 km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 8. Bayanzag. 150 km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 9. Ongi Monastery. 150km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 10. Karakorum, Erdene-Zuu Monastery. 300km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 11. Tsenkher Hot Spring. 150km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 12. Tsenkher Hot Spring (B/L/D)
  • Day 13. Lake Ugii. 240km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 14. Ulaanbaatar. 300km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 15. Ulaanbaatar/Departure. (B)

Day 1. 03 Aug (Fri) Ulaanbaatar

On arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be greeted by your guide and driver. Transfer to a hotel. Half and full day tours are available.

Day 2. 04 Aug (Sat) Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast drive to Hustain Nuruu National Park. Drive deep into the National Park in search of Przewalski horses (takhi), ancestor of all modernday horses in the world. If you have binoculars, please bring them. View a short documentary and visit the museum. Overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 3. 05 Aug (Sun) Danshig Naadam /Khui Doloo Hudag/

After a very early breakfast drive to Hui Doloon Hudag for the Danshig Naadam. Danshig Naadam originates in the 16th century, when Mongolia was divided into seven khoshuus (region) after Gersenz Jalair Khaan’s (the 16th generation descendant of Chinggis Khaan) widow divided Khalkha Mongol to her seven princes. The seven khoshuus of Khalkha gathered annually at Danshig Naadam and competed in Three Manly Games of the Mongols – archery, wrestling and horse racing. Danshig was an important event, which unified the rupturing Khakha princes under one roof once a year.

Besides enjoying the festive atmosphere, horse racing and traditional archery, there will be ample opportunities to photograph various Buddhist rituals, including the Tsam dance.

Tsam dance is an ancient ritual. Recorded evidences show that Tsam was first performed in 775-881 in Tibet. The word 'Tsam' means a dance of the Buddha (deva) and elements of this dance show as if protectors and deities have physically descended on Earth. In Mongolia, the Tsam was introduced at the beginning of the 18th century and the first tsam performance in Mongolia was in Erdene-Zuu Monastery in 1786. After lunch at a ger camp drive back to the Danshig Naadam ground to enjoy the Mongolian traditional wrestling and cheer with the crowd. Return to the hotel. (L)

Day 4. 6 Aug (Sun) Ulaanbaatar / Baga Gazariin Chuluu 220km

Early morning, begin your journey to Baga Gazariin Chuluu, a unique formation of rocks. Visit ruins of an ancient temple and explore the area. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp. (L/D)

Day 5. 7 Aug (Mon) Tsagaan Suvarga 280 km

After breakfast visit the ruins of Sum Khukh Burd Temple. Continue driving to Tsagaan Suvarga, a fascinating white limestone cliff which resembles a Stupa. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 6. 8 Aug (Tue)  South Gobi / Yol Valley 280km

Drive further south. Arrive at the Three Beauties of the Gobi National Park. Spend the day on an excursion to Yol Valley, hiking and enjoying stunning photographic opportunities. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 7. 9 Aug (Wed) Khongor Sand Dunes 200 km

After breakfast drive to Khongor Sand Dunes known as the Singing Dunes. A climb up to the sand dunes will be rewarded with breathtaking views. In the evening observe a spectacular sunset, please prepare your cameras. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 8. 10 Aug (Thu)  South Gobi / Bayanzag 150km

Drive to the world famous Flaming Cliffs (Bayanzag), rich in the saxaul trees  of the Gobi. Explore the site of the first paleontological discoveries in Mongolia by following in the footsteps of Roy Chapman Andrews. Visit a nomadic camel breeding family and experience the hospitality of Mongolian nomads. Enjoy a short camel ride. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 9. 11 Aug (Fri) South Gobi / Ongi Monastery 150km

After breakfast drive north. Visit the ruins of the once great Ongi Monastery, visit a local restored temple and have a walk in the surrounding area. Dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 10. 12 Aug (Sat) Karakorum, Erdene-Zuu Monastery 300km

After breakfast drive to Karakorum, the 13th century capital of the Great Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene-Zuu Monastery, which was the first and largest monastery in Mongolia. Tour the monastery and visit several temples with excellent examples of Buddhist Thangka paintings dating back to the 16th century. Visit the Karakorum museum. Dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 11. 13 Aug (Sun)  Tsenkher Hot Spring 150km

Drive to the Tsenkher hot spring. Spend the day relaxing in a natural spa and walking in the surrounding forest. Please do not forget to pack your swimsuit for this day. Optional massage and beauty services are available. Enjoy the spa again after dinner. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 12. 14 Aug (Mon) Tsenkher Hot Springs

Enjoy this day at your leisure as we take a break from the long days’ driving. Enjoy the nature and hot spa. You can discuss options for exploring the local area with your tour guide. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 13. 15 Aug (Tue) Lake Ugii. 240km

Drive to Lake Ugii in Arkhangai province. The camp is located on the shore of Lake Ugii. A magnificent view and countless water birds will be on your doorsteps. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in a ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 14. 16 Aug (Wed) Ulaanbaatar 300km

Breakfast at the camp. Drive to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 15. 17 Aug (Thu)  Ulaanbaatar / Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the railway station or airport for international departure.

Tour available dates:

GROUP 1: 03th of August – 17th of August/2017

Include:

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • English speaking guide at all times.
  • In the countryside all lodging will be in ger camps.
  • All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary.
  • Ground transportation: in the countryside by a chauffeur driven 4WD jeep, bus in the city area.
  • Park entrance fees
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • 1 liter of drinking water per day per person

 Exclude:

  • Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar
  • Hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills and laundry services
  • Travel insurance, medical insurance
  • Visa application fees
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses such as IDD call, internet, laundry, items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to local guides and drivers
  • Airfare or train ticket
  • Airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 44pound / 20kilo)
  • Changes of arrival/departure flights
  • Additional services
  • Any charges of major force beyond our control (e.g. imposition, quarantine restrictions, etc...)
  • Optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc…

This is a suggested packing list, which you should feel free to adjust to suit your needs. Please refer to our travel guide for more detailed information.

  • backpack or soft bag
  • waterproof bag cover
  • day pack
  • head lamp/flashlight
  • spare batteries/bulb
  • personal medications
  • waterproof hiking boots
  • waterproof jacket with hood
  • waterproof over pants
  • fleece jacket or wool jumper
  • cotton t-shirts
  • long sleeve shirts
  • lightweight trousers
  • shorts
  • socks
  • underwear
  • sun hat
  • sandals
  • sun glasses
  • sun cream
  • insect repellent
  • resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
  • binoculars/camera
  • watch/ alarm clock
  • money belt/ pouch
  • insurance confirmation copy
  • emergency contact number