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

Route:

Ulaanbaatar - Terelj - Middle Gobi - Tsagaan Suvarga - Yol valley - Khongor - Bayanzag - Ongi - Karakorum - Ulaanbaatar

Duration:

14 nights / 15 days

Price From:

US$ 2498 + US$100

Region:

Gobi, Central Mongolia

Tour highlights:

Danshig Naadam, Gobi - Yol valley, Khongor Sand Dunes, Karakorum, Tsenkher Hot Springs, Lake Ugii.

Available:

23rd of July – 06th of August, 2018

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. Ulaanbaatar - Baga Gazariin Chuluu. 220 km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 3. Tsagaan Suvarga. 280km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 4. Yol valley(B/L/D)
  • Day 5. Khongor Sand Dunes. 200 km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 6. Bayanzag. 150 km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 7. Ongi Monastery. 150km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 8. Karakorum, Erdene-Zuu Monastery. 300km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 9. Tsenkher Hot Spring. 150km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 10. Lake Ugii. 140km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 11. Hustain Nuruu. 230km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 12. DANSHIG NAADAM. 40km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 13. DANSHIG NAADAM. 40km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 14. Chinggis Khaan statue/Ulaanbaatar. 120km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 15. Ulaanbaatar/Departure. (B)

Day 1/ Jul 23 (Mon) Ulaanbaatar

Upon 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/ Jul 24 (Tue) Middle Gobi /Baga Gazriin Chuluu (220 km)

Early morning, begin your journey to Baga Gazriin 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 3/ Jul 25 (Wed) Middle Gobi / 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 4/ Jul 26 (Thu) South Gobi / Yol Valley  (280 km)

Drive further south. Arrive at the Three Beauties Mountain range 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 5/ Jul 27 (Fri)  South Gobi / 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 6/ Jul 28 (Sat) South Gobi / Bayanzag (150 km)

Drive to the world-famous Flaming Cliffs (Bayanzag), rich in saxaul trees of Gobi. Explore the site of the first paleontological discoveries in Mongolia by following the footsteps of Roy Chapman Andrews (January 26, 1884 – March 11, 1960), an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist. 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 7/ Jul 29 (Sun) Middle Gobi / Ongi Monastery  (150 km)

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 8/ Jul 30 (Mon) Karakorum, Erdene-Zuu Monastery (300 km)

After breakfast drive to Karakorum, once the capital of the 13th century Great Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene-Zuu Monastery, which was the first and the largest monastery in Mongolia built on the ruins of the ancient capital. Tour the monastery and visit several temples with excellent examples of Buddhist Thangka paintings and statues dating back to the 17th century. Visit the Karakorum museum. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).

Day 9/ Jul 31 (Tue) Tsenkher Hot Spring  (150 km)

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 10./ Aug 01 (Wed) 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 11/ Aug 02 (Thu) Lake Ugii (140 km)

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

Day 12/ Aug 03 (Fri) Hustain Nuruu National Park (230 km)

After breakfast drive to Hustain Nuruu National Park. Drive deep into the National Park in search of Przewalski horses (takhi), ancestor of all modern-day 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 13/ Aug 04 (Sat) Danshig Naadam (40 km)

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 (regions) 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. Drive to the hotel (B/L/D).

Day 14/ Aug 05 (Sun) Danshig Naadam (40 km)

Enjoy second day of Danshig Naadam festival. It is a compact version of National Naadam Festival. The main purpose of Danshig Naadam is to give foreign visitors a unique chance to experience traditional wrestling, archery and horse racing contest from closer distance in order to have an opportunity for fastidious photo and video features. Originally a test of a nomad’s aptitude, it requires strength, stamina, accurate marksmanship and skillful horsemanship. Given the equine nature of nomadic life, much importance is placed on the horse races. Drawing herdsman from hundreds of miles around, races are staged on the vast steppes covering distances of up to 20 miles this event provided together with fashion and folk music and dance show is a fascinating experience of Mongolian Nomad culture to remember. Return to the hotel (L/D). 

Day 15/ Aug 06 (Mon) Ulaanbaatar / Departure

Transfer to the railway station or the airport for international departure.

Tour dates:

    23rd of July – 06th of August, 2018 

 

Tour includes:

  • 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, minivan or bus in the city area.
  • Park entrance fees
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • 1 liter of drinking water per day per person

 Package price DOES NOT INCLUDE:

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 items of a personal nature, gratuity to local guides and drivers, airfare or train tickets, airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 33 pounds / 15 kilograms), changes of arrival/departure flights, additional services, any charges of force majeure beyond our control (e.g. imposition of 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