Events & Naadam
Tour through central Mongolia with driving and a flight. On this tour you will see the nomadic way of life and Buddhist monasteries built on sacred sites.
Ulaanbaatar - Chinggis Khaan Statue/Terelj – Karakorum – Bayangobi - Ulaanbaatar
6 nights / 7 days
Chinggis Khaan Statue, Mongol Nomadic Show, Karakorum, Erdene Zuu,
Comfort tour around central Mongolia with overnight stays in eco ger camps. During the tour you will get to visit interesting sites located in Central Mongolia including mystic Khugnu Khan mountain, ancient capital of the Great Mongol Empire, Karakorum. First Buddhist Monastery in Mongolia, Erdene Zuu which was built on the site of ancient Karakorum city. Also you will see Mongol Nomadic show which will allow you to see and experience traditional way of life of Mongol nomads.
- Day 1. Arrival. (L/D)
- Day 2. Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex/ Terelj National Park
- Day 3. Mongol Nomadic Show – Hustai Natioanl park (B/L/D)
- Day 4. Karakorum/Erdenezuu Monastery (B/L/D)
- Day 5. Bayangobi (B/L/D)
- Day 6. Ulaanbaatar (B/L/D)
- Day 7. Departure. (B)
Day 1. Arrival (L/D)
Your guide and the driver will meet you and assist you at the airport or train station. Transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. Check-in and enjoy free time until lunch. After lunch, take a tour of the city, visit the National History Museum, and walk along the main Chinggis Square. Enjoy the colourful traditional folk songs and dance performance. Throat singing and contortion are the highlights of the show. Have dinner and spend the night at Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace.
Day 2. Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex / Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Tsonjin Boldog (55km), a historical location commemorated in the Secret History of Mongols – chronicles of ancient Mongolia and visit the Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex. The stainless steel statue of Chinggis Khaan erected at this significant location stands forty metres tall and, as of 2015, is still considered the tallest equestrian statue in the world. Here, the largest private collection of the artifacts from the Hunnu (Xiongnu) and Chinggis Khaan’s periods of Mongolia is on display. Visitors also can get on top of the statue to enjoy the breathtaking view.
Continue to the Gorkhi-Terelj national park. Lunch at a ger camp. There are great opportunities for hiking, rock climbing and horse riding at the park. Visit the Ariyapala Meditation Centre newly rebuilt high in the mountains and enjoy the magnificent alpine scenery. Dinner and overnight stay at the Terelj Lodge ger camp.
Day 3. Nomadic show / Hustai National Park
Leave early after the breakfast, drive along the southern banks of Tuul river past Ulaanbaatar and arrive at the Mongol Nomadic show to experience the centuries-old Mongolian traditional nomadic way of life. Visit a small ger encampment to see the making of dairy products with an opportunity to taste. Try yourself in leather tanning and felt making. Opportunities of yak and camel riding. Enjoy a very traditional Mongolian lunch.
Continue to the Hustai National Park. Visit the local information centre, watch a short, but very informative documentary to get acquainted with the project and its admirable efforts to reintroduce the wild horse takhi, the ancestor of all modern-day horses in the world, back into the wild. Drive into the park in search of the takhi, also known as the Przewalski horse. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hustai ger camp.
Day 4. Karakorum / Erdene-Zuu Monastery complex
Enjoy the buffet breakfast and drive to Karakorum, once the capital of the 13th century Great Mongol Empire. After lunch, visit Erdene-Zuu Monastery, probably the earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia built in the 16th century on the ruins of the ancient capital. Tour the monastery ground and visit several chapels with excellent examples of Buddhist art, Thangka paintings and statues dating back to the 16th century. Visit the Karakorum museum. Dinner and overnight stay at the Munkh Tenger ger camp.
Day 5. Bayangobi
After breakfast, drive to Bayangobi area and visit a local herder family. Have a short camel ride over the Elsen Tasarhai sand dunes. Enjoy the beautiful scenery. Drive to the Sweet Gobi geolodge for lunch and refreshment. Dinner at sunset and overnight stay.
Day 6. Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer from “Sweet Gobi” to “Gobi” - visit the longest-established, largest cashmere factory of Mongolia and have a fascinating factory tour to learn how the raw cashmere collected by the nomadic herders is magically transformed into a softest warmth and then into a fashionable garment for buyers’ enjoyment. Cashmere shopping at the factory outlet is also available. Lunch at the Mirage restaurant. Visit the Zaisan Hill memorial on the way to your hotel and see the city from above. Dinner in the evening at the Monet restaurant with a view of the main square and the city at night.
Day 7. Departure
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport or train station for departure.
Tour available dates:
15 June – 15 September
- 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
- 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
- sun hat
- sun glasses
- sun cream
- insect repellent
- resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
- watch/ alarm clock
- money belt/ pouch
- insurance confirmation copy
- emergency contact number