The Diverse Cultures of Western Mongolia

Countless archeological sites with petroglyphs, rock carvings, human-like stones, ancient bronze age burials as well as various ethnic groups are spread throughout Western part of Mongolia. Gorgeous snow-capped mountains are the main attractions as well, such as the highest five peaks of Mongolia located at the very western part. 

Route:

Ulaanbaatar - Ulaangom - Uvs Lake - Bayan-Ulgii - Khovd - Ulaanbaatar

Duration:

9 nights /10 days 

Price From:

US$ ***

Region:

Western Mongolia  

Tour highlights:

Uvs Lake – Tsengel Khairkhan Mountain – Tsambagarav Mountain – Khovd city 

Mongolia is country with different ethnic groups of nomads, most of which live in Western part of Mongolia. Exploring their unique culture and tradition would give you outstanding experience and broad knowledge about Mongolian nomad culture. The great majority (86%), of Mongolians are Khalh Mongolians, (Khalh means shield) followed by Kazakhs – 6%, Barga, Bayad, Buryad, Darkhad, Khoton, Uuld, Torguud, Tsaatan, Uriankhai, Uzemchin and Zakhchin.

  • Day 1. Ulaanbaatar. (B/L/D)
  • Day 2. Ulaangom. (B/L/D)
  • Day 3. Uvs Lake. (B/L/D)
  • Day 4. Tsengel Hairhan Mountain. (B/L/D)
  • Day 5. Tsambagarav mountain. (B/L/D)
  • Day 6. Hovd City. (B/L/D)
  • Day 7. Hovd City. (B/L/D)
  • Day 8. Ulaanbaatar. (B/L/D)
  • Day 9. Ulaanabaatar. (B/L/D)
  • Day 10. Departure. (B/L/D)

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar. (B/L/D)

We will meet you and transfer you to your three or four star hotel. Optional city tour depending on arrival: Gandan Monastery and Winter Palace Museum of the Bogd Khan, last king of Mongolia.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 2. Ulaangom. (B/L/D)

Early morning transfer to the airport for flight to Ulaangom city in Uvs Province. The flight will take two hours. Local staff will meet you at Ulaangom airport and your first destination will be Uvs Lake, 40 km away. Enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the lake. Tent camping.
Overnight at tent

Day 3. Uvs Lake. (B/L/D)

Uvs lake – Tsagaan Nuur canyon (240 km). Lunch at the Uureg Lake. After lunch you will visit a nomad family of the Durvud ethnic group. You will be introduced to the nomadic lifestyle as well as the particular and unique culture, traditions and history of the Durvud people. Tent camping near the Tsagaan Nuur canyon.
Overnight at tent

Day 4. Tsengel Hairhan Mountain. (B/L/D)

Tsagaan Nuur canyon – Tsengel Hairhan Mountain. (180 km). Drive to the Tsengel Kharhan Mountain. On this day you will visit a Kazakh nomad family and will experience the traditional lifestyle of the Kazakh Mongolians. One of the unique traditions of the Kazakh people is hunting with eagles. In the afternoon you will visit a Kazakh nomadic family who use Golden Eagles for hunting. We will introduce you to the methods of catching and training Golden Eagles for hunting. Tent camping.
Overnight at tent

Day 5. Tsambagarav mountain. (B/L/D)

Tsengel Hairhan mountain.- Tsengel Hairhan mountain.- Tsambagarav mountain (190 km). Drive to Tsambagarav Mountain, stopping on the way for a relaxed picnic lunch at Tolbo Lake. After lunch you will visit a Kazakh family in order to witness the production methods of traditional handicrafts, such as intricate and delicate ger wall hangings. You can also experience nomadic life by riding a horse, milking a cow or a sheep. Traditional cuisine for dinner.
Overnight at tent

Day 6. Hovd City. (B/L/D)

Tsambagarav mountain – Hovd City. (140 km). On the way visit a nomadic family from the Uuld ethnic group of Mongolia. You will be introduced to the traditions and culture of Uuld people. Tented camping near Hovd town.
Overnight at tent

Day 7. Hovd City. (B/L/D)

Hovd – Day excursion to the nearby Har Us Lake, second largest freshwater lake in the country, and Tsenheriin Cave. Overnight in a hotel in Hovd city.
Overnight at local hotel

Day 8. Ulaanbaatar. (B/L/D)

Flight to Ulaanbaatar. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at hotel
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 9. Ulaanabaatar. (B/L/D)

In the morning visit the National History museum. Drive to Terelj National Park. On the way visit the huge Turtle rock and enjoy the beautiful scenery in the park. After lunch you will be initiated into the methods of assembling a ger, a traditional Mongolian dwelling. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 10. Departure. (B)

After an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for departure.

Tour available dates:

01 June – 15 October

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
  • day pack
  • head lamp/flashlight
  • spare batteries/bulb
  • personal medications
  • hiking boots/shoes
  • rain jacket with hood
  • fleece jacket or wool jumper
  • cotton t-shirts
  • long sleeve shirts
  • lightweight trousers
  • shorts
  • warm hat
  • socks
  • underwear
  • sun hat
  • sandals
  • sun glasses
  • sun cream
  • spare glasses
  • insect repellent
  • plastic bags
  • binoculars/camera
  • wet tissues
  • watch/ alarm clock
  • money belt/ pouch
  • insurance confirmation copy
  • emergency contact number