Best of Mongolia 15 days

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-Terelj- Middle Gobi-South Gobi-Karakorum-Tsenher hot spring-Lake Ugii- Hustain Nuruu-Ulaanbaatar

Duration:

14 nights / 15 days 

Price From:

US$ 2,498

Region:

Central and Southern Mongolia

Tour highlights:

Terelj, Gobi – Yol Valley, Khongor Sand Dune, Kharkhorin, Tsenkher Hot Spring and Lake Ugii.

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. Terelj National Park. 80km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 3. Baga Gazriin Chuluu. 220km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 4. Tsagaan Suvarga. 280 km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 5. Yol Valley. 280km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 6. Khongor Sand Dunes. 200 km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 7. Bayanzag. 150km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 8. Ongi Monastery. 150km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 9. Kharkhorin. 300km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 10. Tsenkher Hot Spring. 150km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 11. Tsenkher Hot Spring.(B/L/D)
  • Day 12. Lake Ugii. 240km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 13. Khustai National Park. 270km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 14. Ulaanbaatar. 120km. (B)
  • Day 15. Departure. (B)

Day 1.                          Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be greeted by your guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel. Optional half and full day tours will be available.

Day 2.                          Terelj National Park (170 km)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Terelj national park located 70km northeast of Ulaanbaatar. Spend the day exploring the area and enjoying the magnificent alpine scenery. Visit the symbol of the Terelj national park – The Turtle Rock. Trek up the peaceful Ariyapala meditation center. After lunch at a local ger camp, visit a horse-breeding nomad family. You may learn how the modern-day nomads fare and how the traditional lifestyle has been preserved over the thousands of years. Return to the city after an hour of horse riding in the national park. Transfer to your hotel. (L/D)

Day 3.                          Baga Gazriin Chuluu  (220 km)

Drive to Baga Gazriin Chuluu after breakfast at the hotel. The Baga Gazriin Chuluu is the rock formation which gives an opportunity to hiking along the rocky hills. On the way stop by underground spring that is rumored to have healing properties for the eye. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 4.                          Tsagaan Suvarga        (280 km)

After breakfast visit the ruins of Sum Khukh Burd Temple. Drive to Tsagaan Suvarga which may be translated as the White Stupa. The name was given to this limestone cliff because of the way it looks from a far. Hiking and photo shooting opportunities will be present. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 5.                          Yol Valley       (280 km)

Drive further south. Arrive at the Mountain range of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan national park. Spend the afternoon on an excursion to Yol Valley known for its ice that remains in the area until mid-June. Hiking and enjoying stunning photographic opportunities in the valley. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 6.                          Khongor Sand Dune    (220 km)

After breakfast, drive towards the Khongor sand dune, also known as “Singing dune”.  Visit a local camel-breeding family for visit and camel riding to the Khongor sand dune. Climb towards the tallest part of the dune will reward you with an incredible view of the surrounding landscape. Enjoy Gobi sunset at the camp. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 7.                         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. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 8.                          Ongi Monastery          (150 km)

After breakfast at the camp, drive to north to the Ongi monastery ruins where just a century ago over a thousand Lamas resided. It was one of the three largest monastic centers of Mongolia and fell victim to the Stalinist purges of 1937. After lunch, explore the ruined Ongi monastery that is undergoing a slow but steady rebuilding process. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 9.                          Kharkhorin     (300 km)

After breakfast at the camp, drive towards the town of Kharkhorin located on the site of the capital of the 13th century Great Mongol Empire. The town is home to the Erdene-Zuu Monastery, which was the first and the largest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. The monastery was subject to Stalinist Purge of 1937 but parts of the monastery survived.  Tour the monastery and visit several temples with excellent examples of Buddhist Thangka paintings and statues dating back to the 17th century. Visit the Kharkhorin museum which presents a display of a wide range of artifacts that can be traced back to the periods of the Great Mongol Empire and even the Turkic State which ruled Mongolia in the 6th century CE. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 10.                        Tsenkher Hot Spring   (120 km)

In the morning, drive to the Tsenkher hot spring located in Arkhangai province. The province had large amounts of volcanic activities in the past times which has left an exotic image in many of its areas. Spend the day enjoying a full access to a relaxing natural spa and trekking in the surrounding forest. Please do not forget to pack your swimsuit for this day. Optional massage and beauty services are available. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 11.                        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. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D) 

Day 12.                        Lake Ugii         (140 km)

Drive to Lake Ugii in Eastern part of Arkhangai province. Settle at a camp located on the shore of Lake Ugii. A magnificent view of the lake and water birds will be at your doorsteps. The lake is considered as Ramsar Site of International importance and is home to different types of migrating birds. Optional boating and fishing activities available. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D) 

Day 13.                         Khustai National Park (270 km)

After breakfast at the Ger camp, drive to Khustai national park founded in 1993 after the Dutch effort to reintroduce the Przewalski wild horses back into their natural habitat. The horses had become extinct in Mongolia in the mid-1960s and currently are the only wild horse species in the world. Upon arrival in the national park, visit a local information center to learn the history and lifestyle of the horses. After watching a short documentary about the reintroduction of the horses to Mongolia, drive deep into the national park to see the wild horses who are also known as Takhi in Mongolia. If you have binoculars, we would recommend bringing them along. Overnight stay in a Ger camp. (B/L/D) 

Day 14                         Ulaanbaatar   (120 km)

Breakfast at the camp and drive to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 15.                        Ulaanbaatar / Departure

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

Tour available dates:

Package price does not include accommodations in Ulaanbaatar:

  • From 2498 USD per person

Group size:

  • Minimum 3pax
  • Maximum 15pax

Tour dates:

  • GROUP 1: 11th of June – 25th of June/2020
  • GROUP 2: 13th of August – 27th of August/2020

Single Supplement in Ger camps:

  • Single supplement - 220 USD per person

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