The Diverse Cultures of Western Mongolia

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The Diverse Cultures of Western Mongolia
10 Days
9 Nights
Western Mongolia

Tour Overview

Mongolia is country with over 30 different ethnic groups residing in different corners of the country, most of whom live in Western part of Mongolia. 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. The tour provides you with great opportunities to learn about their customs and lifestyles. 

Tour Highlights

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


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

Tour Itinerary

    Overnight Tour
    • 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 surroundings 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, the 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 a selected hotel

    • Day 9 - Ulaanbaatar. (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

    2023-06-01 - 2023-09-30

    2024-05-01 - 2024-09-30

    1 Person

    $4834 / per pax

    2 People

    $3184 / per pax

    3 People

    $2398 / per pax

    4 -7 People

    $2139 / per pax

    8 -11 People

    $1687 / per pax


    - 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

    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 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…
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