KHUVSGUL LAKE SHORT TOUR
Tour Length: 3 days / 2 nights
Tour available dates: Jun 20 - Sept 30
Possible to choose own date!
Tour cost based on per person:
[1 pax: $1,260, 2 pax: $860, 3 pax: $740, 4 and more pax: $710]
Day 01: Flight to Murun town & Khovsgol Lake National Park, Northern Mongolia
Today, you will be transferred to the city airport for morning flight to Murun, the center of Northern Province. Upon arrival at local airport, we will drive to Khuvsgul Lake, known as “The Dark Blue Pearl”. Lake Khovsgol is the Mongolia’s largest and second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia and 1% of all the fresh water in the world.
On the way, we will visit Khatgal village and explore the village’s life, market and main port of the lake.
After lunch and check-in at the Ger camp, we will explore the Khovsgol Lake National Park. Relaxing free time offers us the opportunity to explore the surroundings, hiking in the surrounding hills, swimming in the lake and enjoy the natural beauty of the region. The Lake water is crystal clear blue, so that you can see bottom of lake when you are sailing and this lake is surrounded by deep forest and magnificent mountains.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Lunch and Dinner.
Total distance: 110km, driving for ~2.5hrs.
Day 02: Full day at Khovsgol Lake
Khovsgol province is home to the southernmost indigenous reindeer herding people (Tsaatan) in the world. This day tour is not complete without a visiting to reindeer herders family. In the morning, we will saddle our horses and ride to meet a reindeer herder family. Depending on your experience, an appropriate horse will be selected for you.
We will meet reindeer herders and explore their life style, custom and sacraments. Reindeer herders practice shamanism and live in teepees. They are the last reindeer herders who survived for thousands of years inhabiting the remotest subarctic taiga, moving between 5 and 10 times a year.
In the afternoon, it is free time for you to be on your own. There is great opportunity to hiking, kayaking or just enjoy at wild nature to take photos. Also, you can ride motor-boat around the lake.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 03: Flight back to Ulaanbaatar
This morning, transfer to the local airport for return flight to Ulaanbaatar.
On the way to local airport, we will visit Uushig ancient Deer Stone Monument as another wonder of the Khuvsgul region. This is most clearly depicted deer stones left behind by bronze-age men. A deer, an arch, a shield, a horse, a knife, the moon, the sun and a mirror figured belt were engraved on the stones.
Upon arrival in UB and transferred to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
(B-Breakfast, L- Lunch & D-Dinner)
What’s included in the Price?
- English speaking guide,
- Private vehicle + experienced driver,
- Internal Flights: Ulaanbaatar - Murun - Ulaanbaatar
- Accommodation at best tourist Ger camps in National Parks - 2 nights,
- All meals as listed in itinerary (Breakfast-2, Lunch-3 and Dinner-2),
- Bottled water during the tour,
- Horse riding at Khovsgol - 1hour,
- All entrance fees of attractions, national parks and protected areas
- Included all taxes
What’s Not included ?
- Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar,
- Daily personal expenses
- Travel insurance (trip, medical and personal)
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Back Info & FAQ?
Tour Destinations & Highlights:
Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia- Mostly described, as sunny, peaceful and open, Ulaanbaatar is a city of contrast where modern life comfortably blends with Mongolian traditional lifestyle. Wide streets are flocked by modern cars, while horsemen and cattle are still common scene.
Khuvsgul Lake National Park is one of the major tourist attractions in Mongolia. This lake is known as the second clearest water lake in the world after Baikal Lake in Russia. Water is crystal clear so that you can see the bottom of the lake when you are sailing. The lake is 136 kilometers long, 36 kilometers wide, 262 meters deep from its surface to the bottom and make up over 2% of the world’s fresh water.
The lake is surrounded by majestic mountains covered with thick pine and larch forests where the unique wildlife of the region flourishes.
There is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the lifestyle and traditions of reindeer breeders who live in the mountain forests close to the lake."
Highlights: The Lake is ideal for kayaking, boating, fishing, horseback riding, trekking, birding, camping, wildlife viewing, and photography. Or it's just an awesome place to relax.
Visit reindeer herders (Tsaatan) and explore their nomadic life, and much more
AMICUS TRAVEL FAQ ...?
Q: When do I need to pay?
A: If your tour departs within 30 days full payment is required, otherwise a deposit of $200 per person will confirm your booking. But this amount is subject to change. It could possibly be higher, or lower depending on itinerary, trip category and duration. Your personal travel consultant will adjust the amount accordingly.
Initial documents will be emailed to you within 48 hours of confirming your booking.
Final & full payment must be made at least 30 days prior to your departure date.
Q: What are my payment options?
A: For your deposit, we accept Visa, MasterCard. For your tour balance we accept only Bank transfer or cash.
Q: What type of accommodation will we be staying in?
A: According to the Mongolian rating system, 2- 5 star hotels are approved to receive foreign guests.
Our accommodations are carefully chosen, based on our research, our experience, and feedback from clients, to provide the best combination of high-quality accommodations, affordability, and convenient location.
We give clients the opportunity to stay in a wide range of accommodation, depending on tour from 3* to 5* hotels in Ulaanbaatar and best tourist Ger camps in countryside trip.
Q: What is tourist Ger Camp?
A: It’s most popular accommodation type for countryside trip in Mongolia that consists of 20-30 Gers (Mongolian traditional yurt), a restaurant and some entertainment facilities. Each Ger has 2 to 4 beds and furnished with a table, chairs and a wood-stove. Modern toilet and hot shower facilities is separate block. The restaurant mostly serves with Western and Mongolian meals. Most visitors prefer to stay in Ger, which provide an authentic taste of Mongolian culture and adventure, their most enjoyable experience in Mongolia.
Q: What meal is included? What is the restaurant like?
A: We select restaurants based on our experiences, client satisfaction, location and cuisine. Normally we include three meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) each day during the whole trip.
In Ulaanbaatar, you can expect a good variety of quality restaurants with international foods. Breakfasts usually are served in western style at the hotel where you stay.
We mostly use following restaurants for lunch & dinner in the city trip: “Modern Nomads”, “bd’s Mongolia Barbeque”, “City Nomads”, “Mirrage” and hotel restaurants in Ulaanbaatar. Lunch & dinners are mostly served in Western food, and sometimes Mongolian food, or a combination.
Outside of the city, we generally eat breakfast and dinner in best tourist Ger camp in their region and some day of longer trip take a packed lunch. Your packed lunch will be carried in appropriate containers to prevent spillage or spoiling. Ger camps serve both Mongolian and international foods, and there will usually be a choice of main dish.
Q: I am a vegetarian; will you provide vegetarian meals for me?
A: Sure, we can always make the arrangement according to your requirements. So if you have any special requirements on your food, please let us know so that we can inform the restaurants beforehand to meet your needs.
Q: How about vehicles and road trips?
A: In 2015, roughly 15% of Mongolian 40600km road is paved and the rest is earth-roads. But, almost 35% of main tourist destinations roads are connected with paved roads. Most travel takes place on the earth-roads, which are gravel, dirt roads and sometimes muddy and bumpy.
On overland tours, we use comfortable, 4WD Korean, Russian, Japanese jeeps and vans. These vehicles are ideally suited on Mongolian countryside roads.
Our drivers are highly experienced; they know their way around the Mongolian countryside including many places which have no road sign and networked roads. They are true professionals.
More read: Mongolia Travel FAQ
Reviews & Feedbacks:
Jamaa, thank you for a well thought out itinerary. It seemed as if you read our minds and knew what we were looking for to experience: culture and nature.
A well planned itinerary requires a good team to implement it and you have a great team to make our adventure memorable.
Khulgee is a very knowledgeable guide. He has a passion for history and it shows in his day to day interaction with us talking about his country. He is a great outdoorsman as well and he accompanied us on all our excursions. In addition, Khulgee is very adaptive and flexible. He knows when to adjust the itinerary to make the best out of the circumstance. He is calm and has a good sense of humour and things are always in order.
Bugi is an amazing driver. He is skillful and he is patient. He takes care of the vehicle, always the first to be at the vehicle and the last to leave it to ensure our ride is most comfortable even during off-road.
Overall, between you, Khulgee and Bugi, Amicus has given us a wonderful experience to cherish forever. I will highly recommend my friends who are interested in visiting Mongolia to go with Amicus.
To those who are reading this and thinking of visiting Mongolia, you will have a great time with Amicus.
Kathleen, Vancouver, BC, Canada 2015 August
"Hey Amicus crew! I had a great time traveling with you in the Gobi. The trip was fantastic. My one year stay in Mongolia wouldn’t have been perfect without this incredible journey. I’ll not forget meeting the nomad families, eating the Khuushur(drinking Mongolian vodka) and having a lot of for with you guys. Thank you Davaa, Ulzii, Jargalmaa, Eric, David, Erwan, Jeff, Micke, and Mr Cool!Mash ikh bayarlalaa (Thank you very much)"
Italy, Sep 04, 2014