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  • Group Tour Code: 6.29G
  • Duration: 16 days / 15 nights
  • Travel date: 29 Jun-14 July, 2020
  • Trip from: Ulaanbaatar
  • Price: US$ 3,540 p/p > 10% off
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Mongolia Travel Map 18 days tour in Mongolia

Tour Highlights:

  • Experience Mongolian unique culture and beautiful nature as you explore the famous Golden Circle in style.
  • From rolling steppes to vast expanses of the Gobi Desert and forested mountain hills in the northern highlands, you will discover a great variety of landscape and visiting many of the country’s most iconic sights.
  • Relaxing in wild nature and exploring the Mongolian nomadic culture… Horseback and camel riding, climb to sand dunes, hiking and driving through the wilderness are the main activities.
  • Relaxing in wild nature and exploring the Mongolian nomadic culture… Horseback and camel riding, climb to sand dunes, hiking and driving through the wilderness are the main activities.
  • End of this trip, attend the amazing Naadam Festival, colorful opening ceremony and witness traditional games including national wrestling, horse racing and archery.

BRIEF ITINERARY

29 Jun –Day 01:  Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
30 Jun –Day 02:  Flight to Gobi Desert – Yol Valley (Vulture’s valley)
01 Jul – Day 03:  Khongor sand dunes, the biggest sand dune in the Gobi Desert
02 Jul – Day 04:  Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs)
03 Jul – Day 05:  Ongi, Middle Gobi
04 Jul – Day 06:  Karakorum & Erdenezuu Buddhist Monastery
05 Jul – Day 07:  Tsetserleg – Taikhar Chuluu – Terkh White Lake National Park
06 Jul – Day 08:  White Lake National Park
07 Jul – Day 09:  Jargal Hot Springs – Northern Mongolia
08 Jul – Day 10:  Murun town – Khovsgol Lake National Park
09 Jul – Day 11:  Khovsgol Lake National Park
10 Jul – Day 12:  Flight back to Ulaanbaatar
11 Jul – Day 13:  Enjoy at Naadam Festival for full day
12 Jul – Day 14:  Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex – Terelj National Park
13 Jul – Day 15:  Ulaanbaatar city tour
14 Jul – Day 16:  Departure

DATE & PRICE

Small Group Tour  – Price 2020

Arrival dateDeparture datePrice: per person (US$)Spaces
Jun 29 (Mon)Jul 14 (Tue)$3540 > $3186 (10% off for early booking until end of February, 2020)Available
  • This is a small group tour with fixed itinerary and guaranteed departures.
  • Prices are based on twin occupancy.
  • Normally 8pax and max 12 passengers in a group.
  • This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan for a private tour!

What’s included in the Price?

  • English-speaking guide at all times,
  • 15 nights’ accommodation based on twin/double (Hotel 4*) and twin share (Tourist camp)
  • All meals as listed: Breakfast – 15, Lunch – 14, Dinner – 12,
  • All Transfers/Transport with comfortable vehicles: Overland trip with 4WD Jeeps (Toyota Land Cruiser or Lexus) for 11 days.
  • Domestic flights/airfare to the Gobi Desert & from Khuvsgul,
  • Naadam Festival Opening Ceremony Ticket(s). Car entry permission to Naadam stadium and horse racing field,
  • All entrance fees are as mentioned in the program
  • A Cultural Show - featuring traditional performances,
  • Camel riding in the Gobi Desert ~1 hour
  • Horse riding at Khovsgol ~ half day (2-3 hours),
  • Complementary drink water during the tour
  • All service charge, local and Gov’t tax
  • Visa invitation letter, if required

What’s NOT included in the Price?

  • Visa to Mongolia (Get in advance),
  • International flights &Travels insurance
  • Hotel early check-in and late check-out
  • Tipping and other personal expenses
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excess luggage charges – 1.5$ per kg for internal flights

DETAILED ITINERARY

29 Jun - DAY 01

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Welcome to Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by Amicus driver in the arrivals hall at the international airport and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, free at leisure and have a good rest to recover from the jet lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask the hotel receptionist for recommendations.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: None

30 Jun - DAY 02

Flight to Gobi Desert – Visit Yol Valley

In the early morning, you will be transferred to the city airport for morning flight to Dalanzadgad, which is a town in the Gobi.
Meet your local tour guide and driver and depart for Yol Valley (also called Yolyn Am & Eagle valley) situated in the “Three beauties of Gobi” Mt. National Park. This green valley is one of the main highlights in the Gobi Desert and sheltered by high cliff walls and covered with wild flowers and Gobi plants.
In the winter season, a narrow stream in the valley creates ice on the bottom of the valley that even lasts during the summer months.
The walk through the valley is a lot of fun, about an hour walking there and an hour of walking back by walking the same route, where you climb over rocks and must jump over the small river. If this walking seems challenging, you can just walk to the middle of the way or horseback through the valley.
The high cliffs that flank the valley are very impressive. You may be lucky enough to spot wild sheep and goat, grazing high on the cliff walls.
Accommodation: Tourist camp. Meals: B, L, D.

1 Jul - DAY 03

Khongor sand dunes, the biggest sand dunes in Gobi

Today, we will drive through the wilderness of the Gobi to the extraordinary of Khongor, which is one of the most scenic areas of the Gobi Desert. This impressive white sand dunes stretch more than 180km and highest point is around 300m known as Duut Mankhan.
Upon arrival at the tourist camp near to the sand dunes, we will have lunch and time for relaxing at cozy Ger camp until Gobi hot temperature decrease.
In the late afternoon, we will visit local camel herder family in their gear, and explore their unique nomadic lifestyle. Then, we will ride a camel and explore the area from the camel back. Around the area is the perfect place for camel riding. Mongolia is home to 2/3 of the two-humped Bactrian camels in the world. It is a gentle, calm and extraordinary patient animal.
Afterwards, we will make a little excursion to a beautiful green oasis of Seruun Bulag near the Khongor River and sand dunes.
Then, take a little drive to the highest point of sand dunes known as Singing Dune and climb up to the Duut Mankhan. When it is windy some of the dunes give a strange sound like the engines of an aero plane. From the top of the sand dunes, the view of the desert is awesome and a breathtaking view. If you want, we can see the amazing sunshine panorama of sand dunes from the top.
Dinner and overnight at the tourist camp.
Accommodation: Tourist camp. Meals: B, L, D.

2 Jul - DAY 04

Bayanzag (flaming cliffs)

On this day, our trip will continue to Bayanzag (Flaming cliffs) which is a famous for containing exceptional dinosaur fossils in the heart of the Gobi Desert. Also, this area is well known for red tall hillocks formed as a result of wind and water erosion, which look like fire in the middle of the desert from a distance.
Roy Chapman Andrews and American expedition discovered the first nests of dinosaur eggs from Bayanzag in the 1923. Their findings proved to the world that dinosaurs laid eggs
We will explore around significant area, including the saxual trees and wander on the red hillocks. Occasionally the pieces of fossilized bones and eggs are still found by visitors. If you found something, don’t touch it, because of removing fossils without a permit is illegal.
Accommodation: Tourist camp. Meals: B, L, D.

3 Jul - DAY 05

Ongi, Middle Gobi

Following breakfast, we will travel through the huge open landscape called Ongi steppe, which is over 80km wide steppe in the Gobi zone and come to around lunch time at Tourist camp, which is near to the ruined monastery of Ongi Temple. This small mountainous area along the Ongi River makes a good resting place to break a trip between the two major destinations.
Ongi temple was established in 1660 and once composed of 30 temples, 4 big Buddhism universities. It was destroyed by the communist purges of the 1930s and is being restored by a number of monks.
Nowadays that one temple serves as a small museum. When you reach Ger camp, you will have lunch and explore ruins of the monastery. The views of the ruins, river, Ger camps and the surrounding area are very impressive, you can see from any of the nearby hills.
If you want, you can have pleasant massage and sauna at the camp. The rest of the day is yours to relax on your own.
Accommodation: Tourist camp. Meals: B, L, D.

4 Jul - DAY 06

Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Buddhist Monastery

In the morning, head to Kharkhorin, a small village, and one of the country’s major tourist destinations. Historically known as Karakorum, which was an ancient capital of Mongolia Empire founded by Genghis Khan in 1220. Also, Karakorum was one of the most important cities in the history of the Silk Road.
In the afternoon, we will visit the museum of Karakorum and learn more about the beautiful ancient Karakorum city and Genghis Khan.
Continue to visit the magnificent and the oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdenezuu, built in the 16th century, with 108 Buddhism stupas. Here you can see interesting listen to monk chanting Buddhist sutras.
Accommodation: Tourist Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D.

5 Jul - DAY 07

Tsetserleg – Taikhar Chuluu– Terkh White Lake National Park

After breakfast, drive to Taikar Chuluu, which is a huge granite rock formation covered with inscriptions in many different languages and dating back from many different periods.
On the way, we will visit Tsetserleg town, which is a capital of Arkhangai province with population of around 20,000. Tsetserleg means garden and the city surrounded with scenic mountains, the streets are tree-lined and a lovely little temple overlooks the town.
In the afternoon, drive towards to the Khorgo extinct volcano which was active 8000 years ago and travel through the steppe, green forested Mountains and pastures, where the long-haired yaks and horse thrive.
After exploring the volcano and climb to the crater, we will take a short drive Terkh White Lake. There, we will stay at tourist camp near to the lake shore for 2 nights.
Accommodation: Tourist camp. Meals: B, L, D.

6 Jul - DAY 08

Terkh White Lake National Park

Today is free for your own with optional activities. It is possible to do full or half day hiking in the national park for wild flower and bird watching.
Also, there is a great opportunity for everyone to do horse riding, mountain climbing, fishing and swimming etc. Terkh White Lake is surrounded by spectacular scenery of plants, forests, mountains, and fauna.
In the evening, we will enjoy visiting the local nomad family to experience firsthand how people live in the country side and a lifestyle which has not changed for centuries.
Accommodation: Tourist Ger camp. Meals: B, L, D.

7 Jul - DAY 09

Jargal Hot Springs – Northern Mongolia

After breakfast, we will drive towards to the Northern part of Mongolia through beautiful nature routes, vast grasslands cross High Mountain passes.
Lunch at Jargal Jiguur Tourist camp and take some refreshment at the Jargalant Hot Springs. The spring comes out from 150 m of the ground and its water is not mixed with soil, waters because it is hot at 70 Celsius degree. The spring produces water that is good for health reasons.
On the way, we stop for overnight and dinner at the Tourist camp along the way to northern.
Accommodation: Tourist camp. Meals: B, L, D.

8 Jul - DAY 10

Moron town – Khovsgol Lake National Park

After a relaxed breakfast, depart for Khovsgol Lake, which is known as the Switzerland of Mongolia and second the clearest lake in Central Asia.
Lunch at local restaurant in the Murun, a small town of Khovsgol province with population of 35000.
Take a 2 hours’ drive to the Khatgal village on the shore of the lake and explore the village’s life, the market and main port of the lake.
Drive towards the Khovsgol Lake, we will see hundreds of grazing livestock and wildlife of northern region of Mongolia
Khovsgol province is home to the southernmost indigenous reindeer herding people (Tsaatan) in the world. Some of Tsaatan families came from remote Taiga at the summer camp near to the lake from June until end of August. Reindeer herders practice shamanism and live in teepees and moving around 5 times a year. We will meet reindeer herders and explore their daily life, custom and sacraments.
Check-in and dinner at Tourist Ger camp, which is located near to the lake.
Accommodation: Tourist camp. Meals: B, L, D.

9 Jul - DAY 11

Full day at Khovsgol Lake National Park

This morning, we will explore the national park from horse back. Mongolia is the best destination for horse riding trip and especially Khovsgol Lake is the best recommended place for this experience.
After given preliminary instructions, orientation about horse riding, we will discover around nature from horseback until lunch time.
In the afternoon is free time for you to be on your own. You can explore the surrounding hills and walking along the shore of the lake. The Lake water is well known for crystal clear blue and surrounded by beautiful lash green deep forest and magnificent mountains.
Also, there is a great opportunity to do hiking, kayaking, ride motor moat or just enjoy at wild nature to take photos.
Accommodation: Tourist camp. Meals: B, L, D.

10 Jul - DAY 12

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

Early this morning, we will drive to the local airport in Murun town and take a return flight to Ulaanbaatar.
On the way, 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 the city airport and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for your individual activities.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: B, L.

11 Jul - DAY 13

Enjoy at Naadam Festival for full day

Today, we will be attending the opening ceremony of the Festival of Naadam in Ulaanbaatar national stadium. It’s Mongolia’s biggest, most colorful and most important annual cultural event, focusing on three sports: horse racing, Mongolian-style wrestling, and archery. It’s no coincidence that all three skills derive from the capabilities of Genghis Khan’s legendary military – a force that conquered and controlled the largest empire the world has ever known.

  • At 8am picked up from the hotel lobby and visit the central Naadam stadium.
  • The first visit is a stadium of anklebone shooting competition.
  • Next, visit the archery field. The field will be filled with men and women archers in colorful ethnic, national costumes who shooting arrows from their bows.
  • We will wander around outside of the Naadam stadium to watch locals who dressed their national costumes, food and trade corners etc.
  • Afterwards, we will enter into the main stadium for the opening ceremony of Naadam Festival.
  • Once finish the opening ceremony, we will watch the beginning of 1st part of Mongolian national wrestling. In the usual 512 wrestler tournament, there will be nine elimination rounds of wrestling over two days.
  • After lunch, we will drive out of the city for a hour to Hui Doloon hudag (horse racing field of Naadam festival) for witness the Naadam horse races, featuring children riding bareback across the steppe. All of these racers from each corner of Mongolia.
    You will experience the brilliant madness of the horse race field and the unsurpassed cultural opportunity to watch the horse racing competition included around 150-200 horses. Also, there are you will have a great opportunity to take photography local horse trainers, peoples with traditional garments and so more contrast.
  • End of these experiences, return to the city and transferred to the hotel.
    Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: B, L.

12 Jul - DAY 14

Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex – Terelj National Park

In the morning at 9am, head to “Genghis Khan Statue Complex” which is currently the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world. Explore the statue complex and ascend to the head of the horse using an elevator. There you have a good panoramic view over the complex area and the scenery beyond. You are now definitely in Genghis Khan’s homeland!
Take a short drive to visit Terelj National Park. This is one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia which is by its natural beauty, forested alpine mountains and interesting rock formations (Massive wool-sack weather conditions) very well known.
In the afternoon, we will explore the national park and see Turtle Rock – interesting rock formation looking like a turtle. Also, visit the Ariyabal meditation temple – surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations and sits on top of the mountain. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park.
Accommodation: Tourist camp. Meals: B, L, D.

13 Jul - DAY 15

Ulaanbaatar city tour

After breakfast, we will return to the city and visit Gandan which is the largest functioning Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. The main highlight of this monastery is 26-meter-high majestic gilded indoor statue of Megjid Janraisig.
Lunch at local restaurant in the city, then visit Sukhbaatar square which lies at the heart of the city surrounded by important buildings such as government palace, banks and theaters and post office. There is an equestrian statue of Sukhbaatar and a massive Bronze statue of Genghis Khan with his four warriors in front of Parliament House.
Continue to visit the Museum of Mongolian National History – the museum presents Mongolian history and culture from prehistoric times to the present day.
Our next highlight is a famous cultural show in the city, which is featuring traditional performances by singers, dancers and contortionists. It’s a great chance to hear Khöömii (throat singing) and see some fabulous costumes. After dinner, transferred to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: B, L, D.

14 Jul - DAY 16

Departure

You will be free at leisure in your hotel or wander around on your own until being escorted to the Chinggis Khaan International Airport for your departure flight home. End of service. Meal: Breakfast

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  • If you would like to book this trip, please send us your request.
  • A deposit of 20% of the total tour price is required to book and confirm this trip.
  • The balance must be paid at least 30 days prior to departure.

Deposit:

  • We accept online payments with Master/Visa/AMEX cards only as a deposit to confirm the trip.

Balance payment:

  • You should pay the balance to us by wire transfer. Usually it takes 2-3 working days until payment reach in our account.
  • Western Union is the fastest way to pay us. We can get your payment in a few minutes once you send the money.
  • Cash payment is only accepted in exceptional cases.

You will stay in a good 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar. An upgrade is possible on request!
During the excursion in the countryside, you will stay in Tourist Ger camps.
Tourist Camp is a kind of hotel that serves customers with Ger (Yurt) instead of a hotel room and always located at the best viewing spot. It’s the most popular accommodation type for a countryside trip in Mongolia that consists of 30-40 Gers (Mongolian traditional yurt), a restaurant and some entertainment facilities.
Most visitors happy to stay in Ger, which provide an authentic taste of Mongolian culture and adventure, their most enjoyable experience in Mongolia.
More information and pictures: What is the Tourist camp?

During your trip in Mongolia, you will be served mainly European dishes and sometimes authentic Mongolian foods. Lunch and dinner consist of 3-4 courses (soup and/or salad, main course, dessert) and bottled water.
If you require special meals due to religious, medical limitation and vegetarian food, please inform us so that arrangements can be made in advance.

Car: A good car is an important part of your comfort trip in Mongolia. There will be a good 4×4 car for this trip based on the number of people in your group.


Road:
The asphalted roads are 40% and the unpaved roads are 60%.
During the trip, it takes approximately 2-6 hours driving (80-280km) from one to next destination depending on road and weather condition on each driving day. But it is not nonstop drive! We can take a short stop frequently everywhere along the road for photographs, toilets, stretch and meet with local nomads.

  • 1st best months: June, July and August.
  • 2nd best months: May and September.

More information: The Best time to visit Mongolia

Hiking boots and sandals, waterproof jacket, raincoat, umbrella, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, comfortable shoe, insect repellent, sunscreen, and prescription medication (if required).
Gear: Camera, binoculars, flashlight and travel lamp. Some Tourist camps do not have 24-hour electricity. It is therefore recommended to bring your own travel lamp!

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