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Taste of Mongolia - 12 Days Tour

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Taste  of Mongolia - 12 Days Tour
12 days / 11 nights

Price:

from $1,680

Tour code:

ATM-32

Destination:

Ulaanbaatar - Bayan Gobi sand dunes - Ancient Capital Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery - Tsetserleg Town -Khorgo extinct volcano & Terkh White Lake National Park - Jargalant village, Jargal Jiguur Hot Springs - Khuvsgul Lake, Northern Mongolia - Selenge River- Uran togoo N.P - Erdenet town-Amarbayasgalant Monastery - Khustain nuruu N.P - Genghis Khan’s State Complex- Terelj N.P

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In Brief

This tour takes 12 days to cover the most popular travel destinations including Northern Mongolia for Amarbayasgalant monastery which is one of the biggest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia and Khovsgol Lake. This lake is one of the most beautiful and scenic spots in Mongolia, where high mountain peaks, forests, lush meadows and steppes all form a rich ecosystem and diverse wildlife habitats. Also, visit Tsaatan minority who live in huts and reindeer herding.
The trip continues to Khangai province that is geographical mixture creates a number of very interesting landscapes within manageable distance, and leads to a rich diversity in both flora and fauna. You are available to experience Mongolian countryside and nomadic life. Highlights includes beautiful Terkh White Lake and UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Karakorum - ruins and museum of ancient and most interesting national parks and much more!
Relaxing in wild nature and explore Mongolian nomadic life style... hiking, horseback and camel riding, climbing to sand dunes, soft hiking and feel free driving through the wilderness are the main activities.

Brief Itinerary:


Day 01: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Day 02: Amarbaysgalant Buddhist Monastery
Day 03: Erdenet town - Uran Togoo Mt. Natural Reserve
Day 04: Khovsgol Lake National Park, Northern Mongolia
Day 05: Full day at Khovsgol Lake
Day 06: Jargalant village & Jargal Hot Springs
Day 07: Terkh white Lake, Khangai province
Day 08: Khorgo extinct volcano - Taikhar rock
Day 09: Karakorum & Erdenezuu Buddhist Monastery –
Bayan Gobi sand dunes
Day 10: Hustai National Park trip
Day 11: Ulaanbaatar city tour
Day 12: Departure


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In Detail

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Whenever, your international flight lands in city airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Ulaanbaatar. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. You may need some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet-lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask from your hotel reception for recommendations.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: not included on this day


Day 02: Amarbaysgalant Buddhist Monastery

After breakfast, our journey will start to beautiful Amarbaysgalant monastery located in the valley of the Iven River. This monastery registered in the world’s cultural heritage by UNESCO. Presently, 30 monks reside in the newly restored monastery ranging in age from 7 to 90.
In the evening, we will visit nomadic family in their Ger, explore their unique culture and experience their lifestyle.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 03: Erdenet town & Uran Togoo Natural Reserve

In the morning, we will drive to Uran Togoo Mt. Natural Reserve via Erdenet which is mining city. During communist regime, more than half of the inhabitants were Russians who worked as engineers or minors in the fourth biggest copper factory, called “Erdenet” Mining Corporation in the world. Nowadays, about 10 % of the population is Russian.
We will arrive in Ger camp located near Uran extinct volcano. This place is great for hiking and wild life observation. Its ridge of the crater is one of many examples of circles that arise in nature resembled a nice creature of a craftsman. Uran's highest point provides unobstructed, panoramic views of the volcanic fields, this area is pretty good place to break the journey to Khuvsgul.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 04: Khovsgol Lake National Park, Northern Mongolia

Today we will head towards to Khovsgol Lake, which is known as the Switzerland of Mongolia and second the clearest lake in Central Asia.
In the evening, we will arrive and have dinner at Khovsgol Lake, known as “The Dark Blue Pearl”. While we driving towards the Khovsgol Lake, we will see hundreds of grazing livestock and wild life of northern region of Mongolia. Explore the lake and around the Ger camp.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 05: 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 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 06: Jargalant village & Jargal Hot Springs

After breakfast, we will drive towards to Khangai province. On the way, we will visit Khatgal village and explore the village’s life, market and main port of the lake.
After lunch at Murun town, continue drive through beautiful nature routes; we cross vast grasslands, and arrive in Jargalant Hot Springs which is a perfect stopover on the overland trail from the Khovsgol Lake to the Lake Terkh.
This 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 produce water that is good for health reasons. There is only Jargalant Ger camp which is offering outdoor baths for travelers.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 07: Terkh white Lake

On this day, our journey will continue to Terkh White Lake. We will arrive and have lunch at the camp on the shore of the Lake. Terkh White Lake is a mesmerizing beautiful lake with crystal clear fresh water.
Hiking, horse riding, mountain climbing, fishing and swimming are all good here. We will visit Yak breeder’s family and experience the traditional customs and lifestyle of local residents.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 08: Khorgo extinct volcano - Taikhar rock

Here today we will go to see amazing extinct Khorgo volcano which was active 8000 years ago. This province is beautiful scenery of mountains, cliffs, rapid rivers, lakes, extinct volcanoes and fantastic caves green forests and pastures, where the long-haired yaks and horse thrive.
After seeing extinct Khorgo volcano crater, we will continue towards to Taikar Rock, which is a massive granite rock, located on the banks of the Tamir River surrounding flat country. It’s covered with 150 writings in many different languages and dating back from many different periods.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 09: Karakorum & Erdenezuu Buddhist Monastery – Bayan Gobi sand dunes

After breakfast, we will drive to Karakorum and Erdenezuu Monastery. Karakorum was not only the capital of the vast Mongolian Empire, but the epic center of trade along Silk Road. However, the Karakorum of today is a small settlement with little focus on tourism.
We will visit museum of Karakorum and learn about beautiful ancient Karakorum. Then we will visit to the magnificent and the oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdenezuu, built in the 16th century, with 108 stupas. Here you can listen to interesting monk chanting Buddhist sutras.
Afterwards, depart for Bayan Gobi magnificent sand dunes - surrounded by hills with willow trees, streams and bushes, and appear as a small desert in the center of the country. This sand dune is 80km long and the widest part of the sand dune is 9-10 km. Also, the sand dune called as mini Gobi.
Here, visit camel herder family and explore their unique nomadic lifestyle. The sand dunes are the perfect place for camel riding. We will discover this magnificent place on camel back.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 10: Hustai National Park (Wild Horse Park)

In the morning, we will drive to the Hustai National Park. This area is home to the Mongolian wild horse known as Perzevalski horse (takhi) with unique landscape that features mountain and steppe
After lunch at Hustai Ger camp, we will visit the small Information center about the national park and wild horse. The takhi and marmots are easy to see around 2-3hrs earlier than sunset, when they come down from mountains for water to stream.
In early evening, we will take short drive and hiking to see the horses in their natural habitat. Seeing these truly wild horses which numbered in the hundreds of thousands of years ago, will make you feel like you have traveled thousands of years back in time. There is great opportunity to take photo for these endangered horses. If you are lucky, you can see fox, deer, roe deer, eagle, and more animals and birds…
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 11: Ulaanbaatar city tour

In the morning at 9am, we will return to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in the city, visit “Gandan” Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery including the Mongolian Buddhist University. The highlight of visiting to Gandan is 26-meter-high majestic gilded indoor statue of Megjid Janraisig.
After lunch, Sukhbaatar square which is 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 Museum of Mongolian National History – the museum presents Mongolian history and culture from prehistoric times to the present day.
Next visit Bogd Khan Palace museum - the complex was a residence of 8th Bogd Javzandamba in 19th century, the head of Mongolian religion. The palace consists of seven Summer Prayer temples and the winter palace.
In the evening, we will visit “Wonders of Mongolia” folklore show by famous Tumen-Ekh ensemble - is one of the most successful folk art groups to share traditional Mongolian music with the world, having traveled to over 40 countries.
After farewell dinner, transfer to the hotel. 
Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 12: 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. Your driver will assist you with flight check-in and luggage, and see you off at the point of security check. Meals: Breakfast.

Date, Price & FAQ

Tour Date, Price?:

    Join in Small Group 2018
     Price from            Inquire this tour          
Group 1: June 25 - July 06  1680 US$  

 

Group 2: July 16 - July 27 1680 US$
Group 3: Aug 27 -Sep 07 1680 US$
Group 4: September 03 - 14 1680 US$
Small Group & Big Experience:
Minimum 4 and maximum 8 travelers in a group!

    Possible to customize and choose own dates
                            for private tour!
Tour availability dates: June 10 - September 30

 


What’s included in the Price?

  • All transfers for arrival/departure 
  • English speaking guides at all times
  • Transportation - in the countryside trip by chauffeur driven 4X4,
  • Hotel 4* in Ulaanbaatar – 2 nights, based on twin/double
  • Best Ger camps in countryside and nationals parks -9 nights, based on two persons sharing,
  • All Meals, listed in the itinerary: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner,
  • “Wonders of Mongolian Art” performance with Tumen-Ekh ensemble 
  • All entrance fees of museum, attractions, national parks and protected areas,
  • Camel riding fee (1  hour ) at Bayan Gobi sand dunes
  • Horseback riding fee (1 hour) at Khovsgol Lake
  • Visa invitation letter if required,
  • Bottled water during the tour,
  • Road & toll fees,
  • Included all taxes.

What’s Not included in the Price?

  • International flights & Mongolia visa fee
  • Travel insurance 
  • Daily personal expenses
  • Hotel early check-in and late check-out,
  • Tips and gratuities for guides and drivers

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 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


Testimonials

Reviews & Feedbacks:

 
Kathleen Cheng
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


Deangelo
"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

 

June Dimalanta
“Quite some time passed since we spent a wonderful time in beautiful Mongolia. This tour was extremely well organized. The local guides were often inspirational, and good food and accommodation meant that everything worked smoothly....
USA, Aug 24, 2013

 

Banbas family
Hi Davaa, "I hope you are well. Our trip was fantastic. Thank you so much for your help.
I'd like to give you some feedback.
The guide in Beijing, Tristan, was fantastic. Helpful, well spoken and a lot of fun.
The guides in Mongolia were great too - especially Bogi in the Gobi.
As you might be aware, we had issues with our flights. We missed the connecting flight to Beijing from Shanghai due to a delay with our Sydney flight and we had our return flight from Xian to Beijing cancelled. Hence, we missed 2 nights at Wangfujing Hilton. I am putting a claim in with my travel insurance and need a letter from hotel confirming this happened and also confirming the cost of the two rooms for each of the nights missed. Could you please organize this for me?
Again, thanks for your help in organizing such a great trip.
Kind regards
Conn Banbas
Australia, July 29, 2014

 

Francine and Chris
“We had a wonderful adventure to the Gobi. Saw many animals, enjoyed our walk on the glacier, up the dunes, ride on camel & horse and staying in Gers. Wonderful weather,…….we cannot wait to return.”
Canada, Aug 04, 2014

 

Lewis
We had a fantastic time! I want to let you know that Tour Company were fantastic. Everything went off like clockwork. The guides, hotels, attractions, and itinerary in both Mongolia and China were fantastic. We had no problems what so ever. The guides were there at the airport or docks to meet us every time on time and their attention to detail was great. They all spoke English very well, had great personalities, were well versed in the history and customs of each area and made us feel welcome and safe. They were informed of our upcoming itinerary plans and discussed these with us as well. Flights within Asia also were great. No delays or cancellations. I would not hesitate to recommend or travel with this company in the future.
Australia, Jul 18, 2014

 

Burke & Amy Bradley
Thanks for your inquiry. What a great trip. I must say the accommodations---hotels and ger camps, the meals-- were much better than I had expected. The guides were wonderful and all instructions were carried out--no problems of any kind. Thanks again.
USA, July 16 2014

 

Cindy Edington
I just wanted to let you know how wonderful it was. The people at Amicus Travel were wonderful and accommodating. The tour guide, Bayara was very informative and caring, we were like his little chicks, with "Follow me" he lead us to some amazing places and sights.
Our driver was incredible, the way he drove through narrow, winding roads, I have to admit, I did brake sometimes. Thank you again!!
USA, July 09, 2014

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