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Treasures of Mongolia - 14 Days Tour

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Treasures of Mongolia - 14 Days Tour
14 days / 13 nights

Price:

from $1950

Tour code:

ATM-38

Destination:

Ulaanbaatar- Baga gazriin chuluu - Tsagaan suvarga -Yolyn Am (Eagle’s valley - Khongor sand dunes - Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs) - Ongi Temple ruins 
- Ancient Capital Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery -Ugii Lake - Khustain Nuruu N.P - Genghis Khan’s State Complex - Terelj N.P

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In Brief

       The tour takes 14 days to cover the most popular travel destinations including Gobi Desert- distinctive landscapes of towering sand dunes, wide open steppes, iced Georges, Rocky Mountains, red cliffs, stunning sunsets and sunrises. Also, covers UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape - encompasses an extensive area of pastureland and includes numerous archaeological remains dating back to the 6th century and Karakorum - ruins sights and museum of ancient Mongolian capital. Last days of this trip, you will visit most interesting national parks including Hustai and Terelj National Park.
       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, Mongolia
Day 02: Baga gazar National Park, Middle Gobi
Day 03: Tsagaan suvarga /White Stupa/
Day 04: Yol Valley (Vulture’s valley)
Day 05: Khongor sand dunes, the biggest sand dunes in Gobi Desert
Day 06: Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs)
Day 07: Ongi, Middle Gobi
Day 08: Orkhon valley and Orkhon waterfall
Day 09: Experience of nomadic way of life in Orkhon
Day 10: Karakorum &Erdenezuu Buddhist Monastery - Lake Ugii
Day 11: Hustai National Park (Wild Horse Park)
Day 12: Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex – Terelj national Park
Day 13: Ulaanbaatar city tour
Day 14: 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: none


Day 02: Baga Gazryn Chuluu

At 9am, your tour guide and driver will pick you up and our trip will start to Baga Gazriin Chuluu N.P. This is rocky Small Mountain and beautiful landscape which consists of many shaped specific granite rocks and mineral springs in the bottom land. We will reach Ger camp near Baga Gazriin Chuluu around Lunch time. After having lunch, we will explore surrounding area.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 03: Tsagaan suvarga (White Stuppa), Middle Gobi

In the morning, we will drive towards to Tsagaan Suvarga. We will drive through endless steppes of Middle Gobi province. Upon arrival to the Ger camp just beside the Tsagaan Suvarga, we will do check in and have a lunch. Tsagaan suvarga is big escarpment with 200m height and 400m. The eerie, eroded landscape was once beneath the sea and is rich in marine fossils and clamshells. Over 10 million years the wind has created this amazing structure. This area is excellent site for hiking and taking photography of the beautiful panoramic views.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 04: Visit Yol Valley (Vulture’s valley), Gobi

After breakfast, we will go ahead to Yol valley (Eagle or Vulture valley) situated in “Three beauties of Gobi” Mt. National Park. This valley is originally established to conserve birdlife in the region. But it’s now more famous for its dramatic scenery in the middle of the Gobi Desert with a meter’s thick ice almost all year around, except late summer.
There we will do hiking through grassy meadows, small streams, long and narrow valley with sheltered by high cliff walls, sunlight bouncing off amazing rocks, covered with wild flowers and Gobi plants. You may be lucky enough to spot wild sheep and goat, grazing high on the cliff walls.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 05: Khongor sand dunes, the biggest sand dune in Gobi Desert

On this day, our trip will continue driving west to the extraordinary sand dunes of Khongor. This is one of the most scenic areas of Gobi. The dunes rise abruptly from the plain, in some places reaching a height of 300 meters, and extend over an area between 2-12 km in width and 180 km in length. Upon we arrive, we will have lunch and relax at cozy Ger camp until Gobi hot temperature decrease.
In the evening, we will visit camel herder family in their Ger, and explore their unique nomadic lifestyle. Its chance to try drinking Hormog (fermented Mongolian camel milk). Then we will ride a camel.
The Khongor Sand Dunes are the perfect place for camel riding. We will discover this magnificent place on camel back. 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 hike and climb up to the Singing Dune, one of the highest dunes. From the top of the sand dunes, the view of the desert is awesome and amazing sunshine panorama of sand dunes. When it is windy some of the dunes give a strange sound like the engines of an aero plane, for which they are named the “singing dunes”. The Khongoryn River flows along the sand dunes and gives birth to oases.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 06: Bayanzag (flaming cliffs)

After breakfast, we will drive to the Bayanzag which is a famous for the first discovery of fossilized dinosaurs. 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 distance.
When we arrive at Ger camp, we will watch interesting video about how Roy Chapman Andrews and American expedition discovered the first dinosaur eggs from Bayanzag and transferred dinosaur skeletons on the camel back through Gobi Desert. Their findings proved to the world that dinosaurs laid eggs. Then we will take 5min drive to the Flaming cliffs and wander on the red hillocks. We will find bones of dinosaurs around Bayanzag. White fossilized bones are still found nowadays. Return back ger camp and overnight.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 07: Ongi, Middle Gobi

Today, 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 Ger 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 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. Rest of the day is yours to relax on your own.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 08: Orkhon valley and Orkhon waterfall

Today we will travel to across vast grassy plains, interspersed with basalt rocks and meandered rivers. Our slow progress on the damaged track leaves us plenty of time to observe the different scenes of nomadic life. Orkhon Valley recognized as a “Cultural Landscape” of the UNESCO World Heritage in 2004, was the center of preceding nomadic empires for centuries and had attracted humankind since Paleolithic times. Orkhon waterfall was formed by volcanic eruption and earthquakes some 20000 years ago. The Waterfall cascades down from a height 27 meters. Once we come, we will check in and have lunch.
In the afternoon, we will do hiking to waterfall and explore around the nature.
A short walk through the canyon to the foot of the waterfall is worth seeing.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 09: Experience of nomadic way of life in Orkhon

Today we will stay one more day at Orkhon and relaxing way to explore Mongolian nomadic lifestyle. Scenic and untouched natural distinct Orkhon valley is ideal place for horseback riding.
In the morning, our horse guide will bring his horses for your ride. Depending on your experience, an appropriate horse will be selected for you. Then we will ride a horse along the river and reach nomadic family to visit. Here you will experience firsthand how people live in the country side and a lifestyle which has not changed for centuries. Here you can help the herders with their daily tasks to get an idea of how nomadic people alongside of their livestock. There is we can taste Airag, which is made horse fermented milk. You will enjoy taking photos of hundreds of grazing livestock on the open pasture. Rest of the day is free to be your own. Hiking and swimming are all good here.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 10: Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Buddhist Monastery – Lake Ugii

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. Today there is a museum does show off some of the artefacts they've recovered so far,
Upon arrival in the village, 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 see interesting listen to monk chanting Buddhist sutras. Return to ger camp and have dinner.
After lunch at the Ger camp, we will take 1.5hrs drive to Ugii Lake - is located up 1337m from the ocean level and it is a pure water steppe lake, which is 7.9km long, 5km wide. The lake Ugii is a famous for its birdlife. Ogii lake has registered in the Ramsar Convention for being important breeding and staging area for a variety of waterfowl.
Check-in Ger camp on shore of the lake. In the late afternoon is free time for your own. There is you can travel by normal boat or motor boat and go for fishing in the lake. Fishing equipment is available from the camp. Or just walking and hiking around the lake.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 11: 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 Ger museum 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 12: Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex - Terelj National Park

This day we will head towards to “Genghis Khan Statue Complex” which is currently the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world. There is a recreation area, restaurants, and souvenir shops occupy the base structure. From here, you can 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 country!
After lunch at the statue complex, we will take short drive to Terelj National Park, which is one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia The National Park is by its natural beauty, forested alpine mountains and interesting rock formations (Massive woolsack weather conditions) very well known.
Explore the national park and to see Turtle Rock - interesting rock formation looking like a turtle and visit Ariyabal meditation temple - surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations and sits at top of the mountain. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park. Walking, hiking around the camp, explore nature beauties and take photos of colorful wild flowers.
Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 13–Ulaanbaatar Highlight city tour

In the morning at 9am, we will return to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival at Ulaanbaatar city, we will visit Zaisan Memorial Hill is located in the south side of Ulaanbaatar City, right beside the Bogd Khan Mountain having a best view of the city and surrounding hills.
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.
After lunch, 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.
Afterwards, 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.
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.
Dinner is at “Bd’s Mongolian Barbeque” international chain restaurant.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 14: 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. Meal: Breakfast

Date, Price & FAQ

Tour Date, Price?:

           Dates for 2019         
       Price from                Inquire this tour          
15 Jun - 28 Jun 1950 US$
10 Aug - 23 Aug 1950 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 01 - September 20

 


What’s included in the Price?

  • English speaking tour guide at all times,
  • 13 nights’ accommodation based on double/twin;
  •       - Good 4* hotel in the city – 2 nights, based on double/twin. 
  •       - Ger camps in countryside trip – 11 nights on twin share, 
  • All the meals as listed in the itinerary: Breakfast - 13, Lunch - 12, Dinner – 12,
  • All transfer & transports + experienced driver,
  •       - airport/hotel transfers and city tour with sedan or minivan.
  •       - main trip with 4x4 Japanese minivan 
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees are mentioned as program, 
  • Cultural performance by famous Tumen Ekh Ensemble, 
  • Camel riding in Gobi -1 hour, 
  • Horse riding in Orkhon valley- 1 hour
  • Complementary drink water during the tour,
  • Visa invitation letter, if required 
  • All service charge, local and Gov’t tax

What’s Not included in the Price?

  • International flights 
  • Mongolia visa fee
  • Travel insurance 
  • Daily personal expenses
  • 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 20% of total tour cost 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 30-45 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: Ger Camp is a kind of hotel that serves customers with Gers instead of hotel rooms and always located at the best viewing spot. 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 Mongolian Barbeque”, “City Nomads”, “Mirage” 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 2017, roughly 18% of Mongolian 48600km 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.

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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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