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Mongolia Winter Tour - 8 Days

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Mongolia Countryside Life
8 days /6 nights

Price:

from $1,560

Tour code:

ATM-53

Destination:

Ulaanbaatar - Hustai N.P - Karakorum & Erdenezuu Monastery – Bayan Gobi sand dunes & visit camel herder family, camel riding-  Terelj National Park & horse riding- Genghis Khan's Statue Complex - 13th century complex-UB

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In Brief

 
HIGHLIGHTS OF MONGOLIAN WINTER 

     The tour takes 8 days to cover the most popular travel destinations and attractions around Ulaanbaatar and central part of Mongolia including UNESCO World Heritage Sites, snow covered landscapes and interesting national parks etc.
     Relaxing in wild nature and explore Mongolian nomadic culture ...Horse riding, camel riding, sightseeing, photographing, visiting nomadic families and feel free driving through the snow-covered wilderness are main activities of this winter trip.
     In Mongolia, winter is the coldest and longest season. But, beautiful with its shiny white snow covers. It's snowing across the country, but not heavy. Winter begins in early November and lasts about 110 days until March. The winter is Average day temperature is -14C to -26C degrees and night temperature is -18C to -30C degrees. The temperature can reach -32C to -38C degrees in some remote areas in northern and western part of Mongolia. Daylight is short. The shortest daylight is 9 hours in winter
     Winter in Mongolia is a remarkable experience - especially as the Mongolians you meet will be very proud to welcome foreign visitors in wintertime. Mongolia’s winters are home to incredible landscapes for those who are prepared.

Choose Your Own dates! This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that you want to travel to Mongolia, we will manage everything.

Customizable! Do you want to travel longer or shorter or want to explore more? Please let us know, and we will design itinerary and cost again for you.


 

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Day 02: Ulaanbaatar city tour
Day 03: Hustai National Park (Wild Horse Park)
Day 04: Khakhorin & Erdenezuu Monastery
Day 05: Bayan Gobi sand dunes & camel trail – Ulaanbaatar
Day 06: Terelj National Park & horse riding
Day 07: Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex – 13th century complex
Day 08: Departure

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In Detail

Detailed Itinerary:


Day 01: Arrival 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* in Ulaanbaatar. Meal: not included this day


Day 2: Ulaanbaatar city tour

After breakfast, at 9am we will return to the city. Today we wll explore the city and visit Gandan” Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery. Listen to the horns calling lamas and monks to temple and capture the monks’ daily rituals while visiting the adjoining Megjid Janraisig and Temples. The temple houses feature a 26-meter-high majestic gilded statue of Migjid Janraisig.
Next, visit Sukhbaatar square and Parliament House displayed with Great Khans memorial statue. The square lies at the heart of the city surrounded by theaters, government buildings.
After lunch, visit the National Museum of Mongolia for to get an overview of Mongolia’s history and culture including nomadic life, traditional costumes of ethnic groups, sacred religious relics, and Stone & Bronze Age artifacts.
Continue to 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.
Accommodation: Hotel 4* in Ulaanbaatar. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 3: Hustai National Park & Wild Horse Park

After relaxing breakfast,  we will drive to the Hustai National Park. The park is home of last wild horses in their natural environment in the world, known as Perzevalski horse (takhi). The National park has over 450 species of vascular plants, 200 of which are medicinal.
We will take short drive and hiking to see the horses. There is great opportunity to take photo for these endangered horses. If you are lucky, you can see fox, deer, marmot, eagle and more wild animals. Besides of the wild animals you can find here beautiful sceneries of the Mongolian nature that features mountain and steppe.
Dinner and overnight at Ger camp.
Accommodation: Tourist Ger camp in Hustai National Park. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 4: Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Buddhist Monastery

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 listen to interesting monk chanting Buddhist sutras.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kharlhorin.
Accommodation: Local Hotel in Kharkhorin. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 5: Bayan Gobi sand dunes & camel trail - Ulaanbaatar

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.
There, we will visit local camel herder family in their Ger, explore their unique nomadic lifestyle.
A special national food of Khorkhog for lunch at the nomad family.
The 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 and can carry on without water for a month. Bet, you never rode a Bactrian camel, riding a Bactrian camel is much more comfortable than the camel in Sahara, India or anywhere else. Its two humps support you from both sides and easy pace will comfort you so much.
Afterwards return to the city and transferred to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel 4* in Ulaanbaatar. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 6: Terelj National Park & horse riding

After breakfast, depart for Terelj National Park. It's one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. You can see the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones; some of them look quite similar to turtles.
We will explore the national park and visit 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. This small hike is seen as a ritual to cleanse one’s sins. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park.
In the afternoon, we will explore the national park from horse back. Mongolia is the best destination for horse riding trip and especially Terelj national park is the best recommended place for horse trek. After given preliminary instructions, orientation about horse riding, we will discover around nature from horseback for one hour.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the national park.
Accommodation: Local Hotel in Terelj National Park. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 7: Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex – 13th century complex - UB

Breakfast, at 9am we will take one hrs drive to visit “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.
After explore the statue complex, we will take 1.5hrs drive to 13th century theme park- micro kingdom with separate camps for Guards, Herders, Education, Craftsmen, Shaman and King's assembly.

  • Upon arrival at entrance, visit Relay-station camp
  • Visit and lunch at King Palace and wear Mongolian traditional costumes - it is the main attraction point of the theme park,
  • Visit Shaman camp - you can see customs, ritual of worshiping of several kinds of Shaman clan.
  • Visit herder’s camp – witness nomads’ lifestyle, great opportunity to ride a horse and a camel.
  • Visit educational camp - opportunity to get know about the unique culture of the literacy, 
  • Visit craftsmen camp - enjoy seeing the craftsmen art work such as horse hold utensils, women’s ornaments, jewelry, arms and tools etc.

Afterwards, return to the city. Dinner at local restaurant in the city. 
Accommodation: Hotel 4* in Ulaanbaatar. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 8: Departure
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Free at leisure until transferred to the city airport for your departure flight. Meal: Breakfast

Date, Price & FAQ

Tour Date, Price?:

           Tour availability      Private Tour Price          Inquire this tour     
1 October - 1 April  $1,560 
Tour price based on per person for 2 people.
    Possible to customize or choose your own travel dates!

 


What’s included in the Price?

  • English speaking tour guide at all times,
  • 7 nights accommodations based on twin/triple occupancy;
  •      - 4 start Hotel in Ulaanbaatar – 4 nights,
  •      - Local hotel in Kharkhorin and Terelj National Park – 2 nights,
  •      - Tourist Ger camp in Hustai National Park – 1 night. 
  • All meals 16 as specified in the itinerary: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 7 Dinners,
  • All relevant private transfers and transportation + Experienced driver,
  •      - Airport/hotel transfers and city tour with a sedan or minivan.
  •      - Overland trip with 4x4 vehicle. 
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as described in the itinerary, 
  • Camel riding at Bayan Gobi sand dunes – 1hour,
  • Horse riding in Terelj National Park – 1hour,
  • Complementary drink water during the tour,
  • All service charge, local and government Taxes,
  • 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

AMICUS TRAVEL - GENERAL 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 4* 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.
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.

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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