14 days,Ulaanbaatar to Ulaanbaatar

Contemplate the Soviet architecture and influence in Ulaanbaatar, explore the ruins of remote monasteries, share a ger with a nomadic family, soak in the Tsenger Hot Springs, visit Mongolia's ancient capital, see the wild horses in Khustai National Park

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Long after the reign of Genghis Khan, nomadism remains a way of life in modern Mongolia. But with so much to see and do here, it’s only natural that people would want to move about and explore. This adventure taps into the nomadic lifestyle embraced by almost 40% of the local population, travelling through ruggedly beautiful gorges and sandstone mountains in search of golden eagles, desert gazelles and the Mongolian horse. And when you’re not moving, you’ll experience local customs up close, exploring rural villages and sleeping in traditional ger tents.

What's Included

  • Ulaanbaatar guided city tour including Gandan Monastery and Bogd Khan Palace. Mongolian ger stays. Yolyn Am National Park stay. Gobi Desert stay. Ongiin Khiid Monastery entrace. Mongolian Grasslands stay. Tsenger Hot Springs stay. Karakorum monument entrance. Khustai National Park entrance. Mongolian barbecue. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 10 Dinners (Allow USD55-75 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (3 nts), ger camps (9 nts, shared facilities), family stay or tent camping (1 nt, multi-share, no facilities).
  • Private van, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar (1B)

Enjoy a morning city tour then spend a free afternoon exploring the city. Make sure you stop for a cold one at the local Chinggis Brewery.

Day 3 Bag Gazariin Chuluu (1B,1L,1D)

Drive to the Mandalgobi region – Middle Gobi – stopping at the Choir Monastery on the way. Spend the night in your first Mongolian ger camp., complete with beds, mattresses, linens and a stove.

Days 4-5 Yolyn Am (2B,2L,2D)

Spend two days in Yolyn Am National Park staying in the ger camp. Look for vultures, wild Argali sheep, desert gazelles and golden eagles. Explore flaming cliffs and opt to go on a hike or two.

Day 6 Bayan Gobi/Khongoriin Els (1B,1L,1D)

Enjoy various optional activities that the Gobi Desert has to offer: hiking in sand dunes, visit a nomadic camel-herding family and try riding camels.

Day 7 Ongiin Khiid (1B,1L,1D)

Drive through western parts of the Gobi Desert. in the surrounding mountains, visit the ruins of the Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries.

Day 8 Mongolian Grasslands (1B,1L,1D)

Leave the Gobi Desert and drive through the Mongolian grasslands. Spend the night in the ger of a local nomadic family, observing how they really live and enjoying a traditional meal with them.

Day 9-10 Tsenger Hot Springs (2B,2L,2D)

Enjoy a relaxing time in a ger camp at Tsenger Hot Springs. Visit the springs and soak in their healing powers. Opt to go horseback riding or hang out with the locals.

Days 11 Karakorum (1B,1L,1D)

Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia. Visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the first centre of Lama Buddhism in Mongolia. It was destroyed during the Communist era but is currently in restoration.

Day 12 Khustai National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Stay in Khustai National Park—home of Mongolian wild horses. Here, look for Takhi horses in their natural habitat.

Day 13 Ulaanbaatar (1B,1L)

Drive back to the capital for last minute sightseeing. Opt for the local cultural show, any excellent display of dancing and Mongolian throat singing.

Day 14 Ulaanbaatar (1B)

Depart at any time.

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