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Contrasts of Mongolia
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Trip highlights:

  • Travel 180 degrees from east of Mongolia to the west.
  • See landscapes such as Altai Mountains, steppes, forests, sand dunes and lakes.
  • Meet local nomad families and see their lifestyle
  • Meet Kazakhs and other Mongolian ethnic groups
  • Visit attractions such as snow-capped Altai high mountains, Khangai Mountain ranges, largest sand dune in Mongolia, ancient capital Kharkhorin city

During this trip, you will see all types of natural landscapes such as Gobi-Altai high mountains, Khangai mountain range, sand dunes, lakes as well as historical sites such as the ancient capital of Chinggis Khan’s empire, Kharkhorin. We will hike the third tallest peak of Altai Mountains, Tsambagarav (4165 m), visit Kazakh families and watch eagle hunting. The change is landscape and culture will allow you to experience the contrast of Mongolia

Tour itinerary

Day 1: City tour. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Ulgii.

Day 3: Meet Kazakh people

Day 4: Tolbolake

Day 5: Tsambagarav mountain / Trekking day/

Day 6: Tsenkher cave via Khovd city

Day 7: JargalantKhairkhanmountain

Day 8: Zavkhanriver

Day 9: Bayan lake

Day 10: Relaxing day

Day 11: Telmenlake

Day 12: White lake

Day 13: White lake and Khorgovolcan

Day 14: Shivert via Taikhar rock

Day 15: Kharkhorin city

Day 16: Visite to Erdenezuu monastery, Khognokhaanmountain

Day 17: Khustai national park

Day 18: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

Day 19: Departure

Duration: 19 days 18 nights

Activity : Travel 200км on dirt road and 350 км on paved road. During days with treks, we will walk for 4 – 6 hours. Other activities include cultural visits, and meeting eagle men.

Date & Price

Duration: 19 days 18 nights

Accommodation: 2 nights in hotel, 1 night in ger camp, 15 nights in tent

Trekking: 2 days

Domestic flight: Ulaanbaatar-Ulgii/Khovd

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Tour detail

Day 1: An introductory city tour through Ulaanbaatar, where we will visit sites such as Gandan-tegchilen monastery, National Museum of Mongolia where you will learn about the history of Mongolia

Overnight in a hotel**

Day 2: Fly from Ulaanbaatar to Ulgii (4h). Upon our arrival, our cars, drivers and cooks will meet us at the airport. We will drive out of the city and camp on a river bank.

Overnight in a tent.(B+L+D)

Day 3: We will drive towards Tolbo Lake. On our way, we will visit a Kazakh family and see an eagle hunting demonstrations. The Kazakh people are the largest ethnic group in Mongolia. They are famous for training eagles and using them for hunting. We will camp near the lake and sleep in our tents.

Overnight in a tent.(B+L+D)

Day 4: We will drive Tolbo, a freshwater lake, which is an important bird watching area. Then we will drive to Tsambagarav Mountain. Near this mountain, there are many nomads who herd camels and other livestock. We will visit one of the families and taste traditional milk products.

Overnight in a tent.(B+L+D)

Day 5: We will climb Tsambagarav Mountain, which is the third tallest peak of Altai Mountain at 4165 m above sea level. It’s a snow-capped mountain with many ice lakes. We will walk for approximately 5 – 6 hours on this day.

Overnight in a tent.(B+L+D)

Day 6: We will drive on dirt road until we arrive at Khovd city. After lunch we will arrive at Tsenkher cave. This cave is one of the most important archeological finds, because evidence of the first human species’ existence was discovered from inside. There are many rock paintings which not only feature humans but many animals as well.

We will sleep in tents in the wild. (B+L+D)

Day 7: We will drive towards JargalantKhairkhan Mountain. On our way we will see many animals of the mountainous habitat. There may be eagles, vultures and other raptors flying above the cars.

We will sleep in tents in the wild..(B+L+D)

Day 8: We will have lunch by the river. Then we will drive towards Zavkhan River. Zavkhan River, which is 808 km long, is one of the beautiful rivers, thus the province is named after this river. We will visit local nomad families.

We will sleep in tents.(B+L+D)

Day 9: In the morning, we will drive through Urgamalsoum and arrive at a scenic Bayan nuur which is located in between sand dunes. We will visit a nomad family and buy a goat or a sheep to make traditional Mongolian cuisine, khorkhog. Khorkhog is made by heating stones and cooking meat, vegetables and the stones in a tightly covered container.

We will eat and sleep in the open steppe..(B+L+D)

Day 10: Depending on the condition we will ride a camel or a horse. We will be able to enjoy the beautiful natural environment from horse or camel back. In the afternoon, we will walk through the sand dune.

Stay overnight in tents..(B+L+D)

Day 11: We will drive towards Khangai Mountain Range and camp near Telmen Lake. Telmen Lake has an island where many bird flocks visit.

Stay overnight in tents.(B+L+D)

Day 12: We will arrive at TerkhiinTsagaan Lake. The lake was formed by volcanic lava cutting of the flow of Suman River. On our way, we will be able to see man stones from the Turkic period. Man stones are found throughout Mongolia, and are intricately carved.

We will stay overnight at a ger camp. (B+L+D)

Day 13: In the morning we will walk to Khorgo crater. Khorgo crater was created by the eruption of Khorgo volcano. From the top of the crater, you will be able to see the surrounding area, including TerkhiinTsagaan Lake. In the afternoon, we will go for trekking in the area.

We will stay overnight in tents. (B+L+D)

Day 14: We will have lunch next to Taikhar rock. Taikhar rock is 18m high granite rock in the middle of the steppe, which contains over 150 inscriptions from early periods, although most of them have faded throughout the years.

Stay overnight in tent in Shiwert.(B+L+D)

Day 15: We will stop by Tsetserleg city and visit the Zayiin monastery. Tsetserleg city is located at the base of nationally worshipped Bulgan Mountain, and was established in 1631 by the name ZayiinKhuree. We will arrive at ancient capital Kharkhorin city in the afternoon.

We will stay overnight in tents. (B+L+D)

Day 16: We will visit Erdenezuu monastery and the stone turtles, which protected the four corners of the ancient capital. Erdenezuu monastery, built on top the ruins of Kharkhorin city, was the first and biggest Buddhist temple built in Mongolia. With 108 stupas as its outline, it operates as a museum today. Then, we will drive to KhugnuKhaan Mountain and visit Uvgun monastery. Uvgun monastery was built by religious figure Zanabazar who dedicated the monastery to his teacher.

Overnight in tents. (B+L+D)

Day 17: We will visit KhustaiNuruu national park, famous for its Przewalskii’s wild horses reintroduction program started in early 1990s. There are about 250 wild horses as well as 46 species of mammals including Red deer, Wild bear, Eurasian lynx, and 148 species of birds such as Demoiselle crane, Cinereous vulture and Black stork.

Overnight in tent. (B+L+D)

Day 18: We will arrive at Ulaanbaatar city. In the evening, we will see a Mongolian cultural concert with contortion artists, throat singers, national long songs and dances. Overnight at hotel.

Overnight in tent. (B+L+D)

Day 19:Departure

Service included:

  • Local guides.
  • Entrance fees
  • Private transfers and transports
  • Twin/double share accommodation: hotel**
    Ger camps 2nights**
  • Meals as listed
  • Invitation letter
  •  Domestic  flight UB-Ulgii
  • Travel equipment
  • Accommodation:

We accommodate our customers in 2-5 star hotels with favorable locations in the heart of Ulaanbaatar. Click here to see information of hotel.

  • Tourist Ger Camps: The camp is made up of several Gers, furnished with 2-3 beds, a stove and other traditional furniture, and has all modern facilities, including washing blocks with western style toilets and shower rooms, laundry places, restaurant and shopping facilities. As there is no heating system in the Gers, the stoves are used for heating.Click here to see information of hotel
  • Tents: We use tents of Ferrino brand that are easy to put up and take down and most importantly, perfectly suit Mongolia’s extreme weather condition.

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  • Meals: A group made up of more than three people will be provided with a professional chef who will be serving a wide variety of Asian, European and Mongolian dishes throughout the trip. You will be served breakfast, lunch accompanied with salad and snack, and hot meal for dinner carefully prepared to suitable the weather and condition in the trip field.

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  • Transportation: We choose the transportation from 4×4 Russian vehicles, 4×4 Japanese or Korean vehicles and modern buses. The most suitable transportation for countryside travels is, in most cases, Russian vans. Baggage is sometimes carried on horse, camel and yak carts in relevance to the trip type.

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Service not included:

  • International Airfare/train tickets + Tax
  • Excess luggage charges
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
  • Meals in Ulaanbaatar

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