€1580

  • Duration

    14 Days

  • Group Size

    4 – 11 people

  • Next Dates

    4 – 17 Aug 2019

Comfort
Cultural Experience
Physical Effort

Mongolia is one of the few untouched places on Earth, where we can still travel too and live the way our ancestors from centuries ago used to. Once the largest empire in the World, today reduced to infinitely shaped steppes, stroked by lakes and rivers of many century old tales. In this intense trip, we’ll have the chance to observe surviving Buddhist temples, share the daily routines of the nomadic lifestyle, trek to volcano craters, experience horseback riding and taste the unique local foods. A unique opportunity to fully live a culture that is so different from the one we live in urban areas, where we will defy all things we take for granted, welcoming a new way of living, a whole new culture.

  • Days: 14
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in hotel, 7 nights in gers, 3 nights wild camping
  • Military Tents + camping and cooking equipment
  • Transportation: 4×4 van for cross-country travelling
  • Airport Transfers
  • 35 Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • Activities: all activities mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance for the programme dates
  • Monitoring and guidance throughout the journey by Tânia Neves
  • International flights;
  • Visa fees;
  • Non-specified meals;
  • Sleeping bags (available for rent if you don’t have your own);
  • Activities not mentioned in the programme;
  • Personal expenses, showers, toiletries, communications, etc
  • Tips and gratitudes;

PROGRAMME

Day 1 - Arrival in UlaanBaatar

Welcome to UlaanBaatar!

More than 60% of the entire population in Mongolia live here. UlaanBaatar is a fast-growing city, and is now a major Asian capital like any other, a growth that has been stepping up in the past four years.

By the end of the day we will go to the Tumen Ehk Ensemble show, a Mongolian classic featuring traditional throat singing, dancing, theatre and acrobatics.

Accommodation: hotel
Meals: –

Day 2 - Terelj National Park

Today we will travel to the Genghis Khaan Statue Complex, located just about 60kms from UlaanBaatar. After that, we will continue on to the Terelj National Park, where we will have some traditional mongol food with a local family. After lunch we will do a little hike to the Aryapala Meditation Temple, also known as the “Himalayas of Mongolia”. By the end of the day we return to our hotel in UlaanBaatar.

Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast + lunch

Day 3 – Hustai NP + Middle Gobi

Early morning we will head towards the Hustai National Park Trust NGO, where we can observe the Takhi horse – the only horse breed in the world that is completely wild. Afterwards we’ll head towards Khögnö Khan Uul Nature Reserve. This area is also known as “Middle Gobi”, for it’s sand dunes. Before sun sets, we will visit the Khamba Monastery.

Accommodation: ger
Meals: breakfast

Day 4 - Karakorum + Orkhon Valley

After breakfast we head towards Karakorum, Mongolia’s ancient capital. We will visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, Mongolia’s oldest buddhist temple. We will also visit Karakorum’s peculiar Phallic Rock, and the King’s Monument, before continuing our journey towards Orkhon Valley, where we will spend the night.

Accommodation: ger
Meals: breakfast + dinner

Day 5 - Orkhon Valley

Today we experience the true nomadic lifestyle with a full day horseback riding. We will visit Mongolia’s biggest waterfall, and enjoy the endless Mongolian steppes.

Accommodation: ger
Meals: breakfast

Day 6 – Tövkhön Monastery

Tonight we will camp out near the Tövkhön Monastery, an ancient buddhist temple that has barely survived the Mongol wars, the communist plurge, and time itself. It was restored back in 1997, and at 2600m height, it offers some spectacular views over the Mongolian landscape.

Accommodation: wild camping
Meals: breakfast

Day 7 - Tsagaan Sum Hot Springs

We leave early from our campsite and travel to the Tsagaan Sum hot springs. This is a wild source, and if you’re lucky, you might even have the change to emerge yourself on this magical source of water that broths from the arid mongol soil. Overnight at the local ger camp.

Accommodation: ger
Meals: breakfast

Day 8 - Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park

We continue our journey towards the Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park. On the way, we will stop at the city of Tsetserleg, where we can enjoy a hot shower at the city’s public showers. Already at the lake, we will be staying with a local family and experiencing a traditional meal: the hot stones stew. As we arrive, they’ll start a fire, and cook some mutton on hot stones. We enjoy a meal and enjoy the sunset by the lake.

Accommodation: ger
Meals: breakfast + dinner

Day 9 - Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park

Early morning we head towards the Yellow Dog’s Hell Cave, where we will start our hike all the way to the top of the Khorgo Uul Volcano, where we will have our lunch picnic with stunning views. After that we go to the beach on the Terkhiin Tsagaan, and relax for the rest of the day.

Accommodation: ger
Meals: breakfast + dinner

Day 10 - Dzüün lake

We’ll say goodbye to our lake family, and change the direction of our trip, heading towards north. We will camp overnight by the Dzüün lake, in full communion with nature and the Mongolia’s infinite starry sky. It’s a rough ride to the lake, as there are no paved roads at all.

Accommodation: wild camping
Meals: breakfast

Day 11 - Mörön + Khutag Undur

After breakfast we pack up our tents and we commence  our journey towards the city of Mörön, where we will have a shower at the city’s public showers facilities and some lunch.

Tonight, we will be camping again, near the Khutag Undur area. This will be one of our longest days driving.

Accommodation: wild camping
Meals: breakfast

Day 12 - Amarbayasgalant Monastery

The incredible Amarbayasgalant Monastery will be our last stop on this road trip. This is the largest, and most impressive monastery in Mongolia. The whole Selenge area is impressive, shaped by rivers and the great Burenkhan mountains.

Accommodation: ger
Meals: breakfast

Day 13 - UlaanBaatar

We get up early to start the last leg of our journey back to UlaanBaatar. Once back to the hotel, we enjoy a nice hot water running shower, and we hit the streets of this buzzing Asian capital city. We’ll buy our last souvenirs, enjoy a last meal together, hit the Seoul Street for some drinks and some dancing, before we say our farewells on the following morning…!

Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 14 – Return from UlaanBaatar

Our Mongolian experience trip ends today. If you still have time before your flights, why not pop in the State Department Store for those last minute purchases, or enjoy one of the “lost” temples amongst skyscrapers in the city?

See you again on a future adventure!

Accommodation: –
Meals: breakfast

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