Heart of Mongolia
9 Days / 8 Nights
Ride a camel in the Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes, mingle with yak herders in the Orkhon Valley, observe the stars, planets and galaxies from the steppes, visit monasteries, and meet the famous Przewalski horses, and conclude the trip watching a magnificent folklore show of traditional songs and dances.
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Day 1. Arrive Ulaanbaatar - Drive to Gobi Desert (-/L/D)
Welcome to Mongolia. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be greeted by your guide and driver.
Drive 260km to the Sweet Gobi geolodge. Lunch in a fine restaurant in Ulaanbaatar or local canteen on way to geolodge.
Continue southwest to reach the Sweet Gobi geolodge located in the geographical center of Mongolia near the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarhai, in an endless and undulating landscape of stunning steppes.
At the gates of the geolodge, our staff will welcome you with a traditional milk tea called Suteï Tsaï according to the local customs of Mongolians.
Stay in one of the cozy gers and relax with the Step & Spa body treatment: a refined service of steamed towels perfumed with essential oils.
This natural and cozy spot, bordering a protected reserve allows for a delightful experience of nomadic life.
Dinner is served as per your preference in the ger restaurant, in the heart of the geolodge.
Optional foot massage: enjoy a 40 min foot massage for total relaxation of your body and mind.
Cosy night in the ger …
Day 2. The Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes , 20 km (B/L/D)
After breakfast meet with the last nomads of Asia in the land of Genghis Khan. Visit a nomadic family near the geolodge, in the middle of the pastures. You can participate in various activities, including: lighting of the stove, making traditional food such as buuz, khuushuur, etc; milking livestocks with the help of the hosts; herding livestock with the help of the head of the family. Tast local food and notably airag, the traditional drink made from fermented mare’s milk.
Mongolians transform the milk of their livestocks (sheep, goats, cows, yaks, camels and mares) in many ways that preserve well during the long and rigorous winter.
Ride the Bactrian camel in the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarhai. A real caravan in the sand dunes on the tracks of the merchants of the Silk road. The Mongolian camels with long hair, also known as the Gobi vessel, are extremely important for nomads in a country without roads, who charge them with as large loads as their gers.
During the trip to Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes, you’ll discover the Mongolian Arts - a scent that perfumes the dunes and the steppes. The monks come to this area to harvest the Arts to use as a sacred incense.
Lunch and Dinner in the Grand Ger restaurant.
You’ll be provided with a service of steamed towels perfumed with essential oils to ensure your comfort and hygiene.
Cosy night in the ger …
Day 3. The Orkhon Valley, 130 km (B/L/D)
Continental breakfast in the Grand Ger restaurant. Departure to the Orkhon Valley, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, located 130 km away from Sweet Gobi geolodge. A beautiful land of the yak herders. Discover the nomadic family lifestyle and taste the yak milk. Have lunch together with the host family and taste local food and beverages.
You’ll head to the Ursa Major geolodge overlooking the Orkhon Valley. This is another geolodge preserving the pastures of the nomads. Dinner in the Grand Ger restaurant.
Cosy night in the ger …
Day 4. The Orkhon Waterfall, 180 km (B/L/D)
After having breakfast, we will go horse riding along the Orkhon River, among sacred sepultures of ancient warriors who once conquered the world. You will be under the attentive eye of nomads, expert riders.
Enjoy your lunch with a nomadic family; meet and play the local children.
Have traditional dishes for dinner with the nomads.
In the evening, you can observe the stars, planets and galaxies from the steppes of the Orkhon Valley using a brand new telescope MEADE ACF 200 of 14 inches and guided by GPS.
Overnight in the ger.
Day 5. Tuvkhun Monastery, 90 km (B/L/D)
After breakfast drive to Tuvkhun Monastery, located in the Shireet Mountains. It is located on a rocky mountain surrounded by forests 2300 metres above sea level. We will have a picnic lunch close to Tuvkhun monastery with a panoramic view. After enjoying the sight, we’ll return to Ursa Major geolodge.
Dinner in the Grand Ger restaurant.
Cosy night in the ger …
Day 6. Kharakhorum – Erdene Zuu, 100 km (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit Kharakhorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, and the Erdene Zuu monastery.
The ancient capital of the Mongol empire, Kharakhorum’s ruins lie on the upper side of the Orkhon River in central Mongolia. The present city of Kharakhorum is the seat of the most famous Mongolian monastery - Erdene Zuu, built in the late 16th century on the ruins of the ancient capital. It symbolizes the arrival of Buddhism in Mongolia.
See the stone turtles outside the monastery which once marked the boundaries of ancient Kharakhorum.
We’ll have lunch in a local restaurant, then head to the sacred Mountains in Khogno Khan. Visit the little temples of Erdene Hamba. Reach the plain and go for a little walk to the top of a hill in the middle of the steppes where a shamanic tea is waiting for you with an incredible panoramic view. After visiting of temple, we will return to the Sweet Gobi geolodge, along the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarhai.
Dinner in the Grand Ger restaurant. Cosy night in the ger …
Day 7. Khustai National Park , 200 km (B/L/D)
We are heading to the natural reserve of Khustain National Park, known for its famous Przewalski horses - called takhi in Mongolian - small "prehistoric" horses, found on paintings in the Lascaux caves that go back more than 15,000 years.
These horses disappeared naturally in the 1960s, and were reintroduced to Mongolia through zoos from different countries. Since the arrival of twenty horses in 1992, the population has increased to almost 300!
We’ll have lunch in a local canteen on the way to Khustain Nuruu. After enjoying Khustain Nuruu we’ll visit a Mongolian nomadic family in the area to have dinner and spend the night there. This is another opportunity to experience the daily life of nomads.
Day 8. Return to Ulaanbaatar (B/L/D)
After having a breakfast we’ll hit the road to Ulaanbaatar where we will have lunch on arrival.
After lunch, do some shopping before watching a magnificent folklore show of traditional songs and dances
Have a fine dine in a local restaurant.
Day 9. Departure (B/-/-)
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Chinggis Khaan International Airport for your departure flight.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS FROM £1,885 per person
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Accommodation: 4* hotel - 2 nights, Guest yurt - 1 nights, Geolodge - 5 night
Quality private air-con vehicles & experienced drivers for all transfers and sightseeing.
Experienced English-speaking local guides throughout the tour.
Entrance fees for all listed attractions.
Meals as stated in the itinerary (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Mongolia. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
Some of the camps have toilets and showers, but some do not. Some camps are eco camps, supporting the sustainable development contributing to environment protection. In case in a camp there are no shower facilities, you will be provided with a refined service of steamed towels perfumed with essential oils to ensure your comfort and hygiene.
For more information about geolodges, visit
In case you prefer, we can replace the eco camps with yurt camps,
which have running water, toilets and showers.
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