Northern Mongolia

13 Days / 12 Nights

After arrival to Ulaanbaatar head to the Gobi Desert. Visit the Erdene Zuu Buddhist monastery, built in 1586. Continue to the Orkhon Valley, discover nomadic family lifestyle, then head to Tuvkhun monastery 2,300m above sea level. Stay with a local family, then warm up in the Tsenkher Hot Springs, and enjoy several more interesting experiences.

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Day 1. Arrive Ulaanbaatar - Khugnukhan, 280 km (-/L/D)

After your arrival at Ulaanbaatar International Airport meet with your guide and driver, then depart straight to Sweet Gobi geolodge (approx. 280 km). Have lunch in a ger restaurant in a geolodge or in a local canteen on the way. The Sweet Gobi geolodge is 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 Suuteï Tsaï according to 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 the nomadic life in the ger. Dinner is served as per your preference in the ger restaurant, in the heart of the geolodge.

Optional: enjoy a 40 min foot massage for total relaxation of your body and mind.

Cosy night in the ger …

Day 2. Khugnukhan - Kharkhorin - Orkhon Valley, 180 km (B/L/D)

After breakfast in the Grand Ger restaurant head to Kharkhorin. Approximately 2 km northeast from the centre of Kharkhorin and adjacent to the ancient city of Kharakhorum, visit the Erdene Zuu Buddhist monastery, built in 1586, and once a complex of more than a hundred temples, surrounded by a wall of 108 stupas. Erdene Zuu means hundred treasures. Part of the monastery is active again since 1990. It is one of the cultural highlights in Mongolia.

 Continue to Kharakhorum, the capital of the Mongol Empire at the time of Chinggis Khaan (1162-1227). Now it is a small town in the middle of the grasslands. There are some scanty remains of the old city. Most stones of the old buildings were later used to build the nearby Erdene Zuu Monastery.

 We’ll have lunch in a local canteen in Kharkhorin.

After lunch depart to the Orkhon Valley, a beautiful land of yak raising family herders, and an UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the nomadic family lifestyle and taste the milk of yak.

Dinner in the Grand Ger restaurant.

Day 3. Orkhon Valley - Tuvkhun, 100 km (B/L/D)

After breakfast we will drive 40 kms to Tuvkhun monastery, located in the Shireet Mountains.

Tovkhun monastery is located on a rocky mountain surrounded by forests 2,300 metres above sea level. In 1651, the first religious statesman Zanabazar built the first small stone building here.

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.

Day 4. Tuvkhun - Ulaantsutgalan, 100 km (B/L/D)

Departure to Ulaantsutgalan to visit a nomadic family. On arrival we will have the chance to go horse riding.

After the horse riding, you’ll get some rest in your ger at the family's home and enjoy the daily life of nomads.

We will have a picnic lunch in the steppe.

After lunch, visit the waterfall, one of the most beautiful sights in central Mongolia. The waterfall was formed by a unique combination of volcano eruptions and earthquakes. The fall is naturally most impressive after heavy rain.

Have dinner with the nomadic family and take a good rest in a ger.

Day 5. Ulaantsutgalan - Tsenkher Hot Spring, 150 km  (B/L/D)

After having breakfast with the family, depart to Tsenkher Hot Spring. We’ll have a picnic lunch on the way to Tsenkher.

The Tsenkher Hot Spring lies south of Tsetserleg town in Arkhangai province. The water has high mineral content, containing calcium, sodium and sulphur. This area has several other hot springs named Bor tal, Gyalgar, Tsagaan Süm etc. Near the spring, Suvarga Khairkhan Mountain with a crater and a small freshwater lake is a picturesque sight.

In the evening, we’ll have dinner in the camp’s restaurant and enjoy the hot spa.

Day 6. Tsenkher Hot Spring - Terkh White Lake, 380 km  (B/L/D)

After having breakfast in the camp restaurant, we’ll hit the road. We’ll have lunch in a local canteen in Tsetserleg.

After lunch, we will move towards the northern part of the country to reach the small town of Tsetserleg. It is an ancient cultural and commercial centre. It was once the seat of a monastery, built by the First Khalkh Zaya Pandita, Luvsanperenlei (1642 - 1715) (who should not be confused with Zaya Pandita Namkhaijantsan).

We will visit two interesting places during our stay there: the regional museum and the local market. After walking around Tsetserleg, continue to the campsite near the Terkh White Lake to have rest.

We’ll have dinner in the steppe on the lakeside with a beautiful sunset.

Day 7. Terkh White Lake - Khorgo Volcano, 50 km (B/L/D)

After having breakfast in the steppe, we’ll head to Khorgo Volcano to enjoy the beautiful view and interesting landscape. We’ll drive to the bottom of the volcano, hike to the top and enjoy the environment. Then we’ll reach the ger camp near the area and stay the night there.

Dinner in the restaurant of the ger camp.

Day 8. Khorgo - Tsagaan Ovoo, 180 km (B/L/D)

After having a breakfast in the steppe, we’ll continue towards Tsagaan Ovoo. Picnic lunch in the steppe on the way. You will see the difference of landscape, villages and types of nomadic life.

Ancient tombs and stones in the area, might belong to the stone or bronze age.

After the long and tiring road, you’ll reach the ger camp to have dinner and enjoy the environment. /optional Hot Spring/

Day 9. Tsagaan Ovoo – Uushgiin Uvur, 160 km (B/L/D)

After having breakfast early in the morning, we’ll head to Murun. Lunch in the steppe on the way to Murun. In the afternoon, arrive in Murun. Visit the Deer Stone Complex on the way. Throughout the grasslands of northern Mongolia and southern Siberia lay scattered hundreds of megaliths bearing mysterious carvings that seem to depict flying reindeer. Known as deer stones, these upright stone slabs measure 3 to 15 feet tall and occur in small groups, or concentrated in larger groupings, often in association with stone burial mounds, called khirigsuur. There are over 900 deer stones in Central Asia and South Siberia, of which 700 are in Mongolia alone. These monumental features are believed to have been erected by Bronze Age nomads, approximately 3000 years ago. We’ll have dinner in the steppe with a beautiful sunset. Then we will stay overnight in the wild open steppe under a billion stars.

Day 10. Uushgiin Uvur – Khatgal – Toilogt, 150 km (B/L/D)

After having a breakfast in the ger camp, you’ll head to Khatgal. We will have lunch in the steppe on the way to Khatgal. After taking a bit of rest we’ll continue our trip to Khatgal.

On arrival, board your boat on Khuvsgul Lake to reach the ger camp in Toilogt.

Khuvsgul Lake is located in the northwest of Mongolia near the border with Russia, at the foot of the eastern Sayan Mountains. It is 1,645 m above sea level, 136 km long and 262 m deep. It is the second most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia, holds almost 70% of Mongolia's fresh water and 0.4% of all the fresh water in the world. It gets drained at the south end by Egiin Gol, which connects to the Selenge and ultimately into Lake Baikal. In between, the water travels a distance of more than 1,000 km, and a change in altitude of 1,169 m, although the line-of-sight distance is only about 200 km. The lake is surrounded by several mountain ranges. The highest mountain is the Burenkhaan / Munkh Saridag (3,492 m), which has its peak north of the lake exactly on the Russian-Mongolian border.

Dinner in the restaurant of the ger camp.

Day 11. Toilogt (B/L/D)

Early in the morning, after having breakfast in the ger camp, we’ll go hiking in the mountain among the forest and get back to the ger camp before lunch. In the afternoon, you can just enjoy swimming in the lake or go horse riding along the coast /optional/. We will have dinner in the restaurant of the ger camp. Enjoy the night with the beautiful moon in the sky and its reflection on the water surface.

Day 12. Toilogt - Murun - Ulaanbaatar, 220 km (B/L/D)

After taking a rest in the ger camp, we’ll get up early in the morning and have breakfast in the restaurant of the camp. Then transfer to Murun to board your flight to Ulaanbaatar.

After arrival in Ulaanbaatar, we’ll have lunch in a local restaurant and get back into urban life. After having a rest at the hotel we have plenty of time for shopping in the State department store, the largest shopping mall in Mongolia, a leftover of the Soviet occupation. Here you can find cashmere and leather, ideal for souvenir.

In the evening, we’ll enjoy a traditional folklore show: a concert of traditional music and contortionists. Presentation of the Traditional Mongolian instrument Morin Khuur, old two-string adorned with a carved horse's head. Overtone singing performance previously only used by shamans to enter into communication with the spirits.

 In the evening, we’ll have our last memorable dinner in a fine restaurant and will return to our hotel after a long journey.

Day 13. 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.

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PRICES AND INCLUSIONS

13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS FROM £2,820 per person

based on 2 people travelling together

The price includes:

Accommodation: 4* hotel - 2 nights, Guest yurt - 1 night, Ger camp - 5 nights, Tent - 1 night, Geolodge - 3 nights

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

Travel insurance

Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.

Peak season surcharges

TRIP NOTES

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

http://www.outofnowhere.asia/index.php/en/out-of-nowhere-spirit
 
In case you prefer, we can replace the eco camps with yurt camps,

which have running water, toilets and showers.

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