If you are short of time but want to really experience the Mongolia’s most popular attractions, then this may well be the perfect trip for you. During this short tour, you will discover a lot about Mongolia such as three different zones of Gobi desert, central Mongolian mountain steppes and forested mountains with their crystal clear water rivers, fresh water lakes, flower carpeted lands and basalt covered valleys. The landscape changes all the time. Journey into the heart of the Gobi to explore the diverse ecosystems and otherworldly beauty of Mongolia’s legendary desert, discover towering sand dunes, dramatic canyons and cliffs, and the thrill of riding a camel beneath the Gobi’s vast blue skies. Experience the essence of Mongolia on this short but enlightening trip.

ITINERARY   
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
DAY 2: DALANZADGAD (LOCAL FLIGHT) – TRAVEL TO VULTURE VALLEY AND KHONGOR SAND DUNE (230km)
DAY 3: BAYANZAG, LAND OF DINOSAURS (180KM)
DAY 4: ONGI TEMPLE RUINS  (170KM)
DAY 5: VISIT ERDENEZUU MONASTERY & KARAKORUM (300KM)
DAY 6:  LEGENDS OF KHORGO-TERKH NATIONAL PARK (320KM)
DAY 7. DRIVE TO JARGALANT AND VISIT NOMAD FAMILY (150KM)
DAY 8: HUVSGUL NATIONAL PARK (260KM)
DAY 9: LAKE KHOVSGOL – MEET REINDEER PEOPLE & MOTORBOATING
DAY 10. FLY BACK TO ULAANBAATAR 
DAY 11. DEPARTURE FROM MONGOLIA

If you are short of time but want to really experience the Mongolia’s most popular attractions, then this may well be the perfect trip for you. During this short tour, you will discover a lot about Mongolia such as three different zones of Gobi desert, central Mongolian mountain steppes and forested mountains with their crystal clear water rivers, fresh water lakes, flower carpeted lands and basalt covered valleys. The landscape changes all the time. Journey into the heart of the Gobi to explore the diverse ecosystems and otherworldly beauty of Mongolia’s legendary desert, discover towering sand dunes, dramatic canyons and cliffs, and the thrill of riding a camel beneath the Gobi’s vast blue skies. Experience the essence of Mongolia on this short but enlightening trip.

ITINERARY   

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Upon your arrival in Ulaanbaatar, your preferred language speaking guide will warmly welcome you, and transfer to the hotel you chose. After refreshment, start city exploring the treasures of Ulaanbaatar from Gandan monastery, Main Square Chinggis khan and Zaisan memorial hill. Enjoy a traditional throat singing performance in the evening and have Mongolian traditional meal.

  • Accommodation: Hotel in UB
  • Meals:  Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 2: DALANZADGAD (LOCAL FLIGHT) – TRAVEL TO VULTURE VALLEY AND KHONGOR SAND DUNE (230km)

In early morning, you will be transferred to the city airport for morning flight to Dalanzadgad, the capital of Umnugobi aimag, the flight takes hour and a half. Our team will pick you up from Dalanzadgad airport and start our trip from Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Breathe in the crisp, cool air of Vulture Valley (Yolyn Am) today with a stunning hike along a flowing stream. Following the stream, end up at an ice filled gorge and marvel at the meters thick ice that lines the valley. After lunch, you will be driven to Khongor sand dunes. These are Mongolia’s largest sand dunes, reaching height of 300 meters in some areas. You will be riding on camel to explore the Khongor sand dunes. The two-humped Bactrian camels are very comfortable to ride as they walk slowly and gently, and you will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them. The sand dunes change color with each hour of the day, from yellow to silver. Overnight in the tourist camp.

  • Accommodation: Ger camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 3: BAYANZAG, LAND OF DINOSAURS (180KM)

Today we will drive to Bayanzag, (known as Flaming Cliffs where the first nest of dinosaur eggs ever discovered was found in 1922) a site famous for the remains of the Dinosaurs which lived here 60 million years ago. What a chance to walk around where the Dinosaurs once roamed and also get to know saksaul trees and other classic desert vegetation. Take stunning hike through the red sand dune.  Overnight in tourist camp

  • Accommodation: Ger camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 4: ONGI TEMPLE RUINS  (170KM)

Travel to the heart of the desert today and marvel at the Ongi monastery. Formerly one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia, Ongi was ruined during a period of political repression. Hike through the fascinating ruins and enjoy the scenery of the Ongi River that runs past the ancient site. On the way, we will enjoy the vast steppe of the country. Overnight in tourist camp.

  • Accommodation: Ger camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 5: VISIT ERDENEZUU MONASTERY & KARAKORUM (300KM)

After breakfast this morning drive to Karakorum, the symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. On the way, we will enjoy beautifully changing landscape from semi desert Gobi into forest steppe. Take a tour through the ancient city before moving on the beautiful ruins of Erdenezuu Monastery, surrounded by huge 400m x 400m walls with 108 stupas built from the ruins of Karakorum in 1586. The Erdenezuu was the first and the biggest Buddhist monastery of the 16th century. Overnight in a tourist Ger camp.

  • Accommodation: Ger camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

DAY 6:  LEGENDS OF KHORGO-TERKH NATIONAL PARK (320KM)

In the morning, we will pass by Tsetserleg town and visit Chuluut River, which flows in the gorge formed of lava of the nearby extinct volcano such as Khorgo and others. Moreover visit Khorgo-terkh national park, which consists of Khorgo volcano and the White Lake. It’s surrounded by the Khangai  Mountains, which reach as 3000 meters above the sea level. Walk up to the crater of an Extinct Khorgo volcano. Lastly, we will arrive in White Lake created by volcanic eruption. White lake is a good spot for bird watching and photographing. Overnight in tourist camp.

 

  • Accommodation: Ger camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 7. DRIVE TO JARGALANT AND VISIT NOMAD FAMILY (150KM)

After breakfast we will drive Jargalant soum, Visit Jargal Jiguur hot springs, sulphar springs that emerge from the ground (300m) at 70 degrees Celsius. Facilities include outdoor baths (male and female), showers and accommodation. We will visit a local horsemen family where you have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions. Overnight in tourist camp.

  • Accommodation: Ger camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

DAY 8: HUVSGUL NATIONAL PARK (260KM)

Today, we will drive to Huvsgul Lake, the deepest and purest lake in Mongolia, contains about 1.5% of the world’s fresh water.  You will have 2 days for relaxing and enjoying in the end of tour. You have opportunity to trek to the lakeside & mountain for taking photos and exploring and enjoying the wildlife, flora & fauna of Huvsgul lake area. Overnight in tourist camp.

  • Accommodation: Ger camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

DAY 9: LAKE KHOVSGOL – MEET REINDEER PEOPLE & MOTORBOATING

This morning we will hike to reindeer breeding family; who make their summer home in the lake and witness of visit Tsaatan traditional house- teepee and immerse in their culture. After lunch embark on the motor-boat, navigate the lake and approach to one of four fascinating islands. Overnight in tourist Ger camp

  • Accommodation: Ger camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 10. FLY BACK TO ULAANBAATAR 

We head back to Ulaanbaatar. Once back in UB you will be transferred to hotel. If you would like to do some shopping for souvenirs and cashmeres in Ulaanbaatar, here is the chance and later in the evening, we all attend a live performance of Mongolian National folklore. Overnight in the hotel.

  • Accommodation: Hotel  in UB
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

DAY 11. DEPARTURE FROM MONGOLIA

 End of tour. You will be transferred to the airport.

 

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