Tour Code: CLT03
Length: 20 Days / 19 Nights
Tour Scope: Southern Mongolia, Central Mongolia and Northern Mongolia
Tour Route: UB-Middle Gobi-South Gobi-Middle Gobi- Uvurkhangai Province-Arkhangai Province-Husvgul Province-Bulgan Province-UB
Highlights: Baga Gazriin Chuluu (Earth Stone), Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa), Yol (Eagle) Valley, Khongor Sand Dune, Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs), Ongi Monastery, Karakorum, Tsenkher hot spa, Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake/ Khorgo N/P, Huvsgul Lake, Amarbayasgalant Monastery
Tour Season: 01 June- 15 September
Tour Level: Moderate
Total Driving km: 3,200 km (2,000 miles)
Accommodations: 2 nights in hotel and 17 nights in ger camps
Meals: Inclusive meals are indicated in itinerary (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Transport: 4WD Japanese Minivan or 4WD Japanese Jeep
Optional activities: Camel riding, Horse riding
Staffs: Visit Mongolia Team (Tour guide and driver)
Travel to Baga Gazriin Chuluu (Earth Stone) little mountain of Middle Gobi. Excursion to Earth Stone, a sacred rocky mountain, 1,760 m above sea level, and is famous for its unique rock formations and beautiful natural environment. Overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Travel to Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa), a remarkable sand dune in the formation of a White Stupa and view 3,000–5,000-year-old rock hieroglyphs. Overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Travel to Yolyn Am, or ‘Eagle Valley’, located in the foothills of the Altai Mountains. The valley’s remnant streams create ice formations which you may find in the mouth of the valley as late as July. The mountains surrounding the valley also provide habitat for Argali wild sheep (one of the last wild great-horned sheep) and ibex, which may be spotted in the early morning as they walk along the mountain ridges. Visit the Gobi museum and trek through the valley. Overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Travel to Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes, Mongolia’s largest sand dunes, reaching a height of 800 meters in highest areas and known as the “Singing Dunes”. Evening visit to a camel-breeder’s family with a chance to go camel riding. Overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Travel to Bayanzag, more commonly known as the legendary “Flaming Cliffs”. Through the journey we will see arid steppe landscape with many camel herds and herding families. Bayanzag is a red rock creation, formed 60-70 million years ago, made famous by an American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews’s discovery there of complete dinosaur skeletons and eggs in 1920s. Overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Travel to Ongi Monastery which was built in the 18th century, the former main religious center of South Mongolia. Hiking in nearby Gobi mountain and along the area where the ruins are situated. Overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Travel to Karakorum, the former capital city of world’s greatest land empire, established by Chinggis Khan. Here we will tour the oldest Buddhist Monastery Erdenezuu, religious complex spanning over 400 sq. meters surrounded by 108 stupas. It was first built on the ruins of Karakorum in 1586 by Abtai Sain Khan. The site has some of the best works of religious art and architecture in Mongolia. Visit Karakorum museum. Overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
We continue our journey to Tuvkhun Monastery, located at the peak of a remote, wooded mountain, was built by Undur Gegeen Zanabazar in 1651 for his meditation. About 4 km hike up the mountain path leads to Tuvkhun monastery. Here we enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the scenery and visit the caves located around the monastery. Overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Travel to Tsenkher Hot Spring, sulphur springs that emerge from ground at a sizzling 89C (192.2F). Facilities of the camp include outdoor and indoor baths, and showers using sulphur spring water. Visit to Yak breeder’s family and experience the traditional customs and lifestyle of local residents. Overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Travel to extinct volcano Khorgo National Park passing by exceptional spots such as Zuun mod- the “Hundred Tree”, a sacred tree hidden by thick layers of scarves deposited by worshippers and Chuluut River Gorge. Along the way we will also visit the Taikhar Rock, 25 meters high, a mysterious steep-sided pinnacle of granite. We arrive in Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. This is about 20 km long and was formed by a dam of lava flows from volcanic eruption. Overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
We head north to the Shine-Ider soum, crossing deep river basins and high mountain passes. Overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Travel to Murun town, the center of Huvsgul province for 90 km. After lunch at local restaurant, continue travel to Huvsgul Lake 130 km away from Murun. Lake Huvsgul is Mongolia’s largest lake and the largest tributary stream of Lake Baikal in neighboring Siberia. The deepest lake in Central Asia and the world’s 14th largest source of fresh water, Lake Huvsgul is 1,645 m above sea level and frozen from January until April or May. Overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Travel to Uran Mountain, an extinct volcano with a crater of 600 meter wide and 50 meter deep. Hiking and trekking nearby beautiful volcanic mountain Uran. Overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Travel to Amarbayasgalant Monastery, the largest Buddhist center in Northern Mongolia built in 1736 by the order of the King of Qin Dynasty. This monastery is one of the few monastic complexes that survived the religious purges of the 1930s nearly untouched. Overnight in a ger camp. (B, L, D)
Approximate distance covered and estimated travel time: 340 km, 6-7 hours
Travel to Ulaanbaatar. Farewell dinner. Overnight in a hotel. (B, L, D)
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo or wish a room or ger to yourself.
3-5pax: US$ 2,930
6-9pax: US$ 2,610
10-15pax: US$ 2,580
more than 16pax: US$ 2,320
Discounts for Tour Leader:
50% by 10-15 PAX
100% by 16 and more
Discounts for children:
90% for children 0-3 years old
30% for children 5-12 years old
FIT: PRICES FOR 1-2PAX ON REQUEST
Accommodation in ger camps (2 pax per ger)
All transfers to/from airport/train station
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Visit Mongolia Team: Guide and driver
All meals as listed in the itinerary
An hour horse and camel riding
1.5L of drinking water every day per person
Visa Support Letter
Accommodation in hotel in Ulaanbaatar city
optional activity cost
international airport departure tax
Hotels are available in different ranges of quality and service. The package cost includes all services except accommodations in Ulaanbaatar (UB). We do give “choices” for our clients to pick their appropriate accommodations in Ulaanbaatar. However we encourage group travelers to pick the same property. We will provide hotel rates for Visit Mongolia customers for your selection. Please select hotel and room type and let us know.
In the Countryside:
– Ger Camps
While touring in the countryside, the most common accommodations outside cities on our tours are called ger camps. A ger is the traditional felt tent of nomadic herders. Accommodation in the ger camps is based on two people sharing one ger. Each ger is heated by a wood stove and has two wood-framed beds.
The camp restaurant and western-style toilet/shower facilities are located in the middle of the camp or close by. All camps supply towels. The ger camps provide all bedding and clients will not be expected to bring their own sleeping bags if they stay overnight in the ger camps. Staying in a ger is a memorable experience of Mongolian culture.
– Tented camping
We use tented camps on our adventure journeys to more remote areas. The tents are either 2 or 3 person tents. A sleeping mat will be provided to each person staying in a tent but clients are asked to bring their own sleeping bags. Our expedition staff sets up camps and prepares meals and takes care of all your needs. Tented camps allow you to interact more with the nature and visit the remotest areas of the country.
We use different types of vehicles depending on the nature of tours, destination and final number of travellers.
– For jeep overland adventure tours we use Japanese 4WD vans and SUV’s (Mitsubishi, Toyota, Nissan), which is the best available for its type
– A bus or mini-bus serves group tourists within Ulaanbaatar
– In some remote areas where we have to fly, we arrange local vehicles most of which are Russian 4WD jeeps or minivans. Daily driving distance will be appr. 200-250km.
– For sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar we use deluxe coaches, vans and sedans.
All Visit Mongolia drivers have many years of experience. They know their way around the Mongolian countryside including many places where they are no marked roads. They are all skilled mechanics which is crucial in remote places. Technical inspections on the vehicles are made regularly.
An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the entire time of your trip. The most of our guides have a wonderful and outstanding reputation among our clients. They have an in depth knowledge of Mongolian history, nomadic civilization, customs, traditions, and nature memories. After every tour we get feedbacks and emails about our guides.
Meals are included in the cost. Visit Mongolia provides the selection of the best available local restaurants on cities and popular destinations.
When you are in Ulaanbaatar, you can eat out in number of restaurants as serving Indian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, English, French, German, Russian, Latin American and of course Mongolian cuisines. FYI, basic foodstuffs for Mongolians are beef, mutton and noodles.
When you stay in tourist Ger camps, the most camps provide meals as western cuisine. During excursions to remote areas we provide services of professional chefs who normally accompany the group. Arrangements can be made for vegetarians and those with special dietary needs with advance notice.
When to travel:
Mongolia’s climate is continental and extreme. With more than two hundred days of full sun per year it has been given the nickname of ‘the’ Country of Blue Skies’.
The tourist season in Mongolia is between the months of May and September. The weather during this time varies considerably from region to region. The highest rainfall period is in July and August, however, there are still days of glorious sunshine during this time. The Gobi usually has the hottest temperatures. Summer evenings in the Gobi can be cool because of Mongolia’s high altitude. The best time to visit the Gobi is June and September. The spring is a time of strong winds, especially difficult in the sandy areas of the Gobi.