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Southern, Central and Northern Mongolian Tour – 27 days

04 February 2017

hongoriin els Naiman nuur tsaatan

If you want to visit to Mongolia’s most popular tourist destinations and experience the most interesting nomadic features in one tour. This tour is for you. Mongolia is a land of eternal blue sky, the mysterious Gobi desert, endless steppes, crystal clear lakes, untouched nature, unique culture, great history, hospitable nomads and Tsaatan” reindeer herder’s families. All those wonderful places, nomadic experiences and interesting activities are included in Southern, Central and Northern Mongolian tour. The tour highlights will be the 180 km long & 300 meter high Khongor Sand Dunes, famous Dinosaur Land “Flaming Cliffs”, exciting Bearded Eagle’s Canyon, the ancient capital of the Mongolian Empire, Karakorum, Asia’s second largest freshwater lake, Khuvsgul, Darkhad Valley,Taiga, the colorful natural creation “White Stupas”, beautiful protected areas of Korgo, Baga Gazar and Uran Togoo. Moreover, you will ride horses & camels and hiking in the untouched nature. Please see the below suggested itinerary then enjoy them all in reality! You can be sure this tour of Mongolia will be your unforgettable holiday of a lifetime.
 
Day1. Ulaanbaatar - Baga Gazariin Chuluu Protected Area.
Today we will drive south to the beautiful Baga Gazariin Chuluu local protected area. Visit the some spots in Baga Gazariin Chuluu: a temple ruin used by Buddhist monks, a hole with Holy Water for the eyes and a small cave. Walk over pretty rocky granite hills to admire the natural beauty. Overnight in a tent in middle of beautiful rocky granite hills. (Tents/ B, L, D)
 
Day 2 and 3. Local Nomadic Family.
We will visit nomadic family, learn about the basic nomadic way of the life. Feel free to ask any questions about their way of life. Stay overnight with family in a traditional Mongolian dweilling, the ger. ( Ger/ B, L, D)
In the next morning have a traditional Mongolian breakfast of milk tea, fried biscuits, yogurt, cheese, curds and butter. Then make dairy products such as milk products and cook a traditional Mongolian meal of khorkhog. Do other daily activities. Play traditional Mongolian games and help the family and experience their daily work such as milking goats and mare horse and feed the baby animals. You can drink fermented Mare's Milk “Airag”. Herd their livestock to pasture or collect and herd them back home. You can also help collect dried cow dung from the pasture area to be used as fuel. Do or help with any of these activities you choose. Stay overnight with family in a traditional Mongolian dwelling, the ger. (Ger/ B, L, D)
 
Day 4. Tsagaan Suvarga "White Stupas" - Yoliin Am "Bearded Eagle Canyon"
Today we will drive south to “Yoliin Am” Strictly Protected Area “Bearded Eagle Canyon”. On the way we will visit to one of Mongolia’s great natural beauties, Tsagaan Suvarga “White Stupas”. These colorful cliffs were part of an ancient sea bottom millions of years ago. Nowadays it is a natural wonder with fantastic color combinations. Walk through White Stupas and enjoy the fantastic views.
Continue driving to the Yoliin Am. Yoliin Am “Bearded Eagle Canyon” is a strictly protected area since 1965 and it is located in the Gobi Three Beauties National Park. Yoliin Am is famous for its high & narrow canyons, frozen summer stream and wild life such as bearded eagles, wild Argali sheep, ibex, and snow leopard. The stream remains frozen even in July, the hottest month of the year. Visit a natural museum of the Gobi Three Beauties National Park and enjoy the picturesque Bearded Eagle Canyon, its wildlife and frozen summer stream. (Tents/ B, L, D)
 
Day 5. Bayanzag “Flaming Cliffs” Ancient Dinosaur Land.
After lunch drive to Bayanzag “Flaming cliffs”. This place is famous for its dinosaur fossils, eggs and the special Gobi tree, the “saxaul”. In 1922 American explorer Roy Chapmen Andrews and his expedition members found the first dinosaur eggs as well as numerous fossil skeletons of dinosaurs that lived 70-80 million years ago. Visit the Flaming Cliffs. Walk in the Gobi “saxaul” forest and enjoy its natural beauty. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
 
Day 6. “Khongor” Sand Dunes.
In the morning we will drive to the southwest to Khongor Sand Dunes. We will visit and enjoy the hospitality of a camel breeder’s family, learn about Mongolia’s traditional nomadic way of the life. Khongor is one of the largest sand dunes in Mongolia. Its height reaches to 300 meters and extends from the northwest to the southeast over 180 km. The place is famous for its magnificent sand dunes, “Singing Dune”, the highest, Green Oasis and beautiful sunsets. Climb the Singing Dune and enjoy the ultimate amazing view of the Gobi sand dunes and the Green Oasis from the top of the dune. Enjoy the beautiful Gobi orange sun set in the evening. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
In the next morning enjoy camel riding. Visit the Green Oasis and “Cool Spring” by camel. Enjoy taking pictures and admire the Gobi beauty still at “Khongor” Sand Dunes.
 
Day 7. Bogd mountain
After lunch we will drive to Bogd mountain. (Tents/ B, L, D)
 
Day 8. Shuranga
After breakfast we will drive to Eight Lakes Natural Reserve. Visit nomadic family. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
 
Day 9. Eight Lakes Natural Reserve.
Today we start hiking or horseback riding to the Naiman Nuur Natural Reserve. “Khuisiin Naiman Nuur” Eight Lakes. The lake of Naiman Nuur lies at an altitude of 2200 meters above sea level and this area has been protected since 1992. Red deer, wild Argali sheep, Siberian ibex, musk deer, wild boar, duck and other birds have been sighted here. There are nine freshwater lakes, notably Shireet, Bugat, Khaliut, Khaya, Khuis, Shanaa, Duruu, Baga and Shanaga, last one being pretty small. The surrounding mountains have a forest belt some 300-400 meters wide while there are no trees at the tops. The reflections of larch forests and majestic mountains on the lake water are amazing. (Tents/ B, L, D)
 
Day 10. Eight Lakes Natural Reserve.
Today it will be a wonderful day of relaxing in the untouched nature of Naiman Nuur Natural Reserve. Free time for walking, bird watching and relaxing in this exotic natural reserve. (Tents/ B, L, D)
 
Day 11. Shuranga
Trekking or horseback riding back to the car. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
 
Day 12. Visit the Ulaan Tsutgalan Waterfall.
In the morning we drive to Ulaan Tsutgalan “Red Waterfall”. The waterfall is on Ulaan River which flows through basalt rocks formed by a unique combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes around 20000 years ago. Ulaan Tsutgalan Waterfall cascades from a height of 20 meters and is naturally most impressive after heavy rain but disappears in dry seasons. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
 
Day 13. Tsenkher Hot Spring.
After breakfast drive to Thenkher Hot Spring in Arkhangai Province. Thenkher Hot Spring water contains a blend of the most useful minerals for the human body. Mongolians say its water is a pleasant treatment for stress, nervous disorders and rheumatism. Enjoy walking to the beginning of the mineral spring and having hot mineral water bath. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
 
Day 14. Khorgo - Terkh National Park.
Drive to beautiful Khorgo-Terkh National Park. On the way we will pass through the town of Tsetserleg, the center of Arkhangai Province. Continue driving along the amazing canyon of Chuluut River and Khangai Zone. Arrive in the camp, relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
 
Day 15. Visit the spots in Khorgo Terkh National Park.
Today we will visit the attractions of the park: the Khorgo extinct volcano, the Yellow Dog’s Hell, the Ice Cave and Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. Khorgo – Terkh National Park has been protected since 1965 and covers an area of 773 square km. Khorgo Mountain was an active volcano just 8000 years ago and Khorgo is covered with basalt. Red deer, Siberian deer, wild boar, reddish and black ducks are found in the park. During the summer, great cormorants commonly nest at Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. The lake is beautiful with crystal clear fresh water and supports pike & other fish. Torrents of lava issuing from the Khorgo Volcano dammed the Terkh River in the north and south forming the lake and is at an altitude of 2060 meters above sea level. Enjoy walking and bird watching by the lake shore. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
 
Day 16. Shine Ider
Early in the morning we will drive to the Shine Ider picturesque place. (Tents/ B, L, D)
 
Day 17. Murun
After breakfast we will drive to the town of Murun, the center Khuvsgul Province. Get permit from the army border. Continue driving. (Tents/ B, L, D)
 
Day 18. Darkhad Valley
We will visit to Darkhad family in the Darkhad Valley. The Mongolian nomads of the Darhad valley are some of the most self-sufficient people in the world. Across the steppes and mountains of the Darhad Valley, they move huge herds of sheep, goats, cattle, yaks and camels, relying on their tough little horses. It's a harsh and spectacular place, and a grueling life. The Darkhad valley is a large valley in northwestern Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. It is situated between the Ulaan Taiga and Khoridol Saridag ranges at an altitude of about 1600 m, about 160 km long and 40 km wide. The view from the valley and mountains are unique. The area is 4270 km². It was transferred from the People"s Republic of Tagna Tuva to the Mongolian People"s Republic in 1925 as a Soviet concession to the Mongolians, who had wanted to incorporate the territory of Tagna Uriankhai into their country. The valley is rich in lakes and rivers, the biggest of which are Dood Tsagaan Lake "lower white lake" and Shishged River, respectively. The area is famous for its natural beauty, (Ger camp B, L, D)
 
Day 19. Horseback riding.
Today we will start horseback riding to Tsaatan “reindeer Herders“ thru deep Taiga forest. Enjoy horseback riding and the surrounding natural beauty. Mongolia is called “Land of Blue Sky” because the sky clear most time during the year and is the sunniest country in the world. In the evening, the stars are quite bright and the view at night is spectacular even with the naked eye with the stars appearing so close you can reach up and touch them. (Tents/ B, L, D)
 
Day 20. Horseback riding – Tsaatan “Reindeer Herders, Shaman”
Today we will continue horseback riding and visit the Tsaatan - Reindeer Herders, Shaman. One of the 20 ethnic groups in Mongolia is the Darkhad people or Tsaatan know as Reindeer Herders. They live in tepees near Khuvsgul Lake and in the taiga forest of the remote northern area of Khuvsgul Province. They herd reindeer for their existence and use reindeer for many purposes: transport, meat, milk, skins for clothes, blood-horns for traditional medicine and other uses. People in Khuvsgul most commonly practice shamanism and some of the most powerful shaman live in this area. There you may visit a Tsaatan or Reindeer herder’s family and explore their special way of the life or meet a shaman. (Tsaatan family, Tepees/ B, L. D)
 
Day 21. Horseback riding
After lunch we will continue horseback riding back to the Darkhad family. (Tents/ B, L, D)
 
Day 22. Darkhad Valley
Continue horseback riding and reach to Darkhad family. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
 
Day 23. Khuvsgul Lake National Park.
After breakfast we will travel to the astonishingly fresh and crystal clear “Khuvsgul Lake”. Khuvsgul National Park is called “Mongolia’s Switzerland”. The National Park covers 8381 square km and it has been protected since 1992. There are plenty of rare and special animals in the park. Khuvsgul Lake is the deepest lake in Central Asia with a maximum depth of 262 meters and contains 1 percent of the world’s fresh water. The reflections of the surrounding larch forest and majestic Khoridol Saridag mountain range on the blue lake water are extremely amazing. Enjoy taking pictures, relaxing or trekking by the crystal blue lake shore or on the edge of the great Taiga forest and exploring the flora & fauna of the area. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
 
Day 24. Khuvsgul lake NP
We will climb up to Khoridal Saridag mountain and will see hole of Khuvsgul lake on the top of mountain. The Khoridol Saridag mountains are a 90 km-long mountain range between Khuvsgul Lake and the Darkhad valley. The highest peak is Delgerkhaan Uul (3093m) (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
 
Day 25. Uran Togoo Extinct Volcano
Drive to the Uran Togoo extinct volcano and its surrounding area has been protected as a “Natural Monument” since 1965 and covers 58 square km. Uran extinct volcano is at an elevation of 1,686 meters above sea level. On the top is of the extinct volcano is a crater, 500-600 meters wide and 50 meters deep, with a small “crater lake” of about 20 meters in diameter. The protected area is the home to numerous kinds of rare animals such as red deer, wild Argali sheep, Siberian ibex and wild boar. (Tents/ B, L, D)
 
Day 26. Amarbayasgalant Monastery
Drive to the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, the most intact architectural complex in Mongolia. It was built between 1727 and 1736 by Manchurian King Enkh-Amgalan and is dedicated to Saint Zanabazar, Mongolia’s first Buddhist saint. Amarbayasgalant was one of the greatest Buddhist pilgrimage centers where between the 17th and 19th Centuries about one thousand lamas lived, chanted and studied. There were 27 large and small temples. The communists destroyed 10 of the 37 temples and some statues in the late 1930s. The monastery was extensively restored several times with the help of UNESCO. These days, about 50 monks live in the monastery, compared to over 2000 monks in 1930s. Amarbayasgalant has been protected since 1943 and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
 
Day 27. Ulaanbaatar city.
Return to Ulaanbaatar. When we arrive in Ulaanbaatar city you can visit shopping at a cashmere factory outlet store if you want. We truly hope this would be the most amazing trip to meet nice and hospital local nomad people and be in beautiful wild nature and become memorable and unforgettable tour for your life. (B, L)
 

Itinerary: Southern, Central and Northern Mongolian Tour
Duration: 27 days/ 26 nights
Activities: camel and horse riding and hiking
Group Size: min 1-2, max 6 (big groups are available)
 
 
  Included in the price:
 
 • Experienced driver and 4WD minivan with fuel 
 • English speaking tour guide /cook 
 • Accommodation during the trip                                    
 • Cook for during the trip 
 • Entrance fees for museums & protected areas 
 • All meals (B.L.D)
 • We provide 1.5 liter of mineral water per person, daily
 • Horse and camel riding /optional/
       

               

      
Excluded in the price: 
 
• Alcoholic drinks
• Snacks
• Personal items
• Extra and optional activities’ cost
• Travel insurance
• International airfare

 

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  • Address: Door 21, Building B-8 (door code-1379)
    1st khoroo, Chingeltei district,
    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Telephone: (976)-76072265
  • Mobile: (976)-88032255
  • Email: info@vastmongoliatour.com
  • Website: www.vastmongoliatour.com

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