The most popular tourist destinations in Mongolia are the Kharakhorin, the ancient capital of Great Mongolian Empire and Lake Khuvsgul, “The Crystal Blue Pearl” of Mongolia. This entirely overland tour will take you from Ulaanbaatar to Central and Northern Mongolia. Central Mongolia is extremely rich in historical and cultural sites related to Mongolian Nomads.Visit Northern Mongolia to see and enjoy Lake Khuvsgul, “The Crystal Blue Pearl” of Mongolia. The lake itself is one of the natural wonders of the earth and it is the second largest freshwater lake which contains 1% of the world’s fresh water. The lake is rich in fish species and the surrounding area abounds in wildlife like diverse species of birds, red deer, reindeer, bear, elk, moose, and wild Argali sheep. The minor ethnic groups, Reindeer herders and Darkhad people, inhabit this area with their unique culture, traditions and Shamanist religion. We invite you to spend your happy holiday with us in hospitable Mongolia.
Day 1. Ulaanbaatar-Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes.
After breakfast we will drive west to beautiful Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes. On the way we will visit the Khustai NP. Khustai National Park is located in Altanbulag Sum, Tuv Province. Khustai has 506 square km area and was established in 1993. The park protects the wild horse “Takhi”, also known as Przewalski’s wild horse in the world, and a bio-diversity of other rare wild animals and plants. The quantity of various ecosystems within the park assures an abundance of wildlife. We will visit a small museum of the Takhi and learn about the park and wild horse Takhi. Watch a short documentary film about Khustai National Park, Przewalski’s wild horse and Takhi re-introduction project.
Continue driving to the Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes. The Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes is one of the most picturesque places of Mongolia and is part of the 80 km long Mongol Els Sand Dunes. This place is a wonderful combination of pretty sand dunes, majestic granite mountains, grassy green land, a clear fresh spring and a tiny lake. Indeed, here you can enjoy seeing the combination of Gobi and Khangai Natural Zones. We will visit local nomadic family, ride a two-humped camel, walking and climbing on the sand dunes. (Ger camp/ L, D)
Day 2. Karakorum “Ancient Capital of the Great Mongolian Empire of the Genghis Khan”, Erdenezuu monastery
Today we will drive to the Karakorum “Ancient Capital of the Great Mongolian Empire of the Genghis Khan”. Karakorum (Kharkhorin) was the capital of Great Mongolian Empire of Chinggis Khan in the 13-14th Centuries. Visit one of Mongolia’s two largest monasteries, “Erdenezuu”, Museum of Karakorum and surrounding sites of Karakorum: the Great Khan’s monument, the legendary Turtle of Karakorum and the Phallic Rock statue. Erdenezuu Monastery has a complex of 108 stupas and over 10 temples that contain rich displays of Mongolian Buddhism. The Erdenezuu Monastery and ruins of Karakorum were registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1996. (Ger camp/B, L, D)
Day 3. Ulaan Tsutgalan “Water fall”
Today we will visit to the Ulaan Tsutgalan “Water fall”. Ulaan Tsutgalan “Water fall” 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. (Tents/ B, L, D)
Day 4. Tsenkher Hot Spring.
In the morning we will drive to Tsenkher 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. Then enjoy walking to the beginning of the mineral spring and having hot mineral water bath. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
Day 5. 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 6. 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 7. Shine Ider
Early in the morning we will drive to the Shine Ider picturesque place. (Tents/ B, L, D)
Day 8. Murun – Khuvsgul Lake National Park.
After breakfast we will travel to the astonishingly fresh and crystal clear “Khuvsgul Lake” passing through the town of Murun, the center Khuvsgul Province. Get permit from the army border. 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 9. 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 10. 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 11. Aglag Buteel Buddhist monastery
Today we will drive Aglag Buteel Buddhist monastery. The Aglag Buteel Buddhist monastery is 100 km to North West of Ulaanbaatar, at the front of Dalyn Khavtsal Mountain. Created by Buddhist artist and lama G.Purevbat to practice meditation, to educate and create books. Buddhism is widely practiced religion in Mongolia and has being revived since the 1990’s after the collapse of communism. As people’s religious freedom return, a number of Buddhist monasteries have newly been established. Mongolia’s renowned Buddhist lama and artist Purevbat has initiated one-the Aglag Buteel monastery. Purevbat has being constructed the monastery to the south of Garid (Garuda) Uul, a stunning mountain with larch forest. Granite rocks have been carved as statues of Buddhist tradition, each signifies a particular symbolic meaning. Enjoy walking tour around the monastery and explore its rich heritage.(Tents/ B, L, D)
Day 12. Ulaanbaatar city.
Drive back 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: Central and North Mongolian tour
Duration: 12 days/ 11 nights
Activities: camel riding, 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
• Personal items
• Extra and optional activities’ cost
• Travel insurance
• International airfare