14 nights in Mongolia
Wander the land that gave the world Genghis Khan and experience the rich pageantry and intense competitions of the legendary Naadam Festival. Witness giants wrestle, archers hit impossible targets and horses race across grasslands to glory. Travel the region’s steppes and sand dunes to uncover storied Buddhist monasteries and cultural treasures on this unique adventure. Overnight in gers with local families for extraordinary cultural experiences you won’t soon forget.
|Hotels (4 nts), nomad family stay/camping (1 nt), Mongolian gers (9 nts, multi-share).|
|14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 10 dinners|
|Flights not included|
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Ulaan Bataar Note: Many of the attractions have an additional fee for still cameras (around $3-5) and video cameras (around $10). Monastery Ghandan Khiid $3, Photo Big Bhuddha $5 Winter Palace of Bagd Khan $3, Photos $25 Natural History Museum $3, photos extra National Museum $3, photos $5 extra Museum of Chonin Lama – Monastery $3 Culture show $10-15 Chinggis Khan Cavalry show $50-70. Seasonal, selected days in July and August. See www.chinngis-cavalry.mn for detailed information Countryside Amarbayalgalant Monastery $3 Erdenne Zuu Monastery $3, photos $5, video $10 Ongi Khidd Monastery (near Erdenedalay) $3 Monastery Khongo Khan mountains (Bayan Gobi) $2 Horse ride approx $7 hr Horse ride full day Lake Khorsovol approx $30, depends on group size Camel ride approx $6-10 hr Boat to reindeer family. Depends on group size allow $25 Photos at reindeer family $3 Boat ride Lake Khovosol $6 min (6 pax) Museum Gobi desert $2 All prices are per person (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Enjoy a bumpy ride out to the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, the second-most important in Mongolia, located in the beautiful Iven Gol Valley. Additional Notes: Gers are traditional Mongolian tents made with wooden frames and layers of felt. The camps we stay at will have 4 beds per ger with mattresses, linens, and extra blankets. They have a central stove to keep the place cozy and a small table and chairs. Included Activities: Amarbayasgalant Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 350km)
Continue on to the beautiful Selenge River. Arrive in the afternoon and stretch your legs after the long drive with a hike to the nearby volcanic crater at Pot Mountain. Included Activities: Pot Mountain Hike Transport: Stop for lunch and photos along the way. Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
Enjoy free time in this scenic region and learn more about Mongolian nomadic culture. Opt to taste traditional Mongolian barbecue which is made only during ceremonies, or family celebrations.
Spend the day travelling to scenic Khövsgöl Lake. Included Activities: Lake Khövsgöl and Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Enjoy a free day at Khövsgöl lake. Try your hand at archery, go horseback riding, or hiking.
Travel through the Lake District of Mongolia, looking for wildlife on the way. Spend the evening at a ger camp on Zuun Lake. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
Continue on with another long day of scenic driving to reach Great White Lake. With two days to explore, there are plenty of ways to spend time here. Additional Notes: Please note that facilities at this home are very basic, and travellers will use open-air "bush toilets" in nature, or a bush toilet enclosed by a small hut for privacy. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)
Spend a full day exploring the area. Climb the crater of a nearby volcano and crawl inside lava tubes. Spend a free afternoon in the area horseback riding, fishing, or mingling with the locals. Included Activities: Khorgo Volcano Visit
Stop en route to Tsenkher in the small town of Tsetserleg to visit the monastery museum. Opt to visit the handicraft shops here or the bakery. Stay in a ger camp nearby with options to visit the springs, go horseback riding, or chat with the locals. Included Activities: Zayain Khüree Monastery Museum Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
Drive to Elsen Tasarhai. Enjoy the activities that so called little Gobi sand dunes has to offer— hiking in sand dunes, visit an ancient stone carving, and soak in the desert atmosphere. Included Activities: Elsen Tasarhai Sand Dunes Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Travel back to Ulaanbaatar in time for the Naadam Festival ceremonies. Over the next few days, enjoy the opening ceremony, wrestling, archery, Naadam horseracing, and the closing ceremony, as well as free time for exploring Ulaanbaatar. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Watch the opening ceremony. Observe some of the wrestling matches and also the archery contests. With free time, opt for a wonderful cultural show or souvenir shopping. Included Activities: Nadaam Festival (Eriin Gurvan Naadam)
Head out to see the finish line of the Naadam horserace. Enjoy a free afternoon before attending the Festival Closing Ceremony in the evening. Included Activities: Nadaam Festival (Eriin Gurvan Naadam)
Depart at any time.
Hotels (4 nts), Nomad family stay/camping (1 nt), Mongolian multishare gers (9 nts).
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