On this 3 Day tour, you will experience a Central Mongolian culture, and how the Khalkh people live. The richly historic Orkhon river basin is the cradle of Central Asia’s unique nomadic Culture which has developed in harmony with the natural landscape and social environment since prehistoric times. There are a variety of historic sites and ruins, including monuments, monasteries, and temples of outstanding cultural value. The Orkhon Valley bears an exceptional testimony of the existence of human beings in Central Asia.
Tour departure times can be flexible, however, 8 am on the morning of departure is recommended. The driver and guide can pick you up from the airport, train station, or your accommodation to suit your requirements.
Russian Van: Steel Russian vans with seats facing each other,
ideal for adventure seeking travelers (max 6 people)
Japanese Van: Family type van with comfortable seats and air conditioning (max 4 people)
Land Cruiser: Comfortable speedy ride with air conditioning (max 2 people)
As a Mongolian company we prefer to support Nomadic families financially, and help support their livelihoods. We are sure this resonates with our travelers who enjoy engaging with their culture on The Steppe. It is, therefore, our preference to stay with these families if they have an extra Ger. As well as directly supporting local herders, you can experience this rich traditional way of life first hand.
|| Camel & Horse riding
|| Geological sites
|| Hiking & Swimming
| Erdene Zuu – Monastery
|| Cultural experiences
|| Geological & Archaeological sites
|Total people in Group||Cost per Person|
|1 person||US$ 890|
|2 people||US$ 490|
|3 people||US$ 420|
|4 people||US$ 360
|5 people||US$ 310|
|6 people||US$ 280|
|Transport (Tour Distance covered – 900 km)||Travel Insurance|
| Tour Guide
|Accommodation at family run guesthouse||Alcoholic & soft drinks|
|Nomadic Family Gers||Any other personal expenses|
|3 Meals a day (Breakfast – 3, Lunch – 3, Dinner – 2)||Additional services|
|Entrance fees / Local Taxes|
| Camel & Horse riding 1 hour each
|Mineral water / Tea / coffee|
After an early 7 am breakfast, the tour begins at 8 am with the drive out of Ulaanbaatar. The first stop will be Hustai National Park. The park is home to the successfully reintroduced Przewalski or “Takhi” Horse. There are some of the last truly wild horses in the world. Picnic lunch in the Hustai mountain.
Your final destination for the day will be the wild rocky mountain, where you will stay in a local family ger and enjoy dinner. Khogno Khan Natural Reserve is a beautiful series of rocky hills that rise above the otherwise flat landscape and sand dunes. You can visit the ruins of the Uvgun Khiid monastery, which was destroyed in 1937 in the Stalin Purges, and even spot a snow leopard if you are lucky. Camel riding in the sunset will finish your day in the steppe in a unique style.
After breakfast at 8 am, your journey will continue towards Khar Khorin for about 90km. Khar Khorin is the ancient capital built by Chinggis Khan in the 13th century. Upon arrival in Khar Khorin, you will visit the impressive Erdene Zuu Monastery, where you see chanting monks and witness Mongolian Buddhist culture. Have lunch in a local restaurant. Visit Khar Khorin museum, as well as some of the rock monuments in the town. After a big day exploring have a nice dinner at a local family restaurant. Showers are available at the guesthouse.
A big day starts at 8am with a hearty breakfast and the journey to Ogii Lake. Ogii Lake is a freshwater lake 1,387 meters above sea level and covers an area of 27 square km. The lake abounds in various types of fish and birds, which creates incredible natural beauty. Enjoy walking and swimming and emersing yourself in the beauty of the lake, before continuing on to Ulaanbaatar. On the way to a capital city, we will visit Khar Bukhiin Balgas, a fortress that was inhabited by the Kitan Dynasty from 917 to 1120. Then return to Ulaanbaatar with nothing but fond memories, enjoying a picnic lunch on the way and one last day in the wild!