On this 9 Day tour, you will experience the 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. On this tour, you will see Mongolia’s natural wildlife including the Takhi horses, camels, hawks and much more. Visit Kharkorin (the ancient capital of Mongolia) and venture into the ‘mini Gobi’ where you will have the opportunity to ride camels and enjoy horse riding at the Great White Lake. Stay with a nomadic family in gers, and experience the incredible Naadam Festival in the countryside
As a Mongolian company we prefer to support Nomadic/local families financially, and help support their livelihoods. We are sure this resonates with our travelers who enjoy engaging with their culture in the mountains. 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.
Domestic Flight 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)
| Khustai – National Park
|| Horse riding
|Khogno Khan Mountain||Camel riding|
| Kharkhorin – Ancient capital city
| Erdene Zuu – Monastery
| Ogii lake – Khar Bukhiin Balgas
|| Historical sites
|Orkhon Waterfall|| Cultural Experiences
|Tsenher Hot Springs||Geological & Archaeological sites|
|Great White Lake||Ger stay|
|Nomadic family stay|
|Total people in Group||Cost per Person|
|1 person||US$ 2,070|
|2 people||US$ 1,170|
|3 people||US$ 810|
|4 people||US$ 675|
|5 people||US$ 540|
|6 people||US$ 495|
|Transport (Tour Distance covered – 1800 km)||Travel Insurance|
|Airport/Train station pick up and drop off||International Flight|
| English speaking tour Guide (preferred language on request)
||Alcoholic and soft drinks|
|Accommodation at nomadic family Gers||Any other personal expenses|
|Accommodation at family run guesthouse||Additional services|
|Most meals a day ( Breakfast – 9, Lunch – 9, Dinner – 8 )|
|Entrance fees/Local Taxes/Border Permission|
|Horse & camel riding 1 hour each|
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, which are some of the last truly wild horses in the world. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the mountains of Hustai. Your final destination for the day will be Khogno Khan Nature Reserve where you will stay with a local family in one of their gers 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, that was destroyed in 1937 by the Stalin Purges, and even spot a snow leopard if you are lucky. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Your day will begin with riding the two-humped Bactrian Camel for an hour along the sand dunes. Breakfast will be ready by the time you finish your ride. You will then leave at 9 am for the next destination. The drive will be about 130 km on half paved and half dirt road. Lunch will be in Hujirt town, a town famous for its local hot springs and healing services.
‘Red Flows’ is the English translation of this river. The area was formed by volcanic activity that dates back 20,000 years. This location is amazing for trekking, horse riding, fishing, relaxing, and indulging your inner photographer. Depending on the weather and your mood, you may ride a horse after dinner or before, or even the next morning. Stay in the local family ger camp, where you can take a shower. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Breakfast will be at 7:30 am, drive straight after breakfast to visit Tuvkhun Monastery. When you arrive at the foot of the mountain, start the 2 km hike to the uphill temple and trek back 2 km. You may hire a horse from locals for the trek if preferred (although this is not included in the tour price). After returning from the hike, enjoy a picnic lunch.
In 1653, believers who gathered in Erdene Zuu Monastery decided to build a special Monastery for Zanabazar. Following this decision, the Monastery Tuvkhun was built at Shireet Ulaan, the most beautiful scenery in the Khangai Mountains. This monastery is located in densely forested and picturesque mountains at an elevation of 2000m above sea level. Please note that heavy rains can make the Tuvkhun Monastery inaccessible, in which case our travel plans may be altered. Next, you will start heading towards Kharkhorin for about 70 km. Kharkhorin is the ancient capital built by Chinggis Khan in the 13th century. Visit the magnificent Erdene Zuu monastery, Kharkhorin 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. Shower available at the guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
After 8 am breakfast, the day begins with the drive to Tsetserleg town, where you will spend a day celebrating the amazing Mongol Naadam festival. Mongolian Naadam is a festival celebrating Mongolian tradition with games, parades, and celebrations. The highlights are the ‘three manly games’ of wrestling, archery and horse racing. Naadam is a truly amazing spectacle not to be missed. Like all great festivities, it all begins with an opening ceremony. Dancers and musicians delight the watching crowds, and athletes and horse riders march across the Arkhangai Naadam arena. After the spectacular ceremony, the competitions begin. Stay in Fairfield Hostel run by the local community. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
The day starts with the drive to Tsetserleg town, where the guide will buy fresh food for the upcoming days. Visit Arkhangai Museum, and have lunch in the Fairfield Cafe run by the local community. Then continue to Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur where you will spend 2 nights, a volcanic lake ringed by stark rocky mountains. On the way we will take you to Chuluut River and the Khorgo Volcano. There are many natural highlights to explore in this area. Horse riding into the volcanic mountains for amazing views. Have a relaxing day to yourself. Washing and laundry services might be available at one of the camps – please ask your guide for the details of extra services. Stay at a family ger camp.
After breakfast by the beautiful lake, begin the drive towards Bulgan province where you will spend the day with a nomadic family and learn more about their culture, including assisting with herding livestock, learn to make dairy products and Mongolia food. Nomadic family stays. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
This easy day starts with a 9 am breakfast, before driving to Ogii Lake. You will have a picnic lunch on the road prepared by your guide. Today’s drive continues for only 100km. 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. Have a walk around or a swim. Boat hire is also available but not included in the tour price. You will stay in a local family ger camp.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
After breakfast at 9 am you will start driving towards Ulaanbaatar. On the way, 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.
Breakfast and lunch included.