Duration: 22 days
Transportation: Airplane, Car
Accommodation: Hotel, ger camp
Tour grade: Moderate
Tour code: K1
Depature date: July 7 - 26
Destinations: Gobi Desert, Yoliin-Am National Park, Hongor sand dune, Flaming Cliffs, Ovgon Temple,
Khustai National Park, Erdene-Zuu monastery in Khar-Khorin, Tuvkhun temple, Khoshoo Tsaidam Monument,
13th century complex, Terelj National Park, Khorgo Volcano, Chuluut River Caynon, Lake Terkh, Lake
Huvsgul, the 13th century complex, Chingis Khan complex, Kherlen River
Description: Complete introduction to Mongolian nature, landscape, culture and religion. The route covers
all popular tourist spots in Gobi Desert, Central and Northern Mongolia regions and some tourist attractions in
Eastern Mongolia. Recommended for first time visitors to Mongolia. In addition, it is a great chance to see
Nomads Grand Holiday - State Naadam festival at discounted price.
Activities: Enjoy Nomads' Grand Holiday - The State Naadam Festival. Sightseeing, Ulaanbaatar City tour
and optional trekking, horseback riding and boat trips.
ITINERARY & PRICE
Day 1: Arrive at Ulaanbaatar City, Transfer to hotel. After some personal refreshment, start guided
city tour. Visit to Zaisan Memorial to see a view of the entire city. Our staff will guide you through
some major spots, such as Sukhbaatar Square and the Opera House. Visit the Museum of
Natural History and other museums, if time allows. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Transfer to the airport to fly to South Gobi. Depending on the flight schedule, visit to The
Bogd Khan Palace Museum and the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts in Ulaanbaatar City. Arrive in
Dalanzadgad, a provincial center of South-Gobi aymag. Then, drive to the Gobi Gurvan Saihan
(The three beauties of Gobi) National Park and arrive at the Hongoriin Els sand dune. Enjoy horse
and camel riding along the sand dune. Have dinner at the tourist camp restaurant. Stay overnight
at the ger camp.
Day 3: Drive to Bayanzag (The Rich in Saxual), which is referred to as “The Flaming Cliffs” for its
shapes and colors. Visit a nomadic herder family. You will be introduced to the daily life of herders
and try some hand processed dairy products. Then head towards Valley of Vultures (Yoliin Am)
National Park. Stay overnight at the ger camp close to the Valley.
Day 4: Trek in Yoliin Am National Park. You will see an ice cup if you come here before the end of
July. Visit the local museum at the entrance to the valley, named the “Three beauties of Gobi”
which presents information about the fauna and flora of the national park. Drive back to
Dalanzadgad to catch your flight back to the capital city. Stay overnight in the hotel in Ulaanbaatar
Day 5 (July 11): Enjoy naadam festival whole day. See the opening ceremony, traditional
wrestling, archer shooting and horse racing. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 (July 12): Drive to the 13th century complex. See how the Mongols lived in the 13th century.
Horse and camel riding is optional. Then drive to Terelj National Park. See a rock shaped like a
turtle and visit a temple in the middle of a rocky mountain. Stay overnight at the ger camp.
Day 7: Drive to the Khogno Khan Mountain, one of the strictly protected areas of Mongolia. Make a
trek to the mountain through beautiful surroundings to visit Ovgon Temple. Then drive to
Bayangobi, a spectacular combination of sand dunes, and grassland. Have lunch and dinner at
the tourist camp restaurants. Stay overnight at ger camp.
Day 8: Drive to Khar-Khorin, the ancient capital of Mongolia in the 13th century, and see
Mongolia’s oldest monastery Erdene Zuu. Drive toward Tuvkhun Temple, a place where
Zanabazar, the first Buddhist leader of Mongolia, meditated and created his finest works of arts
within a period of over 30years. Stay overnight in a ger camp near the Monastery.
Day 9: Trek to Tuvkhun Temple. Enjoy the stunning beauty of the High Mountain, where the temple
is built. Zanabazar called the temple the Land of Happy Solitude. There is a cave called Mother
Belly, which is said to cleanse people of all their sins if they go in and out of the cave. Drive back
to Khar-Khorin. Stay overnight at a ger camp.
Days 10-11: Drive further northwest to Tsenkher Hot Spring. At the spring, water with hydrogen
sulphide pulses out of ground at 86°C. Take a hot soak. Visit a nomadic herder family and taste
some hand processed dairy products. Observe the daily activities of herders. Ride horses and
enjoy leisure time. Stay overnight at the ger camp.
Day 12: Drive further to the town of Tsetserleg, a provincial center of Arkhangai aymag and visit
Zaya Gegeen Temple Museum built, in the 18th century. Next drive to Taihar Rock and observe
inscriptions in different Asian languages, such as Old and New Mongolian and Turkish, Tibetan,
and Chinese. Relax near the river bank. Stay overnight at the ger camp.
Day 13: Drive to the Chuluut River Canyon. The Chuluut river is rich in many species of fish,
including lennok and taimen. Trek down to the canyon. Drive westward to the dormant Horgo
volcano. Enjoy the stunning natural beauty created by past volcanic eruptions. Do some fishing
and swim in Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake, our final destination for today. Stay overnight in the ger camp.
Day 14: Take a long drive through amazing natural beauty towards Lake Huvsgul, leaving the
territory of Arkhangai Province behind. Camp in a tent camp or a ger camp.
Day 15: Drive to Lake Huvsgul. On the way, stop shortly at Murun, a provincial center of Huvsgul
Aimag. Arrive at the Huvsgul Lake by driving through wonderful landscape. Stay overnight at the
ger camp on the shore of the lake.
Days 16-17: Leisure time at Huvsgul Lake. After refreshments, trek to the nearby mountain and do
some horse back riding along the shore. Taking a motor boat to the other shore of the river is
optional. If the water is warm enough, you can swim in the crystal clear lake and do some fishing.
Visit the tent to get acquainted with the reindeer breeding family living on the shore of the lake.
Stay overnight at the ger camp
Day 18: Drive back to Murun and catch your flight back to Ulaanbaatar City. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 19: Tour Ulaanbaatar City for a full day. Visit Gandan Monastery, and the Museum of National
History. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 20: Drive to the 13th century complex to see the dramatized lives of ancient warriors and a
huge monument to Genghis Khan, Drive to the Kherlen river. Enjoy fishing and swimming and a
barbeque dinner. Camp at the tent camp on the river bank.
Day 21: Enjoy the morning at the river. In the afternoon drive to Ulaanbaatar City. Stay overnight at
Day 22: Take advantage of free time before your departure. Visit some cashmere, clothing,
souvenir and antique shops. Transfer to the airport.