Tailor-made Tours & Small Group Travel to Mongolia

Highlights of Mongolia with Rural Naadam in Khuvsgul Lake (12 days, 11 nights)

Region:
Southern & Northern part of Mongolia
Duration:
12 days, 11 nights
Dates:
July 3-14, 2020
Note:
You can arrange your own trip date (with best rate possible) as you request
Number of travelers:
Min - 2, Max - 18
Price: $2489 for per person
Single supplement: $420
If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate.

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Go deep into the Mongolian outback and experience life as a nomad. You’ll have the opportunity to stay in traditional ger camps and spend time with local families while you travel to many of the highlights of this beautiful country.
You will visit famous Flaming Cliffs where you can go in search of dinosaur bones, and then, set out to Khongoryn Sand Dunes, from atop you can hear it singing and enjoy the peace and complete silence of the gobi evening. Also, do not forget to gaze at millions of stars in the vast gobi sky. Enjoy boat tour to see Reindeer family and experience their unique lifestyle.
Visit opening ceremony of Naadam festival at Khatgal town which is near Khuvsgul Lake. And you will see archery, wrestling and horse racing during Naadam festival. Naadam festival is of the victory of the People’s Revolution. Mongolia celebrates its independence and its rich cultural heritage with a festival of sports and revelry in Ulaanbaatar.

July 3 - Day 1 ~ Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

July 4 - Day 2 ~ Cultural Tour of Ulaanbaatar

July 5 - Day 3 ~ Fly to the Gobi Desert (1.2 hours) and then drive to Yol Valley and Gurvansaikhan National Park

July 6 - Day 4 ~ Yol Valley to Hongoryn Els

July 7 - Day 5 ~ Khongor sand dunes

July 8 - Day 6 ~ Khongor Sand Dune to the Flaming Cliffs

July 9 - Day 7 ~ Return to Ulaanbaatar

July 10 - Day 8 ~ To Lake Khovsgul in the North.

July 11 - Day 9 ~ Rural Naadam Festival in Khuvsgul lake

July 12 - Day 10 ~ Discover Khuvsgul National park

July 13 - Day 11 ~ Back to Ulaanbaatar

July 14 - Day 12 ~ Depart Mongolia

Price: $2489 for per person
Single supplement: $420
If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate.
IncludedNot included
Private ger for every 2 people in Ger campInternational airfare
All meals as listed in itineraryTravel insurance
All entrance feesBeverages
Sightseeing as per itineraryOptional activity cost
Accommodation in 4 stars hotel in Ulaanbaatar (twin standard room double occupancy)Excess baggage charge
Transportations by 4WD vehiclesSingle room supplement
English speaking guide (other language guide on request)Any additional things which are not mentioned above
Daily supply of bottled water
Cultural Show
Internal flight

July 3 - Day 1 ~ Arrival in Ulaanbaatar & Cultural Tour of Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival at Chinggis Khan International Airport, you are met by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel in the city center. The first stop is Sukhbaatar Square. This central square is named after Damdiny Sukhbaatar, the revolutionary hero of 1921 who declared independence from China. Next is a visit to Gandan Monastery, the largest and most famous functioning monastery in Mongolia. Here you will see the impressive Golden Buddha Statue of Migjid Janraisig and may even have the opportunity to experience monks in worship. Time permitting; you will visit the Natural History Museum, which is famous for its collection of authentic dinosaur skeletons found throughout Mongolia, and then take in a fantastic view of the entire city from Zaisan memorial hill. End the evening with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight in 4* hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 4 - Day 2 Fly to the Gobi Desert (1.2 hours) and then drive to Bayanzag

Drive to flaming cliffs known as Flaming Cliffs is located 20 kilometers away from Bulgan soum, a lot of Paleontological findings have been discovered here. The place is known as 'Flaming Cliffs' was named by Roy Chapman Andrews, an American explorer who had visited Mongolia in 1922 and over the course of two years he searched throughout the Mongolian Gobi Desert and found dinosaur fossils and dinosaur eggs about 10-15 cm. It was the first discovery of its scale and kind in the world that had been made at the time.

Overnight in Ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 5 - Day 3 Bayanzag to Khongor Sand Dune

After breakfast, take in the stunning scenery of the Gobi-Altai Mountain range as you transfer to the towering sand dunes of Khongoryn Els, home to the ‘Singing Sands’. These spectacular dunes got their name from the noise made by the shifting sand in the wind. Feel the breeze in your hair as you ride a camel across the dunes before returning to the ger camp. Isolated from the rest of the country, the Singing Sands are the best kept secret for thousand years in the history of Mongolia.

Overnight in Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 6 - Day 4 Khongor sand dunes

Today we will have a full day exploring the sand dunes and rest after the long drive. The dunes seem to stretch on forever like a soft ribbon of sand draped over the desert. The shifting sand blown by the wind or someone makes sound so it is called Singing Sand Dunes. There is a beautiful green oasis known as Seruun bulag near the Khongor River. Return to the camp for lunch and enjoy feeling silence and a peaceful in the beautiful surroundings Gobi Deserts.

Overnight in Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 7 - Day 5 Drive to Yol Valley and Gurvan saikhan National Park

In the morning, we drive to Yol Valley. Learn about the local wildlife in the Natural History Museum before taking a gentle hike through the valley to discover their habitats. This valley is nestled deep within the hills and is a safe haven to get away from the desert heat. Some areas of the valley are continually sheltered from the hot sun and house huge, blocks of ice that gradually melt away during the summer. It is very wide at the entrance and narrows gradually into a remarkable gorge. You will get to see wild animals such as ibex and wild sheep, and the vulture. You can go horseback or camel riding around the area and go trekking to the gorge. Tonight is your first night in a traditional Mongolian ger camp.

Overnight in Ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 8 - Day 6 Day trip to Khavtsgait Petroglyphs and Nomads day

In the morning we drive to the site of the Khavtsgait Petroglyphs. The Khavtsgait Petroglyphs from the Bronze Age (4000-3000 BC) are beautifully carved on many rocks on the top of a sacred mountain. It is easy to find the rock paintings there because they are spread on rocks all around. The area is very rocky and can be slippery to climb, but by carefully following a path up the mountain, you can reach the top to see these beautiful rock paintings.
The petroglyphs were carved and painted with motifs consisting of animals, hunting scenes and weapons. They depict various animals related to everyday life of ancient people including deer, bears, wolves and hunters, and wolves with livestock. Other paintings depict more domestic scenes of yaks pulling carts, the wheels and horses flattened sideways like hieroglyphs, and herders on horseback. The engravings vary in size, ranging from two-centimeters to the real life size of horses.
After the rest, we will visit a herder family nearby. We will spend some time there getting to know the family members and their casual yet unique daily lifestyle. It is a good chance to see how the family members cooperate together to do their daily even hourly chores such as milking mares, fencing and milking the goats. If you wish, you are welcome to try some mare's fermented milk and other dairy products.

Overnight in Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 9 - Day 7 Return to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, we return to Muron for our afternoon flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel in the city and rest of the day is open for you to pursue your own interest.

Overnight in 4* hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 10 - Day 8 To Lake Khovsgul in the North.

Following breakfast, we are transferred to the airport for flight to Muron in the north. Muron is the headquarter of the Khovsgul Province. We meet our local guide at the airport and then we drive by 4WD vehicle through the vast Mongolian steppe into the forested mountains and finally we arrive at the Lake Khovsgul-Mongolia's largest lake. The lake, also known as the "Dark Blue Pearl" of Mongolia is situated amidst the pristine nature with beautiful forests, mountains and meadows and abundant with bird species and orchids.

Overnight in Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 11 - Day 9 Rural Naadam Festival in Khuvsgul lake

During whole lovely day you enjoy watch Naadam festival or three manly sports such as wrestling, archery and horse racing. Visit opening ceremony of Naadam festival at the national stadium. And you will see archery, wrestling and horse racing during Naadam festival. Naadam festival is of the victory of the People’s Revolution. Mongolia celebrates its independence and its rich cultural heritage with a festival of sports and revelry in Ulaanbaatar. The distinctly Mongolian feel and flair of the Naadam Festival make it a wonderful spectacle, a joyous time, and an intriguing cultural event. Colorful ceremonies and parading soldiers kick off the celebrations. The ancient game of wrestling follows, with men competing in many rounds of competition. Both men and women compete in the archery games, using the traditional Mongolian compound bow that terrorized Europe when Genghis Khan and his Golden Horde moved their empire west. The quintessentially Mongolian art of horse racing follows, where up to 800 horses compete, jockeyed by children so that the skill of the horse, and not the rider, is tested.

Overnight in Ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 12 - Day 10 Discover Khuvsgul National park

During whole lovely day, you will have an opportunity to ride reindeer and observe them. We spend the next two days in walking, hiking, horseback riding in the environs of the lake and the nearby mountains and visiting the local nomadic families. Optional boating trip is available on request.
Khuvsgul Lake is reckoned among the purest fresh water lakes in the world. Its surroundings right out of a fairytale. Khuvsgul Lake is the second deepest lake in Central Asia and contains 60% as much water as Lake Baikal. Depth of Khuvsgul Lake is 262 meters and 136 kilometers long.
Walking and hiking in the lake shores, Horse riding trek near the lake, visiting yak breeding family and experience their unique lifestyle

Overnight in Ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 13 - Day 11 Back to Ulaanbaatar

Following breakfast, transfer back to the airport and fly to Ulaanbaatar. Once in the city, you will have the chance to stop and shop for authentic Mongolian cashmere at the factory store. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum, a residence of Bodg Jabzan Damba Hutagt VIII who was Mongolia's last theocrat. In the evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner and attend the local folklore dance show.

Overnight in 4* hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 14 - Day 12 Depart Mongolia

Transfer to the airport for flight to next destination

Price: $2489 for per person
Single supplement: $420
If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate.
IncludedNot included
Private ger for every 2 people in Ger campInternational airfare
All meals as listed in itineraryTravel insurance
All entrance feesBeverages
Sightseeing as per itineraryOptional activity cost
Accommodation in 4 stars hotel in Ulaanbaatar (twin standard room double occupancy)Excess baggage charge
Transportations by 4WD vehiclesSingle room supplement
English speaking guide (other language guide on request)Any additional things which are not mentioned above
Daily supply of bottled water
Cultural Show
Internal flight

All airport transfers and sightseeing will be by private cars, SUVs and mini bus. The arrival and departure transfers will be by Sedan Cars which are usually Japanese made Toyota or Honda cars. Sightseeing within Ulaanbaatar will be by an air conditioned minibus. Outside Ulaanbaatar, we provide 4WD Land cruisers or SUVs. There will be 3 to 4 travelers seated in a 4WD vehicle.

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Hello Soyoloo

Just want to thank you for your wonderful hospitality and expert tour guiding during our trip to Mongolia. We loved visiting the Husai National Park and exploring the city of Ulaanbaatar. Our favorite part of the trip was seeing the beautiful countryside and encountering wild horses, camels and eagles. Thank you so much for showing us around and making sure our trip was a success. We also enjoyed our driver, Zoloo. Look forward to planning our next adventure with you.

Best,
Lisa Berkman
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