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Cultural & Natural Tours

The legacy of the great Khaans, nomadic way of life, and Buddhist heritage are the touchstones of our culture. Our various cultural expeditions are designed to give you a full understanding of the local culture. From meeting steppe nomads of central Mongolia, visiting the homes of Reindeer herders in the north, to trekking along the peaks of stunning Altai Mountains with Kazakh eagle hunters, you can experience the full breadth of Mongolian culture and landscapes. Our cultural journey are carefully selected for a balanced and holistic journey that blends nature, culture, and heritage together. 

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Big circle tour in Mongolia

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Length: 21days/20nights

Tour grade: Moderate

Group size: 2-14people

Potential period: June-September

 

Highlights: 

Endless vast steppe of Gobi, Khongor sand dune, Flaming Cliffs- Dinosaur cemetery, natural beauty of Khuvsgul Lake area, Reindeer people visit, horse and camel back riding, cross cultural experiences, visits of Erdenezuu, and Amarbayasgalant Monasteries, friendly and professional team.

 

 

Tour info
This tour is very varied. Offer you opportunity to discover most highlighted destinations such as Eagle valley, Singing dune, ancient capital Kharkhorum, Deep blue Khuvsgul Lake and Amarbayasgalant Monastery in the country with in shorter time. Traveling along Gobi desert, central vast steppe, and northern mountains, experiencing nomadic culture will be fabulous memory of your life.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar
Day 2. Baga Gazriin Chuluu
Day 3. Tsagaan Suvarga
Day 4. Yoliin am valley
Day 5. Khongor Sand dune
Day 6. Free day
Day 7. Bayanzag - Flaming cliffs
Day 8. Ongi Monastery ruin
Day 9. Kharkhorum
Day 10. Kharkhorum/ Tsenkher hot spa
Day 11. Khorgo National Park
Day 12. Khorgo national park
Day 13. Shine Ider village
Day 14. Khuvsgul Lake
Day 15. Reindeer herder
Day 16. Day by Khuvsgul lake shore
Day 17. Urantogoo Mountain
Day 18. Amarbayasgalant Monastery
Day 19. Terelj National park
Day 20. Ulaanbaatar
Day 21. Departure

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and meet our guide and driver. Transfer to hotel and check in. In the afternoon city tour in Ulaanbaatar visiting  Sukhbaatar Square, Chinggis Khaan’s monument, Natural History Museum, and visit Zaisan Memorial for Panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2. Baga Gazriin Chuluu 
Drive to Gobi desert through Baga Gazriin Chuluu, Rocky mountain in the middle of vast steppe of Gobi. We’ll drive around 280 km through steppe by overview of land-sea and grandiose formation of rocks of Baga Gazriin Chuluu. Overnight at ger camp.

Day 3. Tsagaan Suvarga 
Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa), one of the picturesque places in Middle Gobi. Just 30 km’s away from here you can find cave paintings left from the Bronze Age. Driving to the cave paintings offers one of the uneasy roads but it offer great panoramic view on both sides of the hill on whose top the road itself lies. Overnight at ger camp.

Day 4. Yoliin am valley
Take a drive to Gobi Desert  which gives an exotic view of vast open space with boundless horizons, rare species of mammals and plants. Visit to Eagle valley well known as Yoliin Am that located in Gobi Gurvan Saikhan national park. It is end of the Altai mountain ranges and chance to see wild animals such as wild sheep, ibex, golden eagle and of course vultures. Overnight at ger camp.

Day 5. Khongor Sand dune
Drive to Khongor sand dune well known as Singing Dune. Khongor sand dune is one of the biggest sand dunes of Mongolia. It has an extraordinary length of approximate 100kms and 12 kilometers wide. There is an oasis near a river Khongor at the northern edge of the sand dunes. Overnight at ger camp.

Day 6. Free day
Free day for leisure nearby the sand dune. Hiking and camel riding along sand dune. Overnight at ger camp.

Day 7. Bayanzag - Flaming cliffs 
Drive to Bayanzag, known as Flaming cliffs. Bayanzag is dubbed as a cemetery of dinosaurs and significant for both archeologically and paleontological findings. Complete dinosaur skeletons and eggs are excavated from red cliffs, which look like fire. American explorer Roy Chapman Andrew had discovered this area in early 20 century and getting famous all over the world. If you see carefully, you could find piece of bone or dinosaur egg. In afternoon, short hiking Gobi tree-saxaul forest. Overnight at ger camp.

Day 8. Ongi Monastery ruin
Drive to Ongi temple ruin. It was one of the Mongolian largest monasteries. There are 2 complexes of ruins which were built in 1780s. During repression in 1930s’ these two temples destroyed and many lamas (monks) were executed and imprisoned. If you get up early, you will have a chance to see some wild animals such as wild sheep, wolf or more.  Overnight at ger camp.

Day 9. Kharkhorum
Drive to Kharkhorum, an ancient capital of Mongolia.  Late afternoon you will arrive in the city. And have short visit to Monument dedicated for Greatest Dynasties which existed on the Mongolian territory. Overnight at ger camp.

Day 10. Kharkhorum/ Tsenkher hot spa
Visit Erdenezuu monastery which is the first Buddhist monastery in the country. It was built in 1586 near Kharkhorum city ruin. And see archeological site of the Kharkhorum ancient capital city of Mongolia. After lunch, drive to Tsenkher hot spa. Have spa bath and relax at ger camp. Overnight at ger camp.

Day 11. Khorgo National Park 
Drive to Khorgo Terkh National Park. On the way we will see tree named 108 branches of tree with covered blue scarf (Khadag) and Mongolians are believe  that praying for this tree brings good luck and see Chuluut river great canyon which huge creation of volcanic earthquake.  Arrive at Khorgo and overnight at ger camp.

Day 12. Khorgo national park
A free day in national park.  Hiking nearby White Lake or known as Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur and volcanic mountains over 2000m above sea level are recommended. Visit Cave of the Yellow Dog, Ice cave and Zaluuchuud caves hike back to Ger camp and overnight

Day 13. Shine Ider village 
Drive to Zuun nuur camp which located on the way to Khuvsgul lake. Afternoon hiking along the lake area and visit local nomad family. Overnight at ger camp.

Day 14. Khuvsgul Lake 
Drive to Khuvsgul Lake. Lake Khuvsgul, as a dubbed as Mongolia Switzerland and a lake surrounded with green forest mountains. Also it is 1% of fresh water resource of the world and the deepest one in Mongolia. en route we will visit deer stone monument complex from Bronze age. Overnight at ger camp.

Day 15. Reindeer herder 
Visit Tsaatan well known as reindeer people where lived app 50kms from our campsite and it takes 2.5 hours of driving. (Depends year around) if climate is hot they move to the mountain looking for good living condition for their reindeers. There will be two families one is Tsaatan reindeer herder and Shaman. Overnight at ger camp.

Day16. Day by Khuvsgul lake shore
Stay full day at the Lake Side in order to hike and horseback ride.overnight at ger camp.

Day 17. Urantogoo Mountain
Drive to Uran togoo Mountain half way to Amarbaysgalant Monastery. We will drive along north side of the Namnan Mountains and pass Selenge River by pontoon bridge. Overnight at ger camp.

Day 18. Amarbayasgalant Monastery 
Drive to Amarbayasgalant monastery via Erdenet city -was built under one soviet inspired master plan in the ’70 as a model city for the copper mine workers. Erdenet copper mine plays an important role in Mongolian economy and it consists around 30 percent of Mongolian annual GDP. The Amarbayasgalant Monastery was built in 16th century by Manchurian for dedication of Zanabazar first Bogd Khaan on Mongolia. The thing makes the monastery most significant is its architecture of main temple, constructed without single iron nail, used wooden puzzle blocks. Overnight at ger camp.

Day 19. Terelj National park
Drive to Terelj National Park. Arrive at Terelj Lodge tourist camp. After checking in the camp, have an excursion to Turtle rock and enjoy the scenery of the area. A visit to Ariyabal meditation temple. In the evening, visit the Ger Musuem furnished with authentic Mongolian furniture and old Mongolian men’s and women’s clothes and belongings. Overnight in ger.

Day 20. Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast drive to the Ulaanbaatar. Visit Gandan Monastery, which holds largest-scale Buddhist activity in the country. Shopping opportunity to cashmere and souvenir shops. In the evening, enjoy Mongolian folk Music and Dance Performance. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 21. Departure 
Check out hotel and transfer to airport. Tour ends.

 


Included

  • 4 star hotel accommodation in Ulaanbaatar for 2 nights shared room
  • Ger camp accommodation for 18 nights
  • Full boarding
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Transportation by Japanese van or bus in Ulaanbaatar
  • Sightseeing entrance fee
  • National park tax
  • Horse and camel riding cost

Excluded

  • International airfare transportation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal nature expanses
  • Any additional not mentioned above