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If you have only a short period of time but want to explore as much of Mongolia’s diverse landscape as possible, this is the trip for you! 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 which are outstanding in universal value within this cultural landscape. The Orkhon Valley bears an exceptional testimony of the existence of human beings in Central Asia. On this tour you will see Mongolia’s natural wildlife including Takhi horses, camels, hawks and much more. You will also visit Kharkorum town (the old capital of Mongolia), venturing into the ‘mini Gobi’ where you will have the opportunity to ride camel and horse.

Basic (As Per this itinerary – Western Style amenities will be available on most days)

Departure Time & Place
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.

Itineraries

Day 1

Hustai National Park - Khogno Khaan Natural Reserve

After an early 7am breakfast, the tour begins as 8am 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 mountain of Hustai. 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 monastery called Uvgun Khiid, that destroyed 1937 by Stalin Purges and even spot a snow leopard if you are lucky.

Day 2

Ulaantsutgalan Waterfalls

Your day will begin with riding 2 humped Bactrian Camel for an hour along the sand dunes. During your camel ride, breakfast will be ready by the time you finish riding. Ready to leave 9 am, to go to the next destination drive about 130km, half paved, half dirt road. Lunch in Hujirt town, this town is famous for its local hot springs healing services. ‘Red Flows’ is the English translation for 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 are allowed to ride a horse after dinner or before, or even in the next morning. Stay in the local family ger camp, where you can take a shower.

Day 3

Tuvhun Monastery - Khar Khorin

Breakfast will be at 7:30am, drive straight after breakfast to visit Tuvkhun Monastery. When you arrive bottom of the mountain, start the 2km hike to the uphill temple and trek back 2 km. There is some local hire their horses which is a possibility to do that, however the charge of the 2 hour and come back 2-hour horse riding is extra charge on the top of this tour. When you get back to the van, you will have lunch served by local food/people. 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 unaccessible, in which case our travel plans may need to change. Start heading towards Kharkhorin for about 70km on dirt river road. 
Khar Khorin is the ancient capital built by Chinggis Khan in the 13th century. Visit the magnificent Erdene Zuu monastery, Khar Khorin museum, as well as some of the rock monuments in the town. After a big day exploring have a nice dinner at local family restaurant. Shower available at the guesthouse.

Day 4

Ogii Lake

Easy day starts from 9am breakfast and visit Erdene Zuu active temple to listen monks chanting. After the temple. Start driving to Ogii Lake. Picnic lunch on the road. Prepared by guide. Today’s drive continues only 70km. 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 do swimming. And boat hire available. Charged hourly will cost extra, not included on this tour price. Dinner by lake. Stay in the local family ger camp.

Day 5

Ulaanbaatar

After last hearty breakfast the 9am. Start driving to Ulaanbaatar. On the way to 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.

✔️Transport (Tour Distance covered – 1100 km)
✔️Tour Guide
✔️Accommodation at family run guest house and nomadic family Gers
✔️3 Meals a day (Breakfast-5 Lunch-5 Dinner-4)
✔️Entrance fees/Local Taxes
✔️Horse & Camel riding 

❌Travel insurance
❌International flight
❌Alcoholic & soft drinks
❌Any other personal expenses or additional services

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    Meg was our guide on a 5 day central Mongolia trip as well as our host for two nights at her place. We had a great time with her in the Mongolian countryside as well as in UB. Meg’s humour and her natural way made it a very personal tour. I am looking forward to welcome you at my place on your southern Europe trip.

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    Wow. i arrived in mongolia not having a clue about anything. Meg guided me through customs, history, things to do and helped me with some of the most amazing tours i have ever been on. i am not a fan of tours in general and meg took this into account and gave us a tour which was more like spending time with locals and learning all about heritage and culture rather than spending it with a lot of tourists and only seeing what wants to be shown. i met many nomadic families and the best bit was that my money was going to help support these families rather than large companies. i can’t thank meg enough for my entire experience in mongolia and for the friends i made and the people i met. end this usually with please come to scotland so i can return the favour. i will have a hard task hosting to the same standard as you meg. highly recommend to anyone wishing for a true mongolian experience and i really hope to visit again in the nt so distant future

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    Bunny and Ogi made our trip perfect !
    Mongolia is a great country to visit there are a lot to explore. Our guide Bunny and our driver Ogi did a perfect job to make our trip wonderful and full of great memories, would definitely visit again and explore more with them !

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We will be cooking our meals on portable stoves. We will have to stock up on food provisions in the cities, so even that will limit some of your options.
All included meals will be prepared from fresh local produce. The majority of the shopping for food will be done before the trip departs, and fresh goods, such as meats, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, will be bought en-route during the trip from supermarkets, local shops and markets. Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads or local restaurants. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. Our GUIDE will organize the meal preparation and lead the way here.
Please note that snacks, soft drinks and alcohol are not included in the tour, so please bring your own. You’ll be able to stock up on supplies at the several small towns where we stop for breaks along the way.

Mongolia is a country of extreme weather conditions. Depending on the time of year you go you should pack accordingly. The summers are very warm, but packing a warm layer or two would be very useful at any time of year, as in both the city and the countryside the evenings can get a little chilly.

Pack your favourite books for the long drive and a notebook to record your thoughts as you look out over the endless, sun-drenched Mongolian wilderness.
It is a good idea to include small gifts in your packing list, as you will inevitably be visiting local nomadic families in the county. It is polite to offer them some small gifts to show your gratitude in return for their hospitality.
Educational gifts for the nomadic children would be a good idea. Colouring books, crayons, colouring pencils, any children books and school stationery. You can buy all these from the department store in Ulaanbaatar after you arrive.
Other suggested gifts for the families are
Tea towel or fridge magnet from your home country and a head torch are very useful.
Sunscreen, long and short underwear, comfortable footwear, lip balm, sanitary hand wipes, sunglasses, prescription medications (if needed), rain gear & a hat

If you forgot something essential, don't worry. You can buy everything you need in Mongolia’s Department Stores and travel shops.

Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements can be catered for but need to be specified prior to arrival.
If you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, it is still possible for you to enjoy Mongolia. There are more vegetables being grown in Mongolia today than there were 10 years ago, but Mongolians eat meat, so that is what is mostly available. We will go out of our way to find veggies, but the selection will be limited.

In the countryside it's going to be as rustic as it gets. There are very few paved roads in Mongolia, and most of those are not in great shape, so much of the driving will be done on tracks, which are really nothing more than paths through the steppe that people have driven over many times to pack the dirt down. Tracks are NOT for fast travel, they constantly change because of being washed out by the heavy rains or because they get too beat-up, so the going is slow and far from being smooth. Please consider that travelling in the countryside of Mongolia can be quite remote. There are often no paved roads so driving can be bumpy and can take a little longer than you might be used to. Also, given the remoteness, western style comforts may not be available.

Most of the vehicles we will use are very basic 4-wheel drive vans and jeeps because of the harsh terrain. These vehicles may not look like much, but they are rugged and when they do break down it's fairly easy to repair them which out on the steppe is important!
Russian Van: Steel Russian vans with seats facing each other, ideal for adventure seeking travelers (max 6 people) No seat belts & air conditioner in the van. (Most affordable option)
Japanese Van: Family type van with comfortable seats and air conditioning (max 3 people)
Land Cruiser: Comfortable speedy ride with air conditioning (max 2 people)

Accommodation is very basic in the countryside; you will be sleeping in tents or in the gers of local families. As nomads do not have their own running water supply we may not be able to have a daily shower and going to the bathroom means using some place just outside of camp (nomadic families rarely dig a pit toilet since they move so often).
Western style and luxury options are available in some parts of Mongolia in the form of Tourist ger camps. Ger camps have comfortable beds, hot showers and western style amenities. These are not included in the price quoted in this itinerary. However, if you think that you would prefer to have access to these western style comforts then please let us know and we can adjust the quote for your itinerary.

Once you are in the countryside exploring Mongolia it is our preference to stay with local nomadic families if they have an extra Ger. Gers will be shared by 5 people when we stay with a local family. As a Mongolian company we prefer to support these families financially, and help support their livelihood. We are sure this resonates with our travelers who enjoy engaging with their culture and way of life on the steppe. As well as directly supporting local herders, you can experience this rich traditional way of life first hand. On some nights we will be camping under millions of stars at our favourite camping spots, though if you’d prefer to camp more often you’re more than welcome to pitch a tent every night. All necessary camping equipment will be included in the tours.

For the invitation letter we will need the following information:
- Full Name
- Passport #
- Clear scanned copy of your passport
- Name of the City & Country where you are applying for your visa.
- Date of arrival & departure from Mongolia
In some cases, if there is not a Mongolian embassy in your country, it is possible to apply for permission to obtain a visa on arrival at Chinggis Khan International Airport. We can also help you to arrange this if you provide us with similar information as above.

Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions regarding your visit Mongolia via email at info@megmongolia.com

5 Day Orkhon Valley Cultural TourPDF version includes all the trip information, itinerary and prices.