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Explore the wonders of the heartland of Mongolia in the Orkhon Valley. This vast and open landscape is truly the spirit of Mongolia, see wild horses, wooded hills, ancient temples and nomadic life. Travel north from the heartland to the Northern reaches of Mongolia.
See the largest lake in Mongolia, reindeer people, and a nomadic lifestyle that takes different shape in the Taiga. The beauty of Mongolia will be laid out before you on this amazing adventure!
As a Mongolian company we prefer to support Nomadic families financially and help support their livelihoods. We are sure this resonates with our travellers who enjoy engaging with their culture on The Steppe. 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.
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.
After an early 7am breakfast, the tour begins at 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 Hustai mountain.
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 Uvgun Khiid monastery, which was destroyed in 1937 in the Stalin Purges, and even spot a snow leopard if you are lucky. Camel riding in the sunset will finish your day in the steppe in unique style.
After breakfast at 8am, your journey will continue towards Khar Khorin for about 90km. Khar Khorin is the ancient capital built by Chinggis Khan in the 13th century. Upon arrival in Khar Khorin, you will visit the impressive Erdene Zuu Monastery, where you see chanting monks and witness Mongolian Buddhist culture. Have lunch in a local restaurant. Visit 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. Showers are available at the guesthouse.
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, 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. Accommodation will be at a family ger camp.
After early morning breakfast, start driving towards Khuvsgul province and camp on the way (there is also the option to stay with a local family if it is raining).
First stop of the day will be Murun town, capital of Khuvsgul. Stock up on food from the local market, then continue to the lake. Arrive at Lake Khuvsgul which is known as the Dark Blue Pearl among beautiful mountains. There are 96 rivers and streams that flow into the lake, including the Egiin River, which then joins the Selenge along its eventual path to Lake Baikal. Lake Khuvsgul is 136 km long and 36 km wide, 262 meters deep, and located at an altitude of 1645m above sea level.
Taiga fauna and flora, as well as the Tsaatan people, who practice reindeer breeding, are among the main attractions. The lake is on an important migration route for birds from Siberia, thus facilitating marvelous opportunities for bird watching. Accomodation will be at a local ger camp.
Take the opportunity to relax and truly appreciate the surrounding landscape. We will take you boat riding on the Sukhbaatar boat for about an hour before lunch. After lunch you will start the 5km hike in the mountain range. If you feel tired, you are welcome stay and relax in the peaceful surroundings.
After breakfast, the horse trek will start, and continue for 5 hours, with a picnic lunch, and a visit to the Tsaatan people camp. Horse riding will be along the lake and on certain trails. Accommodation will be at a family ger camp.
After a hearty breakfast, the trip will begin at 7am. We have long drive to our Selenge river camping spot. Picnic lunch will be prepared by the guide. The final destination, the Selenge River is one of the most lush and beautiful parts of Mongolia. The Selenge River is a major river in Mongolia, which flows into Lake Baikal and has a length of 992 km.
Another early morning starts at 7am after breakfast. Drive through the town of Erdenet, the third largest city for a lunch break, and then continue to Amarbayasgalant Monastery which is one of the three largest Buddhist monastic centers in Mongolia.
The monastery was established and founded by the order of the Manchu emperor Enkh- Amgalan Khan to serve as a final resting place for Zanabazar. Today, 28 temples remain. The monastery and the beautiful scenery of the mountain range, just north of Amarbayasgalant, is always a favorite with travelers. Stay in a local ger camp.
Return to Ulaanbaatar with nothing but fond memories, enjoying a Mongolian lunch on the way and one last day in the wild! (380km drive) The driver will take you to your accommodation. Enjoy rest of your travels!