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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.
As a Mongolian company we prefer to support Nomadic families financially, and help support their livelihood. We are sure this resonates with our travellers who enjoy engaging with their culture on The Steppe. way of life 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.
Most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. 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. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements can be catered for but need to be specified prior to arrival.
Summer months in Mongolia are from early June to mid September. Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 14-20 degrees centigrade between day and night. So be prepared for all weather conditions.
Sleeping bag (we can provide sleeping bag, if your luggage is full), sleeping bag liner, sunscreen, a hat, long underwear, shorts, comfortable footwear, lip balm, sanitary hand wipes, sunglasses, prescription medications (if needed), rain gear, flashlight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.