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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.
Visit the largest lake Huvsgul in Mongolia, reindeer people, and a nomadic lifestyle that takes different shape in the steppe. 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 travelers 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 temple, 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.
A volcanic lake ringed by stark rocky mountain. On the way we will take you to Chuluut river and Khorgo Volcano. There are many natural highlights to explore in this area.
You can wander along the shoreline or hike up into the volcanic mountains for amazing views. Camping near lake.
After breakfast at the lake, take a 2-3-hour drive to Khunjil natural hot spring (mostly known Jargal), in mountainous northern Mongolia, which flows up from the ground throughout the year at a temperature of 70* C. The spring water, which comes from 150m underground, does not mix with soil because of the high temperatures, and flows out at a rate of 10 liters per second. The spring water is considered beneficial to the health, for joints and the nervous system in particular. Sometimes, people drink the water to help against diabetes, stomach ulcers and disabilities. The surrounding area is home to species of medicinal herbs.Stay in the ger camp.
Note: The hot springs services are not included in the tour price.
Huvsgul lake is known as the Dark Blue Pearl among beautiful mountains. There are 96 rivers and streams that flow into the lake, including the Ugiin river, which then joins the Selenge aling its eventual path to Lake Baikal. Lake Huvsgul is 136 km long & 36 km wide, 262 meters deep, and located at an altitude of 1645m above sea level.
Taiga fauna and flora & the Tsaatan people, who practice reindeer herding, are among the main attractions. The lake is on an important migration route for birds from Siberia, facilitating marvelous opportunities for bird watching. Local family ger camp.
Take the opportunity to relax and truly appreciate the surrounding landscape. You can spend time horse riding, hiking, swimming, boating or hanging out with a local nomad family. There’ll also be an opportunity to visit one of the local Ger camps where you can have a shower and have a cold drink. Localy family ger camp.
The Selenge river is one of the most lush and beautiful parts of Mongolia. Stop in the town of Erdenet, the third largest city. The Selenge River is a major river in Mongolia. It flows into lake Baikal and has a length of 992km. Nomadic family stay.
Amarbaysgalant Monastery is one of the three largest Buddhist monastic centers in Mongolia. The monastery was established and founded by order of the Manchu emperor Enkh-Amgalan Khan to serve as a final resting place for Zanabazar. Today 28 temples remain. Sleep over night in the temple.
A big day starts at 8am with a hearty breakfast and the journey to Ulaanbaatar. Then return to Ulaanbaatar with nothing but fond memories, enjoying a lunch on the way and one last day in the wild!