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11 Days/10 Nights
Availability : July 8-18 2024
Ulaanbaatar
Central & Northern Mongolia

Northern Mongolia – Village Naadam Festival

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Tour Overview:

Explore the vast and open landscape of Mongolia. Ride horse and camels and see wild horses, wooded hills, ancient temples and nomadic life. Travel north from the heartland to the Northern reaches of Mongolia. The beauty of Mongolia will be laid out before you on this amazing adventure!

On this 11 Day tour, you will experience a variety of landscapes, cultures, historic sites and ruins, including monuments, monasteries and temples of outstanding cultural value. Throughout the trip you will stay with nomadic families and experience their way of life. The highlight will be an incredible experience at the local Naadam Festival in Hatgal. 

Activity:

  • Camel riding
  • Geological sites
  • Horse riding
  • Archaeological sites
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Historical sites
  • Ger stay
  • Cultural experiences
  • Markets

Highlights:

  • Khustai National Park
  • Khogno Khan Natural Reserve
  • Kharkhorin - The Ancient capital city
  • Erdene Zuu – Monastery
  • Great White Lake
  • Khorgo Volcano
  • Chuluut River
  • Naadam Festival in Hatgal village
  • Nomadic family stay

Accommodation:

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.

Transport:

  • Russian Van: Steel Russian vans with seats facing each other, ideal for adventure seeking traveler’s (max 6 people)
  • Japanese Van: Family type van with comfortable seats and air conditioning (max 4 people)
  • Land Cruiser: Comfortable speedy ride with air conditioning (max 2 people)

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.

Tour Price Per Person:

  • 1-person US$ 2550 per person
  • 2-people US$ 1600 per person
  • 3-people US$ 1100 per person
  • 4-people US$ 940 per person
  • 5-people US$ 825 per person
  • 6-people US$ 715 per person

Price Included:

  • Transport (Tour Distance covered - 2100 km)
  • Airport/Train station pick up and drop off
  • English speaking tour Guide (preferred language on request)
  • Accommodation at family run guesthouse and nomadic family Gers
  • Most meals a day (Breakfast x 10 Lunch-11 Dinner-10)
  • Entrance Fees/Local Taxes
  • Horse & camel riding 1 hour each
  • Mineral water/Tea/coffee

Not Included:

  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Alcoholic & soft drinks
  • Any other personal expenses or additional services

Meals during the tour:

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.

Some recommendations:

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.

What to bring:

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.

Itinerary:

Day 1. (July 8) Ulaanbaatar to Amarbaysgalant Monastery

An early morning start at 7am after breakfast. Drive through the town of Darkhan, the second largest city. Have lunch 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 favourite with travellers. Stay in a local ger camp.

Day 2. (July 9) Selenge River

After a hearty breakfast, visit the monastery and continue to drive northwest. Drive through the town of Erdenet, the second largest city for a lunch break, and then continue to Selenge river. 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. Stay in a local ger camp

Day 3. (July 10) Khuvsgul Lake

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. Accommodation will be at a local ger camp.

Day 4. (July 11) Local Naadam Festival

After 8am breakfast, the day begins with the drive to Hatgal town, where you will spend a day celebrating the amazing Mongolian Naadam festival. Mongolian Naadam is a festival celebrating Mongolian tradition with games, parades and celebrations. The highlights are the ‘three manly games’ of wrestling, archery and horse racing. Naadam is a truly amazing spectacle not to be missed.

Like all great festivities, it all begins with an opening ceremony. Dancers and musicians delight the watching crowds, and athletes and horse riders march across the Hatgal Naadam arena. After the spectacular ceremony, the competitions begin.

Day 5 (July 12) Khuvsgul Lake

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. VIsit to the Tsaatan people camp. 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. Dinner will be made by a local family.

Day 6 (July 13) Enroute to Great White Lake (300km)

After early morning breakfast, start driving towards Arkhangai province and stay in the family run guesthouse.

Day 7 (July 14) Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur - Great White Lake

The day starts with the drive to Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur where you will spend a night, a volcanic lake ringed by stark rocky mountains. There are many natural highlights to explore in this area including Khorgo Volcano.  Horse riding into the volcanic mountains for an amazing view. Have a relaxing day to yourself. Stay at a family run ger camp.

Day 8 (July 15) Nomadic Family Stay

After breakfast by the beautiful lake, begin the drive towards Ovorkhangai province where you will spend the day with a nomadic family and learn more about their culture, including assisting with herding livestock, learn to make dairy products and Mongolia food.

Day 9 (July 16) Khar Khorin (The Ancient capital city)

After breakfast, we begin the drive to the next destination of Khar Khorin, the local town that was once the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire 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. Lunch in a local café. After big day of exploring the town and its incredible history.

Day 10 (July 17) Khogno Khaan Nature Reserve- Hustai National Park

After an early 7am breakfast, the tour begins at 8am with the drive out of Khar Khorin. The first stop will be Khogno Khan Nature Reserve where you will have camel riding at the local camel herders family. Khogno Khan Natural Reserve​ is a beautiful series of rocky hills that rise above the otherwise flat landscape and sand dunes. Visit the ruins of the Uvgun Khiid monastery, that was destroyed in 1937 by the Stalin Purges, and even spot a snow leopard if you are lucky. Your final destination for the day will be Hustai National Park​. The park is home to the successfully reintroduced Przewalski or “Takhi” Horse, which are some of the last truly wild horses in the world.

Day 11 (July 18) Travel back to UB

Return to Ulaanbaatar with nothing but fond memories, enjoying a Mongolian lunch on the way and one last day in the wild! (100km drive) The driver will take you to your accommodation.

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