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Winter travel in Mongolia will leave you with wonderful and unique memories of your trip. On this trip, you will experience local culture and adventures. Enjoy 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 of interest within this cultural landscape. You will also have the opportunity to celebrate Lunar New Year with a nomadic family.
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 monastery, and even spot a snow leopard if you are lucky.
Spend the day adventuring by the mountain, riding a camel through the sand dunes and horses into the wild rocky mountain, as well as visiting Uvgun Khiid temple. Depending on the weather, a 2km hike in this mountain range is highly recommended. Spend the rest of day the with the nomadic family learn more about their culture, including assisting with herding livestock.
After breakfast, we begin the 90km drive to 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, enjoy dinner at a local family home.
A big day starts at 9am with a hearty breakfast and the journey to Ogii Lake. 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. Enjoy walking and immersing yourself in the beauty of the lake. Enjoy dinner at a local family ger.
On the way back to Ulaanbaatar, we will visit Khar Bukhiin Balgas, a fortress that was inhabited by the Kitan Dynasty from 917 to 1120. Then we return to Ulaanbaatar with nothing but fond memories, enjoying a picnic lunch on the way and one last day in the wild!