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Discover Nomadic Lifestyle Tour 9 - Days

Have you ever been inside of real nomadic lifestyle and culture? Do you want to discover and stay with people whose ancestors made the biggest empire in the world during medieval period? This trip gives you only one great chance to visit real Mongolian nomadic families and experience their everyday life, custom and tradition. Also in this trip, we included most attractive places of Mongolia such as Amarbaysgalant Monastery, and blue pearl of Mongolia-Huvsgul Lake. Lake Huvsgul is Mongolia's largest and deepest lake.

Located in the northernmost province, it is the largest tributary stream of Lake Baikal in Russia. 96 rivers and streams flow out of Huvsgul, among them the Egiin River, which then joins the Selenge along its eventual path to Lake Baikal Lake Huvsgul is 136 km long, water beneath 100 meters & 36 km wide, 262 meters deep and is located at an altitude of 1645 m above sea level. Taiga Fauna and Flora, Tsatan, practicing reindeer breeding are the main attractions for tourist.

Fishing and sport fishing are becoming popular in the lake area. Lake Huvsgul is on the important migration route for birds from Siberia, thus facilitating marvelous opportunities for bird watching. Discover Nomadic life tour is full of new experience which is you never have felt.

Group size: 4 to 12 people
Tour cost: Starting US$ 1575
Schedule 2014: July 12 – 20, Aug 06 – 14, Aug 28 – Sep 05,
Highlights:
Amarbayasgalant, Huvsgul Lake, Exploring nomadic lifestyle, experience herders daily life, ride horse, Tsaatan ethnic people, Mongolian barbeque

Discover the biggest nomadic country in the world - rich diversity of nomadic culture in the regions
Explore the hospitability of the nomadic culture and lifestyle
Stay inside of Mongolian ancient and rich heritage
Trekking and boating in Khuvsgul Lake - 2nd largest freshwater lake in Asia
Meet Tsaatan reindeer nomads
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A chance to see how the real Mongolian authentic Barbecue is made the traditional way!
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Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and City tour

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. You'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your hotel. After lunch take a half-day city tour including a visit to the National History Museum, where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present. and an excursion to the Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get your bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. Overnight in the hotel.  (L+D)

Visit the site of Ancient Monastery Amarbaysgalant

Start country trip to Selenge aimag, Amarbayasgalant Monastery. It was dedicated for Mongolian first religious head Zanabazar. Amarbayasgalant, one of the most well known and largest monasteries of Mongolia, is located in the beautiful Iven Gol River valley on the foot of Burenkhan mountain in Baruunburen som of Selenge province. Visitors especially enjoy the magnificent art and architectural construction. Arrival the area you will stay in front of Ger nearby local nomads. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


Drive to Bulgan soum and visit nomad family

In the early morning, drive to Bulgan soum of Orkhon province, an area where you will experience and learn unique lifestyle of nomads by living and staying with them. Visit the nomad family. You are free to taste the favorite drink of Mongolians - airag, fermented mare's milk. You may also enjoy tea and conversations with the family, take hikes or read a book around the family Ger. That would probably be the best experience to challenge you with exotic nomadic life in very rustic condition for a while. In the evening you will be filled with a lesson on "Shagai", traditional game. Play game of "Horse racing" by "Shagai" with family members and compete them. Overnight with the nomad family. (B+L+D)


Whole day in stay with nomads

Start your morning with nomadic breakfast, includes traditional dairy products such as Aaruul-curdled milk dried in outside by the sun, Suutei tsai-salty milk tea, Boortsog- homemade butter biscuits fried in oil and so on. While staying here you will have plenty of possibilities to explore nomad way of life as talking with people, learning and sharing their culture and customs, and involve their daily works. Experience the milking cows, goats and sheep. The hostess of the family will show and teach you how to produce tasty and nutritious dairy products of "aaruul" and "byaslag", a Mongolian cheese and blend traditional vodka called "Shimiin arkhi". No doubt, you'll be invited to try that vodka. Optional horse riding trip is available according to request. Overnight with the nomad family. (B+L+D)


Horse based nomadic culture

After having breakfast you will learn how to tie halter and hobble for a horse by leather strap, and to saddle Mongolian horse for ride. There is a chance to join a ride with a horseman to look for his horses in the wild pasture and to bring them home. Non riders can walk with a herdsman to pasture and see the way of breeding sheep. Also you will watch how Mongolian skillful cowboys catch horses by "Uurga" – a traditional wooden lasso. You can ride horse, walk around or read a book, all are possible to do. For lunch you will enjoy "Khorkhog", is real Mongolian barbeque, grilled with hot stones. If you bring hot stones it will be good for relax also health. Farewell lunch with nomads. Overnight in the ger of nomad family. (B+L+D)


Drive to Huvsgul National Park & Trekking, boating

In the early morning, we will drive to Huvsgul Lake, the deepest and purest lake in Mongolia. You have opportunity to trek to the lakeside & mountain for exploring, taking pictures, enjoying wildlife, flora & fauna of Huvsgul lake area. Then you have a chance to bike, boating. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


Free relaxing, visit Tsaatan family

After breakfast, near Huvsgul Lake are found the Tsaatan ethnic people. These enigmatic people herd reindeer not only for their antlers, a lucrative medicinal material, but as well for their milk and meat. If you want to ride a reindeer here's your chance! Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


Flight to Ulaanbaatar and city tour options

Today you will be driven back to capital of the Huvsgul province, Murun with your guide for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar. If you desire you will be taken to souvenir and cashmere shops before attending a performance of national folklore. Farewell dinner in Mongolian Barbeque restaurant and overnight in the hotel. (B+L+D)


Departure back Mongolia

After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. (B)


B - Breakfast        L - Dinner        D - Dinner

Tour Information

The best time to make this trip: May to September is the best season, with the peak season in July for the Naadam Festival. July and August are also the wettest months of the year, but be assured; our climate is such that you will still have many sunny days at this time.

Accommodation: We believe that comfortable, welcoming accommodation is vital to the enjoyment of your trip. You will be stay in a standard 3-4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar and a tourist ger camp (traditional dwelling) with currency (220V), shower and other useful services (2 or 4 people per ger) in the countryside. All accommodation offered by Discover Mongolia is personally checked by our staff to ensure high standards.

Meals: In Ulaanbaatar, you will be dining at fine European and Asian cuisine restaurants. Mutton, beef, rice and noodles form the basis of the Mongolian diet, so your meals will be based around this. However, the trail rations may include vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and sometimes yak! On some days there will be lunchboxes from tourist camps. It is good food and our experience has been that guests are happy with this arrangement. Please let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian. Alcohol is not provided on the trip but tourists are free to bring their own.

Transport: Discover Mongolia use the highest level, latest model, air-conditioned private vans or 4WD vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days. A day's drive in the countryside will be approx 200-250km.

Guide: An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.

Personal things to bring with you: Warm thin layers of clothing are the best such as bring a waterproof jacket, sandals and a hat and headscarf to protect you from the sun and winds. Don't forgot insect repellent, sun cream, lip-gloss and first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you ). All your camera equipment.

Dates & Price

2014 Dates

Price

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July 12 - 19

US$1575

 

Aug 06 - 13

US$1575

Sep 03 – 10

US$1575



2015 Dates

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July 12 - 19

US$1575

 

Aug 06 - 13

US$1575

Sep 03 – 10

US$1575

Services included in the price


 

Hotel:
Hotel is based on two people sharing one room with twin beds at 4 star hotel
2 nights including Western or Mongolian breakfast
Free luggage keeping in the hotel while on tour to countryside

 

Tourist Ger camp:
Shared accommodation in tourist ger camp Ger (traditional dwelling) has 2 to 4 beds - very interesting and unique Western style toilets and hot shower facility is separate block - shared The restaurant serve usually Western and Mongolian meals Single supplement cannot be guaranteed but possible Click here to see picture of the tourist ger camp


Transportation:
Round way domestic flights from Ulaanbaatar to South Gobi


Private Transfers on each day:
Air conditioned and comfortable Mitsubishi Delica 4x4 off road van Highly skilled driver Airports pick up and drop off service Allow only 4 passengers for 5 passenger seats - Your comfort is our priority! Click here to view picture of the vehicles that we use for our tours.


Guides:
English speaking guiding service throughout the entire time Local guides for horse and camel ride trials Boat driver


Meals:
All meals as listed in the itinerary Finest Western and Mongolian meals, deserts Authentic Mongolian Barbecue Daily supply of bottled water: 3 x 0.5 bottle per day


Entrance fees:
To all scenic spots as listed in the itinerary such as museums, monasteries, strictly protected areas, parks, concert, road fees


Horse ride trial - 1 hour
Camel ride trial - 1 hour
Boat rental


Services not included in the price


International airfare or train tickets:
Discover Mongolia! offers cheap international airfares and train tickets for our clients upon request.


Mongolia entry visa fee:
Discover Mongolia! provides confirmed clients an invitation letter for obtaining entry visa to Mongolia.


Excess luggage charges:
Free luggage allowance is 15 kg for domestic flights depending on the air company.


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Personal expenses:
Such as laundry, beverages, alcoholic drinks, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.


Travel insurance:
Our clients are recommended to get travel insurance coverage from their local insurance companies before traveling.


Single room supplement:
Single supplement is available at $70 in the hotel


 

Single ger supplement:
Single supplement is available at $25 per night at ger camps.

 

Feed back


Thank you for our delightful short travel in Mongolia. Most sincerely, Lisa Pearl from USA. 2011 Sep

"Dear Oyunaa,
We had a lovely tour with Dawa and Nanida. We enjoyed every minute of their company. Dawa was very knowledgeable and gave us a meaningful appreciation for Mongolian history, culture, and land. I wonder if you could pass along this email to her because I never got to thank her in person. I got rushed into our hotel to confirm our reservation. "

Thank you for our delightful short travel in Mongolia. Bayarlalaa, Christoph Klojda from USA. 2011 Sep

"Dear Oyunaa,
Now that things have calmed down a little since returning home, I wanted to thank you for your patience and assistance in organizing my recent tour of Mongolia. It was an excellent experience, and an amazing country to spend some time in learning about the people and the culture. I would also like to pass on my thanks to both Lagshmi and Dovchin. They are both wonderful people, took too good care of me and helped make the experience extra special. Please pass my thanks onto them. While it may be a long time off, I look forward to visiting Mongolia again in the future. When that happens, I will definitely look for Discover Mongolia's assistance again. Please keep my information on hand if anyone is requesting referrals. "

Thank you for our delightful short travel in Mongolia. Anna and Tomislav from Sweden. 2010 Oct

"Dear Tuvshinbat,
We are working a lot since we came back from Mongolia, so we don't have time even to see all the amazing photos we made there. Anyway we would like to thank you one more time for everything you did for us, and for wonderful time you helped us to have in you're country. It was unique experience, Mongolia is a beautiful place, one of the best holidays we had so far, and we would definitely like to visit it again and see and learn more. We are a big commercial for you, and i hope more people will come and share our experience.

And we would also like to express our gratitude for the two lovely people we meet at the station, and whiteout whom we will be probably lost in the mountain or at the black market. :) Ms. Boloroo and you're friend Mr. Sugar are excellent guides and friends.

I hope we will be back and next time we'll meet you as well, and we wish you all the best.

Best regards,"

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