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Mongolian National Parks Tour 16 - Days
Altai Mountains is the highest of three major mountain ranges in Mongolia, straddling the Russian and Chinese frontiers in the Far West. Mountains of eternal snowcapped mountains and glaciers. In these remote regions live many nomads of ethnic minorities. The Kazakhs are Muslims, and speak an ancient Kazakh language, as well as Tuvans, who are Buddhist and shamanistic. This dramatic journey will bring us to Mongolia's highest mountain region.

Terelj National Park is the most popular destination and the third biggest protected area in Mongolia . Visitors can take leisurely strolls on meadows carpeted with edelweiss and a dazzling variety of other wild flowers, view fascinating rock formations against a backdrop of pine covered mountains and wander along the wooded banks of a mountain stream.

The 90,000 hectare Hustain Huruu National Park, set 60 miles southwest of Ulaanbaatar, is home to the world's only naturally surviving wild horse. The Przewalski horse (or takhi in Mongolian) has been successfully reintroduced into the wild and has a light yellow coat and a short, stiff black mane. Each horse is approximately 250cm long, 146cm tall and weighs on average 300kg.

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.

Group size: 4 to 12 people
Tour cost: Starting US$ 4145
Schedule 2014: June 27 - July 12, July 25 – Aug 09, Aug 22 – Sep 06
Destinations:
Altai Tavan Bogd NP, Potanina glacier, Hustai NP, Terelj NP, Huvsgul NP, South Gobi, Yol Am, Khongor sand dune, Tugrigiin Shiree, Bayanzag, biggest petrolgyphs, Kazakh Nomadic Life, dinosaur fossils, camel and horse ride

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Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and City tour

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to hotel. After lunch take a city tour including a visit to the dinosaur exhibitions hall at the Natural History Museum and Bogd Khan Palace, a series of beautiful traditional buildings where the last religious King of Mongolia resided. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)

Fly to Bayan Ulgii, Western Mongolia

Meet in the Ulaanbaatar. Flight to Ulgii, the capital of the Bayan-Ulgii province. The flight takes 3 and a half hours, and on arrival at the airstrip in the Ulgii a local driver will take you to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. Visit the most interesting local museum of Ulgii, with comprehensive information of flora and fauna of Bayan-Ulgii as well as it colourful traditional costumes. Visit a handicraft shop. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd

Departure by 4wd minivans (Furgon) 165 km along the north-westerly route. Towards to Tsagaan Gol valley. When we reach the road end, with the support of camels, we will trek for 11km to the base camp area at the edge of the 20km long Potanina glacier, which runs down from the highest mountains in Mongolia. Overnight in tent. (B+L+D)


Altai Tavan Bogd Mountain Trek

After breakfast full day trek through Altai Mountains. Enjoy small hiking and photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. Today is acclimatization for everybody and surrounding. Tavanbogd means "The Holy Five" referring to the peaks of Huiten (4374m and the highest), Nairamdal, Ulgii, Burget and Malchin. It is a stunning setting with the awe inspiring massif of high snow capped peaks. Overnight in tent. (B+L+D)


Altai Tavan Bogd Mountain Trek

Trek back on the other side of the Tsaagan River (White River) to Shiveet Hairhan Mountain, where the Tuva people live. Here we will now be able to view the biggest petrolgyphs from the period of the Huns (approx 200 B.C.). The Huns were the reason for the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi to build the Great Wall of China. Overnight in tent. (B+L+D)


Drive back to Ulgii and visit Altai Kazakh Nomadic Life

Drive back to Ulgii. On the way visit some Kazakh Nomadic families and feel their grade hospitalities. Meet Kazakh Eagle hunter and see his magnificent bird. See how Kazakh women are making felt and other handy crafts. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


Fly back to Ulaanbaatar, then drive to Hustai National Park

Internal flight to Ulanbaatar. Drive to Hustayn nuuru National Park and see the takhi, the Asian wild horse. Enjoy small hikes and photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. Visit the museum dedicated to the takhis. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


Terelj National park and visit a local horsemen family

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Terelj National park. You'll explore the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones; some of them look quite similar to turtles. The Terelj National Park incorporates parts of Khentii Mountain Range. Overnight in tourist camp.(B+L+D)


Internal flight to Huvsgul (Murun)

After breakfast drive to airport. Internal flight to the capital of the Huvsgul aimag, Murun. 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. Overnight in near the Lake Huvsgul tourist camp.(B+L+D)


Huvsgul National Park

After breakfast, whole day hiking and 2-3 hours boating (kayaking) in the Western shore of Hövsgöl nuur. Visit 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 near the Lake Huvsgul 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. Relax in the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.  (B+L+D)


Fly to South Gobi and visit Eagle Valley

Meet in UB and fly to the capital of the South Gobi aimag, Dalanzadgad. The flight takes one and a half hours and on arrival at the airstrip in the Gobi a local driver will take you to Yol Am, or 'Eagle Valley'. Yol Am is a wonderfully picturesque place with ice even in summer and it surrounded by sheer rocky walls which form incredible canyons. Visit Gobi museum. The areas are situated in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park that encompasses the "Three Beauties" peaks and the most easterly points of the Altai Mountains. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


Mongolian largest sand dunes

After breakfast at the camp you will be driven to Khongor Sand Dune. These are Mongolia's largest sand dunes, reaching a height of 300 meters in some areas. The sand dunes change color with each hour of the day, from yellow to silver to rose-colored at (dawn/ sundown). Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


Explore dinosaur's land

Tour to Tugrigiin Shiree site, famous for the Fighting Dinosaurs, a fossil of a Protoceratops and a Velociraptor locked in combat. Also, visit the legendary "Flaming Cliffs" where, in 1922, the first nest of dinosaur eggs the world had ever seen was discovered. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


Flight to Ulaanbaatar and city tour options

Today you will be driven back to capital of the Dalanzadgad province, Umnugobi 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. 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. The best time to visit the Gobi is June or September.

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

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June 27 - July 12

US$4145

 

July 25 – Aug 09

US$4145

Aug 22 – Sep 06

US$4145

Sep 06 – 17

US$4145



2015 Dates

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June 27 - July 12

US$4145

 

July 25 – Aug 09

US$4145

Aug 22 – Sep 06

US$4145

Sep 06 – 17

US$4145

Rider Requirements
Riders must be 10 and over - under 65 years of age (unless prior approval), weight limit is 220 pounds, and no pregnant rider; we screen for any health conditions that might be affected by the 10,000 ft.
elevation (heart, lungs, elevation sickness, sun etc.

Services included in the price


 

Shared accommodation in the hotel

 

Shared accommodation in tourist ger camp


Guiding and interpreting service


All meals as listed in the itinerary


Daily supply of bottled water


Transfers by vehicle 4x4


Local guides

All entrance fees

Horse, camel ride trial, boat rental


Services not included in the price


International airfare


Personal equipments


Optional activity cost


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Excess baggage charges


Single room supplement


Alcoholic drinks


Travel Insurance


All prices are USD per person based on double occupancy. Single supplements are only available at hotels.
Single gers cannot be guaranteed. If a suitable roommate is not available,
a single supplement fee ($70) will be invoiced.


Feed back

We have now returned to Australia after the most wonderful holiday in Mongolia
Thank you for our delightful short travel in Mongolia. Anthony Man from Canada. (2012 Sep)

"Hello Oyuna,
The Discover Mongolia trip by Discover Mongolia Expedition between August 23 and September 3, 2012 was excellent and the service provided was way above my expectation. The tour guide Mir and the driver Dovchin were professional, competent and very friendly. Mir was always having fun herself too and she played two roles at the same time; your dream tour guide and your best travel mate. Dovchin, though speaking little English, proved himself to be one of the best drivers on off road conditions. He handled the mountain and desert paths with unbelievable skill and made the 2,500 Km. + journey exciting but safe; bumpy but enjoyable. The 4x4 was in top condition and Dovchin always kept it clean. The tour itinerary on the confirmation sheet had been well planned and was fully accomplished. The two city guides and the driver also proved themselves to be competent, although they had only one or two days to impress us. I think Mongolia has been underrated a bit, as this is one of the most beautiful countries on this planet in my 18 years of full time travelling, especially for nature lovers and photographers. I have no hesitation to recommend Discover Mongolia to anyone who is interested in Mongolia and the Mongolian cultures. I will be pleased to share such unforgettable experience with you to ensure you will have a good time in Mongolia too.
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Thank you for our delightful short travel in Mongolia. Armand and Aline Bachofner from Switzerland. 2011 July

"Dear Mr. Tuvshinbat,
My daughter and I have safely returned home after an excellent time spent in Mongolia. Discover Mongolia Travel We have been impressed with the professionalism of your organization. Your website is excellent; the people we have dealt with have been of great help, on time and friendly. We will recommend your organization to anyone interested in visiting Mongolia. We were impressed with the professionalism and maturity of our 19 year old guide Lagshimi. She did an excellent job. We also very much enjoyed Terelj National Park tour with Bayarjargal as a guide. She is an extremely competent and joyful person whom we appreciated very much. Both the Chinggis Khan Statue and the Live Museum are very interesting sites that we would not have wanted to miss. It was a very enjoyable and interesting day. "

Thank you for our delightful short travel in Mongolia. Ronald L. Cain from UK. 2011 Oct 28

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Thank you for our delightful short travel in Mongolia. Bernd Steinmetzer 2009 Aug 15

"Hallo,
Now we are back in Berlin, today I'm sitting in my office again and have to work. Let me say it again: It was a wonderful time for us all in Mongolia! We want to say THANK YOU and to all of the Discover Mongolia-Team. We enjoyed our trip a lot and we never will not forget your hospitality. Kindly regards, also from Grandma and Anja"

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