Schedule 2017 & 2018
|jul 02||jul 17|
Do you want to experience all Mongolia has to offer but don't know where to start? See not only the boundless steppe and the great deserts but also explore the historical sites and meet the people? Then this tour is for you. Amazing sceneries, rich history, wildlife and adventure await on this fabulous trip - we promise you won't forget it!
Southern Mongolia (4 days) A chance for you to try riding the 2 humped Bactrian camel amongst the huge sand dunes of Southern Mongolia. Meet the camel herdsman and his family and then go on to see the land of the Dinosaurs, with relics from 60 million years ago.
Central Mongolia (4 days) Visits to huge Buddhist Erdenezuu monastery, the symbolic ruins of the ancient capital Karakorum, and great extinct volcano area with White Lake. Visit nomadic horseman family and sample their home made dairy products.
Northern Mongolia (4 days) Huvsgul Lake is the second biggest freshwater lake in Asia after Baikal and is a great place for fishing and boating and hiking through the beautiful scenery on land to explore the flora and fauna. Plus here you will meet Tsaatan reindeer nomads and explore their lifestyle.
Ulaanbaatar (2 days) The capital of Mongolia is a city of contrast where modern life comfortably blends with Mongolian traditional lifestyle you will visit the best of the city including Gandan Monastery, National Museum of History, Zaisan Hill War Memorial and live performance of Mongolian National folklore.
Are you not able to have this wonderful tour on a fixed date? No worries, just visit our regular Discover Mongolia Tour with many flexible departure dates.
Why choose this tour
"Sake your thirst for adventure, while traveling in comfort”
We represent your interests best!
- Travel in comfort, yet feel the country's pulse.
- Available with a local Naadam Festival - UNESCO World Cultural Heritage
- See the real Mongolia- the largest nomadic country in the world, the side that other tourists don't get to see.The itinerary includes two domestic flights, so that you can save time and get more done.
- Go on a four wheel drive adventure spanning the vast steppe, cross the Gobi desert, trail through deep coniferous taiga forests, high mountains and crystal clear lakes.Dig into luscious barbeques cooked on red-hot stones, the traditional way.
- Enjoy a ride on the sure footed and good-natured Bactrian camel.
- Spend your nights in comfortable tourist camps and eat delicious, hygienic meals.
- Visit majestic temple ruins, sombre tombs, imposing cliffs.
- Peep into extinct volcanoes and rest your body in hot sulfur springs.
All this and much more, only with Discover Mongolia!
(July 02) Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and city tour
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. You'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to 4* hotel. Take a city tour to Gandan Monastery where you will see huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival and visit National Museum of Mongolian History, where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present. Excursion to Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get your bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)
(July 03) Eagle valley in South Gobi
An early morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Dalanzadgad, the capital of Umnugobi aimag. The flight takes hour and a half and on your arrival at the airstrip in Dalanzadgad, the Discover Mongolia team will be waiting for you. Take a city tour of Dalandzadgad town, the capital of South Gobi province and visit local museum. Drive to Yol Am (also called Eagle valley) – a wonderfully picturesque place with ice even in summer, and surrounded by sheer rocky walls, forming incredible canyons. These 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)
(July 04) Khongor sand dunes and camel ride
After breakfast, drive to Khongor sand dunes. These are Mongolia's largest sand dunes, reaching a height of 300 meters in some areas. you will be riding on camel to explore the Khongor sand dunes area. The two-humped Bactrian camels are very comfortable to ride as they walk slowly and gently, and you will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably in between them. Our camel guide will lead you safely through the sand dunes. Plus, you will have an opportunity to visit a camel herdsman family to experience their lifestyle, culture and traditions. The sand dunes change color with each hour of the day, from yellow to silver to rose-color at (sunrise or sunset). Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)
(July 05) Bayanzag, land of the Dinosaurs
Morning, walk around sand dunes. After lunch, we will drive to Bayanzag, (known as Flaming Cliffs where the first nest of dinosaur eggs ever discovered was found in 1922) a site famous for the remains of the Dinosaurs which lived here 60 million years ago. What a chance to walk around where the Dinosaurs once roamed and also get to know saksaul trees and other classic desert vegetation. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)
(July 06) Ongi Temple Ruins
After breakfast, we will drive to Ongi Temple ruins which had about thousand lamas. It is a ruin of big monastery Bari Yonzon Hamba on the bank of a river. On the way, we will enjoy the vast steppe of the country. Play traditional games and Overnight in the tourist camp. (B+L+D)
(July 07) Karakorum and Erdenzuu
After breakfast, continue driving to Karakorum, the symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. On the way, we will enjoy beautifully changing landscape from semi desert Gobi into forest steppe. Visit Erdene-Zuu, the oldest monastery, with 108 stupas, built in 1586. Then visit Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Ancient state period halls. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)
(July 08) Local Naadam Festival
Today is the inauguration ceremony of Naadam, opened by the governor of the town. There will be held wrestling, horse racing and archery tournaments. Naadam festival continues to tournaments of wrestling, horse racing, archery and other traditional games. A real chance for you to experience the tradition and culture of the people of this unique country. A chance to try the local foods and beverages. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)
(July 09) Local Naadam Festival and Ugii Lake
After breakfast, Naadam festival continues on the second day with tournaments of wrestling, horse racing, archery and other traditional games. Drive to Ugii Lake (altitude 1387 m; surface area—25 sq. km). When you visit the lake, you will have an opportunity to take a hike and do some birding. On the way, you will see Khusuu Tsaidam, a Turkic inscribed monument of the Turkic State (6th – 8th Centuries A.D). Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)
photo's by Uugan
(July 10) Tour to Arkhangai province, claim to be Switzerland in Mongolia
Drive to Arkhangai province. Take a city tour of Arkhangai province and visit local museum. Tour to Tamir valley will be quite exciting with exploration of attractive landscape composition of mountain, forest, grassland and rivers. Enjoy hiking and photographing. Overnight in tourist camp near legendary Taikhar rock. (B+L+D)
(July 11) Horgo extinct volcano and Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake
Drive to Horgo extinct volcano and Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (spelled also Khorgo and white lake) It was established to project the spectacular mountain scenery and endangered species of flora & fauna. It's surrounded by the Khangai Mountains, which reach as 3000 meters above the sea level. Over comparatively small area here there are a dozen or so extinct volcanoes. We will ride horse here to explore big volcano crater area. White is a good spot for bird watching and photographing. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)
photo by Meghan
(July 12) Drive to Jargalant and visit nomad family
After breakfast we will drive Jargalant soum, Visit Jargal Jiguur hot springs, sulphar springs that emerge from the ground (300m) at 70 degrees Celsius. Facilities include outdoor baths (male and female), showers and accommodation. We will visit a local horsemen family where you have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions. Dinner is real authentic Mongolian barbecue, prepared in the traditional style with hot stones. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)
(July 13) Tour to Murun town
After breakfast drive to Murun town, the capital of Huvsgul province. Take a city tour of Murun town and visit museum. Relax in local hotel. (B+L+D)
photo's source: http://confluence.org/
(July 14) Huvsgul National Park
Today, we will drive to Huvsgul Lake, the deepest and purest lake in Mongolia. You will have 2 days for relaxing and enjoying in the end of tour. On the way visit a fantastic historical area including 2-3m high deer stone in Uushgi uvur. You have opportunity to trek to the lakeside & mountain for taking photos and exploring and enjoying the wildlife, flora & fauna of Huvsgul lake area. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)
(July 15) Take a boat tour to see Mongolian reindeer
Today we take a boat tour to see local reindeer in the deep taiga forest. Reindeer are herded for their antlers, a lucrative medicinal material as well as for their milk and meat. You have a chance to ride reindeer and take your memorable pictures. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)
(July 16) Fly back to Ulaanbaatar
Drive back to Murun for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar. If you would like to do some shopping for souvenirs and cashmeres in Ulaanbaatar, here is the chance and later in the evening, we all attend a live performance of Mongolian National folklore. Overnight in the hotel. (B+L+D)
SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Hotel is based on two people
sharing one room with twin beds at 4 star hotel
|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
Domestic flights from Ulaanbaatar to South Gobi from Huvsgul to Ulaanbaatar
|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!
English speaking guiding service throughout the entire time Local guides for horse and camel ride trials Boat driver
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
To all scenic spots as listed in the itinerary such as museums, monasteries, strictly protected areas, parks, concert, road fees
|Horse ride - 1 hour Camel ride - 1 hour Boat trip - 1 hour|
|A chance to see how the real authentic Mongolian Barbecue is made the traditional way!|
|Invitation letter for entry visa to Mongolia.|
|I discovered Mongolia! brand t-shirt is yours!|
Service 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 obtainingentry visa to Mongolia.|
|Excess luggage charges:|
Free luggage allowance is 15 kg for domestic flights depending on the air company.
Such as laundry, beverages, alcoholic drinks, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
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 (for 2 nights)
|Single ger supplement:|
Single supplement is available at $25 per night at ger camps.
->Ms. Gaye Frisby,from USA:
Tour guide Jack-Jangar, knowledgablle, funny , witty. This man ran the games !! Driver was great! Beyond Expectations
->Ms. Jillian Dislers, Ms. Lynnette Hollow,Ms. Nadene Esposito :
Oyunaa,Tegi were prompt to answer all enquires. -NEW WEBSITE much improved. WE had a great time . WE <3 love MONGOLIA.
->Ms. Janice Starck, from Australia:
-> Zorigoo, Nymlai, Nandia, Altanbayar / Batkhuyag: Excellent navigation of really difficulty road as lack of roads. always keeping the car clean & window clean . coniduate supply of water too.
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.
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 to 4 people per ger) in the countryside. All accommodation offered by Discover Mongolia is personally checked by our staff to ensure high standards.
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.
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.
Personal things to bring with you:
Warm thin layers of clothing are the best such as bring a waterproof jacket, and a hat and headscarf to protect you from the sun and winds. Don't forgot insect repellent, sun cream, lip-gloss, water purifying tablets and first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you ). All your camera equipment.
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