Western Mongolia Highlights tour

Western Mongolia Highlights tour

Western Mongolia Highlights tour

You will travel in the landscape of eternally snow-capped peaks of the Altai Mountain as much as rivers, streams, lakes and the forest zone of Khovd, Uvs, and Bayan-Olgii aimags.

13 Days
Starts from: 2836 USD
Group size : 4-12 people

Schedule 2015

jun 14 jun 26 jul 12 jul 24
aug 09 aug 21 sep 06 jun 17

This trip covers the Western Part of Mongolia and is especially suitable to those want to face new challenges and different experiences! There are about 10 different ethnic nomadic groups live in the area including Kazakhs.

You will travel in the landscape of eternally snow-capped peaks of the Altai Mountain as much as rivers, streams, lakes and the forest zone of Khovd, Uvs, and Bayan-Olgii aimags. A wonderful tour which will fulfill all your hopes and desires.

Why choose this tour

  • Discover the biggest nomadic country in the world - rich diversity of nomadic culture in the regions
  • Trek to Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains
  • Meet Kazakh ethnic group and opportunity to watch Eagle hunting
  • To see rare and protected animals like snow leopard, ibex etc
  • Amazing nature and unique people of the Western Mongolia
  • Domestic flights included

Full itinerary

Day 1

​Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and city tour

After arriving in Ulaanbaatar, you'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to 4* hotel. After lunch, take a city sightseeing tour including a visit to Gandan Monastery with its huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival. See the monks chanting, spin some prayer wheels and view the intricately embroidered thanks. Then visit National Museum of Mongolian History, where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)


Day 2

​Flight to Khovd western Mongolia and drive to Tsenkher cave

Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Khovd, the capital of Khovd province. Discover Mongolia team will be waiting for you. Drive to Khoid tsenkher cave (Northern blue cave). The rock paintings of the cave dating back 20,000-15,000 years ago are rightfully considered as world class evidence of the Upper Paleolithic period. Numerous symbols and animals painted with rosy and brown colors deep inside the cave depict a quietly standing stag, a buffalo with horns, oxen, ibexes, elephants, ostriches, and two-humped camels either separately or overlapping each other. Overnight in tent. (B+L+D)


Day 3

​Drive back to Khovd and Khar-Us lake

Drive back to Khovd province via Khar Us Lake. There are we have good opportunity to see varieties of birds and beaver. You can rest, hearing sound of various waterfowls gathered in the lake. Visit local museum in Hovd town and Overnight in the hotel. (B+L+D)


Khar us Lake

Day 4

​Drive to Bayan-Ulgii province via Tolbo Lake

Drive to Bayan-Ulgii province via Lake Tolbo. Admire the attractive view of majestic mountains on the way. Break the trip near the sheer Tolbo Lake and free hiking there. Visit the Zahchin or Urianhai ethnic nomad family. Overnight in tourist camp in Ulgii town. (B+L+D)

Day 5

​Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Today we will have full day drive to Altai Tavanbogd National Park (means The Holy Five) via Tsagaan Gol (White river) valley and through Altai Mountains that are Mongolia's largest and highest mountain range more than 3000-4000 meters high. One famous spot is "Shiveet Hairhan" Sacred Mountain, where we will see the largest rock painting site from the period of the Huns (approx 200 B.C.) (B+L+D)


Trek

Day 6

​Altai Tavan Bogd horse trek and Potanian Glacier

Today we will ride horse (11km - you can hike also) to Altai Tavanbogd referring to the peaks of Huiten - 4374m and the highest. It is a stunning setting with the awe inspiring massif of high snow capped peaks. We will reach the 20km long Potanina glacier, which is ice river starts from Altai Tavan Bogd Snow Peaks. Back to base camp and overnight in tent. (B+L+D)


Day 7

​Drive back to Bayan-Ulgii province

Drive back to Ulgii. On the way visit Kazakh Nomadic family 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)


Day 8

​Drive to Uureg lake

Today's destination is Uureg Lake, We will spend rest of day leisure at the lake, walking, bird watching, and swimming. Overnight in tourist camp from 15 km from the lake. (B+L+D)



Uureg lake

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Day 9

​Drive Uvs Lake and Sand dune "Buurug del"

Drive to Sand dune "Buurug del" via Ulaangom capital town of Uvs province. On the way we will see Uvs Lake, a gigantic inland sea in the middle of the desert. Then drive to Buurug del sand dunes which are direct continues of Gobi desert and the most northern edge of desert zone in the world. The dunes and surrounding mountains are designated wilderness; this is a great place to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty in a variety of ways. Here you can climb up to the dunes. Overnight in tent. (B+L+D)


Buurug del

Day 10

​Free day and visit nomad family, camel ride

Today is a relaxing day. We will visit a local nomad family. There we have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions and ride 2 humped Bactrian camel. Mongolia has more than twenty different ethnic groups speak their own dialect. About ten kinds of ethnic groups live in the four western provinces. (B+L+D)


Nomad family

Day 11

​Drive back to Uvs.

After breakfast drive back to Ulaangom for your departure flight to Ulaanbaatar. Take a small city tour including local museum and market. Overnight in local hotel. (B+L+D)


Day 12

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast you will have a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. You may choose an optional city tour where you will be taken to souvenir and cashmere shops before enjoying an evening concert of National Folklore. Overnight at the hotel. (B+L+D)



Day 13

Departure Mongolia

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



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 Shared accommodation in tent Click here to see picture of the tourist ger camp


Private Transfers on each day:
Vehicle 4x4 off road minivan Highly skilled driver Airport-hotel, Hotel-airport transfers Click here to view picture of the vehicles that we use for our tours.


Domestic flights:
Round way flights between Ulaanbaatar, Ulaangom and Khovd Click here to view picture of the vehicles that we use for our tours.


Guides:
Guiding and interpreting service Local guide for horse and camel ride trials Boat driver


Meals:
All meals as listed in the itinerary Western and Mongolian meals, deserts Daily supply of bottled water: 3x0.5 btl per day


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

Camel support
Invitation letter for entry visa to Mongolia.

Services not included in the price

Excess luggage charges: Free luggage allowance is 15 kg for domestic flights depending on the air company.
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 (for 2 nights)

Single ger supplement:

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

Tour information

​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.

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 to 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.

​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.