Luxury Trip Mongolia Encompassed
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Detailed description

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Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival at the airport you will be welcomed by our team. We will bring you to your comfortable, centrally located hotel. Afternoon is time to relax after long flight and recover from jet lack. Your guide will be at your disposal the whole afternoon. You will enjoy afternoon tea & coffee with fellow passengers and with your guide while discussing details of upcoming adventures. In the evening we will head all together to have a first taste of Mongolia.

(Shangri-La 5* hotel D)

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Terelj National Park

After a good breakfast in our hotel we will leave for Terelj National Park located about 80 km Northeast of Ulaanbaatar. It is a part of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. The park is a deep valley surrounded by forested mountains with its granite rocks, pine trees, a river and streams. A picturesque area perfect for scenic hiking & horse riding trails. They valley is covered by wild flowers, plants and peacefully grazing herds of yaks, horses, goats & sheep. On our way to Terelj we will be visiting the Genghis Khan Monument. The Khan Monument is a vast aluminium monument of Genghis Khan on his horse. It’s possible to climb to the top of the monument from where you have a great view of the surrounding area. A little museum that gives a good overview of great Mongol empire history with its great Khans succession lines and their invasions. After visiting statue we will drive further into the park and arrive in our comfortable hotel located at the bank of Tuul River. We will end our day over dinner table on the terrace of our hotel while enjoying the magnificent view over green valley, river, nomad’s settlements and their animals. It is a rare glimpse to take in.  

(Terelj Hotel 5* hotel B, L, D)

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Terelj National Park

Our day begins with a visit to nomadic horse breeding family. Your guide will help to forge contact with nomads and you will have better knowledge of their unique way of life. We will get involved in many variety of daily activities of herders pursue. Milk sheep, goat, cows and horses. Process the milk to make butter, cheese & yogurt. Savour delicious, fresh dairy products you help producing. Fresh yak cream & yogurt with wild blueberry jam produced locally are the best you have ever tasted anywhere in the world. Not to miss as well is fermented mare milk. A talented horseman will show his techniques to catch horse from freely roaming herd with Uurag – long wooden stick with ropes fixed at the end. Afternoon is free time. Take one of the hiking trails nearby of your hotel that leads to hills and enjoy the scenic view of over the park. It is a typical Siberian landscape. The mountain ranges is home to deer, wolves, moose, bears and countless species of birds. You will hear and see ever more ground squirrels, marmots and birds. Keep your eyes open!

(Terelj Hotel 5* hotel B, L, D)

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Ulaanbaatar

Today we will head to Ulaanbaatar. On our way we will visit Turtle rock and Aryaval meditation monastery at the foot of hill. Last scenic view over the park before leaving.

Our last stop will be at 100 monks cave. This tiny little cave was once used by 100 monks as hiding place during communist persecution. You can see the cave wall blackened as a result of fire and smoke. Tonight back in Ulaanbaatar we will watch beautiful cultural show enjoy the colourful & rhythmic Mongolian dance, throat singing and admire the contortionists.

(Shangri-La 5* hotel B, L, D)

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Flight to Gobi Desert

Today we will fly to South Gobi province town Dalanzadgad. The Gobi Desert measures over 1,610 km from southwest to northeast and 800 km from north to south and stretches over Mongolia and China. It occupies an arc of land 1,295,000 km2 in area, making it fifth largest in the world and Asia’s largest. Much of the Gobi is not sandy but is covered with bare rock.

The Gobi is a cold desert, with frost snow on its dunes during the winter months. Besides being quite far north, it is also located on a plateau roughly 910–1,520 meters above sea level, which further contributes to its low temperatures. An average of approximately 194 millimetres of rain falls per year in the Gobi. Additional moisture reaches parts of the Gobi in winter as snow is blown by the wind from the Siberian Steppes. These winds cause the Gobi to reach extremes of temperature ranging from –40°C in winter to +50°C in summer. From airport we will head north about 70 km to our camp. 

(Three Camel Lodge B, L, D)

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Yolyn Am and Dungenee Canyon

Today we will take a ride through the beautiful gorges of the imposing Altai Mountain Chain. We will pass through the Yolyn Am and the Dungenee Canyon both located in the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. Ancient rivers carved those green valleys. We may catch a glimpse of the wild Argali sheep, the Ibex, the desert gazelles or the Golden Eagles. We will also pay a visit to the little museum of the park where you can admire a collection of dinosaur bones and local flora and fauna.

(Three Camel Lodge B, L, D)

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Bayanzag or Flaming Cliffs & Moltsog Els

Today we will explore Bayanzag also known as the “Flaming Cliffs” is the worldwide renowned place where palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews found dinosaur bones and eggs. The surrounding landscape is a beautiful combination of rocks, red sand and scrubs. Here we will spend some time exploring the cliffs. After exploring the cliffs we will drive further to Moltsog Els, sand dune. Here we will visit two humped camel breeding family and get introduced to their simple, humble, hard yet amazing way of life. Gobi desert being the coldest desert of the world with cold wind blowing pretty much throughout whole autumn, winter and spring without any shelter exposed in plains demands extreme survival method of living. Gobi nomads are well-known for their hard working quality in whole Mongolia.

(Three Camel Lodge B, L, D)

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Flight to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast we will drive to Dalanzadgad to catch our flight to Ulaanbaatar.

Afternoon we will cover some city tour. Staring with the Bogd Khan’s Winter and Summer Palace, a series of beautiful traditional buildings in which the eighth Living Buddha and the last king lived. It is now a museum displaying fascinating artefacts and costumes associated with the last king as well as his collection of stuffed animals. After the visit we will climb to Zaisan hill where you will have an overview of whole city.

(Shangri-La B, L, D)

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Flight to Moron

Today our flight takes us to North of Mongolia. On the way to Khovsgol Lake we will visit the Uushig Deer Stone complex. A complex of deer stones dating back to prehistoric time. Evidence of Prehistoric people’s art work known as deer stones and burial mounds. After visiting the site, we will continue on our driving and reach the Khovsgol Lake. Mongolian blue pearl, the Khovsgol Lake. It is a huge 2.760 square km alpine lake (130 km in length and 40 km in width), surrounded by mountain chains of more than 2.000 meters high, thick pine forests and lush meadow with grazing yaks and horses. More than 100 small rivers and streams feed the lake with crystal clear water. Water exits the lake through only one river, the Egiin, whose waters eventually reach the Baikal Lake. The lake contains about 1.5% of the world’s fresh water (excluding water contained in the icecaps). The lake and rivers are full of fish. Around a dozen species of fish inhabit the lake and rivers. The most well-known are the sturgeon, grayling, lennok, salmon, taimon, etc.

(Ashihai Ger Camp B, L, D)

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Khovsgol Lake

We will spend a full day exploring the lakeshore and surrounding mountains. After breakfast we will start our day with a trek on horses along the lake shore till we get introduced to a very different tribal life. Reindeer family with reindeers named Tsaatan people. Their unique way of life is centred and structured around reindeer and guided by Shamanism, ancestral spiritual practice based on nature worship. Their life depends on reindeer for milk, transportation and basic tools and handicrafts. They use the reindeers to ride them to hunt wild elk and boar. The reindeers have adapted to move swiftly across deep snowdrifts in winter. Discover their life and the influence of Shamanism on their daily life. Evening, barbeque cooked over hot stones is on the menu. Engage a friendly chat & stories of their life over one or two shots of vodka. Herders make local vodka from fermented milk. Tastes little bit similar to rice vodka.

(Ashihai Ger Camp B, L, D)

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Khovsgol Lake

Today we will take a boat tour on crystal blue lake. Afternoon we will practice putting up Mongolian Ger with the help of experts. They are designed to be easily assembled or taken down as nomadic owner resumes his travel. You will see beautifully richly decorated and painted parts of Gers and see how they are put together. We will try archery as well. Target well. ☺

(Ashihai Ger Camp B, L, D)

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Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

Today we will take our flight back to Ulaanbaatar. On the way back from airport we will go and visit cashmere factory. We will see different process of goat cashmere going through into becoming fine delicate clothes. This afternoon we will have free time to explore further the town and to shop for souvenirs. In the evening we will share memories of our trip over final farewell dinner at one of the city’s best restaurant.

(Shangri-La B, L, D)

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Departure

You may depart anytime. Time to say final good bye to the land of blue sky.

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