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Mongolia: Horses, Camels & Nomads

Trip Length 14 days

From $5,495

  • Get a taste for the friendly and authentic Mongolian culture as you meet local nomads, ride horses, and overnight in classic gers
  • Experience the golden sand dunes of the Gobi Desert atop a Bactrian camel, and take rewarding daily walks through desert, taiga and steppe environments
  • Explore the amazing Khogna Khan Natural Reserve and the UNESCO-listed Orkhon Valley, see incredible Ongot monuments and hear fascinating local legends
  • Witness a local Naadam festival—featuring Mongolia’s national games of archery, wrestling, and horse racing!

While once a pivotal point on the ancient Silk Road, this "Land of Blue Skies" has managed to retain the basic elements of nomadic life and culture. Horses remain at the heart of Mongol culture, shamanic traditions endure, and ancient Buddhist monasteries reflect venerable spiritual traditions. On this fabulous adventure, you'll travel this immense, silent land from the arid semi-desert Khogna Khan Natural Reserve and the Neolithic Ongot monuments near Hustai National Park through seemingly endless rolling steppe to the ochre-colored sands of the Gobi Desert in the south—including the "singing dunes" of Khongoryn Els. All along the way you'll marvel at the sheer expanse of untamed land, uninterrupted by roads or fences, where there is precious little evidence of human presence save for the nomads' white felt gers, which dot the landscape.

NOTE: The detailed itinerary for Mongolia: Horses, Camels & Nomads presented on this website applies to the July 2016 departure only. The August 2016 departure has a different itinerary. To see the detailed itinerary for the August departure please click here.

Day 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

NOTE: The detailed itinerary presented below applies to the July 2016 departure only. The August 2016 departure has a different itinerary. To see the detailed itinerary for the August departure please click here or call 1-888-831-7526.

Welcome to the energetic Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar! Upon late arrival at Ulaanbaatar’s Chinggis Khaan International Airport, you'll be met by an MTS representative and transferred to the Ramada Citycenter, one of the best hotels in the city. On the way, you'll pass a large suburban area with traditional nomadic felt tents alongside Western-style family homes. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ramada Citycenter Hotel

Day 2: Explore the sights of Ulaanbaatar

This morning we'll embark on a sightseeing tour of Ulaanbaatar (literally translated as "Red Hero"). The "world’s coldest capital” was founded in 1639 as a monastery town and was a trading center on various caravan routes between East and West China. Today it's a metropolis with pulsating energy and heavy traffic, and is the center of Mongolia's political, economic, and cultural life. In the morning, we'll visit the important 19th-century Gandan Monastery, one of the few Buddhist structures that survived destruction by the Communist government in the 1930s. The bejeweled 20-ton Migjid Janraisig statue, a replica of the original copper statue erected in 1911, stands as the monastery’s prime attraction. 

Highlights of our full-day tour include the Fine Arts Museum, which showcases a noteworthy collection of religious art from pre-history to the early 20th century—such as scroll paintings and papier-maché masks—and the National Museum of Mongolia, with its diverse collection of historic artifacts spanning from prehistoric times to the 20th century, including an impressive assortment of Buddhist statuary and traditional ethnic costumes. In the evening, we'll enjoy a local folklore show.

(Walking time: 2 to 3 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ramada Citycenter Hotel

Day 3: Explore Khogno Khan and the Orkhon Valley

After breakfast we'll begin our drive to Karakorum, stopping at Khogno Khan Natural Reserve on the way. The arid terrain and rocky landscape of this remote, 46,900-hectare reserve is almost surreal. We'll visit the remains of Khogno Taryn Khiid, a small Buddhist monastery tucked away in a well-protected, horseshoe-shaped valley, and walk up the hillside to see the small Uvguun temple.

Next we'll visit a local family and taste aarul (dried curd), suutei tsai (salty milk tea) and boortsog (a doughnut-like biscuit) before continuing on to Orkhon Valley— a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the 13th-century capital of Genghis Khan's vast empire, Karakorum. Commissioned and founded by Genghis Khan in 1220, Karakorum's location was carefully chosen to be on the major trading route of the ancient Silk Road. It started as a simple supply base and eventually grew into a bustling metropolis. In its heyday it was a major poitical center and foreign visitors' accounts spoke of it as a vigorous, cosmopolitan and religiously tolerant city. It was inhabited for a mere four decades before the capital was moved to Beijing by Genghis Khan's grandson, Kublai Khan.

Not much remains today of the original Karakorum, as it was destroyed by clan infighting and its materials were used to build the Erdene Zuu Khiid.  On arrival, the first and most obvious landmark is the massive wall with 108 whitewashed stupas that surrounds Erdene Zuu Khiid, a Tibetan-style monastery built in 1586. Hike up to the monument for a bird's-eye view of Karakorum at sunset. Tonight we'll stay at our first ger camp in  Karakorum.

(Walking time: 2 to 3 hours; Driving time: 4 to 5 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Dream Land Ger Camp

Day 4: Experience a local Naadam festival in Karakorum

Today we'll take part in an exciting local Naadam festival! Naadam (short for Eriyn Gurvan Naadam) means "Three Manly Games": horse racing, wrestling and archery. The most impressive of them all is the cross-country horse racing, in which horses of various ages, ridden by children aged 5 to 13, will cover anywhere between 6 and 16 miles. Watch the races, mingle with locals, and sample delicious local food.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Dream Land Ger Camp

Day 5: See wild horses in Hustai National Park

In the morning, we'll enjoy more thrilling events at the local Naadam festival. After lunch, we'll drive to Hustai National Park (also known as Khustain Nuruuu National Park)—famous for the wild, endangered Przewalski's horse, locally call the takhi. The area was designated a Specially Protected Area in 1993 after the successful reintroduction of this last species of wild horse. It upgraded to a national park status in 1998, and today there is a sustainable and growing population of over 1,500 takhi that roam the steppe. Upon arrrival, we'll drive out to the rolling hills to see the takhi.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hustai Ger Camp

Day 6: Take a day hike to Moilt Valley

Enjoy wildlife watching and hiking in the stunning Moilt Valley, with its patches of forest and plethora of flowers. On the way back, explore the remains of Neolithic graves, known as Ongot monuments. The Ongot stone monuments date back to the period when Mongolia was a part of the Turkish Empire (552—742BC) and are the biggest collection of stone monuments in Asia, with over 30 stones carved into man and animal figures. Local elders repeat old legends, one of which claims that the stones represent the number of enemies killed or the number of battles won. In another version, the stones are said to point in the direction of heaven and to act as a guide for departing human souls.

(Hiking time: day hike, 11 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hustai Ger Camp

Day 7: Fly to Gobi and travel to the Khongoryn Els sand dunes

Today we''ll fly to Gobi and, after landing in Dalanzadgad, we'll drive onward to Khongoryn Els. Like Mongolia’s nomads of the past and present, we'll travel for four hours through an iconic Mongolian desert landscape and along the Altai or “Golden” mountain range. En route we'll stop in Khavtsgait valley to stretch our legs and observe Bronze Age petroglyphs! After lunch, we'll continue our journey to the spectacular "singing" sand dunes of Khongoryn Els, which rise dramatically 2,600 feet from the desert floor, creating a distinct sound as they shift in the wind. The dunes are part of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan (Three Beauties) National Park—the largest stretch of sand unes in Mongolia, measuring over 110 miles. Tonight we'll stay at Gobi Discovery ger camp.

(Walking time: 1 to 2 hours; Driving time: 4 hours; 200 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Gobi Discovery Ger Camp

Day 8: Take a camel ride in the Gobi Desert

Enjoy a day at the sand dunes, with options for camel riding, hiking, visiting a local family, and tasting camel-milk products! We'll learn about the two-humped Bactrian camel—a large, even-toed ungulate native to the steppes of Mongolia, used by locals to get from one place to another. After lunch, we'll take an exciting climb up to the sand dunes.

(Walking time: 2 to 3 hours, 6 miles; Driving time: 1 hour, 12 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Dream Gobi Ger Camp

Day 9: Spot eagles in Yolym Am

After a relaxed breakfast we'll drive to Yolyn Am, or Eagle Valley, about 130 miles from our ger camp. The stunning valley is miles long and is completely shaded from the sun in some parts by the high cliff walls. As we take a leisurely hike through the valley, we'll keep a look out for wild sheep and goats grazing high on the cliff walls, and soaring eagles hunting for prey. (The best time spotting wildlife is at dawn or dusk, and we can discuss with the guides which hours are preferred.) An interesting local Natural History Museum at the opening of the valley displays interesting information about the animals of the area.

(Walking time: 2 to 3 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Dream Gobi Ger Camp

Day 10: See the Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag

Today we'll explore the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to Bayanzag, with its striking Flaming Cliffs—the red-rock bluff reminiscent of areas in the American West. Internationally renowned as the place where celebrated explorer and naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews first discovered dinosaur eggs on his ground-breaking expedition in the 1920s, Bayanzag boasts a treasure-trove of important fossils that we can see all over the rocks. The character of Indiana Jones in the popular movies was said to have been based on Andrews, quintessential adventurer and director of the American Museum of Natural History. We'll hike from Bayanzag to the saxual forest (saxual is the only kind of shrub that can be found in the Gobi).

(Walking time: 2 to 3 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Dream Gobi Ger Camp

Day 11: Fly back to Ulaanbaatar and see the sacred peak of Tsetsee Gun

Today we fly back to Ulaanbaatar and head to the Manzushir monastery and Tsetsee Gun peak (7,406ft). The monastery enjoys a beautiful setting, surrounded by a forest of Siberian Larch (Larix sibirica), with a backdrop of natural granite cliffs eroded into ‘tors’ of huge rounded boulders. It is the ideal place for hiking and trekking, and spotting deers and other wildlife. The local museum introduces us to some of the wildlife of the area, before a short walk brings you to the monastery.
 
Established in 1733, the monastery had over 20 temples and was once home to at least 300 monks. The sacred Tsetsee Gun peak is located in the very center of the Bogd Khan Mountain—one of Mongolia’s worshipped mountains located at the southwest end of the Khentii Mountain Range. It has enjoyed State protection since 1778 and is one of the world’s first protected places. After hiking Tsetsee Gun we'll transfer to the Tuul Riverside Lodge.

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours, 15 miles; Driving time: 2 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tuul Riverside Lodge

Day 12: Hike to Bayanzurkh mountain

After relaxed breakfast we'll pack our lunch and hike to beautiful Bayanzurkh mountain, one of the four mountains that surrounds Ulaanbaatar city. From the top, we'll be able to admire panoramic views of the city, and see how it blends nomadic and modern lifestyles. Our easy return walk takes the us over small hills, through trees, and along the river.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tuul Riverside Lodge

Day 13: Saddle up the horses and meet a local herder family

This morning we'll have the special opportunity to build a traditional Mongolian ger, and see how the wood or shrubs for walls, door frame, poles, and roof come together to create a comfortable living space. Next we'll saddle up the horses and ride towards mountains and hills! On the way we'll stop and meet a local herder family and learn about traditional Mongolian life. In the afternoon, a representative from the WWF will give us brief lecture about Mongolian wildlife. Tonight we'll enjoy a farewell feast as we dine on traditional Mongolian barbecue around the lodge’s campfire.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tuul Riverside Lodge

Day 14: Depart from Ulaanbaatar

Bid farewell to Mongolia and transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound or onward flight.

  • Breakfast

Jul 05 - 18, 2016

Aug 03 - 16, 2016

Jul 17 - 30, 2017

Aug 14 - 27, 2017

pricing

2016 Prices - Special $700 discount off below prices!

$5,495 (10-15 members)
$5,995 (4-9 members)

$250 internal airfare
$1200 single supplement

2017 Prices

$5,095 (4-15 members)
$450 internal airfare
$900 single supplement

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Dream Gobi Ger Camp — Gobi Desert

Dream Land Ger Camp — Karakorum

Dream Land is one of Karakorum's finest luxury ger camps, with comfortable beds, upholstered furniture, and air-conditioning! The camp is owned by a famous Mongolian sumo wrestler and is situated in a leafy nook in the valley. The camp also includes a Japanese sauna and soaking pool.

Gobi Discovery Ger Camp


Hustai Ger Camp — Hustai National Park

Hustai Ger Camp is our base for exploring Hustai National Park—Mongolia’s premier natural preserve and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The camp's 14 traditional gers are furnished with colorful fabrics and charming painted beds.

Ramada Citycenter Hotel — Ulanbaatar

The 4-star Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter hotel, near Gandantegchilen Monastery, combines comfortable accommodations with a great location in the heart of the city.  The spacious and well-designed hotel provides free Wi-Fi access and free newspapers daily, and its rooms are complete with TV, minibar, fridge, kettle, and a 42-inch TV. You can also workout at the hotel's on-site fitness center.

Tuul Riverside Lodge


  • Get a taste for the friendly and authentic Mongolian culture as you meet local nomads, ride horses, and overnight in classic gers
  • Experience the golden sand dunes of the Gobi Desert atop a Bactrian camel, and take rewarding daily walks through desert, taiga and steppe environments
  • Explore the amazing Khogna Khan Natural Reserve and the UNESCO-listed Orkhon Valley, see incredible Ongot monuments and hear fascinating local legends
  • Witness a local Naadam festival—featuring Mongolia’s national games of archery, wrestling, and horse racing!

While once a pivotal point on the ancient Silk Road, this "Land of Blue Skies" has managed to retain the basic elements of nomadic life and culture. Horses remain at the heart of Mongol culture, shamanic traditions endure, and ancient Buddhist monasteries reflect venerable spiritual traditions. On this fabulous adventure, you'll travel this immense, silent land from the arid semi-desert Khogna Khan Natural Reserve and the Neolithic Ongot monuments near Hustai National Park through seemingly endless rolling steppe to the ochre-colored sands of the Gobi Desert in the south—including the "singing dunes" of Khongoryn Els. All along the way you'll marvel at the sheer expanse of untamed land, uninterrupted by roads or fences, where there is precious little evidence of human presence save for the nomads' white felt gers, which dot the landscape.

NOTE: The detailed itinerary for Mongolia: Horses, Camels & Nomads presented on this website applies to the July 2016 departure only. The August 2016 departure has a different itinerary. To see the detailed itinerary for the August departure please click here.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

NOTE: The detailed itinerary presented below applies to the July 2016 departure only. The August 2016 departure has a different itinerary. To see the detailed itinerary for the August departure please click here or call 1-888-831-7526.

Welcome to the energetic Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar! Upon late arrival at Ulaanbaatar’s Chinggis Khaan International Airport, you'll be met by an MTS representative and transferred to the Ramada Citycenter, one of the best hotels in the city. On the way, you'll pass a large suburban area with traditional nomadic felt tents alongside Western-style family homes. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ramada Citycenter Hotel

Day 2: Explore the sights of Ulaanbaatar

This morning we'll embark on a sightseeing tour of Ulaanbaatar (literally translated as "Red Hero"). The "world’s coldest capital” was founded in 1639 as a monastery town and was a trading center on various caravan routes between East and West China. Today it's a metropolis with pulsating energy and heavy traffic, and is the center of Mongolia's political, economic, and cultural life. In the morning, we'll visit the important 19th-century Gandan Monastery, one of the few Buddhist structures that survived destruction by the Communist government in the 1930s. The bejeweled 20-ton Migjid Janraisig statue, a replica of the original copper statue erected in 1911, stands as the monastery’s prime attraction. 

Highlights of our full-day tour include the Fine Arts Museum, which showcases a noteworthy collection of religious art from pre-history to the early 20th century—such as scroll paintings and papier-maché masks—and the National Museum of Mongolia, with its diverse collection of historic artifacts spanning from prehistoric times to the 20th century, including an impressive assortment of Buddhist statuary and traditional ethnic costumes. In the evening, we'll enjoy a local folklore show.

(Walking time: 2 to 3 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ramada Citycenter Hotel

Day 3: Explore Khogno Khan and the Orkhon Valley

After breakfast we'll begin our drive to Karakorum, stopping at Khogno Khan Natural Reserve on the way. The arid terrain and rocky landscape of this remote, 46,900-hectare reserve is almost surreal. We'll visit the remains of Khogno Taryn Khiid, a small Buddhist monastery tucked away in a well-protected, horseshoe-shaped valley, and walk up the hillside to see the small Uvguun temple.

Next we'll visit a local family and taste aarul (dried curd), suutei tsai (salty milk tea) and boortsog (a doughnut-like biscuit) before continuing on to Orkhon Valley— a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the 13th-century capital of Genghis Khan's vast empire, Karakorum. Commissioned and founded by Genghis Khan in 1220, Karakorum's location was carefully chosen to be on the major trading route of the ancient Silk Road. It started as a simple supply base and eventually grew into a bustling metropolis. In its heyday it was a major poitical center and foreign visitors' accounts spoke of it as a vigorous, cosmopolitan and religiously tolerant city. It was inhabited for a mere four decades before the capital was moved to Beijing by Genghis Khan's grandson, Kublai Khan.

Not much remains today of the original Karakorum, as it was destroyed by clan infighting and its materials were used to build the Erdene Zuu Khiid.  On arrival, the first and most obvious landmark is the massive wall with 108 whitewashed stupas that surrounds Erdene Zuu Khiid, a Tibetan-style monastery built in 1586. Hike up to the monument for a bird's-eye view of Karakorum at sunset. Tonight we'll stay at our first ger camp in  Karakorum.

(Walking time: 2 to 3 hours; Driving time: 4 to 5 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Dream Land Ger Camp

Day 4: Experience a local Naadam festival in Karakorum

Today we'll take part in an exciting local Naadam festival! Naadam (short for Eriyn Gurvan Naadam) means "Three Manly Games": horse racing, wrestling and archery. The most impressive of them all is the cross-country horse racing, in which horses of various ages, ridden by children aged 5 to 13, will cover anywhere between 6 and 16 miles. Watch the races, mingle with locals, and sample delicious local food.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Dream Land Ger Camp

Day 5: See wild horses in Hustai National Park

In the morning, we'll enjoy more thrilling events at the local Naadam festival. After lunch, we'll drive to Hustai National Park (also known as Khustain Nuruuu National Park)—famous for the wild, endangered Przewalski's horse, locally call the takhi. The area was designated a Specially Protected Area in 1993 after the successful reintroduction of this last species of wild horse. It upgraded to a national park status in 1998, and today there is a sustainable and growing population of over 1,500 takhi that roam the steppe. Upon arrrival, we'll drive out to the rolling hills to see the takhi.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hustai Ger Camp

Day 6: Take a day hike to Moilt Valley

Enjoy wildlife watching and hiking in the stunning Moilt Valley, with its patches of forest and plethora of flowers. On the way back, explore the remains of Neolithic graves, known as Ongot monuments. The Ongot stone monuments date back to the period when Mongolia was a part of the Turkish Empire (552—742BC) and are the biggest collection of stone monuments in Asia, with over 30 stones carved into man and animal figures. Local elders repeat old legends, one of which claims that the stones represent the number of enemies killed or the number of battles won. In another version, the stones are said to point in the direction of heaven and to act as a guide for departing human souls.

(Hiking time: day hike, 11 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hustai Ger Camp

Day 7: Fly to Gobi and travel to the Khongoryn Els sand dunes

Today we''ll fly to Gobi and, after landing in Dalanzadgad, we'll drive onward to Khongoryn Els. Like Mongolia’s nomads of the past and present, we'll travel for four hours through an iconic Mongolian desert landscape and along the Altai or “Golden” mountain range. En route we'll stop in Khavtsgait valley to stretch our legs and observe Bronze Age petroglyphs! After lunch, we'll continue our journey to the spectacular "singing" sand dunes of Khongoryn Els, which rise dramatically 2,600 feet from the desert floor, creating a distinct sound as they shift in the wind. The dunes are part of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan (Three Beauties) National Park—the largest stretch of sand unes in Mongolia, measuring over 110 miles. Tonight we'll stay at Gobi Discovery ger camp.

(Walking time: 1 to 2 hours; Driving time: 4 hours; 200 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Gobi Discovery Ger Camp

Day 8: Take a camel ride in the Gobi Desert

Enjoy a day at the sand dunes, with options for camel riding, hiking, visiting a local family, and tasting camel-milk products! We'll learn about the two-humped Bactrian camel—a large, even-toed ungulate native to the steppes of Mongolia, used by locals to get from one place to another. After lunch, we'll take an exciting climb up to the sand dunes.

(Walking time: 2 to 3 hours, 6 miles; Driving time: 1 hour, 12 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Dream Gobi Ger Camp

Day 9: Spot eagles in Yolym Am

After a relaxed breakfast we'll drive to Yolyn Am, or Eagle Valley, about 130 miles from our ger camp. The stunning valley is miles long and is completely shaded from the sun in some parts by the high cliff walls. As we take a leisurely hike through the valley, we'll keep a look out for wild sheep and goats grazing high on the cliff walls, and soaring eagles hunting for prey. (The best time spotting wildlife is at dawn or dusk, and we can discuss with the guides which hours are preferred.) An interesting local Natural History Museum at the opening of the valley displays interesting information about the animals of the area.

(Walking time: 2 to 3 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Dream Gobi Ger Camp

Day 10: See the Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag

Today we'll explore the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to Bayanzag, with its striking Flaming Cliffs—the red-rock bluff reminiscent of areas in the American West. Internationally renowned as the place where celebrated explorer and naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews first discovered dinosaur eggs on his ground-breaking expedition in the 1920s, Bayanzag boasts a treasure-trove of important fossils that we can see all over the rocks. The character of Indiana Jones in the popular movies was said to have been based on Andrews, quintessential adventurer and director of the American Museum of Natural History. We'll hike from Bayanzag to the saxual forest (saxual is the only kind of shrub that can be found in the Gobi).

(Walking time: 2 to 3 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Dream Gobi Ger Camp

Day 11: Fly back to Ulaanbaatar and see the sacred peak of Tsetsee Gun

Today we fly back to Ulaanbaatar and head to the Manzushir monastery and Tsetsee Gun peak (7,406ft). The monastery enjoys a beautiful setting, surrounded by a forest of Siberian Larch (Larix sibirica), with a backdrop of natural granite cliffs eroded into ‘tors’ of huge rounded boulders. It is the ideal place for hiking and trekking, and spotting deers and other wildlife. The local museum introduces us to some of the wildlife of the area, before a short walk brings you to the monastery.
 
Established in 1733, the monastery had over 20 temples and was once home to at least 300 monks. The sacred Tsetsee Gun peak is located in the very center of the Bogd Khan Mountain—one of Mongolia’s worshipped mountains located at the southwest end of the Khentii Mountain Range. It has enjoyed State protection since 1778 and is one of the world’s first protected places. After hiking Tsetsee Gun we'll transfer to the Tuul Riverside Lodge.

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours, 15 miles; Driving time: 2 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tuul Riverside Lodge

Day 12: Hike to Bayanzurkh mountain

After relaxed breakfast we'll pack our lunch and hike to beautiful Bayanzurkh mountain, one of the four mountains that surrounds Ulaanbaatar city. From the top, we'll be able to admire panoramic views of the city, and see how it blends nomadic and modern lifestyles. Our easy return walk takes the us over small hills, through trees, and along the river.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tuul Riverside Lodge

Day 13: Saddle up the horses and meet a local herder family

This morning we'll have the special opportunity to build a traditional Mongolian ger, and see how the wood or shrubs for walls, door frame, poles, and roof come together to create a comfortable living space. Next we'll saddle up the horses and ride towards mountains and hills! On the way we'll stop and meet a local herder family and learn about traditional Mongolian life. In the afternoon, a representative from the WWF will give us brief lecture about Mongolian wildlife. Tonight we'll enjoy a farewell feast as we dine on traditional Mongolian barbecue around the lodge’s campfire.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tuul Riverside Lodge

Day 14: Depart from Ulaanbaatar

Bid farewell to Mongolia and transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound or onward flight.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Dream Gobi Ger Camp — Gobi Desert

Dream Land Ger Camp — Karakorum

Dream Land is one of Karakorum's finest luxury ger camps, with comfortable beds, upholstered furniture, and air-conditioning! The camp is owned by a famous Mongolian sumo wrestler and is situated in a leafy nook in the valley. The camp also includes a Japanese sauna and soaking pool.

Gobi Discovery Ger Camp


Hustai Ger Camp — Hustai National Park

Hustai Ger Camp is our base for exploring Hustai National Park—Mongolia’s premier natural preserve and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The camp's 14 traditional gers are furnished with colorful fabrics and charming painted beds.

Ramada Citycenter Hotel — Ulanbaatar

The 4-star Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter hotel, near Gandantegchilen Monastery, combines comfortable accommodations with a great location in the heart of the city.  The spacious and well-designed hotel provides free Wi-Fi access and free newspapers daily, and its rooms are complete with TV, minibar, fridge, kettle, and a 42-inch TV. You can also workout at the hotel's on-site fitness center.

Tuul Riverside Lodge


Dates and Pricing

Jul 05 - 18, 2016

Aug 03 - 16, 2016

Jul 17 - 30, 2017

Aug 14 - 27, 2017

pricing

2016 Prices - Special $700 discount off below prices!

$5,495 (10-15 members)
$5,995 (4-9 members)

$250 internal airfare
$1200 single supplement

2017 Prices

$5,095 (4-15 members)
$450 internal airfare
$900 single supplement

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