Treasures of mongolia (10 days)

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Overview

This tour comprehensively includes the country’s historical riches as well as its natural beauty. Amid the stark beauty of Mongolia's varied landscapes lives one of the world's last surviving nomadic cultures, whose customs per-date the age of Genghis Khan. On a journey from the mystical steppe to the remote dunes of the Gobi desert, witness an ancient way of life. Ride horseback across wetlands, hike in a dramatic oasis, and watch the sun set on the Flaming Cliffs.

Region: Southern and Central part of Mongolia
Available time: May - September
Price: 6250 $ for per persons
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Outline itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

Day 2 Cultural tour of Ulaanbaatar

Day 3 Flight to Gobi Desert for 1.2 hours

Day 4 Day trip to Flaming Cliffs and Sand Dune

Day 5 Flight back to Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park

Day 6 Drive to Hustai National Park

Day 7 Take a flight to Khuvsgul Lake for 1.2 hours

Day 8 Explore Khuvsgul Lake

Day 9 Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

Day 10 Departure


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My wife and I, with our two adult sons, had a great family vacation with Mongolian Luxury Tours. Every day we saw beautiful places and very interesting aspects of Mongolian life and culture. The lakes, the high country and the Gobi were all very beautiful, as were the cultural artifacts. The people we met in herding families, in villages and in the capital were friendly, proud and smiling. The fauna, both domestic and wild was exotic and beautiful. We were very happy to have a Mongolian Luxury Tours provide for our trip to Mongolia, and we are delighted with the result.

Steve LaRocca
USA

Detailed tour itinerary

July 20 - Day 1 Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival at Chinggis Khan International Airport, you are met by tour guide and transferred to the hotel in the city center.
Rest of the day is for rest and to recover jet lag and travel fatigue.

Overnight in Blue Sky hotel or similar

Meals: dinner

July 21 - Day 2 City tour

After breakfast at hotel, you will go on a sightseeing city tour. The first stop is at Sukhbaatar Square, which is the central square named after the revolutionary hero of 1921 Damdiny Sukhbaatar whom declared independence from China. You will visit the Gandan Monastery that is the largest and most famous functioning monastery in Mongolia; here you may experience the monks in worship and see the impressive Golden Buddha Statue of Migjid Janraisig. Time permitting you can visit the Natural History Museum which is famous for its authentic dinosaur skeletons and also visit the Zaisan memorial hill to get a fantastic view of whole city. You will have a welcome dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Blue Sky Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July 22 - Day 3 Flight to Gobi Desert, Yol Valley

This morning you fly over the vast steppe to the Gobi Desert, Mongolia’s southernmost province of semi-arid desert. Meet your driver upon arrival and then transfer by a 4WD vehicle to the Yol Valley in Gurvansaikhan National Park, situated in the lap of the Altai Mountains. On the way to the lodge, you will stop to visit the local Natural History Museum for an insight into the flora and fauna of the area. This valley is nestled deep within the hills and is a safe haven to get away from the desert heat. Some areas of the valley are continually sheltered from the hot sun and house huge, blocks of ice that gradually melt away during the summer. It is very wide at the entrance and narrows gradually into a remarkable gorge. You will get to see wild animals such as ibex and wild sheep, and the vulture. You can hike on foot or go horseback or camel riding around the area to the gorge.
Check into the Three Camels Lodge which is among the top eco lodges of the world. The lodge is solar powered and stands ground on a stunning landscape with sweeping views of the Gobi-Altai been built using all local sustainable materials.

Overnight in Three Camel Lodge, deluxe ger

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July 23 - Day 4 Day trip to Flaming Cliffs and Moltsog Sand Dune

Following breakfast at tourist camp then we will drive to Bayan Zag(Approximately 5 hours driving), popularly called “The Flaming Cliffs” for its glowing orange rocks. It was here, in 1922, that paleontologists made an astounding discovery. This area got international name as Roy Chapman Andrews after his exploration team from the American Museum of Natural History discovered the first nest of dinosaur eggs here. The area is haven for the natural history scientists as the area is rich in dinosaur fossils. After Bayanzag zag we head to Moltsog Els, is one of the few regions of the Gobi covered by sand dunes. Smaller than Hongoryn Els, these sand dunes are much closer to the Three Camel Lodge, You can visit a camel herder’s family and will have an opportunity to ride a Bactrian camel.

Overnight in Three Camel Lodge, deluxe ger

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July 24 - Day 5 Take flight back to Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park

We will drive to airport for flight back to Ulaanbaatar and you are transferred to Terelj National park. This unforgettable excursion will take you to features such as unique rock formations, scenic valleys, a winding river, and restful groves of trees. Many nomads live in the park itself, where they find lush grazing land for their animals. You will take a tour in the park and visit the notable rocks called "The Turtle rock", and “Monk reading a book". You will visit the Aryabal meditation center located inside the mountains to learn more about Mongolian Buddhism.

Overnight in Terelj Luxury hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July 25 - Day 6 Travel to Hustai National Park

After arrive in ULN we drive to Hustai National Park Hustai National Park is the site of a unique re-introduction scheme of Przewalskii’s horse (Equus przewalskii), called "takhi" by Mongolians. It became extinct in the wild in 1969 and, since 1992, has been successfully re-introduced to Hustai from zoos around the world. This has been an international effort monitored by The Foundation for the Przewalskii Horse, based in the Netherlands and MACNE (Mongolian Association for Conservation of Nature and the Environment). The national park is rolling Steppe Mountains with rather large patches of birch and aspen forests. There are also visible remains of Neolithic graves. In addition, red deer (Cervus elaphus) and wolf (Canis lupus) have increased quite a bit during the last few years, as well as Mongolian gazelle. Species present in Hustai but usually not seen include Lynx, Argali Sheep and Roe Deer. The Hustai National Park in Mongolia is world famous for the successful reintroduction of the Prezwalski horse. After lunch at tourist camp we will drive to HS Luxury Resort for a night.

Stay overnight in HS Luxury Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July 26 - Day 7 Take a flight to Khuvsgul Lake

Following breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your 1.2 hour flight to Muron in the north. Muron is the headquarters of the Khuvsgul Province. You will meet your local guide at the airport and then transfer by a 4WD vehicle through the vast Mongolian prairieland into the forested mountains until finally arriving at Lake Khuvsgul (4 hour drive). It is Mongolia's largest fresh water lake, also known as the "Dark Blue Pearl" of Mongolia is situated amidst pristine nature, beautiful forests, mountains, meadows, abundant with bird species, and orchids.

Overnight at Alagtsar Tourist camp, Deluxe villa

Mea ls: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July 27 - Day 8 Explore pristine Khuvsgul Lake

After breakfast at the camp you will have a full day to explore the breathtaking shores of this beautiful lake. There is ample opportunity to discover the local nomadic lifestyle. You can plan hiking and photo ventures along the shorelines, which are excellent habitats for wildlife and birds.
Walking and hiking in the lake shores, Horse riding trek near the lake, visiting yak breeding family and experience their unique lifestyle.

Overnight at Alagtsar Tourist camp, Deluxe villa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July 28 - Day 9 Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

In the morning, we drive to airport for flight to Ulaanbaatar and there is more to see here upon arrival if you are interested, such as a visit to the Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum, a residence of Bodg Jabzan Damba Hutagt VIII whom was Mongolia's last theocrat. Or take a leisurely stroll through the town center. In the evening perhaps you can enjoy a farewell dinner and attend the local folklore dance shows.

Overnight in Blue Sky Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

July 29 - Day 10 Departure

Check out from the hotel and transfer to the “Chinggis Khan” International airport for departure.

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