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Discover Mongolia

Mongolia

Discover Mongolia

Hiking
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Start: Ulaanbaatar
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End: Ulaanbaatar

Discover one of Asia's most under-explored regions on a two-week adventure through Mongolia.

Activity
Hiking
LocationMongolia
Duration14 days
Start / EndUlaanbaatar / Ulaanbaatar
Tour operatorG Adventures

Mongolia

Discover Mongolia

Hiking·
14 days·G Adventures
Start: Ulaanbaatar
·
End: Ulaanbaatar

Description

Discover one of Asia's most under-explored regions on a two-week adventure through Mongolia. Walk through the remote and mysterious Erdene Zhu monastery with a Lama Buddhist monk; visit the dramatic Flaming Cliffs, a world-renowned paleontology site famous for its amount of dinosaur eggs and bones; and drop by the home of a welcoming camel-herding family for an afternoon you'll always remember....

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Itinerary

Day 1Ulaanbaatar
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2Ulaanbaatar
Enjoy a morning city tour including visits to the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace, and Zaisan Hill. Later, take a tour of the Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs and learn about the dinosaurs of the Gobi desert from a docent.
Day 3Ulaanbaatar/Khustai National Park
Travel to Khustai National Park — home of Mongolia's wild horses. Here, meet with park staff and learn about the wild horse reintroduction project. Keep an eye out for Takhi horses in their natural habitat. This trip covers a lot of ground and we will do so in 4x4 vehicles but there is a lot of driving on some very rough and unmaintained roads. A large part of Mongolia's appeal is its wild, untouched nature and, as such, accommodation and infrastructure can be very basic in nature. As such, hot water and electricity can be uncertain. Mongolia is a country which is very different to anything you will have experienced before and while this means it is not the easiest place to travel, this is also what makes it so special.
Day 4Khustai National Park/Kharkhorin
Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia. Visit the Erdene Zhu Monastery, the nation's first centre of Lama Buddhism, and meet with a head monk for an in-depth lesson in Buddhism. Later, visit Karakorum Museum.
Day 5Kharkhorin/Tsenkher
Arrive at Tsenkher Hot Springs in the afternoon. Visit the springs for a relaxing soak and benefit from its healing powers.
Day 6Tsenkher/Orkhon Valley
Drive to Orkhon and enjoy a hiking excursion to the Tuvkhun Monastery, established in the 1650s by Zanabazar, one of Mongolia’s most respected religious leaders. The monastery’s wooden buildings are integrated with a natural system of caves perched near a hilltop, from which you can take in beautiful views of the Orkhon Valley and surrounding pine forests.
Day 7Orkhon Valley
Visit a local family's horse and yak breeding farm. Learn about their daily life and how they make cheese and butter. Sample some of their products, including yak cream and yogurt, and watch their famed horse riding and herding techniques. After, enjoy a hike to a waterfall before returning to the ger camp for a traditional Mongolian barbecue prepared over hot stones.
Day 8Orkhon Valley/Ongiin Hiid
Drive into the Gobi, one of the world's great deserts which covers much of the southern part of Mongolia. Here we visit the ruins of the Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries.
Day 9Ongiin Hiid/Bayanzag
Explore the Flaming Cliffs paleontology site, world-renowned for the vast amount of dinosaur bones and eggs found here.
Day 10Bayanzag/Khongoryn Els
Drive to Khongoryn Els and explore more of the Gobi desert. Hike through Mongolia's largest dunes, often called the "Singing Sands".
Day 11Khongoryn Els
Enjoy a visit with a nomadic camel-herding family, gaining insight into their very different way of life. Try your hand at some of the daily farming chores and opt for a camel ride. Take part in an archery lesson and demonstration with the family. In Khongoriin Els we have the unique opportunity to visit a Nomadic family to learn about their daily life. The 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. Also enjoy a demonstration of Archery, which is a sport as ancient as the history of Mongolia. In ancient days bows and arrows were primarily used for hunting animals for food and protecting the tribe from outside threats. Over centuries, the uses of archery changed and the tradition passed down to become one of the most practiced sports with the main competition being held during the Naadam Festivals.
Day 12Khongoryn Els/Yolyn Am
Drive through the beautiful gorges of the imposing Altai Mountain Chain in Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, passing through the green valleys of Yolyn Am and Dungeness Am. Stop to hike along the way and keep an eye out for wild Argali sheep, ibex, desert gazelles, and golden eagles. Later, pay a visit to the park museum where you can admire a collection of dinosaur bones.
Day 13Yolyn Am/Ulaanbaatar
Catch a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. This evening, enjoy a folklore show and farewell dinner.
Day 14Ulaanbaatar
Depart at any time.

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Accommodation

Hotels (3 nts), Ger camps (10 nts).

What's Included

Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Dinosaur Museum Visit, Ulaanbaatar Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Erdene Zhu Buddhist Monastery Visit, Kharkhorin Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Yak Family Farm Experience, Orkhon Valley Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Nomadic family Experience, Khongoryn Els Your Wellness Moment: Tsenkher Hot Springs Visit, Tsenkher Your Foodie Moment: Mongolian Cultural Show & D... Read more

Meals Included

13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners

What to Take

We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage and this trip covers a lot of ground. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Hard suitcases are not recommended, most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size ... Read more
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