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Nomadic Mongolia

Mongolia

Nomadic Mongolia

Hiking
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Start: Ulaanbaatar
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End: Ulaanbaatar

This adventure taps into the nomadic lifestyle embraced by almost 40% of the local population.

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

Mongolia

Nomadic Mongolia

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

Description

Long after the reign of Genghis Khan, nomadism remains a way of life in modern Mongolia. But with so much to see and do here, it’s only natural that people would want to move about and explore. This adventure taps into the nomadic lifestyle embraced by almost 40% of the local population, travelling through ruggedly beautiful gorges and sandstone mountains in search of golden eagles, desert gaze...

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Itinerary

Day 1Ulaanbaatar

Arrive at any time. There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Day 2Ulaanbaatar

Spend a free day exploring this fascinating capital city. Enjoy the sights of UB and opt to visit to the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace, and Zaisan Hill.

Day 3Ulaanbaatar/Baga Gadzrïn Chuluu

Drive to the Dungobi Aimag region – Middle Gobi – stopping at the Choir Monastery on the way. Spend the night at the first Mongolian ger camp.

Day 4Baga Gadzrïn Chuluu/Yolyn Am

Arrive at Yolyn Am — a narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikan mountains. It's an amazing place for hiking. Bring stable shoes and warm clothes, as some places are covered in thick ice year round.

Day 5Yolyn Am/Khongoryn Els

Drive to Khongoriin Els. Enjoy the activities the Gobi Desert has to offer— hiking in sand dunes, visit a nomadic camel-herding family and try riding camels.

Day 6Khongoryn Els/Bayanzag

Explore the Flaming Cliffs - a world renowned archaeological site for the vast amount of dinosaur bones and eggs found here.

Day 7Bayanzag/Ongiin Hiid

Drive through western parts of the Gobi Desert. In the surrounding mountains, visit the ruins of the Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries.

Day 8Ongiin Hiid/Nomad Camp

Enjoy a long drive northwest, leaving the Gobi desert area and heading into the Mongolian steppe. The nomads here live simple lives and move their cattle along the same routes their great-grandparents travelled hundreds of years ago. In the evening, have dinner together with your hosts. One of the best things to try is the famous Mongolian barbecue.

Day 9Nomad Camp/Tsenkher

Journey to Tsenkher Hot Springs. Visit the springs and soak in their healing powers.

The hot springs are about 30km (18.6 mi) from the Karakorum and are very popular with both locals and travellers. Stay in a ger camp nearby with options to visit the springs, go horseback riding, or chat with the locals.

Day 10Tsenkher

Enjoy a relaxing time at the ger camp at Tsenkher Hot Springs. Visit the springs and soak in their healing powers. Opt to go horseback riding or hang out with the locals.

Day 11Tsenkher/Kharkhorin

Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia. Visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the first centre of Lama Buddhism in Mongolia.

Day 12Kharkhorin/Khustai National Park

Stay in Khustai National Park—home of Mongolian wild horses. Here, look for Takhi horses in their natural habitat.

Day 13Khustai National Park/Ulaanbaatar

Drive back to the capital for last minute sightseeing. Opt to see a local cultural show, an excellent display of dancing and Mongolian throat singing. 

Day 14Ulaanbaatar

Depart at any time.

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Accommodation

Hotels (3 nts), ger camps (9 nts, shared facilities), family stay or tent camping (1 nt, multi-share, no facilities).

What's Included

Yolyn Am National Park stay. Gobi Desert stay. Ongiin Khiid Monastery entrance. Mongolian Grasslands stay. Karakorum monument entrance. Khustai National Park entrance. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included

13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. 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. Suitcases are not recommended ... Read more
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