Best of Mongolia
Region: Gobi and Central Mongolia.
Highlights: Terelj National Park, Middle Gobi, South Gobi,
Karakorum and Ugii Lake, Hustai National Park.
Length: 15 days (14 nights)
Day 1. Ulaanbaatar.
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, you will be greeted by our guide and driver. Transfer to a hotel. Half and full day tours are available.
Day 2. Terelj National Park. 80 km
After breakfast, drive to TereljNational Park, 80km northeast of Ulaanbaatar. Spend the day touring the area and enjoying the magnificent alpine scenery. There are great opportunities for hiking, rock climbing and horse riding. You can visit a nomad family, explore their unique lifestyle and experience horse riding. Return back to the hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 3. Ulaanbaatar/Middle Gobi. 220 km
Early morning begin your journey to Baga Gazriin Chuluu, a unique formation of rocks. Visit ruins of an ancient temple and explore the area. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 4. Tsagaan Suvarga. 280 km
After breakfast visit ruins of Sum KhukhBurd Temple. Continue driving to TsagaanSuvarga, a fascinating white lime stones cliff. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 5. South Gobi/Eagle Valley. 280 km
Drive further south. Arrive at the Three Beauties of the Gobi National Park. Spend the day on an excursion to Yol Valley (Eagle Valley) for hiking and stunning photograph opportunities. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 6. Khongor sand dunes. 200 km
After breakfast drive to Khongor sand dunes known as the Singing Dunes. A climb up to the sand dunes will be rewarded with a breath taking view. In the evening observe a spectacular sunset, please prepare your cameras. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 7. South Gobi/BayanZag.150 km
Drive to the world famous Flaming Cliffs and BayanZag (forest of the Gobi). Discover the area of the first paleontological finding in Mongolia by following footsteps of Roy Chapman Andrews. Visit a nomadic camel breeding family and experience hospitality of nomads. Enjoy a short camel ride. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 8. South Gobi/Ongyn Khiid.150 km
After breakfast drive to north. Visit the ruins of Ongy Monastery and have a walk in the surrounding area. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 9. Karakorum, Erdene Zuu Monastery. 300 km
After breakfast drive to Karakorum, the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene Zuu Monastery, which was once one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia. Tour the monastery grounds and visit several chapels with excellent examples of Buddhist iconography dating from the 16th century. Visit the symbolic ruins of Karakorum. In the evening compete in a Mongolian archery game. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 10. Tsenkher Hot Springs. 150 km
Drive to the Tsenkher hot springs. Spend the day relaxing in natural hot springs and walking in the surrounding forest. Please do not forget to pack your swimsuit for this day. You may have a small hike to a mountain top, a stunning view will await you there. Optional massage and beauty services are available. Enjoy the hot springs again after dinner. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 11. Ugii lake. 240 km
Drive to Lake Ugii in Arkhangai province. The camp is located on the shores of Ugii lake. A magnificent view and countless water birds will be at your footsteps. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 12. Hustain Nuruu Natural Reserve. 270 km
After breakfast drive to HustainNuruu Natural Reserve. Drive deep into the Natural reserve to search for Przewalski horses (takhi), grandfather of all horses in the world. If you have binoculars, please bring them. View a short documentary and visit the museum. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 13. Hustain Nuruu Natural reserve/Ulaanbaatar. 120 km
Breakfast at the camp. Drive to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 14. Ulaanbaatar. All day free at leisure. (B)
Day 15. Ulaanbaatar/Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the railway station or airport for an international departure. (B)
Package price (does not include accommodations in Ulaanbaatar)
- Minimum – 3pax
- Maximum – 15pax
Single Supplement in ger camp
- Single occupancy in ger camps; 250 € per person in total
- Child aged 2-5 years old 50% off package price
- Child aged 6-12 years old 25% off package price
Package price includes
- Transfers on arrival and departure
- English speaking guide at all time
- In the country side all lodging will be in ger camps
- All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary.
- Ground transportation: in the country side by a chauffeured 4WD jeep, bus in the city area.
- Park Entrance Fees
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- 1 liter of drinking water per day per person
Package price DOES NOT INCLUDE
Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar, hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills and laundry services, travel insurance, medical insurance, fee for visa obtaining, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses such as IDD call, internet, laundry, items of a personal nature, gratuity to local guides and drivers, airfare or train ticket, airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 44pound / 20kilo), changes of arrival/departure flights, additional services, any charges of major force beyond of our control (e.g. imposition, quarantine restrictions, etc...); optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc…
Please note the following
Hotels in Ulaanbaatar city are reserved fordouble occupancy, on more than 2pax, and in countryside all ger styled tourist camps are based on 3 or 4 occupancies. Your accommodations use standard rooms unless otherwise specified on your itinerary.
Check-in at hotels is at 12:00pm/Check-out is at 12:00pm.
Traveling over long distances is by 4 x 4 jeeps and sometimes over rough terrain for approximately 4-9hours depending on road and weather conditions. Daily driving distance is 150 – 350km.
Your tour includes transfers, accommodations and excursions as specified above in your itinerary. The board basis for your tour is detailed at the end of each day.
It is the responsibility of the client to be fully covered with travel and medical insurance while traveling in Mongolia.
The Mongolian Ger
Hotels are available only in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Throughout the countryside accommodation is offered in the form of traditional Mongolian ‘gers.’ These ger camps are slightly modified for foreign tourists but in effect offer a traditional experience and the opportunity to experience Mongolia’s wilderness. Most ger camps are situated in attractive areas: on the shores of small rivers, nestled under rocky hills or on vast open plains and all under amazing night skies.
The gers are made from wooden frames with layers of felt and canvas. Interior wood is mostly carved or brightly painted and they are equipped with beds, a small table, and stools. A wood-fired stove is located in the center. Bathroom facilities are communal and basic, but clean and with hot water (an impressive feat in the middle of the Gobi desert). There are also restaurants and bars in a separate concrete building, or sometimes in a large ger.
Whilst visiting Mongolia is hugely rewarding, it is a wilderness destination and the accommodation is basic. Juulchin Tourism Corporation uses the best gers available in each area and the itinerary is designed to enable stays in the best camps at the most attractive locations.
Suggested clothes & packing list
- What clients should expect from the accommodation:
Accommodations in Ulaanbaatar will be at three star hotels, which is the basic standard. Shower or bath and other facilities are available. Accommodations in the country would be in ger camps with hot showers and communal bathroom facilities. There will be no toilet and shower facilities during the days with tented nights.
- What clients should expect for meals: What is available in Mongolia?
Meals in the city are served in restaurants, which serve various cuisines including European, Asian, and Mongolian. In ger camps, meals wouldbeeither European or Mongolian. During camping with tents meals will be simpler. Meals in Mongolia are fine and organic.
- Extremes of weather and how to prepare for them:
The temperature can change from day to night unpredictably and drastically, so one should bring warm clothes to wear during the night-time. Waterproof wind jacket, gloves, and hat are essential.
- What to bring – including clothing / food / equipment:
Other items to pack include: Trekking boots, warm clothes, sunglasses, lip balm, forehead flashlight, notebook and pens, spare batteries, a compass, multiple copies of identification, medical first aid kit, wear a money belt for your valuables (passport, cash, etc.), your personal toiletries (including hand and bath towel, shampoo and shower gel, toothpaste and toothbrush, dental floss).
- Money exchange information:
Travellersshould carry a supply of clean and new US dollar bills.Currencies can be changed in banks and exchange offices. Most Asian and European currencies can be exchanged in Ulaanbaatar, but the US dollar is the most reliable form of currency. Traveller cheques are not common in Mongolia. Credit cards (Visa, American Express, or MasterCard) are accepted in Ulaanbaatar, and are limited to larger hotels, airlines, tourist agencies, and department stores.