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Best of Mongolia Tour


Why you'll love this tour ...

 

  • This journey combines all the major sites of Mongolia in one trip: Lake Khövsgöl, the Steppes of Arkhangai, the Orkhon Valley and the Gobi Desert.
  • A wide variety of accommodation : 7 nights camping at the beginning of the journey + 7 nights in yurt camps for comfort + 2 nights in a "guest yurt" close to a nomadic family + 3 nights in a hotel.
  • 1 domestic flight to return without fatigue from the Gobi Desert.
  • 100% financial guarantee for your tour in Mongolia.

Dates and Rates


From To  Rate /pers.  Status
05/05/2018 24/05/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
12/05/2018 31/05/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
19/05/2018 07/06/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
26/05/2018 14/06/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
02/06/2018 21/06/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
09/06/2018 28/06/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
16/06/2018 05/07/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
23/06/2018 12/07/2018 2450 € FULL
30/06/2018 19/07/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
07/07/2018 26/07/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
14/07/2018 02/08/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
21/07/2018 09/08/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
28/07/2018 16/08/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
04/08/2018 23/08/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
11/08/2018 30/08/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
18/08/2018 06/09/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
25/08/2018 13/09/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
01/09/2018 20/09/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.
08/09/2018 27/09/2018 2450 € min 2 pers.

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENT

Groups of 2-3 persons: + 300 € / pers.

If there are 2 or 3 people booked onto the trip.
Refunded on return according to the number of people in the group.

OPTIONS

Single room: + 90 € / pers. (3 nights in Ulan Bator only)

 

INCLUDED

Tour and visits as described, 1 domestic flight, camel ride, horse riding as described, full board from dinner of day 1 to breakfast of day 20 except 1 dinner, English speaking translator, Russian 4x4 with driver, a cook per group > 3 persons, nomadic equestrian guide, financial guarantee of your deposits.

 

NOT INCLUDED

International flights, 1 dinner, drinks except water, tea and coffee, personal expenses, travel insurance, visa if necessary.

Tour itinerary

Treat yourself, take the best Mongolia has to offer!

The Best of Mongolia tour invites you to one of the greatest adventures: crossing Mongolia from north to south in a 4x4 ...

From the steppes of Selenge, you will join the boreal forests of Lake Khövsgöl where you will hike on horseback for 2 days.

Heading south through the mountains of Khangai, you will reach the famous Orkhon Valley, where you will spend two days with a nomadic family.

In the far south, the journey ends in the middle of the Gobi desert, with a camel ride a camel in the huge "singing dunes".

With your private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide, you are free to decide to stop where and when you want for a picture or just to enjoy the incredible Mongolian landscape...

Day 1: Ulan Bator

Welcome to Mongolia!

Your English speaking translator is waiting for you at Ulan Bator airport at midday (arrival of Turkish Airlines flight - private transfer at extra cost if you are flying with another airline).

Visit of Gandantegchinlin Monastery and the National Museum of Mongolian History.

Dinner downtown and overnight at Dream hotel or similar (2*).

 

Day 2 : Ulan Bator - Amarbayasgalant Monastery

Breakfast and departure for Amarbayasgalant Monastery (6 to 7-hour drive, depending on the condition of the road). Picnic lunch en route.

Visit Amarbayasgalant Monastery.

We set up camp in a valley near the monastery.

Dinner and overnight in tents.


Day 3 : Amarbayasgalant - Uran Togoo Tulga Uul

After breakfast, we hit the road west to the "Natural Monument" Uran Togoo Tulga Uul, a nature reserve that protects the craters of two extinct volcanoes towering the surrounding steppes.

We set up camp in these huge open spaces, like a postcard from Mongolia ...

Short hike in this impressive scenery.

Dinner and overnight in tents.

 

Day 4 : Uran Togoo Tulga Uul - Ikh Uul

After breakfast, we continue our journey to the northwest, towards Lake Khövsgöl.

We visit the ruins of the ancient city of Baybalik, which was the capital of the Uyghur Khaganate 1200 years ago.

We set up our camp in a region called Ikh Uul.

Dinner and overnight in tents.

 

Day 5: Ikh Uul - Lake Khövsgöl (Eastern side)

Transfer to the Yurt Camp at Lake Khovsgol, in Northern Mongolia.

Picnic lunch en route.

Dinner and overnight at the yurt (ger) camp on the lake shore (2-4 persons per yurt in single beds, shower and toilet in a separate building).


Day 6: Lake Khovsgol - 2 days horseback ride with pack yaks

Breakfast at the yurt camp.

The next two days are devoted to a horse riding tour in the forests surrounding the Lake Khovsgol.

This ride is open to riders of all levels, even beginners.

Yaks carry a yurt on carts. We assemble the yurt at the place where we set the camp. It will be used as a shelter for meals if needed.

We also assemble the rest of the camp consisted of tents for 2 people.

Picnic lunch at our camp.

After a little rest, we can ride or hike to explore the surrounding area.

Dinner and overnight in the great outdoors at our camp.


Day 7: Lake Khovsgol - End of the horse ride and crossing to West side

Breakfast by the lake.

It is time to dismantle the camp and make our way back through the forests and hills, always with the blue reflections of the lake as a backdrop.

Arrival at the yurt camp for lunch.

Afternoon relaxing by the lake.

Dinner and overnight at yurt camp (2-4 people per yurt in individual beds, showers and toilets in a separate building).

 

Day 8: Lake Khovsgol - Lake Dzuun Nuur

Breakfast.

We leave behind us the peaceful landscapes of Lake Khovsgol and drive to the south.

We cross the vast steppes dotted with mountains.

After the privacy of our camp on the shores of Lake Khovsgol, the feeling of space is breathtaking: the mountain passes and valleys succeed each other, with views over several tens of kilometers, without any human construction on the horizon.

Only a yurt, from time to time, is nestled in a valley like an island on a sea of ​​greenery.

Picnic lunch en route.

As we move towards the south, the landscape becomes more mountainous and wooded.

We arrive late afternoon at Lake Dzuun Nuur , where we set up camp for dinner and overnight in tents.

 

Day 9: Lake Dzuun Nuur - Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur

After breakfast we continue to drive southward.

We have to cross several mountain ranges on sometimes difficult tracks before joining Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur in Central Mongolia, where we spend 2 nights in a yurt camp.

Picnic lunch en route.

Dinner and overnight in our tents in the wilderness.

 

Day 10: Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur - Tsenkher Hot Springs

Back on the roads southward through the mountains and forests of the Khangai, in Central Mongolia.

At Tsetserleg, capital of the Arkhangai Province , we visit the Buyandelgeruulekh Khiid Monastery Museum.

Buyandelgeruulekh Khiid is one of the Buddhist temples in Mongolia that has survived the destructions of the communist era.
It is located in Tsetserleg, the provincial capital of Arkhangai at an altitude of 1691 m. It was founded in 1586 and enlarged in 1679 by the first Khalkh Zaya Pandita.
Guden, the main temple, was turned into a museum.

Off to Tsetserleg Market.

Picnic lunch en route.

Arrival in the afternoon to the Tsenkher hot springs.

Relaxing in the thermal baths will erase the rigours of the journey, especially if you opt for massages (not included).

Dinner and night in our tents set up in the wilderness.

 

Day 11: Tsenkher Hot Springs - Orkhon Valley

Breakfast and departure to the mountains above the Orkhon Valley, to the Tovkhon monastery.

We are progressing slowly on tracks surrounded by the famous landscape of the Orkhon Valley.

Late afternoon we arrive at the yurts of the nomadic family where we will spend 2 nights.

Dinner with our host family.

 

These 2 nights, we will sleep in a "guest-yurt" close to our nomad family's yurts.

The comfort is more simple than in the yurt camps as there are no showers, but you will experience the real nomadic way of life...


Day 12: Orkhon Valley - Nomad family

Breakfast.

The day is devoted to the discovery of the traditional lifestyle of the nomads of Mongolia.
We can participate in their activities, and become acquainted with the various family members.
You'll find simple tips to facilitate contact with your host family on the site by clicking here.

During the day, we can easily reach the famous Orkhon Falls, hiking or with the car.

In the evening, our hosts will prepare a traditional specialty, the Khorkhog, the "Mongolian barbecue".

Second night in the guest yurt at our nomad family home.

 

Day 13: Orkhon Valley - Karakorum

Breakfast.

After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to our nomad friends, the end of a wonderful human experience, having shared moments of unparalleled freedom.

We must resume our journey to new Mongolian horizons...

We drive towards Kharkhorin (Karakorum) through the Orkhon Valley in Central Mongolia.

Picnic lunch en route.

Visit of Erdene Zuu monastery.

We set up camp in a valley near Karakorum.

Dinner and overnight in tents.

 

Day 14: Karakorum - Ongii Monastery

After the breakfast, we continue our journey to the South of Mongolia and the Ongii Monastery.

Picnic lunch en route.

Visit of the monastery.

Dinner and overnight at the yurt camp (2 to 4 persons per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

 

Day 15: Ongii Monastery - Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs

Breakfast, and drive to the South and Bayanzag "Flaming Cliffs". We are now in the heart of Gobi Desert, in Southern Mongolia.

Picnic lunch en route.

Hike the cliffs.

Dinner and overnight at the yurt camp (2 to 4 persons per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

 

Day 16: Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs - Khongor Els Singing Dunes

Breakfast and drive to the Khongor Els sand dunes, one of the most famous sites of Gobi Desert and Southern Mongolia.

Picnic lunch en route.

Camel ride in Khongor Els dunes.

Arrival at the Khongor Els dunes yurt camp, for dinner and overnight (2 to 4 persons per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).


Day 17: Singing Dunes - Yoliin Am Canyon

Route to the Yoliin Am canyon for a hike through the canyon.

Picnic lunch en route.

Dinner and overnight at Yoliin Am yurt camp (2 to 4 persons per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

 

 

Day 18: Yoliin Am Canyon - Flight to Ulan Bator

After breakfast we drive to Dalanzadgad airport for our return flight to Ulan Bator, Mongolia's capital.

Lunch according to flight schedule.

On arrival, transfer to our 2* hotel in the city center.

This hotel is perfectly located 200 m from Peace Avenue between Sukhbaatar Square and the State Department Store, which gives you a large choice of restaurants and the opportunity of last minute shopping at the department store which remains open late.

Dinner downtown and night at the hotel.

 

Day 19: Ulan Bator

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit of the Choijin Lama Temple and Museum, whose traditional architecture offers a surprising contrast with the Blue Skye glass tower.
Visit the Bogd Jhan Winter Palace. The Bogd Khan had several palaces but the other ones have been destroyed by Russians.
Consisting of 6 traditionnal buildings, you will also see many objects that reflect the magnificence of court life at that time.

Lunch downtown.

The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to shopping in stores downtown, where you will find traditional clothing and objects of daily life.

In the late afternoon, you will attend a show with traditional dances, music and songs from Mongolia, especially the amazing Khoomei.

No dinner included, to let you choose among the varied dining opportunities offered by Ulan Bator.

Night at Dream hotel or similar (2*).


Day 20: Ulan Bator

Breakfast and transfer to airport on time for Turkish Airlines flight (private transfer at extra cost if you are flying with another airline).

Practical Information


Meeting point: Ulaanbaatar airport, arrival of Turkish Airlines flight (private transfer at extra cost if you are flying with another airline).

Language: English speaking translator.

Group size: 2-10 persons.

Accommodation


Accommodation for this 20 days tour in Mongolia is very balanced between adventurous camping in the wilderness during the first part of the trip, and comfortable yurts during the Gobi part of the tour:

  • 7 nights in yurt camps
  • 2 nights in a yurt with a nomadic family
  • 7 nights camping
  • 3 nights in a 2* hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

More information about accommodation during our tours in Mongolia ...

Discovery tour


Travelling in Mongolia is a unique experience, but it can also be sometimes challenging, as you travel through remote and wild regions.

It is essential that you choose carefully your tour. Read our dedicated page to know how to prepare for your tour in Mongolia.

> How to choose your trip in Mongolia ...

Tour Reviews


Your travel expert - Alexia

"This tour is for travellers who want to see all Mongolia has to offer, from Lake Khovsgol in the North to the Gobi Desert in the South. You have to be ready for long days in the 4x4 vehicle, but the road is itself an adventure and a big part of the fun of a tour in Mongolia ."

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IMPORTANT - Flights in Mongolia


Be aware that very few airlines go to Mongolia, flights are therefore quickly fully booked, especially between June and September. Book at least 6 months in advance to have the best air fares.
If your luggage has been delayed, the airlines do NOT deliver it in Mongolia, they keep it available in Ulan Bator. If your tour has already started, and you are already in the Orkhon Valley for example, it can be very expensive to deliver it.
We can do it for you at extra cost:
- 50 € for a delivery inside Ulan Bator
- 100 € for a delivery in Hustai
- 200 € for a delivery in Khogno Khan
- 300 € for a delivery in Karakorum, the Orkhon Valley or Arkhangai
- 400 € for a delivery at Lake Khövsgöl or in the Gobi Desert
This cost includes the driver & the vehicle for 1 or 2 days depending on the distance + fuel for the vehicule for the round trip + meals and accommodation for the driver if the roundtrip is more than 1 day.
If your flight is late, the same rates apply if you need a private transfer.