Discover Mongolia

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 14 Days | Round-trip Ulaanbaatar
  • Group Size: Max 14

Trip Details

 

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.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit with a nomadic camel-herding family in the Gobi.
  • Tour the Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs with an expert guide, and look for dinosaur fossils while exploring the Flaming Cliffs.
  • Discuss Buddhism with the head monk at the Erdene Zhu Monastery.
  • Hear from rangers at Khustai National Park and track takhis, or wild horses, across the grassy steppe.

Itinerary - 14 Days

Day 1 — Ulaanbaatar

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 — Ulaanbaatar

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 from a docent. Opt to stop for a local beer at the Chinggis Brewery. (1B)

Day 3 — 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. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 4 — Karakorum

Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia. Visit the Erdene Zhu Monastery, the nation’s first center of Lama Buddhism, and meet with a head monk for an in-depth discussion on Buddhism. Later, visit Karakorum Museum. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 5 — Tsenkher Hot Springs

Arrive at Tsenkher Hot Springs in the afternoon. Visit the springs for a relaxing soak in their healing waters. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Days 6 & 7 — Orkohn

Drive to Orkhon and enjoy an excursion to the Tuvkhun Monastery, established in the 1650s by Zanabazar, one of Mongolia’s most respected religious leaders. The next day, visit the horse- and yak-breeding farm of a local family. Learn about their daily life and how they make cheese and butter. Afterward, enjoy a hike to a waterfall before returning to the ger camp for a traditional Mongolian barbecue prepared over hot stones. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 8 — 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. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 9 — Ongiin Hiid/Bayanzag

Explore the Flaming Cliffs paleontology site, world-renowned for the vast amount of dinosaur bones and eggs found here. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Days 10 & 11 — Khongoryn Els

Drive to Khongoryn Els and explore more of the Gobi. Hike through Mongolia’s largest dunes, often called the “singing sands.” The next day, enjoy a visit with a nomadic camel-herding family, gaining insight into their 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. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 12 — Vulture Valley

Drive through the beautiful gorges of the imposing Altai Mountain Chain in Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, passing through the green valleys of Yoliin 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. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 13 — Ulaanbaatar

Catch a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. This evening enjoy a folklore show and farewell dinner. (1B, 1D)

Day 14 — Ulaanbaatar

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Dates

2018
  • Jun 17 - 30, 2018
  • Jul 10 - 25, 2018 ALT
  • Aug 12 - 25, 2018

ALT indicates a departure that has a slightly different itinerary than the one shown on this page. Click the ALT icon to see the day-to-day itinerary.

Please note that the July 10, 2018 departure includes the Nadaam Festival and is 16-days long. Please book international flights accordingly.

Trip Cost

Price From

$4,199

Activity Level

Moderate

Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

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What To Expect

Accommodation from day 3 to 12 will be in gers, traditional Mongolian tents made with round wooden frames and thick felt. The gers are simple, but quite comfortable, with 2 beds with mattresses, linens, and extra blankets. As our camps are remote, bathrooms facilities are shared.

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Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $1199

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.

Accommodations
Hotels (3 nights), Ger camps (10 nights)

Meals Included
13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners.

Transportation
Private vehicles, 4x4, walking, hiking, plane

Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.