The second largest lake in Mongolia, Hövsgöl Nuur is surrounded by thick forests and 8,000-foot peaks. Settle into a traditional ger tent on the shores of the lake, and experience the centuries-old lifestyle of the nomad. Stroll along the shore to view the swans, ospreys, and various other shorebirds. Meet with nomads to learn about their way of life, and visit an historic archeological site. Take optional horseback rides or hikes to explore the area.
Itinerary - 5 Days
Day 1 — Ulaanbaatar/Murun
After a morning at leisure, gather for lunch. Then transfer to the airport for the flight to Murun, the capital of Hövsgöl Province, and continue overland through the steppe to Lake Hövsgöl. Spanning 85 miles and fed by more than 90 streams and rivers, this pristine alpine lake, known as Mongolia’s “dark blue pearl,” is set among thick forests and mountain meadows that team with birds and wildlife. Settle into our ger camp for the night. (B,L,D)
Days 2 & 3 — Lake Hövsgöl
Spend two days exploring the lakeshore and surrounding countryside on hikes and horseback rides. Enjoy an opportunity to visit nomadic families who camp near the lakeshore and experience their renowned hospitality. (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Murun/Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, return to Murun by way of the Uushgiin archaeological site. Here, examine more than a dozen well-preserved deer stones, standing monuments with elaborate carvings dating back some 3,000 years. Stop for a picnic at picturesque Lake Irkh before continuing through the steppe to Ulaanbaatar. Gather for a final dinner at a local restaurant tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Ulaanbaatar/U.S.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)
This extension is available on the following date:
Jul 12 - 16, 2014
Jun 30 - Jul 12, 2014
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $415. Round-trip economy airfare between Ulaanbaatar and Murun is not included and is estimated at $450. Extension rates are based on a minimum of 4 guests.