Mongolia, Nomadic By Nature

Mongolia, Nomadic By Nature

Mongolia is one of the worlds last truly nomadic cultures. For millennia, pastoral herders have lived on almost every corner of Mongolian, moving with their livestock according to the seasons. They still live in traditional felt Ger tents, subsisting on the meat and milk of their animals, and living “as free as the country is wide.”

The tour takes 8 days to cover one of the best travel destinations of Mongolia with peace of mind and experiencing local culture along with natural beauties. This tour takes to the most popular tour destinations including Tsenher hot springs, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, most interesting national Parks Terelj, Hustai (Wild horse Park), Bayan Gobi sand dunes – a unique area combining forest and Gobi sand dunes, the oldest and most famous Erdene-Zuu monastery - Mongolian Buddhist culture experience and much more!

It is best experience of Mongolian history, culture and nomadic way of life. Apart from enjoying the splendid sceneries of the desert, national parks and lake, you learn a lot from our unique culture and lifestyle.


BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day Today Programs Meals Accommodation
Day 01 Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - Hotel 3*
Day 02Bayan Gobi sand dunes & camel trail B, L, D Ger camp1
Day 03 Karakorum & Erdenezuu Buddhist Monastery - Tsenher valley & hot spring B, L, D Ger camp
Day 04Tsetserleg & Taikhar chuluu, Khangai B, L, D Ger camp
Day 05Lake Ugii B, L, D Ger camp
Day 06Hustai National Park (Wild Horse Park) B, L, D Ger camp
Day 07Ulaanbaatar city tour B, L Hotel 3*
Day 08Departure B -

What is Ger camp?
Its most popular accommodation type for countryside trip in Mongolia that consists of 20-30 Gers (Mongolian traditional yurt), a restaurant and some entertainment facilities. Each Ger has 2 beds and furnished with a table, chairs and a wood-stove. Modern toilet and hot shower facilities is separate a house. The restaurant mostly serves with Western and Mongolian meals. Most visitors prefer to stay in Ger, which provide an authentic taste of Mongolian culture and adventure, their most enjoyable experience in Mongolia.

Day 01: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Whenever, your international flight lands in city airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Ulaanbaatar. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. You may need some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet-lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask from your hotel reception for recommendations.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*. Meals: not included this day

Day 02: Bayan Gobi sand dunes & camel trail

After breakfast drive to Bayan Gobi magnificent sand dunes - surrounded by hills with willow trees, streams and bushes, and appear as a small desert in the center of the country. This sand dune is 80km long and the widest part of the sand dune is 9-10 km. Also, the sand dune called as mini Gobi.

In the afternoon, we will visit camel herder family and explore their unique nomadic lifestyle.
The sand dunes are the perfect place for camel riding. We will discover this magnificent place on camel back. Mongolia is home to 2/3 of the two-humped Bactrian camels in the world. It is a gentle, calm and extraordinary patient animal and can carry on without water for a month. Bet, you never rode a Bactrian camel, riding a Bactrian camel is very comfortable. Its two humps support you from both sides and easy pace will comfort you so much. Return to the Ger camp near the sand dunes for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ger camp, and Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Total distance: 290km, driving for ~5.5hrs

Day 03: Ancient capital Karkorum & Tsenher Valley & Hot Spring

After breakfast, we will drive to Karakorum and Erdenezuu Monastery. Karakorum was not only the capital of the vast Mongolian Empire, but the epic center of trade along Silk Road. However, the Karakorum of today is a small settlement with little focus on tourism. Today there is a museum does show off some of the artefacts theyve recovered so far, Upon arrival in the village, we will visit museum of Karakorum and learn about beautiful ancient Karakorum. Then we will visit to the magnificent and the oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdene Zuu, built in the 16th century, with 108 stupas. Here you can see interesting listen to monk chanting Buddhist sutras.

After lunch, we will drive to Tsenkher Valley which is one of the lushest countryside in Mongolia with green forested mountains and meandering rivers. There is famous Tsenkher hot spring that reaches +86.5"C. The springs have healing properties notably on articular diseases and nervous systems diseases. Curative water and amazing nature featured by wooden mountains make this an excellent place for relax. Its really pleasurable to bath at hot spring.

Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Total distance: 200km, driving for ~4hrs.

Day 04: Tsetserleg town – Taikhar, Khangai

Today our tour will continue towards to Taikar Rock, which is a massive granite rock located on the banks of the Tamir River surrounding flat country. Its covered with 150 writings in many different languages and dating back from many different periods.

On the way, we will visit Tsetserleg town, which is the capital of Arkhangai province with population of around 20,000. Tsetserleg means garden and the city ringed by scenic mountains, the streets are tree-lined and a lovely little temple overlooks the town.

In the evening, we will enjoy visiting the local nomad family to experience firsthand how people live in the country side and a lifestyle which has not changed for centuries. Here you can help the herders with their daily tasks to get an idea of how nomadic people alongside of their livestock. There is we can taste Airag, which is made horse fermented milk.

Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Total distance: 60km, driving for 2hrs.

Day 05: Lake Ugii

After breakfast, we will take 1.5hrs drive to Ugii Lake - is located up 1337m from the ocean level and it is a pure water steppe lake, which is 7.9km long, 5km wide. The lake Ugii is a famous for its birdlife. Ogii lake has registered in the Ramsar Convention for being important breeding and staging area for a variety of waterfowl.

Lunch and check-in at Ger camp on shore of the lake. In the late afternoon is free time for your own. There is you can travel by normal boat or motor boat and go for fishing in the lake. Fishing equipment rent is available from the camp. Or just walking and hiking around the lake.

Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Total distance: 130km, driving for ~3hrs.

Day 06: Hustai National Park (Wild Horse Park)

In the morning, we will drive to the Hustai National Park. This area is home to the Mongolian wild horse known as Perzevalski horse (takhi) with unique landscape that features mountain and steppe After lunch at Hustai Ger camp, we will visit the small Ger museum about the national park and wild horse. The takhi and marmots are easy to see around 2-3hrs earlier than sunset, when they come down from mountains for water to stream.

In early evening, we will take short drive and hiking to see the horses in their natural habitat. Seeing these truly wild horses which numbered in the hundreds of thousands of years ago, will make you feel like you have traveled thousands of years back in time. There is great opportunity to take photo for these endangered horses. If you are lucky, you can see fox, deer, roe deer, eagle, and more animals and birds…

Accommodation: Ger camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Total distance: 260km, driving for ~5hrs.

Day 07: Ulaanbaatar city tour

In the morning at 9am, we will return to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in the city, visit “Gandan” Monastery, Mongolias largest functioning Buddhist monastery including the Mongolian Buddhist University. The highlight of visiting to Gandan is 26-meter-high majestic gilded indoor statue of Megjid Janraisig.

After lunch, we will visit Sukhbaatar square, which lies at the heart of the city surrounded by important buildings such as government palace, banks and theaters and post office. There is an equestrian statue of Sukhbaatar and a massive Bronze statue of Genghis khan with his four warriors in front of Parliament House.

Continue to visit Museum of Mongolian National History – the museum presents Mongolian history and culture from prehistoric times to the present day.

Next visit Bogd Khan Palace museum - the complex was a residence of 8th Bogd Javzandamba in 19th century, the head of Mongolian religion. The palace consists of seven Summer Prayer temples and the winter palace. In the evening, we will visit “Wonders of Mongolia” folklore show by famous Tumen-Ekh ensemble - is one of the most successful folk art groups to share traditional Mongolian music with the world, having traveled to over 40 countries.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*. Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Total distance: 110km, driving for ~3hrs.

Day 08: Departure

You will be free at leisure in your hotel or wander around on your own until being escorted to the Chinggis Khaan International Airport for your departure flight home. Your driver will assist you with flight check-in and luggage, and see you off at the point of security check.

Inclusions

• English speaking tour guide at all times.
• 7 nights accommodation
- Good 3* hotel in the city – 2nights, based on double/twin.
- Ger camps in countryside trip – 5 nights on twin share.
• All the meals as listed in the itinerary: Breakfast - 7, Lunch - 6, Dinner – 5.
• All transfer & transports + experienced driver.
• All sightseeing and entrance fees are mentioned as program.
• Cultural performance by famous Tumen Ekh Ensemble.
• Camel riding at Bayan Gobi sand dunes -1 hour.
• Complementary drink water during the tour.
• All service charge, local and Govt tax.
• Visa invitation letter, if required.

Exclusions

• International flights & Travels insurance.
• Hotel early check-in and late check-out.
• Tipping and other personal expenses.
• Other services not mentioned in the itinerary.

Remarks

• All accommodations will be confirmed after booking confirmation but the hotels have the right to change/cancel the reservation due to government activity or any other uncontrollable circumstances. The same class hotels / Ger camp will be booked accordingly to ensure the schedule in each place not to be affected.
• Hotel based on double/twin share. Only twin share is available in all Ger camps.
• Any other extra costs as not indicated in the schedule, or in the event of overweight, landslides, road blockage, and alike uncontrollable circumstances, or caused by last minute changes from you to the above confirmed schedule will be directly charged to you on spot.
• Tipping and gratuities are the best way to show your satisfaction of the services you received from the guides and drivers, not compulsory, but highly recommended.

Please Note

Average temperatures by month
June
(+14°C) - (+21°C) (+57F) - (+69F)
Aug (+16°C) - (+22°C) (+60F) - (+71F)
July (+18°C) - (+24°C) (+64F) - (+75F)
Sept (+12°C) - (+18°C) (+53F) - (+64F)

Road:


Paved road is 70% and earth-road is 30 %. During the trip, approximately it takes 2-5 hours driving (110-290km) from one to next destination depending on road and weather condition on each driving days. But, it is not nonstop drive! We can short stop frequently everywhere along the road for photographs, toilets, stretch and meet with local nomads.

Transport:


We will use below marked car types for your trip in Mongolia based on trip level, comfort, road condition and remoteness./p>

Accommodation:


Our accommodations are carefully chosen, based on our research, our experience, and feedback from clients, to provide the best combination of high-quality accommodations, affordability, and convenient location


What is Ger camp?

Its most popular accommodation type for countryside trip in Mongolia that consists of 20-30 Gers (Mongolian traditional yurt), a large Ger restaurant and some entertainment facilities. Each Ger has 2-4 beds and furnished with a table, chairs and a wood-stove. The restaurant mostly serves with usually a mixer of European and Mongolian cuisines. There is bar at the restaurant in Ger camps those serve both soft and alcoholic drinks. Western standard flush toilets and showers located in separate blocks from the Ger accommodations used by all guests in the Ger camp. Most visitors prefer to stay in Ger, which provide an authentic taste of Mongolian culture and adventure, their most enjoyable experience in Mongolia. Click here for more info!

Food:


Traditionally Mongolians eat meat, dairy products and vegetables such as onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, cabbages and turnips. Nomads in countryside drink milk tea, fermented mares milk and an alcohol made of fermented and distilled cow milk. However, Mongolian diet is quite westernized and during your stay in Mongolia you will be served with authentic Mongolian and European style meals. Lunches and dinners in city restaurants and Ger camps consists of 3 - 4 courses (soup or/and salad, main dish, desert) and bottled water. If you require special meals due to religious, medical limitation and vegetarian food, please inform us so that arrangements can be made in advance.

Weather:


Mongolia is known to the world as country of "Blue Sky of 4 Seasons ". In Mongolia, there are 257 sunny days a year, often with clear cloudless skies. Along with Southern Siberia this part of Asia has a continental climate, with long, cold, dry winters and brief, mild, and relatively wet summers.

• Deposit & Confirmation :


A deposit 20% of total tour cost is required for this tour booking and confirmation. In order to confirm and secure this trip, you should pay the deposit: Fill out our tour reservation form, and then continue to pay the deposit through the tab “next online payment section” Notes when you using tours reservation form: - We accept Master/Visa cards only! - Dont use Safari and Internet Explorer browser! Please note that this reservation is not confirmed or secure until this deposit requirement has been paid in full.
• Necessary information :
We need your (all members in your group) passport copy of a main page, if there are included following services of domestic flight and visa invitation letter.
If there is any vegetarian in your group, please let us know in advance early.

• Final payment :


• The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the trip departure date. An invoice with our bank details will be sent for this balance from our official a domain and email address (…@amicusmongolia.com) by your tour manager who responsible for your trip in Mongolia.
If full payment is not received by the applicable due date, the Tour Operator may, at its sole discretion, change the rate payable for the booking, or treat the booking as cancelled and retain the deposit paid on booking as a cancellation fee.

• Cancellation Policy


• If you must cancel your trip, this cancellation must be done sending an email with the name of the tour, who want to cancel and for the reason.

Cancellation refunds will be calculated as of the date we receive cancellation request:
1) More than 30 days prior to departure, the deposit will be forfeited
2) 30 to 15 days prior to scheduled departure date: 30% of the full payment per person.
3) 14 to 7 days prior to scheduled departure date: 50% of the full payment per person.
4) 6 to 0 days prior to scheduled departure date: 100% of the full payment per person.

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