Adventure by Lake Khuvsgul

Adrenaline rush in northern Mongolia

Adventure by Lake Khuvsgul

Northern Mongolia

  • Outdoor Activities
11 Days
2 Flights
Not Child Friendly

An adrenaline packed adventure combining Lake Khuvsgul, one of Mongolia’s most iconic and beautiful sites, and another, less known, remote and pristine location in northern Mongolia. Taking on the beautiful landscapes, the unique Mongolian nomadic-based culture, and different outdoor activities, this trip has it all for those looking to see the country without spending full days in the car, but get to feel and experience Mongolia at first-hand, with a bit of healthy physical effort.

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Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

  • Dinner

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital city. At 14:00 we meet our guide at the airport, and head to the city center. The short drive passes through the shanty town inhabited by those who were once nomads, but have neglected their traditional lifestyle in the hope of finding a little fortune in the city, which not too long ago has seen some rapid development. The urban landscape quickly changes into expansive shopping malls and brand new residential complexes, shifting again to the scenes of the city center, where modern high-rises are quickly built amidst soviet-era buildings. After checking into our hotel, and if time permits, we will have an orientation tour of the city center through the central square, which was recently renamed after Ghengis Khan, the nation’s forefather. Right at the heart of the square we see the figure of D. Sukhbaatar, one of the heroes of the communist revolution of 1920’s, boldly raising his arm towards the statue of the Great Khan, whose name wasn’t allowed to be mentioned during the 70 year communist reign. We then visit the National History Museum, which holds a permanent exhibition on the different civilizations that have inhabited the territory of Mongolia from prehistoric times to the present. This exhibition includes a significant display of objects from the era of the Great Mongol Empire. From here we take a short walk to the drama theater where we attend an impressive folk concert, featuring some traditional Mongolian art forms. After a welcome dinner, we drive back to our hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Day 2. ULAANBAATAR ✈ MURUN - LAKE KHUVSGUL

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning we will take a flight to Murun, the provincial capital of Khuvsgul Province. Here we make a stop at the local market, serving city dwellers and nomads that comes from all throughout the province to purchase supplies. We leave the city and drive up north, to the small village of Khatgal, nestled by the southern tip of Lake Khuvsgul. One of the world's biggest fresh water sources, Lake Khuvsgul and its amazing surroundings are home to several of Mongolia’s ethnic minorities as well as a refuge for a wide variety of wildlife. Here at Khatgal we mount our bicycle, and take a cycling trip over the Jankhai Mountain pass, and on along the lake’s shores to the camp where we spend the night. This will be our first night in a ger camp- the cozy yet simple, Mongolian version of a lodge, consisting of traditional felt-made dwellings the nomads of Central Asia often refer to as yurt.

Day 3. Lake Khuvsgul

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today we take a hiking trip through the forests and meadows nearby the lake. Lying around 1650 meters (5413 feet) above sea level, and surrounded by mountains that rise over 3100 meters (10170 feet), the waters of Khuvsgul are deep and spectacularly clear and pure. We will hike to a beautiful vantage point, locally known as ‘Khyasaa’ (in Mongolian- steep cliff), from which we get a marvelous view over the ‘Blue Pearl’. In the evening, we return to our camp for a second and last night by the lake’s shores.

Day 4. Lake Khuvsgul – Murun – Delgermurun River

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Our day begins with few hours kayaking over the pristine lake. Back on land, we check-out the camp, and retrace our footsteps south. En route we pause by Erkhil lake, great place to watch some waterfowls. We then continue to an ancient burial site featuring Mongolia’s mysterious deer stones, memorial stones representing important leaders and warriors, carved with deer motifs. We then drive to the banks of Delgermurun river. After setting in the camp, we take a hike to the beautiful mountain cave, and on to the top of the mountain for a beautiful open Mongolian steppe. We then hike back to the camp, where we spend the night by the river bank.

Days 5-7. The Five Rivers experience

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

We drive back to the city of Murun, where we could stop and resupply. We then continue our drive southwards, arriving early in the afternoon at a camp by a confluence of five rivers! This camp would serve as the base for our next two and a half days of thrilling adventures, where we will kayak, take motor boat trip, hike, ride horses, and take bicycle trips in the pristine area, where very few get to visit.

Day 8. Five Rivers – Murun

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Leaving the camp in the morning, we arrive back in Murun in the afternoon. After late lunch in the city we visit the local museum, with its exhibits on the province’s flora and fauna, culture, and interesting history. We wrap up the day with a visit to Danzadarjaa Temple, which was erected after the Murungiin Temple has been destroyed during the purges of the 1930’s. We spend the night in a local hotel in Murun.

Day 9. Murun ✈ Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning we drive to Murun airport, for the flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Landing back in the Mongolian capital, we embark on the one and a half hour drive to Gorki-Terelj National Park. The park features unique rock formations, scenic valleys, a winding river, and restful groves of trees. Many nomads live in the park itself, where they find good grazing for their animals. If time permits, we will take a short hike to a nearby hill, from where we watch the sun set over the park (weather permitting of course). We will spend the night in a ger camp in the park.

Day 10. Terelj – Ghengis Khan Monument – Ulaanbaatar

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning we take an easy hike to the famous Turtle Rock, a symbol of wisdom and longevity to the Mongolian people. We then continue hiking to Ariabal Temple. The temple has been recently reconstructed, after the original temple had been destroyed during the communist purges of the 1930’s. A site of great tranquility, it functions today as a meditation center to Buddhist monks. After lunch, we leave the park and drive to the newly constructed Ghengis Khan Monument. Rising 40 meters in height over the surrounding steppes, this mighty structure plays a major symbol to the renewing Mongolian nation, after more than 300 years of foreign sovereignty over its people and territory. We then head to the Mongolian Capital, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by a visit to the Zaisan Hill, for a view over the city at night. Overnight in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 11. DEPARTURE FROM ULAANBAATAR

  • Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Chinggis Khan International Airport for our departure flight.

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Dates & Pricing


26th July, 2018–5th August, 2018

  • $2,927 Per Person (From 2 people)
  • $331 Single Room Supplement

16th August, 2018–26th August, 2018

  • $2,927 Per Person (From 2 people)
  • $331 Single Room Supplement

Additional Information


Inclusions
  • Accommodation as per program
  • Domestic flight Ulaanbaatar/Murun/Ulaanbaatar
  • Meals as indicated in the program (full board basis)
  • Private 4WD vehicle
  • Drinking water
  • Local English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • All transfers

Exclusions
  • Travel expenses to/from Mongolia
  • Travel Insurance
  • Mongolian visa
  • Excess Luggage
  • Gratuities
  • Expenses of personal nature (food and drinks beyond those provided, laundry, etc.)
  • Anything not clearly mentioned in the program

Accomodation
  • 2 nights in 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • 7 nights in ger camp
  • 1 nights in local hotel

Equipment List

Note: The listed hotels are tentative. Final hotel list shall be confirmed upon placing a booking and paying a deposit.


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