Central Mongolia 8 Day Tour

Horse Breeder's Paradise

Central Mongolia

  • OVERLAND TOURS
  • FAMILY HOLIDAYS
  • SELF-DRIVE TOURS
9 Days
0 Flights
Child friendly

Central Mongolia, commonly known as the Horse Breeders’ Paradise for its serene beauty, is a land of flourishing green meadows, rolling hills and crystal blue lakes and rivers lying at the northern foot of the Khangai Mountain Range. This is where many nomadic families are herding their livestock, and a great place to experience the Mongolian Horse Culture at first hand. Come with us on our Central Mongolia Cultural Tour that has been specially designed to accommodate travelers of every age, going at an easy pace that would allow one to truly absorb the unique tranquility Mongolia.

Recommended months for Central Mongolia Cultural Tour are June, July, August and September. Please contact us for more details.

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Itinerary

DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN ULAANBAATAR AND DRIVE TO THE COUNTRYSIDE

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive at Ulaanbaatar airport, just out of the Mongolian capital city. After immigration procedures, meet the local guide and driver and head to a camp just out of town. After lunch, and some time to recuperate from the long flight, take a leisurely afternoon hike to enjoy and take in the serene landscape of the semi-arid steppe. If possible, visit a nomadic family for a first up-close impression of the ancient customs and traditions of the Mongol nomads. Then, set in for a first night in 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, and the Mongolians call- ger.

DAY 2. MONGOL NOMADS – KHUSTAI NURUU

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today we drive back in time, to a place that recreates the lives of Mongolian nomads during the beginning of the 20th century, the time when Mongolia has gained its independence from the Qing Dynasty, and established itself as a reemerging nation, under the reign of a living-god king. We shall attend a demonstration of the way the nomads have lived their lives during this era, as well as a stunning performance of Mongolian horsemanship. In the afternoon we arrive at Khustai Nuruu Strictly Protected Area (SPA). The SPA was established as part of a unique project to reintroduce the world’s last surviving wild horses back to their natural environment. On the brink of extinction during the last century, only a very few Takhi or Przewalski’s horse were left in zoos around Europe. This graceful steppe horse was returned to Mongolia, and today, thanks to this special project, two herds again roam the Mongolian steppes. Overnight in a ger camp.

DAY 3. KHUSTAI NURUU SPA - KHAR BUKH BALGAS - UGII LAKE

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Leave Khustai, and drive towards Khar Bukh Balgas. Built during the time of the Khitans - an early steppe-empire that ruled much of central Asia at about 1000 AD - this was a part of a chain of fortresses that used to govern and control the northern borders of the Khitan (Kidan) State. Upon arrival to the site, explore the ruins, and learn about the various kingdoms that dominated Mongolia at that era. Late in the afternoon, arrive at the shores of Ugii Lake. After setting in the camp, take a walk along the lake's shores.

DAY 4. UGII LAKE - KULTIGEN MONUMENT - KHAR BALGAS - TSENKHER HOT SPRINGS

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning drive to Khoshoo Tsaidam. Here, back in the late 19th century, a Russian explorer and archeologist discovered two massive tombstones. The tombstones, built in honor of two Uyghur warlords - Bilge Khagan and his brother Kul Tigin - depict the heydays of the Uyghur people who ruled the region for centuries until eventually subjecting to the Yenisei Kyrgyz. The inscription on the stones is written in both Chinese and old-Turkic alphabet. As very little was known at the time about the latter, these stones turned into a sort of Rosetta Stone, allowing linguists and researchers to decrypt ancient Turkic scripts. Visit the site and the nearby museum funded by the Turkish government as part of the Turkish historical and cultural claim over large parts of central Asia. Late in the afternoon, arrive in the region the Mongolians call the 'paradise of the horse herders' for its lush grasses and open valleys. Drive through thick pine forests to Tsenkher hot springs, where water flows out of the ground at 82°C (180˚F). Upon arrival, enjoy a relaxing soak at the open-air pools.

DAY 5. TSENKHER HOT SPRINGS - THE RED WATERFALL - THE ORKHON VALLEY

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Leave Tsenkher, and follow the flow of the Red River along the eastern slopes of the Khangai Mountains. The Khangai (in Mongolian- prosperous) Mountain is Mongolia's second-largest mountain range, dominating central Mongolia's landscapes. To its south, the vast Gobi Desert, and to the north, a land of plenty of water and of excellent graze for large herds. Drive through vast lush green meadows, pine forests, and mountain passes on the way to the Red Waterfall. Here, take a leisurely hike along the canyon floor, and end up at the pool at the bottom of the waterfall. For the brave at heart, a cool swim awaits! Then take a one-hour's walk through volcanic dominated landscape to the camp for the night.

DAY 6. THE ORKHON VALLEY - TUVKHON MONASTERY - KHARKHORIN

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Drive north along the Orkhon River to visit one of Mongolia's most impressive monasteries for a 3 hours' hike (of which, 1.5 hours uphill). Located at the top of a high hill overlooking the seemingly endless pine forests, Tuvkhon Monastery was established during the 1650s by Zanbazar, one of Mongolia's most revered religious leaders. He built the monastery in this secluded site, using a natural system of caves and adding small wooden buildings. In the afternoon, keep on driving up the Orkhon River Valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape, the valley has served as the center of several kingdoms and empires that ruled much of Central Asia for centuries. The UNESCO committee states: "Collectively, the remains in the site reflect the symbiotic links between nomadic, pastoral societies and their administrative and religious centers, and the importance of the Orkhon valley in the history of central Asia." (UNESCO website). Late in the evening, arrive at Kharkhorin. Overnight in a ger camp.

DAY 7. KHARKHORIN – ELSIIN TASARKHAI

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Built by Chinggis Khan about 800 years ago, Kharkhorin, better known as Karakorum, was famed throughout Asia as the capital of the Mongol Empire. Within the walls of this spectacular city, kings were chosen, laws made, and the fate of the next city to be conquered was determined. In the morning hours, visit the ruins of the old city, the Erdene Zuu monastery, and other historical monuments in the area. After lunch, leave Kharkhorin and take the one-hour drive to Elsiin Tasarkhai sand dune. Marking the northern edge of the great Gobi Desert, Elsiin Tasarkhai stretches for over 130 km north into the heart of Central Mongolia. Arrive at the dune and take a hike for a marvelous view over the dune that seems as if it's locked between two mighty mountain ranges. If lucky, enjoy a magnificent sunset over the dunes before setting in for a last night in a ger camp.

DAY 8. ELSIIN TASARKHAI – ULAANBAATAR

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Early in the morning, embark on the five-hour drive to the Mongolian capital. After checking in the hotel, take a tour around the city center. Begin with 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. Then take a walk through the central square. Right at the heart of the square see the figure of D. Sukhbaatar, one of the heroes of the communist revolution of the 1920s, boldly raising his arm towards the statue of Chinggis Khan, the nation's forefather whose name was not allowed to be mentioned during the 70-year communist reign. From here, it is a short walk to the drama theater to attend an impressive folk concert featuring some traditional Mongolian art forms. After a farewell dinner, drive back to the hotel for the last night in Mongolia.

DAY 9. DEPARTURE FROM ULAANBAATAR

  • Breakfast

After breakfast, drive to Chinggis Khan Airport for the international flight out of Mongolia.

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Dates & Pricing


19th June, 2022–27th June, 2022

  • $1,160 Per Person (For a group of 6 or more)
  • $134 Single Room Supplement

19th July, 2022–27th July, 2022

  • $1,160 Per Person (For a group of 6 or more)
  • $134 Single Room Supplement

19th August, 2022–27th August, 2022

  • $1,160 Per Person (For a group of 6 or more)
  • $134 Single Room Supplement

All prices of Central Mongolia Cultural Tour are in US dollars and per person based on twin share occupancy

Rates for private tours:
2 travelers – USD1,638/ person
4 travelers – USD1,403/ person

  • Prices are valid for payment by wire transfers. Payment facilitated by credit cards would incur a supplement of 3.8%.
  • Mongolian Ways Ltd. reserves the right to change Central Mongolia Tour prices and programs due to changes in flight schedule, changes in airfares, and other local circumstances

Upgrades (for an ensuite ger- some would have toilets and shower, some just toilets within the ger; limited availability). More information on accommodation in Mongolia.

Mongol Nomadic: +USD34/ [email protected] share | +USD57/ [email protected] occupancy (1 night)
Ugii Lake: Deluxe Ger +USD36/ [email protected] share | +USD36/ [email protected] occupany (1 night)
Tsenkher Hot Springs: Wooden Hotel +USD54/ [email protected] share | +USD64/ [email protected] occupany (1 night)
Kharkhorin: Deluxe Ger +USD24/ [email protected] share | +USD41/ [email protected] occupany (1 night)
Ulaanbaatar: Best Western Premier 5-stars +USD41/ [email protected] share | +USD66/ [email protected] occupany (1 night)


Additional Information


Inclusions
  • Accommodation as per program
  • 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
  • 1 night in 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • 6 nights in ger camp

Note: The listed hotels of this Central Mongolia Cultural Tour are tentative. Final hotel list shall be confirmed upon placing a booking and paying a deposit.


Testimonials

David Hamburger 1

This is to let you know that we arrived safely home last night after a riveting trip organized with the precision of a Swiss watch. Thanks very much again for your efforts, One huge problem that remains is how we will ever be able to lower our standards again after this most pampering experience.

Dr. David Hamburger, Holland

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