The Best Attractions of Mongolia Tour

The Jewels of Mongolia

Central and Northern Mongolia

  • FAMILY HOLIDAYS
14 Days
1 Flights
Child friendly

A sampling of the best attractions Mongolia has to offer for visitors in one trip, this 14 day tour will take you through the northern edge of the Gobi Desert, the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire at Karakorum, hot springs, volcanoes, rivers and lakes. Along the way you will have the chance to meet different ethnic groups and learn about ancient traditions and about the lifestyle of the nomads roaming the vast Mongol steppes.

Recommended months for Best Attractions of Mongolia Tour are May, June, July, August and September. If you want to attend the famous NAADAM FESTIVAL in Ulaanbaatar, look for our July departure below, or submit an inquiry for Naadam trip details. You could either join one of our scheduled departures, or have us arrange your own private tour at dates best fit you. Please contact us for more details.

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  1. 31st May, 2022 Book
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Itinerary

DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN ULAANBAATAR AND DRIVE TO THE COUNTRYSIDE

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrival in 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 the capital city for a first encounter with the Mongolian countryside. 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 impression of the ancient customs and traditions of the Mongol nomads. Late in the evening, set 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 2. ULAANBAATAR – MONGOL NOMADS – KHUSTAI NURUU

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today take a journey back in time to a place that recreates the lives of Mongolian nomads during the beginning of the 20th century. This was when Mongolia gained its independence from the Qing Dynasty and established itself as a reemerging nation under a living god-king. Here, attend a demonstration of how the nomads lived their lives during this era and learn about some traditions that are carried on to this very day. After lunch in the camp, arrive at Khustai Nuruu Strictly Protected Area. Khustai was established as part of a unique project to reintroduce the world's last surviving wild horse back to its natural environment. On the brink of extinction during the previous century, only a very few Takhi or Przewalski's horses were left in zoos around Europe. This graceful steppe horse was returned to Mongolia, and today, thanks to this unique project, several herds again roam the Mongolian steppes. After a short visit at the visitors' center, drive to a vantage point at the midst of the park to see the herds of horses sprinting from the mountain tops to the narrow river valley, where they come to drink as the temperatures in the lowlands cool down. In the evening, drive to the camp by the protected area's buffer zone.

DAY 3. KHUSTAI NURUU – KHARKHORIN

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Leave Khustai Nuruu, and take the approximately four-hour drive west to the 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, get to see a plethora of waterfowl in the small seasonal lake by the dune. After lunch, continue for another one-hour's drive to Kharkhorin. 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 afternoon, visit the Karakorum Museum. This museum holds a permanent display of various archeological findings and compiles a picture of how the city looked like during the reign of the Mongol empire. Then ascend to a hill overlooking the small town to visit the Monument of Empires, erected to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the coronation of Chinggis Khan as the king of all kings of the steppes. Explore the site, depicting the stories of three of the largest empires that were first formed here, and enjoy the marvelous view of the sun setting over this sacred valley before setting in the camp for the night.

DAY 4. KHARKHORIN – TUVKHON MONASTERY – THE ORKHON VALLEY

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

From the Khangai Mountain Range, the Orkhon River runs all the way to Lake Baikal in Siberia. A UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape, the Orkhon valley has been at the center of several kingdoms and empires that have ruled much of Central Asia. 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). Today head south, driving along the river valley. Make the first stop for a three-and-a-half-hour hike (with the first hour uphill) to Tuvkhon Monastery, established during the 1650s by Zanbazar, one of Mongolia's most respected religious leaders. The monastery's wooden buildings are integrated with a natural system of caves perched near a hilltop, offering beautiful views of the Orkhon Valley and the surrounding pine forests. With its unique natural features, the monastery was a perfect location for the great religious leader to meditate. Continue south and reach the camp for the night.

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

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Leave the camp on foot for a one-hour morning walk to the beautiful volcanic canyon through which the Orkhon River flows. Continue walking above the canyon, and end the walk by a pool at the bottom of the Red Waterfall. For the brave of heart, a cool swim awaits! Board the vehicle, and drive on to the region the Mongolians often refer to as the 'horse herders' paradise' for its lush grasses and open valleys. Drive through thick pine forests to the Tsenkher hot springs, where water flows out of the ground at about 80°C (176°F). After setting in the camp for the night, enjoy a relaxing soak at the open hot-water pools under the Mongolian million-star sky!

DAY 6. HIKING AROUND TSENKHER

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast at the camp, take a short drive to the trailhead to embark on the day's hike. The hike is a truly enchanting walk up a stream, hopping from one boulder to another to the top of a hill for an amazing view of the surrounding valleys. Away from most travelers' route, this little-known trail runs through a pristine pine forest, with its floor covered with wildflowers of all shapes and colors. At the hike's end, enjoy a picnic lunch before driving back to the camp to enjoy another night of soaking in hot water pools.

DAY 7. TSENKHER HOT SPRINGS – TSETSERLEG – CHULUUT CANYON – NARIIN GECHGIIN RIVER

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Drive out of the hot springs and pass through Tsetserleg, the provincial capital. Here, take an easy walk to the seven-meter tall statue of Lord Buddha, and enjoy the view over the town that is commonly known as the most charming of all towns throughout the country. Continuing west, pause by Taikhar Chuluu, a massive rock that is connected to local mythology. In the afternoon, arrive at the hundred-branches-tree. Despite the fact this strange-looking tree has been burnt in recent years during a shamanic ceremony, the site is still considered holy and is worshiped by local people. The thousands of Khatag, silk-made pray scarves hanging on the trees in the forest, are a vivid testimony to the site's religious significance. From here, take a short walk to a good observation point for the Chuluut Canyon before taking another short drive to the camp for the night.

DAY 8. HIKING TO KHORGO VOLCANO AND THE WHITE LAKE – JARGALANT HOT SPRINGS

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Spend the first part of the day hiking to the top of Khorgo Volcano for a view over its perfect crater. Continue hiking from the top of the volcano through basalt fields studded with pine trees. End the hike at a pilgrimage site on the shores of Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. Late in the afternoon, drive north on one of Mongolia's most beautiful trails, crossing high mountain passes, vast grasslands, and small creeks. Early in the evening arrive at a camp not far from Jargalant Soum to enjoy once again a relaxing evening in the open-air pools fed from a nearby thermal spring.

DAY 9. JARGALANT HOT SPRINGS – MURUN

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Continue driving along the breathtaking road crossing the Tarvagtiin Mountain Range, separating Arkhangai and Khovsgol provinces. From time to time, stop for a walk through carpets of flowers, or stop for a visit with one of the many nomadic families setting their gers by the crystal clear streams in the midst of the fertile meadows, a perfect place to graze their large livestock herds. Pause at Dzun Nuur, a beautiful alpine lake, before arriving in Murun, the capital of Khovsgol Province. If time permits, visit the local market before setting in the simple yet cozy hotel for the night.

DAY 10. MURUN – LAKE ERKHIL – LAKE KHOVSGOL

From Murun drive to Erkhil Lake. This is where a wide variety of waterfowl stop on their long journey from the Siberian tundra to the warm countries of southern Europe and Africa. Take a walk to watch the birds, and submerge in the serenity of this little-known lake. From here, take a short drive to an ancient burial site of a civilization that inhabited these plains back in the Bronze Age. The unique tombs they have left behind are beautifully carved with reindeer motifs and other ceremonial objects the dead would take with them on their journey to their next life. Board the vehicle and continue the ride to Lake Khovsgol, arriving at the camp by the lake's shores in the afternoon. Set in the camp, and if time permits, take a first easy hike through the thick forest and along the beautiful lake.

DAY 11. HIKE TO KHYASAA AND HORSE RIDING BY LAKE KHOVSGOL

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

From the camp drive to the end of the road for a beautiful (and rather challenging) three hours' hike to the top of Khyasaa. At the end of the one-and-a-half hours' steep climb, arrive at Khyasaa (Mongolian for "steep cliff") for an unparalleled view over the lake. The trail passes through a pine forest, grasslands, and beautiful carpets of flowers. At trek's end, back by the lakeside, enjoy a picnic lunch before driving back to the camp for an afternoon horseback riding trip to the foot of the massive mountains surrounding the lake.

DAY 12. FLIGHT BACK TO ULAANBAATAR

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, take the approximately three-hour drive back to Murun. Here board the flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Once back in the Mongolian capital, head to the city center. The short drive passes through the shantytown inhabited by those who were once nomads but have neglected their traditional lifestyle in the hope of finding a little fortune in the city. The cityscape 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 blocks. Check in the hotel and take a tour of 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 13. DEPARTURE FROM ULAANBAATAR

  • Breakfast

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

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Dates & Pricing


31st May, 2022–12th June, 2022

  • $1,847 Per Person (For a group of 6 or more)
  • $227 Single Room Supplement

10th July, 2022–22nd July, 2022

  • $2,262 Per Person (For a group of 6 or more)
  • $288 Single Room Supplement

14 days extended trip including the Naadam Festival events in Ulaanbaatar!


31st July, 2022–12th August, 2022

  • $1,847 Per Person (For a group of 6 or more)
  • $227 Single Room Supplement

31st August, 2022–12th September, 2022

  • $1,847 Per Person (For a group of 6 or more)
  • $227 Single Room Supplement

All prices for The Best Attractions of Mongolia Tour are in US dollars and per person based on twin share occupancy

Rates for private tours:
2 travelers – USD2582/ person
4 travelers – USD2224/ person

  • Prices 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 the Best Attractions of Mongolia tour prices and programs due to changes in flight schedule, changes in airfares, and other local circumstances.

Upgrades for twin share (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)
Kharkhorin
: Deluxe Ger [email protected] | +USD44/ [email protected] occupancy (1 night)
Tsenkher Hot Springs
: Wooden Hotel +USD108 / [email protected] share | +USD183/ [email protected] occupancy (2 nights)
Lake Khuvsgul
: Wooden Hotel +USD135/ [email protected] share | +USD194/ [email protected] occupancy (2nights)
Ulaanbaatar: Best Western Premier 5-stars +USD41/ [email protected] share | +USD66/ [email protected] occupancy (1 night)


Additional Information


Inclusions
  • Accommodation as per program
  • Domestic flight 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
  • 10 nights in ger camp

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


Testimonials

The Tuaf family

Many thanks to Mongolian ways for organizing a perfect trip for our family. We traveled with our 2 girls (7&9 years old) to beautiful Mongolia and everything was well organized! We had a very knowledgeable guide who was getting along with the kids perfectly, and a very skilled driver made us feel safe.

The Tuaf family, Israel

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