Highlights of Central Mongolia
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Dates: 23rd – 30th June; 28th July – 4th August
Group size: Min- 3 pax, Max- 15 pax
Destination: Bayangobi, Karakorum, Arkhangai province, Uvurkhangai province, Hustai Nuruu Nature Reserve
Highlights: Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall, Karakorum, Erdenezuu Monastery, Lake Ugii, Tsenkher Natural Hot Springs and wild horse observation
Accommodation: Tourist standard ger camps / 5 nights
Total driving distance: 1075 km
Price per person: 1 pax 1014 USD
Because of its geographical position, central Mongolia has always been an ideal place to travel. You can see the true combination of Mongolian nature, culture, flora and fauna in central Mongolia. “Karakorum”-ancient capital of Mongol empire, “Erdenezuu”-the first and the biggest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, Takhi-the only living ancestor of modern horses in the world are included in “Highlights of Central Mongolia” trip.
Day 1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, our English speaking professional local guide will warmly welcome the travellers at the airport оr train station, and transfer to hotel. Free time after check-in (hotel stay not included).
Day 2. Bayangobi (280 km)
After having breakfast at the hotel, our local English speaking guide warmly greet the travellers and tour starts to the Elsen tasarkhai Sandy Dunes. The natural scenic area is stretched 80 km which divided into two sand belts as Khogno Tarnyn Els and Mongol Els, and auto lane pass through between these sand belts. On the way, observe nomadic lifestyle as you pass through the steppes where herds of animals roam through freely in a fenceless countryside. Arrive in a ger camp around lunchtime and have a local lunch. Then visit nearby Uvgun monastery and visit a local nomadic herder family to get to know about their daily lives. Afterwards, explore the Sandy dunes with properly applied sunscreen oil and hat + scarf. Dinner is in ger camp. Local dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (L,D)
Day 3. Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall (200 km) – Tuvkhun Monastery (45 km)
After breakfast, transfer to Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall. Explore the magnificent waterfall which is ten meters wide & twenty meters high waterfall in rainy summers, but a little less in dry seasons. The name means “Red Flow” – because of its water appearing to be reddish in color caused by high soil erosion up the stream. There are tourist paid services in high seasons that provide life vests and inflatable boats to allow visitors to get near to the bottom of the waterfall. Visitors come for the fascinating natural scenery, also to relieve their stress by nature sound meditation. Later in the afternoon, transfer to Tuvkhun Monastery – a place where the first Buddhist spiritual leader of Mongolia has created Soyombo scripts, of which its first symbol present in our National flag. Explore the monastery and relax in the calming environment. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B,L,D)
Day 4. Tsenkher Hot Springs (140 km)
After breakfast, travel to Tsenkher natural hot springs. Arrive by lunchtime and spend the day relaxing in natural hot springs and walking in the surrounding forest. Please do not forget to pack your swimsuit for this day to enjoy the hot spa. Optional massage and beauty services are available. Enjoy the hot springs anytime. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B,L,D)
Day 5. Karakorum (140 km)
After breakfast drive to Karakorum, the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene Zuu Monastery, which was once one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, and then was mostly destroyed in the 1930s. Tour the monastery grounds and visit several chapels with excellent examples of Buddhist iconography dating from the 16th century. Visit the symbolic ruins of Karakorum. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 6. Ugii lake (70 km)
Drive to Lake Ugii in Arkhangai province. The camp is located on the shores of Ugii Lake. A magnificent view and countless water birds will be at your footsteps. Optional fishing and short boat excursion are available. Lunch, dinner and overnight in camp. (B/L/D)
Day 7. Hustain Nuruu Nature Reserve (230 km)
After breakfast, travel to Hustain Nuruu Natural Reserve. You’ll get a chance to see Przewalski horses – Mongolian “takhi” (same word used to call zebras), considered an ascendant of horses in the modern world. You’ll have a chance to get good use of your binoculars here. After visiting the museum of the reserve, watch a short documentary about these wild horses. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 8. Departure
Today we transfer you to your international departure point and conclude the tour.
Price does not include accommodation in UB.
Please contact us for prices of children (3-12 years old).
Package price includes:
- Airport or train station transfers in Ulaanbaatar
- Accommodation in ger camps * – twin sharing
- English speaking professional local guide
- Chauffeured tour couch during the tour
- Entrance fees to National Parks and protected areas
- Tickets to museums and art performances
- Meals as mentioned in itinerary
- Two bottles of 0,5 litre drinking water per day
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
Package price excludes:
- Hotel in Ulaanbaatar;
- Ger camp single supplement 25 USD per person/per night;
- Visa application fee;
- International airfare;
- Travel insurance;
- Hotel extras (phone calls, laundry, minibar,. etc);
- Personal toiletries;
- Gratuity to local guides and drivers;
- Optional excursions unless stated in theitinerary;
How to get a visa?
If you are a citizen of one of the 46 countries that has been granted “visa-free access” to Mongolia, or 41 countries covered in a 30 day visa-free visit regime until 31st December 2015, you do not need to present a visa when entering Mongolia for tourism purposes. With exception of those, visitors are required to have a valid visa issued by Mongolian diplomatic missions or honorary consuls abroad. The following materials are required to obtain a visa under grounds of tourism:
- Passport, valid for at least six months from the end of intended period of stay in Mongolia
- One passport size photo
- Completed and signed Visa Application Form for Tourists
- Invitation from Mongolia (Either an invitation of the receiving entity, or an official request of the sending country and the organization).
- Transit visa processing requires visa for next destination, and copy of onward tickets.
How to get to Mongolia?
By airways: Providing you with comfort flights, Mongolian national flag carrier MIAT – Mongolian airlines operate scheduled and chartered flights to Ulaanbaatar from Berlin, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka and Beijing. The Chinggis Khaan international airport, conveniently located 18 km southwest of the capital, hosts following carriers apart from MIAT:
- Hunnu Air
- Aeroflot Air
- Korean Air
- Turkish Airlines
We will always be happy to help arrange your international flights to Mongolia. By railways: If your holiday duration and plan allows, another great way to get to Mongolia is via trans-Mongolian train. This is possible either from Moscow or Beijing. The journey takes 4 nights and 5 days from Moscow, and 1 night and 2 days from Beijing. It is a magical journey which takes you from the heart of buzzing downtowns of metropolises into nomadic Mongolia, past the Great Wall of China through the Gobi desert, or Russian countryside villages through the Baikal Lake. Also trains to border cities run every day, as the cities of Ulaan-Ude (Russia) and Erlian (China) are both popular get-away destinations for locals, for a little cultural sightseeing and a bit of shopping. You can let us handle your international railway tickets, to make your travel plan even smoother.
What to bring? What to wear?
Yes, you would want to pack a few additional things to make your travel more comfortable.
- Your personal toiletries
- Summer hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Earplugs to use when camping in the countryside
- Small headlamp or a flashlight
- Portable battery charger for your phone, tablet, camera etc.,
Small first aid bag including following:
- Small adhesive bands
- Blister plasters
- Medicine to treat occasional diarrhea
- Lip balm
- Wet tissue
- Mosquito repellent cream
- Sleeping bag or sleeping sack
- Mosquito net
- After sun cream when possible
- Trekking shoes
- Weatherproof jacket
- Wool hat, gloves, scarf
- Spare pairs of socks and underwear
- Bathing or swimming suit
- Other casual clothing
Foreign currency can be exchanged at . commercial banks and Mongolian national currency “Tugrug” are in notes of 1, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000. The US dollar is preferred currency. Credit cards are also accepted at major hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. UB and major cities have ATMs.
Mongolian nationwide electricity output is 220V/50HZ in a European style plug. Most likely all the wall sockets will feature 2 widely spaced round pins. But no worries if your device is different, because universal plug converter is commonly found at relatively cheap price here in Mongolia.
Mongolians have several national holidays and celebrations, and when we talk about celebrating holidays, we mean to do it nationwide. Believe us, celebrations take festive forms in most cases, and some certain are