This tour takes you deep into the northwestern Mongolia’s magnificent pristine nature and introduce you the distinct culture there, via the famous monasteries, timelessly standing extinct volcanic fields, and back to Ulaanbaatar through even more breathtaking natural sights.
A suitable vehicle to drive in the challenging countryside roads with an experienced driver, guided with a professional will let you focus on each place you visit and soak in everything you see on your way for the maximum experience.
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
Best dates: From middle of May – middle of September
Total driving distance: 2050 km
Price from: Please contact us for quote
Will be updated soon. Please see itinerary for details.
Day 1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Upon your arrival in Ulaanbaatar (UB), your preferred language speaking guide will warmly welcome you, and check-in to your preferred hotel (*** to *****) for the over-night rest. According to the schedule of your arrival, lunch and dinner at a local restaurant, also half day city tour is available. (optional L, D)
Day 2. Amarbayasgalant Monastery (350 km)
In the morning start your journey to Amarbayasgalant Monastery. Meaning the Monastery of Tranquil Felicity, the Amarbayasgalant Khiid was commissioned by Manchu emperor Kang Xi in purpose of serving as a last resting place for first Bogd Gegeen Zanabazar. Although the communist purge significantly reduced the monastery size and capacity, it is still one of the most important worshipping temple complexes in the country also known for its architecture design. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 3. Uran Togoo (300 km)
After breakfast drive to Uran Togoo, an extinct volcano in Bulgan province. The Uran Togoo features an extinct volcano crate that is perfectly round shaped, with round lake of 20 m diameter in the middle of it. The mountain sides are full of volcanic rocks of various shapes and sizes, and it takes a healthy climb up to the crate mouth from the parking spot.
Visit there to admire the craft of nature formed so fine.
Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 4. Murun town (220 km)
In the morning drive north to Khuvsgul province. Spend the night in a ger camp near the center of the province, Murun. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 5. Lake Khuvsgul (100 km)
After breakfast drive to Lake Khuvsgul. There are opportunities to sail by boat or ferry, horseback riding, fishing, hiking and photographing. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp at the shore of Lake Khuvsgul. (B/L/D)
After lunch at a camp you are staying, Dinner and overnight in a camp.
Day 6. Murun town (100 km)
Early in the morning, a walk by the lake shore is highly recommended. Usually the mist takes off from water by sunrise, when you get a chance to see the striking mystical environment. After breakfast, visit a reindeer herder family and learn about their distinct culture and lifestyle. Optional rafting and kayaking activities are available.
After dinner, drive back to Murun and stay overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 7. Great White Lake (280 km)
Drive to a magnificent volcanic area of Khorgiin Togoo, which is located on the east shores of Lake Terhiin Tsagaan. The lake was formed as a result of volcanic eruption about 9000 years ago, where upper and lower Therkhiin rivers had been bordered by the Khorgo volcano’s burning lava. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 8. Karakorum (320 km)
After breakfast drive to Karakorum, capital of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene Zuu monastery, once was one of the largest monasteries of Mongolia, and Karakorum museum. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 9. Ulaanbaatar (380 km)
After breakfast drive back to Ulaanbaatar and check into your hotel. Once in the capital, there are opportunities to shop in the State Department store and cashmere shops. Overnight in the hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 10. Departure
In the morning transfer to the airport or Central train station for your international departure. (B)
The price is based on *** hotel rate.
Upgrade to **** and ***** hotels are possible at your request.
Price for children aged 2-12 get discounted.
Infants travel free, with their own equipment.
Package price includes:
Package price includes:
- Airport or train station transfers in Ulaanbaatar
- Accommodation: Hotel***, ger camp*
- Your preferred language speaking guide
- Chaffeured transport 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 liter drinking water per day
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
Package price excludes:
- Visa application fee
- International airfare or train tickets
- Travel insurance
- Single room supplement
- Hotel extras (phone calls, laundry, minibar,. etc)
- Personal toiletries
- Gratuity to local guides and drivers
- Optional excursions unless stated in the itinerary
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