Mongolia, this mysterious country of eternal blue skies is well known to the world for its glorious ancient histroy, unique culture and arts, indigenous species of wildlife, untouched beautiful landscapes of diverse terrain: foresty mountains, hilly steppes, the Gobi Desert and the hospitable nomadic people. This fantastic trip is specially designed to bring you all these unique Mongolian features. Travelling in overland style you will visit the magnificent Amarbayasgalant monastery, the crystal clear Lake Huvsgul at the beautiful Horidol saridag mountains and the Tsaatan - Reindeer riders, the picturesque Khorgo-Terkh National Park and the ancient capital at Karakorum. The next half of the trip takes you to the Gobi Desert - one of the most mysterious places on earth and its wonderful sites: the Ongi monastery ruins, Bayanzag the Flaming Cliffs, the Khongor sand dunes and the Yoliin Am. And from the Gobi we drive to the north through the steppes to visit the Tsagaan Suvarga natural formations and the Baga Gazariin Chuluu mountains and reach the amazing Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve - a home to endangered wildlife and other sites on the way. Landscape and cultural sightseeing blend easily in Mongolia - you will have the chance to visit families of nomads, remote Buddhist monasteries and traditional events, and to take part in horse-riding or guided walking if you wish - there are also endless opportunities for photography. Discover the real Mongolia!
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, city sightseeing: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, our guide and driver will meet us at the airport and aid with check-in at the central hotel. We take a tour of the city, including the Gandan Buddhist Monastery, Museum of Mongolian National History and Genghis Monument on the Sukhbaatar Square.
Ulaanbaatar – Amarbayasgalant - Bulgan - Moren. This morning we drive to the north toward Lake Huvsgul, break our journey in magnificent Amarbayasgalant monastery and the picturesque Bulgan province in the northern Mongolia. On Day 4 we continue the drive through the forest mountains of northern Mongolia to Moren, a small town in the north.
Lake Huvsgul - Moren - Jargalant. A 4 hour drive north takes us to the shores of Lake Huvsgul, called “Mother Ocean” by the locals. We spend the night at friendly Toilogt ger camp by the lake. Day 6 is spent in leisurely activities and sightseeing on Lake Huvsgul and its surroundings - enjoy a half day of horse ride and visit the Tsaatans "Reindeer people" and a half day of kayaking. We drive to the south toward Karakorum, the ancient capital.
Jargalant - Khorgo Terkh - Karakorum. A drive south takes us into the lovely Khangai Mountains, passing through the White Bush Pass and stopping photography as we make our way to stunning Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan, surrounded by volcanoes and home to many species of wild bird. We hike to the Khorgo Volcano and other interesting sites in the park. On Day 10 we reach the lost capital of Genghis Khan at Karakorum via lovely Tsetserleg town.
Karakorum - Ongi - Bayanzag "Flaming Cliffs". We visit the magnificent Erdene Zuu Monastery and its surroundings then drive to the GReat Gobi desert. Visit the Ongi monastery ruins and then reach Bayanzag the Flaming Cliffs - the world famous red cliffs that is a great site for dinosaur remains.
Bayanzag - Khongor - Yoliin Am - Tsagaan Suvarga. After spending a full leisure day at Bayanzag enjoying some camel ride and visit to a real nomadic camel breeder's we continue our journey to the Khongor sand dunes, the largest and the most beautiful sand dunes of Mongolia, where we have the chance to climb to the top for excellent views of the Gobi, or to walk through the green oasis at the base. Then we visit the stunning Yoliin Am Gorge in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan national park and hike on the Gobi glacier and view wildlife. Then we drive to the north and stop at the fascinating Tsagaan Suvarga - an ancient inland sea bottom.
Tsagaan Suvarga - Baga Gazariin Chuluu - Gun-Galuut. We drive through the beautiful Gobi deserts capes to the north and reach Baga Gazariin Chuluu - an interesting granite rock formation in the Middle Gobi. On Day 18 we have a great leisure day in amazing Gun-Galuut, which is located in the valley of the Kherlen River replica watches. We hike to Mt. Baits to view the gorgeous Argali mountain sheep and the White Napped Crane, Whooper Swan and other birds. Visit a nomadic family and learn their ways to tend their livestock. Optional fishing or kayaking on the river Kherlen.
Gun-Galuut – Ulaanbaatar. Some sightseeing watches. This morning we drive to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel. Then we visit the Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum – the residence of the last king of Mongolia and the Buddha Park. Enjoy a traditional folklore concert and farewell dinner in the evening
Departure. Transfer to the airport after breakfast. B