Destination: Central Mongolia
View the Mongolian countryside from the perspective of a nomad, traveling primarily on horseback “Khuisiin Naiman nuur National Park.
Discover the Khugnu Khaan” Natural Reserve and Camel riding
Visit a nomadic family, and Mongolia traditional BBQ
Nomadic family staying 4 nights
Town ger hostel 1 night
Camp 2 nights (in summer)
Mongolian culture and hundreds of years of Mongolian history are tightly connected with the horse and modern Mongolia is one of the last real horse cultures left in the world. Mongolian domestic horses are smaller than European horses and ponies by European standards (less than 1.5 shoulder heights) but these animals are really tough. They have more energy for work and can carry heavy loads for long periods. Mongolian horses have great stamina, although they can gallop for 10 km without break. That is the reason why Mongolian Empire’s cavalry was the most powerful in the world in 13th century. Chinggis kaan said;”It is easy to conquer the world from the back of a horse”… During the winter, Mongolian horses are find grass under the snow. The herding style of Nomads is different from Europe farming. Nomadic horses are in a semi-wild condition; they are allowed to go freely and find their food and protect themselves from predators.
Day 1. Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to hotel. Take a city tour to Gandan monastery where is one of Mongolia’s most important monasteries, and also one of its biggest tourist attractions. We will visit to National Museum of Mongolian History. Exhibits of the museum show the history and culture of Mongols from ages as early as the Stone Age and up to the modern day.
Day 2. Khugnu Khaan Natural Reserve
After breakfast drive to Khugnu Khaan Natural Reserve which is mountains, forests, steppes, Gobi desert and mineral water sources all in one location represents three different natural zones. Around area is nice place to hiking, climbing. We will visit local herders and experience the hospitality of the nomads. You will ride camel to sand dunes.
Day 3. Orkhon valley
In the morning drive to Orkhon valley. We will see Red waterfall and Mongolian the longest river which is named Orkhon by Mongolia. The waterfall was formed by a unique combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes about 20,000 years ago. The waterfall cascades from an impressive height of 20 meters and its width is 10 meters. There is nice chance to photograph yak herds
Day 4. Eight lakes
Today we will start our four days trek through the Eight lakes. Here we will leave our vehicles and load our luggage and food on pack horses. Before horse trekking your guide will explain how to ride Mongolian horse. Then start horse riding to Bodongiin am valley. It is high mountainous area and in the pineapple tree forest, This is very attractive and much fun to explore the nature beauty and wildlife. Picnic Lunch in the forest. We will find nice spot for build tents.
Day 5. Eight lakes
Eight lakes were created by volcanic activities. It is locked between several extinct volcanoes and high mountain peaks. The lakes connected by underground. The lakes are supplied with fresh water running from the mountains. After breakfast we will pack luggage on the horse. We will ride horse to Khuist lake. This lake is dotted with a large rock island. We will pass high mountain and see two lakes. We will stay nomadic family. Explore the yak herder family’s lifestyle. You can help to family. For example to bring animals, chop wood, clean animal cottage, and make dairy products.
Day 6. Eight lakes
Ride horse to Shireet lake which is the biggest lake in the valley. On the way we can see four lakes. Explore flora and fauna of the valley.
Day 7. Orkhon valley
Horseback trekking back to Bodongiin Am, on the way picnic lunch. Our vans will be waiting for us near the Buureg tourist camp. Drive to waterfall’s family. Have Mongolian traditional BBQ.
Day 8. Kharakorum
In the morning drive to Kharakorum which was ancient capital of Mongolian Empire in 13th century. In 1220 Genghis Khan chose to move his capital from Khentii to Karakorum. Though the city was not completed until after his death it was, for a time, the political, economic and cultural center of the vast Mongol Empire, housing great palaces, mosques, churches and monasteries representing many of the world’s religions. We will visit the largest monastery, named “Erdene Zuu” by Mongolian and local museum where see the Great Mongol Empire, Stone Age, Bronze Age. Also we will see phallic and turtle rocks.
Day 9. Ulaanbaatar
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Farewell dinner in a restaurant
Day 10. Departure
In the morning transfer to the airport or train station for your international departure.
Extension to Great Gobi desert
Extension to pristine and blue pearl Lake Huvsgul in the Northern Mongolia
Extension to the magnificent Altai Mountains in Western Mongolia
Extension to Native land of Great king Chinggis
Accommodation during the trip
Driver + 4WD vehicle + Petrol
English Speaking guide
Three meals (B,L,D)
Bottled water supply for 1.5 l pp for every day
Entrance fees for National Parks and Museums
Optional activity costs