Experience the ultimate journey through Mongolia, a land of awe-inspiring landscapes and rich nomadic culture. This 16-day overland tour will take you on an unforgettable adventure, visiting the most sought-after destinations in Mongolia. You’ll immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Lake Khovsgol, often referred to as the “Blue Pearl of Mongolia” – the second largest freshwater lake in Asia. Then, delve into Mongolia’s historical treasures at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape.
Your exploration will also lead you to the enchanting Khorgo-Terkh National Park and the captivating Gobi Desert. In the Gobi Desert, you’ll discover prehistoric remnants, towering sand dunes, and interact with the camel herding nomads who call this vast desert their home. Our seasoned tour team will guide you through this remarkable journey, ensuring you experience all the wonders that this trip has to offer.
Highlights of Your Journey:
- Explore the pristine beauty of Khuvsgul Lake National Park.
- Discover the rich history of Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape, including the ancient capital of Kharkhorin and the revered Erdene Zuu Monastery.
- Roam the fascinating landscapes of Khorgo-Terkh National Park.
- Embark on a thrilling adventure along the Dinosaur Trail in the Gobi Desert.
- Engage with camel herding nomad families and gain insight into their unique way of life.
Unearth the treasures of Mongolia and embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Upon your arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be transferred to a comfortable hotel. Take some time to relax and unpack in your room. Later in the day, enjoy a short city tour, which includes visits to Gandan Monastery, the National Museum of Mongolia, and Sukhbaatar Square. (Lunch/Dinner)
Day 2: Visit Amarbayasgalant Monastery
Today, embark on a drive to the renowned Amarbayasgalant Monastery. Explore this magnificent place of worship located at the base of Burenkhaan mountain, dedicated to Zanabazar, the first Bogd Gegeen. Although partially damaged during the events of 1937, restoration work has brought it back to its former glory. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 3: En Route to Khovsgol Lake
As you journey towards Khovsgol Lake, make a stop in Khutag-Undur for an overnight stay. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Days 4-5: Enjoy Magnificent Khovsgol Lake
Arrive at Khovsgol Lake National Park, a natural wonder covering a vast area with pristine taiga forests, clear lakes, and lush landscapes. Spend two nights in this breathtaking location, taking leisurely walks along the lakeshore and hiking in the nearby areas. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 6: Stopover at Shine-Ider Village
After enjoying the beauty of Khovsgol Lake, depart for Shine Ider soum, surrounded by stunning scenery. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 7: Exploring Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur NP
Embark on a hike in Khorgo-Terkhiin National Park, home to a beautiful freshwater lake, extinct volcanoes, and dramatic landscapes. Discover the lake and the Khorgo volcano creator, offering an exciting adventure for visitors. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 8: Relaxing at Tsenkher Hot Spring
Arrive at Tsenkher Hot Springs & Spa, nestled amidst forested hills and stunning mountains. Relax in the soothing natural hot springs and explore the local surroundings with guidance from your tour leader. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 9: Discover Ancient Capital Kharkhorin
Arrive in Kharkhorin, the ancient capital founded in 1220, where you’ll visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery and explore the local market. Spend the night in a tourist ger camp. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 10: Explore Mystical Ongi Monastery
Drive southward to the Gobi Desert, with an overnight stop at Ongi River. Explore the remains of the Ongi Monastery and witness the beautiful sunset from the mountaintop. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Days 11: Bayanzag – The Flaming Cliffs
Journey to Bayanzag, home to the red stone cliffs and canyons known as the “Cemetery of Dinosaurs.” Explore the local museum displaying fascinating facts and exhibits from the area’s famous dinosaur discoveries. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 12: Climb Khongor Sand Dunes
Discover the Khongor Sand Dunes, often referred to as the “singing dunes.” Enjoy walking and sliding on the dunes as you take in the incredible scenery. Visit a camel breeding family for a camel riding experience. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 13: Explore Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park
Visit Yol Valley in Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, a stunning location featuring high rock walls and a glacier. Hike along the valley and reach the icy glacier while exploring the local natural museum. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 14: Baga Gazriin Chuluu Mountain Area
Arrive in the Baga Gazriin Chuluu mountain area in Dundgobi province, known for its granite rock formations. Enjoy rock climbing and hiking activities amidst this unique landscape. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 15: Take a City Tour
Return to Ulaanbaatar and spend your day on personal exploration and leisure activities. You have the option to visit the Bogd Khan Palace Museum, engage in shopping, and enjoy a cultural performance. In the evening, savor a farewell dinner. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 16: Departure
Conclude your memorable journey as you are transferred to Chingis Khaan International Airport or the train station for your departure from Mongolia. (Breakfast)
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