Discovering the Land of Nomads


  • Horse ride through the Mongolian steppe
  • Stay in a traditional ger
  • Hike through Mongolia’s wild landscapes
  • Witness the rare Przewalski horses

Steeped in the rich legacy of Genghis Khan, Mongolia is one of Asia’s most enigmatic and fascinating destinations.

From the vastness of its rich grasslands, to the parched deserts of the Gobi, it is a land of staggering contrasts. This stunning 13-day adventure takes you from its bustling capital and out into the heart of its vast wilderness.

Staying in a variety of traditional ger camps, over the course of your journey you’ll have opportunities to ride horses amongst the forested mountains of the Terelj National Park, kayak through the stunning scenery of the Orkhon Valley and swim in the clear pools of the Orkhon Khurkhree Waterfall. In the Hustai National Park you’ll find rare wild horses, whilst the dunes of Khogno Khan National Park provide the perfect backdrop for a camel ride.

Beginning in Ulaanbaatar, you’ll travel deep into the heart of the vast steppes of central Mongolia, visiting an array of national parks, World Heritage landscapes and Buddhist temples, as you discover the rich variety of Mongolia’s natural and cultural wonders.

Journey map

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Day 1 - Arrive Ulaanbaatar

Arriving in the Mongolian capital early today, you’ll transfer to your hotel for a rest before enjoying a sightseeing tour of the city. A visit to the Gandan Monastery affords you the opportunity to see one of the most complete temples in Mongolia, whilst a tour around the National Museum provides a good introduction to the historical traditions and geographical make-up of the country. This evening you’ll watch a traditional folk show, before dinner in a local restaurant. (L,D)

Overnight Bayangol Hotel or similar

Day 2 - Ulaanbaatar - 13th Century and Terelj National Park

Leaving Ulaanbaatar today, you’ll head east to the steppe and spend the day at the 13th Century Camp, tour around the camp stopping at each area to experience life in 13th Century Mongolia, learn about the blacksmiths, teachers, herders, shamans and kings amongst others before driving to Terelj National Park and overnighting at a ger camp within the park. (B,L,D)

2 nights Ger Camp

Day 3 - Terelj National Park

Another full day in the park offers a chance for a horse ride through the beautiful forested mountains. The park’s location, some 1,600 metres above sea level, means that the air is cool and the alpine scenery spectacular and you’ll find a number of interesting rock formations dotted across the landscape including Turtle Rock and the Praying Lama Rock. For those who would prefer not to ride, there are options for cycling and kayaking too. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Terelj National Park - Hustai National Park

Leaving the park this morning, you’ll head first for the great Genghis Khan statue on the banks of the Tuul River. Over 40 metres high and visible for miles around, it is possible to climb the statue to enjoy some sweeping views across the countryside. Continue on towards the Hustai National Park, home to the rare and endangered wild Przewalski horses, where an early evening drive through the park affords an opportunity to see them in their native habitat. (B,L,D)

Overnight local hotel or ger camp

Day 5 - Hustai National Park - Kharkorin

After an early morning horse ride, you’ll continue onto Kharkhorin today, once the capital of the Mongol Empire. In the 16th century the remains of Kharkhorin were used to build the monastery of Erdene Zuu, probably the earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in the country. A visit to the excellent museum will provide a valuable insight into the region’s fascinating history. (B,L,D)

Overnight local hotel or similar

Day 6 - Kharkorin - Orkhon Valley

A morning visit to the Erdene Zuu Monastery provides an opportunity to watch the mid-morning ceremony and chanting, before you continue into the valleys of central Mongolia. Passing herds of grazing goats, sheep and horses, your destination today is the sacred landscapes of the Orkhon Valley, once the seat of imperial power on the steppes. (B,L,D)

3 nights Ger Camp

Day 7 - Orkhon Valley

Fed by the waters of the Orkhon River, this beautiful river valley was inscribed by UNESCO as one of the country’s most important cultural landscapes. Armed with a picnic lunch today you will take to the waters of the river in kayaks, to paddle your way down a series of small canyons and through the tranquility of the serene countryside. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Orkhon Valley

A drive this morning brings you to the beautiful Orkhon Khurkhree Waterfall. After heavy rains this is one of the most spectacular sights in the country, especially around late July and August. Just downstream from the falls, a short walk will bring you to a 22 metre deep gorge and the surrounding countryside is a perfect spot for horse riding. After a stop for a swim in the natural pools, you’ll then head back to your ger camp in time for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Orkhon Valley - Khogno Khan

Heading to Tovkhon Khiid first thing this morning, you’ll enjoy an hour’s walk through the pine forests to a tiny monastery with spectacular views. Driving on through the valleys and over high mountain passes, you’ll then reach the magnificent setting of the Khogno Khan National Park, home to a rich mix of historical sites, wildlife and spectacular scenery. Overnight at a traditional ger camp overlooking the vast Mongolian steppe. (B,L,D)

3 nights Ger Camp

Day 10 - Khogno Khan

Covering some 47,000 hectares, the national park is a haven for all sorts of flora and fauna, with ibex, red deer and even wolves being a regular sight amongst the desert steppes. Over the next couple of two days you’ll have opportunities to enjoy a walk in the rocky hills, take in the vast stretches of sand dunes, visit local nomadic herders and even experience a camel ride through the dunes. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Khogno Khan

Another day exploring the national park. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Khogno Khan - Ulaanbaatar

The drive back to the capital will take most of the morning, but the afternoon is free to spend a little more time exploring Ulaanbaatar at your own pace. Take in more of its monasteries and museums or enjoy some last-minute shopping before dinner. (B,L,D)

Overnight Bayangol Hotel or similar

Day 13 - Departure

The morning is yours at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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What’s included

  • Return airport transfers
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners
  • Private guided sightseeing
  • Private driver and 4WD mini bus
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary including all entrance fees
  • All international airfares
  • All domestic airfares
  • Meals other than those mentioned
  • Other services than those mentioned
  • Early and late check out
  • Gratuities, personal expenses, drinks, and other items
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips for local guides
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa for Mongolia
  • Camera/video entrance fees

**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 2 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.