Discovering the Land of Nomads

13 Days
from AUD$ 6,667

Highlights

  • 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Ulaanbaatar

Gandan Monastery & National Museum

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.

Traditional Folk Show

This evening you’ll watch a traditional folk show, before dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals

Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Overnight at Best Western Premier Tuushin or similar

Services

Sightseeing: Gandan Monastery, National Museum, Evening Folk Show

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

13th Century Camp

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.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Overnight local hotel or Ger camp

Services

Private vehicle and English-speaking guide
Sightseeing: 13th Century Camp

Travel time and distances

Ulaanbaatar – 13th Century Camp: approx. 2hrs 30 (96km)

Day 3 - Terelj National Park

Exploring 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.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Overnight at a local hotel or Ger camp

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide
Horse ride through Terelj National Park
Sightseeing: Turtle Rock, Praying Lama Rock

Day 4 - Terelj National Park - Hustai National Park

Genghis Khan Statue

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.

Hustai National Park

Continue 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.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Overnight at a local hotel or Ger camp

Services

Private vehicle and English-speaking guide
Sightseeing: Genghis Khan, Hustai National Park, evening drive to see Przewalski horses

Travel time and distances

Terelj National Park – Genghis Khan Statue: approx. 50 min (50km)
Genghis Khan Statue – Hustai National Park: approx. 3 hrs (156km)

 

Day 5 - Hustai National Park - Kharkorin

Horse ride and transfer to Kharkhorin

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.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Overnight at a local hotel or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide
Sightseeing: Morning horse ride, Kharkhorin

Travel time and distances

Hustai National Park – Kharkorin: approx. 4 hrs (300 km)

Day 6 - Kharkorin - Orkhon Valley

Erdene Zuu Monastery

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.

Transfer to Orkhon Valley
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.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
3 nights Ger Camp

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide
Sightseeing: Erdene Zuu Monastery, Orkhon Valley

Travel time and distances

Kharkorin – Orkhon Valley: approx. 3 hrs (100km)

Day 7 - Orkhon Valley

Kayaking the Orkhon River

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 tranquillity of the serene countryside.

Meals

Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Ger Camp

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide
Sightseeing: Orkhon River and kayaking

Day 8 - Orkhon Valley

Orkhon Khurkhree Waterfall

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.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Ger Camp

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide
Sightseeing: Orkhon Khurkhree Waterfall and swimming

Day 9 - Orkhon Valley - Khogno Khan

Tovkhon Khiid

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.

Khogno Khan National Park

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.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Ger Camp

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide
Sightseeing: Tovkhon Khiid, Khogno Kahn National Park

Travel time and distances

Orkhon Valley – Tovkhon Khiid: approx. 2hrs (50km)
Tovkhon Khiid – Khogno Khan: approx. 4-5 hrs (180km)

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.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Ger Camp

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide
Sightseeing: Khogno Khan National Park

Day 11 - Khogno Khan

Another day exploring the national park

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Ger Camp

Services

Private vehicle and English-speaking guide

Day 12 - Khogno Khan - Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar at leisure

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.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Overnight Best Western Premier Tuushin or similar

Services

Private Vehicle with English-speaking guide
Sightseeing: Ulaanbaatar city tour

Travel time and distances

Khogno Khan – Ulaanbaatar: approx. 4.5hrs (260km

Day 13 - Departure

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Meals

Breakfast

Services

Private Airport Transfer

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What’s included

  • 2 nights hotel and 10 nights in Ger Camp’s
  • 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
  • Private guided transfers to and from all airports
Exclusions
  • 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 4 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.

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