This is one of the most classic route from Gobi Desert to the Lake Khovsgol, from south to the north of Mongolia for who wants to travel and experience through Mongolia. It's a great chance for you to discover the Gobi, steppe, mountains, forest, lakes, rivers in Mongolia. Also, you'll be able to get a firsthand experience of nomadic way of living.
|Duration||16 nights, 17 days|
|Group Size||2-14 people|
|Tour Operator||Idre tour|
Ulaanbaatar – Baga Gazaryn Chuluu – Tsagaan Suvraga – Yol valley – Khongoryn Els – Ongi temple ruin – Orkhon waterfall – Tsenkher hot spring – Great White Lake – Murun – Lake Khovsgol – Uran togoo - Ulaanbaatar
Activities: Horse riding, camel riding, hiking, experiencing nomadic family lifestyle, staying in Mongolian traditional ger
Availability: From April to the end of October
Day 1Note: Difference between comfortable and budget is the accommodation. Budget tour includes stay in nomadic family ger, comfortable tour includes stay at Ger camps which are a kind of 3*hotel standard.
We'll start our trip with a full day driving to the Baga Gazariin Chuluu Ruins (1768 m high granite Stone Mountain in the territory of Adaatsag county, Dundgobi province. Is another place with unique scenery that many tourists compare with lunar scenes? The mountain contains remains of old temples. They are not only rich in mineral and crystals, but also eye spring, old stone temple ruins related with 17th century. We'll spend the night in a nomadic family Ger.
We’ll drive to the scarp of Tsagaan Suvarga/White Stupa/ which is located in Ulziit county, Dundgobi province. It is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which is 30 meters high and 100 meters wide. Over thousands of years the wind has created this amazing structure. Spend the night in a nomadic family Ger.
We'll drive to Yoliin Am in the middle of the Gobi Desert National Park which is a strictly protected area, covering 70sq.kms. The mountains here are the highest in the Gobi Desert and the rocky scenery is quite interesting, especially the ice in a gorge remains until mid-July. We'll walk and back for about 6kms in a narrow valley. We’ll spend the night in a family Ger.
We’ll drive to the Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes (195kms) after lunch. The Khongoryn Els is some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. We'll see beautiful views, huge sand dunes and a cold water spring with a river that leads to two small ponds. We'll then spend the night in a Ger.
We'll climb and hike to the top of the biggest sand dunes. There is an oasis near Khongor creek at the northern edge of the sand dune. The dunes make sound like plane engine in a windy day so it’s named as “Singing Dunes”. Also, if you wish, you may walk alongside the creek for about 10kms. We arrange a camel riding trip to the sand dunes for a couple of hours.
We'll drive to Bayan-Zag(150kms). Bayan-Zag means "rich in Saxaul Shrubs", is more commonly known as the "Flaming Cliffs" of Bayan-Zag, famous for its discovery of dinosaur fossils.
After lunch we'll drive to Ongyn hiid, where you can see the ruins of a big monastery on the bank of the Ongiin River. This monastery had 28 temples, stupas and other buildings on the south slope of the Rocky Mountain like Balsa country. This monastery had about 1000 lamas and it was destroyed during the Stalinist purges in 1930s. The Ongyn hiid was one of the biggest temples in Gobi’s area of Mongolia. We spend the night in a Ger.
We’ll drive to Waterfall, which is great place for taking photos and go hiking through the gorge. We’ll arrange a couple of hours horseback riding in the area. Stay in a family Ger.
We’ll go horse riding for a day in the area. Spend the night in the same family.
We’ll drive to Tsenkher hot spring. We’ll have a relaxed evening taking a hot bath in the natural hot spring water. Stay overnight in the Ger camp there.
We’ll drive to Great White Lake and Khorgo Volcano. Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National park was established to protect the spectacular mountain scenery and endangered species of fauna and flora. The area has extinct volcanoes, many beautiful lakes, a great number of animals and birds, and is definitely one of the best natural tourist attractions. Khorgo is a unique natural complex (2240 m), National Park surrounded by the Khangai Mountains, which reach as 3000 meters above the sea level. In the craters some of them are very tiny crystal- clears lakes. The Khorgo crater is situated at an altitude of 2.210 meters with a diameter of 20 and depth of 70 to 80 meters. Spend the night in a family Ger.
We’ll go hiking for a full day from the lake to the volcano. Spend the night in a family Ger.
We’ll drive to Murun the center of Khovsgol province and at Bata’s guesthouse. It’s not a house, it’s a traditional Mongolian Ger.
We’ll drive to the Lake Khovsgol which is one of the country's largest and most spectacular protected areas. Lake Khovsgol's 380 cubic km of water makes it the fourteenth largest freshwater lake in the world and second largest in Central Asia by volume, with over 1% of the world's fresh water. At its deepest, the lake dives 262 meters. Ninety-six rivers and brooks stream into the lake, but only the Egiin River exits the lake. The Egiin flows southeast until it joins the Selenge River, which flows through one of Mongolia's most densely populated areas on its way to Lake Baikal. The Lake is 1645 meters above sea level and is generally frozen from January until April or May. We’ll spend the night in the Guest house.
We’ll go hiking around the lake for a day.
We’ll drive to Uran togoo near Bulgan province. We’ll stay in a family Ger.
We’ll drive back to UB and arrive between 5-6pm.
Bonus: This tour itinerary includes one night in a private room or 2 nights in a dorm room in the hostel before or after the tour.
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