CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS

Mountains, Temples and Treasures of Mongolia

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TRIP SUMMARY

“Mountains, Temples and Treasures” is one of our most comprehensive journeys. As one of the least industry affected regions left in the world, Mongolia is home to some of world’s most unique and diverse collections of wildlife. For centuries, explorers arranged quests to discover its wildlife and sought to traverse across its vast land on horse or camel. Our expedition begins in the remote Altai Mountains of western Mongolia, home to ethnic Kazakhs and Uriankhai people Our journey then continues across the Orkhon Valley down to the Gobi desert, which is home to the elusive snow leopard, the wild camels and world’s only desert bear, mazaalai. This expedition will take us through three distinctive ecosystems of Mongolia: The Altai Mountains, Orkhon Valley grassland and the Gobi Desert.

Brief Daily Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2. Ulaanbaatar

We will spend one full day exploring the city’s best museums and Buddhist temples. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3. Ulaanbaatar / Ulgii

In the morning, fly west to the Altai Mountains and drive to a Kazakh family for overnight in gers.

Day 4. Riding with Eagle Hunters

Enjoy riding with eagle hunters and learn how Golden eagles are trained for hunting. Overnight in gers.

Day 5. Tsambagarav Mountain

Drive south to Tsambagarav, a worshipped mountain inhabited by ethnic Uuld people. Overnight in tents.

Day 6. Hiking at Tsambagarav Mountain

We will hike in this pristine mountain valley. Try climbing to the peak and get bird’s eye view of the surrounding area.

Day 7. Hovd / Ulaanbaatar

Early in the  morning, we will drive to Hovd city and fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8. Ulaanbaatar / Kharakhorum

Begin driving to the Orkhon  Valley, considered as the cradle of Mongolian civilization. Visit Erdenenzuu monastery. Overnight in gers.

Day 9. Kharakhorum / Ongi Monastery

We will drive south to the Gobi desert and reach Ongo Monastery, located at the beautiful Ongi river. Visit the Ongi Monastery ruins. Overnight in gers.

Day 10. Ongi Monastery / Hongoryn Els

We will spend one full day relaxing and trekking along the lakeshore on foot. In the afternoon, enjoy riding in a small boat to explore the surrounding area from the lake.

Day 11. Hongoryn Els / Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Park

In the morning, we will drive to the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park and visit petroglyphs sites. Overnight in gers.

Day 12. Yol Valley / Flaming Cliffs

This morning, visit Yol Valley where ice stays until late July. In the evening, visit the legendary Flaming Cliffs nd enjoy Gobi’s sunset. Overnight in gers.

Day 13. Gobi Desert / Ulaanbaatar

This morning, we will fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Dinner at a fine local restaurant.

Day 14. Gorkhi Terelj National Park / Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue

This morning, we will visit the Gorkhi Terelj national Park and visit the Chinggis Khan equestrian statue. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15. Departure

Farewell and transfer to the airport for departure.

Trip Highlights:

  • Explore Mongolian Altai Mountains and explore its flora and fauna Visit ethnic Kazaks and watch how Golden Eagles are trained for hunting;
  • Explore Kharakhorum, the 13th century Chinggisid capital of Mongolia and Erdenezuu monastery;
  • Enjoy hiking in the mountains and the desert, in search of saiga antelope, black tailed gazelles, the   wild horse takhi and wild mountain sheep and goats;
  • Explore the country from west to south, exploring one ecosystem transitioning to another;
  • Be one of the first to explore Mongolia’s most remote regions beyond the mountains and the deserts;

DATES & PRICING

Trip Date:

June 15 – 29, 2019

Prices:
2-9 travelers:

$5,550 per person, twin occupancy

Single supplement:

$650 per person.

ACCOMMODATIONS & TRANSPORTATION

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Hotel Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar

Hotel Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar is conveniently located in downtown Ulaanbaatar and is a 5 start hotel with a friendly staff. All major atractions of UB are located with a walking distance of the hotel.

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Field camps

In some areas, we will be staying expedition style tents. It is one of the best camping grounds in the entire country and be sure to watch for the northern stars and the entire Milkyway spanning over us!

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Ger camps

Throughout the program, we will be staying at ger camps, rustic, eco lodges. Ger camps offer authentic Mongolian experience.

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Land Transportation:

Land transportation is provided by Toyota Land Cruiser jeeps seating  3 passangers per vehicle. Some roads can be bumby and hard but our drivers are some of the most experienced and reliable in the country.