Long after the reign of Genghis Khan, nomadism remains a way of life in modern Mongolia. But with so much to see and do here, it’s only natural that people would want to move about and explore. This adventure taps into the nomadic lifestyle embraced by almost 40% of the local population, travelling through ruggedly beautiful gorges and sandstone mountains in search of golden eagles, desert gazelles, and the Mongolian horse. And when you’re not moving, you’ll experience local customs up close, exploring rural villages and sleeping in traditional ger tents.
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Ulaanbaatar (1B)
Enjoy a free day exploring the city. Opt to take a morning city tour including visits to Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace, and Zaisan Hill. Make sure you stop for a cold one at the local Chinggis Brewery.
Day 3 Ulaanbaatar/Baga GadzrÏn Chuluu (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to the Dungobi Aimag region – Middle Gobi – stopping at the Choir Monastery on the way. Spend the night at the first Mongolian ger camp.
Day 4 Baga GadzrÏn Chuluu/Yolyn Am (1B, 1L, 1D)
Arrive at Yolyn Am — a narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikan mountains. It’s an amazing place for hiking. Bring stable shoes and warm clothes, as some places are covered in thick ice year round.
Day 5 Yolyn Am/Khongoryn Els (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to Khongoriin Els. Enjoy the€tivities the Gobi Desert has to offer— hiking in sand dunes, visit a nomadic camel-herding family and try riding camels.
Day 6 Khongoryn Els/Bayanzag (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore the Flaming Cliffs - a world renowned archaeological site for the vast amount of dinosaur bones and eggs found here.
Day 7 Bayanzag/Ongiin Hiid (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive through western parts of the Gobi Desert. In the surrounding mountains, visit the ruins of the Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries.
Day 8 Ongiin Hiid/Nomad Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)
Leave the Gobi Desert and drive through the Mongolian grasslands. Spend the with a local nomadic family, observing how they live. Enjoy a traditional meal with them.
Day 9 Nomad Camp/Tsenkher (1B, 1L, 1D)
Journey to Tsenkher Hot Springs. Visit the springs and soak in their healing powers.
Day 10 Tsenkher (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a relaxing time at the ger camp at Tsenkher Hot Springs. Visit the springs and soak in their healing powers. Opt to go horseback riding or hang out with the locals.
Day 11 Tsenkher/Kharkhorin (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia. Visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the first centre of Lama Buddhism in Mongolia.
Day 12 Kharkhorin/Khustai National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Stay in Khustai National Park—home of Mongolian wild horses. Here, look for Takhi horses in their natural habitat.
Day 13 Khustai National Park/Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)
Drive back to the capital for last minute sightseeing. Opt to see a local cultural show, an excellent display of dancing and Mongolian throat singing.
Day 14 Ulaanbaatar (1B)
Depart at any time.
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